Star Trek Discovery S2.2: The way to “New Eden”…

****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS!!**** The latest episode of Discovery’s title, “New Eden”, briefly recalled (for me, anyway) the crazy space-hippies in TOS’ “The Way To Eden.” But this latest episode wasn’t about stealing shuttles and eating acidic apples. The space hippies were seeking a literal Eden, whereas the crew of the Discovery happen upon a planet frozen…

“Aquaman” is big, splashy, sometimes waterlogged entertainment…

This “Aquaman” review may be a little late because, to be perfectly honest, I had absolutely no intention of seeing this film. However, last week my wife and I attended the IMATS makeup artists trade show in Pasadena, where we saw some beautifully detailed full-body costumes, creatures, and other pieces from the movie, and they…

The Orville, S2.4: “Nothing Left On Earth Excepting Fishes”…

The Orville’s latest episode, “Nothing Left On Earth Excepting Fishes” (a direct quote from “The King And I”) shines a spotlight on Captain Ed Mercer (series creator/producer/star Seth MacFarlane), while the subplot focuses on the captain’s best friend, the less-than-genius Lt. Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes). While Gordon’s subplot is primarily played for laughs (with just…

The Orville S2.3, “Home” is both reunion and farewell…

**** UNION CRUISER-SIZED SPOILERS!! ***** In the tradition of Denise Crosby’s “Tasha Yar” from Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Orville saw the departure of one its own in the latest episode from Seth MacFarlane’s retro-but-fresh sci-fi dramedy Fox series. Though not quite the tragedy of TNG’s “Skin of Evil,” Orville’s “Home” still managed to…

Taking “The Bird Box” challenge…

With the holidays now in the rear-view mirror, I finally had a chance to check out the new Netflix original movie, “The Bird Box” (2018), starring Sandra Bullock, directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman (which I’ve not read, for full disclosure). The film…

The Orville S2.2: Really feeling “Primal Urges”…

As The Orville’s stock continues to rise, it’s increasingly clear that this ‘dramedy’ sci-fi series from star/creator Seth MacFarlane is rapidly eclipsing Star Trek: Discovery in the hearts and minds of some (if not many) fans. Personally, I hate to stoke competition (why not enjoy them both?) but if I had to say which series…

Discovery Short Treks, 4 of 4: “The Escape Artist”…

Just saw the latest and last of four CBS-AA Star Trek: Discovery “Short Treks”, and well… my wife says if you have nothing nice to say, you should say nothing. So… thanks for reading. Okay, I’m half-kidding. While it’s true that I don’t have nice things to write regarding Short Trek #4, “The Escape Artist”…

The Orville S2.1: “Ja’loja” answers nature’s call…

“The Orville”‘s sophomore season opener “Ja’loja” is the kind of fully character-driven story that “Star Trek: The Next Generation” rarely (if ever) had the courage to do without some kind of ‘space McGuffin’ B-story handy. With no particular mission or ticking clock to drive this episode, we spend this opening hour of season 2 really…

“SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse” truly tingles the spidey-senses…

I’ll admit, I wasn’t too keen on seeing the latest Sony/Marvel animated feature “SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018) for two reasons; (a) I’m getting just a little sick of cinematic superhero movies, and (b) because Spider-Man has already been rebooted several times in the last 18 years. That sentiment may seem a bit strange coming…