ST:D 1.06

ST:D 1.06 – Lethe

On his way to broker a peace deal with two renegade Klingon houses, Sarek is injured when a “logic extremist” attempts to assassinate him. Burnham senses this, and Lorca agrees to help rescue him.

Admiral Katrina Cornwell questions this decision and others that Lorca has been making.

Burnham attempts to connect with Sarek’s mind, and finds him remembering the time that her application for the Vulcan Expeditionary Group was rejected.

Sarek reveals that the VEG would only admit one of his children, and he chose Spock, his half-human son. Spock ultimately chose to join Starfleet, rendering Sarek’s decision futile.

According to the novel “Desperate Hours” by David Mack:

After she had finished her studies at the Vulcan Science Academy, and having been denied a position with the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, she had acquiesced to Sarek’s insistence that she accept a commission from Starfleet instead. He had told her that he hoped it might help her reconnect with her humanity—though why a Vulcan mentor would desire that for his protégée, Burnham could not imagine.

Otherwise, an interesting story. Not as much action, but more insight into Lorca. The trap at the ending  seemed obvious.


Brokenwood 13

The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 4 Episode 1
Fall from Grace


When Kristin, Breen, and Gina celebrate Mike’s birthday with a picnic in Brokenwood Domain, they are witness to a fatal skydiving accident. To make matters worse, Kristin knows the victim – entrepreneur Andre Barrington, an ex-boyfriend who moved onto another woman – Grace Turner, an adrenalin junkie and fellow skydiver.

As the investigation unfolds, an unsettling truth is revealed. Andre’s parachute was never going to open as the cords were severed. Was it an elaborate suicide or was Grace having second thoughts about Andre? Then again – Andre’s older brother Felix was tired of living in his shadow, and his mother Lorraine’s maternal love verged on the side of sinister. Both of them were jumping with Andre too. And what about Andre’s business partner Dean Young, who was less than impressed by Andre’s work ethic? Mike and his team are forced to confront the old adage: ‘what goes up must come down’ – but not always in the way you want.

Director: Helena Brooks
Producer: Sally Campbell
Writer: Pip Hall



Thor Rag

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This is the sequel to 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and the seventeenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Directed by Taika Waititi with a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost.



Taila Waititi gets superhero movies: They need to be big and operatic. Not serious but witty and funny. With imaginative graphics and a sweeping score. The heroes need to look like they stepped out of a Frank Frazetti poster…..

Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki are just as we expect them. Thor the white knight and Loki the trickster and liar.

Cate  Blanchett is OK as Hela, the brothers evil sister.


However Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster turns more the movie more to campy than witty. The seems to be phoning in his performance.


The best characters are Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Karl Urban as Skurge. These characters are tormented and have a character arc through the film. Idris Alba is just wasted.

This is the best Marvel Movie since Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s witty and exciting but mostly fun.




From the Bike Expo at the Air Force Museum, 43 Harvard Ave Wigram.

Here is my list of companies in Christchurch selling ebikes

Action Bicycle Club
8 Walker St

Colombo/St Asaph St

Bike Barn
245 Moorhouse
6 Chappie Place
199 Marshland Rd

Electric Bike Co
The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd

Evolution Cycles
Tower Junction, 7c Mandeville St

Goat Cycles
93 Barrington St

Hub Cycles
Shop 6, Tower Junction, Whiteleigh Ave

iCycle Electric
85 Clarence St

Push Bikes
501 Papanui Rd


Thick 1.2

The Thick of it 1.2

Malcolm is concerned that the Minister is not keeping in touch with the man or woman on the street and orders him to sort out his policy on Eastenders. In an attempt to formulate a popular new strategy, Hugh gets a very focused focus group in to tell him which one of two contradictory policies to go for.

It looks like this story comes from reality, maybe NZ as our previous PM was known for not doing anything without first employing a focus group.


by Joe Haldeman (1993)

First published in the March 1993 issue of Playboy.
This science fiction novelette is about an artist that uses a ‘skinsuit’ that enables his clients to produce works of art by their hand, but the experience and mind of the artist. An interesting idea that would seem boring until something unpredictable happens.

Venus Fur

Venus in Fur
(Court Theatre)

By David Ives
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Featuring Daniel Watterson & Jessie Lawrence

Playwright Thomas Novachek is frustrated. He’s been auditioning women all day long for his stage version of a scandalous erotic novel set in the 1800s. He’s eager to jump on the current trend of all things kinky but every woman who has walked through the door is simply not talented enough. Then Vanda arrives.

This mysterious siren who shares the same name as the lead character not only knows the text by heart but also has an uncanny understanding of who she is attempting to portray. Her masterful audition quickly escalates into a provocative and dangerous game of cat and mouse – but who will end up being eaten?

As this theatrical Pandora’s Box is opened, nothing is as it seems and the lines between acting and reality will be forever blurred.
(Text from Court Theatre)

TheatreView Review

Press Review

Video from the Broadway Production




Geostorm is a 2017 American disaster film co-written, produced and directed by Dean Devlin as his feature film directorial debut.
The film stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris and Andy García.
The plot follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites.

Despite the implication that this is some global warming post-apocalyptic thriller, it’s not. It is a very B-grade Sci-Fi action adventure with lots of CGI, a brooding non-conformist hero and simple to understand villain.

It hasn’t got great reviews (currently 11% on rotten tomatoes) and Mark Kermode described it as one of the worst he has seen.

However, if you can forget some basic science, like gravity, thermodynamics, inertia and chemistry you may be able to park your brain in neutral and enjoy the rise. There is some spectacle to be had and good action moments.

Ultimately it looks like they have tried to merge  Armageddon (1998) with Gravity (2013) and come up with something that lacks the over-the-top style of Armageddon or the tension of Gravity.



Refuge Omnibus Edition
(Refuge #1-5)
by Jeremy Bishop

Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. When thee Baptist church’s bell starts ringing—on its own, things change. The air shimmers. The night-time sky fills with a burning red aurora. The moon, previously a crescent, is now full. And just hours after dusk, the sun returns to the sky, revealing an endless desert where there was once a mountainous pine forest. Somehow, the town is in another place (or dimension)

This is five separate novellas merged into a single volume. The core characters remain, but with each episode, new characters emerge. With each ringing of the bells, the location of Refuge changes. There are five different stories of action, adventure and horror:

Book 1: Night of the Blood Sky
Book 2: Darkness Falls (with Daniel Boucher)
Book 3: Lost in the Echo (with Robert Swartwood)
Book 4: Ashes and Dust (with David McAfee)
Book 5: Bonfires Burning Bright (with Kane Gilmour)

It’s not clear how the authors collaborated, but the writing throughout is consistent and feels mainly like Robinson.

The advantage is that you get a long book (155k words) and plenty of story. The disadvantage is that while there is continuity between episodes, they don’t accumulate to a satisfying ending. There are also far too many characters and it can be difficult to remember them all. Still, there is plenty of invention and  interest to keep you reading to the end.