“Star Trek Continues” finishes the original five-year mission…

“Star Trek Continues” is, quite literally, the continuation of the prematurely cancelled original series (1966-69); and this non-profit, made-for-love-of-the-game series meticulously recreates the sets, props, lighting and even hairstyles of the original series.  The episodes are even framed in the older standard aperture of 4:3; the television standard at the time of the original series’ production….

Star Trek Discovery S1.9, “Into the Forest I Go” (midseason finale)

  Well, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the first season of Star Trek Discovery, and tonight’s episode packed the sort of emotional wallop that, to be honest, has been distributed somewhat unevenly throughout the season so far. ******* KLINGON WARSHIP SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD! ******* The story: Continuing from last week’s episode (“Si Vis Pacem,…

Thor: Ragnarok… fun, flashy but forgettable.

My wife and I just saw “Thor: Ragnarok” over the weekend.  I was (and am) fighting a nasty head cold, but a steady supply of gel caps helped me through it.   We couldn’t get tickets to see it in our preferred Dolby Atmos theater (the one with the plush reclining seats), and our second choice…

Star Trek Discovery, S1.8, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”…

This week’s Discovery episode title (translated from Latin) means “If you want peace, prepare for war.”  The episode was also written by famed Star Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer, who is on the writing staff of this series. ***** SHIELDS UP!  SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE EPISODE! ***** Since this was the first of an apparent two-parter,…

Netflix’s “Stranger Things”’ truly blossoms in its sophomore year…

“Stranger Things” is a horror/sci-fi ‘80s period piece series created for Netflix by The Duffer Brothers (Russ & Matt), and it feels like a genetically-engineered offspring of early ‘80s-era Steven Spielberg and Stephen  King, with a generous helping of the late Tobe Hooper spliced in for good measure. I first got into “Stranger Things” last…

Star Trek Discovery, S1.7, “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad”

Well, the latest episode of the CBS-All Access series Star Trek Discovery has become available for streaming, and this one went up that stream without a proverbial paddle.  It had to happen sometime.  It happens to all television series, sooner or later (especially with past Star Treks).   “Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad”…

Retro-musings for Halloween: 1973’s “The Legend of Hell House”…

“It’s the Mt. Everest of haunted houses.”   ^ This was the apt description of the old “Belasko house,” given by Dr. Lionel Barrett (Clive Revill), physicist and lead investigator of the bricked up, abandoned mansion informally known as “hell house.”   And 1973’s “Legend of Hell House” is, for me, the ‘Mt. Everest’ of haunted…

Star Trek Discovery 1.6, ”Lethe”

Star Trek Discovery’s sixth episode “Lethe” aired tonight on CBS-AA, and after a deeply frustrating evening of trying to stream it via my Roku, I wound up watching it on my 21” Mac as opposed to my 43” living room TV.   My up-till-now reliable Roku decided it was a good night to act up, so…

Retro-futures: reimagining the future from the past up…

Having recently been awed by the superior sequel “Blade Runner 2049”  I was intrigued that the future depicted in the film’s 2049 was not a future based from our current 2017.   BR2049 shows a 2049 projected from the 2019 we saw in the original “Blade Runner” of 1982.    A future complete with ads from now defunct…