Monday, August 28, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2

Episode 29 Minefield


Back-to-back great episodes were rare with Enterprise but the follow-up to Carbon Creek was Minefield and it was brilliant.  It’s Earth’s first clash with Romulans, and in an effort to be consistent with Star Trek lore, we never see them.  In the Star Trek original series episode Balance of Terror, Spock establishes during the Earth-Romulan War the two species never saw one another.  That remains true during their clashes through the Enterprise series.  The tension with Archer and trying to save Malcolm made for interesting character development.  Any episode that focused on filling the historical gaps between Star Trek: the Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise were some of the best.  It took ingenuity to take a few lines of exposition from the 60s TV show and develop entire episodes around them.  Enterprise would have shined more brightly if they had tried to incorporate more gap filler episodes like Minefield.  

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, August 25, 2023


Monday, August 21, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2

Episode 28 Carbon Creek


An excellent episode, one of the best in the series.  It’s a flashback story about how Vulcans crash landed on Earth in the 1950s and had to assimilate with Earth culture while waiting for rescue.  It has humor and heart all through the entire story.  It works so well and somehow doesn’t really feature any of the main characters.  It’s a great standalone episode that’s well worth watching.  


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, August 18, 2023


Monday, August 14, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2

Episode 27 Shockwave Part 2


Our lovely follow-up to the season 1 cliffhanger is about as riveting as a used Highlights in the dentist office.  The crew of the Enterprise gets boarded by the Suliban and taken captive.  They work some mojo to escape and help Archer who is stranded in the future to return to their time and save the day.


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, August 11, 2023

The Very Objective Must See Movies - As of 2023

Below is a list of must see movies and their sequels in random order.  If a film has a sequel it’s tabbed in, meaning if you like the original then check out the sequel.  If the sequel is double tabbed it means it’s not really a must see but if you like the series or character check it out.  Certain Sequels are listed with no tab because they are that good and “must sees” on their own. 



Jaws (1975)

Goodfellas (1990)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) [The Best Indiana Jones Movie]

        Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Batman Begins (2005)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Iron Man (2008)

    Iron Man 2 (2010)

Fight Club (1999)

Back to the Future (1985)

    Back to the Future 2 (1989)

        Back to the Future 3 (1990)

Die Hard (1988)

    Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2 (2003 - 2004)

Desperado (1995)

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Top Gun (1986)

    Top Gun Maverick (2022)

The Great Escape (1963)

True Lies (1994)

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

King Kong (1933)

Hook (1991)

The Karate Kid (1984)

    The Karate Kid Part, Part II (1986) [Better than the first]

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

            Captain America: Civil War (2016)

The Avengers (2012)

Baby Driver (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)



Casablanca (1942) [Probably the Best Movie Ever Made]

Glory (1989)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Inglorious Bastards (2009)

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

Ordinary People (1980)

Rocky (1976)

        Rocky II (1979)

    Rocky III (1982)

            Rocky IV (1985)

                Rocky V (1990)

    Rocky Balboa (2006)

    Creed (2015)

        Creed II (2018)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

American History X (1998)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

West Side Story (1961)

The Hurt Locker (2009) 

Cinderella Man (2005)

Field of Dreams (1989)

Rudy (1993)

The Departed (2006)

Magnolia (1999)

The Social Network (2010)

Schindler’s List (1993)

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Whale Rider (2002)

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Broken Hearted (2019)

Gone Girl (2014)

I Care A Lot (2020)

The Walk (2015)


Science Fiction/Fantasy

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977)

    Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980) [The Best Star Wars Movie]

    Star Wars: Episode V Return of the Jedi (1983)

        Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The Terminator (1984)

    Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) [The Best Terminator Movie]

        Terminator Salvation (2009)

Alien (1979)

    Aliens (1986) [The Best Alien Movie]

The Thing (1982)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) [Best LotR Movie]

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) [One of the best movies ever made, won 11 Oscars]

X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003)

    X-Men: First Class (2011)

    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

    Deadpool (2016)

    X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn (1982) [Best Star Trek Movie]

        Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)

            Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)

    Star Trek VI The Undiscovered County (1991)

                Star Trek Generations (1994)

    Star Trek First Contact (1996)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2009) [Prequel/Rebooted story with new actors]

            Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

            Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) 

District 9 (2009)

Jurassic Park (1990)

Serenity (2005) 

Signs (2002)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

    TMNT (2007)



Duck Soup (1933)

Monkey Business (1931)

Ghostbusters (1984)

    Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

The Goonies (1985)

Major League (1989)

Punch Drunk Love (2002)

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Angels in the Outfield (1994)

Superbad (2007) 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

Dumped (2015)

Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Mean Girls (2004)

The Cosplayer (2017)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Super Troopers (2001)

    Super Troopers 2 (2018)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


Animated Feature Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

Tarzan (1999)

Toy Story (1995)

    Toy Story 2 (1999)

    Toy Story 3 (2010)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Aladdin (1992)

The Lion King (1994)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

WALL-E (2008)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Tangled (2010)

Moana (2016)



High Noon (1952)

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Unforgiven (1992)

Young Guns (1988)

            Young Guns II (1990)

Monday, August 7, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1

Episode 26 Shockwave Part 1


The crew of the Enterprise is visiting some industrial alien colony when an accident kills all 3600 people below.  Archer feels responsible. The Earth exploration is about to be shelved for 20 years because Enterprise might be responsible.   A bunch of gobbledeegook, exposition, running around. It turns out it was done by a stealth ship as part of the Temporal Cold War.  The episode builds to a standoff with Archer and the Suliban.  Archer gets time traveled to the 31st century to avoid the standoff but the world is a baron war torn landscape.  He’s trapped in the future with no way to go home and his ship is about to be attacked by the Suliban.  


It’s a nice cliffhanger but the buildup episode is less than exciting.  Then you have to wait an entire summer to find out “who shot JR!”  Shows that end on cliffhangers are confident they’re going to get another season.  Will the follow-up episode be just as good?  Stay tuned next week to find out.


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®

Friday, August 4, 2023