Category Archives: Television

ST:D 2.04

Star Trek Discovery 2.04 An Obol for Charon

A mysterious sphere takes Discovery out of warp while the ship was en route to intercept Spock’s trail that was given to him by Number One. The sphere locks Discovery in place. The fungal parasite latches on to Tilly during the chaos caused to the ship while in status.

This episode just seems so pointless. It’s like a throw-back to the original series where the enterprise encounters a menace battles it, only to find it’s not what it appeared to be.

The bug and Tilly was also weird, so much for conservation of mass, as the thing is both on her arm and then encloses her. Maybe she has gone for good.

It also looks really weird to have Captain Pike in an orange command uniform, walking with officers in more modern looking uniforms.


STD: 2.03

Star Trek Discovery 2.03 Point of Light

Amanda Grayson arrives onboard Discovery with a stolen copy of Spock’s medical records from the psychiatric facility he has voluntarily entered.

Captain Christopher Pike orders Commander Michael Burnham to decrypt the files. The files include Spock’s drawing of a “red angel”, an image he often drew as a child.

Klingon Chancellor L’Rell introduces Ash/Voq to the baby son she and Voq had together. Klingon House leader Kol-sha threatens to kill Ash/Voq and L’Rell but they kill Kol-sha instead with the help of Philippa Georgiou.

This on really feels like some in-between episodes with multiple plot threads being set up for later pay-back (hopefully).

ST:D 2.02

Star Trek Discovery 2.02 New Eden

with Jonathan Frakes (director)

Discovery, following another mysterious stellar signal, uses the Spore Drive and arrives at a planet with a previously unknown human population; evidence suggests that their culture dates from the time of World War III.

An away party including Captain Pike, Burnham, and Joann Owosekun investigate and discover a primitive society with a religion combining multiple human faiths; a few citizens preserve tales of the war. Much of the action takes place within the settlement’s church.

A better episode, this captures some of the spirit of the original show and Next Generation.


ST:D 2.01

Star Trek: Discovery 2.01 – Brother

En route to Vulcan, the USS Discovery receives a distress call from the USS Enterprise. Captain Christopher Pike takes emergency command of the Discovery, explaining that the Enterprise was investigating seven mysterious signals when it was catastrophically damaged.

New season, new combination of characters. However it all feels a bit stilted and lacking in energy. Hopefully things will pick up.


Good Girl 1

Good Girls is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Jenna Bans that premiered on NBC on February 26, 2018.

The series follows three suburban Detroit mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of having everything taken away from them so they decide to rob a supermarket, only to discover that they’re in for more than they bargained.

The only actor I know of was Christina Hendricks who was on Man Men and voted sexiest woman in the world in 2010 by Esquire magazine.

The show was recommended by the Radio NZ film reviewer, so I gave it a go. This probably would not have been made if not for Breaking Bad. It’s similar in that characters are on the wrong side of the law, and some change sides. Also, there are no real “evil” characters to act as plot devices and set the plot.

The best thing about the show is it’s pacing and plot turns. Almost every episode ends with a mini cliff-hanger and anticipation for more.

Everyone is  is good, although at times the secondary characters outshone the leads. Then just when I had completed the 10 episode series it was announced that series two would broadcast in a months time.



IO Last

In the near future, human activity has turned the atmosphere toxic, killing all animal life and a majority of humans. The remaining population now resides in a makeshift colony aboard a space station orbiting Jupiter’s moon, Io.

A woman wanders around a desolate landscape, retreats to her mountaintop home and tends her garden, bees and corresponds with a friend on Io. Nothing much happens.

Then a man turns up, he has apparently been sent to pick her up for the last flight to Io. Nothing much happens, then the film ends.

It looks like the story has potential to go somewhere, be unexpected or reveal some unknown truth. But no, it’s just a film-maker trying to be ‘arty’ and make some unknown message to other arty film types.


Norsemen is a Norwegian comedy TV series about a group of Vikings living in the village of Norheim around the year 790. It originally premiered in Norway in October 2016.

The series is recorded in the village of Avaldsnes in Karmøy municipality, Rogaland, Norway, and it was recorded simultaneously in both Norwegian and English-language versions.

An interesting premise that looks ripe for comic relief. It’s very Monty Python in style and tone. The trouble is, Monty Python was 40+ years ago  so transplanting  to modern television could be a problem.

Initially there are some good comedic scenes, the one where  a servant talks an executioner out of removing his head is very reminiscent of the ‘Bring out your dead’ scene from Holy Grail.

Unfortunately they don’t keep up the pace, and by the end of the second episode it has the feeling of a second rate British comedy from the 1970s. I haven’t got any further.


Travelers S3

The central story is the conflict with travelers who have formed the ‘Faction” and decided not to take orders from an AI.

Only 10 episodes long, there is a lot of plot, however in the end it doesn’t come down to much as at the very end, everything is ‘reset’.

At this time, no indication if there will be a season 4.



Good Place 3.13

The Good Place 3.13 Pandemonium

(End of Season 3)

Failing to rouse Michael, Eleanor poses as the Architect and welcomes John. But Tahani realizes John is a gossip columnist who tormented her.

The second new resident is Simone, Chidi’s ex Australian girlfriend.

Chidi believes he will be unable to avoid contaminating the experiment, and asks Michael to erase his memories of the same time period.

Rather sweet and touching episode as Chidi sacrifices his memories so the experiment will not fail.

Then Janet goes and ruins everything be revealing the meaning of ‘everything’ (not 42)


Travelers 2.09-12

The end of season 2 is about Traveler 001 Vincent Ingram and his strange success at undermining the FBI and the Traveler Team to bring every thing to a close. All this depends on a set of circumstances that at times defy belief.

So while it provides for compelling TV, lots just doesn’t stack up. And most of his agency depends on a large number of unthinking thugs willing to do his bidding.