SciFi & Fantasy

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 [...]

Metropolis: 99 Science Fiction Films You Must See

Metropolis is the second of the silent films on this list and considered the first great science fiction film. I will go further than that - it is one of the greatest films of all time. Period. This is not hyperbole; this film is brilliant. It is beautiful and nightmarish and at times hallucinogenic. The [...]