Space: 1999 (1975) – Death’s Other Dominion, and Voyager’s Return

Moonbase Alpha and its inhabitants encounter members of a lost Earth Expedition on the far-flung world of Ultima Thule in Death’s Other Dominion. Written by Anthony Terpiloff and Elizabeth Barrows, this episode first debuted on 2 October, 1975. There’s no suggestion of where Ultima Thule is in the galaxy, and how long Alpha has been…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Lower Decks, and Thine Own Self

Captain’s log: stardate 47566.7 Rene Echevarria pens the teleplay for this superior episode from a story by Ron Wilkerson and Jean Louis Matthias. It first debuted on 7 February, 1994. This episode is delightfully unique in that the major characters of the series play supporting roles only. The heart of the tale centres around a…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Breakaway, and Force of Life

After Star Trek, but before Star Wars, Gerry Anderson, who was responsible for such series as UFO, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Fireball XL5 took viewers around the world on an exploration of space, all on our planet’s own moon – which was jolted out of orbit by a nuclear explosion! Playing a little more cerebral…

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…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – The Nth Degree, and Qpid

Captain’s log: stardate 44704.2 Airing on 1 April, 1991, The Nth Degree, written by Joe Menosky, brought back fan favourite Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz). Barclay is slowly finding his way out of his shell, working with Crusher (Gates McFadden) on some theatre workshops. He’s slowly finding his way. The Enterprise arrives at the Argus Array…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989) – Manhunt, and The Emissary

Captain’s log: stardate 42859.2 Between last week’s episode Up the Long Ladder, and the first episode this week, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier opened on 9 June, 1989. It was also the only Trek movie I never saw in the theatre. ten days later, on 19 June, (days after I graduated high school) Manhunt aired…

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – Vonda N. McIntyre

This week’s Book Shelf brings me to the movie adaptation of Star Trek IV, as I continue to enjoy, discover new stories and revisit old ones with the Pocket Book novels. Working from the film’s original script, McIntyre expands on the film’s story, as well as tying it more strongly into her own stories and…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – Gene Roddenberry

  I love my classic Trek, and since they aren’t making anymore of them, I decided that perhaps I’d check in with the Pocket Book series, and read, or in some cases, re-read some of these non-canon adventures of Kirk and Company. Pocket Books picked up the rights for Star Trek novels in 1979, with…