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The ‘Discovery’ season finale is doggedly shaggy

Ah, to be a fly on the wall in the writers’ room of Star Trek: Discovery. What really happened there? How much of this show grew from Bryan Fuller’s original ideas, and how much of it was scrapped or retooled? Did the writers change the fundamental course of the season midway through, and were they […]

Starfleet is desperate in ‘War Without, War Within’

“The War Without, The War Within” ends with the Mirror Universe version of Philippa Georgiou being named the captain of Discovery by Admiral Cornwell as an act of desperation to try to turn the tide of the war with the Klingons, which Starfleet is badly losing. It’s yet another episode-ending WTF moment in a season […]

For good and ill, ‘Prologue’ brings the crazy

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

“What’s Past Is Prologue” is an apt title given all that has happened on this season of Discovery. It’s ironic when considered in the meta-context of this season’s twists and turns, which render entire characters as discarded prologues. The more I look at this season, the more I think the whole thing must be a […]

Latest ‘Discovery’ twist sheds light, casts long shadow

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

The twists and reveals are coming fast and furious as we reach the home stretch of this first season of Discovery. “Vaulting Ambition” is another entertaining hour of an entertaining — albeit significantly flawed — season, and it dives right into the encounters between Burnham and the mirror version of her mentor, Philippa Georgiou. But […]

Reflections reveal ‘The Wolf Inside’

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

The issues of one’s identity in the Mirror Universe, effectively established in last week’s "Despite Yourself," heat up in the crucible that is "The Wolf Inside," which uses the MU through Burnham’s perspective to ask the question of what it means to live a life of lies while here. Can you lose yourself in a […]

Identity crises abound in the mirror universe

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

"Into the Forest I Go" was an hour that brought a lot of pieces together in this uneven first season of Discovery, and it ended with a final twist that we now see serves as a sharp left turn into a new arc set in Trek‘s Mirror Universe. The MU was of course famously established […]

‘Orville’ season finale: A real god complex

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

“Mad Idolatry” is one of the best episodes of The Orville this season, and certainly the most ambitious. It also takes me back to the very first episode to explore this series’ primary baggage, which is: This show tries very hard to be Star Trek (except populated by Average Joes), which means it sets itself […]

Star Trek: Tarantino — say what?

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

So, apparently discussions of Quentin Tarantino directing an R-rated Star Trek movie are underway, which is possibly the most unexpected headline I have seen this week, and that’s in a world where Donald Trump is president. I don’t know what to say at the moment. Does this actually have a chance of happening? Can Tarantino […]

Some characters reveal ‘New Dimensions’

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

"New Dimensions" is a split-tiered story chronicling a day at the office aboard a Union starship, merged with a TNG-era tech story that sets the record for technobabble on this series (although it’s certainly not record-setting when compared to TNG or Voyager). It’s like a workplace drama/comedy mixed with middlebrow sci-fi. The narrative shifts can […]

Killer clowns from outer space!

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

Any episode that features an establishing shot of a homicidal space clown seen way down at the end of the hallway in a stylistic homage to The Shining — followed by that clown charging full-tilt toward the protagonist — can’t be all bad. The shot gets your attention, that’s for sure. It’s laughably weird and […]

‘Into the Forest’: Through the looking glass?

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

At last, here’s the Discovery episode I’ve been waiting for all fall — something that feels exciting and compelling and goes a long way toward addressing many of my bigger questions about this series. (“Answering” might be too strong a word, as certain aspects remain open-ended and new questions are raised.) This is easily Discovery‘s […]

Ed and Kelly are feeling awfully blue

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

The title for "Cupid’s Dagger" tells you a good deal of what you need to know about this episode. It’s in a long tradition of farcical comedies about people falling in love for reasons outside of their control, leading to broad silliness and embarrassment. Usually the question for a show like this is: Did I […]

Can anyone explain what’s happening in L’Rell’s universe?

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

The biggest problem with Discovery is that too much of the larger narrative feels like a messy, contrived improvisation that suffers from the fact that entire scenes — possibly entire subplots — appear to be missing. Consider this episode, which benefits from some pretty decent character work for Saru — but also features a subplot […]

Orville’s ‘Into the Fold’ crashes and burns

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

It seems fitting that the first script credited to Voyager alums Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis involves a Shuttle Crash [TM]. It’s a shuttle crash that, from the looks of it, should’ve left everyone aboard, with the possible exception of Isaac, quite dead. The tail end of the shuttle even breaks off, like the plane […]

Live. Dance. Die. Repeat.

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

At the center of the very Trekkian time-loop plot of “Magic That Can Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” is an intimate character story about pesky human emotions and what they mean to a character who was raised the Vulcan way. Michael Burnham has never been in love, and she has never admitted this fact […]

I hate it when I get 10 million thumbs down

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

"Majority Rule," while obvious and unsubtle, feels like a modern-day take on a Twilight Zone episode crossed with Star Trek: TOS. It takes the frequently employed "alternate Earth" approach of those series and gives us an alien society that’s essentially ourselves plus an exaggerated twist — and then mines that for an hour of whimsical […]

‘Lethe’ takes a closer look at its characters

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

Gabriel Lorca is like the Schrödinger’s Captain of Star Trek. Either he’s a well-intended military man who bends the rules for the greater good and has gone a little crazy because of traumatic events — or he’s an amoral self-server willing to sell you out and do who-knows-what-else to save his own ass. You can […]

‘Discovery’: Choose your narrative pain point

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

“Choose Your Pain” is an intriguing, entertaining, confusing, and frustrating hour that’s proving Discovery to be, at times, a maddeningly murky narrative engine that can work well moment to moment. This series operates in a very gray area. I’m not talking about gray morality (although there’s plenty of that for sure); I’m talking about gray […]

‘Orville’ goes undercover in entertaining ‘Krill’

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

“Chris” and “Devin” (Fox) The Orville comes to the rescue of a Union colony under attack by a Krill vessel. Mercer’s tactical cleverness is able to outmaneuver the Krill’s superior firepower to win the battle and destroy the Krill ship. In the wreckage, the crew discovers an unscathed Krill shuttlecraft, which presents an opportunity for […]

Mixed bag of ‘Butcher’s Knife’ lacks sharpness

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : Jammer's Blog

One of the things about Discovery’s serialized format is that it’s hard to know whether questions I have with the story will be answered soon, later, or never — whether gaps are a result of unfinished long-form storytelling or simply sloppy writing. With certain aspects of "The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry," […]

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