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!…

Sense8. Hated it. You?

I’ve had really bad luck so far with Netflix Original shows. Even the faux ones like Trailer Park Boys that Netflix just kinda took over from more reputable producers. Hemlock Grove is quite possibly the worst television series I’ve ever seen, for example. And while Sense8 isn’t that, it’s still – I think, anyway –…

Blakes 7 – Project Avalon (Review)

Project Avalon is one of those first-season episodes that’re what you might call "pleasantly disappointing." On the one hand, it’s better than you remember, which is always nice. On the other hand, it’s still a Terry Nation standard issue all-plot-no-themes action/adventure thing. And it’s all the worse for that because the plot suffers from "idiot…

Rank(ed) Endings

Vox Day has an article up claiming that Mad Men’s ending is the second-best ending ever – second only to Newheart. I think it might be satire. First, because from what I read Newheart‘s ending took the generally lame "it’s all a dream" route that St. Elsewhere had. (St. Elsewhere famously ended on the suggestion…

Blakes 7 – Seek-Locate-Destroy (Review)

The only interesting thing about Seek-Locate-Destory is its title. There was a lot of seeking, and also some locating, but comparatively little destroying. In some ways, actually, the opposite of destroying. Blake deliberately doesn’t kill Travis, for example, even though he has the opportunity. Blake’s explosive charges fail to do enough damage to cover up…