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Deep State 2

Max’s son Danny either has a Transporter, or some serious plotonium. He leaves a burnt out car and is told to head out towards some hills. Next thing, he turns up in Tehran.

Meanwhile the wife is on a hit list, only to get away at the last second. It looks like members of MI6 attending a conference of their superiors act like no other civil servants I have heard of.

And who is the MI6 agent that appears to work for the other side ?
Don’t they do personell checks before employing people.

And still the plot thread ‘three days ago’ persists. This is starting to get annoying and the whole story looking too implausible.

Deep State 1

Deep State is a British television espionage thriller series, written and created by Matthew Parkill and Simon Maxwell, that first broadcast in the United Kingdom on Fox on 5 April 2018. The first eight-part series, which began filming in May 2017, stars Mark Strong as Max Easton, a former Field Agent for MI6 who is recruited back into the field.


Episode 1 (Old Habits)
The start is a real cliche of the thriller genre . Max Easton (Strong) is and ex MI6 agent, living in France with a wife and children. Events in the Middle East prompt his old boss to bring him back in to solve a problem. Harry has been killed and it turns out he is Max’s son.

Meanwhile his wife is the suspicious type and finds out what his old job really was. This I found hard to believe. If he has been with her since the birth of the oldest daughter (about 10) it’s surprising it took her this long. Maybe she is part of the conspiracy ?

 

Break Bad S5

Breaking Bad Season 5

 

The fifth and final season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 15, 2012, and concluded on September 29, 2013.

This season caused me problems as I had purchased what I thought was the complete season, only to find that I only had the second part. After getting the first half, I watch it through, repeating some of the later episodes..

Creator Vince Gilligan….

Said that he wanted to tell the story of how Walter Mitty became Scarface. And with the help of Bryan Cranston he succeeds. It’s only in the final episode that Walt becomes self aware of his own motivations. Terrific ending, only spoiled because I had seen an episode of Mythbusters that tested Walter’s machine of destruction.

 

 

Not TREK

The TOP TEN lines you’ll never hear on
Star Trek: The Next Generation

  1. Worf: Klingons do *not* play tiddlywinks!
  2. Picard: It’s too bad we don’t live in an enlightened, civilized era
    like they had in the twentieth century.
  3. Geordi: Did you hear Wesley almost got kicked out of the academy again? They caught him smoking pot!
    Data: (looks puzzled) Pot? (brightens) Ah. Marijuana – a narcotic
    obtained from the hemp plant. Cannabis. Weed. Mary Jane. Grass. Reefer. Panama red…
  4. Troi (to someone she is counseling): You’ve obviously mistaken me for someone who cares! Now get out!
  5. Worf: Ouch! I got a paper cut!
  6. A Starfleet Admiral: Don’t worry about it, Picard, there’s plenty of other ships in your quadrant.
  7. Riker: Not tonight – I have a headache.
  8. Worf: Do we have to beam down right now? The Smurfs are on subspace T.V.!
  9. Geordi: We’ve modified the warp coils by reversing the polarity of the inverse geometric phase integrator and adding a broad-band neutrino flux generator to the hyper-magnetic field controls. Riker: What will that do? Geordi: Not a damn thing, but it sure as hell *sounds* impressive!
  10. Picard: Oh, screw the hailing frequencies. Fire all phasers!

Break Bad S4

The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011.


In this season, Walter really goes to the dark side. People get shot, stabbed and (ultimately) blown up.

Things seem to end with the death of a main character, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the next season.

 

Break Bad S3

This is the season where things get darker. Walter and Jessie indulge in deception and murder. At the end they are fully on-board as full-time meth producers.

 

Break Bad S2


Breaking Bad
Season 2

The second season Breaking Bad premiered on March 8, 2009 and concluded on May 31, 2009.

The blue crystal meth craze thickens as Walt begins to realise his actions have much bigger consequences than expected…

Things take a darker turn ad Jessie gets hitched up with his landlord then takes them down death road.

Walter copes with surgery and a new baby, but at the end he has lost the trust of his wife. And John de Lancie (Q in Star Trek) makes an appearance as an Air Controller, only to be the one with the biggest impact at the end of the season.

Things are getting interesting, especially as Hank appears to be closing in on the pair.

 

Break Bad S1

The first season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on January 20, 2008 and concluded on March 9, 2008. Season one was to consist of nine episodes, but was reduced to seven by the writer’s strike.

Cast

Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, learns he has terminal lung cancer. Desperate to secure the financial future of his family (his wife Skyler is pregnant, his son Walter Jr. has cerebral palsy) the 50-year-old leaves his second job at the car wash and teams up with a former student named Jesse to make and sell meth.

“You know the business. I know the chemistry,” he tells his new partner, who declares Walt “a damn artist” after sampling the first batch cooked in their Winnebago/mobile-drug-lab.


The first season begins the downfall of Walter White. The drama doesn’t have the pacing of a crime series, it’s slower, like an evolving drama. But by the end we can see the tracks laid down for what must conclude with the death of Walter. We just don’t know when (and by what means).

Cosmos #13

The episode begins by noting how the destruction of the Library of Alexandria lost much of humanity’s knowledge.

 

Tyson then proceeds to describe the discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess through high-altitude balloon trips, where radiation increased the farther one was from the surface.

Victor Hess

 

Swiss Astronomer Fritz Zwicky, in studying supernovae, postulated that these cosmic rays originated from these events instead of electromagnetic radiation.

Fritz Zwicky

 

Zwicky’s theory was confirmed by the work of Vera Rubin, who observed that the rotation of stars at the edges of observable galaxies did not follow expected rotational behavior without considering dark matter.

Vera Rubin with John Glenn

 

Tyson describes Carl Sagan’s role in the Voyager program, including creating the Voyager Golden Record to encapsulate humanity and Earth’s position in the universe.

 

Voyager I looked back to take a picture of Earth from beyond the orbit of Neptune, creating the image of the Pale Blue Dot.

 

The series concludes with the empty-seated Ship of the Imagination leaving Earth and traveling through space as Tyson looks on from planet Earth.

 

Cosmos #12

This episode explores the nature of the greenhouse effect (discovered by Joseph Fourier and Svante Arrhenius), and the evidence demonstrating the existence of global warming from humanity’s influence.

There is not much new to be found in this episode for anyone familiar with the topic.

 

However he does mention Augustin Mouchot’s solar-driven motor in the 19th century.

 

And Frank Shuman’s solar-based steam generator in the 1910s.