BSG 3.01 Occupied

Battlestar Galactica 3.01 Occupation (2006-10-06)


The third season premiere and 34th episode of the re-imagined American science fiction drama television series Battlestar Galactica. The episode was written by re-imagined creator Ronald D. Moore, and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

The Cylons are in their fourth month of a military occupation on New Caprica, where the majority of the human population are residing. A resistance movement is trying to drive the Cylons away. Meanwhile, Admiral William Adama continues his plan to rescue everybody there.


It seems that the producers of BSG just want to repeat American wars. First it was all the Vietnam war movies, now it’s the Iraq war.

It’s been four months on the planet. So why are people living in tents not buildings. Was there a settlement plan. Did everyone go down to the planet ? And where did they get all the resources to build. A lot an unanswered questions. So it’s more intrigue than action  that moves this along.

 

BSG 2.19/20 Burdened

Battlestar Galactica 2.19 & 2.20 Lay Down Your Burdens

Part 1
With the presidential elections weeks away, a new discovery could turn the entire election around. Meanwhile, Starbuck leads a team back to Caprica to rescue the resistance fighters.

Part 2
With the elections underway, Starbuck returns from her mission along with a Cylon who delivers an unexpected message to Adama and Roslin.

Splurt Search

Space Team: The Search for Splurt
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

The third in the series (so far).

Cal Carver, petty-criminal turned space adventurer, is on a suicide mission – and he really hates suicide missions. But this time its to save his best buddy, Splurt, who has been taken prisoner by the evil Zertex corporation.

BSG 2.18 DDL

Battlestar Galactica 2.18 Downloaded (2006-02-24)


The episode takes place alongside the rest of the re-imagined series, with 49,579 human survivors left in the Fleet. The episode primarily details the lives of two specific Cylon models after their apparent destruction who were declared Cylon heroes. One model is “Caprica-Six”, the copy of Number Six who was responsible for disabling the Colonial defense system prior to the events of the miniseries. The other model is Sharon “Boomer” Valerii, a sleeper agent who was a member of the crew of Galactica.


This episode, from the POV of the Cyclons makes a nice change. Lucy Lawless is back and in great form. The episode was universally well-received despite its unconventional format.
The episode was nominated by the World Science Fiction Society for the 2007 Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, an award that was won by the Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace”.

BSG 2.17 Cap Hand

Battlestar Galactica 2.18 – The Captain’s Hand


Apollo, freshly promoted to Major, is assigned to the Battlestar Pegasus to assist her new captain, Commander Barry Garner, the ship’s former senior engineer. When two Pegasus Raptors sent out on a routine training mission by Captain Starbuck disappear from DRADIS, Commander Garner places all blame on Starbuck, implying that she is negligent.


A bit of action, a bit of morality (re abortion) and the removal of another major character (the Captain of the Pegasus). It feels too little of each plot. This would have been better is one of the plots was expanded to the full episode.

 

BSG 2.16 Sacrifice

Battlestar Galactica 2.16 Sacrifice (2006-02-10)

In the episode, Dee spurns Billy Keikeya and goes on a date with Lee “Apollo” Adama at a bar. An armed group takes control of the bar, demanding the captive Cylon Sharon in return for the lives of their hostages. Lee is badly wounded when Starbuck attempts a rescue. Billy is shot and killed saving Dee just before a team of Marines raids the bar and rescues the remaining hostages.


Good to see the Dana Delany get a role. She does well, but the episode is very formulaic. They do get to kill off a major character, but apart from that it doesn’t move the plot forward.

Critical reaction to “Sacrifice” was lukewarm. Moore discussed his own disappointment with several aspects of the episode in his podcast commentary on the episode.

Furious Fate

 

The Fate of the Furious (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 8 and Fast 8, and often stylized as F8) is a 2017 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. The Fate of the Furious follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel) who has settled down with his wife Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez), until cyberterrorist Cipher (Theron) forces him into working for her and turning against his team.


When they solve the mysteries of the universe, there is just one thing left. Why is Vin Diesel a movie star ? He mumbles all his lines, has no physical presence and no charisma.

It’s just a good thing that Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Charlise Theron are in this film. Theron  exudes evil and appears to be having fun. Dwayne has got a suitable pumped body and hard attitude for the role. And Jason Statham is just plain cool at taking out the bad guys.

Don’t bother about physics, inertia, gravity and logic. They all get thrown in the back seat as this plot revs up to a suitably over the top ending featuring a nuclear submarine.  It’s also surprisingly funny. But there is little tension until the final sequence where just about everything explodes.

 

Dr Who 10.01

Dr Who 10.01 “The Pilot”

The Doctor and Nardole have occupied themselves under the guise of a university professor and assistant. Bill Potts is called to the Doctor’s office, where Bill becomes the Doctor’s student. Bill becomes intrigued by a student named Heather. Heather asks her to inspect a puddle, asking her if she can see what’s wrong with her reflection. The Doctor investigates the puddle, and notes that it is not a reflection, but something mimicking them. Bill returns to her flat, and is chased by a moving body of water, appearing as Heather. She runs to the Doctor’s office, forcing him and Bill into the TARDIS. The Doctor moves the TARDIS, where he and Nardole check on a guarded vault. The TARDIS lands again in Australia, where the Doctor admits who he is. The Doctor takes them to another planet and into the future, then decides to have it chase them through a Dalek battle. Heather assumes a Dalek’s likeness. Bill convinces Heather to let her go, and it melts away. The Doctor and Bill return to his office, where he attempts to wipe Bill’s mind but she stops him. As Bill leaves, she finds the Doctor waiting with the TARDIS.


I kept thinking I misheard the woman’s name, but it is ‘Bill’ (?). Are we going to Black Adder territory here (a woman hamed Bob ?)

What I liked was the slow building story and the unknown quantity that was the ‘puddle’. Once the ‘monster of the week’ has been established, it’s up to the Dr to save the day. But the jeopardy is simply fixed by Bill. A bit of a let-down really. Still, it’s nice to see that the Daleks are still around. If they could just EXTERMINATE and replace the last few pages of the script.

I did like the score and sound design. Even recognized a bit of Joy Division’s ‘Love will tear us apart’.

According to reviews, Bill is lesbian. Something I didn’t get from the story. Just because she looks for a female friend, doesn’t imply a sexual motive.  Or maybe I don’t understand women.

 

Vajazzled

Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle
by Barry J. Hutchison (2016)

After saving an alien race and its god from a sentient zombie virus, Cal Carver and the crew of the Dread Ship Shatner are feeling pretty pleased with themselves.

Unfortunately, the creator of the zombie virus is out for revenge, and has recruited the galaxy’s deadliest – and oldest – assassin, Lady Vajazzle, to hunt Space Team down. But when Vajazzle discovers the crew is under the protection of a species known as the Greyx, she is forced to implement a Plan B so diabolical it threatens to plunge the entire star system into chaos.

With time running out, Cal must find a way to outmaneuver and outgun the galaxy’s greatest killer before she murders his friends, butchers the Greyx, and buys the whole galaxy a one-way ticket to total annihilation.


This is much better than the first in the series. Firstly, there is more plot. The humour is better balanced between the narration and the character interactions. And it’s a fun read. Recommended.

Ghost Shells

Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in the near future where the line between humans and robots is becoming blurred, the plot follows a woman who has her brain placed in a cyborg to become the perfect solider.


Visually stunning, detailed and vibrant. This film looks great. And… that’s about it. The story covers very old science fiction themes (what is a human). So story-wise, not that interesting. Little character interest and too much reliance on action and stunts.