Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010) – The Academy, Assassin, and ARC Troopers

“Those who enforce the law must obey the law.” The Mandalore corruption storyline continues in this episode written by Katie Lucas and Steven Melching. First airing on 15 October, 2010, the episode sees Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) travelling to Mandalore to serve as a tutor at one of the leadership academies. While she’s there, she…

Toronto After Dark 2019: The Assent (2019) – Pearry Teo

There’s a Barker/Lovecraftian feel to the gritty dirtiness of this entry in the Toronto After Dark film festival. Couched in a house covered in unnerving art, and filled with troubling apparitions and visions there is an aggressive edge to The Assent in the way it is shot, and the way the story unfolds. Mostly. Halfway…

Star Trek: Voyager (1999) – The Fight, and Think Tank

Captain’s log: stardate unknown Joe Menosky penned this Chakotay (Robert Beltran) episode from a story by Micheal Taylor. It first aired on 24 March, 1999. As the Voyager travels through a region of ‘chaotic space’ wherein the usual laws of physics don’t always apply, Chakotay begins to have visions, which may be an attempt by…

The Mummy Returns (2001) – Stephen Sommers

Two years after Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Evy (Rachel Weisz) returned the Mummy (Arnold Vosloo) to the ground, director Stephen Sommers brought him back for another adventure, and it serves as the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as I explore the chapter on Mummies! Despite only taking two years between…

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

My exploration of the zombie genre with DK Canada’s eminently enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book continues with this over-fictionalized adaption of a real anthropological exploration and documentation of real-life zombies by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. Director Wes Craven used Davis’ book of the same name as the launching point for his horror film starring Bill…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – The Ascent, and Rapture

Station log: stardate unknown Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe pen The Ascent which first aired on 25 November, 1996. Three days after Star Trek: First Contact opened in theaters. Quark (Armin Shimerman) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois) have to wok together, setting aside their differences when they crash land, and must climb a mountain…

The Lair of the White Worm (1987) – Ken Russell

Ken Russell’s cheeky Brit horror The Lair of the White Worm is the next title to bite into as I continue my time with the vampire section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. Based loosely on the story by Bram Stoker, the film features Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Peter…

Space: 1999 (1976) – A Matter of Balance, and The Beta Cloud

Pip and Jane Baker pen the first episode up this week, as Moonbase Alpha deals with young crushes, Tony’s (Tony Anholt) desire to perfect a drinkable beer, and a strange planet whose surviving aliens are incorporeal beings who are using a young Alphan botanist, Shermeen (Lynne Frederick) as a conduit which may result in the…

Space: 1999 (1976) -Catacombs of the Moon, and Space Warp

Apparently evangelicals (of a sort) continue to exist in space when they rear their head in this episode of Space: 1999 written by Anthony Terpiloff. It first aired on 25 November, 1976. Patrick Osgood (James Laurenson), one of the engineers on Alpha, is looking for teranium in the depths of the moon. Just a few…

TAD2018: Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) – Issa Lopez

Toronto After Dark gets underway this evening at the Scotiabank Theatre with its opening night film, Tigers Are Not Afraid. Hailing from Mexico, this film kicks off the festival with a darkly beautiful story that has hints of del Toro, and invites us into the troubled lives of a group of children. Screening at 7pm…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Crossover, and The Collaborator

Station log: stardate unknown The Mirror Universe gets another look this week, the first time since The Original Series, in this episode penned by Peter Allan Fields and Micheal Piller. The episode first aired on 15 May, 1994. Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and Doctor Bashir (Alexander Siddig) end up in the mirror universe when something…