ROGUE ONE Lacks the Star Wars Magic

Film: Rogue One USA Release Date: December 16, 2016 Written By: Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy (Screenplay) and John Knoll & Gary Whitta (Story) Music Composed By: Michael Giacchino Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel Directed By: Gareth Edwards Running Time: 133 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 3 (out of 10) Performances: 7 Visual…

Bonk-Bonk on the Head If You Dislike STAR TREK: “Miri”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #12: “Miri” USA Airdate: October 27, 1966 (#8) Written By: Adrian Spies Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 9 (out of 10) Performances: 10 Visual Style: 10 Music: 10 Overall: 10 Verdict: Must See Comments: Though the logic of the episode cannot hold up under close scrutiny, “Miri” turns out to be– Blah,…

Keep a Close Watch on STAR TREK’s “Dagger of the Mind” Neural Neutralizer

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #11: “Dagger of the Mind” USA Airdate: November 3, 1966 (#9) Written By: S. Bar-David (Shimon Wincelberg) Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 5 (out of 10) Performances: 5 Visual Style: 8 Music: 8 Overall: 6 Verdict: Worth Watching Comments: The story meanders and Morgan Woodward (Doctor Simon Van Gelder) overacts, but…

STAR TREK Asks, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #10: “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” USA Airdate: October 20, 1966 (#7) Written By: Robert Bloch Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: James Goldstone Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 7 (out of 10) Performances: 8 Visual Style: 7 Music: 10 Overall: 8 Verdict: Must See Comments: This is one of those Star Trek episodes that feels like it…

Watch STAR TREK’s Take on THE ENEMY BELOW In “Balance of Terror”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #9: “Balance of Terror” USA Airdate: December 15, 1966 (#14) Written By: Paul Schneider Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: Vincent McEveety Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 8 (out of 10) Performances: 10 Visual Style: 10 Music: 10 Overall: 9 Verdict: Must See Comments: For years, “Balance of Terror” reigned as my favorite Star Trek episode. Back in January, I…

The Imprisoned Lightning

What a week this has been here in the United States, which I have slowly learned is a country of contradictions. This is a nation of inspiration, but also of disappointment. A nation of enlightenment, but also of ignorance. A nation of hope, but also of despair. The below poem, written in 1883 and later…