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

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

Given the tricksy reputation of producer JJ Abrams and the cryptic description of the film as a ‘blood relative’ of 2008’s breakout monster movie, “10 Cloverfield Lane”’s greatest asset also actively works against it while you’re watching it, at least for the first time. You spend a considerable amount of time trying to second guess…