Star Trek Short Treks, 2.3: “Ask Not” offers a no-win scenario…

****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!**** The latest Star Trek “Short Trek” has come online from CBS-All Access. Written by Kalinda Vasquez and directed by Sanji Senaka, “Ask Not” sees yet another non-regular cast character getting a spotlight, as she faces a no-win scenario. Story. The story opens with Starbase 28 under an unseen attack by the Tholians (crystalline…

Star Wars’ “The Mandalorian” is a space western that earns its bounty…

****BANTHA-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!!**** The new streaming service Disney Plus (Disney+) has launched, and it’s let loose with a brand new, live-action Star Wars series that evokes the subtle world-building and strong visual narrative of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Behind its exotic aliens, laser blasters and starships, “The Mandalorian” is spiritually an old-fashioned western… as…

“Star Trek: Discovery” Season 3 trailer breakdown…

****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** The season 2 finale of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” (“Such Sweet Sorrow” part 2) saw the crew of the titular starship following ‘red angel’ Michael Burnham forward in time 930 years to the late 32nd century… truly ‘going where no (Trek series) has gone before.’ Last month, at New York…

“2010: The Year We Make Contact” (1984): 35 years of a future past…

*****MONOLITH-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!***** Back in 1984, the Cold War was in full swing. Soviet Russia (before the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union) was the binary enemy of the United States; they were the ‘commie pinkos’ and we were the ‘capitalist swine’ (even in those days, I never bought that propaganda). The US space shuttle…