The Purge: So bad it’s…no, it’s just bad

Content warning: rape, violence

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of my “bad movies with potentially interesting ideas” reviews. With that in mind, and with Netflix offering some promising candidates, I decided to try out The Purge. I’d seen a trailer some years ago that promised a truly craptacular experience, and given that the film was a modest 85 minutes long, it at least wouldn’t drag on.

The Purge takes place in a future America where the totalitarian New Founding Fathers have instigated an annual overnight event – the titular Purge – during which all crime is legal and people can commit whatever violent acts they desire. The stated ideology behind this is that humans must have an outlet for their naturally violent urges, and if they can fill their boots during The Purge, they will be peaceful and law abiding for the rest of the year. In fact, The Purge is actually a form of population control, in which rich white people get free rein to peck off all those pesky poor people and ethnic minorities. Continue reading


Unusual Fruit Review: Flat Peaches

It’s been ten years since the flat peach was hailed by newspapers as a new summer sensation, but I still rate them as unusual enough to deserve their own review. Although I first had them from Sainsbury’s several years ago, the ones I’m reviewing today are from Tesco. Continue reading

Black Mirror: season 5

Following the early release of the interactive episode Bandersnatch, three more episodes of Black Mirror were uploaded to Netflix this month. Does the darkly prescient series still have its edge, or is it finally running out of steam?

Don’t read on if you haven’t watched the episodes yet and want to avoid spoilers. Continue reading

Good Omens

The end of the world is nigh. The son of the Antichrist has just turned eleven years old and is about to come into his powers. Heaven’s angels and Hell’s demons are looking forward to settling things once and for all – or at least, most of them are. The demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale have become quite accustomed to living on Earth, and would rather things continued as they are. But can they really avert the Apocalypse? Continue reading

Voyager’s Worst Holodeck Programs

Ever since its introduction in Encounter at Farpoint, the Star Trek writers have loved the holodeck. Within its confines, the crew could visit any time or place they liked – which pretty much meant a setting on 19th or 20th century Earth.

Although TNG had its fair share of bad holodeck programs, in this article we’re going to purely focus on Voyager. Despite being short on power to the point of having to ration replicator use, Voyager was magically able to run the holodeck as much as it wanted – apparently because it used a power source that was incompatible with the rest of the ship (except when it wasn’t). Thanks to that, we got a selection of holodeck programs and episodes that ranged from the barely tolerable to the downright cringeworthy. So, without further ado – and in no particular order – let’s explore the seven worst Voyager holodeck programs. Continue reading

Star Trek Continuity Issues Part IV: Voyager and miscellaneous

Parts one, two and three.


First contact with the Borg

For years, it seemed as if humanity’s first contact with the Borg happened in 2365, when Q flung the Enterprise across the galaxy to give them a taste of the horrors that awaited. Even though it was implied that the Borg were the perpetrators behind the destruction of Federation and Romulan colonies way back in TNG season one, this was the first time the Federation found out anything at all about this new adversary.

Flash forward to Voyager season four, however, and we learn that Seven of Nine’s parents, the Hansens, had set out for the Delta Quadrant in search of the Borg as early as 2353. What gives? Continue reading

Star Trek Continuity Issues Part III: DS9

Parts one and two.


The Trill: TNG vs DS9

TNG episode The Host introduces the Trill, a conjoined species of humanoid host and vermiform symbiont. In this single episode, a number of facts were established about the Trill:

– The host’s personality is completely subsumed by the symbiont.

– The transporter is deadly to symbionts.

– The average Starfleet officer and Federation member doesn’t know that the symbiont exists and is a sentient being living inside a humanoid host.

– Symbionts can survive for limited times inside humans.

When DS9 started, Jadzia Dax – a joined Trill – was introduced as a regular character. Not only was her physical appearance different to that of the TNG Trills, but various other aspects of her species had been altered. Continue reading