V – The Series (1984) – The Overlord, and The Dissident

While Julie (Faye Grant) confronts allegations of treason, Donovan (Marc Singer), Elias (Micheal Wright) and Tyler (Micheal Ironside) could be walking into a trap when they agree to help a small mining town take on some Visitor backed villains. The Overlord was written by David Abramowitz, and first aired on 30 November, 1984. The town…

V – The Series (1984) – The Sanction, and Visitor’s Choice

The battle for Earth continues this week, along with a healthy dose of melodrama, as I continue exploring V – The Series. Up first is The Sanction, written by Brian Taggert, who worked on The Final Battle, this story first aired on 16 November, 1984. Mike Donovan’s (Marc Singer) son, Sean (Nicky Katt) is being…

V – The Series (1984/1985) – Breakout, and The Deception

Plot holes, and continuity errors begin to crop up in the V The Series already, when Breakout comes to the screen this week. Written by David Braff, this episode, the third in production, and intended to be broadcast as such, wasn’t aired until 24 May, 1985. This causes some problems with characters meeting, and the…

V – The Series (1984) – Liberation Day, and Dreadnought

V – The Series brought the Visitors and the renewed battle for Earth to television on a weekly basis, and despite being a costly production (a calculated one million dollars per episode, which was unheard of at the time), it just seemed doomed to fail. I mean with a budget like that, you think someone…

V – The Final Battle (1984) – Part One

We had to wait a year to see what would happen next in Kenneth Johnson’s V story, but he left the follow-up miniseries due to creative differences. He saw more of a Holocaust-Resistance story and the studio wanted something more gangbusters action adventure in the vein of Star Wars if they could get it. The…

V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part Two

Part two of the iconic science fiction mini-series V, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, aired on 2 May, 1983.  It aired the following night after part one, no week’s wait, not even a couple of days. This was an event, and for two nights it ruled television. Continuing it’s sci-fi retelling of Nazi Germany…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Denis Villeneuve

Villeneuve’s stunningly beautiful sequel to the seminal, and iconic, 1982 Ridley Scott film is released to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers. With Scott serving as executive producer, and a story by original film scribe Hampton Fancher (joined by Michael Green), Villeneuve working with cinematographer Roger Deakins brings us another tale set in the…

Predator 2 (1990) – Stephen Hopkins

Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Robert Davi, Maria Conchita Alonso and Ruben Blades are in the sights of an alien in Predator 2, the next stop as I close in on the end of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Following on the trail of the original 1987 film, Predator 2 is a bit of a…

Strange Days (1995) – Kathryn Bigelow

My time with the films of James Cameron for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book comes to an end with this film that he penned the script for, and gave to the incredibly talented Kathryn Bigelow to direct. Ralph Fiennes stars as Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler, with a charming side that can sell…

Anchors Aweigh (1945) – George Sidney

  Frank Sinatra joins Gene Kelly in this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Singin’ in the Rain. The two crooners star as naval officers Clarence Doolittle (Sinatra) and Joseph Brady (Kelly). They arrive in Los Angeles, having been decorated for their service on a four…

Crash (2004) – Paul Haggis

  Walking away with the Academy Awards for Best Picture (controversially – as Brokeback Mountain was the presumptive winner), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, writer/director Paul Haggis’ tale of a cross-section of denizens of Los Angeles, tied together by race, loss and redemption come together in Crash, my next recommendation from the Great Movies…

Magnum, p.i. (1986) – Photo Play and L.A.

  The season 6 finale, Photo Play, originally aired 10 April, 1986 and was written by Bruce Cervi from a story by Chas. Floyd Johnson. Shelley Faraday (Cassie Yates) is a photographer working on a book about road signs, she hires Thomas (Tom Selleck) for help because it seems someone is trying to steal something…