Frozen 2

Even though I came to it years after everyone else was fed up with the sound of “Let It Go”, I do rather like the original Frozen. It has catchy songs, strong characters, and a twist on the usual “handsome prince” love story. Thus, despite having been burnt by Disney sequels many times before, I was actually looking forward to seeing Frozen 2.

The original Frozen was pretty much a self-contained story, with no real loose ends to speak of. With that as a starting point, Frozen 2 basically has little choice but to retcon everything you thought you knew about Arendelle. Continue reading

His Dark Materials: Daemon Deep Dive

Daemons. They’re one of the things that make Lyra’s world in the His Dark Materials series notably different from our own. Everyone has an external representation of a part of their soul, usually in the form of an animal. In the books, we see plenty of different daemons, and get some glimpses into daemon lore. But as is often the case with this type of world-building, there are plenty of questions that are left ambiguous or unanswered. Let’s take time to explore some of those issues. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Et in Arcadia Ego Part II

The Romulans are mere minutes away from Coppelius. The synths are busy building a beacon to summon a force that could obliterate all organic life. Can Picard and his crew put together a plan to save everyone before it’s too late?

Well, here we are, at the end of the rollercoaster ride that has been Picard season one. We made it, but was the journey worth the effort? Unsurprisingly, I have a lot to say about that. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Et in Arcadia Ego Part I

Using a Borg transwarp conduit, La Sirena is able to make it to Soji’s home world of Coppelius – a sanctuary for synthetic life forms. Unfortunately, the Romulans are right behind them, but where Picard hopes humans and synthetics might be able to work together to defeat the enemy, the Coppelians have quite a different plan in mind.

Before we get stuck into the review, let’s take a moment to enjoy this music video from the video game Ratchet and Clank 3:

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Star Trek Picard: Broken Pieces

The Zhat Vash are guardians of a terrible secret about synthetics, one that informs their every action. It’s the reason why Rizzo is so committed to her cause, and it’s also why Commodore Oh got Agnes Jurati to kill Bruce Maddox. Now, Picard and Soji must uncover the truth that motivates the Zhat Vash, and try to return Soji to her home planet. Meanwhile, Raffi tries to find out why Rios seems so distracted, whilst Elnor finds a new ally in the fight against the Romulans on the Artifact. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: Nepenthe

Having fled from the Romulans, Picard and Soji find themselves on Nepenthe, where Picard seeks temporary sanctuary with his old friends Deanna Troi and Will Riker. Meanwhile, La Sirena can’t seem to shake off their pursuit, leading Rios to suspect that there may be a traitor on board his ship.

Star Trek has never shied away from crossovers and cameo appearances, and we’ve already seen a fair few in Picard to date. Even before the series started airing, we knew that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis were going to show up at some point – and this is that point. Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: The Impossible Box

Picard has finally tracked Soji down to the Artifact, but visiting a Borg Cube means confronting all the unpleasant memories of his time as Locutus. Meanwhile, Soji starts to realise that details of her personal life don’t add up, leading her to turn to Narek for guidance.

Before we get into specifics of how the plot is developing, let’s take some time to talk about one of themes that was touched upon in the last episode, and really brought to the fore here. That theme being, of course, what is life like after “de-assimilation”? Having been forced into a collective consciousness against your will, how do you reclaim your individuality? Continue reading