Battlestar Galactica 2.06/7 – Home (2005-08-19/25)
In the episode, Starbuck returns to the human fleet bearing the Arrow of Apollo. President Laura Roslin leads a team to the surface of Kobol to find the Tomb of Athena and a map to Earth. Commander William Adama overcomes his anger at Roslin and her allies and joins them on Kobol, where the Tomb provides a clue to Earth’s location. The fleet is reunited.
According to executive producer David Eick, who wrote Part 1 and co-wrote Part 2 with executive producer Ronald D. Moore, “Home” is more about character development and relationships than about story. The episode received favorable critical review.
Moves the story forward, but with little action.
Battlestar Galactica 3.05 The Farm (2005-08-12)
In the episode, Cylons capture Kara “Starbuck” Thrace and hold her in an abandoned hospital, where they are performing experiments with human reproduction. Starbuck escapes and leaves Caprica to return to the human fleet. Commander William Adama returns to command of the fleet, but President Laura Roslin persuades almost a third of the fleet to follow her back to Kobol.
According to executive producer Ronald D. Moore, the production process for “The Farm” was one of the most contentious of the second season.
Starbuck’s portrayal in “The Farm” has attracted academic study. Critical reaction was mixed.
This episode manages to actually present a Science Fiction theme – the role of women in a post-apocalyptic society. Then it just throws it away as we know Starbuck (a main character) will ultimately return to the fleet. It would have been interesting if it has involved a female that really had an option.
SecondWorld (SecondWorld #1)
by Jeremy Robinson (2012)
Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood.
Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.
Another cracking fast paced thriller. This time it’s Nazi’s – not on the moon but in a vast city beneath the ice. While the physics diverts substantially from reality, it’s a big save-the-world fun ride.
Battlestar Galactica 2.04 Resistance (2005-08-05)
Marines fire on civilians following Colonel Saul Tigh‘s declaration of martial law. President Laura Roslin and Lee “Apollo” Adama escape Galactica, Commander William Adama recovers, and Specialist Cally kills Galactica-Boomer. On Caprica, Starbuck and Helo join a human resistance group led by Sam Anders.
More examples of lots of shooting but nobody gets hit. These ‘soldiers’ are useless shots.
Discovered the podcast “Battlestar Recaptica”
It’s re-watching the whole series and is up to S2 E19. Starting to listen from the beginning of series 2.
Battlestar Galactica 2.03 Fragged (2005-07-29)
On Kobol, Crashdown leads an ill fated assault on a Cylon missile battery. Gaius Baltar frags Crashdown, to Head Six’s approval, shortly before the survey team is rescued. On Galactica, Colonel Saul Tigh’s gambit to discredit President Laura Roslin fails, and he declares martial law.
Finally, Baltar get to shoot someone and become a better character. And Tigh finds what it’s like to have a job he doesn’t like. Suddenly this show is getting better, mainly because the conflicts are between humans.
Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. The film had its US premiere on October 10, 2014, at the New York Film Festival and its UK premiere on October 17, 2014, at the BFI London Film Festival. The film features Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, and was co-produced by Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky, with Steven Soderbergh and others serving as executive producers. Citizenfour received critical acclaim upon release, and was the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars.
Despite being a documentary, this is a surprisingly tense movie. While I knew in general what was happening, and what would happen it remains engaging throughout its length. It successfully merges TV reports and location shoots into a story that mainly takes place in a hotel room. The only reservation I have is that occasionally it stops to observe Snowdon doing very mundane things, when I could be getting on with the story.
Once Upon a Curse (The Tales of the Frog Princess #3)
by E.D. Baker (2006)
Many years ago a slighted fairy placed a curse on a beautiful young princess–a curse that caused her and all her female descendants to turn into mean, ugly witches if they ever touched a flower after turning sixteen. Now, Princess Emma, who is about to turn sixteen herself, is determined to break the spell once and for all. Emma travels back in time to the day the curse was placed on her ancestor in the hope of preventing the curse from being cast.
This is the third in the series I have read. The first two were witty, clever and humorous. This was due to the reversing of fantasy tropes and general light tone of the story. Unfortunately this story just didn’t lift off in the way the first two did. It reads like a very average Piers Anthony style adolescence fantasy. Maybe other books in the series are better, but this one just needed more work.