Veep 5.2

Veep Season 5 Episode 2 – “Nev-AD-a”

Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard try to win the presidency for Selina in Carson City, Nevada. Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley, aka “The Eagle”, and, after nudging out Tom James on the newly created banking task force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird.

Meanwhile, Mike tries to get healthy before his baby arrives but it backfires; Kent investigates Sue’s age; and Amy and Dan share a charged moment, which is interrupted by her sister, Sophie.

Richard: These are from the president’s last set of precinct changes for the recount challenge?
Dan: Yes, and the changes before that and the changes before that. She’s changed her mind more times than a frickin’ child molester at Disneyland.

Mike: You are looking at a guy on the master cleanse. I feel amazing.
Ben: What in the lunatic fuck is the master cleanse? Sounds like Nazi domestic policy.

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Veep Season 5 Episode 1 “Morning After”

The day after the Election, Selina begins wooing congressmen before the vote in congress that will decide her presidency, while dealing with a plummeting stock market, a new “stress-pimple” and Chinese hackers.

On the night after the election, Selina discovers a possible road to victory in Nevada.

Meanwhile, Amy must figure out if she is back or not; Catherine kicks off a behind-the-scenes documentary project; Mike announces that he and Wendy are adopting a baby from China; Dan considers a new career; Richard is proven to be very useful and Cliff returns as Jonah’s new assistant.

Selina leads a symposium on race, that quickly turns bad. Again, Bill Ericsson is scapegoated.


Bill: Can I just say one thing..
Kevin: Yes, Goodbye

Ben: The three Ss, ma’am, strength, stability and bullshit.
Selina: Honey, it’s Yemen. Life gives you Yemen, you got to make Yemen-ade.

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The Thick of It 4.7

The Home Office has cut police numbers, created a huge backlog of arrest paperwork, and managed to blame DoSAC for the enormous queues at police stations. At Malcolm’s suggestion, Dan Miller gets sent on a fact-finding mission to the local cop-shop to press the flesh, in the belief that it will make the Government look unresponsive. Or does he have another motive?

The Final Episode.


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The Thick of it 4.6

In an hour-long special, the coalition government, the civil service staff of DoSAC, and the opposition find themselves under the scrutiny of the Lord Justice Goolding Inquiry into Mr Tickel’s death and the practice of leaking in politics.



The Thick of it Special 2007
“Spinners and Losers”

When the PM resigns, the government go berserk over one night looking for a successor who is not Tom. Will Malcolm spin out of control?

This takes place over one night. Apparently everyone stays up to plot the rise of the replacement PM. It’s better than the first special and shows the futility of those wrestling with the levers of power.

This is where I leave the show and return to season 5 of Veep. After that, the combination of the two that is the 2009 film ‘In the Loop’.


ST:D 1.10

Star Trek Discovery Episode 10 ‘Despite Yourself’

It looks like the Doctor is dead ‘He’s Dead, Jim’ ! And the crew is trapped in an alternative universe…..  It’s ………

Somehow familiar……….

So all the setup about the Klingon war has been blown aside as we travel an alternative  universe.  The Terran Empire is portrayed, fairly unashamedly, as a “Trump-verse” with chrome knobs on. Its denizens are boorish, despotic barbarians against whom the galaxy’s non-human races are allied. The Americans should love this.

errans’s preferred means of attack, one suspects, is an all-caps twitter tirade.


by Joseph R. Lallo (2016)

Philo Middleton wasn’t having a very good day. It began with him waking up strapped to a chair inside a strange, high-tech chamber. His mind was wiped clean, even his own name unfamiliar to him. And yet somehow things went sharply downhill from there.

The Author writes in his Intro (abbreviated)

Some ideas just don’t fit anywhere. Maybe they are too comedic. Maybe they bend the rules of a setting a little too far. Maybe, let’s face it, they aren’t very good. I’m sure plenty of people can just throw these ideas away and move on, but I’ve got a terrible habit of fixating on something until I get it written down.

To solve the “stubborn bad idea” problem, I started a Word document on my computer labeled The Bad Idea Exercise. I would jot down, or sometimes even flesh out, the awful ideas that I couldn’t get past.

I’d decided I’d scrape the best of them together into a patchwork setting and start putting them out once a week, unedited and free, for anyone who wanted to read them. I called the result Between.

The Bad Idea Exercise continued to grow, and eventually I realized I might just have the dots necessary to connect into a complete story. I hope you enjoy this, the literary equivalent of turning spoiled milk into tasty cheese, because it was a riot to write it.

What he has ended up with is a very long (203k word) novel that hangs together surprisingly well. It contains elements of science fiction and fantasy, but it all comes under the ‘imaginative fiction’ genre. So I’m not sure why he thinks this would be difficult to sell. It could be compares to Terry Pratchett or Simon Haynes. There is a lot of comedy in the story, especially between the main characters.

Philo is a human dumped in a strange land. Trixie  is a Demoness with attitude and Trill a three headed snake.  They eventually get to solve problems and try escaping.

The main problem is the novel’s length. With a good editor it could have been halved in length and would sell well in the ‘Comic Fantasy’ genre.


Love This Way

Love My Way   by The Psychedelic Furs was released in 1982 is a long term favorite and recently got into my head again.

To get it out I searched out cover versions of the song.

Here is what I found………

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The Thick of it 4.5


The unravelling of the key-worker housing sell-off policy forces both Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion onto the defensive, and thus begins a race for the moral high ground. But the more they try to spin the story, the bigger the scandal becomes.


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The Thick of It 4.4


Malcolm’s patience with Nicola Murray’s leadership is at an end. As Nicola is stuck on a train on the way to Bradford with a crew from Sky News, and with Ollie in hospital recovering from an appendix removal, Malcolm hatches a plan with Ollie, Ben Swain and Dan Miller to double cross Nicola, and force her to resign