The X-Files (2000) – First Person Shooter, and Theef

William Gibson and Tom Maddox pen First Person Shooter, an episode which first aired on 27 February, 2000.There are some elements of sexism and toxic masculinity throughout this story, because it has permeated the game culture that is at the episode’s heart. When a young man dies while playing an immersive First Person Shooter, evidence…

Millennium (1997) – A Single Blade of Grass, and The Curse of Frank Black

Erin Maher and Kay Reindl deliver the first real misstep of the Millennium television series with A Single Blade of Grass. Originally airing on 24 October, 1997 the story sees Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) travelling to New York City to investigate a body discovered there, on a construction site turned archaeological site turned crime scene….

Mission: Impossible (1966) – A Spool There Was, and The Carriers

Ellis Marcus spins a story for Rollin (Martin Landau) and Cinnamon (Barbara Bain) this week with A Spool There Was. First airing on 12 November, 1966, Dan (Steven Hill) recruits the pair to head to an island country in an effort to recover a wire recording that was hidden by an agent that was being…

No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987) – John Gardner

James Bond is back in this week’s book shelf, as I continue my adventures with 007, and John Gardner’s sixth novel chronicling the missions of the British secret agent. This time, Bond’s adventure takes him from England into Ireland and then to the Far East with a tension-filled ending set in China. M assigns 007…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – The Seventh, and The Communicator

Captain’s log: date unknown Brannon Braga and Rick Berman pen the first episode up this week. Debuting on 6 November, 2002, this Arher (Scott Bakula)/T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) story that ends up being a bit of a thriller. The pair engage in the pursuit of a Vulcan fugitive, Menos (Bruce Davidson), who one eluded capture by…

The Good Liar (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Watching Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen dance and weave around one another in The Good Liar, was, for me, a cinematic joy. These two actors share the screen together for the first time, and Warner Brothers brings it home on blu-ray for you today. McKellen plays Roy, a conman who seems to have no scruples…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1997) – Blaze of Glory, and Empok Nor

Station log: stardate unknown Eddington (Ken Marshall) returns in this episode written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe that first aired on 12 May, 1997. The Maquis are planning on launching a bio-weapon assault against Cardassia, who since their alliance with the Dominion has made things more desperate for the Maquis. Captain Sisko…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) – Rise, and Favorite Son

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Brannon Braga pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs. It first aired on 26 February, 1997. The Voyager is helping to defend a small colony planet from an assault of asteroids. While carrying out the mission Tuvok (Tim Russ) and Neelix (Ethan Phillips) are trapped on…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Dreadnought, and Death Wish

Captain’s log: stardate 49447.0 Torres’ (Roxann Dawson) past catches up with her in this episode directed by LeVar Burton and written by Gary Holland. It first aired on 12 February, 1996. A Cardassian missile, known as Dreadnought, has ended up in the Delta Quadrant. It’s computer intelligence believes it is still in the Alpha quadrant,…