Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru (1989) – Julia Ecklar

With a framing story set after the events of The Motion Picture, but with the uniforms introduced in The Wrath of Khan, so sometime during the second big mission, The Kobayashi Maru is more a collection of short stories as each member in a damaged shuttle tells a tale of their encounter with the famous…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Live Fast and Prosper, and Muse

Captain’s log: stardate 53849.2 Identity theft still exists in the 24th century as we learn in this episode directed by LeVar Burton and written by Robin Burger. First airing on 19 April, 2000, the story follows a trio of thieves Dala (Kaitlin Hopkins), Mobar (Gregg Daniel) and Zar (Francis Guinan),who are impersonating Janeway (Kate Mulgrew),…

The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960) – Silvio Amadio

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me one of the great Greek Myths, as I explore the chapter on Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales. This time, it’s the story of the minotaur in this Italian film that has a number of titles associated with it, including Theseus and the Minotaur and The Minotaur. A…

The Cat Returns (2002) – Hiroyuki Morita

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Spirited Away for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this light-hearted adventure from Studio Ghibli. Shorter than the other entries on the list, this oneĀ  is whimsical and a pleasant adventure. The story follows young Haru, who after saving the life…

Star Trek: Timetrap (1988) – David Dvorkin

Space, the final frontier. David Dvorkin pens another Trek novel, and this one is a huge step up from his previous effort The Trellisane Confrontation, although the climax of the book plays out pretty quickly once it’s reached. The idea is well executed. The in-story continuity suggests the novel takes place after The Voyage Home,…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) -Waltz, and Who Mourns for Morn?

Station log: stardate 51408.6 Ronald D. Moore pens this episode that first aired on 8 January, 1998. Captain Sisko (Avery Books) is on assignment, escorting Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) to trial, for war crimes during the course of the ongoing Dominion War. Dukat is a changed man, he’s lost control of his empire, been ousted…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Basics: Part II, and Flashback

Captain’s log: stardate 50032.7 Micheal Piller writes the season opener which resolves the season two cliffhanger. Debuting on 4 September, 1996, viewers are quickly reminded that the majority of the Voyager’s crew has been marooned on a remote planet after the Kazon-Nistrim, with Seska’s (Martha Hackett) assistance seized control of their starship. Tom Paris (Robert…