“Arrival” – Actually a Deep Space Nine Episode

Arrival is the Oscar-nominated science fiction film from director Denis Villeneuve (2013’s Prisoners) starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. It’s a fine, fine movie with excellent performances, a compelling story, and its own unique feel. The story is about a linguist (Adams) who works to develop communication between Earth and an alien race. However, as… Continue reading “Arrival” – Actually a Deep Space Nine Episode

Our Monsters Are Due

There is an episode of The Twilight Zone which is worth a fresh viewing for its prescient application to today’s social climate: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.”  Written by Rod Serling, and broadcast in 1960, the episode begins with the following narration: Maple Street, U.S.A. Late summer. A tree-lined little world of front… Continue reading Our Monsters Are Due

“Mudd’s Women” and a Brief Look at Gender in “Star Trek”

  Gene Roddenberry created the wonderful world of Star Trek which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  The late Roddenberry remains seen as a beloved visionary who created a progressive idea of a future with no racism, no poverty, and no war.  That world was better fleshed out and given greater ideological dimensions through other writers,… Continue reading “Mudd’s Women” and a Brief Look at Gender in “Star Trek”