Mission: Impossible (1968) – The Cardinal, and The Elixir

John T. Dugan puts the IMF team through their paces in this episode he wrote, The Cardinal, which first aired on 17 November, 1968. Phelps (Peter Graves) and his team are asked to sneak into a country behind the Iron Curtain (which looks amazingly like Southern California) and deal with General Zepke (Theodore Bikel), a…

The X-Files (1999) – Two Fathers, and One Son

The mythology arc spins up in a big way with Two Fathers. Written by series creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, the episode first debuted on 7 February, 1999, and sees the return of Cassandra Spender (Veronica Cartwright), the reveal to Mulder (David Duchovny), Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) that CSM (William B….

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) – Adam Marcus

New Line Cinema takes over the reins of the Voorhees series for the next three films, and for their first film, the creator of the original film, Sean Cunningham insisted on something different. Adam Marcus, who served as the film’s director, and one of the film’s writers definitely did that, and delivered one of the…

The Big Four (1927) – Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot is reunited with his old friend Captain Hastings who comes to England to see his old friend, but the duo find themselves caught up in their biggest adventure yet. The Big Four moves the characters into some new territory, almost James Bondian in nature, as the pair encounter an international master criminal (well…

Star Wars: The Last Command (1993) – Timothy Zahn

Five years after the events of The Return of the Jedi, the battle against the Empire continues, as the blossoming New Republic gears up for a final encounter with Grand Admiral Thrawn in the third volume of Timothy Zahn’s trilogy that truly launched the original Star Wars Expanded Universe. While Thrawn plans to cripple the…

Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon (1983) – L. Neil Smith

Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon, with his pilot droid and friend Vuffi Raa at his side finds his way into more trouble this week in L. Neil Smith’s second book in his trio of Star Wars novels that follows the scoundrel and gambler. Lando just can’t seem to make a living as a freighter…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Project Daedalus, and The Red Angel

Captain’s log: 2257 Jonathan Frakes returns to direct this episode that first aired on 14 March, 2019 and was written by Michelle Paradise. When members of the Discovery crew infiltrate a Section 31 station, Pike (Anson Mount) and the rest begin to fear they have a leak aboard ship. Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Spock (Ethan…

Star Trek: Discovery (2017) – Choose Your Pain, and Lethe

Captain’s log: December 2256 Kemp Powers pens the teleplay for Choose Your Pain from a story by Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts and Kemp. It first aired on 15 October, 2017, and sees a familiar character return to this version of the Trek Universe. While Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) starts to worry about the pain…

Star Trek: Legacy (1991) – Michael Jan Friedman

More voyages with the starship Enterprise this week, as I dig into another of The Original Series novels from Pocket Books. Set during the original five year mission headed by Captain James T. Kirk, Friedman gives us a Spock story, that ties into his earlier missions with Captain Christopher Pike, who also makes appearances in…

Star Trek: Voyager (2001) – The Void, and Workforce

Captain’s log: stardate 54553.4 Raf Green and James Kahn pen the teleplay for this episode from a story developed by Green and Kenneth Biller. It first debuted on 14 February, 2001. As the Voyager continues it’s homeward journey, they tumble into a subspace pocket which has trapped ships over the years, and those aboard the…