Star Trek Discovery S01E05 Review: Choose Your Pain

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Lorca captured Star Trek Discovery Choose Your PainIn “Choose Your Pain,” Star Trek: Discovery showcases the skills of its cast in an episode filled with conflict, collaboration, and moral uncertainty. The story reveals more about the Discovery characters we’ve already met, brings back someone from Star Trek’s future/past, and introduces a new recruit for the crew. “Choose Your Pain” not only serves to help us understand the characters better but also takes a shot at explaining the complicated organic drive to the audience once again. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E04 Review: The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

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Burnham analyzing Star Trek Discovery Butchers KnifeNow that we’ve been introduced to the USS Discovery, her crew, and her mission, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” gives us a taste of what these Mycelium spores can do. We’re also reminded that the newly unified Klingon Empire remains a serious threat to the Federation. Exploring concepts of morality in wartime, Star Trek: Discovery follows some of the same themes we’ve seen in other franchise series such as Deep Space Nine. Yet the show continues to forge its own path, embracing the dramatic practices of contemporary television. “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” shows us that you don’t have to be a redshirt to die on Star Trek: Discovery. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery S01E03 Review: Context Is for Kings

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Michael Burnham Star Trek Discovery Context is for KingsIn “Context Is For Kings,” we finally get to meet the namesake of Star Trek: Discovery. The starship Discovery is a brand-new ship on a mysterious mission. It’s a scientific vessel, but with locked lab doors and black alerts. And it may hold the secret to winning the war against the Klingons. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery Review: The Vulcan Hello & Battle at the Binary Stars

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STD Planet walkThe much-anticipated new series Star Trek: Discovery premiered on CBS with all the excitement fans could hope for. The presence of Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) gives the trekker audience a familiar character to help introduce protagonist Lieutenant  Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). In “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham serves aboard the USS Shenzhou along with Captain Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Lieutenant Saru (Doug Jones). After an introduction to the characters, we’re thrust into a dangerous conflict with a Klingon crew led by T’Kuvma (Chris Obi). Continue reading

Doctor Who S10E03 Review: Thin Ice

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Doctor Bill Sutcliffe Doctor Who Thin IceIn “Thin Ice” the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) find themselves in 1814 London, at the last great frost fair. Despite initially enjoying the sites and entertainment, Bill learns that life as a companion isn’t all fish pies and coin tricks. “Thin Ice” creates an incredible setting and shows that Doctor Who has quickly found its footing with this new companion. Continue reading

Doctor Who Returns with a New Companion in Season 10

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Bill PottsPeter Capaldi returns as Doctor Who on Saturday, April 15, with Season 10 premiering on BBC One and BBC America. We last saw the Doctor in Christmas Special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” Season 9 ended with Clara Oswald traveling through time and space with Ashildr, and the Doctor losing his memory of her. Continue reading

The Walking Dead S07E15 Review: Something They Need

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walkers The Walking Dead Something They Need“Something They Need” brings together some missing pieces as we head towards the season finale of The Walking Dead. There’s a lot of violence against walkers, but only one human casualty in the penultimate episode of Season 7. “Something They Need” was written by Corey Reed (“Forget,” “Now,” and “Service”) and directed by Michael Slovis (“Thank You”). Continue reading