Perhaps the best way to view the maiden season of the fan-divisive (now a regular occurrence) Star Trek series, Discovery is to treat it mainly as the redemptive arc of Michael Burnham, and just leave it at that.
There was a moment – the briefest possibly – where it seemed that the writers/producers behind Discovery were going to reboot the entire series using the escape from the Mirror Universe as the plot device.
Perhaps then Discovery would exist in a reality more aligned to the original series (which is supposedly a decade away from the events depicted so far.
After the shocking reveal in the previous episode concerning Tyler’s outing as Voq, nobody quite expected that fans would get an even bigger twist in “Vaulting Ambition”.
As if it was not enough that the Discovery were lost in the Mirror Universe with the Terran Empire – the evil version of the Federation – threatening their very existence, “The Wolf Inside” unleashed a startling revelation!
Remember the early scenes of Man of Steel, featuring Jor-El and Lara in Krypton? Remember how most folks who saw that must have thought how cool a film or TV show set in that time period would be? Well, your wish has come true. Sorta.
That – as they say – escalated quickly! The return of Star Trek : Discovery finds the ship lost in the ‘mirror’ universe (!) and on a dangerous course in order to get back home.
Black Mirror is back to reflect the impact of technological changes on a near future world.
Suffice to say, in recent times the best stories have usually been found on TV. Well, technically, cable and online streaming. This year was no different.
Four episodes in, Agents of SHIELD season 5 continues its bleak worldview as our beloved agents continue to suffer under Kree oppression in this dystopian alternative future.
Did DC / CW sneakily produce a 4-hour multi-character story before Avengers: Infinity War?
Amongst comic book geeks, The Runaways has always been a no-brainer for either film or TV adaptation.
After the sensational first three Marvel-Netflix series viz. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Daredevil 2, the franchise somewhat lost its way with the relatively disappointing Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Thus, there was definitely pressure on this adaptation of the fan-favourite character – The Punisher – to right the ship, so to speak.
“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” means “if you want peace, prepare for war” and that prepares the viewer for the ending of this instalment as it leads into the Fall finale of season one of Star Trek: Discovery!
It is pleasing indeed to report that 5 episodes in, Fox’s The Gifted continues to provide well crafted plots, relatable characters and dynamic action whereas the CD DC TV shows have demonstrated sloppy writing.
“Human Is” might be the best adaptation of a Philip K Dick short story in Electric Dreams thus far. Primarily so, as it is the most faithful adaptation and it adheres strongly to a common theme of the famed scifi author.
The biggest gripe that diehard Trekkers have had about Star Trek : Discovery is that the new series has deviated from classic Trek TV. Perhaps this latest episode will make them all feel much better.
It was a little instructional to binge watch this 2nd season to Netflix’s 80s scifi homage Stranger Things after catching the risible Thor: Ragnarok. If nothing else, Stranger Things 2 demonstrated that the golden age of scifi movies was definitely the 80s.
Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was up and running, it was only a matter of time before an adaptation of the teen-centric comic Runaways would become reality.
The reason why Fox’s The Gifted is resonating with us while CW’s slate of DC superhero shows continue to bore and annoy is simple – the stakes seem real and urgent for the mutant characters.
Six episodes in, Star Trek: Discovery takes time out to explore and examine two relationships key to our main protagonists – that between Michael Burnham and her adoptive Vulcan father Sarek and between Captain Gabriel Lorca and Admiral Kat Cornwall (Jayne Brook).
It’s time to stop being surprised about how good The Gifted is! Episode 3 “eXodus” continued the standard of excellence thus far experienced with this well-written mutant series.
Chances are if you are expecting Electric Dreams to be on the level of Black Mirror, then you will be upset and disappointed.
Another riveting episode that builds up both plot and character as the series moves forward impressively!
The best Netflix series hook you in sometimes on premise alone. And that was certainly the case with Mindhunter.