It looks like Netflix is going to have its go at a series dealing with both a first astronaut mission to Mars and family drama (“Away”). This sounds much like Hulu’s “The First,” which came out about 2 years ago but was cancelled around the same time that its star, Sean Penn, was cancelled due […]Read more "Away"
If you are really hurting for some new Star Trek (and in my opinion, there’s actually been a little bit too much. Maybe try extending for re-visiting something besides Star Trek or Star Wars), CBS All Access has a third addition to the Star Trek universe, the animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. This marks […]Read more "Star Trek: Lower Decks"
Since I spoke a bit about the Crew Dragon launch in May I thought I’d follow up by announcing that the crew is now back, having successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, and now being released from the capsule onto a medical facility on the ship that retrieved them (they are ok, its […]Read more "Bob and Doug are Back!"
OK, so now that we’ve seen the Kanamits in two different Twilight Zone episodes over about 60 years, lets see if we can figure out where they are from. I think some clues are given in the recent “You Might Also Like..” episode. The Kanamit leader says to Mrs. Warren, “We’ve seen the trails of […]Read more "So, where are the Kanamits from?"
I’ve often wondered how we’d ever really communicate with an extraterrestrial civilization. Sure, we might try to look for some sort of pattern to a radio signal or a flash of light. But how do we really have a conversation and even understand each other even if we supposedly decode such a signal? I last […]Read more "How Do You Talk to a Kanamit?"
Have you noticed that all sorts of mayhem breaks out in Star Trek: OS because Scotty or whomever just decided to leave the transporter room (and by the way, that very fact is occasionally thrown into the script, as in “Hey, Lt. Kyle, you had better not leave the transporter room!”). Just some examples: In […]Read more "Please Guard the Transporter Room!"
The last time I watched “The Menagerie” recently, I was wondering whether this episode still represents greatness. Don’t get me wrong. There were strong performances from the regular cast (particularly Nimoy) and the guest cast (Malachi Throne, Susan Oliver, Jeffrey Hunter and Meg Wylie). It made great use of effects that were common at the […]Read more "Is Star Trek’s “The Menagerie” still Great?"
That’s a reference to the two NASA astronauts now onboard the successfully launched Space X Crew Dragon capsule onboard the Falcon rocket. I noticed how this may be the first crew craft that was influenced by science fiction about as much as its been influenced by previous craft. The sleek touch panel looks like Star […]Read more "Doug and Bob’s Excellent Adventure"
From the looks of the trailers, Ad Astra seemed like it was going to be a very compelling space tale. For the most part, in terms of general plot, it did not disappoint. Astronaut Roy Mc Bride (Brad Pitt) is sent on a mission to stop his father (played by Tommy Lee Jones), presumed lost […]Read more "To the stars…"
In today’s installment of the new Twilight Zone series (“Six Degrees of Freedom”) a crew that is just about to launch for Mars finds out that there has been a break out of nuclear war that has decimated cities. Mission control advises the crew that they in the control room are about to evacuate. The […]Read more "More on New TZ: A Fresh Look at an Old Idea"