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February 14: On This Day In Science Fiction History

Seriously, is there anyone who's favorite Cardassian aboard Star Trek: Deep Space Nine wasn't Garak?  As played by the legendary character actor, Andrew Robinson, the duplicitous Garak came alive.  You never knew if he was half as trustworthy as he appeared, and you never knew if it was safe to leave your back exposed to the self-professed "tailor."  Under Robinson's watchful commands, Garak was a delight, so join me in wishing him a Happy Birthday, who was born on this day in 1942.

On this day in 1986, Empire Pictures released Terrorvision theatrically to unsuspecting audiences.  Here's the plot summary, compliments of

"A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world."

"Requiem For Methuselah" has the Enterprise seeking an urgent medical cure but being thwarted by a mysterious recluse and his robot servant.  The show first aired on this day in 1969.

In "A Dream of Jennifer," Buck Rogers finds himself haunted by visions of his late 20th century girlfriend -- Jennifer (as played by the lovely Anne Lockhart) -- being alive and well in the 25th century.  However, as our hero learns, the girl named Leila has had her appearance altered to lure the pilot in to a complex web of deception.

On this day in 1993, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- as part of its first season -- aired an episode named after one of its more popular characters: "Dax."  It's not uncommon for shows in their infancy to explore the past of these new creations, and that's exactly what this hour did.  Here's the episode summary from

"Sins of the Host indeed, as Jadzia Dax is accused of a murder her previous host, Curzon, supposedly committed."

On this day in 1999, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles aired an episode titled "The Face of Truth."  According to our friends at, here's the plot summary:

"The capture of the "skinny" Colonel T'Phai reveals that the entire race are being mentally controlled by the bugs and that they are using the planet for fuel and plan to blow it up after they are done. Can the Roughnecks stop the bugs in time?"

On this day in 2001, Starhunter aired the sixteenth episode of its first season, an hour titled "Super Max."  According to our friends at, here's the hour's plot summary:

"While stopping for repair parts at a space station, Carvaggio alerts Dante of an intruder aboard the Tulip. Rushing back, Dante finds Rudolpho has sold the ship from under him to a businessman named Max who wants to convert the ship into a prison transport. Furious, Dante has Percy sabotage the ship (to make Max think he bought a lemon), and has Luc dig up any dirt on his new boss that he can use against him. Meanwhile, Dante plays along as Max's new prison warden, while Max's lascivious wife Zelda, makes a deal to help get rid of her husband."

On this day in 2001, Capt. Janeway and her crew slipped into "The Void," a pocket of space where scavengers are forced to prey on one another in order to survive.

On this day in 2004, the crew of Starhunter 2300's Tulip blazed their way into the fifteenth episode of their second season.  It was an hour titled simply "Kate," and here's the plot summary from

"While traveling to Ring Shepherd Station, the Tulip strikes a mine and Caravaggio becomes useless as his control and repair systems malfunction. Instead of helping with repairs, Percy sets to work on creating a new A.I. program - this one female and named Katherine. Although Kate is more efficient than Car, she becomes infatuated with Travis and claims she is in love with him. Travis rejects her on the grounds that she isn't real, and Kate shows a vengeful wrath by deactivating life support and allowing the pirates who laid the mine, come aboard and try to take over the ship. With time running out, Travis tries to show Kate the real meaning of compassion by convincing her to let him save his friends."

Veteran character actor Enrico Colantoni helped keep the Milky Way safe in what was the best non-STAR TREK "Star Trek" film fandom has ever had the privilege to be poked fun at.  GALAXY QUEST (1999) was a delight from start to finish, and Colantoni's Mathesar character is only one of the many reasons why.  Colantoni was born on this day in 1963.

Zach Galligan helped save the world from some pesky GREMLINS (1984, and again in 1990 with GREMLINS 2), and that definitely deserves a nod from our corner of cyberspace.  Galligan was born on this day in 1964.

He's no Jimmy Doohan, but -- then again -- no one can be, nor will ever be.  Still, I'll give self-professed sci-fi geek Simon Pegg plenty of wiggle room to grow into the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott as part of that whole newfangled STAR TREK.  Pegg's brilliant turn in SPACED -- a BBC comedy about a pair of nerds just trying to get by -- has so many nods to so many areas of fandom that he's won me over.  Pegg was born on this day in 1970.

Young actress Stephanie Leonidas plays the alien Irisa on Syfy's Defiance program.  Leonidas was born on this day back in 1984.

As always, live long and prosper!

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Tags: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Defiance, Galaxy Quest, Gremlins, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, Spaced, Star Trek DS9, Star Trek VOY, Starhunter, Starhunter 2300, More…TerrorVision


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