Star Trek: Picard (S1E03) The End is the Beginning Review

*SPOILERS* The episode opens, after the ‘previously on…’ recap, with yet another flashback to what’s rapidly becoming “Star Trek: Picard”’s version of “Discovery”’s Klingon boobs in its ubiquity: the attack on Mars. It’s interesting that the series keeps coming back to this and the events which followed without really touching on the critical, very “Star…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E02) Maps And Legends Review

*SPOILERS* 14 years before last time on “Star Trek: Picard”, we get an alternative view of the synthetic rebellion which killed thousands of people and destroyed the Federation’s Utopia Panitia shipyard. We get to meet a few of the ‘plastic population’ and it’s not long before the only way is uprising as we watch one…

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…

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: The Avengers/ Avengers Assemble (2012)

When Loki appears in a SHIELD facility and steals the Tesseract, Nick Fury decides its time to mobilise the Avengers. But bringing together a group of heroes is quite different from creating a team and with an alien invasion imminent, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and The Hulk will need to find…

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor (2011)

After an disastrous assault on Jotunheim, the home of the Frost Giants, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for his recklessness. Exiled to Earth while his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stages a coup, Thor’s only chance of returning to Asgard is to prove himself worthy to wield the enchanted hammer Mjölnir which…

Gone Girl (2014) Review

It’s nearly impossible to discuss this film without veering into spoiler territory so – reluctantly – I’m going to have to put up a precautionary *SPOILER WARNING* even though I’ll try and be as oblique as possible. When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home to find his home in disarray and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike)…