Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II – Vol.2

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 1 episodes 8 to 14: Tune in next week for the next Omnibus or follow @TheCraggus on Instagram to get Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II directly in your feed. 🖖  

Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II – Vol.1

Here’s your weekly Omnibus Edition of Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II covering Season 1 episodes 1 to 7: Tune in next week for the next Omnibus or follow @TheCraggus on Instagram to get Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II directly in your feed. 🖖  

Set your faces to stunned – it’s Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II!

With Jean-Luc Picard once again looking to engage our attention with his trek across the stars, What The Craggus Saw is launching a new Instagram Exclusive series of mini-reviews of each and every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. From all the bad things in season one to All Good Things… in season 7, … Continue reading Set your faces to stunned – it’s Craggus’ Trek Trek Phase II!

Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

If you’ve only just discovered Craggus’ Trek Trek or missed a few, to save you having to scroll through and search for the relevant posts, I’ve collected them here in one handy compendium. So here you are: twelve Treks, no waiting! STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE I guess I would consider myself a lapsed Trekkie (I … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

Now, I’ve already reviewed “Star Trek Into Darkness” but that review was written in the rosy afterglow of binging on the special effects and grand 3D IMAX spectacle of it all. It occurred to me a few days later that the plot didn’t make a lick of sense and far from learning from his missteps … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek (2009) Review

With the residual affection and legacy of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” all but obliterated by the scorched-Earth debacle of “Star Trek: Nemesis” and the franchise’s last remaining television offering having limped to a feeble, underwhelming conclusion, the future was looking bleak for the franchise.  There clearly wasn’t an audience appetite for further adventures with … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek (2009) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Nemesis (2003) Review

In the four year gap between “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Star Trek: Nemesis”, much had changed. “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” had finished and Rick Berman’s ultimate plan had reached fruition: the blandest, most uninteresting “Star Trek” ever was currently setting the airwaves a-snooze with “Enterprise”. Apart from Berman and the … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Nemesis (2003) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Review

After the franchise-stabilising success of “Star Trek: First Contact”, fans were once again eager to see the next adventure of the intrepid crew of the Enterprise-E. Never a studio to let a good thing go untampered with, Paramount in its infinite wisdom decided it was time for a change of pace. Perhaps, emboldened by the … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Review

There’s a commonly held belief that even numbered “Star Trek” films are better than the odd numbered ones. This is a spurious correlation. In actual fact, the true axiom is that “Star Trek” films which involve Nicholas Meyer are better than those that don’t. “Star Trek: First Contact” is the film which gives rise to … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Generations (1994) Review

The original series of “Star Trek” lasted for only 79 episodes and by the time it returned to the big screen there hadn’t been any new live action adventures for Kirk and Co for ten years. The intervening years had seen massive improvements in the areas of special effects, and of course the crew of … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Generations (1994) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Review

Coming off the back of the creative and box office misfire of “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”, the franchise was in the doldrums as it headed towards its 25th Anniversary. Paramount itself was on an austerity drive due to a series of high profile flops (“Star Trek V” wasn’t actually one of them. Although … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Review

When it came out, I went to see “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” five times in the cinema. Five. It wasn’t because I loved it so much, it was because it niggled at me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I should and I was convinced I’d missed something. After the … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Review

Spock is dead (although he got better); Kirk’s son is dead and the Enterprise has been destroyed. So far, the “Star Trek” films have been heavy with drama and conflict but for the fourth installment, it’s time for a change: a time to return to the “Star Trek” of ideas and challenges. Returning from Vulcan … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) Review

June this year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the release of “Star Trek III: The Search For Spock”, but is it a landmark worth celebrating? It was always going to be a tricky prospect, creating a follow up to the critically and commercially successful “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan”. After all, when … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) Review

While I’ve seen “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” more times than I would probably have chosen to, thanks to it being one of the few sci-fi titles available when VHS rental was starting to be a thing, any opportunity to watch “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan” is always a delight. When Admiral Kirk’s … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

I guess I would consider myself a lapsed Trekkie (I was never that bothered about the difference between Trekkie and Trekker), losing my faith somewhere between the last couple of seasons of “Star Trek: Voyager” and the launch of “Enterprise”. I loved, and still love, the original series and I was really into “Star Trek: … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

New Star Trek TV Series: Craggus’ Dream Casting

Cause for celebration! “Star Trek” is heading back where it’s always been strongest: serialised television (albeit on a subscription only streaming service in the US although time will tell). At present there’s no word on what format the TV series will take, where it will be set (Prime universe or Abramsverse) and what it will … Continue reading New Star Trek TV Series: Craggus’ Dream Casting

The Joy Of Six: What The Craggus Saw’s 6th Anniversary

1,214 posts 781,005 words And a lot of fun and stress along the way. There’s still plenty more to come from What The Craggus Saw as we head towards our Magnificent Seventh Anniversary next year, including:   and so much more. So, whether you’re reading us for the first time or for the thousandth time, … Continue reading The Joy Of Six: What The Craggus Saw’s 6th Anniversary

With an abundance of sound and fury, Such Sweet Sorrow Part II confirms that Star Trek: Discovery is a tale told by idiots. S2E14 Review

*SPOILERS* Having teased action in the previous two episodes, showrunner Alex Kurtzman finally blows his load (and his special effects budget and, later, his remaining credibility) on an impossibly messy, Jackson Pollock-esque space battle and gratuitous hand to hand combat scenes in a frantic attempt to cover for the fact that very little actually happens … Continue reading With an abundance of sound and fury, Such Sweet Sorrow Part II confirms that Star Trek: Discovery is a tale told by idiots. S2E14 Review

Star Trek: Discovery reminds us time is the fire in which we Burnham. S2E13 Such Sweet Sorrow review

*SPOILERS* The ultimate artifice of the showrunners is revealed when yet another of the Short Treks is referenced, this time, somewhat disingenuously, as part of the ‘Previously’ montage. It does all point quite obviously to the explanation why Discovery, its technology and activity has never been referenced in the rest of Trek and also raises … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery reminds us time is the fire in which we Burnham. S2E13 Such Sweet Sorrow review

Yea, though I sat Through The Valley Of Shadows, I will hear no more of time crystals: for thou art peak Discovery; thy plot and thy writing staff they discomfit me. Star Trek: Discovery S2E12 Review

*SPOILERS* Kicking off what seems to be a loose three-part season finale, we start with a new episode of Michael Burnham’s ‘My Two Moms’ before we plunge right into the action and by action, I mean a meeting. Having decided not to join Georgiou in hunting for Ctrl+Alt-Leland, the crew of Discovery have turned their … Continue reading Yea, though I sat Through The Valley Of Shadows, I will hear no more of time crystals: for thou art peak Discovery; thy plot and thy writing staff they discomfit me. Star Trek: Discovery S2E12 Review

Mum’s the word on a tautologically titled episode of Star Trek: Discovery. S2E11 Perpetual Infinity Review

*SPOILERS* After the tawdry torture porn of last week’s denouement, we open with a flashback to Burnham’s happy childhood where this exceptionally gifted and inquisitive child was apparently completely oblivious to her parents’ line of work in their secret laboratory home. But it turns out it’s only a near-death experience for Burnham as she wakes … Continue reading Mum’s the word on a tautologically titled episode of Star Trek: Discovery. S2E11 Perpetual Infinity Review

It’s more meddling and a funeral as Star Trek: Discovery reveals the identity of The Red Angel (S2E10) Review

*SPOILERS* The episode opens with the funeral of cybernetically enhanced Lieutenant Airiam, which means that the crew did nothing at all to try to save her once she had been blown out of the airlock. Instead, in a collective attempt to exorcise any guilt over their inaction, we’re treated to not one but many eulogies … Continue reading It’s more meddling and a funeral as Star Trek: Discovery reveals the identity of The Red Angel (S2E10) Review

Let’s all meet up with Trek’s Hal-9000, won’t it be strange when a background character’s gone? Star Trek: Discovery S2E09: Project Daedalus Review

*SPOILERS* It’s action stations on this week’s “Star Trek: Discovery” as the crew prove their fugitive bona fides by immediately contacting a Starfleet Admiral and inviting her to their hiding place. Fortunately, it’s our old friend – and notoriously bad decision maker – Admiral Cornwell, who brings news of a sort of Section 31 sponsored … Continue reading Let’s all meet up with Trek’s Hal-9000, won’t it be strange when a background character’s gone? Star Trek: Discovery S2E09: Project Daedalus Review

If Memory Serves, I first suggested who the Red Angel could be last week, now I’m pretty sure I know. Star Trek: Discovery S2E08 Review

*SPOILERS* It’s a cute touch with this week’s ‘Previously On…’ recap which takes us back to the pilot and delivers the ultimate Trek re-cap from the very beginning. But before we get too nostalgic, we cut to our modern Pike and it’s impressive just how un-jarring the transition is. Anson Mount really is doing terrific … Continue reading If Memory Serves, I first suggested who the Red Angel could be last week, now I’m pretty sure I know. Star Trek: Discovery S2E08 Review

Star Trek: Discovery S2E07 – Light And Shadows involves a space/ time anomaly which transports some of season one’s bad writing into the present day.

*SPOILERS* With confirmation the red angel is a ‘man in a suit’ from the future, there’s a renewed impetus to find Spock so Burnham requests permission to head to Vulcan because she believes her mother may know where Spock is. Meanwhile, the Discovery is tasked with remaining in orbit around Kaminar – not, as you … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery S2E07 – Light And Shadows involves a space/ time anomaly which transports some of season one’s bad writing into the present day.

That ominous rumbling in the distance is some of Star Trek: Discovery’s bad habits rolling back into town. The Sounds Of Thunder (S2E06) Review

*SPOILER* Despite the Admiralty-mandated joinging of forces, there’s a distinct lack of urgency to the search for Spock in this episode. Instead, we’re treated to the origin story of Saru as the first Kaminarian superhero; their Daredevil: the Kelpian without fear. With Saru pondering what the loss of his threat ganglia means for him and … Continue reading That ominous rumbling in the distance is some of Star Trek: Discovery’s bad habits rolling back into town. The Sounds Of Thunder (S2E06) Review

Just when you thought there wasn’t mushroom for more drama on Star Trek: Discovery, the Saints Of Imperfection (S2E05) come marching in!

*SPOILER* Picking up where we left off last week, the episode opens with Burnham doing her best Tom Cruise impression, sprinting down to the lab after learning that Tilly is missing, presumed mushroomed (but not, hopefully, in a “Hannibal – ‘Amuse-Bouche’” sort of way). Despite one of their shipmates being up shiitake creek without a … Continue reading Just when you thought there wasn’t mushroom for more drama on Star Trek: Discovery, the Saints Of Imperfection (S2E05) come marching in!

I’ll buy that for a drachma! An Obol For Charon (S2E04) buys us Star Trek: Discovery’s best episode to date

*SPOILERS* “An Obol For Charon” begins, as have all season two’s episodes with a Spock-tease as Number One (Rebecca Romijn) visits her Captain to provide an update on her investigations into the unfolding mysteries surrounding Spock’s bizarre behaviour since the red bursts occurred and also grab something to eat. It’s a fun and intriguing preamble … Continue reading I’ll buy that for a drachma! An Obol For Charon (S2E04) buys us Star Trek: Discovery’s best episode to date

It’s the return of the braidy bunch as the Klingons finally let their hair down on Star Trek: Discovery. (S2E03) Point Of Light Review

*SPOILER* You’d be forgiven for wincing as this week’s episode begins because it brings back those pointy-clothed buzzkills from season one, the Klingons. Although it’s immediately apparent that something’s different. They’re more mobile, for one, and certainly more hirsute. And while they’re still speaking Klingon, it’s less stilted and Shakespearean now but they’re probably just … Continue reading It’s the return of the braidy bunch as the Klingons finally let their hair down on Star Trek: Discovery. (S2E03) Point Of Light Review

Warning! Star Trek: Discovery S2E02 – New Eden may contain more than 200% of your recommended daily allowance of Trek tropes.

*SPOILERS* As this season’s grand over-arching plot continues to intrigue, the ‘story of the week’ is so resolutely Roddenberryian that it almost collapses under the weight of its own pure Trekness to form a super-dense Star Trek singularity as science and faith square up for yet another title match. When another red burst is detected … Continue reading Warning! Star Trek: Discovery S2E02 – New Eden may contain more than 200% of your recommended daily allowance of Trek tropes.

Star Trek Discovery returns having given itself a soft reboot up the backside. Star Trek: Discovery S2E01 Review

*SPOILERS* So although “Star Trek: Discovery” and I didn’t part on the best of terms after Season 1 limped to a close, I have to admit I was looking forward to this new season. That’s due in part to the excellent “Short Treks” but also due to the fact the series had, at least, ditched … Continue reading Star Trek Discovery returns having given itself a soft reboot up the backside. Star Trek: Discovery S2E01 Review

Rainn Wilson writes the theme tune, sings the theme tune of the fourth Star Trek: Short Treks – The Escape Artist Review

There’s something very metatextually Harry Mudd about “The Escape Artist” once you learn that it not only stairs Rainn Wilson but was directed by him too. Although, given the treatment he gets during the first ten minutes or so, it’s a relief to find it wasn’t written by Wilson too otherwise, you’d begin to wonder … Continue reading Rainn Wilson writes the theme tune, sings the theme tune of the fourth Star Trek: Short Treks – The Escape Artist Review

Star Trek: Short Treks – The Brightest Star reminds us Kelpians are friends, not food.

*SPOILERS* The third Short Trek brings us a pre-USS Discovery glimpse into the life of one of the series’ standout characters: Saru (Doug Jones). In doing so, it brings to light the weird contradictions in the species’ origins, especially in the Star Trek universe. On the planet Kaminar, Saru feels unfulfilled by Kelpien life, living … Continue reading Star Trek: Short Treks – The Brightest Star reminds us Kelpians are friends, not food.

Discovery’s crew shortages reach their apogee in Star Trek: Short Treks – Calypso Review

*SPOILERS* Where “Runaway” felt like an abandoned draft of a promising “Discovery” episode, “Calypso” feels like it could be the pilot for a whole new series of its own. Stretching the format of Short Treks, it tells what might be canon Trek’s most futuristic adventure, set some thousand years after the time of Discovery. After … Continue reading Discovery’s crew shortages reach their apogee in Star Trek: Short Treks – Calypso Review

It’s alienated vs predator as Tilly battles an invisible menace in the mess hall. Star Trek: Short Treks – Runaway Review

*SPOILERS* Finally available on Netflix UK (although buried away in the ‘Trailers & More’ section of “Star Trek: Discovery”), Star Trek: Short Treks are intended, apparently, to give the franchise room to explore beyond the realms of its current single incarnation, something I’m sure they’ll get to even if the first crop seem to be … Continue reading It’s alienated vs predator as Tilly battles an invisible menace in the mess hall. Star Trek: Short Treks – Runaway Review

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 7

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 7

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 6

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 6

The Craggus Quinquennial

Five years ago, I posted my first ever review on What The Craggus Saw, the (in hindsight) ironic and pessimistically titled “I Give It A Year”. Five years and 627,082 words later (that’s 343 words a day, stat fans), here we are celebrating the site’s fifth anniversary. In its time, What The Craggus Saw has … Continue reading The Craggus Quinquennial

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 5

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 5

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 4

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 4

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Following his adventure with the Avengers in Germany, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds himself back in Queens, New York, balancing his school days with nights spent patrolling the neighbourhood as Spider-Man. Mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), Peter’s reluctant to return to the small-scale crime fighting he’s confronted with in his own neck of … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 3

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 3

It’s more final straw than final frontier as Star Trek: Discovery limps to an onanistic season finale. Will You Take My Hand (S1E15) Review

*SPOILERS* I’d be lying if I said I was boldly going in to the season finale. The going has been pretty rough at times and with a series that’s proved itself so inept at delivering payoffs to its (often admittedly impressive) setups, part of me dreaded the thought of what such a series would do … Continue reading It’s more final straw than final frontier as Star Trek: Discovery limps to an onanistic season finale. Will You Take My Hand (S1E15) Review

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 2

25 years ago, on 3rd January 1993, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” made its TV debut in America. It wouldn’t reach UK TV screens until 22nd August later that year. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, What The Craggus Saw is taking the time between those two premiere dates to revisit and review each season of … Continue reading Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective: Season 2

Offering up a buffet of bad ideas, it’s BAU on ST:D. Star Trek: Discovery – The War Without, The War Within (S1E14) Review

*SPOILERS* Oh man, have you seen “The Cloverfield Paradox”? No, of course not because Monday night is “Star Trek: Discovery” night! As we learned last week, the USS Discovery has been missing for nine months and the baby of destiny that’s gestated in that time is an imminent Klingon victory. While they wait to make … Continue reading Offering up a buffet of bad ideas, it’s BAU on ST:D. Star Trek: Discovery – The War Without, The War Within (S1E14) Review

What’s past may be prologue but what’s ahead is pure Trekky goodness. Star Trek: Discovery (S1E13) Review

*SPOILERS* By this point, “Star Trek: Discovery” has used more quotes as titles than you could shake a spear at (it’s also batting way above average in getting characters to announce the episode title in dialogue) and after last week’s dip into the Scottish play, this week’s is lifted from “The Tempest”: ‘What’s Past Is … Continue reading What’s past may be prologue but what’s ahead is pure Trekky goodness. Star Trek: Discovery (S1E13) Review

Star Trek: Discovery does what Star Wars: The Last Jedi refused to do. Vaulting Ambition (S1E12) Review

*SPOILERS* The ambition may be vaulting, but it’s certainly not boundless as “Star Trek: Discovery” brings us an episode that’s barely thirty-eight minutes long (including recap). Still, to rewind a bit from ‘vaulting ambition’, if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly. Unfortunately, this is “Star Trek: Discovery” and … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery does what Star Wars: The Last Jedi refused to do. Vaulting Ambition (S1E12) Review

The Wolf Inside (S1E11) continues Star Trek: Discovery’s proud tradition of ‘Tales Of The Expected’. Review

*SPOILERS* Still stranded in the Mirror Universe, Burnham, Lorca and Tyler remain under cover on the ISS Shenzhou while on Discovery, Tilly and Saru deal with Stamets’ deteriorating condition. The episode may be titled “The Wolf Inside” but the latest episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” seems more interested in taking us on a foxtrot. This … Continue reading The Wolf Inside (S1E11) continues Star Trek: Discovery’s proud tradition of ‘Tales Of The Expected’. Review

Mirror, mirror on wall, why does Discovery have hardly any crew at all? Star Trek: Discovery (S1E10) Despite Yourself Review

Previously, on “Star Trek: Discovery”: This; This; And this; This too; And this; Not forgetting this; And of course, this; Also this; And finally this. *SPOILERS* And…we’re back. It’s been, what? Nine weeks since we left our heroes stranded amidst Klingon debris in a mysterious galactic location and you know what? I’d be lying if … Continue reading Mirror, mirror on wall, why does Discovery have hardly any crew at all? Star Trek: Discovery (S1E10) Despite Yourself Review