Category Archives: Science Fiction

Something Borrowed

I think any series totally bereft of comedy cannot sustain and we’ve had two very heavy episodes of Torchwood in a row.   The chuckles during those death-centric episodes are minor at best.  Then we come to Something Borrowed and things change.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Cage

You know what I realized a full day after watching the Star Trek pilot episode, The Cage?  No one died.  I mean, no one.  The closest we get to an death is Bobby Barbarian who gets a sword to the … Continue reading

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A Day in the Death

Last week I mentioned how Torchwood is not a series “burdened” by joy.  To be clear, I mean it’s not a show that is often very happy, so it’s very suited to darker storytelling, certainly more than its parent series, … Continue reading

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Planet of the Apes

There are a few gaps in my sci-fi knowledge, and it’s about time I filled them. OK, I’ve been browbeaten by some friends into filling them, but either way I felt it was time to finally take the plunge and … Continue reading

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Underwater

Taking a week off the video games reviews, I thought I’d share another surprise.  I don’t watch many movies during weeknights.  Work takes up a lot of my time and by the evening, I just want to play some PC … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Menagerie

How does one talk about The Menagerie after writing about The Cage and not feel redundant?  With difficulty.  Luckily we’ll be talking about The Cage on its own very soon, so I can bypass some redundancy. The Menagerie is the … Continue reading

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Dead Man Walking

When you’re reviewing a series, sometimes you assess things on what you see and then an episode later, you are proven wrong and have to retract your words.  That’s the case with Dead Man Walking, written by Matt Jones. When … Continue reading

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Red Dwarf: The End

We open with a shot of somebody, perhaps Lister, cleaning the outside of Red Dwarf. As the camera pans away we see the full scale of the ship, and it’s enormous. This is a utilitarian view of the future, with … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver

I think of The Corbomite Maneuver as a slice of life episode for a member of the Enterprise crew.  The mission of the Enterprise is to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations.  What could … Continue reading

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Reset

Torchwood continues to evolve and this episode feels like it could have been the start of a far more successful run for the series but it does fall foul of something Star Trek was doing years earlier by being afraid … Continue reading

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