Xenomorphic Blues: The Future of Alien

Fresh out of the theatre, pushing against the brisk LA night air and the nausea of one unit of popcorn, my mind was abuzz with warm feelings and gruesome images. Alien: Covenant was a rare triumph, a scifi-horror film bleaker than Alien 3 and which actually provided “Horrible Things Pouncing on People.” It began in a characteristically Prometheus way, slow and borderline idiotic, but pivoted into pure monster schlock invaded intermittently by a pesky android. … More Xenomorphic Blues: The Future of Alien

Berserk (2016): “Blood Flow of the Dead”

In all likelihood, an episode like “Blood Flow of the Dead” is the best Berserk (2016) will be. This is when things come together – characters, scenarios, and they’ve had eight episodes of being slowly brought to the center. I would almost say it’s clever how things have been brought to this point, where everyone in the tower has their own skin in the game, but I still remember what show I’m watching. … More Berserk (2016): “Blood Flow of the Dead”

Berserk (2016): “A Nighttime Feast: Burning at the Stake”

For an episode with a title like “Burning at the Stake,” you wouldn’t be crazy for imagining such an event might actually occur. No, not crazy at all. And yet, Berserk (2016) simply looks back at you, with its bleach-blonde hair and colored sunglasses, cocks its head and says, “What’s wrong with YOU, bro?” … More Berserk (2016): “A Nighttime Feast: Burning at the Stake”

Berserk (2016): “Tower of Conviction”

We’re inching ever closer to the shiny object, to Guts squaring off against the new bad guy, rescuing Casca, and finally forming his party. But this inching is made difficult when still we stumble. You’d imagine that this Slowbro pace would leave the appropriate breathing room for the creative team to ensure quality, now that we aren’t zooming through events as if they have no meaning. But the reason this episode goes nowhere is because we’re starting out on a journey, the way we were in Episode 1, and that means introducing more characters. … More Berserk (2016): “Tower of Conviction”