The Mountain Master of Sha Tin (2019) – Ian Hamilton

I’ve been hooked on Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee books since I first discovered them. I devour them voraciously as I follow the brilliant, and brave young woman on her adventures. She continues to work, somewhat, as a forensic accountant, but her life has changed a lot since I first met her, and she has become…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Nagus, and Vortex

Station log: stardate unknown Ira Steven Behr pens the teleplay from a story by David Livingston which finds Quark (Armin Shimerman) getting into some trouble when the Ferengi Grand Nagus, Zek (Wallace Shawn) arrives on the station. This episode first aired on 21 March, 1993. In a fun bit, O’Brien (Colm Meaney) is overseeing the…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – The Passenger, and Move Along Home

Station log: stardate unknown Morgan Grendel, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Micheal Piller pen this episode from a story by Grendel that first aired on 21 February 1993. This episode, while not stellar, balances the A and B story of the episode nicely, and builds the characters a little more. Kira (Nana Visitor) and Bashir (Alexander…

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…

The Leopard (1963) – Luchino Visconti

The next film on the What Else to Watch list from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following my screening of Ossessione is this three hour epic starring Burt Lancaster. Lancaster plays Prince Don Fabrizio Salina, the ageing patriarch of a dying dynasty. It’s Sicily in the 1860s and political and social upheavals cause Fabrizio great…

The Godfather Trilogy – Francis Ford Coppola

Paramount Pictures is celebrating the 45th anniversary with a re-release of the 1972 classic The Godfather, and its two sequels. I have a bit of a sordid history with these films. I’ve never been a fan of crime family stories, I can’t relate to them, and have never understood the hypocrisy that seems inherent in…

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – Vonda N. McIntyre

Vonda McIntyre adapts her second Star Trek film to novel form, as I continue to boldy go with the non-canon adventures of James T. Kirk and company. Featuring a passing tie-in to her own novel Entropy Effect with her character of Mandala Flynn hetting a mention, as well as her fixation on Sulu, this novel…

Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Tigers Fan and Forever in Time

  Loss hits private investigator, Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), pretty hard this week, as we continue our travels in Hawaii in the show’s final season. Tigers Fan was written by Bruce Cervi, and originally aired on 4 November, 1987. When his friend, and fellow Detroit Tigers fan, Lt. Yoshi Tanaka (Kwan Hi Lim) is murdered,…

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) – Vonda N. McIntyre

  Vonda N. McIntyre who had previously written the Trek tale, The Entropy Effect, which is given a bit of a reference in this one, adapts the screenplay for the second film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan into novel form. There are some nice differences, changes in dialogue and expanded scenes and characters…