star trek nemesisStar Trek: Nemesis, directed Stuart Baird, 2002

Like most Star Trek fans, I have mixed feelings about the final big screen adventure featuring the Next Generation cast. Nemesis delivers solid action and a few surprising moments – the Enterprise ramming a Reman warship, Data sacrificing himself to save the crew – but it lacks the heart, soul and depth of the great Trek films, especially the first TNG solo movie, First Contact.

Director Suart Baird, who mostly worked as an action movie editor before landing Nemesis, somehow managed to rob the characters and actors of all the chemistry they'd built up after more than a decade of working together. Inception star Tom Hardy does a decent job of hissing and snarling his way through playing the impossible role of Captain Picard's evil, limey, twentswomething clone despite not looking a thing like Patrick Stewart.
neverending storyThe NeverEnding Story, directed by Wolfgang Peterson, 1984

This brilliant fantasy adventure always does a number on me and makes me feel like a wide-eyed 4-year-old kid every time I watch it.

The NeverEnding Story is a simple tale loaded with big concepts and poignant, emotional moments. The thought of a peaceful fantasy world being devoured by "nothing" -- not an evil queen or a monster or aliens – was terrifying and perplexing to me as a child. Come to think of it, it's still terrifying and perplexing.

Skip the lame sequels and pop in Wolfgang Peterson's original imaginative fairy tale next time you're in need of some uplifting '80s goodness.

james callis eurekaEureka, Season 4 airs Fridays on Syfy

Here's proof that the concept of a reboot can work – in TV anyway. For its fourth season, the veteran Syfy series plucked its main characters out of their cozy little lives and dropped them in an alternate reality where everything and everyone they know is slightly off-kilter.

The alternate reality plot, which series star Neil Grayston said is here to stay, has made the show feel fresh and exciting again. Sure, Eureka is still loaded with campy humor, a sappy awe-shucks vibe and plots nicked from a thousand other movies and TV shows, but the show has really come into its own this year in terms of character relationships, tone and spirit. Plus, its got Battlestar Galactica's James Callis as a tailored suit wearing, time-traveling scientist.
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