The X-Files (1996) – Jose Chung’s From Outer Space, and Avatar

Darin Morgan delivers what is definitely my favourite episode of the series. This one always ends up on ‘best of’ lists. First airing on 12 April, 1996, Jose Chung’s From Outer Space takes on the alien abduction phenomena, as well as playing with the tropes and stereotypes that spring up around them, as well as…

The X-Files (1996) – Grotesque, and Piper Maru

Howard Gordon delivers a script for Grotesque, a monster of the week episode, that won the series an Emmy for cinematography, and gives us a moody piece that first aired on 2 February, 1996. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are requested by Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to help the head of the Behavioural Unit,…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Last Details, and Versus the Cliffhanger

With the penultimate episode of the season, the stakes get raised, and the arc for the season starts to wrap up, which means not only are Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) dealing with their rehearsal dinner, but the return of Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) with a terrifying new weapon, and finding Chuck and…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Wedding Planner, and Versus Agent X

Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) con-man father, Jack Burton (Gary Cole) is back in this fun return of the character, Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner, written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc. It first aired on 19 April, 2011. When Chuck (Zachary Levi) are taken in by a wedding planner con run by Daphne Peralta (Lisa LoCicero)….

Star Trek: The Patrian Transgression (1994) – Simon Hawke

Space, the final frontier… It’s time to continue my travels with the stalwart crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as I join them on their original five year missions to seek out new life, and new civilisations. This time, author Simon Hawke delivers a story that fits well into the style of The Original Series with…

Strange Invaders (1983) – Michael Laughlin

The next alien monster film featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is an interesting one in that it had possibilities and potential, but it’s execution borders on the horrible. Meant to be both homage and satire of the sci-fi movies of the late 50s the story seems like it would work perfectly –…

The X-Files (1995) – Soft Light, and Our Town

Tony Shaloub guest stars in Soft Light, an episode written by Vince Gilligan that first aired on 5 May, 1995. The story is just a fun idea, what if your shadow could kill someone? But, of course, with some extra science in it to give it that x-files edge. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is contacted by…

The X-Files (1994) – Blood, and Sleepless

Mulder (David Duchovny) finds himself in a paranoia and violence filled town in Blood. Written by Glen Morgan and James Wong from a story by Darin Morgan (who had just appeared as the monster in the previous episode), this episode first aired on 30 September, 1994. A seemingly unconnected series of violent incidents leads Mulder…

The X-Files (1994) – Shapes, and Darkness Falls

Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) head to Montana to investigate a murder, which Mulder believes may tie in with older x-files he has regarding the Native American myth of the manitou. Written by Marilyn Osborn, Shapes first aired on 1 April, 1994. I’m not the biggest fan of this episode, because I…

The X-Files (1994) – Lazarus, and Young at Heart

Trouble finds its way into Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) life again this week in Lazarus. Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, it first aired on 4 February, 1994. Scully is working a bank robbery job with another agent, and former boyfriend, Agent Jack Willis (Christopher Allport). When the arrest goes wrong and both the suspect…

The X-Files (1993) – Space, and Fallen Angel

Series creator Chris Carter gives us what is arguably not only the worst episode of the first season, but the entire series in the first entry this week. The episode, Space, first aired on 12 November, 1993, and sees Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating a sabotaged space shuttle mission. Surprise, surprise, Mulder…

Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988) – Donald G. Jackson, and R.J. Kizer

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me to the end of their chapter on Atomic Mutations with this delightful and so bad it’s enjoyable film starring Roddy Pipper, Sandahl Bergman and William Smith… Hell Comes to Frogtown. A decade after humanity has been almost completely wiped out after a planet shattering nuclear war, a…