STTNG – Violations (Review)

Whatever Violations was trying to achieve, it failed at it. I mean, I guess, since it’s sort of hard to know what the point was. But that doesn’t keep it from being interesting. Keiko O’Brien, in her only ever episode without Miles, is having her memory probed by some aliens on board who do that.…

STTNG – Hero Worship (Review)

In a lot of ways Hero Worship feels like a reimagining of New Ground as a Data-centric episode. It’s not, of course. There’re very different stories. But the fact that they share so many elements and aired consecutively makes it feel like the showrunners are inviting the comparison. Both focus on a single character’s relationship…

STTNG – New Ground (Review)

Captain’s Log – number number number nubmer point number number number number number. The Enterprise has been asked to participate in a fascinating experiment that could revolutionize warp technology. If past performance is any indication, it will appear to work, then go off the rails, threatening a nearby colony planet before Geordi has a chance…

Chaos on the Bridge (Review)

Chaos on the Bridge is must-see TV for any Star Trek fan – or even people who are just interested in Star Trek as a cultural phenomenon. It’s a 2014 documentary by (as in "produced and hosted by") William Shatner about the office politics behind Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s first two seasons. This was…

STTNG – A Matter of Time (Review)

Ah yes, the idiot plot episode! Officially it’s known as A Matter of Time, and it involves the bridge crew acting like complete chumps for the duration of a hugely implausible mission in which they fight anti-global warming with a few keystrokes. This should really rank down there with The Outrageous Okona. The only reason…

Love Like Monkeys (Review)

To judge by some – OK one – of her essays, romance, and feeling alienated from it, is something of a theme with Jess Zimmerman. To judge by the story of hers I just read – Love Like Monkeys – it might even be her version of that thing that a lot of good artists…

The Real Folk Blues

SyFy Wire has a Top 30 TV SciFi Theme Songs clickbait post up. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek (no one seriously believes that Quantum Leap has an iconic theme, for example). But most of it seems serious … and lazy. Here’s my litany of complaints. Omissions Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It might just be the fanboy in…

Breakdown (Review)

Breakdown is one of the better examples of the Season One cliche: it’s better than its reputation, but also not as good as it should have been. Since this one deals with some of Blakes 7 more important themes, that’s kind of a shame. Here’s the story they did tell. Gan is manning the bridge…

After Atlas (review)

There’s little doubt that Emma Newman’s After Atlas will be topping many "best of" lists in the coming year. Sometimes, when you’re reading a book, you just know. And yeah, this is one of those. It’ll be talked about. Just how one knows this is an open question – but one thing I keep wondering…

STTNG – Unification (Review)

Unification – season 5’s mid-season two-parter – is one of those you can appreciate for the memorable moments, if not for the story. Certainly not for the story, which is equal parts boring filler and plot hole-ridden cartoon. And let’s be honest, the memorable moments aren’t enough to carry it. They’re nevertheless good enough that…