War of the Worlds (1990) – The Deadliest Disease, and Path of Lies

The battle for Earth wages on, in this week’s installment of the science fiction series, War of the Worlds. The Deadliest Disease opens this week’s pair of episodes. It was written by Carl Binder from a story by Wilson Coneybeare. It debuted on 12 February, 1990. A fantastic, revolutionary ‘med cell’ (this actually sounds like…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Scientific Method, and Year of Hell

Captain’s log: stardate 51244.3 Lisa Klink pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Harry Doc Kloor and Sherry Klein. It first aired on 29 October, 1997. There are a number of strange illnesses and events occurring on the Voyager. The Doctor (Robert Picardo) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) are the only…

Star Trek: The IDIC Epidemic (1988) – Jean Lorrah

The Human Adventure continues as I return to the Pocket Book collection of Star Trek novels, While they are non-canon, the writing is definitely becoming stronger, and there are more attempts to reference things that we know have happened (or will). Set during the original five year mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, this novel serves…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Distant Origin, and Displaced

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky pen this smart episode that has a call back to Basics, and also gives us a fun theory about what may have happened sixty five million years ago… We are introduced to a new species called the Voth, who may have evolved from dinosaurs! The episode…

V – The Miniseries (1983) – Part One

Writer/director Kenneth Johnson gave us a modern retelling of the Nazi Third Reich in the event mini-series that so impacted me, and countless others, when it first debuted on 1 May, 1983. It was all I talked about in school, finishing up the sixth grade. I didn’t get to see it all when it aired,…

Space: 1999 (1976) – Ring Around the Moon, and Missing Link

Ring Around the Moon is the first episode up this week, as I continue my travels with Moonbase Alpha. Written by Edward di Lorenzo this story first debuted on 15 January, 1976. A strange yellow energy field has an adverse effect on one of the Alphan techs, as a strange planet pulls it into temporary…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Force of Nature, and Inheritance

Captain’s log: stardate 47310.2 Naren Shankar pens this episode that first aired on 15 November, 1993. Trek stories have always been able to deal in analogy fairly well, but this episode proves to be a little heavy-handed. The Enterprise is searching for a missing Federation vessel, when two scientists from a nearby world arrive aboard,…

The Ipcress Files (1965) – Sidney J. Furie

The next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the classic The Third Man. Having previously reviewed it, I jumped right to the What Else to Watch list, and dove into this spy thriller from the 1960s starring Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. Based on the novel and characters by Len Deighton, this…

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…

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) – Ava DuVernay

Disney’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic young adult novel is a mixed bag at best. The story’ ideas aren’t realised on the screen very well, but there is some nice talk about quantum physics, physics, and science as spiritualism throughout the film that I really enjoyed. Director DuVernay, best known for her documentary work, in…

Star Trek: Deep Domain (1987) – Howard Weinstein

It’s time to delve into strange new worlds, and new civilisations again as I boldly go venturing into the next novel in the Pocket Book Star Trek series. Set between the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the novel has a bit of an ecological theme,…

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Rupert Sanders

Paramount Pictures’ live action adaptation of the classic anime, Ghost in the Shell, hits blu-ray and DVD today. I am going to eschew any discussion of the white-washing controversy surrounding the film’s production, and just focus on the movie itself. I love the original anime, and constantly saw it as kin to the cinematic version…