Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave

The Japanese government has declared it a national disaster; the far Eastern country has seen temperatures more in line with the middle east. Here in the UK, we are set to have the hottest and driest summer since 1976. Some time in the next few days, we were expecting to experience the hottest average temperature […]

Why the “Black Mirror” Craze Is Here to Stay

And so another season of Charlie Brooker’s sometimes disturbing, social commentary-heavy series comes to an end. It is now at the end of it’s fourth and in this age of books on the screen, and the world seemingly exhausted of one episode, one story style of television, Black Mirror remains the flag bearer once held […]

Doctor Who is Flexible but These Characteristics are Non-Negotiable

A warm welcome to Jodie Whittaker to the TARDIS console. Some time in 2018, the show will accept the first woman to play the iconic role. When we push aside the debate about gender – because it has clearly divided everyone – Doctor  Who is about change. For 54 years it has remained true to […]

Why Nosedive is My Favourite Black Mirror

Black Mirror returns soon, though Netflix hasn’t yet given us a release date. Over the last few months, I’ve been going through all of the episodes. Having now watched most of them at least twice, I feel that Nosedive – the third season opener, is my favourite story. This is despite feeling that White Christmas […]

The Themes in Stephen’s King’s “IT”

SPOILER ALERT: If you are unfamiliar with the book or have only seen the recently released film with no idea what is going to happen in Chapter 2, I suggest you look away now if you don’t want it spoilt. The latest film version released globally this weekend. I saw it on Friday afternoon. Largely, […]

“I’m Not Watching Doctor Who Any Longer, It’s All Politically Correct Now!”

I was never enamoured with the idea of a female Doctor but now we have a woman in the lead role (and an actress I like) , I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do. What I want to do here is challenge the notion of Doctor Who’s “new found” political correctness for the […]

Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films […]

Black Mirror Forces Us To Look At Ourselves and Our World

For me, it was the most hotly anticipated television event of the year. And it wasn’t even going to appear on television, but web service Netflix. Charlie Brooker made a name for himself in 2011 when the first episode of season 1 of this curious series broke onto Channel 4. He has a habit of […]

How Will The Walking Dead End?

By now, we have probably all seen the explosive and shocking season 7 opener. For most of us, perhaps the revelation of precisely whom Negan killed did not come as a surprise (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it). Since last season, I think there has been a general feeling that The Walking Dead had become […]

Why Alicia is Already My Favourite “Fear The Walking Dead” Character

Like its father show, Fear The Walking Dead is proving itself every bit as high quality as I’d hoped it would be. I am slightly behind the US broadcast, so I haven’t quite seen all episodes yet. All this season I have been split on who my favourite character is. By Amc Fear The Walking […]