Go Fish Isn’t as Bad as People Think

Alright, I get it. Go Fish isn’t one of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s better episodes. Arguably, it’s one of the worst. Certainly it’s on the low end of the curve in Season Two, which boasts some of the series’ high water marks. But as I’m watching through Season Two yet again another time already, it…

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…

STTNG – The Game (Review)

The Game is another one of those episodes where the complaints are instructive. Fans don’t like this one, and for a lot of reasons that seem convincing … until you think about it a bit. As we open, Riker’s on Risa indulging in some playful foreplay with a rubber forehead type. It’s all fun and…

STTNG – Disaster (Review)

Disaster is where they do "shallow but fun." It’s not an Airplane!-style parody of disaster flicks, but it doesn’t take itself all that seriously either. Mostly, it’s just having fun with the franchise by (a) doing something a little different and (b) confining cahracters in spaces with people they’re uncomfortable with. The Enterprise is cruising…

STTNG – Silicon Avatar (Review)

Silicon Avatar is another one of those episodes that makes you feel like you’re living in the Twilight Zone. I don’t mean the epiosde itself, but the fact that so many core Next Generation fans seem to hate it. Hillariously, it’s a lot of the same people who like Darmok. Remember Darmok? That was the…

STTNG – Ensign Ro (Review)

If Darmok proved that you can’t save a crap premise by hiring good actors, perhaps what Ensign Ro proves is that you can save a boring one by inserting an interesting character. Plot-wise, this episode is a snoozefest, for once again Next Generation is showing us how to build elaborate starship sets to tell a…

STTNG – Darmok (Review)

If Redemption was much better than it had any right being then Darmok is surely much worse. This is a touching episode with a good and important theme broght alive by the fine performances of two consumate professionals (Patrick Stewart and Paul Winfield), and in spite of all that it’s horrible because its central premise…

STTNG – Redemption (Review)

Redemption is better than it has any right being. And don’t worry, I’m not saying it’s good. But for a two-part episode in which Worf gets his groove back in a Klingon civil war and they absolutely botch the cliffhanger by fucking with Tasha Yar’s timeline yet again another time already and for no reason,…

STTNG – In Theory

Forecast for today: yawning with bouts of awkward. In Theory is another one of those episodes that is great in theory (yuk, yuk), but in practice is just lazy and disappointing. Therefore, we’re not surprised to see Ronald D. Moore’s name on the credits: "lazy and disappointing" is what he does for a living. The…

Timothy Sandefur Gets Star Trek ALMOST Right

Timothy Sandefur is carving a niche for himself as the Libertarian apologist for Star Trek. First comes an article in the Claremont Review called "The Politics fof Star Trek," then a podcast interview about it on Libertarianism.org, and finally another podcast interview on The Space Show. I won’t lie to you: I’m a little jealous!…