Doomsday (2008) – Neil Marshall

Writer/director Neil Marshall pays homage to Snake Plissken and Mad Max with his actioner, Doomsday, which, as I rewatched it, had an opening that seems incredibly relevant as a pandemic sweeps the UK, and as the virus spreads there are lockdowns, quarantines, and curfews – until the infected are all locked away in Scotland, a…

The X-Files (1996) – Tunguska, and Terma

Frank Spotnitz and series creator Chris Carter bring Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) deeper into the mythology arc with Tunguska, which debuted on 24 November, 1996. That duplicitous rat, Krycek (Nicholas Lea) resurfaces, having been freed from the missile silo by an extremist far right group which found him on a salvaging haul….

The X-Files (1995) – The Calusari, and F. Emasculata

The Calusari gives us another riff on the Bad Seed trope, using that as a partial red herring before the story goes in a more paranormal direction. First airing on 14 April, 1995, the episode was written by Sara B. Cooper and pulls Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) into the strange death of…

The X-Files (1994) – Roland, and The Erlenmeyer Flask

The penultimate episode of the first season of The X-Files was written by Chris Ruppenthal and first debuted on 6 May, 1994. Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) get called in on a murder investigation at a classified research centre that is specialising on developing a new jet engine. The investigation leads them…

Star Trek: Discovery (2019) – Point of Light, and An Obol for Charon

Captain’s log: stardate 1029.46 First airing on 31 January, 2019, Point of Light was written by Andrew Coville. It sees the surprise arrival of Micheal Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) adopted mother, Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner) aboard the Discovery to ask for help regarding her son, Spock (Ethan Peck, still not seen), who, as we learned, is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2005) – Observer Effect, and Babel One

Captain’s log: date unknown Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens pen this episode, which first aired on 21 January, 2005. It brought back a familiar alien species to to Trek universe. Hoshi (Linda Park) and Trip (Connor Trinneer) return from a mission, infected with a dangerous virus. Meanwhile the rest of the crew serve as hosts for…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003/2004) – Carpenter Street, and Chosen Realm

Captain’s log: date unknown Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen this time travel tale that first aired on 26 November, 2003. The episode sees Archer (Scott Bakula) and T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) in 21st century Detroit attempting to stop the reptilian Xindi. Leland Orser and an unrecognisable Jeffrey Dean Morgan guest in this episode. When Crewman…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Extinction, and Rajiin

Captain’s log: date unknown LeVar Burton directs this episode that was written by Andre Bormanis. And despite Bormanis’ previous efforts, this one isn’t his strongest. First airing on 24 September, 2003, the story sees Archer (Scott Bakula) Reed (Dominic Keating) and Sato (Linda Park) slowly transforming into alien creatures after arriving on a planet. The…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Bounty, and The Expanse

Captain’s log: 21 March, 2153 Roxann Dawson directs this episode that was written by Mike Sussman, Phyllis Strong and Hans Tobeason from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 14 May, 2003 and continued the Archer (Scott Bakula) arc featuring his trial and prosecution by the Klingons. Captain Archer is…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – A Night in Sickbay, and Marauders

Captain’s log:  date unknown Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen this Archer (Scott Bakula)/Phlox (John Billingsley) story that first aired on 16 October, 2002. When Archer’s beagle, Porthos, picks up a virus on an alien planet, the poor pup, and his captain, spend the night in sickbay, tended to by Phlox. Archer worries over his…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Unimatrix Zero: Part II, and Imperfection

Captain’s log: stardate 54014.4 The seventh and final season of Star Trek: Voyager got underway on 4 October, 2000 when the conclusion of the cliffhanger ending from the previous season resolved in a script by Brannon Braga and Joe Menosky that they cooked up with Mike Sussman. It seems Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Tuvok (Tim Russ)…