TL;DR – This is a show that
is bold, funny, weird, and heartwarming, one of the best Science Fiction
shows I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Last year I had some time and sat down to write about my love for Star
Trek Deep Space Nine and the impact it had on my like and joy of film/TV.
Since then I have been looking for the next subject to write about and it never
quite worked out. However, with the announcement that Farscape is about to drop on Amazon and a whole new generation of
people will be able to understand what frell
means, well sometimes life lines it up
for you. With this in mind, today we will be exploring what makes Farscape so special
for me, and why you should check it out.
So to set the scene, John Crichton (Ben Browder) is an astronaut from Earth,
from a family of astronauts. He is testing a new slingshot engine on Farscape-1
hoping to use the Earth’s gravity to send astronauts across the Solar System.
Only on this test flight he accidentally stumbles across a wormhole that flings
him across the galaxy and into the middle of a war. On board the prison transport Moya, the prisoners Ka D’Argo (Anthony
Simcoe), Pa-u Zotoh Zhaan (Virginia Hey),
and Dominar Rygel XVI (Jonathan Hardy) have escaped and are trying to remove
its control collar. While captain Bialar Crais (Lani Tupu) is sending Prowler
fighter crafts to take the ship back before it could escape. The prisoners
detect John’s unusual ship and bring it on board not before John accidentally
crashed into one of the pursuing Prowlers sending it crashing into an asteroid
(it may have had Crais’ brother on-board). Everyone was able to get the control
collar off with thanks to Moya’s pilot Pilot (Lani Tupu) and she starbursts
away, dragging one the Prowlers with then containing Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black)
a Sebacean that looks very human. Aeryn is declared contaminated and has to go
on the run with the rest as they flee pursuit by an insane military commander while doing everything to find a way
TL;DR – This is both a beautiful episode and also a heartbreaking one, it also reveals all the
cards Discovery has been holding.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As this season has progressed so far, it has felt like there were a number of disparate threads running through, and it was
not entirely clear how, or if, they would all come together. Why is the Red
Angel jumping through time and space? Why did it lead them to the Sphere? Why
is it saving certain people? Why does Section 31 have so much power? What does
Spock (Ethan Peck) have to do with all this? Today some if not all those
questions are answered in a very interesting way.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s If
Memory Serves, the crew of the USS
Discovery had a choice to make. Do they hand Spock and Michael (Sonequa
Martin-Green) back to Section 31 and have them disassemble Spock’s mind, or
become fugitives and technically commit treason. There is only one real choice.
Well at the start of this week they are still on the run, but not without some
allies, as a single shuttlecraft glides over a darkened hull of a ship running
on low power. As the shuttle arrives Admiral Cornwell (Jayne Brook) steps out
to begin her integration of Spock to work out just what the heck is going on.
She has footage of Spock killing people, but her tests make it clear that he is
telling the truth. Something is wrong, and she is pretty sure where to start,
so it is time to give Section 31 a wakeup call. Now from here, we will be
looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – In today’s episode the shoe finally drops and
it is so much better for it.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
It is starting to get to the pointy half
of the season and for the longest time, Star Trek Discovery has been holding their
cards close to their chest. Which has meant that the last couple of episodes
have been falling a little flat with me.
Well today, not only do they fix that, they give us a hint of what is to come
for the rest of the season, and I can say that I am very intrigued.
So to set the scene, and the end of last week’s Light
and Shadows, we discovered two very important things. The first is that
Spock (Ethan Peck) needs to go to Talos IV to get help and that Airiam (Hannah
Cheesman) had been infected by something from the probe, oh and also that
Section 31 can’t be trusted, but I think we knew that one already. Well as we
start today’s episode the Starfleet admirals give Section 31 some clear orders
in how they should recover Spock after Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) outmaneuvers Leland (Alan van Sprang) showing
just how integrated Section 31 is at this point (well will get to that a bit
later). However, Pike (Anson Mount) is having none of that and knows a ruse
when he sees it. While all of this is happening Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green)
and Spock finally make it to Talos IV only to find it is not quite what they
thought it would be. Now
from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some
TL;DR – A much more mature
episode that we have seen in the past looking at the fallout of war and what
that does to people
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
“War is hell” it is one of those phrases that gets thrown around all the time by people trying to sound profound, without a real understanding of what that phrase actually means. War means making difficult decisions, one that haunts you at night, ones where there is not clear right option, and ones where even if you are doing the right thing, it may have disastrous consequences. Today’s episode puts the crew in the middle of such a quandary where they have to weigh in the choice of saving a hero or protecting a peace.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode Identity Part 2, The Planetary Union barely fought off an invasion and only stopped it because the Krill, a mortal enemy, was convinced that there was a bigger threat at play. This week we start off with the news from Admiral Perry (Ted Danson) that after decades of trying the Krill are finally ready to start peace treaty negotiations. This is a big deal because the thought of peace after so many years of war is something everyone can feel. The Orville is sent to a neutral location to meet with a Krill ship to begin the opening prelude to maybe having a peace treaty. As they arrive, they give the Krill a bit of trust and approach with deflectors down only to discover that the Krill ship is firing on one of their own shuttles. The shuttle askes to land, and when it does the crew find Orrin (Mackenzie Astin) and his daughter Lana (Aily Kei) in the badly disabled ship with only basic survival rations left. The Krill demand that they return the man because he is a terrorist putting Ed (Seth MacFarlane) in a very difficult position. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – The Search for Spock is over, long live The
Search for Spock
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
We have reached the mid-point in the season, the point where the story should
be coming into focus and propelling itself into the back half of the season,
and today I think we got some of that, though maybe we got more questions than
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode The
Sounds of Thunder, we discovered that the Red Angel is actually a being
using some very advanced, possibly future technology. This means that there is a
time travel component to their travels, which is backed up with the traces of tachyon
particles found at every location it has visited. This means that the Red Angel
might be from the future and might be
messing with the timeline, and that is possibly not very good at all. So they
decide to attack this on two fronts, Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes back
home to Vulcan to find Spock (Ethan Peck), and Pike (Anson Mount) decides to
stay and explore the slight fracture in time around Kaminar which is when everything
falls apart. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so
there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – We get what is not
only the best episode of The Orville but
one of the best episodes of Science Fiction I have seen.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Writing Science Fiction shows seems like it would be easy, I mean they are just westerns set in space, right? Alas, they are much more difficult than you think. You have to world build, but you can’t overwhelm the audience, every part of your universe has to have logical consistency, you need to fill that universe with interesting characters, and you need to always have in the back of your mind what future you want to present. Then, of course, you have to create stories that support every part of this. It is this alchemy that draws me to Science Fiction as a genre, and tonight we got to see an exemplar of a show doing it all.
So to set the scene, in last week’s episode Identity Part 1, just about everything we knew about The Orville got turned on its head. This is because Isaac’s (Mark Jackson) mission on the USS Orville was not about seeing if the Planetary Union was good enough for Kaylon to join, but to see if biological lifeforms were worth preserving at all. Well after some consideration the Kaylon’s decided no it wasn’t and that they should make way in their need to expand. This led to them boarding the Orville, killing many of the crew and taking the rest hostage, as the ship runs vanguard in front of an extermination fleet headed for Earth. In today’s episode we find out how, if at all possible, they can stop them, and the repercussions of such a brutal betrayal. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Brooklyn Nine-Nine delves into the Me Too era in an episode that shows that B99’s consistent strength in drama still shines.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Over the last few years, we have seen an outpouring
of discussion from a number of industries
about the toxic workplaces that exist, especially for women. We have seen big-name Hollywood producers, politicians,
comedians, and members of finance be called to account for their behaviour, and
the Me Too movements has spread across
the world and into every industry. This is such an important issue that when you
first hear that a comedy show is going to
tackle the issue you take pause because this is not an issue that you should be
making light of. However, when you hear that show is Brooklyn Nine-Nine you give it a pass because B99 has shown in the past it is able and willing to tackle important
issues like this.
So to set the scene, in the morning briefing the team find out that there has
been an investment banker admitted to hospital with a broken penis, which leads
to an array of amusing wonderings as to which drug-fuelled
shenanigans lead to such an injury. Only for them to then find out that it was alleged
that he tried to attack a colleague only for her to protect herself from assault
with his golf club. Amy (Melissa Fumero) and Jake (Andy Samberg) are put on the
case and so they interview both sides. Seth (Jonathan Chase) has no idea why
she would do such a thing, maybe she’s just crazy. Well Kari (Briga Heelan) has
a very good idea why it happened, but there is no evidence creating a ‘he said,
she said’ situation. Meanwhile, Captain
Holt (Andre Braugher) gets the news he has been dreading the Disco Stranger (Richard
Finkelstein), his first big collar, has died and now he has to evaluate what that means for his life. Now from
here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.