Picard, Episode 2: Have these people even seen TNG?

I'd love to ask the writers of this show what their favorite part about The Next Generation was. For me it was the show's optimism, and the sense of unity between the characters. Never, that I remember, was interpersonal conflict a focus of the plot on The Next Generation. Everyone treated each other with kindness …

Picard: Episode 1 – Dare I hope that this won’t be a complete embarrassment?

After the complete disaster of Star Trek: Discovery, in which no one trekked or discovered, but only waged war, I have not dared to hope for any enjoyable Star Trek experience again. This generation has come to know Star Trek as a war/action franchise, and so it seems highly unlikely that any show or movie …

Sharp Objects blunted by twist ending

This post contains spoilers. If you haven't seen HBO's Sharp Objects, you're in for a treat, go watch it. Then come back and read.   Sharp Objects is a show you have to pay attention to. It's smart, and subtle, and you can miss entire plot points if you look away for even a few …

Finding Frances

The feature length finale of the Comedy Central series 'Nathan For You' takes an amazing melancholy turn, when Nathan decides to use the show's resources to find Bill Heath's (the Bill Gates impersonator from previous episodes) long lost love. Though still full of the same comedic flavor that Nathan is famous for, this is a …

The Orville, Episode 9

In another somewhat dull episode of The Orville, all the crew members fall in love with each other.¬†This one was more focused on humor and relationship stuff than real adventure or thoughtful things. The blue alien that Kelly cheated on Ed with ends up on the ship as a forensic archaeologist, to determine which of …

Random Game of Thrones thoughts

I really wish Jon Snow would have stayed dead. All the rumors and articles and talk of him coming back made it into an expected, taken for granted event. There was no tension, no curiosity. And it undercut the power of his death, which was a nice mirror of his father's death. His coming back …

The Orville: Episode 8, into the fold

In the first really boring episode of the series, Dr. Claire and her two sons attempt to go on vacation, but are instead sucked into a fold in space and shot out a thousand lightyears away, and crash land on an alien planet. It sounds interesting in principle, but instead it's just endless bickering children …