TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery – S1E5

Choose your pain! I choose to continue to watch Discovery, despite the fact that I should, by now, know better.

This episode was an improvement over previous ones. There were some little moments that I liked, and Rainn Wilson is quite good at playing a character we once saw on the original series. There was also a wonderful little moment of continuity that, at last, canonized the character of Robert April.

But just as I was starting to warm up, along comes the stupid. Here’s my usual spoileriffic list of questions!


First question: why would you allow a prisoner to keep that many rings?

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TV Review – Star Trek Discovery – S01E04

Ever wonder why I’m not putting titles for these episodes? Because a pretentious title like the ones we’ve seen lately deserves no praise, no accolades, and no recognition.

Oh, well. On with the review. Spoilers ahoy. Etc.

Also, why are transparent monitors a thing? So useless.

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Discovery Opening Credits

I feel a bit of deja vu here…

TV Review – Star Trek Discovery Episodes 1.01 and 1.02

I have seen the first two episodes of Discovery. Here is my very spoileriffic review.

And it is not the review I wanted to write.

I love Star Trek. Back when I was a kid, I grew up watching TOS. I know I saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977 (or maybe during the re-release in 1978), but I don’t remember those. I DO remember seeing The Motion Picture in early 1980.

Whenever I had a birthday party, my mom would rent a VCR (yes, that was a thing), and we’d rent video tapes to go along with it. If I wasn’t watching the David Warner trifecta (Tron, Time After Time and Time Bandits), I was watching The Wrath of Khan. Great movie.

I really began to embrace Trek with The Voyage Home, and then along came TNG. Excited? Oh, yes. And I quite enjoyed the show. I fell in love with Deep Space Nine, occasionally liked Voyager, and watched Enterprise, which of itself puts me in rare company.

The less said about Star Trek Into Darkness, the better, but the other two movies were very good in their own way, if full of occasional unnecessary stupidity.

So when Discovery was announced, I was very excited! A new Trek series! Strange new worlds, new life, new civilizations, and best of all, an optimistic future that runs counter to the fucking nonsense we get in most sci-fi these days. And, hey, Bryan Fuller, who makes some very good TV, was involved, and so was Nicholas Meyer! What could be better?


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Oh, Discovery…

Remember when the Discovery Channel was about things sciencey? Yeah, that was some time ago now. It used to be that they had programs about science, but then, as often happens with networks, they moved onto other things, like shows about monsters in garages and monsters in houses and people gathering seafood. They do still have Mythbusters, which is something to their credit, but otherwise? No, Discovery is basically a joke, and their digital cable channels are even worse. True, they have the Science Channel, but everything else is pretty much anti-science, or pseudo-science, and almost all of it is total dreck.

And this leads us into a new show of theirs, Cell Block Psychic. Yes, what could be better than a TV show about a con artist who goes around convincing the families of murder victims that she has magical powers that let her communicate with the dead? Why, if that isn’t science, I don’t know what is!

For more details on this unmitigated crap-fest, click here. Suffice to say that there is nothing, at all, even remotely good about this show. Everyone involved should be ashamed, and this fraud who goes around claiming she has magic powers, should be investigated and shut down; possibly even prosecuted. That’s the only way to stop con artists like her from continuing to bilk a gullible public.

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

Penn and Teller’s new series, the successor to the now cancelled Bullshit!, begins airing on Discovery on Wednesday night. I, for one, can’t wait. This promises to be nice and enjoyable! Have a look at this clip, where they see if swearing will help increase pain tolerance.