The Twilight Zone, S1.7: “Not All Men” addresses toxic masculinity…

****SPOILERS!**** The Story. Annie Miller (Taisa Farmiga) is a promising young newbie in a lab office. We see her tackling new projects with zeal, despite a lack of self-confidence. She’s invited by coworker Dylan (Luke Kirby) for lobsters, drinks and watching the Perseid meteor shower from his backyard later that evening. She semi-reluctantly accepts. The…

The Twilight Zone’s “Six Degrees of Freedom” fails to fly…

****SOME SPOILERS**** A near-future mission to Mars, sponsored by the “Whipple” company is on the launchpad and ready to take off for the red planet. With less than a few minutes to launch, the crew, led by Commander Alexa Brandt (DeWanda Wise) gets word from Flight Control that incoming North Korean missiles have hit the…

Star Trek III: 35 years of “The Search For Spock”…

The end of my high school junior year (June of 1984), a question long simmering in my Star Trek-obsessed brain was about to be answered; will the late Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) come back from the dead in the new Star Trek movie? Of course, even at 17 I knew the obvious answer was yes….

“Avengers: Endgame” (2019): Spoiler-free musings…

****NO SPOILERS!***** This particular entry of “Musings…” is going to be a challenge for me, as I’m not writing a plot synopsis, and I will resist the temptation to drop any spoilers (which would be impossible if I wrote a synopsis). Instead, I will try to give you the overall gestalt of the movie through…

The Orville, S2.14: “The Road Not Taken” offers a familiar yet enjoyable ride…

****BLACK-HOLE SIZED SPOILERS!!**** The Orville continues to revisit ‘roads not taken’ with various Star Trek story elements, while executing them with enough panache, humor and entertainment value to make them well worth revisiting. Last week’s episode, “Tomorrow…” was a nearly scene-specific remake of Star Trek: The Next Gen’s “Second Chances” (both saw First Officers dealing…

The Twilight Zone, S1.5: “Wunderkind” is not a hole in one…

****THE SPOILER ZONE!**** ~ sigh~ I need to preface this by saying that few people were more excited for Jordan Peele’s new version of “The Twilight Zone” than myself. The original TZ was my first television love (even before Star Trek), and I am also a huge fan of Peele’s “Get Out” (2017) and “Us”…

“The Black Hole”: Disney’s first big space epic turns 40…

December of 1979 saw two competing space epics trying to steal some of Star Wars’ juggernaut mojo. One of them was Paramount’s big budgeted revival of its cult TV property “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, and the other saw Disney throw its mouse-eared hat into the big budget space epic arena with “The Black Hole”;…

The Orville, S2.13, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” is a blast from Kelly’s past…

****PLANETARY RING-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** The Orville’s latest, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” (a title alluding to Shakespeare’s “MacBeth”) is, in many ways, another Star Trek: The Next Generation remake. In this case, the Commander Riker-centered “Second Chances”, which saw Riker facing a transporter-created doppelgänger unknowingly left behind on an away mission. The Orville comes at…

Star Trek: Discovery S2.14: “Such Sweet Sorrow,” part 2 is a season finale with the soul of a series finale…

Just finished watching the series–er, second season finale of “Star Trek: Discovery”; it was epic, sweeping, emotional and (as usual) a bit overstuffed, but damn, it was gorgeous, too. ****QUANTUM SINGULARITY-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** The Story. Last time, on Star Trek: Discovery, “Such Sweet Sorrow Part 1”:https://musingsofamiddleagedgeek.blog/2019/04/12/star-trek-discovery-s2-13-such-sweet-sorrow-opens-the-floodgates/ Part 2 picks up at the very end of…