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…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Journey’s End, and The Next Doctor

The fourth series of the reinvigorated Doctor Who comes to a close this week with Journey’s End. It also sees Donna Noble’s (Catherine Tate) departure from the TARDIS. The conclusion was penned by Russell T. Davies and aired on 5 July, 2008. The Doctor (Tennant), Donna, Rose (Billie Piper), and Captain Jack (John Barrowman) are…

Aeon Flux (2005) -Karyn Kusama

Producer Gale Anne Hurd’s film, Aeon Flux, is the next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Starring Charlize Theron, Sophie Okonedo, and Frances McDormand, the movie is an adaptation of the MTV animated series. The film has a lot going for it, fantastic cast, (Theron carries the film easily, and looks amazing kicking ass), wonderful…

Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon (2011) – Michael Bay

It apparently just doesn’t stop, and Michael Bay never seems to learn. My time with the Transformers continues as I dive into the third film in the series as I explore the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time around the Decepticons led by Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and the Autobots led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) are involved…

Terminator Salvation (2009) – McG

The final stop with the Sc-Fi Chronicles book for me with the Terminator franchise, as I’ve now had a chance to cover all of them, is this interesting entry from the same pair of writers who gave us Rise of the Machines. This one could have been alright, though I feel McG was probably the…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy ) – Silver Nemesis

This three part tale, returned the monstrous threat of the Cybermen to the world of the Doctor (McCoy). Running from 23 November to 8 December, 1988 this story was penned by Kevin Clarke. The Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred – who wears a fez for a moment or two in the story, because they’re cool)…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy) – Dragonfire

The final story of Season 24, and McCoy’s first comes to a close this week, with the three part tale, Dragonfire. Written by Ian Briggs, this serial ran from 23 November to 7 December, 1987. This was Mel’s (Bonnie Langford) last adventure with the Doctor, and a new companion, Ace (Sophie Aldred) joins the Time…