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…

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Season 1 Episode 5

“Real Life” Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams adapts the story “Exhibit Piece” into the latest self contained instalment of this anthology series. This episode can be considered a rarity among this series of Philip K Dick adaptations. Of the three episodes I have so far reviewed this is the only one where I have read…

Marvel’s Spider-Man – Season 1 Episode 12

“Spider-Man on Ice” Marvel’s Spider-Man puts Peter up against an ice based villain after a criminal steels Peter and Harry’s ice gauntlet and uses it for a one man crime wave. This episode is very much a disposable stand-alone outing where Peter Parker does little more than fight a villain. That’s not necessarily a bad…

Mavel’s Inhumans – Season 1 Episode 4

“Make Way for…Medusa” Marvel’s Inhumans reaches the halfway point and starts to work on reuniting the characters as Maximus moves forward with his plan. I mentioned last week that Medusa was one of the stronger characters in that particular episode. That really isn’t saying much but she did have one genuinely emotionally resonant moment that…

Arrow – Season 6 Episode 1

“Fallout” Arrow returns for a sixth season and answers the mystery of who survived the destruction of Lian Yu at the end of last season. Opening season 6 was always going to be an uphill struggle for the writers of this show. Season 5 was a creative high and the finale numbers among the best…

The Flash – Season 4 Episode 1

“The Flash Reborn” The Flash returns for a fourth season and quickly works to resolve the cliffhanger of Barry being trapped in the Speed Force from last season. I mentioned on a recent podcast the wealth of opportunities having Barry absent from the show brings for the rest of the cast. With him out of…

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Season 3 Episode 1

“Aruba-Con” DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns for a third season and confronts the characters with the prospect of dealing with broken time. It’s always frustrating when a great cliffhanger has a really underwhelming conclusion. A corrupted version of Los Angeles where unexpected structures like Pyramids can be found right next to skyscrapers and Dinosaurs roam…

Lucifer – Season 3 Episode 2

“The One With the Baby Carrot” Lucifer explores the theme of self identity, deals with the murder of a comedian and stretches a collection of small penis jokes all the way to breaking point. I’ll admit my opening statement was somewhat sensationalised. There was never a point in this episode where I didn’t find the…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 2

“rX” The Gifted follows on from an impressive opening episode by continuing to take its time and focus on the characters. To my mind the weakest aspect of the first episode was the handling of the parents. They were well acted but given very little to do other than be parents. As parents their main…

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – Season 1 Episode 4

“Crazy Diamond” ‘Crazy Diamond’ seemed to have completely different purpose to ‘The Commuter’, the other Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams offering I reviewed last week. Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams‘ ‘The Commuter’ had a completely different plot focus to Philip K Dick’s short story, replacing the consequences of altering history with a moral debate over the…