Category Archives: Television

BSG 3.14 Ms King

Battlestar Galactica 3.14 The Woman King

Helo investigates a doctor tending to civilian refugees that may be harming Sagittaron patients.


OK, everyone stop the main storyline for an episode about medical ethics. The fact that the doctor is new and becomes in dispute with Helo means he is a disposable character. Guess he is guilty and can leave at the end of the episode.

 

 

Dr Who 10.0 Oxygen

Nardole accompanies the Doctor and Bill to a space station to answer a distress call. Most of the crew have been killed by their smartsuits, robotic spacesuits capable of independent movement which are the only source of oxygen on the station, forcing the TARDIS crew to don spares.


It’s good to be back in space. There is a good first act as we establish what’s happened (Zombies in Space). Then in the final act, in a single scene the Doctor appears to solve everything and _snap_ he is back at university. What just happened ?

 

BSG 3.13 Worries

Battlestar Galactica 3.13 Taking a Break from All Your Worries (2007-01-28)


Baltar is interrogated aboard Galactica, while a makeshift bar called “Joe’s” in the hangar deck becomes popular and the relationship problems of Apollo, Dualla, Starbuck and Anders unfold.


The interrogation of Baltar was never going to work. He sees himself as the hero of his won story, to admitting fault is something his ego wouldn’t do. Of course the CIA already knows this.

As for the breakdown in the two relationships, I could do without. This is science fiction, not a soap opera !

 

24 Legacy

24: Legacy is an American television series created by Manny Coto and Evan Katz for the Fox network. The series is a spin-off of 24 which was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. It premiered on February 5, 2017, serving as the lead-out program for Super Bowl.

Consisting of 12 episodes, the show follows the life of war hero Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) using real time method of narration. Miranda Otto plays Rebecca Ingram, the former head of the now revived Counter Terrorist Unit in Washington, D.C. Set three years after the events of 24: Live Another Day, it adheres to the real time concept of covering the events of a 24-hour period and begins and ends at 12:00 p.m. However, like its predecessor, there is a 12-hour time jump within the final episode.


First, it’s good to see Miranda Otto since her Eowyn days. Unfortunately the show doesn’t match its predecessors. This is only 12 episodes and feels like half the story. Because of this there are less twists and improbable turns. So allover less satisfying than previous series.

 

Dr Who 10.04

Knock Knock

David Suchet

Bill and five students sign a contract with a mysterious Landlord to live in his manor house. After helping Bill move her things in, the Doctor becomes suspicious of the nature of the Landlord. A number of the students mysteriously disappear and the group are separated. The Doctor along with Harry, one of the students, discover a strange cockroach-like creature which the former nicknames “Dryads”.


There is is nice build up of tension and suspense as the strange incidents in the house unfold. Then in the final act with a twist it turns into a tragedy. Not really a satisfying ending for a horror genre episode.

BSG 3.12 Rapture

Battlestar Galactica 3.12 Rapture

The human-Cylon standoff over the mysterious Eye of Jupiter has reached a breaking point. On the algae planet, D’Anna, Baltar, Brother Cavil, and a team of Centurions prepare to assault the Temple of Five, where the Eye supposedly lies hidden.


It’s always amazing how the principle characters survive impossible odds because of plotonium. Minor characters are quickly killed, never to be remembered. It looks like Lucy Lawless has left the show. At the end of the two episodes it looks like everyone is back together again. Damn.

 

BSG 3.11 Jupiter

Battlestar Galactica 3.11 The Eye of Jupiter

While collecting algae on a barren planet to use as food, Tyrol discovers the Temple of Five, built by the thirteenth tribe. However, a tense standoff ensues when the Cylons arrive looking for the temple.


After a shaky start involving too much religion, things start to heat up to a good tension as the crew of Galactica head for a stand-off with the Cyclons over an imagined icon. It may not be there, but given the conventions of narrative fiction probably is. Chekov’s Jupiter is waiting.

BSG 3.10 Passage

Battlestar Galactica 3.10 The Passage (2006-12-08)

When the fleet’s food supply is contaminated, Galactica’s pilots must lead the ships through a hazardous star cluster. Meanwhile, Kat must suddenly confront a dark secret from her past.


The “physics’ of this episode make no sense at all. In space nothing is too big to go around. And how does the civilian ships protect themselves from radiation ?
The secondary story about Kat is just unnecessary and feels tacked on to fill the time-slot.

 

 

BSG 3.09 Unfinished

Battlestar Galactica 3.09 Unfinished Business

In order to ease tensions among the crew, Galactica holds boxing matches between various crew members, while flashbacks detail Apollo and Starbuck’s falling out on New Caprica.


What a waste of an episode. We get to see a sport I don’t care about and numerous flashbacks. It just revises an old love triangle. They must have run out of money for space battles.

 

 

Dr Who 10.03 Ice


In “Thin Ice’ the Doctor and Bill find they have arrived in London in 1814. They find themselves on a frozen Thames, during a frost fair. They dress in period clothing to set out and explore, unaware the TARDIS’ sensors have picked up a large life form under the ice.


A rather thin plot with little excitement, intrigue or danger (apart from the ice).