Cronos (1993) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro’s first feature film is the next title up for viewing thanks to DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. I recall watching it when it first came to home video years ago, and was more than ready to dive into this take on the classic vampire tale from one of my favorite directors….

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Projections, and Elogium

Captain’s log: stardate 48892.1 Johnathan Frakes directs this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode that was written by Brannon Braga and first aired on 11 September, 1995. When the holographic Doctor is activated, he discovers the ship is practically deserted but for Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Torres (Roxann Dawson) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) after a Kazon attack. With…

Space: 1999 (1975/1976) – Matter of Life and Death, and Earthbound

Doctor Helena Russell’s (Barbara Bain) presumed dead husband, Lee Russell (Richard Johnson) mysteriously appears on a planet christened Terra Nova in this episode penned by Art Wallace and Johnny Byrne. This one first debuted on 27 November, 1975, and honestly, is a bit of a low point for the first season. It’s obvious that Lee…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Alpha Child, and Dragon’s Domain

Moonbase Alpha continues it’s not exactly lonely journey through space – there is a lot of life out there apparently, and all so conveniently close for storytelling purposes. First up this week, Koenig (Martin Landau), Dr. Russell (Barbara Bain) and Professor Bergman (Barry Morse) meet the Alpha Child. Written by Christopher Penfold and Edward di…

Space: 1999 (1975) – Collision Course, and War Games

Moonbase Alpha continues it’s journey across the stars in this week’s pair of episodes! Up first is Collision Course, written by Anthony Terpiloff, this episode first debuted on 18 September, 1975. Alan (Nick Tate) is leading a flight of Eagles in front of Alpha to blow up an asteroid that is on a collision course…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Dark Page, and Attached

Captain’s log: stardate 47254,1 Airing on 1 November, 1993, this episode sees the return of Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxanna (Majel Barrett) returns for another visit, and also features an appearance by a young Kirsten Dunst as a young telepathic alien named Hedril. Written by Hilary J. Bader, the story gives a little more…

Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky (1987) – Margaret Wander Bonanno

This week’s visit to the Book Shelf brings me the second Giant Star Trek novel from Pocket Books, and gives us a a different look at the first contact between Humans and Vulcans, a plot point that would later be visited in Star Trek: First Contact, though it could be argued that this book complements…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Timescape, and Descent

Captain’s log: stardate 46944.2 Directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam, this episode was penned by Brannon Braga and first aired on 14 June, 1993. I’m always a fan of episodes that play with time loops, time travel, paradoxes and such, and this one ends up being very enjoyable. Travelling back to the Enterprise, Picard (Patrick…

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…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Babel and, Captive Pursuit

Station log: stardate 46423.7 Miles (Colm Meaney) is having a hard time on the station as one system after another seems to be going down, and it’s up to him to see after all the repairs. But things are about to get a whole lot worse. This episode written by Michael McGreevey and Naren Shankar…

The Bounty (1984) – Roger Donaldson

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my return to the action genre and my screening of The Pirates of the Caribbean, is The Bounty. This one has everything working for it, a score by Vangelis, an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis,…