Shogun (1980) – Disc 3

I dive into disc three of the DVD release of Shogun this week which marries the conclusion of the third episode, originally broadcast on 17 September, 1980, and the fourth episode, which aired on 18 September, 1980. James Clavell’s novel, adapted by Eric Bercovici continues to explore feudal Japan through the transplanted Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain)…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – The Seventh, and The Communicator

Captain’s log: date unknown Brannon Braga and Rick Berman pen the first episode up this week. Debuting on 6 November, 2002, this Arher (Scott Bakula)/T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) story that ends up being a bit of a thriller. The pair engage in the pursuit of a Vulcan fugitive, Menos (Bruce Davidson), who one eluded capture by…

Star Trek: The Pandora Principle (1990) – Carolyn Clowes

This week’s Star Trek book from Pocket Books was a story that I didn’t realize I needed. It’s set between the events of The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan during the second five year mission. We learn the backstory for Spock’s protégé Saavik, and how she was saved from a planet known as…

Chasm City (2001) – Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds next science fiction novel, Chasm City, takes place in the same universe as Revelation Space but is not a sequel, instead we are given a future noir tale of revenge, and the human ability to commit good and horrible acts, redemption, and discovery. We visit a couple of planets that were mentioned in…

Gamera vs. Barugon (1966) – Shigeo Tanaka

The kaiju battles continue as I delve deeper into the chapter on dragons and dinosaurs in DK Canada’s fabulous Monsters in the Movies. With some fun modelwork, and man in a monster suit action this one is fairly predictable, and the human story gets too much in the way of the monster action, but it’s…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Live Fast and Prosper, and Muse

Captain’s log: stardate 53849.2 Identity theft still exists in the 24th century as we learn in this episode directed by LeVar Burton and written by Robin Burger. First airing on 19 April, 2000, the story follows a trio of thieves Dala (Kaitlin Hopkins), Mobar (Gregg Daniel) and Zar (Francis Guinan),who are impersonating Janeway (Kate Mulgrew),…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Virtuoso, and Memorial

Captain’s log: stardate 53556.4 Raf Green and Kenneth Biller pen this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode that debuted on 26 January, 2000. The holographic Doctor begins to contemplate leaving the Voyager when they arrive at a planet where the diminutive aliens (including guest star Paul Williams) have never developed music, and he becomes a bit of…