War of the Worlds (1990) – Synthetic Love, and The Defector

The morthren are still up to no good, as the War of the Worlds continues. Synthetic Love first aired on 15 January, 1990 and was written by Nancy Ann Miller. The episode sees the aliens developing a new drug to enslave humanity, from our own brain tissue! We see that narcotics have been legalized all…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Loving the Alien, and Night Moves

Debi (Rachel Blanchard) gets a little more of the limelight in this episode written by Janet MacLean. It first aired on 13 November, 1989. The morthren seem to be increasing their ground assaults, or at least in this episode they seem to be more in to waging a shooting war, and they also seem to…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Starship Down, and Little Green Men

Station log: stardate 49263.5 David Mack and John J. Ordover pen this episode that first premiered on 6 November, 1995. Inside a gas giant, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads the Defiant crew on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with some Jem’Hadar ships that were attacking a Karemma ship.As the crew work to elude and outwit the…

Star Wars: Rebel Rising (2017) – Beth Revis

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I am truly enjoying the new canon Star Wars series, yes, I mourn some of the lost stories, now relegated to the Legends pile, but the new novels, comics, television series, and of course, the movies, all tie in with one another. Things are checked,…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Gambit Part II, and Phantasms

Captain’s log: stardate 47160.1 Ronald D. Moore pens the second part of this two-parter, based on a story by Naren Shankar. Airing on 18 October, 1993, it completes the story of Picard (Patrick Stewart) posing as Galen with a gang of intergalactic pirates who pillage archaeological sites. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is still held by Baran…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – I, Borg, and The Next Phase

Captain’s log: stardate 45854.2 Written by Rene Echevarria and airing on 11 May, 1992, I, Borg is a powerful Trek story. When the Enterprise comes across a lone Borg drone (Jonathan Del Arco) separated from the Collective they bring him on board. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) sees the opportunity to return the Borg to the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991) – The Host, and The Mind’s Eye

Captain’s log: stardate 44821.1 Airing on 13 May, 1991, The Host is another episode that doesn’t do justice to Doctor Crusher (Gates McFadden). This is yet another episode that centres around her character that is just a little too shabby. Written by Michel Horvat, the episode follows Crusher as she has a relationship with Ambassador…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Captain’s Holiday, and Tin Man

Captain’s log: stardate 43745.2 Captain’s Holiday is a Picard (Patrick Stewart) story, that lets our captain be a bit of a an action hero. Originally airing on 2 April, 1990, this episode, written by Ira Steven Behr finds Jean-Luc Picard taking a bit of a holiday on Risa, the pleasure planet after some tough negotiations….

Star Trek: Battlestations! (1986) – Diane Carey

The Star Trek novel on the Book Shelf this week is the last one to feature an author created character in the lead role. Commander Piper, previously appearing in Dreadnought! is back in this follow-up that is set only weeks after the first novel. Told in the first person, Piper’s story is exciting, and fits…

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) – John Frankenheimer

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Dr. Strangelove is Frankenheimer’s incredible thriller that still has the power to chill to this very day. In fact, it seems even more relevant today than when it was released. It’s 1952, during the Korean War. An American…