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…

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…

Trespassing in an Alternate World

Sometimes the more interesting essays are the ones that you feel don’t get it quite right – the ones that have an intriguing premise but ultimately don’t pan out. That’s because these are the essays that help you step outside your worldview and think a bit in real time. An essay that’s dead wrong is…

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…

The Break/La Trêve (Review)

My first thought on finishing The Break (La Trêve) – a Belgian neo-noir crime drama miniseries that you can, at the time of writing, watch on Netflix – was that it’s the best crime series I’ve seen since Breaking Bad‘s first season. That’s frustrating, because it means that our best could be better. Modern crime…

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…

Dead Man’s Party is Less Confused than you Think

I don’t want to defend Dead Man’s Party, necessarily. It’s not one of the good ones. But it is one of the misunderstood ones, so I guess it does need a little defending. I’ve been reading Mark Field’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Myth, Metaphor & Morality as I go through the series for maybe the…

The Gift

Apparently I missed an important anniversary by one day. 15 years ago yesterday, The Gift – the beautiful 100th episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and finale to its fifth (and final, as far as anyone knew at the time) season – aired. 22 May 2001. I’m starting to doubt there will ever be a…