Con Wrath

The Wrath of Cons
(Rex Nihilo #3)
by Robert Kroese (2018)

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha are back, and they’re neck-deep in their most outrageous scam yet: selling black market planets!

Terraforming uninhabitable planets and selling them to criminals right under the nose of the repressive interstellar Malarchy is good work if you can get it, but there’s a price: as the pair’s profits soar, they find themselves on the run from… well, pretty much everybody.

This one really pushes the boat out with more plot that can be absorbed. Yet again, Star Trek and Star Wars are plundered to comedic effect. Is nothing sacred ?


Aye Robot

Aye, Robot
(Rex Nihilo #2)
by Robert Kroese (2017)

After interstellar con man Rex Nihilo hijacks a cargo freighter on a whim, he decides that he and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha have found their calling as space pirates.

But when the ship’s cargo turns out to be a cryogenically frozen religious fanatic who holds the secret to a vast galactic conspiracy, Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run from real pirates–as well as agents of the oppressive Malarchy, crazy space cultists and the Ursa Minor mafia.

More crazy stuff pinched from just about every Science Fiction franchise.

Atlantic Crossings

1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince is a fantasy computer-animated television series created for Netflix by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond and produced by Wonderstorm.

The first season premiered on September 14, 2018. A second season was released on February 15, 2019. A third season has been confirmed.

The series is set in a fantasy world on the continent of Xadia, which is rich with magic derived from six primal elements: The Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Earth, the Sky and the Ocean. However, the humans discovered the use of dark magic.

They were driven off by the dragons and elves of Xadia to the other end of the continent, where they founded the five human kingdoms. The Breach, the border between the two halves of the continent, was guarded by Thunder, the king of dragons.

After the humans killed the dragon king and his egg, war is now imminent. The elves attempt to assassinate the human king Harrow and his heir, the young prince Ezran, in retaliation for the egg’s destruction.

Excellent high/epic fantasy story. The hand-drawn backgrounds and call animation are reminiscent of the later Sierra Online King’s Quest series.

The show doesn’t have trouble taking on themes from power struggles to sibling rivalries.

And after two series, the story isn’t finished. Waiting for the third.

Starship Grifters

Starship Grifters
(Rex Nihilo #1)
by Robert Kroese (2014)

The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front – and trying to double-cross them both – may be his biggest mistake.

Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists.

Another excellent episode in the series.

Soylent Planet

Out of the Soylent Planet
(Rex Nihilo)
by Robert Kroese (2017)

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping planets dependent on shipments of synthetic rations.

When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation’s products.

Robert Kroese is a Star Wars fan. This is apparent immediately as he rips off scenes from the original film series.



Hedwig and the Angry Inch

This is the story of Hedwig and his band (Angry Inch) . Hedwig comes from east Germany, undergoes sex-change and moves to America to  becomes a rock star.

Right from the start, with the opening song  it had potential. The band sounded great (as usual for a Court Theatre production). Then we get a lot of Hedwig. Turns out the show is just about him, with minimal interactions from the band members.

This is the problem. We get a lot of his bitching, whining, angst and a few songs. For a musical there just isn’t enough music. In the second half it really drags the show down as the tone gets darker.

His ‘husband’ is played by a woman, who eventually gets her time to shine, but too late.

Adan Rennie is brilliant as Hedwig, with Phoebe Hurst as Yitzhak.

Of course, as it is about transgender issues, the critics loved it. I could do without someones sexual problems masquerading as a musical show.