SOPHIE WATCHES | Humans (2015), 1.04, 1.05 & 1.06

Narratives converge! Mattie stands up to rape culture! Niska rebels! Backstory is revealed! Read about all this and more in my recap of episodes 1.04 – 1.06 of ‘Humans’.

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THOUGHTS N’ SHORTS | STAR WARS EPISODE IX, ‘SUPERGIRL’ & ‘ORPHAN BLACK’

This week, news of a rewrite for Star Wars Episode IX hit the headlines, stoking the fires of speculation, whilst The CW’s boss found himself in a peculiar position, defending a controversial character on one of his network’s shows.  And if you’re not up-to-date on the latest episode of ‘Orphan Black’, be sure to watch it before reading my spoiler-heavy thoughts on the latest major development in the series.

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The delightful absurdity of ‘Alien Covenant’

What could have been a onenote sci-fi / action romp is instead elevated by a sub-plot involving a character so operatically offbeat, so comfortable in his idiosyncrasies, that he offers a welcome distraction from the tedium of yet another generic monsters-in-space offering.  David the egocentric synthetic steals the show and defies the odds, to make ‘Alien Covenant’ one of the most unexpectedly memorable sci-fi blockbusters in recent times.

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SPOTLIGHT | Specificity of Identity, and Bisexuality in Malinda Lo’s ‘Adaptation’ & ‘Inheritance’

In the many exchanges between characters in Malinda Lo’s novels ‘Adaptation’ (2012) and ‘Inheritance’ (2013), rather than shy away from labelling, the narrative embraces specific terminology in order to promote conversation – for both its characters and its readers.

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