It’s Just Morbid Fascination at This Point – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Nine “Hide and Seek”

If you go back and read my first review for Star Trek: Picard’s first episode, I was positively giddy at the prospect of this new season and the story it was going to tell. Now, after watching the penultimate episode of the second season, titled “Hide and Seek”, my positivity has contracted to merely morbid … Continue reading It’s Just Morbid Fascination at This Point – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Nine “Hide and Seek”

Finding Balance – Review of Marvel Studios’ “Moon Knight” Episode Five “Asylum”

The concept of the Egyptian afterlife has always been a fascinating one for me. Every religion has some form of judgment when a person dies, with those found worthy entering a paradise and those found wanting relegated to an eternal punishment. In keeping with the connection to the Egyptian pantheon, Episode Five of Marvel Studio’s … Continue reading Finding Balance – Review of Marvel Studios’ “Moon Knight” Episode Five “Asylum”

The 4th Corporate War – An Essay on the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” TTRPG

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook, available on Amazon In my last two essays, I covered the two main factions that are behind the 4th Corporate War, Arasaka and Militech, in the alternate history of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk universe. Now, it’s time to dig in to the single biggest turning point of the game: the Fourth … Continue reading The 4th Corporate War – An Essay on the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk” TTRPG

A New Family – Review of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode Two “Cut and Run”

Source: IMDB One of the hallmark topics of the Star Wars franchise is Family: what constitutes Family and what are you willing to do for Family. This can be seen in the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi) in the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth … Continue reading A New Family – Review of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Episode Two “Cut and Run”

A Disappointment Overall – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Eight “Mercy”

Source: IMDB I really wanted to like Episode Eight of Star Trek: Picard’s second season, titled “Mercy”, but I just can’t bring myself to like the overall product. There were some fine moments in the episode but I felt like this episode was treading water in a big way, postponing events not for good story … Continue reading A Disappointment Overall – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Eight “Mercy”

What is Reality? – Review of Marvel Studio’s “Moon Knight” Episode Four “The Tomb”

Source: IMDB When you live with mental illness, it’s often not an easy thing to differentiate reality from not-reality. Shows that deal with mental illness like Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight use this question to throw audiences a curveball every now and then, sometimes to ill effect. The latest episode of Moon Knight, titled “The Tomb”, … Continue reading What is Reality? – Review of Marvel Studio’s “Moon Knight” Episode Four “The Tomb”

Disconnected Feeling – Review of “The Batman”

Poster Art for The Batman. Source: IMDB The main feeling I have after watching Matt Reeves’ The Batman is one of disconnection. While visually an enjoyable movie, with some excellent action set pieces, and some fine performances, the overall package felt like two different stories mashed together but not connected in a strong way. In … Continue reading Disconnected Feeling – Review of “The Batman”

Militech International – Paramilitary Run Amok (from the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk Red”

Cyberpunk Red Core Rulebook, available on Amazon Continuing from my previous essay on the Arasaka Corporation, this essay focuses on Militech International, the other major player in the Fourth Corporate War. For further reference, check my other essays on the alternate history of R. Talsorian Games’ Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game. The flip side of the … Continue reading Militech International – Paramilitary Run Amok (from the Alternate History of R. Talsorian Games’ “Cyberpunk Red”

Warriors to the End – Review of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season One, Episode One “Aftermath”

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Poster Art. Source These reviews were originally only available on my now-defunct Buy Me A Coffee and Patreon sites. I'm posting them here for anyone who loves Star Wars as much as I do. When I sat down during the Covid-19 quarantine to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I … Continue reading Warriors to the End – Review of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” Season One, Episode One “Aftermath”

Through the Mind’s Eye – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Seven “Monster”

One of the things I find most interesting about Star Trek: Picard is the show’s ability to introduce new elements to established characters. Episode Seven, titled “Monsters”, delves in to Jean-Luc Picard’s childhood, which has been hinted at periodically throughout the second season. With Tallinn joining him, we learn more about the primary focus of … Continue reading Through the Mind’s Eye – Review of “Star Trek: Picard” Season Two, Episode Seven “Monster”