Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – The Killing Game: Part II, and Vis a Vis

Captain’s log: stardate 51715.2 The conclusion to the thrilling two-parter The Killing Game is the first episode up this weekend. Penned by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky, it debuted on 4 March, 1998. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) has regained her autonomy thanks to the Doctor (Robert Picardo) neutralizing her neural inhibitor, and she is now aware…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Year of Hell: Part II, and Random Thoughts

Captain’s log: stardate 51425.4 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the conclusion to the intense two-parter Year of Hell. First airing on 12 November, 1997, the episode sees Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) attempting to rescue Chakotay (Robert Beltran) and Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) from the Krenim while the Voyager limps along, on the verge of…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Scorpion Part II, and The Gift

Captain’s log: stardate 51003.7 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the season opener that sees the Voyager crew making a deal with the devil, i.e. the Borg, for safe passage through their space, in exchange for information on how to stop Species 8472. First broadcast on 3 September, 1997, it also sees the introduction of…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Future’s End: Part II, and Warlord

Captain’s log: stardate 50312.5 Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen the conclusion to the two-parter that sees Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran) stuck in the California of the 90s and attempting to stop Henry Starling (Ed Begley, jr.) from disrupting future history, and reclaim the…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Basics: Part II, and Flashback

Captain’s log: stardate 50032.7 Micheal Piller writes the season opener which resolves the season two cliffhanger. Debuting on 4 September, 1996, viewers are quickly reminded that the majority of the Voyager’s crew has been marooned on a remote planet after the Kazon-Nistrim, with Seska’s (Martha Hackett) assistance seized control of their starship. Tom Paris (Robert…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) -Past Tense: Part I, and Part II

Station log: stardate 48481.2 Robert Hewitt Wolfe pens this stellar episode from a story he developed with Ira Steven Behr. First broadcast on 2 January, 1995, the story follows Sisko (Avery Brooks), Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Dax (Terry Farrell) as, thanks to a transporter accident while the Defiant is in orbit around Earth, end up…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – The Search: Part I and II

Station log: stardate 48212.4 Season Three of DS9 got under way on 26 September, 1994, and brought some changes to the show. With the threat of The Dominion hanging not over only the station, but the entire Federation, the game had been raised. Season three opens with a two-parter, the first half was written by…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – The Maquis: Part II, and The Wire

Station log: stardate unknown Last week’s cliffhanger revelation about Cal Hudon (Bernie Casey) impacts Sisko (Avery Brooks) this week as The Maquis: Part II comes to a conclusion. Written by Ira Steven Behr from a story by Rick Berman, Micheal Piller, Jeri Taylor and Behr, the episode continues to lay foundation work for the next…

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…

The Godfather (1972) – Francis Ford Coppola

A cinematic classic. A masterpiece. A gold standard in film. All of these descriptions suit Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s epic novel, The Godfather, perfectly, and it is my next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Thriller genre. Having said all of the above it…