Fringe (2009) – Unleashed, and Bad Dreams

Someone has taken one of Walter’s (John Noble) failed ideas, and perfected it, creating a hybrid animal that can deliver its eggs through a horrible sting, if it doesn’t kill you first. Unleashed was written by Zack Whedon and J.R. Orci. It first aired on 14 April, 2009. A group of animal activists make a…

Inhibitor Phase (2021) – Alastair Reynolds

Orbit Books was kind enough to invite me back to Revelation Space with Alastair Reynolds’ latest novel set in that far flung universe. And once again, he proves himself not only a solid storyteller, but able to constantly meld high space opera with hard-edged sci-fi. The novel, though well able to stand on its own,…

TAD 2021: The Free Fall dir. Adam Stilwell

Toronto After Dark delivers a gaslighting character thriller with The Free Fall, enjoying its Canadian premiere, and comes in as one of my favorite films of the festival. That being said, I saw the truth of what was going on before everything was revealed, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable ride. Sara (Andrea…

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) – Niels Arden Oplev

Back in 2009 it seemed everyone was reading and talking about the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. I read each one voraciously, absorbing each and every detail and loving the dark, thrilling world he created, and the fantastic character of Lisbeth Salander, a brave and powerful heroine with a sense of justice and her own…

Project: Hail Mary (2021) – Andy Weir

I loved Andy Weir’s The Martian, and happily dug into Project: Hail Mary (I still need to read Artemis), and was completely wowed by it. I haven’t had this sense of wonder and sense of discovery and exploration since I read Clarke’s Odyssey and Rama series. Ryland Grace, former biologist turned teacher wakes up and…

The X-Files (1997) – Elegy, and Demons

John Shiban pens the first episode up this week, Elegy, which debuted on 4 May,1997. And, honestly, I forgot how much I liked this episode. Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate a series of murders that seem connected to a bowling alley, and an autistic employee, Harold (Steven M. Porter). According to the…

Bad Boys For Life (2020) – Adil El Arbi & Bilail Fallah

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return for a third go round as those Bad Boys, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in Bad Boys For Life. It’s been seventeen years since we last saw these Miami PD cops ride together, they’re older, the world has changed and so have their lives. Marcus is now a grandfather…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Light and Shadows, and If Memory Serves

Captain’s log: 2257 Ted Sullivan pens this episode from a story he developed with Vaun Wilmott. It first debuted on 28 February, 2019. and sees Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) returning to Vulcan in the search for Spock (Ethan Peck). It seems after his escape and disappearance, he returned to Vulcan, where Amanda (Mia Kirshner) has…

Star Trek: Discovery (2018) – The Wolf Inside, and Vaulting Ambition

Captain’s log: 2257 Lisa Randolph continues the Discovery Mirror Universe arc with The Wolf Inside which first aired on 14 January, 2018. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is in charge of the I.S.S. Shenzou and is ordered to destroy some rebels for the Terran Empire, but she works to do her best to save them all while…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003/2004) – Carpenter Street, and Chosen Realm

Captain’s log: date unknown Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen this time travel tale that first aired on 26 November, 2003. The episode sees Archer (Scott Bakula) and T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) in 21st century Detroit attempting to stop the reptilian Xindi. Leland Orser and an unrecognisable Jeffrey Dean Morgan guest in this episode. When Crewman…