Doctor Who: Fugitive Of The Judoon (S12E05) Review

*SPOILERS* Time to dial up a confession of my own – when the writing credits for this week’s episode resolved and Chibnall’s name was there alongside Vinay Patel (writer of last year’s ‘Demons Of The Punjab’) I feared that he’d decided to meddle in what might have had the chance of being a decent script….

Star Trek: Picard (S1E01) – Remembrance Review

EXT: VAST SMOKING CRATER. WE STAND ON THE EDGE, UNABLE TO SEE INTO THE DEPTHS BECAUSE OF THE BILLOWING PLUMES OF THICK, ACRID BLACK SMOKE. It is the year 2003 and Rick Berman, John Logan and Stuart Baird have just cratered the Next Generation Franchise, destroying a sixteen-year legacy of future-facing “Star Trek”. There are…

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror (S12E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Despite the wincingly bad title of “Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror” – bed enough to rival “Let’s Kill Hitler” and nearly enough to make me long for one of Chibnall’s dad-joke puns, this is a welcome return to the series’ core values of edutainment: a breezy historical romp which offers just enough information about…

War is hell but 1917 (2020) is heavenly film making

Astonishingly, breathtakingly, technically brilliant, “1917” is a mesmerising, masterful achievement in the art and technique of cinema. But this is no cold, Zemeckis-like exercise in technological advancement and instead uses its relentless focus and visceral real-time storytelling to relay the human tragedy of warfare at its most grandiose and grotesque folly. April 1917: The German…