The Bridge Of Lions Affair, part I
“I’m glad he is asleep and cannot hear that.”
“Perpetrating some new kind of deviltry.”
“Behold the devil gentlemen. Mr Napoleon Solo.”
“You craven nit!”
“When you and I are rotting in our graves!”
“May your progeny increase.”
“Smile, look pleasant.”
The baddies have no moral restraint. There are lots of karate chops to the neck. This was clunky and leaves you with no insatiable desire to see more of April Dancer and Mark Slate. This was not particularly engaging as Dancer and Slate have to save the day as Solo acts like he is high. Uncle has a Beirut section apparently. Slate ‘broke in’ Solo and now he breaks in April. Field Agents have to retire at 40.
The rather joyless Dancer uses this opportunity as a stage to prove herself. She’s played by Miss America 1959 and wears glow in the dark lipstick. Thrush plans its own space programme. Illya is in peril. Dancer is none too discreet. There is no regret, loss or hopes for the future. Everyone comments on how fat and old Slate is.
“The space food laboratory.”
“That radiation stuff.”
“Admiral Webster is giving a political talk at the Veterans club. Professor Webster is marching in a political demonstration in front of the Veterans Club.”
Vandal Savage is ludicrous and unnecessary. There is no tricky emotional territory. The script is not expositorily bulletproof. Jax and Kendra bore. Sara needs to brush her hair. Rip Hunter bores, the Russian mob show up and this couldn’t create even muted excitement. The gang are not a consistently discreet presence. There are ‘Prison Break’ homages. Mick and Ray are in the gulag and Ray needs to be raffled off for cigarettes.
Stein really bores. This was terrible. There is babbling about Star City being the seat of the resistance. Footage looks sped up and the script is rabidly xenophobic. There are foibles, stereotypes and causal violence. I hate these people, I hate this immeasurably terrible show and a Soviet Firestorm blows up and the ‘heroes’ kill HOW MANY PEOPLE? This show’s only distinctive trait is SUCKING! Chronos shows up in a flurry of bad sfx and this was terrible in every single way.
“They’re not dead. Yet.”
“Put your hand down.”
“American with the pretty teeth.”
“You need to cut me.”
“More drinking, less feeling.”
This was not ruminative. The overlords made Ricky sterile and yet he still treated them as his industrious betters. Kids act creepy and worryingly alien. Some people go to New Athens to live a utopia free life. This was boring and comes to a miserable depressing cruel end.
Nobody acts like anything that happened is strange. The kids have a creepy shared understanding. Jennifer views her parents with anthropological detachment. There are bad child actors and this was empathically and unequivocally terrible. The overlords reveal they began with a foundational act of hypocrisy and lies. People react with pained resignation. The Freedom League was right.
“What are we evolving into?”
“Your children can go where we can never follow.”
“Your children are no longer yours.”
“We change worlds.”
“Safe from what?”
“I see your fear.”
“Your mother needs comfort.”
“The last free city on the planet.”
“Living life the old way.”
“Your moral outrage.”
“Or a plane in need of catching.”
“We aren’t releasing a combatant of this threat level.”
“Spill like some Bond villain.”
“Their idealism will doom this planet.”
A View In The Dark
Mrs Jarvis is not unwarranted. Peggy meets Sousa’s new galpal Violet. Sousa is plaintive. Everyone loves Peggy except unreconstructed gits. TPTB have sheer determination to have Peggy be instructive and sniff out gits who are highly indicative of evil. Peggy is equally unforgiving to those who don’t meet her lofty standards. There is an existential threat to existence.
Peggy responds belatedly to Sousa and is thankless. Mrs Jarvis’ accent is wildly inconsistent. The critical assessment is that this was mediocre. There is a perfunctory plot, it is a relative impossibility for Peggy to be nice and Whitney Frost does Michelle Williams style acting in 1947.
Frost gets faint damning praise. Sousa the discount Don Draper lurks. Frost is a scientist into Zero Matter. Is Wilkes dead? This was okay but does not have a haunting climax. What happened to Frost? Shark woman Peggy has a face like a moon rock.
“Good lord is that a mirror?!?”
“My hands filled with his wife’s knickers.”
“That pink atrocity.”
“That odious swine!”