The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: Albatross

When the Enterprise pays a visit to the planet Dramia, Dr McCoy is placed under arrest for apparently having caused a plague some nineteen years earlier. In the hopes of clearing McCoy, Kirk and Spock launch an investigation – only to encounter a recurrence of the same plague. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Horny Unicorn

It’s been three months since BoJack’s disastrous interview with Biscuits Braxby. With the public still very much against him, BoJack turns instead to his new AA sponsor – disgraced celebrity Vance Waggoner.

We’re rolling down the slope towards the end of the series here, and this episode showcases some more of the things BoJack manages to lose along the way. Now a pariah in the public eye, BoJack is hated wherever he goes. His good friend Diane has moved away, while Todd and Princess Carolyn seem very much done with his bullshit. Mr Peanutbutter is still friendly and welcoming, but in many ways, that’s meaningless – Mr Peanutbutter is affable towards everybody he meets. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Xerox of a Xerox

Following the publication of Paige Sinclair’s article about the last days of Sarah Lynn, BoJack agrees to a TV interview to tell his side of the story. Meanwhile, Diane asks to meet Guy’s teenage son.

Ah, BoJack. If there’s one thing we know about him by now, it’s his relentless propensity for taking even the best of opportunities and screwing them up. This time around, he’s handed a chance to redeem himself on a silver platter – a soft soap interview in which he and Princess pull out all the usual tricks to make BoJack seem like a sympathetic victim. Continue reading

Starfleet’s most incompetent and corrupt admirals and commodores

Anyone who’s ever worked for a large organisation will know that it’s not necessarily the brightest and the best who make it to the top. Starfleet is no exception, and over the course of its long history, our heroic captains and crews have had to deal with more than their fair share of downright incompetent or shadily corrupt top brass. In this article, I’ll list some of the worst offenders.

Note: admirals taken over by the aliens in Conspiracy won’t feature, since we don’t know if they were incompetent or corrupt in and of themselves, or just victims of misfortune. Continue reading

On the Holodeck, a toilet isn’t just a toilet

Regular readers of this blog will know that I like to analyse and overthink about all things Star Trek. Which is why, the other night, I found myself wondering on Twitter: “What happens if you take a shit in a holodeck toilet, and then end the program?”

The holodeck was originally mooted as an idea for Kirk’s Enterprise way back in the 1960s, but it took until TNG’s pilot for it actually to be realised onscreen (excluding an animated appearance in TAS). Throughout TNG, DS9 and Voyager, the Star Trek writers leapt on the opportunities it provided. We saw characters enjoying detective stories, James Bond rip-offs, 19th century romances, and even the Wild West. We met holographic recreations of historical figures such as Freud, da Vinci and Einstein. Love them or hate them, holodeck episodes are woven tightly into the fabric of 24th century Star Trek. Continue reading