Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Juggernaut, and Someone to Watch Over Me

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Bryan Fuller, Nick Sagan, and Kenneth Biller pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Fuller. It first aired on 26 April, 1999 and sees the Voyager coming across a Malon freighter (we’ve encountered them before; they seem to be okay with polluting the galaxy by dumping their toxic…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Dark Frontier

Captain’s log: stardate 52619.2 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen this feature length episode that first aired on 17 February, 1999. The Borg are back, but this time Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) may be ready for them. In fact, she has a plan to help thee Voyager get home that much quicker. She’s developed a…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – The Ascent, and Rapture

Station log: stardate unknown Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen The Ascent which first aired on 25 November, 1996. Three days after Star Trek: First Contact opened in theaters. Quark (Armin Shimerman) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois) have to wok together, setting aside their differences when they crash land, and must climb a mountain…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Future’s End: Part II, and Warlord

Captain’s log: stardate 50312.5 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the conclusion to the two-parter that sees Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) stuck in the California of the 90s and attempting to stop Henry Starling (Ed Begley, jr.) from disrupting future history, and reclaim the…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Starship Down, and Little Green Men

Station log: stardate 49263.5 David Mack and John J. Ordover pen this episode that first premiered on 6 November, 1995. Inside a gas giant, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads the Defiant crew on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with some Jem’Hadar ships that were attacking a Karemma ship.As the crew work to elude and outwit the…

Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky (1987) – Margaret Wander Bonanno

This week’s visit to the Book Shelf brings me the second Giant Star Trek novel from Pocket Books, and gives us a a different look at the first contact between Humans and Vulcans, a plot point that would later be visited in Star Trek: First Contact, though it could be argued that this book complements…

Annihilation (2018): Blu-Ray Review

Releasing from Paramount Pictures to blu-ray and DVD today is Annihilation a slow burn of a science fiction film from director Alex Garland. Based, subjectively, on the trilogy of novels by Jeff VanderMeer, it’s a gorgeous looking film A strange, possibly extra-terrestrial incursion in a swamp in Florida has claimed an untold number of teams…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Passenger, and Move Along Home

Station log: stardate unknown Morgan Grendel, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Micheal Piller pen this episode from a story by Grendel that first aired on 21 February 1993. This episode, while not stellar, balances the A and B story of the episode nicely, and builds the characters a little more. Kira (Nana Visitor) and Bashir (Alexander…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – First Contact, and Galaxy’s Child

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Marc Scott Zircee came up with the episode’s story that was adapted to teleplay by Dennis Bailey, David Bischoff, Joe Menosky, Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller. Airing on 18 February, 1991, this Riker (Jonathan Frakes)-centric story puts the strange new worlds shoe on the other foot. Riker is undercover on…

Acceptance (2014) – Jeff VanderMeer

The final book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy is on the book shelf this week, and like its predecessors is immensely enjoyable with its ominous overtones even as it hints at something stunning, amazing and beyond human comprehension. We are taken back into Area X, and the government institution investigating the geographical anomaly, the…

Authority (2014) – Jeff VanderMeer

The second book in the Southern Reach Trilogy finds its way to the Book Shelf this week as I dive further into the strange realm of Area X first introduced in the book Annihilation, which also serves as the title of the upcoming film adaptation. This sequel, released within months of the first book takes…

Star Trek: Shadow Lord (1985) – Laurence Yep

I dove into another non-canon Star Trek adventure from Pocket Books, and this one, I have to say, is a swing and a miss. It’s almost like it wants to be a bit of a fantasy tale in the vein of Dumas’ Musketeers, but it is actually just a big misstep, which doesn’t really fit…