‘Are we There Yet?’ – Doctor Who 13.8: Legend of the Sea Devils

Into the Void On the surface, show runner Chris Chibnall’s penultimate episode dons the ingredients of a rip-roaring special. We’ve got a real life pirate queen from the actual history books, pimped up pirate ships that glide through the skies, a plentiful helping of swash buckling sword fights, a sea beast bigger than the grandestContinue reading “‘Are we There Yet?’ – Doctor Who 13.8: Legend of the Sea Devils”

‘Grant Vs. Spector’ – Moon Knight 1.2: Summon the Suit

The Audacious Scaredy-Cat Following on from his supernatural antics in the National Gallery’s bathroom (not as weird as it sounds), Steven Grant embarks upon a quest to figure out what on earth his alter ego, Marc Spector, has been getting upto with his body out of hours. While The Goal Fish Problem centred around aContinue reading “‘Grant Vs. Spector’ – Moon Knight 1.2: Summon the Suit”

‘Midnight Man’ – Moon Knight 1.1: The Goal Fish Problem

Vacating from the Norm Perhaps the most striking aspect about Moon Knight’s opening episode is how willing it is to ignore the wider franchise it belongs to. Despite there being 27 films and five Disney Plus shows making up this body of work, I can’t recall Kevin Feige doing something as alien as this. EvenContinue reading “‘Midnight Man’ – Moon Knight 1.1: The Goal Fish Problem”

‘One for the Team’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Seven: In the Name of Honor

A Thrilling Let Down Throughout much of In the Name of Honor, I found myself pondering over things I often don’t think about while watching something for the first time. Why did Fett choose to use the bombed-out remains of the Sanctuary as his place to do battle with the spice-dealing Pykes? Would it notContinue reading “‘One for the Team’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Seven: In the Name of Honor”

‘Spiralling Fables’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Six: From the Desert Comes a Stranger

Procrastination as an Art In my previous essay, I mentioned how chapter five’s The Return of the Mandalorian hinted a huge problem underlying The Book of Boba Fett. After weeks of favouring flashback oriented character-building over present day narrative progression, the show refused to square up to the part of the show it had beenContinue reading “‘Spiralling Fables’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Six: From the Desert Comes a Stranger”

‘Shows within Shows’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Five: The Return

Meanwhile… As a Star Wars fan, there will be times in which the analytical part of my brain will be bypassed by a piece of fan lore. I’ll watch a certain scene or strand of events, knowing full well that it doesn’t quite in relation to a wider piece of storytelling, yet because it’s satisfiedContinue reading “‘Shows within Shows’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Five: The Return”

‘Dead Folk Walking’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Four: The Gathering Storm

A Vision in Focus An early-episode snooze in Fett’s Bacta tank whisks us back into our protagonist’s past right from the get go this week. Except it isn’t quite business as usual. A few years have passed between the death of his new family and the period in which we find ourselves in at theContinue reading “‘Dead Folk Walking’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Four: The Gathering Storm”

‘Bikes, Pykes and Dinermobiles’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Three: The Streets of Mos Espa

Cyberpunk Diner Crew The Streets of Mos Espa dedicates a bit more time toward progressing the show’s present day narrative. Something that’s been lacking up until this point. It’s a much needed change from the previous two chapters, at least in principle. After a dash of exposition, in which 8D8 – a droid voiced byContinue reading “‘Bikes, Pykes and Dinermobiles’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Three: The Streets of Mos Espa”

‘Modern Families’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Two: The Tribes of Tatooine

That’s Politics! Following on from last week’s scrap with a gang of mysterious ninjas – this week outed as members of the Night Wind assassins – Boba finds himself crossing paths with Mos Espa’s Mayor, Mok Shaiz. Hints of Shaiz’s potential hostility loomed large last episode, when his irritating Majordomo popped by to deliver aContinue reading “‘Modern Families’ – The Book of Boba Fett Chapter Two: The Tribes of Tatooine”

‘A Truth in Plain Sight’ – Falcon and the Winter Soldier 1.2: The Star-Spangled Man

State Imposter Perhaps the most intriguing edition to The Star-Spangled Man regards the underlying tensions generated by the introduction of John Walker as the “new” Captain America. When we are first introduced to the character of Walker at the top of this episode, we’re offered something of a sympathetic reading toward him. At least thisContinue reading “‘A Truth in Plain Sight’ – Falcon and the Winter Soldier 1.2: The Star-Spangled Man”