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Stephen Hunter-Dunn, Director General of MI5, informs Montague of intelligence suggesting a terrorist plan to attack Budd’s children’s school, in retaliation for his foiling of the train bombing.

The attack on the school is prevented by a police ARV, but the terrorists manage to detonate the bomb in the street, killing three police officers.

Budd’s family is relocated to a safe house, and although he is removed from Montague’s detail, she has him reinstated.

Montague’s car comes under sniper fire that kills her driver, but she and Budd survive due to the car’s armour plating. Budd pursues and corners the sniper.


After the first episode, it looked like the second would slow down and focus on the politics. Another terrorist attack ups the action and puts Budd in the middle. What does not work is the sex between the main characters… WHY ??

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Bodyguard is a British television drama series, created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions for the BBC. The six-part series stars Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes.

The series is set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a heroic British Army war-veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working as a specialist protection officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned to protect the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics stand for everything he despises.

Police Sergeant David Budd, an Afghanistan War veteran, is on a train to London Euston when he foils a suicide bomber’s plot to blow up the train. Due to his actions, both terrorist suspects avoid being shot, enabling them to be arrested. His heroism results in his promotion to serve on the detail of Julia Montague, the Home Secretary.

This came recommended from a Radio NZ TV reviewer. Terrific start as Budd talks down a terrorist.


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The Shannara Chronicles – Season 1

The Shannara Chronicles is an American fantasy drama television series created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It is an adaptation of The Sword of Shannara trilogy of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. The series was filmed in the Auckland Film Studios and on location elsewhere in New Zealand.

This is undoubtedly epic fantasy; sweeping vistas, multiple races and an evil arising to destroy all that is good. Not difficult to see why Brooks is seen as a cheap knock-off of  Tolkien.

So while the sets, special effects and costumes are top notch, the story is  a bit generic. Too many times the ‘heroes’ are saved by a deus ex machina, luck or just bad planning by the opposition.

Manu Bennett is having fun as the Druid Allanon, brooding and rising phoenix-like several times. John Rhys-Davies (Gimli in Lord of the Rings) conveys the weight of his character, the king.

Jed Brophy (Nori in Lord of the Rings) is buried in makeup as the evil villain. The rest of the cast are generic good looking Hollywood actors.

As it has been decades since I read some of the books, there were still surprises to be had. So not bad, and worth moving on to season 2.

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The Good Place 3.08 – The Worst Possible Use of Free Will

This is mostly a throwback to a previous reset where Eleanor falls in love with Chidi. Then it’s all about free will vs determinism.

This episode seems to cover ground we have traveled.

At the end, Shawn and Vicky travel to Earth via an illegal portal.

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Better Call Saul 4.10 – Winner


The final in the last broadcast series. Series 5 has been green-lit and should appear next year.

Kim helps Jimmy’s appeal by arranging public displays where he feigns grief for Chuck. Jimmy participates in interviewing Chuck’s scholarship candidates and connects with one whose past includes shoplifting.

At his appeal, Jimmy speaks extemporaneously about how he wants to bring credit to the McGill name if he’s allowed to practice law again. His appeal succeeds, and even Kim believes him, but he reveals it was a con, and his declaration that won’t practice under his own name stuns her.

Mike intends to kill him, so Werner calls his wife at the airport and convinces her to return home, after which Mike shoots him.

Gus shows Gale the nearly completed lab, constructed according to Gale’s design.

Until the next season, sometime 2019 it’s bye from Saul.


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Better Call Saul 4.09 – Wiedersehen

Wiedersehen is German for “See you again”. Now I am getting up to date as this was originally aired on October 1, 2018 in the United States.

This starts with another elaborate scam by Jimmy and Kim who surreptitiously replace approved plans for a Mesa Verde branch in Lubbock, Texas with plans for a bigger building.

Jimmy answers the questions eloquently at his reinstatement hearing, but his application is denied.

Lalo visits Hector and improves his communication ability with a concierge bell Lalo kept as a souvenir. This will be the bell we see in Breaking Bad.

Werner’s crew blows up the rock preventing construction of the elevator and celebrate that their work is almost done, but Werner misses his wife and escapes.

Rainer Bock as Werner Ziegler

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Better Call Saul 4.08 – Coushatta

Kim enlists S&C employees in Huell’s defense and indicates she’ll bury Suzanne in paperwork. Jimmy takes a bus ride, writes supportive mail for Huell, and enlists passengers to help.

This is Kim’s scheme, and it looks like a lot of money and effort to keep Heull out of jail. She does appear to be enjoying herself.

A fully-healed Nacho is more prominent in the Salamanca organization, and trains Domingo to take a hard line with dealers who don’t meet their quota. “Lalo” Salamanca arrives to aid in running the business.

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The Good Place 3.07 – A Fractured Inheritance

Eleanor’s Mother and her boyfriend

Eleanor gets to confront her mother, Donna about what an awful mother she was.

In Budapest, Tahani attempts to make amends with her annoyingly successful sister, Kamilah.

I didn’t buy Leslie Grossman as Eleanor’s mother. Leslie is 47, Kriseen Bell 38 only nine years younger. And Dave, the new father-in-law played by Andrew Daly is also 47. The Tahini story was better.

This episode was a bit slower and lacked the pacing of previous episodes.



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Better Call Saul 4.07 – Something Stupid
In a time jump sequence of several months that advances the series to early 2004, Jimmy and Kim are shown to be drifting further apart.

Kim’s arm has healed, and to Jimmy’s chagrin she thrives at Schweikart & Cokely, with Mesa Verde’s expansion continuing and Kim finding time to work on the pro bono criminal defense cases that give her satisfaction.

Jimmy plans his return to practicing law, including searching for an office. His business re-selling prepaid phones on the street continues to grow, and he increasingly uses his “Saul Goodman” alias.

Starting to get the sense that Kim is not that happy in her job. Maybe  it is not what she wanted.

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Better Call Saul 4.06 – Pinata
Kim juggles Mesa Verde work with pro bono criminal defense cases, and Jimmy struggles financially during his suspension.

Kim joins Schweikart and Cokely, enabling her to handle both Mesa Verde and criminal cases, but disappointing Jimmy, who realizes the death of his dream to re-start the Wexler-McGill office.

Jimmy uses his $5,000 inheritance to buy prepaid cell phones for street resale.

Mike creates secret living and recreation facilities for Werner’s crew, who begin constructing Gus’s meth “superlab”.