ST:D 1.12

Star Trek Discovery 1.12 – Vaulting Ambition

Michael and Lorca arrive at the ISS Charon, the imperial flagship, and meet Emperor Georgiou. Lorca is imprisoned in an agony booth to suffer for life for his crimes, while Georgiou has dinner with Michael and confronts her revealing she is aware that the Mirror Michael betrayed her.

Meanwhile, Stamets works together with his Mirror counterpart, who is trapped inside the mycelial network, which is ravaged by a disease. He finds what seems to be a spore remnant of Culber, and after reconciling with losing him, wakes up in his own body.

Saru tries in vain to heal Tyler who is consumed by an internal struggle between his klingon and human personalities, and eventually persuades L’Rell who saves Tyler’s body by erasing Voq’s mind from him.


Major revelation here as Lorca is not what he appears to be. Yet again, Burnham takes an unexpected decision to reveal that she is from an alternative universe. Problem is, the Emperor appears to know that already. Things are taking an interesting turn.

What’s the bet that the Emperor appears to want to rule tow universes.  Michelle Yeoh looks to be enjoying herself as the ruler.

 

 

 

 

Hail Ceasar

Hail, Caesar! is a 2016 comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett
Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum. It is a fictional story that follows the real-life “fixer” Eddie Mannix (Brolin) working in the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s, trying to discover what happened to a cast member who vanished during the filming of a biblical epic.

The last Coen rothers film I reacall liking was ‘Raising Arizona’ and that was back in 1987. It is memorable as being one of the last movies I recall with an intermission.

Despite the lavish production and big name stars, this film falls between genres. It’s a bit noir, but wanders between drama, comedy and satire. Comedy is a bit of a stretch as it fails the one laugh test.
It’s diffficult to understand the appeal of the film as it feels like a lot of sketches thrown together. It’s not that Coen Brothers can’t do good movies. Of those they have made, I have seen..

The Big Lebowski (A Rating)
O Brother, Where Art Thou ? (B)
Burn After Reading (F)
Bridge of Spies (B) .. but directed by Steven Speilberg

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 86%.
Despite positive critical reception, audiences were mixed to negative about the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “C-” on an A+ to F scale. 52% of the opening day audience were males while 84% were over 25, with both demographics giving the film a “D+” grade, while those over 50 years old gave the film a grade of “D-

This I can understand. Those with investment in the film industry will probably like this more than the ordinary public.

Fire & Fury

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
by Michael Wolff (2017)

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time.


This is being read on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration (20 Jan 2017).  Wolff is not an impartial observer. The book is an attack of everyone in the White House and those associated with them.

Not exactly entertaining, it is an insight into the working of US politics. And it’s a mess. Probably not going to be fixed until Trump leaves.

 

Veep 5.6

Veep 5.6 – C**tgate


Selina must make a difficult decision that could affect her relationship with Charlie, as the U.S. economy is on the verge of a disaster.

An article claims someone on the Meyer team called Selina the c-word, and Amy is tasked with finding out who; it later turns out that it was the entire staff; Catherine makes a shocking announcement, that she is in a relationship with her mother’s body double, Marjorie.

Ben: Ma’am, you cannot bail out Charlie Baird’s bank.
Selina: Why not?
Ben: ‘Cause that’s gonna look like you care more about your boyfriend than you do the economy, normal people, and everything else you’re supposed to care about.

Dan: From now on, Jonah, you will shut the fuck up and do exactly as I say. And if you listen to me instead of your only two brain cells that are too busy butt-fucking each other somewhere in the vast expanses of your misshapen skull, then maybe, Jonah, you might have a chance at becoming the first mentally impaired Frankenstein’s monster to ever win an American election.

Selina: What would you guys do if you had to choose between your cock and your balls?
Ben: I could lose them both. I mean, at this stage they’re purely decorative.

Veep 5.5

Veep 5.5 – Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, Selina is forced to go into hiding; A congressional race in New Hampshire could give Selina the presidency; Dan suspects Tom is up to something.

 

Veep 5.4

Veep 5.4 – Mother

The death of Selina’s mother could lead to a boost in poll numbers.

Selina deals with the repercussions of the new Chinese sanctions. Dan and Amy stage a protest just as the recount in Nevada looks more and more grim for the Meyer campaign.

[re: Selina’s team failing to stop the recount and win Nevada]
Selina: Well, maybe I’ll get assassinated.

Jonah: You can’t put a Jonah Ryan on TV like that. 18 to 34-year-old women are gonna be distracted by that.
Dan: The only thing that women 18-34 are gonna do when they see you on camera is file a restraining order.

Selina: You’re gonna cancel this recount like Anne Frank’s bat mitzvah.

 

ST:D 1.11

Star Trek Discovery 1.11 – The Wolf Inside

The ISS Discovery is given the coordinates of the resistance leadership, and ordered to kill them all.

Burnham and Tyler travel as a landing party themselves and instead surrender to the resistance in hopes of learning how the Klingons of this universe have learned to work with other species; they find that the Mirror Voq is the leader.

Burnham offers to give the group time to escape before their base is destroyed, and Mirror Sarek confirms she can be trusted after connecting to her mind.


Why Burnham thinks she can ‘save’ the rebels and accomplish her mission is not clear. It is only because the alternative Sarek is there that she survives. And how does Tyler survive ? The Discovery must be in transporter range. How does this not alert the Shenzhou that something is up?

Veep 5.3

Veep 5.3 – The Eagle

Mike must deal with the consequences of Selina’s accidental tweet. Feeling usurped by Bob, Amy begins to be troubled by his behavior. At a museum gala, Gary finds himself the belle of the ball.

To justify her tweet, Selina’s staff use the strike of Chinese hackers. Missing ballots could win Selina the presidency.

Selina: Can I really blame another country for something they didn’t do?
Ben: It’s been the cornerstone of American foreign policy since the Spanish-American War.

 

Veep 5.2

Veep Season 5 Episode 2 – “Nev-AD-a”

Amy, Dan, Jonah and Richard try to win the presidency for Selina in Carson City, Nevada. Back in D.C., Selina brings in respected Washington fixture Bob Bradley, aka “The Eagle”, and, after nudging out Tom James on the newly created banking task force, meets billionaire banker Charlie Baird.

Meanwhile, Mike tries to get healthy before his baby arrives but it backfires; Kent investigates Sue’s age; and Amy and Dan share a charged moment, which is interrupted by her sister, Sophie.

Richard: These are from the president’s last set of precinct changes for the recount challenge?
Dan: Yes, and the changes before that and the changes before that. She’s changed her mind more times than a frickin’ child molester at Disneyland.

Mike: You are looking at a guy on the master cleanse. I feel amazing.
Ben: What in the lunatic fuck is the master cleanse? Sounds like Nazi domestic policy.

Veep 5.1

Veep Season 5 Episode 1 “Morning After”

The day after the Election, Selina begins wooing congressmen before the vote in congress that will decide her presidency, while dealing with a plummeting stock market, a new “stress-pimple” and Chinese hackers.

On the night after the election, Selina discovers a possible road to victory in Nevada.

Meanwhile, Amy must figure out if she is back or not; Catherine kicks off a behind-the-scenes documentary project; Mike announces that he and Wendy are adopting a baby from China; Dan considers a new career; Richard is proven to be very useful and Cliff returns as Jonah’s new assistant.

Selina leads a symposium on race, that quickly turns bad. Again, Bill Ericsson is scapegoated.

Quotes:

Bill: Can I just say one thing..
Kevin: Yes, Goodbye

Ben: The three Ss, ma’am, strength, stability and bullshit.
Selina: Honey, it’s Yemen. Life gives you Yemen, you got to make Yemen-ade.