TIFF ’22: The Wonder

With an opening, and an ending that reminds us that how we see stories is all perspective, The Wonder explores the line between fact and faith, science and religion. Based on the book by Emma Donoghue, The Wonder is beguiling, introspective, and moody. In the mid-19th century, an English nurse, Lib Wright (Florence Pugh) who…

M*A*S*H (1982) – Who Knew?, Bombshells, and Settling Debts

Hawkeye (Alan Alda) has a troubling moment when a nurse he was involved with is killed by a landmine, and he realizes as he prepares her eulogy, that he didn’t know anything about her. Written by Elias Davis and David Pollock Who Knew? first aired on 22 November, 1982. While Klinger (Jamie Farr) pesters Charles…

Mission: Impossible (1970) – The Rebel, and Squeeze Play

Mark Lenard guest stars in The Rebel, that sees the IMF team in a south of the border country, attempting to contact some rebels and recover information from them, when things go sideways, and Dana (Lesley Ann Warren) and a couple of the revels are captured (one of whom has the information they need). The…

Mission: Impossible (1969) – The Code, and The Numbers Game

Season Four of Mission: Impossible got underway on 28 September, 1969 with The Code, written by Ken Pettus. Right away, there are changes going on with the series, and the IMF team, there’s a more swinging score, and a new member has joined the team, master of disguise, Paris (Leonard Nimoy, fresh off his three…

M*A*S*H (1977) – Change Day, Images, and The M*A*S*H Olympics

Laurence Marks delivers Change Day, which first aired on 8 November, 1977. It’s announced that the militaty will be changing its scrip to keep the counterfeiters and black marketeers at bay. Charles (David Ogden Stiers) comes up with a money-making scheme to buy up the locals’ scrip at a reduced rate, and then exchange it,…

Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Phoenix, and Trial by Fury

Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team are back out in the field this week as I dive into another pair of assignments in Paramount Canada’s Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series on blu-ray. The Phoenix written by John D.F. Black from a story he created alongside Edward DeBlasio is first up, originally broadcast on…

M*A*S*H (1976) – Smilin’ Jack, The More I See You, and Deluge

B.J. (Mike Farrell), Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and Potter (Harry Morgan) hane to ground a pilot, the titular Smililn’ Jack (Robert Hogan) in this episode penned by Simon Muntner and series developer Larry Gelbart, which first aired on 3 February, 1976. Smilin’ Jack is a helluva pilot, going for chopper pilot of the year, all he…

The X-Files (1996) – Sanguinarium, and Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man

Valerie Mayhew and Vivian Mayhew pen Sanguinarium,an episode that combines witchcraft and dark magics against the backdrop of a cosmetic surgery clinic. First airing on 10 November, 1996, this episode sees agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) called in to investigate a violent death during a run of the mill plastic surgery operation,…