Who would’ve thought that Star Trek Discovery, the sixth official Trek television series would be so intriguing it’s first mid-season finale. The show that was initially mired in controversy and rumors from the moment it was announced, has turned out to be a quality show with an interesting premise. With its timeline sandwiched 100 years after Start Trek Enterprise and 10 years before the original Trek series, most Trek fans have been a little curious about what universe the series takes place in. Technology-wise, the show seems to suspiciously resemble J.J. Abrams Kelvin rebooted timeline in the current film franchise. Yet, the creators say that the show exists in the original Kirk timeline. The fact that CBS only has the rights to the tv franchise supports their answer. Paramount Studios has the rights to the movie franchise, so it would be interesting to find out if both media companies are allowed to play in each other’s sandbox.
As the series comes out of its mid-season finale, we find the U.S.S. Discovery, due to n apparent sabotage by the Captain, in the Mirror Universe. The alternate timeline where The Federation is known as the xenophobic warmongering Terran Empire has been a Trek tradition for most of its series (excluding TOS and Voyager). For a show that seemed to be a retconned tale of the Federation/Klingon War, this Universe jumping curveball has brought up some interesting ideas. Could the Discovery be from the original timeline, yet found a way to alter it, similar to Abram’s Kelvin Timeline? Even though there’s a 100-year gap, this has some ties to Star Trek Enterprise’s trip to the Mirror Universe? U.S.S. Defiant, the Constitution-Class ship from the original timeline that probably gave the Terran Empire it’s dominance, seems to be a focus of this adventure. We know in the future the resistance conquers the Terran Empire and becomes just as currupt. Could Discovery be the turning point of the Mirror War? All I know is I’m totally onboard with this show.
Let’s be honest. Nearly all of the fan fiction Star Trek episodes and movies are pretty bad. Sure, there are a few that come close to being worthy of being accepted as Trek Cannon (Prelude the Axanar, Star Trek: Renegades ), but not are pretty bad. Among the levels of quality fan productions, Star Trek Continues stands above all other as possible the more faithfully recreated production of the original series. They’ve managed to mimic the look, tone, and style of the original series. Although it’s kind of hard for faithful fans to dispell the absence of the original actors playing the Enterprise crew, by the time you to the 3rd or 4th episode, it becomes a moot point. All eleven episodes of the first and only season can be found in HD on Youtube got free. Trust me, if you’re missing the look and feel of Kirks original voyage in a see of rebooted motions pictures and prequels, Star Trek Continues is beyond worthy of your attention..
I’ve been a fan of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series since day one. Each year they seem to amp up the realistic horror, showing us a work where technology has turned against us, but at the same time looks pretty close to the current state of who we are. Season 4 looks more diverse and crazier than the previous season, so I’m so ready for this. Season 4 of Black Mirror drops on Netflix tomorrow!!
A lot of folks had some serious criticism for Peter Capaldi’s interpretation of the Time Lord. Even though his three seasons as The Doctor weren’t my favorite, I have to say I think he’s my favorite portrayal of The Doctor. There were some great moments, but I don’t think the writing measured up to David Tennant and Matt Smith’s runs. Regardless, for me, Capaldi did some great things. I think he legitimized Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald more than Matt Smith did (in my opinion), he gave us Bill.. arguably my favorite companion.. even in her short 1 season run. And then there’s Missy! She was possibly my favorite Doctor Who character, right behind River Song.
The holiday tradition in the Kelley household is the cook our lunch and dinner meals together, and watch a marathon of holiday-themed movies and tv shows. We’re not into the regular crap like It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Our tastes usually tends to swing toward the funny and unconventional. My entire playlist was about two days long, but here’s a highlighted short list of our viewing pleasure.
Don’t hate me, but I think I’ve enjoyed Vikings more than I have Game of Thrones. The more contained story and the smaller cast of main characters have made it a lot easier to follow with all the action and violence you’d expect from a warrior period piece. You’d think that a show that loses its main protagonist (Ragnor died halfway through season 4) would lose its steam, but the elevation of Ragnor’s son and the tension of vengeance to kill the murders of both their mother and father has elevated the show.
You don’t think of quality television shows when you think of TV Land. But there are a few gems that seem shine through. Teachers is one of those shows you get when the cast, writing and tone are just right. The misadventures of 6-grade school teachers trying to entertain each other through the mundane day is hilarious.