Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – Damage, and The Forgotten

Captain’s log: date unknown Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is still held by the Xindi in the next season three episode, Damage. Written by Phyllis String, the episode first premiered on 21 April, 2004. With the Enterprise reeling from its near destruction by the Xindi attack, and a neighbouring ship requesting help, T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), in…

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) – Irvin Berwick

I continue my journey through the chapter called Nature’s Revenge in DK Canada’s exceptional Monsters in the Movies book. This time around I’m delivered another seaside monster story, and I settled in hoping for some fun. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t come near the sheer so bad it’s good flair of The Beach Girls and the…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) – Civilization, and Fortunate Son

Captain’s log: 31 July, 2151 Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman pen this episode that first aired on 14 November, 2001. When the Enterprise arrives at an Earth-like planet, Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) leads an away mission that allows him to masquerade as one of the planet’s denizens. It seems T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) has discovered that…

Chasm City (2001) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds next science fiction novel, Chasm City, takes place in the same universe as Revelation Space but is not a sequel, instead we are given a future noir tale of revenge, and the human ability to commit good and horrible acts, redemption, and discovery. We visit a couple of planets that were mentioned in…

The Institute (2019) – Stephen King

It doesn’t say it directly, but The Institute, the latest King book I’ve read, could exist in the same world as The Shop from Firestarter, and one wonders if perhaps there’s a connection to the Dark Tower and the breakers or The Dead Zone. The tale follows young Luke Ellis, a bit of a boy…

Toronto After Dark 2019: 8 (2019) – Harold Holscher

Toronto After Dark brings us a tale out of South Africa tonight with 8. Marrying the feel of a haunted house tale with the legends and myths of the tribes of South Africa this film plays almost as a gentle tale, and while light on real scares, there are some character moments that resonate and…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – Warhead and Equinox: Part 1

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Micheal Taylor and Kenneth Biller pen the penultimate episode of the fifth season from a story by Brannon Braga. It first aired on 19 May, 1999. An alien weapon imbued with its own sentience links with the Voyager’s EMH program (Robert Picardo) and takes it over intent on carrying out its…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1999) – Extreme Measures, and The Dogs of War

Station log: stardate 52645.7 We’re closing in on the end of the series, as we delve into the last few episodes comprising The Final Chapter. Extreme Measures, written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, first screened on 19 May, 1999. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and O’Brien (Colm Meaney) let work leak that they have a cure…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Disease, and Course: Oblivion

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Micheal Taylor pens this Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) episode from a story by Kenneth Biller. It first aired on 24 February, 1999. The Voyager comes across a race of aliens, the Varro, a group of space-faring nomads, that are more than a little xenophobic. They’ve been in space for four centuries,…

The Fog (1980) – John Carpenter

The venture into the paranormal continues as I delve into the chapter on ghosts in DK Canada’s very entertaining Monsters in the Movies book. This time, it’s John Carpenter’s take on what plays out as a classic ghost story. The story itself is basic, and in the hands of Carpenter we get a creepy little…