Category Archives: Reviews

What’s new in Joss Whedon’s Firefly 15th anniversary blu-ray set?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Joss Whedon’s now classic, short running TV series Firefly hit the airwaves. Possibly because so many of us discovered it years later. But with just 14 episodes and a movie (2005’s Serenity), the Firefly universe didn’t expand as much as fans might have liked – a fandom that has only grown with time – however a new home release may give them something to get excited about.... Continue Reading

Netflix Review: Mockumentary American Vandal is the surprise of the season

When spoofing a film or television series, one could create a shot-for-shot parody of the source material, or merely utilise its formula. The latter approach is the preferred option for many, but that brings with it a need to produce original, compelling material that is worthy of viewing in its own right.... Continue Reading

Review: Marvel’s Inhumans may be game changing for IMAX, but is it a missed opportunity?

At the end of this month, Inhumans, the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will kick off as a television series on ABC TV in the US – the home of the successful Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series, which will enter its fifth season later this year. Today, Inhumans – the third ABC studios series to form part of the MCU, and first since Agent Carter was cancelled last year – made history by becoming the first ever live action series to be filmed entirely with IMAX cameras; the first two episodes debuting on IMAX screens around the world as a 75 minute big screen adventure.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: iRobot Roomba 980 is happy to tidy up for you and put itself to bed

When I bought my first ever robot vacuum cleaner, a much older model of iRobot Roomba from 2011 or so, it was as a way of freeing up more time. No more vacuuming! My then-girlfriend an I then proceeded to waste hours watching it bumble around our little two bedroom rental, bumping into walls and chairs and slowly, drunkenly making its way around the place. I say that so I can say this — the difference, going from that now ancient model to the iRobot Roomba 980, was like night and day. Continue reading Tech Review: iRobot Roomba 980 is happy to tidy up for you and put itself to bed

Netflix Review: Marvel’s The Defenders starts off triumphant but fizzles by its end

Four years in the making and with a lot of anticipation riding on it, the next series in the juggernaut that is the Netflix/Marvel collaboration The Defenders has landed. After two seasons of Daredevil and one each for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist we finally get the team up of the street level superheroes of New York. In our first impressions piece we outlined some of the things we picked up on based on the first four episodes that were available to review. In this article we’ll cover the entire series as a whole, specific moments and of course the fallout of the events that transpire – so obviously, spoilers ahead.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: Marvel’s The Defenders is exactly the scrappy street level hero team up we hoped for

After two seasons of Daredevil, and introductory seasons for Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, we now reach the first season of Marvel’s The Defenders. The series where our street level heroes of New York finally meet and team up to take on what appears to be the biggest baddie of all to date. Working on the assumption that those wanting to watch this show will have at least watched some, if not all, of the other shows that came before it, this series picks up not long after the end of events in both Daredevil Season 2 and Iron Fist in particular.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop: A powerhouse with a few odd design quirks

I’m a writer so there’s a few things I consider must-haves in a laptop. It should be lightweight, it should have a comfortable keyboard layout, it should feel good to type on and it should be quite nimble. In this regard, the Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop ticks the vast majority of my own personal boxes, but will it do the same for you? Continue reading Tech Review: Lenovo Yoga 910 Hybrid Laptop: A powerhouse with a few odd design quirks

TV Review: Fire reigns in epic Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

In a move to rival the sheer scale and CGI glory of “Hardhome”, Game of Thrones have just presented what is probably its most epic battle yet, even outranking the “Battle of the Bastards” in some ways by pitting Jamie, Bronn and the Lannister forces against Dany, Drogon, and the Dothraki army. Like all of these “big battle” episodes it was preceded by quite a few major happenings outside of the fiery clash, but not even one of the show’s most emotionally weighted reunions could quite compare to the last 20 minutes of “The Spoils of War”, a spectacle that easily primes this show for its rumored (and to be frank, necessary) feature-length episodes.... Continue Reading