The issue of Star Trek and its continuity….

Since the debut of the CBS-All Access series “Star Trek Discovery,” I’ve read a lot of concerns on Twitter and message boards with some Trek fans having a hard time reconciling the various inconsistencies within the 51 year canon of Star Trek lore.   In particular, the new series is drawing ire from fans who…

Star Trek: Discovery 1.11, “The Wolf Inside”…

I just saw the latest ST Discovery episode “The Wolf Inside” and the good news is that its got all ten fingers and all ten toes (except for Saru, of course…).   But some of the ‘surprises’ of the hour were a bit belabored in anticipation; so much so that they lost some of their…

Personal Favorites of 2017

Just want to begin by saying that for this year’s favorites list, I’m going to get away from numerical or other arbitrary values (same way I won’t give ‘thumbs up’ or 1-5 star ratings, etc).  So unlike last year’s list, I’m not going to do rankings.  Just a list. I also recognize that there are many…

Retro-Musings: 1965’s “Village of the Giants” is one tall, hot mess…

Director Bert I. Gordon (yes, his initials make him Mr. BIG…haha) was a low-budget filmmaker in the drive-in, Jack Arnold-style who secured a reputation for himself making really BIG movies; movies about giant, bald, irradiated men in diapers (“Cyclops,” “Amazing Colossal Man,” “War of the Colossal Beast”), giant arachnids/insects (“The Spider” “Beginning of the End”),…

Star Trek Discovery S1.10, “Despite Yourself”…

Okay, the ONLY way I can meaningfully discuss anything substantial about the latest Star Trek Discovery episode is to get this out of the way as soon as possible: ******STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS DEAD AHEAD!!******   Star Trek Discovery S1.10 “Despite Yourself” is a prequel to The Original Series’ classic “Mirror, Mirror” episode, as well as a sequel…

“The Disaster Artist” leaves plenty of “The Room” for laughs…

For those not familiar with 2003’s “The Room”?  I would suggest you buy/rent a copy as soon as possible.  I’m not recommending it as a quality drama, mind you…I’m recommending it as one of the funniest (albeit unintentional) comedies ever made.  It’s right up there with any of the worst of the Ed Wood canon,…

“Deep Space Nine” celebrates its silver (or latinum?) anniversary…

January 3rd, 2018 will mark a special stardate in Star Trek history; the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the second live-action Star Trek spinoff series, “Deep Space Nine”… I still remember the premiere of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” on January 3, 1993.  I was living in my tiny bachelor apartment at the time…

Doctor Who’s “Twice Upon a Time” is a true sentimental journey…

  This year’s Doctor Who Christmas offering, “Twice Upon a Time” is the holiday season swan song from writer/producer Steven Moffat, as well as departing current Doctor, Peter Capaldi.   It’s not quite as frantic as other Doctor Who Christmas specials; with the series’ annual holiday angle worked in less gaudily than in some previous…

“Hamilton” takes its shot in L.A…

My crafty wife scored tickets for us to see “Hamilton” near the end of its L.A. run at the historic (and utterly magnificent) Pantages Theatre on Hollywood and Vine (yes, that famous convergence in the heart of Los Angeles; it’s our coast’s answer to Broadway and 42nd). Well, last night (Dec. 23rd) we finally saw…

Holiday Retro-Musings: the 1984 version of “A Christmas Carol”…

Full disclosure; I used to be a bit of a Scrooge myself.  It wasn’t that I hated Christmas, but it just seemed to bring on a lot of artificial pressure and stresses.  Huge crowds at shopping malls, increased traffic (California traffic is already a force to be reckoned with), frayed tempers, bad gifts you can’t…

First impressions of “The Last Jedi”…

Last night (on “Force Friday,” no less) we saw Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars movie, “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.”   Had our 5 pm tickets for the big, Dolby Atmos (mercifully non-3D) theater at our favorite new cinema. Much anticipation ensued… Normally I’d post my usual big, fat, spoiler-laden review for it right away…