Waiting in Vain: The Redemption Arcs That Never Came

When we think of TV protagonists, we usually picture a hero – a morally righteous person seeking to make the world a better place. And when they don’t start out that way, we expect to accompany them on a journey of self-improvement, in which they discover important things such as love, happiness and the true meaning of friendship.

But not every main character takes that journey. In this article, I examine four protagonists whose redemption arcs never came – Tony Soprano, Jackie Peyton, Greg House and Bojack Horseman. Continue reading

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3%: Future dystopia at its best

In the near future, most of the population lives in slums in the Inland. But every year, all registered twenty-year-olds get one chance to join the elite 3% who live in the well-appointed Offshore. In order to do so, they must make it through the Process, a gruelling set of challenges which will cost many participants their very lives. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Enterprise Rewatch: These Are the Voyages…

In the year 2370, Commander William Riker has a difficult decision to make – does he tell Captain Picard the truth about what happened on the USS Pegasus? To help him decide, he decides to run a holodeck simulation of the last ever mission of the Enterprise NX-01. Ten years after its first flight, Enterprise is returning home for the signing of the Federation Charter, but along the way, Archer stops off to help an old friend. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Enterprise Rewatch: In a Mirror, Darkly I+II

In the mirror universe, the ISS Enterprise is under the command of Captain Forrest. But First Office Jonathan Archer has plans for advancement, and in this reality, promotion usually involves the violent overthrow of your superiors. And if he can secure the ship, Archer has a plan to go deep into Tholian space, in order to retrieve a starship from the prime universe’s 23rd century. Continue reading