Lost in Space 09

Lost in Space 09 – Resurrection


Will tries to signal his father using simple radio, convinced he survived the explosion.

Another strange tech blooper. If Will can contact his father in space, why can’t he contact the Resolute ?

Dr. Smith drives herself and Maureen to the alien wreck, and tells Maureen she didn’t know Maureen was needed for the ship launch, and when she knocked her out, the ship exploded. She does promise helping Maureen get her kids off the planet, if she in return helps Dr. Smith with the alien ship.

Will discovers that the rocks he collected in the cave are petrified biomass that can fuel the Jupiter ships to reach the Resolute.

Another case of people doing stupid things. The crew should have been looking for fuel replacements as soon as they landed.

Judy uses GPS to track Smith and Maureen. She manages to disable Dr. Smith, but the robot reactivates and is revealed to obey the Doctor’s commands.

Again, stupid Judy fails to secure a prisoner only to find Smith recovers within minutes and the robot uses science/magic to restore himself.


Star Wars: Solo

Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is a 2018 American epic space Western film directed by Ron Howard and based on the Star Wars character, Han Solo.

It is the second of the Star Wars anthology films, following 2016’s Rogue One. A stand-alone installment set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.

This is a big budget space adventure. Where the first trilogy was about mythic tropes (the hero’s journey), this is just a big adventure.

It is surprisingly dark in colour. Where the second trilogy has lots of day-glo colours, this is darker than any previous films. There is a lot of characters in shadows, dark halls and underground. A bit more light would have helped.

Lost in Space 08

Lost in Space 08 – Trajectory


Maureen is now the know-it all and tries to stop an impossible launch of a spacecraft. But it’s her action-man husband that jumps aboard and stops the flight.

Dr Smith gets put in the slammer after her alias is discovered, but they should have put tape over her mouth to avert the coming catastrophe.

Meanwhile, Don & John pilot a lighter ship to reach the Resolute in orbit. It all ends unexpectedly. It seems that this will be the first and only new series of the show.

It’s still not clear why they can’t communicate with the resolute. Even now, handheld devices can communicate with GPS satellites. So why not 40 years later?



Lost in Space 07

Lost in Space 07 – Pressurized


Maureen finds a watermark on the gun belonging to their 3D printer, and Will confirms the robot made it and he had hidden the gun under his bed. His parents note that everyone had been through their Jupiter at some time and anyone could’ve taken the gun; Smith directs their suspicions to Victor.

While driving, John and Maureen flee a geo-phenomenon and end up stuck in a tar pit into which the vehicle slowly submerges. To escape the vehicle, Maureen uses the helium weather balloon to create a shielded path to the surface.

OK – this is pushing physics to the limit and beyond. To create the pressure necessary to displace the tar, would have crushed the human body. The problem was they stayed chatting for too long and should have immediately attached the winch cable to a tree. Even stranger is why they would enter the vehicle as it was sinking and not just jump free ?

Dead Water

Dead in the Water
(Dan Deadman Space Detective #3)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)

Banished to a dangerous underground hostel network, Dan becomes embroiled in a mass-murder investigation that will take him from the bowels of Down Here to the depths of the ocean. As the clues run out and the case collapses around him, Dan discovers a sinister plot that could wipe out two whole civilizations, and plunge the planet of Parloo into an endless bloody war.

After a rather ordinary #2, this novel zings and zips with more life. The banter between the characters is wittier and there is more  twists and turns to the story. A much better book, and the ending hints at the next novel with Cal Carver.


Lost in Space 06

Lost in Space 06 – Eulogy

Maureen tells her family about the black hole but is afraid the other colonists might panic.

John has a heated argument with the other survivors about the robot. In the end, despite an enraged Angela claiming it killed her husband, John convinces the community to allow the robot to stay and takes Will on a hike to discuss Will’s responsibility for the robot’s actions.

Don also retrieves identification of the real Dr. Smith, later showing Judy. Maureen learns that Hiroki also knows the planet is dying.


Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool.

The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy.

In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.

The sequel to the 2016 original is bigger, longer has more bad language and action appropriate to the larger budget ($58m vs $110m)

It’s good to see a young kiwi actor Julian Dennison in a big film, but by the end he just gets annoying and you wish he was added to the death count.

The film suffers a bit from the excessive script, often stopping for conversations, jokes and meta-analysis of the genre. Better to keep the action going and the jokes and references flying by.

Unfortunately, by the third act when things should be reaching a climax and a quick wrap up, things just go on and on. This could have been edited from 2hrs to slightly shorter first film (1:48). It gets just too melodramatic and lacks the satire and bite of the first film.


Lost in Space 05

The surviving colonists build a light tower to try to signal the Resolute.

Maureen, noticing strange weather phenomena, conducts an experiment using a weather balloon. She discovers the sun is paired with a deadly black hole, and that the disturbances will only get worse until the planet gets entirely unhabitable.

A decent episode that slowly moves multiple plots along.

That is, until a confrontation with a CGI creature and the robot turns up  in the nick of time for a neat CGI battle. Dr Smith beginning to look like an ineffective villain, wandering around and poking into everyone’s business.


Royal Wedding


Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Date: 19 May 2018 (Midday)
Venue: St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Groom: Prince Harry (b 15 Sept 1984 – 33)
Bride Meghan Markle (b 4 Aug 1981 – 36)

On the morning of the wedding, Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred upon him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

On her marriage, Markle became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated at the wedding using the standard Anglican church service for Holy Matrimony published in Common Worship, the liturgical text of the Church of England.

Lost in Space 04

Stuck without fuel, the family initiates Jupiter 2’s colonization expansion protocol.

Don West and Angela are rescued by the Watanabe family; Hiroki Watanabe reunites with John and Maureen at Jupiter 11 where Judy treats Angela. She tells Judy about the attack on Resolute.

The Robinsons learn none of the other surviving families can fly due to the giant eels consuming fuel. John notices that one crash site is not a Jupiter ship. Maureen, John, and Don go there and discover the Resolute’s comm dish.

They realize the Resolute can’t hear them. Maureen also discovers contraband whiskey that Don smuggled aboard.

Judy confronts Will about the robot, and he reveals he knew it attacked the Resolute. They decide to hide the robot in a nearby cave, unaware Smith is following them.