Supergirl – Season 4 Episode 15

“O Brother, Where Art Thou” Supergirl introduces Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor as J’Onn continues his relentless pursuit of Manchester Black. I’ve talked at length about how problematic the Manchester Black plot is. My main issue with it is how flimsy his motivation is and how little the writers seem to care about making this work….

Supernatural – Season 14 Episode 15

“Peace of Mind” Supernatural picks up the pieces from the devastation at the end of the previous episode and explores the consequences for the characters. Last week ended with both death and rebirth. Maggie and the other Hunters were brutally killed at the hands of Michael just before Jack killed him and regained his own…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2 Episode 9

“Project Daedalus” Star Trek: Discovery takes the crew to Section 31 headquarters and pushes the corrupted Airiam plot to the front. This show has an interesting approach to characters in the context of the Star Trek franchise. Previous entries have focused on the bridge crew with each of them having a defined role on the…

Supernatural – Season 14 Episode 14

“Ouroboros” Supernatural returns from a hiatus and settles the audience in with what appears to be a fairly standard hunt on the surface but goes off in a surprising direction. Fans of this show know the routine when it comes to a hunt by now so this episode largely skips the preliminary stages of it…

Supergirl – Season 4 Episode 14

“Stand and Deliver” Supergirl explores how powerful public opinion and peaceful protest can be in bringing about change during times of great societal tension. The anti-alien arc this season has been a really interesting problem for Kara to deal with as it means there isn’t an end of level boss to defeat in order to…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2 Episode 8

“If Memory Serves” Star Trek: Discovery revisits the first aliens ever encountered in the franchise when Michael takes Spock to Talos IV in an effort to heal his fractured mind. Nostalgia is really big these days. Hardly a day goes by without some project being greenlit with the intension of capitalising on nostalgia in order…

Supergirl – Season 4 Episode 13

“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” Supergirl returns from another hiatus to introduce a team of villains and explore what Kara represents to the people of Earth. As good as David Ajala is in the role of Manchester Black there are issues with how this character has been developed. His shift…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2 Episode 7

“Light and Shadows” Star Trek: Discovery concludes the search for Spock, ramps up the mystery surrounding him and deals with a temporal anomaly at the halfway point of the season. As a Star Trek fan there’s a large degree of comfort that comes with a good old temporal anomaly story. There have been numerous examples…

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2 Episode 6

“The Sounds of Thunder” Star Trek: Discovery explores the implications of Saru’s recent realisation when a red burst appears over his home planet. As a new species in the Star Trek canon it was inevitable that audiences would eventually get a look at Saru’s home planet in order to develop his character through showing where…

Supergirl – Season 4 Episode 12

“Menagerie” Supergirl delivers a belated Valentine’s Day episode featuring a heart eating symbiotic alien, a great deal of soul searching for Alex and Nia wrestling with what comes next. This show could rarely be described as subtle and episodes like this could be used as examples of how overt the writers can be in putting…