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Good Place 50

The Good Place – Episode 50 “Mondays, Am I Right ?”

 

Michael introduces the new system to the other demons, most of whom have difficulty adapting. Vicky, however, shows skill at designing new afterlife environments and at teaching the others.

After the jam packed previous episode, this one slows down as the team attempt to get the demons on board for a new scoring system. This feels like anticipation for the finale, only two episodes away.

 

Good Place 49

While the Judge searches the Janets’ voids and marbleizes them in turn, a relaxed and confident Chidi tries to devise an alternative proposal for the afterlife that both Gen and Shawn will accept.

One of the best episodes after the Christmas break. Everything from the precious seasons is encompassed in this episode. The debate about good vs evil, crime and punishment.

And at the end it looks like everyone has come up with a plan to move forward and improve things.

All we know now is that somewhere, somehow, someone will screw things up.

And Shawn will get his revenge.

 

Lost in Space 2.6-10

2.6 “Severed”

All metal has been quarantined due to the contamination, but the Resolute becomes infected. Penny, Vijay, Dr. Smith, and the teacher are trapped by the corrosion.

Here comes the Deus ex Machina to save the day.

2. 7 “Evolution” &  2.8 “Unknown”

Maureen comes up with a plan to get the water needed to save all of the colonists from a nearby gas giant and launches a mutiny.

Well of course, only one of the main protagonists can come up with a solution. Will it work, of course, she is brilliant !

2.9 “Shell Game”

To protect himself from repercussions for his actions, Hastings plots to murder John and Maureen while they are outside the ship during the water reclamation mission.

Now that the adults are out, the kids get to play. Generally trashing the place by driving a rover through the corridors.

2.20 “Ninety-Seven”

And finally, despite all that talk of families sticking together no matter what, they separate the children out (97 of them) and stay to fight the robots.

This contradicts the ‘morality’ of previous episodes, but hey, we need a set-up for the next series !

 

Lost in Space 2.1-5

More danger for Will Robinson in Season 2.

2.1 “Shipwrecked”

The Robinsons, Don and Smith are stranded on a planet with a methane atmosphere. After a breach of atmosphere, to try to recharge the ship’s battery, they add sails to the Jupiter and try to sail to an area of electrical storm activity.

A good start, the annoying Dr Smith is sidelined in a story is at first confusing but soon resolves into a Robinson’s vs Nature story.

2.2  “Precipice”

The Jupiter remains on the precipice. Penny and Maureen to fall off the Jupiter and into the crevice.

The main plot fits with a very Asimov or A.C. Clarke hard Sci-Fi story.

2.3 “Echoes”

The Robinsons arrive on the Resolute only to find it evacuated.

Now they are on a space-ship, the writers absolutely rip off the films Alien and Aliens, down the the young ‘Newt’ like girl.

2.4 “Scarecrow”

The colonists attempt to find water, but the water turns out to destroy metal. A mineshaft collapses, trapping John.

Still keeping to the Hard Sci-Fi story, but with more of Dr Smith. It seems the writers have understood the limitations of the character and keep her plot to a minimum.

2.5 “Run”

John is injured trying to escape the well. Don discovers the metal fatigue is spread by contact. Judy steals a rover to help John, but gets stranded.

This episode is mainly about the relationship between a father and his adopted daughter. While she is a bit of a ‘Mary Sue’ in defeating multiple challenges, the plot nicely ramps up all the plot-lines to built  tension at the halfway point of the season.

Mandalorian

The Mandalorian, also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian, is an American space Western web television series that premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Set in the Star Wars universe, the series takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens.

The series features some well known actors:

  • Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, an ex-magistrate and leader of a bounty hunter guild who hires The Mandalorian to track a valuable asset.[7]
  • Werner Herzog (Director) as the Client, an unnamed man with Stormtrooper bodyguards who arranges for The Mandalorian to track a valuable asset.
  • Nick Nolte as the voice of Kuiil, an Ugnaught moisture farmer.
  • Taika Waititi (NZ Director/Actor) as the voice of IG-11,[a bounty hunting droid.
  • Amy Sedaris (unrecognizable) as Peli Motto, a docking bay attendant and ship mechanic.
  • Bill Burr (comedian) as Mayfeld, a former Imperial sharpshooter and the point man on Malk’s crew.
  • Richard Ayoade (The I.T. Crowd) as the voice of Q9-0, aka “Zero”, a droid member of Malk’s crew.

And an unknown, Pedro Pascal in the main role.

It’s a good series, having the look and feel of the original series (without the CGI overload of episodes 1-2). The story centers around a Yoda-like being who the Mandalorian protects.

While complete, at the end it does hint at what’s to come in the nest series. With a budget of $12.5 to $15 million for each of the eight episodes it shows on the screen.

 

 

 

Dragon Prince 3

The Dragon Prince Series 3

Season 2 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Season three is even better. We get the building tension of a war between humans and elves and a quest to find a dragon. It’s epic in scale but always comes back to focus on the main characters. There isn’t as much humour this time, Soren still provides most if it, and he changes and becomes more serious through the story. But his sister Claudia is the best character. She is complex and cannot be categorized (as fantasy tends to) as good and evil. So while a secondary character, her actions at the end suggest the story can continue for a fourth season.

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Brokenwood 6.4

The Brokenwood Mysteries 6.4 – Dead and Buried

A suspicious suicide in Brokenwood Women’s Prison leads Mike and the team to uncover a complex murder. And for Mike this one is personal – he knew the victim Corina Doyle from his days prior to Brokenwood.

As Mike and the team investigate they’re brought into contact with several familiar female convicts from the past: Trudy Neilson, Brenda White and Rayleen Hogg. They’re all doing their time and all up to no good.

A bit of fun casting here as women criminals from previous episodes get thrown together in the same prison. Plus, there is a decent plot involving dead fish and red shoes. Of course the person who did it I suspected from the beginning.

Director: Katie Wolfe
Producer: Sally Campbell and Tim Balme
Written by: Tim Balme

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Hughes COLIN MOY
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Reverend Greene ROY WARD
Kimberley ZARA CORMACK
Ray Neilson JASON HOYTE
Denise AROHA RAWSON
Trudy TRACY LEE GRAY
Rayleen YVETTE PARSONS
Brenda AMANDA BILLING
Corina ROMY HOOPER
Angela TEUILA BLAKELY
Kasey MICHELLE LEUTHART
Miranda LAURA HILL
CJ Walker TOMAI IHAIA
Nancy DONNA FRANKS
Jonesy TAMEKA SOWMAN VAHATAU
Shaz HELEN STEEMSON

 

Brokenwood 6.3

The Brokenwood Mysteries Episode 23
Dead Men Don’t Shoot Ducks

When an animal activist is killed on the first day of duck hunting season, Mike and the team must determine whether it was an accidental shooting, or something more sinister.

Director: Murray Keane
Producer: Sally Campbell
Writer: Tim Balme

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Hughes COLIN MOY
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Frodo KARL WILLETTS
Kimberley ZARA CORMACK
Ray Neilson JASON HOYTE
Dennis SHANE CORTESE
Tamati MARK RUKA
Walter CALVIN TUTEAO
Lance PHIL BROWN
Jenny RENEE LYONS
Don Ducker EDWIN WRIGHT
Marion NARELLE AHRENS
Ollie WESLEY DOWDELL
Tony BRETT O’GORMAN
Leslie ALEX ELLIS

Brokenwood 6.2

The Brokenwood Mysteries – A Real Page Turner

World-renowned crime-writing author Jack Rudd visits Brokenwood to give a reading at the local book club from his latest novel – but never leaves, falling victim to a method of murder portrayed in his own book.

Director: Aidee Walker
Producer: Sally Campbell

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Petra LUCY WIGMORE
Reverend Greene ROY WARD
Maxine ANNA BAIRD
Toni TONI POTTER
Lindy LILY POWELL
Hamish BLAIR STRANG

Written by Fiona Samuel

Good Place 48

Chapter 48: The Answer

 

Michael “resets” Chidi, causing Chidi to instantaneously re-experience his memories.

The whole of the episode takes place, in Chidi’s head in the micro-second it takes for Michael to snap his fingers.

During his childhood, his arguing parents reconcile after he lectures them against divorce, only to later find out they went to counselling.

As an adult, his girlfriend Allesandra breaks up with him over this obsession and his thesis adviser drops him over his lack of emotional perspective and inability to address a single meaningful question.

When he wakes and learns of the situation, he is at peace with the idea that many or zero answers may exist. He reads his note: “There is no ‘answer.’ But Eleanor is the answer.”