This page is my Greatest Hits. These are the pieces I’ve written that I feel are my best work and where I accomplished everything I set out to. Several of them are long-form essays rather than standard articles and posts, and this archive is here so that when they drop off the “most recent articles” on the front page they’ll still be easily accessible. If you’re new to my website, this could either be a great place to start, as this is my best work, or the worst place to start, as many of these pieces are longer than my usual output and kind of unrepresentative of the website as a whole.
Regardless, I hope you’ll check out these articles and essays at some point.
The same rules apply as on the homepage – in order to read the article you’ll have to click or tap on the title or the image, not the little excerpt.
“I found Dr Pulaski an interesting character and a welcome addition to The Next Generation, even though not every aspect of her characterisation succeeded or achieved its intended objectives…” Read more Dr Pulaski – a character study
“Luke Skywalker suffering from depression is not what fans wanted or hoped to see, but not only is it an incredibly powerful story, it’s one that many fans needed to see, whether they realised it at the time or not…” Read more In defence of Luke Skywalker
“Is it any surprise that Trekkies outside the US and Canada turned to piracy to access the series? If it’s literally unavailable any other way, and there is radio silence on when it may become available, what choice to fans have?” Read more Star Trek: Lower Decks and the ethics of piracy
“For the franchise to survive long-term and remain viable, it needs to step away from the original trilogy for the first time. New films and shows, whenever they may come, should look at wholly new characters in a setting and even time period that’s distinct from what came before…” Read more Star Wars needs to move on
“The song was – perhaps understandably – rejected by several record labels. According to the story they took one look at it and turned it down hard. But the members of The Firm were convinced they had a winner, and at their own expense funded an initial release of 500 copies…” Read more Star Trekkin’ – a number one hit!
“I wanted to take a moment to defend the decision to categorise gaming disorder/video game addiction as a separate condition, because I feel that too many people who don’t really understand the topic had a knee-jerk reaction to attack it…” Read more On the subject of gaming addiction
“One thing I’ve learned from reading reviews, criticism, and fan-made re-writes over the last few weeks is that practically everyone has a different take on which point was the worst…” Read more Further thoughts on Game of Thrones
“The question I’m asking today is simple, but the answer may be complicated: was Game of Thrones’ final season so badly-received that it essentially extinguished any support the show had?” Read more Where did Game of Thrones go?
“The BBC charter – which includes the television license – is renewed every ten years. The last renewal was in 2017 and will thus expire in 2027. There is ample time for the BBC to make extensive arrangements to find an alternate method of funding…” Read more Television licensing is outdated and needs to stop
“I wanted to take a look at the phenomenon for myself and give my thoughts on how the franchise is split, some of the possible causes, and what that split could mean for the franchise going forward into the 2020s and beyond…” Read more “Old” versus “New” Star Trek