Star Trek

  • Discovery’s (domestic) return shows Trek’s new tech but old tricks….

    Michael Burnham has been made Captain of the Discovery and its ongoing mission to reach out to worlds and civilisations that were lost to the Federation after the Burn. Some of these ‘second-contacts’ go better than others, but a mixture of drama and diplomacy makes the latest mission work....
  • Nickelodeon’s ‘Prodigy’ is an engaging, all-ages Trek outing…

    On – or rather under the surface of – Delta Quadrant planetoid Tars Lamora, young prisoners are forced to work for the shadowy Diviner – a being who is to desperate to find something hidden within its mines. Dal is a young alien willing to do anything he can...
  • Time to mind the Ps & Qs: Paramount+ teases Picard’s second season…

    Inspired by a story from Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard uncomfortably endured a ‘Picard Day’ aboard the Enterprise  (and where the children onboard celebrated his leadership),  the 16th June has been earmarked as the Twenty-First century equivalent. Making it so, it would seem that...
  • Pandemics & Procedurals: Doug Aarniokoski on making killer serials…

    Since the days of his early directorial debut Highlander: Endgame, Doug Aarniokoski has made his name as one of the most strong and reliable go-to directors for primetime television. He’s helmed multiple episodes of Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, Limitless, Bull, Blue Bloods, SWAT and others. He’s also firmly...
  • Burn, Baby, Burn? Some nebulous developments for ‘Discovery’?

    Discovery heads to investigate the cause of the Burn, though the ship they’re looking for remains at the heart of a turbulent nebula that is going to make access incredibly dangerous. Saru, Culber and Burnham find a way to beam down, knowing that they’ll have limited time until the...
  • Discovery’s ‘Terra Firma’ darkly mirrors some looser logic…

    As Philippa Georgiou’s condition worsens, a restricted, archived file may hold some explanations, but it’s the Discovery’s own, evolving computer-system that throws up the slightest of chances of a cure. Georgiou herself would rather go out fighting than felled by an enemy she can’t hit or insult, but Michael...
  • ‘Picard’ asks if ‘Absolute Candor’ is good for your Elf?

    Fourteen years ago, Picard oversaw the handling of refugees from the doomed world of Romulus and his visit to one such planetary safehold at the time, Vashti, was met with support and gratitude. But it was during his visit that he learned of the Synth attack on Mars… an...
  • Picard’s ‘Maps and Legends’ provides Romulans and Remits…

    As Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) tries to piece together the events that brought Dahj (Isa Briones) to his door, the mystery deepens: An apartment that has been scrubbed of all evidence on a molecular level leads to tales of an almost mythical Romulan cabal of operatives who work in...
  • Short Treks: How ‘Q&A’ elevates two classic characters…

    The second season of Star Trek: Discovery got a mixed reaction from fans… the general opinion being that it veered between getting things very right in certain respects to getting other things… less so. One consistent comment was that the main story itself was stretched way too far. However,...