Star Trek: Discovery – Choose Your Pain

The central theme of Choose Your Pain is how people approach the suffering of others in different ways depending on circumstance. For some it is unacceptable under any circumstances and for others it is distasteful be necessary. Burnham is having guilt dreams due to the suffering of the tardigrade which is starting to show the … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Choose Your Pain

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Star Trek: Discovery – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For the Lamb’s Cry

While the title of episode 4 of Star Trek: Discovery may seem a little unwieldy and pretentious it does actually get to the heart of what the episode is about. Where does the line come between empathy and detachment? My question at the end of the last review (how long until Burnham finds Captain Lorca’s … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For the Lamb’s Cry

Star Trek: Discovery – Context is for Kings

The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery sets up the titular starship and it’s crew. Michael Burnham is being transported along with some other prisoners but there is a problem mid-flight. Their shuttle is rescued by the USS Discovery captained by the enigmatic Gabriel Lorca. Lorca tells Burnham that she is going to earn her … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Context is for Kings

TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery. The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars

I decided to review both these episodes together as pretty much everyone will have watched them back to back. This is a big return for Star Trek, the first TV show in 12 years, and the landscape of television has changed dramatically in the intervening time. Viewers have embraced serial storytelling rather than episodic TV. … Continue reading TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery. The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars

Doctor Who Review – World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls

Having been had a busy week after World Enough and Time was broadcast I was originally going to write separate reviews for it and The Doctor Falls but having watched the season finale I realised that it would be next to impossible to write a retroactive review of World Enough and Time as a lot … Continue reading Doctor Who Review – World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls