Mission: Impossible (1966) – Elena, and The Short Tail Spy

IMF agent, Rollin Hand (Martin Landau) gets to fly solo in this mission, that sees him investigating the titular Elana, played by BarBara Luna in this episode that was written by Ellis Marcus and first aired on 10 December, 1966. Dan (Steven Hill) selects Rollin and a psychiatrist, Carlos Enero (Barry Atwater) to travel to…

The X-Files (1997) – Leonard Betts, and Never Again

Both episodes this week are important to Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) arc for the season, and the series. First up is Leonard Betts, written by John Shiban, Frant Spotnitz, and Vince Gilligan, which first aired on 26 January, 1997. Leonard Betts (Paul McCrane) is a superior EMT, he has a unique gift of diagnosing patients…

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) – Timothy Zahn

1991 saw something incredible happen, for the first time since 1983, we were given a new Star Wars story, the beginning of a new trilogy, with the characters we knew and loved. This was an absolute stunning idea, that there could be more adventures. It shouldn’t have been, Star Trek had books for decades. Author…

Chuck (2007) – Versus the Sizzling Shrimp, and Versus the Sandworm

Professional, spycraft, and personal get more mixed up for Chuck (Zachary Levi) this week as he tangles with a Chinese agent, and has his first stakeout in this episode written by Scott Rosenbaum. Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp first aired on 22 October, 2007, and sees lots of humour and trouble arising as the stakeout…

Stoker (2013) – Chan-wook Park

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable The Movie book, following my screening of Oldboy is another Park film featuring Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, and Nicole Kidman. If I hadn’t already immersed myself in some of Park’s films, as well as some of the other darker films…

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Out of all of Scorsese’s work, I think Taxi Driver, the next stop on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I return to the Thriller genre, is my favourite. It also features one of my top performances by Robert De Niro. Much has been said and written about Taxi Driver since…

Quantum Leap (1992) – Deliver Us From Evil and Trilogy: Part 1

What starts out as a happy leap for Sam (Scott Bakula) turns into a fight against the forces of darkness when he discovers that he isn’t the only time traveller changing history. Deliver Us From Evil was penned by Robin Bernheim, Tommy Thompson and Deborah Pratt, with an airdate of 10 November, 1992. Sam leaps…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – Attack of the Cybermen

  Season 22 gets underway this week with the Doctor (Baker) confronting one of his age-old nemesis, the Cybermen. It also features a bit of a revamp in the way it was broadcast, eschewing the 25 minute episode, and instead going with a 45 minute episode, this story was composed of two parts, running from…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Castrovalva

  Peter Davison steps into the TARDIS for the first time in this four part story that opened season 19 of the series. It also saw the strange move of shuffling Doctor Who from Saturday evening, where it had been a mainstay since 1963 to airing twice a week, on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The last piece of…