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Top 5 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager


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Ah, Star Trek: Voyager. In many ways the middle child of the Star Trek family (for reference, TOS would be the father, TNG the mother, DS9 the angsty eldest child, and ENT the runt of the litter). There’s nothing out and out wrong with it, but you’ll find few of the rabid evangelists that haunt the fanbases of earlier shows.

Well, there’s a fair following for Seven of Nine, but I think they’re only really interested in Jeri Ryan’s…  Let’s move on.

Voyager took the lessons of Deep Space Nine and applied them to the ship-based format of The Next Generation. The overarching storyline is there in the ongoing journey home, but the episodic, exploration is also there. Invariably we get one or two episodes a season where they almost get home, but don’t quite.

And on the way, there were many episodes which lived up to the very best of Star Trek.

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Top 5 horror films for Halloween


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Welcome to Halloween.

Welcome, also, to too much sugar, pumpkins everywhere, and endless debates about whether or not it constitutes the Americanisation of British culture (answer: nobody cares).

But all of that misses the point. Halloween is not about any of that. Halloween is about horror films. The TV listings are jammed with them, Netflix have a “Halloween film” section, and HMV have been doing a roaring trade (I imagine) in the classics since about mid-October.

So here’s my contribution to the mix. My top five horror films, for your enjoyment. Enjoy.

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Top 5 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation


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Star Trek: The Next Generation was my very first encounter with science-fiction. Literally, when I was five, six, maybe seven I first saw an episode of the second son of Gene Roddenberry, and from then on I was hooked. Really, my whole addiction to SF and started there.

I sometimes have to remind myself just how ground-breaking a show this was. It broke boundaries of the time in the way that the most cutting edge shows today do. And it beat Apple to the iPad by over a decade —  strangely a source of no small pride to me.

It had its poorer episodes, as with all shows. But it had some real gems amongst its 178 episode run. Below are my own personal top five, and an bit by way of explanation of why I rate them so highly.

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