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Star Trek: Discovery episode 9 review: Into The Forest I Go

James Hunt Nov 14, 2017

Star Trek Discovery signs off for its winter hiatus with an episode that has it all. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

See related Designated Survivor: a show well worth checking out

1.9 Into The Forest I Go

Well, I think it’s fair to say that Discovery has completely found its feet. This episode had it all: character drama, plot twists, the rich tapestry of all human life on display, and a space ship blowing the hell up. Tng took three seasons to put my heart in my throat during an action sequence. Disco has done it after fewer than ten episodes.

At this point, I feel naught but pity for Trek fans who can’t engage with the show, because they’re missing out on a great experience: a progressive and optimistic show, but one which is also nuanced and subtle. Complaints
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Producers Unpack the Midseason Finale, and Why This is The Most Romantic ‘Star Trek’ Ever

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Producers Unpack the Midseason Finale, and Why This is The Most Romantic ‘Star Trek’ Ever
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 Episode 9, “Into the Forest I Go,” follow.]

Star Trek: Discovery” fans thrown off guard by the midseason finale’s ending, guess what? That was the plan. According to showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, that’s exactly what they wanted.

“Every couple of episodes, right around the time the audience feels like, ‘Oh, I know what you’re doing,’ we switch it up,” Berg told IndieWire. “It became a natural rhythm for the show, and it makes it really fun for us, the writers, everybody, really. Because it’s a way to keep it lively.”

The final moments of Episode 9, “Into the Forest I Go,” find the Discovery lost in unknown territory following a massive malfunction with the ship’s spore drive. “It felt like a great place to end the first half of the season, too,” Harberts said. “We had a lot of fun tracking the debate that the fans are having about where they think
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Producers Unpack the Midseason Finale, and Why This is The Most Romantic ‘Star Trek’ Ever

  • Indiewire
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Producers Unpack the Midseason Finale, and Why This is The Most Romantic ‘Star Trek’ Ever
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 Episode 9, “Into the Forest I Go,” follow.]

Star Trek: Discovery” fans thrown off guard by the midseason finale’s ending, guess what? That was the plan. According to showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, that’s exactly what they wanted.

“Every couple of episodes, right around the time the audience feels like, ‘Oh, I know what you’re doing,’ we switch it up,” Berg told IndieWire. “It became a natural rhythm for the show, and it makes it really fun for us, the writers, everybody, really. Because it’s a way to keep it lively.”

The final moments of Episode 9, “Into the Forest I Go,” find the Discovery lost in unknown territory following a massive malfunction with the ship’s spore drive. “It felt like a great place to end the first half of the season, too,” Harberts said. “We had a lot of fun tracking the debate that the fans are having about where they think
See full article at Indiewire »

Star Trek: Discovery Fall Finale Recap: Decloak 'Em If You Got 'Em

Star Trek: Discovery Fall Finale Recap: Decloak 'Em If You Got 'Em
Burnham and the Star Trek: Discovery crew fought back against the Klingons in Sunday’s climactic fall finale. But did the battle come at too high a cost?

With the Klingons heading for the planet Pahvo, Captain Lorca is ordered to retreat to keep the Discovery‘s spore drive safe. But Lorca doesn’t want to leave the poor Pahvans helpless, so he agrees to head back to the starbase, but uses the ship’s warp drive rather than the spore drive, which gives them a couple hours to figure out the Klingons’ cloaking technology. Burnham finds a flaw in
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fans May Have Predicted a Major Twist, And It’ll Be a Huge Bummer If It’s True

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fans May Have Predicted a Major Twist, And It’ll Be a Huge Bummer If It’s True
Fan theories are a tricky thing to engage with, given how perceptive those rabid followers of popular programs can be. More often than not, these theories turn out to be right: In just the last year or two, major twists on “Mr. Robot” and “Westworld” were accurately guessed weeks before the respective shows actually revealed the truth. Now, the same may be true of a circulating theory regarding “Star Trek: Discovery,”

The following piece does not technically contain spoilers. But it is going to acknowledge an ongoing fan theory that you may or may not want to engage with, because — if it turns out to be true — it’s likely to be a major twist that’s revealed in the next episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” given that it’s the mid-season finale and a big confrontation with the Klingons is coming. So, stop reading now or…

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fans May Have Predicted a Major Twist, And It’ll Be a Huge Bummer If It’s True

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fans May Have Predicted a Major Twist, And It’ll Be a Huge Bummer If It’s True
Fan theories are a tricky thing to engage with, given how perceptive those rabid followers of popular programs can be. More often than not, these theories turn out to be right: In just the last year or two, major twists on “Mr. Robot” and “Westworld” were accurately guessed weeks before the respective shows actually revealed the truth. Now, the same may be true of a circulating theory regarding “Star Trek: Discovery,”

The following piece does not technically contain spoilers. But it is going to acknowledge an ongoing fan theory that you may or may not want to engage with, because — if it turns out to be true — it’s likely to be a major twist that’s revealed in the next episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” given that it’s the mid-season finale and a big confrontation with the Klingons is coming. So, stop reading now or…

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery
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‘Stranger Things 2’ Reinforced a Sexist and Ubiquitous Trope, But Season 3 Could Fix That

  • Indiewire
In the first season of “Stranger Things,” the quartet of young men (“the party,” to use the parlance of Dungeons and Dragons) is clearly a direct homage to the show’s love of Stephen King (many of King’s narratives revolve around similar friend groups). But it’s the addition of Eleven to the group — the “mage,” as Mike likes to refer to her — that aligns the show with an even more common trope.

Nearly any child of the ’80s and ’90s will fondly remember, as a part of their youth, watching cartoons. And for boys, there was a lot of fun to be had in identifying with certain characters. You could be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fan, but more intellectual types might consider themselves to be Donatello, while a more rebellious boy might prefer to don the red eye mask of Raphael.

Meanwhile, if you were a girl
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‘Stranger Things 2’ Reinforced a Sexist and Ubiquitous Trope, But Season 3 Could Fix That

‘Stranger Things 2’ Reinforced a Sexist and Ubiquitous Trope, But Season 3 Could Fix That
In the first season of “Stranger Things,” the quartet of young men (“the party,” to use the parlance of Dungeons and Dragons) is clearly a direct homage to the show’s love of Stephen King (many of King’s narratives revolve around similar friend groups). But it’s the addition of Eleven to the group — the “mage,” as Mike likes to refer to her — that aligns the show with an even more common trope.

Nearly any child of the ’80s and ’90s will fondly remember, as a part of their youth, watching cartoons. And for boys, there was a lot of fun to be had in identifying with certain characters. You could be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fan, but more intellectual types might consider themselves to be Donatello, while a more rebellious boy might prefer to don the red eye mask of Raphael.

Meanwhile, if you were a girl
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What The Orville has to offer Star Trek fans

Juliette Harrisson Nov 6, 2017

Following news of its second season renewal and a December UK start date, here's why Star Trek fans might enjoy The Orville...

Let’s get one thing out of the way straight off the bat: this article is in no way a suggestion that Star Trek fans should watch The Orville instead of Star Trek: Discovery. Discovery is a great show – it features well-acted, compelling characters, an interesting arc plot, great visuals, really gorgeous ships and uniforms and Doug Jones actually getting to speak. We can assure you from personal experience that it is entirely possible to watch both Discovery and The Orville and enjoy both for different reasons.

See related Doctor Who: new Doctor is announced on Sunday Doctor Who: Moffat on budget issues, advice for Chibnall

But this article is not about Discovery – though the comparison is inevitable – it is about The Orville. The first
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Netflix’s Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters gets a first trailer

Netflix and Hasbro have released the first trailer for Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, a new animated series which reimagines the classic toy line.

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters follows high school student Jake Armstrong and his two best friends Nathan Park and Ricardo Perez who are accidentally exposed to an experimental chemical that forever changes their seemingly normal lives, transforming them into unlikely heroes who embark on a series of adventures.

Take a look at the trailer here…

Featuring in the cast of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters are Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Jake Armstrong/Stretch, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, Okja) as Nathan Park/Wingspan, Ogie Banks (Ultimate Spider-Man) as Ricardo Perez / Omni-Mass, Wil Wheaton (Teen Titans Go!, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rook, Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) as Erika, Keith David (Adventure Time, Rick and Morty) as Kane,
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Outlander's Producer Maril Davis: "It Felt Like a Loss" to Omit Mr. Willoughby

  • BuzzSugar
In the latest Outlander episode, the show introduces a divisive character in Mr. Willoughby (real name Yi Tien Cho), a Chinese man who stows away on a boat and ends up in Scotland. When he arrives, he is nearly dead from starvation and doesn't speak the language, but Jamie, being the caring man that he is, helps Mr. Willoughby by feeding and clothing him and helping him be slightly more palatable to the locals by changing his name. It seems Yi Tien Cho sounds very much like a coarse Gaelic word, so Jamie suggests he go by Mr. Willoughby instead. As Voyager, the book on which season three is based, moves forward, Mr. Willoughby is shown to have a great knowledge of many Chinese practices and customs: calligraphy, pelican training, acupuncture, and acrobatics. He also is a bit of a drunk and has a foot fetish. RelatedOutlander: Read This If
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‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie and Claire’s Reunion Is a Sexy, Awkward Triumph

‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie and Claire’s Reunion Is a Sexy, Awkward Triumph
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 6, “A. Malcolm.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Coming face-to-face with the spouse you were forced to give up in battle two decades ago is a pretty unnerving thing — not just emotionally but also physically. Given that Jamie had no clue Claire was about to resurface, it’s no wonder he fainted, but on an even deeper level, these are characters that have supposedly aged 20 years since they last saw each other. The nerves, self-consciousness and innate fear of acceptance that situation would bring are pretty heavy; you’ve been carrying around this memory of a person for all those years. Not only do you want them to see you the same, but you wonder how they’ll look, act and have aged in their wisdom too.

Luckily this is television and both stars are just as pretty naked as they are clothed (Claire dyed her hair and Jamie has glasses, no biggie), so the
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‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie and Claire’s Reunion Is a Sexy, Awkward Triumph

  • Indiewire
‘Outlander’ Review: Jamie and Claire’s Reunion Is a Sexy, Awkward Triumph
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 6, “A. Malcolm.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Coming face-to-face with the spouse you were forced to give up in battle two decades ago is a pretty unnerving thing — not just emotionally but also physically. Given that Jamie had no clue Claire was about to resurface, it’s no wonder he fainted, but on an even deeper level, these are characters that have supposedly aged 20 years since they last saw each other. The nerves, self-consciousness and innate fear of acceptance that situation would bring are pretty heavy; you’ve been carrying around this memory of a person for all those years. Not only do you want them to see you the same, but you wonder how they’ll look, act and have aged in their wisdom too.

Luckily this is television and both stars are just as pretty naked as they are clothed (Claire dyed her hair and Jamie has glasses, no biggie), so the
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Star Trek Continues Episode 10: To Boldly Go

  • Cinelinx
Part one of the final episode for the Web’s finest fan-made series came out this week, and as usual, it does not disappoint. As Star Trek Continues warps to its conclusion, long-time Trek fans are treated to a wonderful trip back to the very beginning of the classic series.

The latest episode of Stc, “To Boldly Go” (a homage to the famous opening narrative to Classic Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation) is a fun trip into the Trek universe that pays homage to “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, the original 1966 pilot episode for Star Trek. (Okay, that was actually the second pilot, the first being “The Cage”, starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike, but I digress.) It shows the fidelity and affection that the makers of this show have for the source material; which is why they chose to end their series that way Star Trek began.
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Blu-ray Review – The Howling (1981)

The Howling, 1981.

Directed by Joe Dante.

Starring Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, Patrick Macnee, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, John Carradine, Elisabeth Brooks, Dennis Dugan, Belinda Belaski, and Kevin McCarthy.

Synopsis:

A female reporter is attacked by a notorious murderer so to get over her trauma she is sent to The Colony for relaxation. And then her problems really begin…

After meeting up with notorious killer Eddie ‘The Mangler’ Quist (Robert PicardoStar Trek: Voyager) in a dark porno theatre as part of a police sting, television reporter Karen White (Dee WallaceE.T./The Lords of Salem) starts to experience strange visions, resulting in her distancing herself from husband Bill Neill (Christopher StoneCujo) and being unable to do her job. On the advice of her doctor George Waggner (Patrick MacneeA View to a Kill), Karen and Bill are sent to The Colony, Waggner’s coastal retreat where Karen is advised
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Orlando’s Spooky Empire Convention to Feature Cast Members from the New It Movie

  • DailyDead
Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:

Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night,
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Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: What Will It Take for Reid to Be Reinstated?

Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: What Will It Take for Reid to Be Reinstated?
Criminal MindsDr. Spencer Reid has recently been subject to “a lifetime’s worth of trauma,” it is noted in this exclusive sneak peek from tonight’s episode (CBS, 10/9c). So will he ever be mentally fit to return to full duty?

RelatedCriminal Minds Premiere Recap: A Twist of Hotch’s Fate

Picking up after the six weeks of leave mandated by the bureau at the close of the season premiere, the clip above finds Reid (played by Matthew Gray Gubler) receiving his final evaluation from shrink Agent Lawrence (Star Trek: Voyager‘s Tim Russ). Reid was not singled out for evaluation,
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Why Outlander Cut Basically Everything About Lord John's Lover

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Outlander fans who haven't read the book series may have been wondering a bit about Lord John Grey, a character we briefly met in season two who reappears as the governor of Jamie's prison after he gives himself up for treason to spare his family at Lallybroch. In episode three, "All Debts Paid," Lord John realizes he needs to work together with Jamie, who has essentially been named the leader of the prisoners, and the two develop an unlikely friendship. Lord John even confides in Jamie about his former lover, something non-book readers were wondering about, so author Diana Gabaldon kindly pointed them in the right direction with a Facebook post instructing them to Google "Outlander Lord John Hector" so that they may read up on Lord John's backstory. RelatedIf Outlander Follows the Books, Things Are About to Get Seriously Insane On the show, Lord John tells Jamie that he
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Star Trek: Discovery episode 3 review - Context Is For Kings

James Hunt Oct 2, 2017

Hello to Jason Isaacs in the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode, which is proving much more character-centric than previous series...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.3 Context Is For Kings

So, following the traumatic backstory two-parter that opened this season, we finally got to meet the Discovery in this episode. And unlike the various Enterprises (or Voyager), which are warm, homely places, the Discovery is more like one of those weird, creepy ships that the Enterprise (or Voyager) encounters and has to solve the mystery of what killed everyone before it kills them too. Indeed, that's sort of what happened to Discovery's sister ship, the USS Glenn.

Indeed, it's interesting to get a look at the ship from
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Outlander Recap: Giving Up the Ghost

Outlander Recap: Giving Up the Ghost
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Outlander recap here.

Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Claire Randall has left the country.

In this week’s episode, Outlander‘s protagonist sadly decides that she can’t spend any more time searching historical records for one James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, then packs up her regret, her massive cloud of ’60s hair and her daughter and hightails it back to America. (I’ll go into more detail later, but seriously, that more than sums up up Claire’s portion of the hour.)

Meanwhile, Jamie’s half of the episode spans eight years and includes accidental pregnancy,
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