I shall watch you, now. I have spoken.

So, with the psychic weight of a second lockdown here in the UK settling upon our collective shoulders, I finally decided to liven up the family’s viewing during the monotony, and purchase a Disney+ subscription.

Now I know there are lots of less than reputable viewing options to nab the Mandalorian online, but I think I’ve reached the point in my life where I’d rather see the first live-action Star Wars TV series on a decent screen in its full 4K glory, rather than a locked-down tablet where I have to play click-tennis with dodgy pop-ups advertising distinctly un-Disney material every couple of minutes, while my anti-virus software has a general breakdown over all the attack warnings it is fielding.

This will be a one-off annual purchase as matters stand because the only other content is a load of Disney/Pixar movies we’re all too old for at Chez Hunt, Star Wars and Marvel flicks we already have on DVD, and the musical for Hamilton (my wife thanks you, Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Should the Mouse machine start to make with some of those long-promised Marvel TV series such as the likes of WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier, etc. I may – perish the thought – become slightly more ‘sticky’ as a subscriber.

But at the moment, Mando notwithstanding, your original content is thinner than the atmosphere of the gas giant Kol-Iben’s estuary moon, Trask.


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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