War of the Worlds (1990) – Totally Real, and Max

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets another shot at the limelight with Totally Real, an episode written by Jim Trombetta which first aired on 23 April, 1990. While the production value again skirts the noir/apocalypse and the ‘classy’ future look, young Debi finds herself enjoying a fight simulator hologram that was created by the morthren to study…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – Living Witness, and Demon

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Tim Russ directs this episode from Bryan Fuller, Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky from a story by Braga. It first aired on 29 April, 1998. This is a great Doctor (Robert Picardo) story as the episode follows a backup version of the Doctor that is activated some several hundred years in…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) – The Reckoning, and Valiant

Station log: stardate unknown David Weddle and Bradley Thompson pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Harry Werksman and Gabrielle G. Stanton. It debuted on 29 April, 1998. A 30,000 year old tablet is found on Bajor under the city of B’hala, predicting that the Reckoning – when the planet’s future will…

Star Trek: Timetrap (1988) – David Dvorkin

Space, the final frontier. David Dvorkin pens another Trek novel, and this one is a huge step up from his previous effort The Trellisane Confrontation, although the climax of the book plays out pretty quickly once it’s reached. The idea is well executed. The in-story continuity suggests the novel takes place after The Voyage Home,…

Star Trek: Final Frontier (1988) – Diane Carey

The Human Adventure continues… I’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up in Bermuda, Trek books were a big thing for me. I would hit the local shops, tracking down novels as they were released, and hunting down ones I’d missed. I remember when this one came out, it was the third in the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – All Good Things…

Captain’s log: stardate 47988.0 After seven seasons (and just over a year of posts on the blog) Star Trek: The Next Generation came to its series finale with this feature-length episode that was penned by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (who were also deep into the writing of the first Next Gen feature film…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Firstborn, and Bloodlines

Captain’s log: stardate 47779.4 Rene Echevarria writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Mark Kalbfeld and it first aired on 25 April, 1994. This is a Worf (Micheal Dorn) and Alexander (Brian Bonsall) story that sees the pair attending a Klingon ceremony where Worf is advised to encourage his son to become…

POPnology at the Ontario Science Centre

It’s summer vacation, time for camps, bike rides, beaches, family trips, seemingly endless days spread out before the young to enjoy, to forget the long reach of scholastic achievement, teachers, and books. So how can you make learning fun, and ensure that the entire family is entertained? Combine education with entertainment, with movies, and pop…

Superman: Miracle Monday (1981) – Elliot S. Maggin

Superman has always been a hero of mine, and when Christopher Reeve brought the character to the big screen back in 1978, I was a fan for life. At that age, I was completely enchanted by the first film, and it’s follow up in 1980, Superman II. I had the Superman: The Movie Book, I…