AppleTV’s “For All Mankind” kicks off Season 3 with “Polaris,” a high-octane disaster movie in space…

*****SPACE STATION-SIZED SPOILERS!!***** Right upfront; “For All Mankind,” co-created and produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Deep Space Nine” the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot) is my favorite science fiction series going on right now. Yes, it has strong competition (“Severance,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”)–this is a great time to be a sci-fi TV fan–but for overall…

AppleTV’s “Severance” hits you where you live…and where you work.

******SPOILERS!****** When I first heard of AppleTV’s new workplace series “Severance,” my TV tastebuds were more prepared for a comedy sci-fi twist on Mike Judge’s “Office Space,” or “The Office.” I knew the premise involved a company that incorporated technology and brain surgery to bifurcate the brains of its employees into separate beings; one who…

The Orville: New Horizons, S3.1; “Electric Sheep” eschews humor for heavy…

*****SPOILERS AND WARNINGS FOR POSSIBLE SUICIDE TRIGGERS***** The Orville: New Horizons. It’s been three years since we last saw “The Orville” on Hulu. During the interim, there was (and is) the ongoing COVID pandemic, which halted production on producer/writer/star Seth MacFarlane‘s sci-fi space opera series, which was first introduced in 2017 as a lighter, more…

Remembering iconic sci-fi designer Colin Cantwell (1932-2022)…

Colin Cantwell, Rocket Man. This morning, I woke up to read that Colin Cantwell–a name I’ve known since my teens, and a man I had the pleasure of meeting three years ago–passed away at age 90, after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. No, his name may not be a household name in special effects, like…

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, S1.3; “Ghosts of Illyria” shares a few secrets…

*****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!****** This week’s episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, “Ghosts of Illyria”, is a return to a storytelling device we’ve seen several times in the earliest episodes of new Star Trek series; the ship-wide epidemic. It was done in The Original Series’ (TOS) “The Naked Time,” The Next Generation’s (TNG) “The Naked Now”…

Diving into Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element,” 25 years later…

*****SPACE CRUISE SHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!***** Acquired Taste. I remember seeing teaser trailers for French filmmaker Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element” in early 1997, along with a dramatic TV spot during the Super Bowl (which, over time, has become more famous for its ads than the actual game). “The Fifth Element” promised an epic space opera, a…