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…

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…