Star Trek: Voyager (1995) -Parallax, and Time and Again

Captain’s log: stardate 48439.7 Brannon Braga pens the first episode following the series opening, from a story by Jim Trombetta. It debuted on 23 January, 1995. Voyager has begun its journey home, and as the Starfleet and Maquis crews attempt to integrate, they receive a distress call from a ship, a ship stuck in a…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Alpha Child, and Dragon’s Domain

Moonbase Alpha continues it’s not exactly lonely journey through space – there is a lot of life out there apparently, and all so conveniently close for storytelling purposes. First up this week, Koenig (Martin Landau), Dr. Russell (Barbara Bain) and Professor Bergman (Barry Morse) meet the Alpha Child. Written by Christopher Penfold and Edward di…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – The Planet of the Dead, and The Waters of Mars

The Planet of the Dead plunges David Tennant’s Doctor into his ante-penultimate adventure, Planet of the Dead. He’s joined on his adventure by Michelle Ryan as cat-burglar Lady Christina de Souza. Written by Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts this special, the second of five, first aired on 11 April, 2009. The Doctor finds himself…

Quantum Leap (1992) – Running for Honor and Temptation Eyes

Sam (Scott Bakula) is a cadet at Prescott Naval College in Running for Honor. Written by Bobby Duncan, this episode had an airdate of 15 January, 1992. It’s 11 June, 1964, and Sam has leaped into Tommy York, and Al (Dean Stockwell) informs him he’s there to save a life. In the original history, a…

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) – Chris Carter

The last episode of season 9, and the presumed end of the series before its relaunch in 2016 aired on 19 May, 2002,  six years later Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are put into action again, and so am I as I investigate the cinematic entries for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book….

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) – Phil Tippett

  Special effects expert and modelmaker, Phil Tippet, slips into the director’s chair for the first of two direct-to-dvd sequels to Paul Verhoven’s original militaristic sci-fi war film, which is the next stop in the supremely enjoyable, Sci-Fi Chronicles book. A group of troopers, in an abandoned outpost find that they are in deeper trouble…

Serenity (2005) – Joss Whedon

  Ahhh, Serenity. I’m so glad I got a chance to watch this one again, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I remember the year Firefly started, and the now legendary story of how Fox screwed everything up and didn’t give Joss Whedon and the show the support it deserved. Despite that of course, when…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Under World and Fragments

  It’s more fun and excitement in Hawaii this week as Thomas (Tom Selleck) and company end up in trouble, adventure and the target of murder… First up is Under World, written by Reuben Leder, this episode had an original airdate of 25 October, 1984. T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) is flying a honeymoon couple to Maui, where…

We Are Still Here (2015) – Ted Geoghegan 

  Coming out today from Anchor Bay, available on both Blu-Ray and DVD is this film that is bound to be a divisive one for the horror community. If you’re a gore hound, love your jump scares, or just have a short attention span and a need for instant gratification, this may not be the…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Face of Evil

  Part of the Doctor’s (Baker) past comes back to haunt him this week. Though it would have had a bit more of a punch if this were a sequel to a previously televised story. This four-part tale was written by Chris Boucher and had originally ran from 1 January to 22 January, 1977. The Doctor and…

6 Degrees of Hell (2012) – Joe Raffa

  Releasing from Anchor Bay today is this little horror film, that I’m sorry to say, is probably best left unseen. Part advertisement for an actual place, the Hotel of Horror, check it out here, and part, what feels like some poorly written and edited Fox television show from the 90s, 6 Degrees of Hell…