Black Mirror: season 3

Some years back, I enjoyed Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror on Channel 4 – seven episodes exploring how advances in technology could lead us to dark and dystopian futures. It wasn’t easy viewing, but overall it was definitely worth the emotional investment. One might even argue that The Waldo Moment, in which a foul-mouthed CGI bear runs for political office, was a dire warning not to dismiss the Trump campaign.

Flash forward a couple of years, and Black Mirror returned, in the form of twelve episodes commissioned by Netflix. Even though the first six of them were released over a year ago, I’ve only just binged all twelve, and I felt like saying a little about each of them. Continue reading

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Star Trek Discovery: The War Without, The War Within

Discovery’s return to the prime universe has jumped them ahead in time some nine months – and by this point the war with the Klingons has not been going well. Armed with the spore drive, intelligence on the cloaking device, and the unscrupulous mirror Georgiou, Discovery might be the only ship equipped to bring the fight to the Klingons. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery: What’s Past is Prologue

Mirror Lorca has made his move, and now his followers are keen to help him dethrone Georgiou and take control of the Empire. Whilst Burnham joins forces with the mirror version of her former captain in order to put a stop to Lorca’s plan, Stamets has dire news. The mirror Stamets’ version of the spore drive is very different to the one aboard Discovery, and holds the potential to not only corrupt the entire mycelial network, but to destroy life in every universe. Continue reading

Why BoJack Horseman is (still) the best thing on Netflix

Twenty years ago, BoJack Horseman was TV’s hottest property, starring as “The Horse” on long-running sitcom Horsin’ Around. But those days are over, and now BoJack is a washed-up actor getting by on vast amounts of drink and horse tranquiliser. But when his agent arranges for a ghostwriter to help him write his autobiography, could it be just the thing he needs to kickstart his career?

For a while, there was a time when every visitor to our house was shown the first episode (or two) of BoJack Horseman. Not all of them liked it, or even understood it, but we felt it was our sworn duty to introduce them to the show that we loved so much. Continue reading