Book Review: Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Raymer – You Don’t Get Something For Nothing

The newest incarnation of Doctor Who has been a hit both in Britain and the U.S. Newbies to the series take note, it’s been around longer than many of us have, having first aired on the BBC back in 1963. The ongoing character of the Doctor is a Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey. HeContinue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Raymer – You Don’t Get Something For Nothing”

Book Review – Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exiles

Knowing how much I enjoy a good backstory, the Vulcan’s Soul series in the Star Trek universe was recommended to me. Exiles is the second book in the series and picks up pretty much right after Vulcan’s Soul: Exodus. It’s the end of the Dominion War and the Federation is still reeling and recovering fromContinue reading “Book Review – Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exiles”

Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore

The novelization of the second film in the Star Trek prequel series continues to add depth to the story on the screen. It fills in many gaps in the story and actually helped change my appreciation for this film. In the same setting as the film Attack of the Clones, it picks up many yearsContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore”

THX 1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut – A Sci-Fi Geek Looks at George Lucas’ First Film

Written by George Lucas and Walter MurchDirected by George Lucas First released in 1971, THX-1138 draws on Orwellian themes in creating a futuristic society where people are stripped of individuality and identity. All are assigned numbers, hence the lead character’s name – THX-1138 (portrayed by Robert Duvall). His roommate is LUH-3417 (portrayed by Maggie McOmie).Continue reading “THX 1138: The George Lucas Director’s Cut – A Sci-Fi Geek Looks at George Lucas’ First Film”

Babylon 5 Season Three on DVD – One Word, WOW!

If anyone thinks that Aaron Sorkin was the first creator of a series (The West Wing) to write every episode each season, they are wrong. J. Michael Straczynski was the first to do it, in the third season of Babylon 5. For anyone who doesn’t know, Babylon 5 is set in the future and inContinue reading “Babylon 5 Season Three on DVD – One Word, WOW!”

Book Review – Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Star Wars fans: If you’ve ever wondered what Obi-Wan Kenobi did in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, here’s some of the answer. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this book is not for you. From the moment Obi-Wan arrives on the planet, he is challenged toContinue reading “Book Review – Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller”

Book Review: Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

Once Doctor Who returned to television in 2005 and was successful, there were new stories issues in novel form to complement the series. Many of these were good. The Monsters Inside was one that was not so good. In the future, Earth sends their prisoners off-planet to Justicia, a prison-colony spread over seven planets. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole”

Quantum Leap: The Complete First Season on DVD – A Fun Travel Through Time

Since Quantum Leap was a late mid-season replacement show back in 1989, there were only eight episodes in the first season of this wonderful series. This boxed set is made up of only three discs. The series was an anthology where the two main characters were Sam Beckett (portrayed by Scott Bakula) and Al (portrayedContinue reading “Quantum Leap: The Complete First Season on DVD – A Fun Travel Through Time”

Book Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks

There’s a saying that the books are better than the movie. That’s usually true when the book came first. It’s not always true when the movie came first. In the case of The Phantom Menace, though, author Terry Brooks manages to fill in some of the gaps and create a story with more depth thanContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks”

Babylon 5: The Complete First Season on DVD

The science-fiction series Babylon 5 aired for five seasons in syndication. More than any other series before it, Babylon 5 consisted of an ongoing story arc – a serial-type show. For this reason, if you miss seeing the shows in order, you do miss out on a lot of the story. I know that becauseContinue reading “Babylon 5: The Complete First Season on DVD”