War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

Miami Vice (1986) – Better Living Through Chemistry, and Baby Blues

Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) gets his cover blown in Better Living Through Chemistry. Written by Dick Wolf and Micheal Duggan from a story by Ken Edwards and Larry Rosenthal. It first aired on 14 November, 1986. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs are working to bring down a dealer who claims to have perfected…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Homecoming, and The Circle

Station log: stardate unknown Ira Steven Behr pens the season two opener from a story by himself and Jeri Taylor. We returned to the station on 26 September, 1993. Kira (Nana Visitor) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) venture to a Cardassian world when the Bajoran major receives word that a resistance hero is being held there….

The Golden Compass (1995) – Philip Pullman

Having just recently rewatched the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, I was eager to revisit the novel, which I had read only once about twenty years ago. I remember enjoying the series, but can’t remember anything that happened in the third book of the trilogy, only recalling that I cried a lot….

The Princess Bride (1987) – Rob Reiner

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Fellowship of the Ring is this fantastic adaptation by William Goldman of his highly enjoyable novel, The Princess Bride. Director Rob Reiner gathers a fantastic cast that includes Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – The Host, and The Mind’s Eye

Captain’s log: stardate 44821.1 Airing on 13 May, 1991, The Host is another episode that doesn’t do justice to Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden). This is yet another episode that centres around her character that is just a little too shabby. Written by Michel Horvat, the episode follows Crusher as she has a relationship with Ambassador…

12 Years a Slave (2013) – Steve McQueen

What kind of species are we that we can enslave our fellows? There are two scenes in McQueen’s masterpiece 12 Years a Slave, that shook me to my core. The first was a scene in which Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup is left to hang, while life goes on around him, and another when Solomon is…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan

The Doctor (Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) return to New Earth (though it has changed) and get caught in traffic in Gridlock. Written by Russell T. Davies aired on 14 April, 2007. Martha is a little put out that the Time Lord brings her to one of the same places he took Rose, but before…