Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Cease Fire, and Future Tense

Captain’s log: date unknown Chris Black pens this episode that first aired on 12 February, 2003. Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise are called in to help mediate a dispute between the Vulcans and the Andorians who still seem to be chafing against one another, once again, over a small inhospitable planet. That of…

Redemption Ark (2002) -Alastair Reynolds

I return to the universe of Alastair Reynold’s space opera this week, with a story that ties directly into Revelation Space, though it also ties into the expanded universe as glimpsed in Chasm City. The Inhibitors are back, they are an ancient mechanical race that prunes back intelligent life, stopping them when they venture too…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001/2002) – Cold Front, and Silent Enemy

Captain’s log: 12 September, 2151 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode which sees another piece in the temporal war puzzle play out. Written by Stephen Beck and Tim Finch, this episode first debuted on 28 November, 2001. The Enterprise is serving as host to a delegation observing a comet, when Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is…

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

From the opening moments of Dark Fate, this does feel like the Terminator film we’ve been waiting for, because as much as the film series has been about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800, it’s also, when it’s at its best, about Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton, who returns to the series in style).  Or rather, the balance of…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Endgame

Captain’s log: stardate 54973.4 The final episode of Voyager, Endgame, is a feature length story that was written by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty from a story that Biller developed with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The final mission of the starship U.S.S. Voyager aired on 23 May, 2001 and was determined to wrap everything…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – Shattered, and Lineage

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Chakotay (Robert Beltran) gets the chance to take the centre stage in this episode written by Micheal Taylor from a story concocted by Taylor and Micheal Sussman, that first aired on 17 January, 2001. Following an accident, Chakotay seems to be able to travel through temporal distortions that are plaguing the…

The Institute (2019) – Stephen King

It doesn’t say it directly, but The Institute, the latest King book I’ve read, could exist in the same world as The Shop from Firestarter, and one wonders if perhaps there’s a connection to the Dark Tower and the breakers or The Dead Zone. The tale follows young Luke Ellis, a bit of a boy…

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…