Jurassic W2

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film and the sequel to Jurassic World (2015).

Directed by J. A. Bayona, it is the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series, as well as the second installment of a planned Jurassic World trilogy.

Starring:
Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, A Navy veteran and former dinosaur trainer for Jurassic World.
Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing.
Toby Jones as Gunnar Everso (An auctioneer)


A PG13 Monster movie. You can see where the editors cut back the gore to keep within the classification. So while there is a lot of action, it isn’t scary, or horror. There are a lot of generic bad guy minions getting killed and eaten. There is some science fiction themes, but by the third act, it’s just evil industrialist vs the good guys.

Enjoyable while it lasted, but ultimately forgettable.

Biggest

The Biggest
(Court Theatre)
Written by Jamie McCaskill
Directed by Ross Gumbley
They’re out of their depth

It’s been a while since Walter, Pat and Mick have seen Stu. He’s been absent from the local working men’s club since Stu wrote off the new boat he spent his life savings on and landed himself in a wheelchair.

Reunited, the men seize the opportunity to enter the local fishing competition to win Stu a replacement boat. All they have to do is catch the biggest fish.

Easy, right?


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Cat Flaps

Enemy at the Cat Flap
(Space Police #5)
by David Blake (2018)
The Mayor of London’s cat has gone missing, and it’s up to Capstan and Dewbush to find it. But when they discover an ancient cat flap that for centuries has been used as a gateway to another planet, what starts off as a bog-standard missing pet case soon becomes something altogether more sinister.


Not much to add without giving away the plot. Yet again Capstan & Dewbush prove themselves to be the Laurel & Hardy of future crime fighting. David Blake just keeps writing new books without any reduction in quality.

Cosmos #3

The episode begins with Tyson describing how pattern recognition manifested in early civilization as using astronomy and astrology to predict the passing of the seasons.

The origin of comets only became known in the 20th century due to the work of Jan Oort and his hypothesis of the Oort cloud.

Then the collaboration between Edmond Halley and Isaac Newton in the last part of the 17th century in Cambridge is described. This would result in the publication of Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

Halley’s contributions are mentioned, including determining Earth’s distance to the sun, the motion of stars and predicting the orbit of then-unnamed Halley’s Comet using Newton’s laws.

The episode ends with an animation of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies’ merging based on the principles of Newton’s laws.

Edmund Halley

Cosmos #2

Tyson describes both artificial selection via selective breeding, using the example of humankind’s domestication of wolves into dogs, and natural selection that created species like polar bears.
The Ship of the Imagination shows how DNA, genes, and mutation work, and how these led to the diversity of species as represented by the Tree of life, including how complex organs such as the eye came about as a common element.

He covers the five great extinction events that wiped out numerous species on Earth, while some species, such as the tardigrade, were able to survive and continue life.

The episode concludes with an animation from the original Cosmos showing the evolution of life from a single cell to humankind today.

 

Feast

Feast
(Hunger #2)
by Jeremiah Knight aka Jeremy Robinson (2016)

The sequel to Hunger

Racing against this impending outcome, Peter Crane and his family attempt to reach a laboratory in Boston, where a slim hope of saving the human race from extinction exists. But before heading northeast, they must visit the swamps of South Carolina’s Hellhole Bay to find a scientist who can help undo the damage done by ExoGen, the corporation that created and unleashed RC-714.


Where the first book was a road trip, this is more like a siege. The team take refuge at a bio-dome. They they get split, all the characters look to be converging for a final all-out battle.

This is even better then the first, thanks to a more complex plot and changing motivation of the characters.

But things end abruptly, as this is the second of a trilogy and despite the third (Famine) due in 2017, it has yet to turn up.

Hunger

Hunger
(Hunger #1)
by Jeremiah Knight  aka Jeremy Robinson (2015)

Desperate to solve a global food shortage, ExoGen scientist Dr. Ella Masse oversees the creation and release of RC-714, a gene that unlocks millions of years of adaptation and evolution, allowing crops to use long dormant junk DNA to rapidly adapt to any environment. The world’s food supply grows aggressively, occupying every inch of earth, no matter how inhospitable. World hunger is averted. Humanity flourishes. RC-714 is digested, absorbed and passed on.

Peter Crane and his son Jakob survive the Change, living in their family farmhouse and eating non-ExoGen food from a biodome, one of many provided by Ella Masse, who discovered the ramifications of her breakthrough too late……


It’s a post-apocalyptic thriller, with bio-genetics gone wrong creating monsters. Of course it’s also just an excuse for to take a monster filled road trip across America. And it’s action all the way. Our hero is ex military (of course) and there may be a love interest.

Yet another recommended read from Robinson.

 

 

Cosmos #1

This 2014 series featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson is a re-creation of Carl Sagan’s original series from 1980. Tyson opens the episode to reflect on the importance of Sagan’s original Cosmos, and the goals of this series.

Then it’s into the “Ship of the Imagination”, for a reflection on our place in the universe. Just when it’s getting a bit vague, he concentrates on the persecution of Renaissance Italian Giordano Bruno who challenged the prevailing geocentric model held by the Catholic Church. This is illustrated by a hand-painted animation.

Then he is using the concept of the Cosmic Calendar to provide a metaphor for this scale. The narration describes how if the Big Bang occurred on January 1, all of humankind’s recorded history would be compressed into the last few seconds of the last minute on December 31. An old device, but it works to set the stage.

Produced by Seth MacFarlane and Brannon Braga (Star Trek) with music by Alan Silvestri.

 

Retail Robot

Rise of the Retail-Bot
(Space Police #4)
by David Blake (2018)

Meanwhile… Dewbush finds himself falling in love with a retail-bot who’s in illegal possession of a sense of humour. But when she’s recalled by her manufacture for immediate decommissioning, Capstan suspects they may have darker motives for wanting her silenced.


Stranger, sillier and with more nuts. This is even better then the previous one. Dewbush seems to have dropped in IQ, along with the villains. Yet again the team find themselves in a life and death situation solved by the obvious (to anyone but themselves).

Recommended.