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…

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) – Ishiro Honda

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues to pay off as I now get to spend some time with that kaiju known the world round as Godzilla. I’ve previously reviewed the original film here. His competition in this film, Mothra, had a film of its own, but in this one, the two beasts go head to…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – The Hand of Fear

  This week’s story sees the TARDIS returning to Earth, and a departure of one of the most well-known companions. The Hand of Fear is a four-part story that was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and ran from 2 October to 23 October, 1976. The Doctor (Baker) and Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) arrive in a…

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) – Sidney J. Furie

  It’s more tights and flights as I continue with the exploration of the cinematic version of Superman with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book as my guide. Christopher Reeve’s time portraying the character of Superman comes to a close with this film, and he so needed a better movie to go out on. The only things…

King Kong Eacapes (1967) – Ishiro Honda

  My time with that big ape continues with my exploration of King Kong titles thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. The fun, goofiness of King Kong Vs. Godzilla would be hard to top, and this film can’t quite seem to do it, though it does introduce the pretty cool, and drastically underused Mechani-Kong!! The…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Dominators

Season 6 opens with a five-part story written by Norman Ashby that ran from 10 August to 7 September, 1968. The TARDIS arrives on the peaceful planet of Dulkis, They arrive almost in conjunction with another spacecraft, one used by a power-hungry race that refers to itself as the Dominators. They and their robot soldiers, called Quarks, have arrived…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) – Shanghaied & Black Pearl

Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) and his one-eyed dog Jake are in for it this time! Roddy McDowall joins the cast this episode, Shanghaied, as Bon Chance Louie. It originally aired 29 September, 1982. It was written by Bellisario, and throws our heroes right into the fire. Corky (Jeff MacKay) is kidnapped by a George R.R. Martin look-alike…