Electric Dreams: “Safe and Sound” (Hot Take)

Let’s get straight to the point– this episode is brilliant. Following the narrative of a fifteen-year-old girl named Foster as she and her mother move to the east coast as special diplomats, what begins innocuously enough as a young girl wanting to be accepted by her peer group, soon balloons into a tense thriller. Charged…

Black Mirror: “Black Museum” (Hot Take)

I heard a lot of hoopla about the season four finale. Obviously, I was looking forward to watching the episode myself. I was surprised, then, when three-quarters of the episode were just half-finished episode ideas that never got off the ground. This being the case, I was even more surprised when the final chunk of…

Black Mirror: “Metalhead” (Hot Take)

Metalhead is an interesting episode because I both love and hate it. I love the unrelenting and bleak narrative of a world (territory?) gone wrong in the pursuit of imperialist plunder, but I hate the super-sentimental narrative. Like, I really hate it. A lot. The narrative just doesn’t make any sense. Here we are in…

Electric Dreams: “The Hood Maker” (Hot Take)

It is a cop drama! Yea? I have always felt ambivalent about police dramas, especially riffs on the buddy cop sub-genre because there is always the usual beats: old and experienced cop becomes partnered with a newbie, that newbie has something that makes them different, the pair find that they work well together, break in…

Electric Dreams: “Crazy Diamond” (Hot Take)

After the previous episode, “Human Is”, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot for this episode, especially not after the description of some lonely man meeting– in these exact words– a femme fatale. I was expecting something very route and mundane. Well, well, well… wasn’t I wrong. In terms of artistry, this feels like the nucleus of…

Black Mirror: “Hang the DJ” (Hot Take)

Once more, season four of Black Mirror… spoilers. So… I’m not quite sure where, to begin with, this one. Ultimately, it is supposed to be an allegory for modern dating. And it does that allegory well… to an extent. Okay, back up: I liked the episode up until the reveal. The reveal that everything that…

Electric Dreams: “Human Is?” (Hot Take)

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this episode, but for the sake of making an argument, let’s just dive into the following points. As far as I am concerned, Amazon’s gives away too much in the episode description. This is a problem in big-budget productions, especially with super-hero film trailers, but here…

Black Mirror: “Crocodile” (Hot Take)

Continuing where we picked off yesterday, I am here to say this about season four of Black Mirror: it feels done over. [spoilers] What I mean by that is that as I am watching the new episodes alongside my buddy, I find myself thinking quite often about how so-and-so concept has already been done in…

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC Version)

I recently broke down and bought the re-master of Final Fantasy XII on Steam. Dubbed “The Zodiac Age”, developer and publisher Square Enix has hyped up the release by offering a day one discount plus some exclusive tracks and wallpaper to people desperate enough to buy a copy in the first 24 hours of release. I…

Electric Dreams: “AutoFac” (Hot Take)

Consumerism continues to delight. Even after nuclear war decimates humanity, the mighty machines which supplied all with goods continue to roll out the savings. Such would be a great deal to the survivors if they didn’t actually need such commodities; with the massive facility taking up huge amounts of resources in producing its items, the…

Black Mirror: “Arkangel” (Hot Take)

I just watched “Arkangel”, the second episode of Black Mirror season four. Overall? It wasn’t bad. (Minor spoilers?) I am not enthusiastic because there isn’t really a whole lot to say. It isn’t the worst episode of Black Mirror but it is hardly the best; you won’t cringe watching it like the one where the Prime Minister…

Electric Dreams: Ep.1: Real Life (Hot Take)

I just watched the first episode of Amazon’s new series Electric Sleep, based off of various works by Philip K. Dick. Some have been calling the show a rival to NetFlix’s Black Mirror. After seeing the first episode for myself, it is hard to disagree. Much like Black Mirror, Electric Sleep has an overarching theme– at…