Space: 1999 (1975) – Mission of the Darians, and Black Sun

Johnny Byrne pens this episode that first debuted on 30 October, 1975, that sees Moonbase Alpha encountering yet another alien life form (something that they take way too easily in stride as a series. There should be wonder and discovery associated with these things, but instead we just dive into the story – although there…

Star Wars: Rebel Rising (2017) – Beth Revis

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I am truly enjoying the new canon Star Wars series, yes, I mourn some of the lost stories, now relegated to the Legends pile, but the new novels, comics, television series, and of course, the movies, all tie in with one another. Things are checked,…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Second Sight, and Sanctuary

Station log: stardate 47329.4 Mark Gehred-O’Connell, Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe created the teleplay for this episode from a story by Hehred-O’Connell. It first aired on 21 November, 1993. It’s the fourth anniversary of the battle at Wolf 359, where Sisko’s (Avery Brooks) wife, Jennifer was killed in the Borg attack, and for…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – The Zygon Inversion, and Sleep No More

Peter Harness and Steven Moffat pen the conclusion to the story begun last week in The Zygon Invasion, airing on 7 November, 2015, the episode left the Doctor (Capaldi) in a precarious predicament, the Zygon replacement of Clara (Jenna Coleman) had just launched a rocket at the President of Earth’s (the Doctor) plane – with…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Frame of Mind, and Suspicions

Captain’s log: stardate 46778.1 Frame of Mind is a Brannon Braga scripted tale that first aired on 3 May, 1993, and is a Riker (Jonathan Frakes) centred story. The Enterprise’s First Officer is afraid he is losing his mind, as he seems to be slipping between realities – he is by turns aboard the Federation…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Dark Water and, Death in Heaven

Series Eight of the Time Lord’s travels comes to a dramatic conclusion in this two part finale, in which we see the return of the Cybermen, and the reveal of who Missy (Michelle Gomez) is. Dark Water written by Steven Moffat, first aired on 1 November, 2014. Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Danny (Samuel Anderson) open…

War of the Worlds: The Complete Series

Back in the late 1980s, I was first discovering classic science fiction film and was completely taken in by George Pal’s original War of the Worlds film from 1953. I was in my late teens, and as soon as I heard that there was a new series coming along picking up decades after the original…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The Masterpiece Society, and Conundrum

Captain’s log: stardate 45470.1 Michael Piller and Adam Belanoff pen the teleplay from a story by Belanoff and James Kahn. It first debuted on 10 February, 1992. This story deals with the themes of genetic manipulation, and the treatment of those with ‘disabilities’ including breeding them out. The Enterprise discovers a remote human colony when…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – A Town Called Mercy, and The Power of Three

It’s time for a Western Doctor Who as the Doctor (Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) travel to A Town Called Mercy. Written by Toby Whithouse, the episode first aired on 15 September, 2012. When the Time Lord and his Companions arrive in the American Old West, they find themselves confronting a town…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Trench 11 – Leo Scherman

Zombie Night at the Toronto After Dark film festival continues at the Scotiabank Theatre with the Toronto Premiere of the Canadian biological horror film, Trench 11. Without putting too fine a point on it, this has been my favourite film of the festival so far. It’s not overly zombie-filled, but the story is captivating, it’s…