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Disco Dancer

I really think there’s an outline for a good season of Star Trek Discovery that was never fleshed out. We saw more hints of it than usual in last night’s new episode, “The War Without, the War Within,” written by Lisa Randolph, one of the few writers on the series to have written more than one episode. She’s also the…

Disco Queen

So what did we discover this week on Star Trek: Discovery? Most viewers discovered they were right about a plot twist finally delivered in “Vaulting Ambition”, one not quite as obvious as last week’s, spotted only a mile away instead of twenty miles away. I liked this twist a lot better however many people saw it…

Burn This Disco Out

I somehow didn’t realise until yesterday that a new Star Trek Discovery episode aired last Friday. That’s life without commercials, I guess. I’m used to getting word via studios paying sites to talk about shows and somehow it seemed like there wasn’t a lot of that in this case. Anyway, “Despite Yourself” was one of my…

Terra Surprise

There was a time when a Doctor Who Cybermen serial was just about our heroes trying to stop those dastardly, emotionless cyborgs from conquering Earth. I finished watching through Earthshock again this week, a 1982 Doctor Who serial featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor. As is often the case when rewatching episodes,…

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Mad Orvillatry

It sure didn’t feel like last night’s new Orville, “Mad Idolatry”, was the season finale, probably because it wasn’t intended to be, the original finale having been moved to the beginning of next season. But on the other hand, last night’s episode did reaffirm the show’s essential concept, a vision of an optimistic…

A Cup of Anime

I’m taking a third semester Japanese language class at the moment so I thought this would be a good time to catch up with the world of anime. I watched the first episodes of several recent series, mostly from the current 2017 fall season, and was pleased to find a few shows I didn’t hate and two I actually liked.