Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Widow, and Trek

Season two of Mission: Impossible launched on 10 September, 1967, with The Widow written by Barney Slater. Viewers knew right away that something had changed, Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) was replaced without explanation by Peter Graves, taking command of the IMF team as Jim Phelps, and Martin Landau finds himself in the opening credits, right…

The X-Files (1993) – Space, and Fallen Angel

Series creator Chris Carter gives us what is arguably not only the worst episode of the first season, but the entire series in the first entry this week. The episode, Space, first aired on 12 November, 1993, and sees Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating a sabotaged space shuttle mission. Surprise, surprise, Mulder…

Monster From Green Hell (1957) – Kenneth G. Crane

The atomic mutations chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies continues to entertain with some wonderfully bad movies, featuring creatures affected by radiation. This time around it’s a giant wasp stalking the grasslands and jungles of Africa. Combining a jungle picture (using lots of stock footage) with a creature feature (which has some enjoyable,…

Killer Ape (1953) – Spencer Gordon Bennet

I knew that they all can’t be winners, but this one was scrape off the bottom of your shoe bad. Killer Ape with one time Tarzan, Johnny Weismuller as Jungle Jim is the next film in DK Canada’s always enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. This entry, in the chapter on monstrous apes, was just…

Hot Docs 2016: Operation Avalanche – Matt Johnson

  It’s right there in the title, Operation Avalanche, it’s a snow job. This faux documentary is played straight, pretending to be a film edited together from film shot by a pair of agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) posing as filmmakers, working on a documentary about the Apollo program at the height of the…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Lost Planet of the Gods

  This week’s look at Galactica, in the Bellisario & Cannell files, sees the two-parter which aired part one on September 24, 1978, and part two on October 1, 1978. Written By Glen A. Larson and Bellisario the series continues its space opera sense of storytelling, alongside some outdated thoughts on women. The episode opens…

Invaders From Mars (1953)

Huh. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brought me this film, that is simply the height of B-movies in a time when American xenophobia seemed to be at its height. The fear of the other, the Cold War, and nuclear destruction are hard at work in this film. But sometimes you just need a giggle. All of…