“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.”
Rebounding significantly from the weak-ass season opener, the second episode of Season Five is one of my favourites of the year. “Darmok” is built around a concept so brilliant it almost renders itself unworkable: a race of people who speak only in metaphor. It’s a lovely idea, but once thought up, it has to be made to work by the writers and the actors. Once you get the gist of what the Tamarians are saying, you realize pretty quickly that their metaphorical alphabet is so rudimentary that their speech would be the equivalent of you or I saying “Fight! Leave! Failure!” to each other in place of whole statements. But I’m willing to give “Darmok” the free pass, because it’s such a grand notion in the first place, and the interpersonal drama on the planet is so expertly played by its leads, Patrick Stewart and Paul Winfield.Read more
ICYMI: it’s your Saturday content recap! Because it’s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, guys.
Blogging the Next Generation: The end of the fourth season with the Tasha Yar cliffhanger "Redemption". Season Five starts on Tuesday.
Column: It’s Time To Get Over “The Truth,” in which I somehow write about Rob Ford in the context of SNOWPIERCER
Watched: Sorry Guys, More Hobbit, in which I wonder if Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth has reached its critical density
Blog: All My Broken Toys, wherein my fondness for pop culture detritis is laid plain
At last there’s a Natalie Portman / Jane Foster action figure to clutch helplessly at Thor’s muscled midsection!
(no seriously I’m way too excited about this)
DC’s 4” line bringing in Batman Returns and (the real) General Zod.
Hot Toys MMS217 - Tonto. Oh, my Johnnies are gonna have a FIGHT.
“They all do. They deserve so much more.”
The best Beverly episode and therefore one of my five or six favourite episodes of all time, “Remember Me” is spooky and unsettling in turns, and genuinely thrilling as it races to its climax. It has a strange, Twilight Zone-ish premise that is credibly executed thanks almost entirely to the commitment of the cast. The episode has a fiendishly complicated scenario to describe, yet Gates McFadden plays it as adeptly as if people get stuck in static warp bubbles every time they go to the grocery store. Which, on reflection, they just might.Read more
Play Arts Kai - Dark Knight Trilogy Catwoman. One of those rare, disconcerting instances where I like the package design even more than the figure design.