Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Concerning Flight, and Mortal Coil

Captain’s log: stardate 51386.4 Joe Menosky pens this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs and Menosky. It first aired on 26 November, 1997. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) gets to take the stage, joined by the ship’s holographic version of da Vince (John Rhys-Davies) when a group of pirates steal the Voyager’s computer core, and…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Gambit Part II, and Phantasms

Captain’s log: stardate 47160.1 Ronald D. Moore pens the second part of this two-parter, based on a story by Naren Shankar. Airing on 18 October, 1993, it completes the story of Picard (Patrick Stewart) posing as Galen with a gang of intergalactic pirates who pillage archaeological sites. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is still held by Baran…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Interface, and Gambit Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 47215.5 Airing on 4 October, 1993, Interface is a Geordi (LeVar Burton) story written by Joe Menosky. When the Enterprise’s Chief Engineer receives news of the disappearance of his mother’s, Captain Silva La Forge (Madge Sinclair), starship, it affects his current assignment of using a virtual reality probe to explore and rescue…

Treasure Island (1950) – Byron Haskin

Disney’s tale on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of pirates and high adventure is the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl for the action genre. Disney branched away from animated shorts and films with this,…

Star Trek: Mindshadow (1986) – J.M. Dillard

The Human Adventure continues on the Book Shelf this week with some more non-canon Star Trek adventures. And for the first time in a long time, this was a Trek book I enjoyed. Dillard has a knack for the characters, and while some of the beats may not have been completely inline with Trek, I…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Enlightment

  We come to the conclusion of the Black Guardian Trilogy this week as the 20th season continues. This four part story was written by Barbara Clegg and aired from 1 to 9 March, 1983. Turlough (Mark Strickson) comes to a choice as the TARDIS finds itself involved, peripherally, in a race around the planets,…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Terminus

  The second part of the Black Guardian Trilogy gets under way with this story, Terminus, that was penned by Steve Gallagher and ran from 15 to 23 February, 1983. The Doctor (Davison) may still be unaware of the threat that Turlough (Mark Strickson) poses to him, as the young man is still under the…

Triplanetary (1948) – E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith

  I’ve been loving my time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. And as I believe I’ve mentioned before, the book doesn’t only cover film and television, it deals with stage, music, comics and novels. Being in the midst of the pulp era of science fiction, I thought I would take a look at one of…

Swiss Family Robinson (1960) – Ken Annakin

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for a viewing of Robin Hood, is this Disney take on the book of the same name, that set the tone and style for family adventure for some time. I had never seen this film, and was quite delighted to settle…

The Dark Matter S01e02 – Pilot II

  The crew of the Raza are back tonight on Space, and after last week’s reveal, this Friday couldn’t get quick enough!! Each of the crew, in their own way, seems to be trying to deal with the possible revelation about who they actually are, and what that means for their current assignment. Do they…