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Kipo and the Age of Representation
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts has been rightly celebrated as one of the finest animated series to come out of the all-ages animation boom of the past few years.
Where No Man Has Gone Before?
The hot gossip in Star Trek circles is that James T. Kirk, the legendary captain of the USS Enterprise, will be appearing in the upcoming series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and that, in a big change to the character, he will now be bisexual. This has, unsurprisingly, sent some corners of fandom into apoplexy. But do those of use who want a more LGBT-friendly Trek universe want this change to Kirk's character?
Five characters for Discovery season three
The third season of Star Trek: Discovery is due to hit sometime this year, and promises some big changes for the core characters. Having spent the first two seasons in the pre-Original Series 23rd century, the next season takes place in 3187, far further into the future than any of Star Trek's previous main settings.
Review: Red Dwarf: The Promised Land
You've got to admire Red Dwarf's ability to continually come back from the brink. The series has appeared to be dead so many times over the years, only to pop up again a few years later. The fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, tenth and twelfth series all looked like they could easily have been the last, and yet, here we are again, with a thirteenth installment of the long-running show.
Review: 'Star Trek Short Treks' 2-4 & 2-5
After three live action vignettes, the second set of Short Treks presents a double bill of animated shorts, the first animated Star Trek episodes for forty-five years. It's surprising that the franchise hasn't explored the animated medium more often. After all, it's much easier to create alien life forms, spectacular ships and strange new worlds in cartoon form than live action. However, while Star Trek: The Animated Series has experienced a reassessment in recent years, it's long had a poor reputation, and this has likely put the blocks on animated Trek for years.
Review: 'Star Trek: Short Treks' 2-1 & 2-2
The Short Treks format proved successful in its first run, with four short adventures that tied into Discovery. Of these, three were really very good, with only the opener “Runaway” seeming rather throwaway, and even that turned out to be surprisingly important for the resolution of Discovery's second season. The far future setting of “Calypso” laid hints for the finale of the second season and will doubtless tie in to the third, while “The Brightest Star” acted as a prequel to very important developments for Lt. Saru. Only the Harry Mudd episode “The Escape Artist” seem to be a completely standalone adventure, and even that may turn out to be more important later on.
Review: "The Escape Artist" - 'Star Trek: Short Treks' Episode Four
“The Escape Artist” rounds off a very mixed bag of mini-episodes that make up the first set of Short Treks. After a fun but wonky character piece with “Runaway,” an excellent sci-fi short with only tenuous links to the main series in “Calypso,” and a decent but unoriginal flashback in “The Brightest Star,” Short Treks explores one of the best received guest characters of Star Trek: Discovery.
My All Time Top Five Christmas Movies
Christmas isn't Christmas without a cracking festive film on the TV in the background while you slowly nod off after too much pudding. There are dozens of Christmas movies, many of them saccharine-sweet and cutesie. The best Christmas films, though, mix festive cheer with grim, spooky, melancholic or downright nasty elements to great effect.