ST:D 1.05

Choose Your Pain

On a transfer vessel from the HQ to Discovery, Lorca is abducted by Klingons. Discovery under the command of Saru, now plan to trace all Klingon vessels across the universe to identify a warp signature that can lead them to the rescue of Lorca.

Burnham is worried about the ability of the tardigrade (Ripper) to manage the multiple jumps required.

Saru chides Burnham and asks her to follow orders and do the jump. On reaching the vessel trail, Ripper is exhausted and enters into a hibernation with less than 1% water content as a means of survival.

Rainn Wilson plays Harry Mudd, and does a great job. We now know that humans with a bit of genetic modification can replace the navigator creature (the possibilities are endless).

And it appears that Burnham may be on the road to redemption.


This artist from the north-east of France has been integrating the influences of Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel-Jarre .

The best comparison is to Jarre. In fact the artist has a version of Oxygene as good as the original. Unfortunately the album appears to have disappeared  from the internet.

New PM

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician and the Prime Minister-Elect of New Zealand. She has been  the Leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017.

First elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election and has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

She is the youngest ever leader of the Labour party, but she isn’t New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister. That title goes to Edward Stafford who became Premier in 1856 and was about 18 days younger than Ms Ardern.

Thick 1.1

The Thick of It is a British comedy television series that satirises the inner workings of modern government. It was first broadcast on BBC Four in 2005, switching to BBC Two for the third series. The Thick of It ran for 21 half-hour episodes and two special hour-long episodes, as well as a spin-off film In the Loop in 2009.

The Thick of It – 1.1

Cliff Lawton MP is given the boot and swiftly replaced by Hugh Abbott and his staff. Hoping to start his tenure in a blaze of publicity he calls a press conference, but after his ‘Snooper Squad’ idea is killed, the Minister has forty minutes to come up with a new policy.

Malcolm Tucker: He’s as useless as a marzipan dildo.
(A similar quote from  Veep)



Strana 03

Strana 03 – Landscapes in Portal

Veep 4.10

Veep 4.10 – Election Night

On Election Night, Selina and her staff find their nerves growing frayed as each state result is called. Amy and Dan are on TV discussing the presidential race; Karen Collins returns.

Tom James wants to be made Treasury Secretary. Jonah and Richard work at the Meyer-James Rally. Selina is about to concede as the election is tied.

Selina: Jesus Christ, you know? You do your best, you try to serve the people, and then they just fuck you over.
Gary: Yep.
Selina: And you know why? Because they’re ignorant, and they’re dumb as shit. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is democracy.

This is the final for the season. There are seasons 5 and 6, but as they are not all out on DVD or Netflix the viewing will end here. Then it’s a hop over the pond to the UK for a look at the original.



Veep 4.09

Veep 4.09 – Testimony

The staff gives their testimony to find out who exactly was responsible for the two data breaches (HIV girl/campaign mailer) and the lobbying against the Family First Bill. Ultimately, Bill Ericsson is scapegoated; the ‘Jonad Files’ and the inappropriate touching are explored; Jason and Catherine break up.

For such a competent bunch of liars, they seem to easily fall apart when grilled in a formal setting. Maybe they don’t deserve to be in the White House.

Mr. Rakes (about Johah): Okay, maybe this will jog your memory. We have some extracts. “J-Rock, Jizzy Gillespie, Jack and the Giant Jackoff, Gaylien, Tinkerballs, Wadzilla, One Erection—”

Mr. Rakes: “The Pointless Giant, The 60-Foot Virgin, Gimpanzee, Jonah Ono, Hagrid’s Nutsack, Scrotum Pole, Transgenderformers, 12 Years a Slave to Jerking Off, Benedict Come In His Own Hand, Guyscraper, The Cloud Botherer, SupercalifragilisticexpialiDickCheese, Teenage Mutant Ninja Asshole, Spewbacca.”

Tom James: Gary Walsh, you need to understand, is a 12-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 12-year-old girl.

Bill Ericsson: Yes, I got that. I took Noticing in high school!


ST:D Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours
(Star Trek: Discovery)

by David Mack (2017)

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea.

As the author notes in the Acknowledgments:

This story originated in a request from Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller, who asked me to craft a tale that would feature both the Shenzhou and the Enterprise commanded by Captain Pike. And put Michael Burnham and Spock together. Thanks for the idea, Bryan!

So Spock and Burnham are together to defeat an unknown ship. We know that both will survive, but that doesn’t stop this from being an exciting and tense story. In the middle section, Mack holds together multiple plot lines with two away-parties, two star-ships and the government of the planet.

A good read and a precursor for the TV Series Star Trek: Discovery.


Veep 4.08

Veep 4.08 B/ill

In order to get their bill to fail, the staff tries to get Representatives to vote against it. Selina must work while sick in bed.

Gary accidentally gets everyone involved in illegal activity, because he sets up a secret meeting with Dan and Amy to persuade them to lobby against the Families First bill for money.

Ben: Good point. Dan and Amy; they’re being paid cash from the campaign fund to bring down the bill! There, you’ve been blooded, so, join the circle jerk, grab a dick.

Tom JamesEVERYONE, SHUT YOUR FUCKING HOLES!!! The president is not sick! You guys are! You’re parasites, you’re like an infestation of mediocrity! [to Bill Ericsson] I don’t care if you’re a 1950s radio broadcaster, [to Mike] you’re a Fozzie Bear that’s been ripped up and used to smuggle heroin, [to Kent] and Nazi Doctor! [to Gary] I don’t even know what the fuck you are! This is not about serving yourselves, this is about serving the president. So lets do that shall we?


ST:D 1.04

The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry

Lorca assigns Burnham to study the creature from the Glenn to find a way to use its biology as a weapon.

Starfleet orders Discovery to relieve the dilithium mining colony of Corvan II which has come under Klingon attack. Stamets is reluctant to make such a long jump using the spores, and when the drive is activated the ship nearly collides with a star.

Commander Landry is sent to keep the research on track, and attempts to sedate the creature to cut off its claw, but it escapes and kills her.

Another stupid action that leads to death.  The creature is now the navigator !

I like Captain Lorca even more in this episode. He is a real take-action guy, no-nonsense.

Meanwhile the Klingon parts are getting boring with all the sub-titled talking. They should just speak english !