Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) – Honor Among Thieves, and Change of Heart

Station log: stardate unknown Rene Echevarria pens this O’Brien (Colm Meaney) episode from a story by Philip Kim. It first aired on 25 February, 1998. O’Brien is recruited by Starfleet Intelligence to infiltrate an Orion Syndicate one of the largest criminal organizations in the Alpha Quadrant, and is required to befriend the man he is…

Star Wars: Han Solo at Star’s End (1979) – Brian Daley

Back in 1979 there wasn’t a lot in the way of Star Wars stories, there definitely wasn’t the Expanded Universe (now the Legends series) or the new canon series of novels. There were Marvel comics which were hokey but still fun, and before The Empire Strikes Back came along we had to use our imagination…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Rise, and Favorite Son

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Brannon Braga pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 26 February, 1997. The Voyager is helping to defend a small colony planet from an assault of asteroids. While carrying out the mission Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) are trapped on…

Proxima Command – An Evening’s Sci-Fi Adventure

Ever since I was a kid and first discovered Star Wars, Star Trek, and science fiction in general, I had dreams of stepping onto the bridge of a starship, or spaceship, and exploring, seeking out new life forms, engaging in intergalactic battles, or watching the stunning starscape slip past my windows. I remember sitting at…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) -Parturition, and Persistence of Vision

Captain’s log: stardate 49068.5 Jonathan Frakes directs this episode that was written by Tom Szollosi that first aired on 9 October, 1995. This episode sees the Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) – Kes (Jennifer Lien) – Neelix (Ethan Phillips) triangle finally dealt with and put to rest. Tom begins to realize he has feelings for…

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda

Post War Poland is the setting for the next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I delve into Ashes and Diamonds from director Andrzej Wajda. Marrying a love story with a post-war thriller, and mixing in some drama, this film is a fantastically made film that delves into the horrors of war…

Space: 1999 (1975/1976) – Matter of Life and Death, and Earthbound

Doctor Helena Russell’s (Barbara Bain) presumed dead husband, Lee Russell (Richard Johnson) mysteriously appears on a planet christened Terra Nova in this episode penned by Art Wallace and Johnny Byrne. This one first debuted on 27 November, 1975, and honestly, is a bit of a low point for the first season. It’s obvious that Lee…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Firstborn, and Bloodlines

Captain’s log: stardate 47779.4 Rene Echevarria writes the teleplay for this episode from a story by Mark Kalbfeld and it first aired on 25 April, 1994. This is a Worf (Micheal Dorn) and Alexander (Brian Bonsall) story that sees the pair attending a Klingon ceremony where Worf is advised to encourage his son to become…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Alpha Child, and Dragon’s Domain

Moonbase Alpha continues it’s not exactly lonely journey through space – there is a lot of life out there apparently, and all so conveniently close for storytelling purposes. First up this week, Koenig (Martin Landau), Dr. Russell (Barbara Bain) and Professor Bergman (Barry Morse) meet the Alpha Child. Written by Christopher Penfold and Edward di…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Blood Oath, and The Maquis: Part I

Station log: stardate unknown Blood Oath sees the return of some familiar Klingon names (and the actors who brought them to life) in this episode that was penned by Peter Allan Fields. It first screened on 27 March, 1994. Kor (John Colicos), Kang (Michael Ansara) and Koloth (William Campbell) all arrive on Deep Space Nine…