Star Trek, the original series, recently celebrated its 50th birthday. Star Trek: The Next Generation, is about to celebrate its 30th birthday. In fact, a review of its pilot episode was my very first newspaper article. I was a really bad writer back then, and an even worse reviewer. (Some say I never improved.) I predicted that the show would not last. Clearly, I’m an idiot. In my defence, I was 20 years old. Most people are idiots at 20. Continue reading Star Trek Discovery: the Good, the Bad, and the Ferengi
Superhero TV shows are all the rage, and I’m certainly a sucker for them. Netflix’s Jessica Jones is one of the finest examples of the genre I’ve ever seen. The Flash has been required weekly viewing for three years now. And season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil caused my draw to literally drop (when the Punisher walked into the courtroom… Oh. My. God… we get to see the trial of the motherfrackin’ Punisher!)
So it was predictable and understandable that the frequency of genre shows would accelerate, despite Spielberg himself saying that superheroes would soon go the way of the Western.
I was with some trepidation that I watched the newest offerings: the pilot episode of FX’s Legion, and the first two episodes of NBC’s sitcom, Powerless. Continue reading Legion and Powerless: Review of Two New Shows
It’s Labour Day weekend here in Canada, and I am four episodes deep into the Space Network‘s Star Trek marathon. The network is showing the supposed 10 “best” episodes of each of the five canonical Star Trek TV series. For their complete list of episodes click here. Continue reading The Best Star Trek: Next Generation episodes
I will attempt to do the impossible and write a mostly spoiler-free review of season 1 of the Netflix original series, Stranger Things. Continue reading Stranger Things, season 1… or How I Miss The 80s
I started writing this article on June 9, 2015, but lost focus. I didn’t finish it until Jan 1, 2016! By then, the new season of Flash was already halfway done, and the second season of Agent Carter was about to start. Whatever.
These past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the complete first seasons of two new entries to the skiffy TV world: The Flash, based on the DC comics character of the same name, and Agent Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on one of the more minor characters of the expanded Marvel comics universe. Continue reading The Flash and Agent Carter: Doing Dramatic Irony Right
Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in Fran’s restaurant on Shuter Street in Toronto, with my two good friends Ed Wong and Andrew Currie. I noticed a strange art piece –sculpture, I guess– on the wall. It reminded me of something. Continue reading Nimoy Memories
This past week, I re-watched several seasons of Stargate SG1, including both direct-to-dvd movies, and a couple of episodes of Stargate Atlantis. Didn’t find the strength to watch any Stargate Universe, as that was my least favourite incarnation of the franchise. But my re-watch nevertheless brought back to me my intense sadness when SG1 was cancelled. I’m not sure why I miss this show so much, so I thought I’d write about it a bit. Continue reading Why I Miss Stargate
(Read our review of part 1)
The creative team responsible for The Andromeda Strain (2008) part deux largely squanders the narrative potential established in part one by not adequately communicating the backstory, while subjecting the viewer to poor special effects and truly unbelievable plot developments. Continue reading The Andromeda Strain (2008) Part 2
I’ve often said that the first sign of old age is nostalgia. Well, it seems that I’m officially old. For some reason I was contemplating the best ever opening segments of TV shows. Weirdly, most of the best ones seem to have been produced in the 1970s, which, coincidentally (ahem) happened to be the time of my glorious childhood. Continue reading The Best TV Show Opening Segments
Well, Fringe is over. Yeah, I know, it ended a while ago. But this is my first chance to sit down and write about it. Continue reading Review: Fringe Finale!