Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1 Episode 9

“Into the Forest I Go” Star Trek: Discovery stages a showdown with the Klingons and establishes a new problem for the crew to deal with when the show returns after a winter hiatus. The previous episode ended with the promise of a long delayed one on one between the Discovery and the Klingon Ship of the…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1 Episode 8

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” Star Trek: Discovery brings the War with the Klingons into focus as members of the crew participate in an unusual away mission. It’s fair to say that this episode opens with a bang. The Discovery jumps in to rescue a Federation Ship up against overwhelming odds and the episode really…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1 Episode 7

“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” Star Trek: Discovery dusts off the repeating time loop plot forcing the crew to find a way to save the ship and restore time to its normal linear progression. Time loops are the sort of high concept storytelling that will turn up in pretty much any sci-fi…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1 Episode 6

“Lethe” Star Trek: Discovery explores the connection between Michael and Sarek during a race against time to rescue him. One of the earliest things this show did was establish that Sarek raised Michael as if she were a Vulcan and that relationship helped define the person she would become. In the second episode it was…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 1 Episode 5

“Choose Your Pain” The crew has to pull together to rescue Captain Lorca after he’s captured by the Klingons in the latest Star Trek: Discovery. Having the Captain be captured by an enemy is a staple of any Star Trek series. The reasons for continually returning to this well of storytelling are obvious. For one…

EIFF 2015 – Uncanny

Matthew Leutwyler’s Uncanny deals with the scientific and philosophical questions associated with developing an Artificial Intelligence. Many will be reminded of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina from earlier this year when watching this film and it’s hard not to notice the similarities between the two films. It is only the fact that I’m watching these films…