Star Trek Picard: Penance

With a click of his omnipotent fingers, Q has changed the world. The Federation is gone, and in its place is the cruel Confederation, a human-led regime that seeks to subjugate and destroy alien races. In this reality, Picard is a decorated general, as adored by humanity as he is feared by aliens.

Trapped in this new reality, Picard seeks out his closest allies – all of whom remember the galaxy as it was, and not as it is now. But how can they restore the timeline back to the one they know and love? Continue reading

Star Trek Picard: The Star Gazer

Hello and welcome to another season of Star Trek reviews! You may be wondering why Star Trek Discovery season four didn’t make it onto this blog. Unfortunately, here in the UK the only legitimate way to watch the new season was via Pluto TV, a streaming service that acts like TV of the old days, i.e. programmes are broadcast at a particular time, with no catch-up service or way of recording it for later. Since it’s an online-only thing and not even a real TV channel per se, you can’t record it onto a TiVo box either. At least back in the old days we had recourse to VHS! Continue reading

Prince of the City

Danny Ciello is a detective in the NYPD’s Special Investigations Unit, a special division given free rein to handle narcotics cases. The SIU have a rather loose approach to the law, frequently dealing drugs and skimming cash for their own purposes. But when Danny’s conscience gets the better of him, he decides to become an FBI informant – on the condition that he will never be asked to turn against his fellow SIU detectives. Continue reading


Ruth Wilder is a struggling actress who longs to put her traditional approach to good use. But when the only job in town is an audition to star in a new women’s wrestling show, Ruth is determined to get the part.

Based on the production of the real-life 1980s TV series Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, GLOW is a Netflix comedy-drama about a group of women who are brought together to produce a women’s wrestling show. Like so many Netflix series, it both has a small but dedicated following, and was cut short before its time – thanks to Covid-19, filming on the fourth season was cancelled. Many people were disappointed by this, but after watching season three, I couldn’t help feeling that maybe the show had run its course already. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery: Terra Firma, Part 2

Philippa Georgiou has returned to the mirror universe, to the days after Mirror Burnham tried to assassinate her. But this time around, Georgiou is trying something different – instead of immediately executing Burnham, she attempts to rehabilitate her adoptive daughter. But can the lessons in compassion and mercy that Georgiou absorbed aboard Discovery really help her in the vicious and unforgiving mirror universe? Continue reading