“Serenity” (2005); the film that briefly resurrected “Firefly” for the big screen…

  “Firefly” Felled by the Fox. Continuing the success afforded by his back-to-back TV successes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003) and “Angel” (1999-2004), writer/producer/director Joss Whedon (currently of Disney/Marvel “Avengers” cinematic fame) created, along with “Angel” partner Tim Minear (“American Horror Story”), a short-lived TV series (2002-2003) that could be described in broad terms as…

A slice of Soviet-era sci-fi cinema: “Planet Bur” (1962) is three movies in one…

Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema. Russia’s Soviet era (1917-1991) was a difficult time, especially for artists, who worked under heavy state censorship.  Many artists during this time were stifled, fined, imprisoned or even executed for daring to challenge the Soviet status quo through their works.  That said, Soviet-era science fiction cinema still managed to produce some truly…

JAWS (1975); the movie that invented the summer blockbuster turns 45…

“This is summer…” June of 1975 was a very different time.  Video games were mainly for arcades.  Home video wasn’t yet a thing.  There was no internet.  No 24 hour news cycles (there was the evening news and the morning news, as well as newspapers).  Cheap entertainment options for the masses were limited to LP record…

Deep Space Nine’s “Far Beyond The Stars” still matters…

Brave New World. To those who believe that Star Trek wasn’t concerned with ‘social justice’ issues until the newer CBS All Access series?  I’ve got something for you… Deep Space Nine’s 6th season episode “Far Beyond the Stars” (1998) broke a lot of Star Trek’s rules. Rather than deal with racism through the metaphoric lens…

Remembering actor and artist Richard Herd, 1932-2020…

As if 2020 hasn’t been trying enough, yesterday I learned that actor Richard Herd, whom I’d met and spoken with at many conventions, passed away from cancer on Tuesday, May 26th.  Richard Herd had a long and varied career.  He was often cast as authority figures, with costarring roles in TV shows such as “T.J. Hooker”…

A few sci-fi reboots and sequels I’d like to see…

While the ongoing COVID19 pandemic has temporarily ground much of the entertainment industry to a halt, there is still an abundant supply of reboots and sequels, with more on the way.  I’m not going to rant against them, either.  Yes, one can argue that reboots and sequels are a lazier way to retain a built-in…

Revisiting “The Martian Chronicles” TV miniseries…

  Mars: Warm Fiction vs. Cold Reality.  I have been a Mars fanatic since the age of 9, when the twin Viking spacecraft first touched down on the Red Planet in the summer of 1976.  Mars has long been a theater for humanity’s collective imagination, a strange realm largely the domain of science fiction.  Viking…