The Prisoner (1967) – A. B. and C., and Free For All

Anthony Skene pens A. B. and C. which sees Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) dealing with a new assault, this time on his mind, as a new Number Two (Colin Gordon) uses dream manipulation to attempt to sift the truth of Six’s resignation. First airing on 13 October, 1967, it sees Six being drugged at night,…

The Prisoner (1967) – Arrival, and The Chimes of Big Ben

The Prisoner is a series I had long heard about, but, for some reason known only to some deep, dark corner of my psyche, I had never watched. Everything I heard about it suggested I would enjoy it, that it would be right up my alley. But I never dug in and screened it… ……

The X-Files (1999) – Two Fathers, and One Son

The mythology arc spins up in a big way with Two Fathers. Written by series creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, the episode first debuted on 7 February, 1999, and sees the return of Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright), the reveal to Mulder (David Duchovny), Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) that CSM (William B….

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) – Ian Fleming

The eleventh 007 book, and tenth novel, by Ian Fleming is this week’s entry on the Book Shelf, and you could see how the film series would begin to influence the continuing novels as we get a mention of Bond’s parentage, with his father being a Scot, and there is an increasing sense of Connery…

Orphan Black S03E08 – Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method

  Buckle up Clone Club! Here comes the terrifying run to the season finale!! And this episode definitely starts to ramp up the tension! Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) discovers another Leda clone in the form of a blonde beautician┬ánamed Crystal (Tatiana Maslany). She seems like a bit of a flake, but may be smarter than she…

All is Lost (2013) – J.C. Chandor

  I’m a huge Robert Redford fan, and I love boats and ships so this one seemed like a sure match for me. Played with almost no dialogue (what there is, is few and far between, and scant at that), Redford is the lone soul aboard the Virginia Jean. A competent and resourceful sailor he…

The Newsroom S02E08 – Election Night Part I

  HBO’s brilliant Aaron Sorkin drama roared back to the screen this past Sunday after a one week absence (believe me I noticed) and brought the pot to a steady and feverish boil as we follow the ACN News Night team through election night of November 8, 2012, amidst all the problems the blown story…