Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

"I'm going to blackmail you into risking
your lives for an ethically dubious task...
and did I mention I'm the good guy?"
The Keys of Marinus

A bravely existentialist nihilist adventure where the Doctor and crew confront the pointlessness of existence, forced to scurry around a planet risking life and limb looking for meaning, or 'keys,' combating various enemies who have no clear purpose, all for an objective that is morally dubious and ultimately meaningless.

Or, a six-episode runaround.

Gotham: The Last Laugh

"Your legacy will be death and madness."

Commissioner Essen's gone, leaving Jim frustrated, angry, and still struggling to take the reins of Gotham's police force. When both you and the maniacs are throwing people out of buildings, though, can you expect the city to see the difference? His rage leaves a gap for Theo Galavan and his released-nutjob crew, led by Jerome, to attack Gotham once more.

Mr. Robot:

“Hello friend. Hello, friend? That's lame. Maybe I should give you a name. But that's a slippery slope, you're only in my head. We have to remember that. Shit, it's actually happening, I'm talking to an imaginary person."

The opening narration introduces us to both the show’s protagonist and its atmosphere. The atmosphere is one of paranoia, secrecy, intrigue, decadence, delusion, and possibly madness. It matches the mind of the protagonist, Elliot Alderson, whose point of view we will be seeing this world through; a perspective we immediately discover to be unreliable. He speaks to us (the audience) as if we were an imaginary friend, another symptom of his unexplained condition.

Fear the Walking Dead: The Good Man

"Be brutal."

As I expected, we got a violent blow-out walkers versus Army finale. And it was fine, as violent blow-out finales go. It was absorbing and watchable and I was invested enough in the characters to care how it came out.

The Martian

"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this."

While I was moving three thousand miles from one side of the United States to the other last year, I discovered a novel called The Martian and read it on my Kindle at night in our motel room. I had to review it. It was one of the best novels I'd read in years. It's that good.

And now I feel the same way about the movie.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Armageddon Game

"As long as the knowledge exists, there's a danger it may be used. That's a risk we refuse to live with."

In this episode the Bashir and O'Brien team are once again on the prowl as they carry out a mission to help bring a phase of biological warfare to a close on the T'Lani homeworld. Betrayal and subterfuge bring a peaceful mission to dangerous levels–but will Sisko and the rest of the crew rescue our boys before they die of boom-boom-boom?

The X-Files: Triangle

Case: Mulder is lost in the Devil's Triangle while investigating the re-emergence of the 1939 Queen Anne.

Destination: The Bermuda Triangle, Washington D.C., 1939

"So in case we never meet again --"

You know, I guess the writers were sitting around one day and thought -- so far things have been ‘pretty fun’ but let’s make them REALLY fun! 'Triangle' is part Back to the Future and part Wizard of Oz, a time-bending hour of television that's nothing short of a fancy magic trick that Chris Carter pulled off, with lots and lots of courage and what could only be described as his abiding love for this show.

Doctor Who: Under the Lake

Doctor: "My God, every time I think it couldn't get more extraordinary, it surprises me. It's impossible, I hate it, it's evil. It's astonishing, I want to kiss it to death."

Despite doing some excellent work on Being Human, Toby Whithouse's success rate on Doctor Who has been patchier than the sixth Doctor's jacket. Although getting off to an incredible start with 'School Reunion', his later offerings ('The Vampires of Venice', 'A Town Called Mercy', etc.) utterly failed to set the Whoniverse alight. Yet tonight's episode was a thoroughly absorbing mix of base-under-siege goodness, ghostly goings-on, and nautical caperings, sat atop an unfolding narrative which although at times felt slower than we're used to, never felt boring.

Continuum: Zero Hour

"Every star in the universe burns out eventually. Darkness always conquers light."

There were many mentions of light and shadow in this episode, and lots of outdoor conversations in the brightness of day. Much talk of sliding doors, passing ships, and how can you live your life knowing that every choice you make might affect the future you're trying to change. Is time travel good, or evil? Is it both?

Star Trek The Next Generation: Sins of the Father

All I could think of during this scene was
that I could see up Worf's nostrils.
"Somebody's been rewriting history."

As I've probably mentioned before, I wasn't much into the Klingon episodes back in the day. I'm enjoying them a lot more now, maybe because I'm seeing the series more objectively. This was a really good Klingon episode.