M*A*S*H (1974) – George, Mail Call, and A Smattering of Intelligence

This week brings is the conclusion of season two of M*A*S*H, and we get started with George. Written by John W. Regier and Gary Markowitz this episode first aired on 16 February, 1974. In a groundbreaking episode, for the time, the story took on the subject of gays in the military. Hawkeye (Alan Alda) learns…

Uncommon Valor (1983) – Ted Kotcheff

Before Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone did it, while it was still a bit of a taboo subject for American society, Gene Hackman, to the strains of a James Horner score gathered to him Robert Stack, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Fred Ward, Tim Thomerson, Randall Cobb, Reb Brown and Kwan Hi Lim to his side,…

The X-Files (1996) – Home, and Teliko

Some Andy Griffith jokes and a great Babe reference doesn’t quite keep the darkness in bay at what was and is considered the most controversial episode of The X-Files ever. Glen Morgan and James Wong delivered ‘Home’ to the viewing public on 11 October, 1996 and it disturbed a lot of viewers. Agents Mulder (David…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Anniversary, and Versus the Suitcase

Season four of Chuck (Zachary Levi) got underway on 20 September, 2010, with Chuck Versus the Anniversary written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak, and was directed by Robert Duncan McNeill (who worked with one of the guest stars in Masters of the Universe) Chuck attempts to keep his promise to Ellie (Sarah…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Home, and Borderland

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman pens the first episode up this week, which originally aired on 22 October, 2004. The Enterprise finally returns home, and the crew, tired from their travails with the Xindi, and the temporal travel of the previous episodes, face the repercussions of their journeys both good and bad. Archer (Scott…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Storm Front Parts I & II

Captain’s log: date unknown Manny Coto launched the fourth and final season of Enterprise with the first part of a two-part story that first debuted on 8 October, 2004. In a story that wraps up both the Xindi arc and the Temporal Cold War/Suliban thread that has been running through the series, both the Enterprise,…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Broken Bow

Captain’s log: 16 April, 2151 The Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise, debuted with the feature length episode, Broken Bow on 26 September, 2001. It was written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. The series is set a century before the adventures portrayed in The Original Series, and introduces us to the crew of the first…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

A space age fairy tale. No matter the themes, social commentary or underpinnings we wish to assign the Skywalker Saga, culminating with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars has always been a space age fairy tale – there are princesses (turned general), knights (both good and bad), evil lords, fortresses,…