Category: Science Fiction

A War This Time (Terminator: Salvation, 2009)

Six years later, the studio wanted to try and reboot the franchise.  The biggest twist of the film this time around? No time travel. The beginning of a planned trilogy set during the war, Christian Bale takes over the role of John Conner. The… Continue Reading “A War This Time (Terminator: Salvation, 2009)”

Rinse and Repeat (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003)

It took nearly a decade before there was a follow-up to T2: Judgement Day.  This time around, the focus is on an early 20’s John Conner. He has been living off the grid and the original date for Judgement Day came and went without… Continue Reading “Rinse and Repeat (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003)”

Twice Upon a Terminator (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1991)

After the Terminator, James Cameron proved it was not a fluke with the sequel to Alien, Aliens, and the Abyss.  Cameron determined his idea for a sequel to the Terminator was a technical possibility. Picking up ten years after the first film, we find… Continue Reading “Twice Upon a Terminator (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1991)”

A Wrench In Time (The Terminator, 1984)

In 1984, James Cameron was a genre vet, but not quite the guy we think of.  He had no mega-hits…yet. Cameron came up out of the Corman school and made his names with technical and special effects….especially stretching the low budget effects. His one… Continue Reading “A Wrench In Time (The Terminator, 1984)”

Boldly Going Pt 13 (Star Trek Beyond, 2016)

After Into Darkness, Trek lost Abrams to Wars. Simon Pegg stepped up as a screenwriter with Doug Jung to try and get the Kelvin timeline back on track.  The studio also decided to try out an action director, Justin Lin, who had success with… Continue Reading “Boldly Going Pt 13 (Star Trek Beyond, 2016)”

Going Boldly Pt 12 (Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013)

After a pretty successful first outing, the whole team came back. So, my hopes were riding high for another exciting Star Trek film. But early on I saw a danger sign. They were basically doing a Man of Steel. It was clear that they… Continue Reading “Going Boldly Pt 12 (Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013)”

Boldly Going Pt 11 (Star Trek, 2009)

It is often not really a great sign when a franchise seems to go dormant. After the struggle at the box office with Nemesis and a large amount of negative fan reaction, Paramount’s Star Trek team started trying to figure out new ideas, most… Continue Reading “Boldly Going Pt 11 (Star Trek, 2009)”

Boldly Going Pt 10 (Star Trek: Nemesis, 2002)

So, after the disappointing returns the studio brought in the director of Executive Decision, Stuart Baird, and John Logan, the screen writer of the Time Machine. The Romulans are in turmoil and during a high level meeting of their government, there is an assassination… Continue Reading “Boldly Going Pt 10 (Star Trek: Nemesis, 2002)”

Boldly Going Pt 9 (Star Trek: Insurrection, 1998)

After a rousing success with First Contact, Jonathan Frakes returned to the directors chair with Insurrection. When Data goes haywire as part of an undercover science team observing a small community on a remote planet, the Enterprise is called to investigate. When they arrive,… Continue Reading “Boldly Going Pt 9 (Star Trek: Insurrection, 1998)”

Boldly Going Pt 8 (Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)

For the Sophomore voyage of the Next Generation crew, they pulled a Wrath of Khan and a Voyage Home.  They reached back to a central villain from the the series, the Borg, and added time travel. Picard is still haunted by a voice from… Continue Reading “Boldly Going Pt 8 (Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)”