Fletch (1974) – Gregory McDonald

I first read Fletch back in the 80s when the Chevy Chase movie was coming along, and for some reason I had problems keeping the story threads straight, as most of the text in the novel is dialogue, not action, so I would lose who said what and would have to go back, and back…

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….

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) – John Singleton

John Singleton delivers the second film in The Fast and The Furious franchise, and not so long ago, I really didn’t care for any of these films. I’m not into car culture, it’s never appealed to me, and I don’t really care about all the alpha male posturing that seems inherent to the culture. But…

Fletch (1985) – Micheal Ritchie

Chevy Chase brings Gregory MacDonald’s classic investigative journalist to life in this classic 80s film that is still damned funny, and a lot of fun to watch. When I first heard about this movie, they started re-releasing some of the novels, including the original, and I snapped a couple of them, but for me, they…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Legacy, and The Reluctant Dragon

Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series on blu-ray continues to entertain as I explore more of the first season of the iconic season. First up this week is The Legacy, written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter, it debuted on 7 January, 1967. Dan (Steven Hill) and his IMF team, including Rollin…

Mission: Impossible (1966) – Wheels, and The Ransom

You’re mission should you choose to accept it, is to join me as I continue to explore Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series on blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada. The first episode up this week, Wheels, was written by Laurence Heath and first aired on 29 October, 1966. Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) and his…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Balcony, and Versus the Gobbler

Chuck (Zachary Levi) is on the verge of (elaborately) proposing to Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) when she relates a story of her parents’ nightmare proposal, just as a mission is delivered their way that sees them on a trip to France to recover a microchip, using a wine-tasting as their cover, with Casey (Adam Baldwin) as…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the American Hero, and Versus the Other Guy

Everyone seems to be working together to make sure Chuck (Zachary Levi) selects Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) to join him on a mission in Chuck Versus the American Hero. Written by Matt Miller and Phil Klemmer from a story by Max Denby, this episode first debuted on 29 March, 2010. There’s a lot going on in…