Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Andrew Todd is a creative professional from New Zealand. As a critic, he has written for Birth.Movies.Death, Polygon, IGN, SlashFilm, among others, and takes particular interest in the common ground between cinema and video games. As a filmmaker, his work has won awards and been featured by press outlets and cinemas around the world. He currently lives in Montreal.

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 (TV Episode) For better and worse, the perfect capper to the season. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
No Score Yet (TV Episode) By its cliffhanger ending, the episode ends up a mixture of just-in-case character resolutions and heavy, heavily stupid plot setup. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet (TV Episode) Well, that was a wild hour of Star Trek. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
No Score Yet (TV Episode) The episode does nothing to calm my fear that this plotline is moving towards a Borg origin story. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
82% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - If Memory Serves (TV Episode) The scene is incredibly painful to watch, with Sonequa Martin-Green doing some of her best work yet reliving her worst memory. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
73% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Light and Shadows (TV Episode) We'd always known Spock was ostracised for his mixed heritage, but making him a cross-species equivalent of dyslexic is an entirely new wrinkle. Personally, I love it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - The Sound of Thunder (TV Episode) This is all so g--d--- human it hurts - a species consciously reorganising an ecosystem for its own benefit, using technology and violence. Oof. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
92% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Saints of Imperfection (TV Episode) A pretty efficient episode, then, finally dipping into the nature of the mycelial network, and managing to introduce Section 31. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
73% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - An Obol for Charon (TV Episode) It's very like Star Trek to centre an episode entirely around the philosophy and emotion behind dying, and very like Discovery to fill that episode with action so breakneck-paced it sometimes loses coherency. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
85% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Point of Light (TV Episode) Having a character with mixed DNA, who crucially can "pass" as one species only, is an interesting angle that hasn't specifically been explored in Star Trek. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
94% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - New Eden (TV Episode) It still makes the effort to be societally thoughtful, and utterly infatuated with science - without dismissing out of hand the role of faith. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 - Brother (TV Episode) I'm thrilled that after an initial season of soul-searching, Star Trek: Discovery appears to be getting its sea legs, so to speak. I need this. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
100% The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell: Season 1 (TV, 2018) If I hadn't made it abundantly clear, on the surface this isn't my bag. But I'm so glad my buddy recommended it to me. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet (TV, ) Inside No. 9 continues its creators' penchant for trying new things in the television comedy format, and for that reason alone it's worth a look. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
92% Preacher: Season 3 (TV, 2016) Put it this way: if Preacher's fourth season turns out to be its last, it's all set up to be an enormous blowout of a conclusion. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
70% Dark Tourist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) In its best moments, Dark Tourist is a fascinating glimpse -- if only as deep as ten to fifteen-minute segments allow -- at world cultures and histories few will be familiar with. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 (TV, 2014-2018) If you haven't seen Star Wars Rebels, you're gonna want to catch up. Much like The Clone Wars, it's got some of the strongest and most creative storytelling in the Star Wars franchise, but gets unfairly ignored by virtue of being an animated series. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
No Score Yet (TV Episode) Over the course of its second season, Westworld has also become something else: a surprisingly emotional show about existential despair. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
79% Westworld: Season 2 - Vanishing Point (TV Episode) All our major characters -- Bernard, Dolores, Maeve, William -- are on their own, now. Exciting and probably depressing times ahead. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
95% Westworld: Season 2 - Kiksuya (TV Episode) Akecheta's story is an hourlong epic spanning over a decade, making this another one of Westworld's deep dives into character history. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
88% Westworld: Season 2 - Les Écorchés (TV Episode) "Les Écorchés" is very much an escalation episode. It's full of action - not just in the "action-movie" sense, but in the sense of characters making decisions, doing things, taking action. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
No Score Yet (TV Episode) "Phase Space" introduced significant new sci-fi concepts, and developed some of its main characters in emotionally resonant ways. And that final shot: what a twist! - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
93% Star Trek: Voyager: Season 1 (TV, 1995-2001) Upon rewatch, Voyager is still a surprisingly solid show. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
95% Westworld: Season 2 - The Riddle of the Sphinx (TV Episode) Westworld was transformed, temporarily, into a different, darker, and better show this week, and boy was I here for it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
No Score Yet (TV Episode) Stories move forward, mysteries resolve or become further illuminated, and characters develop. Almost like a regular show! - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
No Score Yet (TV Episode) "Reunion" doesn't... feature anything from the military cleanup part of the timeline. But it certainly feeds into [it], bringing in extra goals and stakes for several characters. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
87% Westworld: Season 2 - Journey Into Night (TV Episode) See? We do get answers once in a while. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
92% The Last Man on Earth: Season 4 (TV, 2015-2018) Four seasons in, it's starting to become clear that when weirdos bond, they bond hard. And in a most wonderfully entertaining way. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
93% The Terror: Season 1 (TV, 2018) The Terror's ensemble cast is one of its strongest assets. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
68% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) This is a universe packed with weird, fascinating, unsettling ideas and imagery, and I can't wait to see more of it. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
78% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - Will You Take My Hand? (TV Episode) Congratulations, Star Trek: Discovery: you started poorly, and you were kinda dumb in places, but you got there in the end. I'm in with a grin for Season Two. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
76% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - The War Without, The War Within (TV Episode) The show has improved to the point where I'm actually interested in more of it. I like these characters, I like the design sensibilities (in isolation, at least), and I like people unironically wearing shirts emblazoned with "DISCO." - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
No Score Yet (TV Episode) With two episodes remaining in Discovery's first season, the show's various plot threads are starting to wrap up or converge. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
95% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - Vaulting Ambition (TV Episode) The final minutes of "Vaulting Ambition" are incendiary and shocking in ways new to Star Trek. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
81% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - The Wolf Inside (TV Episode) I'm into where Discovery is going now, and I'm glad the show is deepening its exploration of the Mirror Universe. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
66% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) It certainly delves into fascinating subject material, but its lurid execution will likely turn many viewers off. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
92% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - Despite Yourself (TV Episode) "Despite Yourself" sets up what promises to be a much stronger back half for Discovery's first season, full of drama and excitement. It's great. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
81% Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 - Into the Forest I Go (TV Episode) It doesn't even have the depth of Enterprise's Xindi arc. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
No Score Yet (TV Episode) It's the first episode of Discovery that genuinely feels like Star Trek. I really dug it, and that just further complicates my opinion of the show overall. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
No Score Yet (TV Episode) I like Kol; he's the only Klingon character with any pizzazz, and I can totally see the Empire uniting under him. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017