Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – Disaster, and The Game

Captain’s log: stardate 45156.1 Airing on 21 October, 1991, Ronald D. Moore penned the teleplay for this episode from a story created by Ron Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza. Disaster plays much like an Irwin Allen version of a Star Trek episode. Attempting to push characters outside of their comfort zones, or put them in…

The Lost World (1960) – Irwin Allen

  Yet another adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger adventure comes under review thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, but despite having a pretty damned great cast, this one flounders, and you need look no father than the ‘ahem’ dinosaurs to know why. And while Irwin Allen made quite a name for himself in television…

Independence Day (1996) – Roland Emmerich

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brings this combination of sci-fi in the vein of War of the Worlds and an Irwin Allen disaster flick, with a huge dose of popcorn entertainment thrown in as good measure. Now that being said, this film isn’t with its eye-rolling cheese, and its questionable plotlines… the most famous of…

The Towering Inferno (1974) – John Guillermin

The 101 Action Movies brings me to the heights of the 1970s disaster movies with this all-star epic, produced by and some sequences directed by Irwin Allen. I’ve never been a fan of the disaster film sub genre, but with a cast like this it’s hard not to settle in for the adventure, even with an…

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) – Ronald Neame

Irwin Allen. The name is automatically associated with the television series Lost In Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but he’s also inextricably linked with the disaster film sub-genre of action movies, and today’s film on the 101 Action Movies List, produced by Allen cemented the formula for the genre. The Poseidon…