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…

Star Trek Discovery, S1.3, “Context is for Kings”…

    ****** SPOILERS AHEAD!! ****** Having just seen the latest Star Trek Discovery episode “Context is for Kings” I thought to throw this quick assessment out while it’s all still fresh in my ailing old brain… The story: Former USS Shenzhou first officer and last episode’s famed mutineer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is rescued…

Still clinging on to the Klingons…

  Ever since last week’s debut of Star Trek Discovery’s first two episodes, I’ve been reading a lot of online fan-rage about the new look of the Klingons.  Many of them say the new Klingons look too “monstrous,” and far too different from previous interpretations seen in the Star Trek movies, Star Trek: The Next Generation and…

Star Trek Discovery’s first two episodes finally exit spacedock…

After several well-publicized delays, the launch of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek Discovery” finally happened this past Sunday night (9/24) and now that I’ve had opportunity to see the first two episodes (“Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at Binary Stars”), I’d like to offer my two (thousand) bits on this latest series to spring from the…

Tiptoeing into “The Expanse”…

“The Expanse” is a SyFy channel series that premiered in 2015, and is based on a book series by James S. A. Corey (which I’ll confess I’ve never read, let alone heard of till recently). When the show first premiered, I was intrigued by the promotional material I’d seen at Comic Con 2015; the series…

“The Orville” launches…but isn’t quite firing on all thrusters yet.

This past Sunday (Sept. 10th) marked the debut of Seth McFarlane’s new Fox sci-fi comedy series, “The Orville”; a gently (perhaps too gently) parodying Star Trek-style series that has all of the tropes and visual aesthetics of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” while attempting some  “Galaxy Quest”-style mockery of the space opera genre itself. However,…

“Contact” is still ‘okay to go’ 20 years later…

20 years ago (already??) in the summer of 1997, the film adaptation of the late Carl Sagan’s 1985 novel, “Contact” was released.  As a fan of the book, I (of course) eagerly saw it several times.  The third time was the charm, as it marked my first date with my then-future-now-present wife.   The movie…