Category Archives: Television

ST:D 2.09

Star Trek Discovery 2.09 Project Daedalis

Admiral Cornwell joins Discovery to interrogate Spock, and brings video footage depicting Spock murdering three people. Lt. Cdr. Airiam’s backstory is revealed.

Burnham and Spock attempt to discover why the Red Angel chose Spock, but end up arguing.

Discovery approaches a former penal colony, which is the Section 31 headquarters, and the location where the encoded message was sent in the previous episode.

The ship is damaged attempting to cross a minefield. Burnham, Airiam, and Nahn beam over to the headquarters, where they find Section 31’s four leaders that were killed weeks ago.


At last.. Star Trek gets some grit and drama as they finally get to bump off a character from the bridge, not just some red-shirt.

 

Park & Rec 4

Parks and Recreation Season 4

This season features an overarching story arc, beginning in the first episode and culminating in the finale, where Leslie runs for the city council of Pawnee.


Everything comes together for this season. The characters seem more balanced, often stepping outside their character type. And somehow Amy Phoehler becomes more lovable, the crazier she gets.

 

Idol Tran

American Idol 2019 has started.

And already a contender for the top 10 has emerged.
Myra Tran, a 19 year old Vietnamese female singer
impressed the judges with ‘One Night Only’

It’s an experienced voice,  so not surprising she had already won The X Factor in Vietnam.

 

 

ST:D 2.08

Star Trek Discovery 2.08 – If Memory Serves

Strangely, this starts with images from the original series ‘The Menagerie’.

In the episode, Spock abducts his former commander Christopher Pike, locks the Enterprise on a course to the forbidden planet Talos IV and turns himself in for court-martial where he presents an elaborate story explaining his actions.

It features these guys:

From there, it’s mainly about Spock and him explaining the ‘Red Angel’. According to Spock there is a future in which all life will be destroyed and it’s the old ‘Trust Me, I Know What I’m Doing’ trope.

An interesting turn, but apart from a fight between Hugh (previously dead) and Tyler (who killed him) not much action.

Park & Rec 3

Parks and Recreation Season 3
(Jan to May 2011)

With the Pawnee Government reopened, Leslie decides to bring back the defunct Pawnee harvest festival, the success or failure of which will determine the financial future of the department.

While working on the festival, Leslie and Ben begin to develop feelings for each other. After weeks of planning, the festival becomes a tremendous success through Leslie’s efforts.

Ann and Chris briefly date, but they break up after he returns to his old job in Indianapolis. Later, Chris returns to become Pawnee’s acting city manager and Ben also takes a job in Pawnee.

Jealous over Ron dating Wendy, Tom briefly dates Tammy Two to get even, but Ron and Tom eventually reconcile their friendship.

Andy wins April back and they start dating. Only a few weeks later, they marry in a surprise ceremony. Leslie and Ben begin dating, but keep it secret due to Chris’s policy against workplace romances.

Leslie is approached about possibly running for elected office, a lifelong dream of hers, but when asked about potential scandals in her life she neglects to mention her relationship with Ben.

 

Park & Rec 2

Parks and Recreation Season 2
(Sept 2009 to May 2010)

The pit is eventually filled in because Andy threatened to sue the city of Pawnee.

Ann breaks up with Andy and begins dating Mark, with Leslie’s approval. It is revealed that Tom’s marriage to pediatric surgeon Wendy (Jama Williamson) is actually a green card marriage.

Ron is visited by his horrible ex-wife Tammy Two (actual wife Megan Mullally), a librarian who unsuccessfully tries seducing him into allowing a branch library to be built on the filled-in lot.

A crippling budget deficit leads state auditors Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) to shut down the Pawnee government temporarily, much to Leslie’s horror and Ron’s delight.

The season ends with Tom’s shocked discovery that Ron is now dating his ex-wife, Wendy.

Park & Rec 1

Parks and Recreation – Season 1
(April – May 2009)

Parks and Recreation focuses on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee.

Local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) demands that the construction pit beside her house created by an abandoned condo development be filled in after her boyfriend, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), fell in and broke his legs. Leslie promises to turn the pit into a park, despite resistance from the parks director Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), an anti-government libertarian.

City planner Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) – for whom Leslie harbors romantic feelings – pragmatically insists the project is unrealistic due to government red tape, but nevertheless secretly convinces Ron to approve the project. Leslie and her staff, including the sarcastic underachieving materialist Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and the uninterested intern April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), try encouraging community interest in the pit project, but meet resistance.

 

ST:D 2.07

Star Trek Discovery 2.07 Lights and Shadows

The Discovery gets sucked into a time rift and is attacked by a probe which they destroy whilst escaping the rift.

Michael saves the distressed Spock from Section 31 with the help of Georgiou and finds out that his numbers which he keeps repeating in a trance are coordinates to the planet Talos 4.


At last, after all the teasing we get to see Spock. And he’s got a beard. Is he in the mirror-universe ?

A better episode, even if it does have too much techno-babble and the ‘last resort’ working first time.

 

 

ST:D 2.06

Star Trek Discovery 2.06 The Sounds of Thunder

Saru goes home and faces his former fears.

A lot better that previous episodes. And at almost an hour long, plenty of plot.

The story of the ‘Red Angel’ gets more info as Saru defines it as ‘Humanoid with technology’. We get to see his rival species the Ba’ul, and it’s very creepy. Cant’ work out if it is CGI or a puppet.

Doug Jones is excellent as Saru, giving him more authority now that he has lost his fears. Shown in a nice moment where he doesn’t yield the captain’s chair until prompted.

The only real problem was that the alien voice was very distorted, making some of the dialogue  incomprehensible.

ST:D 2.05

Star Trek Discovery 2.05 – Saints of Imperfection

This encapsulates all the thing I don’t like about Star Trek:

A crew member has gone missing. Someone has come up with a crazy scheme to get them back. Never mind the ‘needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one’. The ship is going into uncharted territory with hand waving science. In they go, the ship is at risk immediately with a strangely accurate clock ticking down to their destruction.

The rescue team, with minutes to go indulge in a ‘chat’ to retrieve another ‘dead’ crew member.   Then, deus ex machina, there is another ship that can help. And after wandering around a bit they all successfully come home.