Living Star Trek: How Two Women Breathed New Life into the Franchise

How did Star Trek survive?

I’ve always been fascinated by early Star Trek fandom. From Bjo Trimble’s infamous “Save Star Trek” letter writing campaign to the first major convention in 1972, fandom perpetuated and saved Star Trek from sinking into relative obscurity.

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, however, many Star Trek fans were isolated. This may be hard to comprehend in the internet age, but there was a time when Star Trek fans didn’t know that other fans existed. Even for someone like me, who grew up in a small town in Kentucky during the ‘90s, it was hard to find and connect with fellow fans.

So, how did these early Trekkies do it?


Peter David's Best Star Trek Novels

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of Star Trek-related content in the world, but I’m sure that many die-hard fans have experienced this same excruciating moment: the moment when they’ve watched every series and movie.

What do you do next? Do you listen to a Star Trek podcast? Do you watch a behind-the-scenes documentary? And what do you do once you’ve consumed all of those? What’s left? Read More...

All You Need is Kill: Rethinking "Edge of Tomorrow"

With films like Top GunMinority Report, and the Mission Impossible franchise, Tom Cruise is the king of the modern action movie. While 80s action heroes like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Willis look like they’re going through the motions in their most recent movies, Cruise is a still believable and, more importantly, bankable star.

That’s why it would be easy for audiences to dismiss Edge of Tomorrow as just another Cruise-helmed action vehicle that’s only meant to rake in dollars at the box office and do little else, but they’d be remiss in doing so. I’m here to tell you that it’s time to reassess Edge of Tomorrow. Yes, it’s a summer blockbuster that has faded into relative obscurity over the years, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be valued for the true gem that it is and seen by more people. Read More...

The Vibrant Lunacy of Nicolas Cage in "Color Out of Space"

Does the idea of Nicolas Cage doing a low-key Trump impression while channeling his special brand of zany, over-the-top acting bravado make you giddy with excitement? Do you have a soft spot in your heart for practical creature effects in the vein of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)? Or how about Annihilation (2016)? Do you absolutely adore that movie and want to dive into a similarly beautiful, but nightmare-inducing world?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of those questions, then look no further than Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space (2020). Read More...