Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Emergence, and Preemptive Strike

Captain’s log: stardate 47869.2 Joe Menosky pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Brannon Braga, and it first aired on 9 May, 1994. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), Data (Brent Spiner) and the rest of the crew, are troubled, and surprised to learn that the Enterprise’s A.I. is becoming self-aware and may in…

Miami Vice (1984) – Calderone’s Return Part I & II

This two parter sees the threat of the pilot episode come back to wreak revenge on Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas). The first episode, originally aired as The Hit List was written by Joel Surnow, and first broadcast on 19 October, 1984. Sonny is due in court for a divorce…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Lie of the Land, and Empress of Mars

The conclusion to the Monk Trilogy is our first episode this week. Written by Toby Whithouse, the episode first aired on 3 June, 2017. The Monks have changed history, having assumed control of Earth when power of consent was given by Bill (Pearl Mackie) at the conclusion of last week’s episode, when she had them…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Past Prologue, and A Man Alone

Station log: stardate unknown Airing on 10 January, 1993, this episode, the first one broadcast following the series premiere was written by Katharyn Powers. The episode continues with its world-building as we are introduced to the Cardasssian, Garak (Andrew Robinson) who begins a very enjoyable, and sometimes manipulative, friendship with Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig). The…

Children of Dune (1976) – Frank Herbert

Thus week, I returned to the desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune. The third book in the series picks up some nine to ten years after the last novel, Dune Messiah. The last novel ended with Paul Atreides, Maud’Dib, wandering into the deep desert in the Fremen tradition of discarding the old and…