Annal: 1997 Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 1997.

Film:Severed Dreams

Severed Dreams: Episode of Babylon 5

Tony Dow

Airdate: April 1, 1996 ~ When President Clark tries to seize control of Babylon 5 by force, Sheridan is faced with the prospect of severing the station's ties with Earth. Delenn receives disturing news from a ranger.

Film:Independence Day

Independence Day

Roland Emmerich

In Independence Day, a scientist played by Jeff Goldblum once actually had a fistfight with a man (Bill Pullman) who is now president of the United States. That same president, late in the film, personally flies a jet fighter to deliver a payload of missiles against an attack by extraterrestrials. Independence Day is the kind of movie so giddy with its own outrageousness that one doesn’t even blink at such howlers in the plot. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day is a pastiche of conventions from flying-saucer movies from the 1940s…

Film:Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks!

Tim Burton

It’s enlightening to view Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton’s eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big…

Film:Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact: 2nd in Next Generation series

Jonathan Frakes

Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and First Contact (#8 in the popular movie series) is no exception—an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth’s past, alter history, and “assimilate” the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling new Enterprise, and capable direction by Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to…

Film:Trials and Tribble-ations

Trials and Tribble-ations

Jonathan West

A rousing tribute to the original Star Trek’s most popular episode, “Trials and Tribble-ations” is a triumph of clever plotting, technical achievement, and pure, unadulterated fun. Like “The Trouble with Tribbles” from 29 years earlier, this fifth-season episode is an instant classic, beginning when a surgically altered Klingon (Charlie Brill, reprising his role from “Tribbles”) uses a Bajoran Orb of Time to travel back over 100 years to prevent his past-tense capture by Capt. James T. Kirk. Undercover time travelers Sisko, Dax, Odo, Worf, O’Brien, and…

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