Mission: Impossible (1970) – Phantoms, and Terror

The IMF are working to stop a brutal dictator by haunting him, and making his staff think it’s time for him to retire this week in Phantoms. Written by Laurence Heath, this episode first debuted on 8 February, 1970. Leo Vorka (Luther Adler) is getting older, but his hold on his country remains iron tight….

The X-Files (2002) – Scary Monsters, and Jump the Shark

FBI Agent, Leyla Harrison (Jolie Jenkins), from the accounting department is back in Scary Monsters. Written by Thomas Schnauz, this episode first aired on 14 April, 2002. Doggett (Robert Patrick) and Reyes (Annabeth Gish) get roped into helping Harrison, after Scully (Gillian Anderson) passes on a potential case the young agent brings her. Two bizarre…

The Lone Gunmen (2001) – Pilot, and Bond, Jimmy Bond

The second X-Files spinoff series launched on 4 March, 2001, and was written by Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban and Vince Gilligan, all of whom share a created by credit for it. The series follows Mulder’s ‘friends’ Frohike (Tom Braidwood), Langly (Dean Haglund), and Byers (Bruce Harwood), their magazine, The Lone Gunmen, and their…

Hotel Mumbai (2018) – Anthony Maras

Hotel Mumbai plays out as a white knuckle thriller, made all the more breathless because it is based on an actual event. The terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008, At the story’s center is the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, the lap of luxury for its guests, with a staff that are devoted to making sure…

Mission: Impossible (1969) – The Bunker: Part 2, and Nitro

Paul Playdon delivers the second part to The Bunker. The conclusion to the fun and smart story first aired on 9 March, 1969. While Phelps (Peter Graves) is still undercover within the bunker, keeping an eye on the captured Rojak (Milton Selzer) and his forced work on a missile, the rest of the team move…

Furious 7 (2015) – James Wan

Paul Walker’s final Fast and the Furious franchise due to his untimely death, who died during production, and caused the creative team to decide whether to work a way around that, or scrap the film entirely. Obviously, they worked around it, and the film itself is a huge action film that also gives Walker’s character,…

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Renny Harlin

The Long Kiss Goodnight should be better than it is. It’s got quite the pedigree. Director Renny Harlin had given us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and a solid entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series with The Dream Master. There’s a score by Alan Silvestri, a script by Shane Black (who is damned reliable…

Win, Lose or Die (1989) – John Gardner

John Gardner’s eighth 007 novel is on the book shelf this week, and honestly, as much as I have been enjoying his take on James Bond, I think this may be my favourite one so far. Bond finds himself facing off against a terrorist organisation known as BAST who have plans to infiltrate a Russian/American/British…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – In a Mirror, Darkly Part II, and Demons

Captain’s log: 18 January, 2155 The mirror universe two-parter comes to a conclusion this week in an episode written by Micheal Sussman from a story by Manny Coto. It first debuted (with its altered opening credits sequence) on 29 April, 2005. Archer (Scott Bakula) has seized control of the U.S.S. Defiant from the Prime Universe,…