Mouse Takes Fox

The news that Murdoch plans to sell 21st Century Fox and Sky TV to Disney is interesting for how it will reshape the media landscape. But it's good from my point of view for a number of reasons, some relatively trivial and to do with content consumption; and one big. The X-Men and the Fantastic…

Star Trek: Discovery, episode 3, ‘Context is for Kings,’ keeps up the good work, in case you were expecting otherwise. And I forgot to say the other day that, although the IMDB people were negative, there is a very positive review on Tor.com. Much positivity in the comments there. too.

Trekking

Past I can remember when I first saw Star Trek. That's not so unusual, but if my memory is right -- and I've just more or less confirmed that it is -- then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone could see it, in this country, at least. Here's the memory…

Extreme Pyramid Scheme

I didn't intend to discuss these two episodes of Doctor Who together, but watching the first was delayed because I was in Scotland when the first one was on. And I didn't realise they were a two-parter. Except (spoilers) -- oh, they're not. They're the first two of an n-parter, where n equals... who knows?…

BBC Close Their Store Without Explaining Why

I got an email from the BBC today, telling me that the BBC Store is closing in November. Oddly, they don't explain why. This Engadget article says it's because "people prefer streaming." At least, that's what the headline says. The article actually says the decision comes "following poor sales and tough competition from streaming services…

Space Suits You

Back to form, then, with Doctor Who season 10 episode 4, “Oxygen.” Jamie Mathieson has written some good episodes before, and he keeps up the standard here. A tale of capitalism red in tooth and claw, it reminds us at times of “Silence in the Library,” and also of Duncan Jones’s Moon. ((Which is a…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was on fire tonight. Still managed to be hilarious while treating a very serious subject with respect.

Wood and Puzzles

Well, I suppose they couldn’t sustain the excellence forever. I mean, there’s bound to be the odd weaker episode, right? “Knock Knock”, Doctor Who season 10 episode 3 is certainly that. I have to say it’s the weakest episode we’ve seen so far this season. This is largely because it doesn’t make much sense. Alien…

The Luxury of Outrage

The Doctor is a burning sun of outrage, but claims never to have had time for it. Season 10, episode 3, "Thin Ice," sends him and Bill into London's past, to 1814, and the last great frost fair on the frozen Thames. There is a beast below the ice ((I'm sure you saw what I…