SciFi & Fantasy

Blade Runner: 99 Science Fiction Films You Must See

Welcome to the second of the 99 Science Fiction Films You Must See. This week the dark, alternate future that has you question what and who is really human, Blade Runner. The first thing you need to figure out when talking about Blade Runner is just what film it is that you are watching. As [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Death Wish

I suppose I should start this discussion with a confession: I think Q is the worst recurring character on Star Trek. I know there will be many in the Trek fandom that disagree with that opinion – some vehemently so. Q has become a fan favorite for many and John de Lancie’s hammy/camp performance [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Resistance

The interesting thing about Resistance is that it could be a completely different show.  This in and of itself is not uncommon for Star Trek - or sci-fi in general for that matter. The melding of genres and the use of allegory is typical for science fiction and the Star Trek franchise as a [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Jatrel

On the surface this episode shouldn’t work. For the second week in a row we have a not-too-subtle allegory this time in the form of atomic weapons; and again, as with Faces, we have an underdeveloped character given a moment to take center stage. Last week it was B’Elanna, this week it’s Neelix. Now if [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Cathexis

Chakotay is brain dead. No, that's not an insult it's the opening plot point to Cathexis, a rather uneven but ultimately satisfying episode. It's a mystery and a ghost story with just a dash of John Carpenter's The Thing thrown in for good measure. There are some good character moments, some real tension at times [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Heroes and Demons

As the episode began to unfold I realized with a certain degree of horror what kind of an episode this was going to be, a "holodeck malfunction" I groaned. We find out right away that Harry has been on the holodeck playing Beowulf - because doesn't everyone? I can remember when I was a kid [...]

Delta Redux: A Voyager Rewatch: Emanations

After a bit of a mediocre entry the previous week Voyager is back with another thought provoking episode with Emanations. One that deals with such run-of-the-mill subjects as the afterlife and euthanasia. And for a show that is on the surface an action-adventure program it deals with these and other sensitive ideas with an astounding [...]