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.
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.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1)
by Becky Chambers (2014)
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war…..
Read for the Sword and Laser May selection.
I only finished this because it’s a S&L selection. Otherwise I would have stopped about 1/3 way through. It’s well written, and sets up an interesting universe. Then… nothing much happens. There are a number of episodes that involve members of the crew. But there is no accumulation to an interesting ending. It just stops.
I’m not the only one who found this very average:
Luke Burrage’s Audio Review
Penguins of Madagascar is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated action comedy film. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own adventure. Apart from the main characters, it is unrelated to the similarly named TV series.
- Tom McGrath as Skipper, the leader of the penguins.
- Chris Miller as Kowalski, the brains of the penguins.
- Christopher Knights as Private, the rookie of the penguins.
- Conrad Vernon as Rico, the loose cannon of the penguins.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Classified, a British gray wolf and team leader of the North Wind.
- Ken Jeong as Short Fuse, a Belgian explosive and demolitions expert harp seal and a member of the North Wind.
- Annet Mahendru as Eva, a Russian snowy owl and the North Wind’s intelligence analyst.
- Peter Stormare as Corporal, a Norwegian polar bear and a member of the North Wind who serves as the muscle.
- John Malkovich as Dave, a villainous and disgruntled octopus who has the human disguise of Dr. Octavius Brine.
- Werner Herzog as a documentary filmmaker.
- Danny Jacobs as King Julien XIII, a ring-tailed lemur.
- Andy Richter as Mort, a mouse lemur.
Space Team: Song of the Space Siren
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)
Cal Carver and his Space Team may have lost their ship, but they haven’t lost their knack for attracting trouble.
Just hours after setting foot on a new planet, Cal and the crew find themselves caught up in an interplanetary kidnapping plot. Reuniting the suspiciously-silent young victim with her parents on their far-off home world will make Cal rich beyond his wildest dreams. Unfortunately, half the pirates and bounty hunters in the galaxy have the same idea, and they’re more than happy to take the girl by force.
The fun continues. Things go awry and the series just keeps getting better.