Star Trek Novels circa Nemesis

Sci-Fi Pubcast update! We finally released a new episode!
https://www.scifipubcast.space/scifi-pubcast-47
Joel is hoping to have more time to record shows again. We’re doing away with the Discord channel, Facebook, and You Tube video episodes, but we’ll still be on Twitter.

With the release of Nemesis in 2002 (and the subsequent cancellation of Enterprise in 2005), live action Star Trek was officially over.  But the franchise lived on in the novels and with a new opportunity.  Just like Star Wars before them, now Trek Lit was the only game in town, which meant they now had the ability to decide the course of the franchise with tight nit continuity and serialization.  What followed was dozens of novels all fitting together into a larger whole.

I’ve been very, very slowly making my way through this mass of mass media and there are a lot of great gems in here.  DS9 is my favorite Trek series by far, but the novels managed to make TNG the more interesting series by introducing DS9 style continuity, serialization, and moral ambiguity.  The casts also became intermixed and regularly teamed up together.  It’s been amazing! 

I’m sorry to say I haven’t enjoyed the post-series DS9 novels as much, mainly because the vast majority of the original characters simply aren’t in it and the station is no longer the center of the Alpha Quadrant and the war to decide the fate of the galaxy.  It just doesn’t grab me.  So my focus has been on the TNG novel series.  I’ve only read a fraction of what’s out there.  I haven’t even touched the Voyager, Enterprise, Titan, New Frontier, or Vanguard series!

While the novels always adhered to their own continuity, after Nemesis they became the primary focus of the franchise and it began with the A Time To TNG series.  It was a ten book series leading up to the Nemesis movie.

Based on what I’ve read, the first seven books aren’t that important in the long run so I skipped them.  I began with the David Mack two parter A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal.  These books are excellent and Mack instantly became my favorite Trek Lit author.  He excels at telling grim and violent stories with cinematic action sequences and moral ambiguity.  Anything he writes is worth checking out.  I’ve also read his original (not Star Trek!) Dark Arts trilogy which is basically grim-dark Harry Potter in WWII.  Highly recommended!

Anyway, as I recall Mack’s Time two parter was a thinly veiled metaphor for the US invasion of Iraq.  It also dealt with the post Dominion War political situation.  I remember a lot of amazing war sequences, a great story, and the return of Section 31.

The tenth and final book was Keith DeCandidio’s A Time for War, A Time for Peace.  Drastically different in tone from Mack’s books, this is a charming and often hilarious series of vignettes including Federation politics and Worf’s change from Federation Ambassador to rejoining the Enterprise crew.

That was the final pre-Nemesis book.  I’ll talk about the post-Nemesis series in the next article.

Movie Rankings: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

1984.

5. DUNE. This ridiculously expository and ponderous adaptation is the definitive version for me and a stone cold classic.  It’s full of interesting visuals and performances and oddities.

4. STAR TREK SEARCH FOR SPOCK. An underappreciated Trek film!  The quest to resurrect Spock is a great story, stealing the Enterprise is a classic set piece, as is its destruction.  The Klingon villain is so-so but this is a logical sequel to Khan.

3. THE TERMINATOR. The first one feels small and dated to me, but it’s a classic for a reason.

2. TEMPLE OF DOOM. The weakest of the original Indy movies but still enjoyable and chock full of iconic sequences.

1. GHOSTBUSTERS. One of the greatest comedy/horror classics of all time.  It walks a perfect line between being funny and legitimately scary.

1983.

5. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. I struggled to find five here.  Connery’s return as Bond is a big deal but the movie is too long and too slow.

4. OCTOPUSSY. The dueling Roger Moore movie that year was much better.

3. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION. I haven’t seen this since I was a kid but it’s a classic.

2. JAWS 3. I was obsessed with this movie as a kid just because it was set in Sea World.  Setting an action/horror movie in a theme park is a combination of my two favorite things.

1. RETURN OF THE JEDI.

1982.

5. POLTERGEIST. One of the best in horror with some iconic scares.

4. BLADE RUNNER. An atmospheric classic with perfect production designs, but a plodding story and a leaden lead.

3. THE THING. One of the greatest horror stories of all time with to-this-day incredibly realistic and gory animatronic monsters.

2. TRON. I loved this movie as a kid and the production values hold up surprisingly well.

1. STAR TREK WRATH OF KHAN. The second best Trek movie with its greatest villain.  A massive improvement over the plodding first film.

1981.

5. SUPERMAN 2. I never appreciated this movie as a kid but at least it had actual villains.

4. EVIL DEAD. A horror classic done a shoestring budget.

3. TIME BANDITS. One of my favorite Terry Gilliam movies chock full of ideas, characters, and humor.

2. EXCALIBUR. I just watched this again and it totally holds up.  A perfect mythic telling of the King Arthur myth with the greatest portrayal of Merlin ever.

1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Probably the best action/adventure movie of all time.  Perfection.

That’s it! Hit my birth year! I am Raiders Years Old!

Spring 2022 Television

KENOBI: Those first two episodes exceeded my already high expectations. Amazing show! Everything I hoped it would be… and we still have Hayden as Vader to look forward to! I had no idea Little Leia was going to be in this, so that was a huge surprise. The actress is perfect and her interactions with Ben are hilariously adorable. As much as I love Mando…. this looks like it’s going to be the best SW tv series!

STRANGER THINGS 4: While the show is always over-long and takes too long to get going, I am still completely hooked on the characters and story. I did not enjoy the teen drama going on between Eleven and Mike and Will though! These kids should be closer and inseparable after all they’ve been through! I don’t want to spoil the ending but I thought it was excellent with an excellent plot twist I did not see coming. Can’t wait for the conclusion in a month!

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Another pleasant surprise. I’m really enjoying the show thus far. After everything being so serialized lately, it is refreshing to just get standalone adventures. The characters and actors are great and the production values are astounding.

HALO: I’m afraid my initial excitement for this show wore off rather quickly. I have so many fundamental problems with the creative choices made in this show and the changes from the source material. Cortana was great but I just did not like anything they did with the Master Chief and his arc at all. I had zero interest in all the new side characters. I just wanted a fleshed out version of the Fall of Reach and the discovery of Halo and I did not get that at all.

MOON KNIGHT: While I enjoyed the show, this is definitely my least favorite MCU series thus far. It was fine and had some great bits in it, but the complete lack of connection to the MCU and the barely-there use of Moon Knight actually being in costume made this feel more like a disposable Netflix show than a proper MCU entry. Harrow was also a completely forgettable villain.

PICARD: I definitely enjoyed it more than the first season, but the initial excitement over the Borg Queen AND Q being involved wore off with time. There was too much time-wasting going on in present day Earth and not enough Q.

THE FLASH: I enjoyed the Armageddon 5 parter, but the Deathstorm arc did not impress me and I’m just going to wait until the Netflix drop for the rest of the season. This is the only show I have to watch with ads online and that is just so annoying at this point haha.

In other news… the Sci-Fi Pubcast isn’t dead, just on prolonged hiatus while Joel is busy with law school. We’ll try to squeeze in an episode here and there! I’ve also been slacking on my writing duties, but I did recently write some scenes for the sixth book in the fantasy trilogy. Boy, that book three epilogue just kept getting longer and longer!

Movie Rankings: 1987, 1986, 1985

1987.

5. SPACEBALLS. The classic Star Wars parody.  Haven’t seen it in decades.

4. PRINCESS BRIDE. Shockingly I didn’t see this until college, so I have no childhood nostalgia for it, but I appreciate that it is a classic children’s adventure.

3. LETHAL WEAPON. The first movie is too long, slow, and serious, but the germs of greatness are in there.  Riggs and Murtaugh are the greatest buddy cop duo ever.

2. EVIL DEAD 2.  One of the greatest horror/comedies of all time.  The first movie is an indie classic but this improves it on every level.  It’s funnier and more disturbing at the same time.

1. PREDATOR. One of the all time Ahnuld classics.

1986.

5. IRON EAGLE. I don’t know how it holds up but I loved this movie as a kid.

4. HIGHLANDER. Not exactly a classic but it’s withstood the test of time.

3. LABYRINTH.  Another movie I didn’t see until college but I appreciate it.

2. STAR TREK VOYAGE HOME. I think it’s overrated but it is the best Trek movie for comedy.

1. ALIENS. One of the greatest action or sci-fi or horror movies ever made.  A Cameron classic.  The Special Edition is even better and gives Ripley a better storyarc.

1985.

5. THE GOONIES. Didn’t see it until college but it’s the definitive 80s children’s adventure.

4. LEGEND. Haven’t seen it in decades but I remember the producton design being astounding.

3. BACK TO THE FUTURE. The 50s storyline doesn’t do much for me but it’s still a comedy classic.

2. BRAZIL. One of my all time favorite artsy films.

1. MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME. My favorite of the originals and one of my favorite movies as a kid.  Bartertown and Thunderdome are cinematic classics and the action scenes are incredible.

Movie Rankings: 1990, 1989, 1988

1990.

5. NINJA TURTLES. Too dark for a kids movie but oh man this was my obsession as a kid.  I think it was the first VHS I ever bought because they were fifty bucks back then or something!

4. GREMLINS 2.  Another childhood classic full of very adult commentary on society.  I also love that it’s set trapped in a high tech skyscraper… like Die Hard!

3. HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.  This is a perfect movie and an adaptation of one of my favorite books as a kid.  Best thing Alec Baldwin has ever done.

2. TOTAL RECALL.  Peak Ahnuld and a great sci-fi story to boot.  Completely iconic!

1. DIE HARD 2. I dearly love the first three Die Hard movies and this one is underappreciated.  It takes the first movie and lets it loose, set across a sprawling major airport in the middle of a snowstorm.  It ups the ante of the first movie.

1989.

5. THE ABYSS.  Cameron creates an astonishly tense thriller that absolutely feels like it’s set at the bottom of the ocean.  Be sure to watch the Special Edition which actually explains why the aliens are there and features a major new set piece.

4. LETHAL WEAPON 2.  A vast improvement on the original with a lot more action and humor.  A great villain and the introduction of Joe Pesci!

3. BACK TO THE FUTURE 2. My favorite of the trilogy just for the future half.  Absolute classic.

2. BATMAN.  I’m too young to remember the insane hype over this movie, but this is still an incredible achievement of making a dark (for the time) realistic comic book movie.

1. INDIANA JONES LAST CRUSADE.  A perfect movie.  As a kid this was my favorite Indy movie.  As an adult I favor Raiders, but Indy and his dad remains the perfect comedy team.

1988.

5. SCROOGED. Haven’t seen it in forever but I remember it being a great blend of funny and creepy.

4. BEETLEJUICE.  Haven’t seen it since childhood but it was a hilariously dark comedy.

3. WILLOW.  George Lucas rips off Lord of the Rings, what’s not to love?

2. DIE HARD. The invention of the modern action movie.  Classic for a reason.

1. ROGER RABBIT. An astonishing blend of live action, animation, and a murder’s row of different franchises.  It’s a miracle this movie exists and it is perfection.

Movie Rankings: 1993, 1992, 1991

1993.

5. THE FUGITIVE. I recall this being a great action thriller.

4. LAST ACTION HERO. I actually hated this movie as a kid, but as an adult I appreciate how it is a parody of action movies.

3. DEMOLITION MAN. Classically ridiculous sci-fi action.

2. ARMY OF DARKNESS. This movie holds a special place in my heart.  It is so hilarious and intentionally ridiculous while also being an epic period piece war film.  Bruce Campbell’s greatest showing in anything.

1. JURASSIC PARK.  One of the greatest movies ever made.

1992.

5. RESERVOIR DOGS. Tarentino’s first film is low budget but still engrossing.

4. ALIEN 3. A massive disappointment after Aliens on every level, but technically impressive.

3. LETHAL WEAPON 3. The weakest of the series but still hilarious.

2. ALADDIN. The second greatest Disney cartoon ever!

1. BATMAN RETURNS.  This movie was huge when I was a kid, particularly since I don’t remember the original movie’s release.  It’s full of classic Burton weirdness.

1991.

5. ROBIN HOOD. I loved this movie as a kid.  Tons of great humor and action.

4. NINJA TURTLES 2.  This was my all time favorite movie as a kid.  The nostalgia is overpowering.

3. HOOK.  A vastly underappreciated movie.  Peak Spielberg with gorgeous production design, humor, and action.  Dustin Hoffman was a fascinatingly ridiculous Captain Hook but I also found the abduction scene terrifying as a kid.

2. STAR TREK 6.  My favorite Trek movie.  Love the Cold War parallel.  In addition to telling a vitally important turning point in Trek history, it also looks incredible and has great humor and character work.

1. TERMINATOR 2.  One of the greatest action movies ever made.  Perfection.

Movie Rankings: 1996, 1995, 1994

1996.

10. EXECUTIVE DECISION. I vaguely recall enjoying this.

9. ERASER. Same.

8. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. I think this is overrated but there are some classic bits in it.

7. MARS ATTACKS. A legitimately hilarious parody of alien invasion movies full of so many stars.

6. SCREAM. The classic that redefined horror.

5. LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. I remember this being a really funny movie with great action.

4. FRIGHTENERS. Peter Jackson makes a classic horror comedy action adventure full of great characters and action scenes.

3. STAR TREK FIRST CONTACT. The best TNG movie.  Seeing the Borg on screen was great.

2. THE ROCK. Classic Michael Bay!

1. INDEPENDENCE DAY. This movie was as big as Star Wars for me as a teenager.  The ultimate popcorn thriller, even if it’s ridiculous and silly at times.

1995.

10. BAD BOYS. Pretty forgettable Michael Bay movie.

9. ACE VENTURA 2. This was the funniest movie ever made for teenage me.

8. OUTBREAK. I just saw this again and it’s a great medical thriller.

7. USUAL SUSPECTS. I recall this being an exceptionally great mystery thriller.

6. 12 MONKEYS. Dark and disturbing but classic time travel sci-fi.

5. JUDGE DREDD. I adore this ridiculous comic book hamfest.

4. BATMAN FOREVER. Too cartoony but still a good Batman adventure.

3. GOLDENEYE. I did not like this movie as a kid but I appreciate it now as an expert reboot with a great hero, villain, and set pieces.

2. WATERWORLD. I legitimately loved this movie as a kid.  The on-water filming remains an incredible achievement and Dennis Hopper was a hilarious bad guy.

1. DIE HARD 3. I absolutely love this movie.  One of my all time favorite action movies.  Great story and villain and full of amazing on location NYC filming.

1994.

10. LEON THE PROFESSIONAL. I’m afraid to watch this movie under a modern lens but it was a really moving action thriller as a teenager with a star-making role for Natalie Portman.

9. THE SHADOW. I’m a sucker for 30s era action adventure and this is a great one.

8. STAR TREK GENERATIONS. Not a very strong Star Trek movie but it’s cool to see the TNG cast in a movie for the first time.

7. PULP FICTION. A ground breaking classic that in addition to an arthouse film manages to be funny and entertaining at the same time.

6. CLERKS. Kevin Smith’s greatest film and another paradigm shift for movies.  Plus, it’s hilarious.

5. MAVERICK. Pure fun.  Mel Gibson at his most charming.

4. TRUE LIES. Not my favorite James Cameron movie by far but still a Cameron movie.

3. STARGATE. Loved this as a kid.

2. LION KING. Disney’s best animated feature.

1. SPEED. One of the great action movies of all time.

Movie Rankings: 1999, 1998, 1997

1999:

I couldn’t just do a top ten!  Too many choices!  And so many more low-key classics I had to leave out.  NOTE!  I am ranking these based on my teenage mindset at the time!

15. SIXTH SENSE.  Not my personal favorite but absolutely a landmark movie.

14. DEEP BLUE SEA.  When I think of late 90s action/horror/comedy, this exists as the perfect example.  The sharks got smarter!  My head is like a shark’s fin!

13. BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.  This was the first horror movie to truly creep me out and it basically invented the found footage genre.

12. DOGMA.  One of my all time favorite Kevin Smith movies.

11. WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.  Brosnan was “my” Bond, and while it hasn’t aged well, at the time I thought this was a great Bond movie full of amazing set pieces.

10. GALAXY QUEST.  Another classic movie and the perfect Trek parody while also being a good scifi movie on its own merits.

9. WILD WILD WEST. Nostalgic bias alert!  I remember being dead sick for an entire week and this was the first thing I went out to do when I got better.  This movie, as ridiculous as it is, will always hold a special place in my heart.  Will Smith and Kevin Kline were a great comedy duo.

8. THREE KINGS. This is an amazing war movie, absolutely hilarious, brilliantly shot, and carries a deeper message about the corrupt nature of US foreign policy.

7. SLEEPY HOLLOW. Probably my favorite Burton (non-Batman) movie.  Everything about it is flawless.

6. SOUTH PARK THE MOVIE. South Park was the greatest thing in the world at the time, and the movie was even better than the tv show.  Not only did it tell a great epic war story, not only was it rated R, it was also filled with legitimately funny and catchy songs.

5. AUSTIN POWERS 2. This was the biggest comedy of the year and another huge influence on pop culture.  The first movie was a flop, but this one introduced Doctor Evil and Mini-Me into the public lexicon.

4. THE MUMMY.  One of my favorite movies of all time!  A perfect modern day Indiana Jones adventure with great characters, humor, action, story…

3. FIGHT CLUB.  An amazing movie full of so much detail I can pick something up new every time I watch it.  In addition to being brilliant and open to interpretation (I say Tyler was the wrath of God and a new Deluge to punish the wicked!), it’s just plain fun, full of humor and truly inventive cinematography.

2. THE MATRIX.  What can I say.  Another genre-defining film.  A perfect movie.  Every second works.  Absolutely blew my mind in 1999.

1. STAR WARS PHANTOM MENANCE.  I’m a Star Wars nerd, ok?  A new movie coming out for the first time in my life was an EVENT.   It changed everything about a franchise I had a deep love for and investment in.  While it has perhaps not aged as well, at the time it was the most amazing thing in the world.  I remember marveling just as the backgrounds and sets in every scene.  It was magical!

1998.

10. ARMAGEDDON. Not my favorite Bay movie, way too saccharine, but still some great disaster movie visuals.

9. LOST IN SPACE. I actually really enjoy the first two thirds of this movie, but the third act is a slog.

8. DEEP IMPACT. I remember liking this more on a story/character level.

7. BIG LEBOWSKI. Classic Cohen Brothers but I do think it’s a little overrated.

6. BLADE. The first non-embarrassing comic book movie, even it doesn’t feel or look like one.

5. ENEMY OF THE STATE. This is a wonderful action thriller.  Will Smith and Gene Hackman are great together.

4. RONIN. I love this movie!  It is a perfect thriller with stellar dialogue and the best real world car chases ever filmed.

3. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Greatest war movie ever made.  Iconic.

2. LETHAL WEAPON 4. This might be my favorite of the series.  Tons of great characters, hilarious all the way through, incredible action scenes, and a great villain in Jet Li.

1. GODZILLA.  Teenage me absolutely loved this movie.  It’s definitely goofy, but so was ID4.  A skyscraper sized monster running through Manhattan can’t be beat.

1997.

10. SCREAM 2. I remember this being a slightly disappointing sequel but still clever.

9. HERCULES. Shockingly I never saw this as a child, but I enjoyed it as an adult.

8. EVENT HORIZON.  A great scifi horror with some truly disturbing imagery.

7. BATMAN AND ROBIN. It’s embarrassingly ridiculous but I can enjoy it as a campy romp.

6. ALIEN RESSURECTION. Much more enjoyable than the third one even if there’s little new to see.

5. CON AIR. A classically ridiculous over the top action fest.

4. STARSHIP TROOPERS. In addition to being an amazing sci-fi war film with ground breaking CGI, it’s also a scathing parody of fascism and militarism.

3. MEN IN BLACK. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are a perfect pair and the movie is hilarious.

2. LOST WORLD. I enjoy this more than most.  The plotline and characters are inferior to the original but there are a ton of absolutely classic set pieces in here.

1. FIFTH ELEMENT. One of my favorite movies of all time.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Disclaimer: I’m not going to go into the author’s personal statements about… things. I’m only going to talk about the on screen material.

In anticipation of the new movie coming out, I’ve just finished a ten movie marathon of the entire franchise. I hadn’t seen the HP movies since they came out a decade ago and had a really great time re-experiencing them. I haven’t read the books in all that time either. I was particularly impressed with the final movie. It really was a great and epic finale to a long form story. I’ve never seen all the movies back to back like that before; watching the actors age and the tone shift darker in ‘real time’ was very interesting.

I’m one of the few people who seems to actually enjoy the Fantastic Beasts movies. I think it’s fascinating to see a new epic tale in the Harry Potter franchise starring adults at the height of their power rather than children. Even more importantly, I am dying to see the war between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, undoubtedly the most fascinating piece of backstory in the franchise.

They’re not perfect, of course. The first movie was a little too “enchanting prelude” for my tastes, and the second movie threw way too many new characters at the screen who ultimately weren’t that important. Hell, a sizable chunk of the movie’s runtime concerns the past of Leta L’estrange… who gets unceremoniously killed at the story’s end.

The third movie was definitely more epic and plot-important than the first two, though it still wasn’t quite a home run. I definitely enjoyed the greater focus on Dumbledore, and Mads Mikkelsen is a vastly better Grindelwald (though I would have preferred Colin Ferrell’s return).

FULL MOVIE SPOILERS BELOW

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I was surprised to find the movie’s ending functioned as a semi-resolution to the series. Perhaps they’re concerned it will tank and they’ll never make the last two. It obviously doesn’t resolve the Grindelwald war, but it does wrap up all the character arcs for everyone. Hell, you could never show Creedence again and it would function just fine.

My greatest complaint is that Tina Goldstein is relegated to a small cameo. She’s my favorite new character after Newt! Was there some actor availability issue???

We learned a lot about DD and GW and it made me run right home and re-read the relevant chapters from the 7th book. I found some interesting inconsistencies:

Rita Skeeter’s book says DD and GW do not see each other between age 18 and their final duel in 1945. Now obviously anything she says could be false, but Ghost-DD tells Not-Quite-Dead-Harry that he was terrified of facing GW again and only did so to save the world, because he was terrified of learning who actually killed Ariana, which does imply they did not meet in between.

In the book, DD says that he and GW were the ones casting spells in the argument with Aberforth, and one of their spells is what killed Ariana. In this movie, DD says that he and Aberforth were the ones casting spells and GW just sat there and laughed.

The book of course does not mention a blood bond, Creedence, or an obscurius. I did think making Ariana an obscurius was a great plot twist and entirely consistent with the established lore. It’s a perfect explanation for why she was “weak” and “sick” and kept away from anyone else ever seeing her! It also explains her accidental death, she would already be on death’s door and the slightest trauma could cause the dark spirit to consume her.

Another interesting tidbit; the book says GW got the Elder Wand sometime between age 18 and 1945. According to movie trivia I read, GW already has the Elder Wand in the second movie.

I dearly hope we get to see the final two movies because I really want to see this legendary duel between DD and GW.

2022 Television

BOBA FETT: It definitely wasn’t a slam dunk like Mando, but I enjoyed the series a lot. I do think there were some major structural missteps. I never got a solid sense of Fett’s present day motivation and development. The building of his little army didn’t work great (he only has twelve people but he runs a massive palace? With who?). Fennic doesn’t get any development herself. The best episodes of the show don’t even have Fett in them, but boy were they incredible. I also really wished we got some classic old school Boba bounty hunting pre-ROTJ.

DISCOVERY S4: The 10-C storyline was really interesting, and I loved where the story took Book. Tarka was a really interesting semi-antagonist. I do wish there had been more pew pew action though.

THE FLASH S8: The Arrowverse seriously peaked with the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Covid restrictions certainly haven’t helped, but this season has really bounced back thus far. I’m enjoying the show more than I have since Crisis!

RAISED BY WOLVES S2: Man, this show is weird. But I’m riveted by the mystery of the alien world and the mysterious entity manipulating events. Mother and Father remain fascinating characters. The production values are astounding.

PEACEMAKER: I enjoyed this show so much more than I ever expected to. I loved Gunn’s Suicide Squad movie but the notion of a tv series starring just Peacemaker did not sound great. But it was consistently hilarious with a great story and supporting cast.

PICARD S2: This has been a great deal of fun so far and better than S1. With Q and the Borg Queen where can you go wrong?

HALO: I am a huge fan of the video games and I’ve read a lot of the books too. So I have a huge investment in this. Seeing these characters on screen is magic, but I think if I didn’t have that connection, I wouldn’t be in love with the show. I’m just dying to see how faithful they are to the story.

MOON KNIGHT: I’ve only seen the first episode as of this writing. It was a very intriguing what-is-reality opener but I was hoping for more Moon Knight on screen than we got. I’m sure it’ll be great in the end.