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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.

Reduk Topa

Space Team: The Hunt for Reduk Topa
(Space Team #12)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2019)


Cal signs-up to star in smash-hit game-show, The Hunt, confident of winning a big cash prize.

This is a total unashamed rip-off the the Schwarzenegger 1987 film The Running Man  Fortunately Cal knows the show, references it and plays to the narrative.

This makes a book more action-adventure  than the previous comedic science fiction stories.

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.



by Ainsworth Pennington (2015)

From the Funny Book Company, makers of the Howard of Warwick series comes a story of science and scandal.

When Professor Marcus Heighly’s particle accelerator does something quite unexpected to a small piece of lead, a whole world of possibilities explodes in front of his eyes. He is forced to take a long, hard look at his professional standards and his moral compass – and bury them both in the woods at midnight.

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.



Hermitage Murder

A Murder for Brother Hermitage
(The Chronicles of Brother Hermitage Book 12)
by Howard of Warwick (2018)


At the monastery of his Hermitage’s friend Abbot Abbo, a young, naive and bookish monk is killed in chapter 1.

Surely not?

It can’t be.

This time we are aware (kinda) of who the murderer is. Then it’s s fiendish plot by conspirators to finish off Hermitage and end the series. Unfortunately they employ a less than capable assassin. He screws up not one, but to two assassination attempts.

But not to worry, Hermitage Wat and Cwen are coming along to save the day. That is, it they can agree how to do that.

Still more bungling humour as the trio make their way through another murder. Just how many people will be left in England when this series ends ?



Elling @ Court Theatre

Written by Simon Bent
Based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Starring Mark Hadlow and Ross Gumbley

Elling is anxious. Always. He also suffers from neurotic tendencies, has bouts of dizziness and prefers not to go outdoors.

Kjell Barne is in his forties and a career virgin. He is a gentle giant, fiercely loyal and really, really wants to have sex.

These two middle-aged misfits have been given an ultimatum: make it work living together in a state-sponsored apartment in Oslo, or return to the institution where they met – this time for good. It’s an ultimatum that’s not so easy for the co-dependent pair; Kjell wants nothing more than to find a woman in the outside world, while budding poet Elling is afraid to leave the house.

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