The X-Files (1998) – The Pine Bluff Variant, and Folie a Deux

The Pine Bluff Variant, the first of the two episodes this week, is more of a conspiracy thriller, and gives us an X-Files episode without any supernatural or paranormal leanings. Written by John Shiban, the episode first hit the airwaves on 3 May, 1998. Scully (Gillian Anderson) is suspicious of Mulder’s (David Duchovny) behaviour, especially…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Survivors, and The Bank

The second season of Mission: Impossible continues to up its game with The Survivors. In fact, three episodes in, and I feel this second season has a completely different feel from the first. Sure, there’s the arrival of Phelps (Peter Graves) but, so far, the stories feel sharper, arguably more tense, and pretty damned enjoyable….

The X-Files (1997) – Small Potatoes, and Zero Sum

Small Potatoes brings back fan favourite writer Darin Morgan, this time in an acting role, in a script penned for him by Vince Gilligan. First debuting on 20 April, 1997, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) get to delve into a comic episode that sees them encountering Eddie Van Blundht (Morgan) after they investigate…

Maverick (1994) – Richard Donner

Apparently, I’m still watching more Richard Donner movies, and this one I haven’t seen in years! Based on the television show from the 60s, Maverick comes to the big screen with Mel Gibson in the titular role, while the series original star, James Garner, co-stars as Marshall Zane Cooper. Jodie Foster rounds out the above…

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…

The X-Files (1995) – Paper Clip, and D.P.O.

The third episode in the season finale/opener that began with Anasazi plunges Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) further into the still developing mythology arc of the series with this episode, Paper Clip, written by series creator, Chris Carter. First airing on 29 September, 1995 the episode sees the agents on the run, investigating…

The X-Files (1995) – Anasazi, and The Blessing Way

Series creator Chris Carter (who makes a cameo in this episode) penned the teleplay from a story he and David Duchovny developed, and season two of The X-Files came to a conclusion on 19 May, 1995, with Anasazi. In a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, something that looks like an alien corpse is recovered from…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the First Fight, and Versus the Fear of Death

Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are having some problems in Chuck Versus the First Fight. Written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc this episode first debuted on 1 November, 2010. Chuck is upset with Sarah, understandably, because she grabbed his mother, and possible enemy spy, code name Frost (Linda Hamilton) before she could…

The Man With The Golden Gun (1965) – Ian Fleming

The twelfth James Bond novel, and thirteenth book, The Man With The Golden Gun, was published posthumously in 1965 after Ian Fleming’s death in ’64. The story picks up about a year after the events of You Only Twice. When we were last with 007, he was suffering amnesia and had taken up a quiet…