There are more hilariously trite flashbacks in this frequently awful cheerless season. This show long ago stopped being an absolute delight. Nothing is being wrapped up. Was Claire ever flattered by FU’s attentions? This was mediocrity and full of hubristic lunacy. Bill, one of the evil siblings, is so terribly earnest in his woeful inadequacy. This is monumentally boring. Claire pardoned Doug.
Claire has devastating problems. Or does she? She’s unlikely to be met with sympathy. Nobody acts in a calm and reflective manner. People are smug and irritating rank humanity. There is self-inflicted conflict in this appalling ep. This is not splendidly cynical. Claire regrets marrying FU. This was not deeply ominous. Claire acts completely incapable of taking responsibility but it is just wiles.
This was unappealing. People have endless malice and devious belligerent triumph and grievance one-upmanship. Claire is the personification of smuggery. This is uniformly wretched and full of unpleasant moments. People are difficult to like. Conway is mentioned. People chew the scenery by the fistful. People want to invoke the 25th Amendment. Rumour turns to concern. Doug’s pathetic dependency on the Underwood clan marks him as obviously unhinged.
People are professionally disdainful and muttering judgementally. There is no terrible resonance. Claire is widely disliked. Claire plans to inevitably retaliate. There is no couch-edge intrigue. There is no strongly positive response. This is not heart-tugging. Tom harasses some dirty man. The irritating Duncan lurks. This has no galvanic impact. Nobody is a vibrant presence and nobody has real antipathy.
Jane annoys and is in Saudi Arabia. Claire spins a lie about Tom Yates and Mark. Claire fires her cabinet and Mark is thrown under the bus. Cathy ran off. Claire has an all female cabinet.
“The worst thing that has ever happened to this country.”
“I’m closing the door on you.”
“Manage me my whole life.”
“Dead man’s words are worthless.”
“Dressed down acting like they belong.”
“SETH IS SMARTER THAN YOU!”
Tom lurks. Where’s Gillian? Mark’s under pressure. Claire is filled with certainty. This was not credible ore enjoyably empty just matchless vapidity. I don’t care about the implacably righteous siblings. Nobody is a dignified presence. People throw strops. This has little appeal. Jane’s back in the US. Nobody cares about Duncan. This was not replete with joy.
One is markedly less enthusiastic for this season. Claire’s gone back to her maiden name. Jane and Claire are bitterly estranged. Seth and Doug are smug male toxicity. This season is unendurable. Seth is vociferously awful. There is no moral strength. There is ideological fervour and denunciations and a sense of certainty. Where is Tusk? The miserable looking FBI agent lurks. Doug stole Tom’s dog! What is Bill dying of?
There is moral degeneration and terrible behaviour and no idealism. The siblings cause a situation. Tom rages. There is no calm reflection or reassurances. Seth has no shame. Bill is an ass. Duncan learns where he came from. Claire mocks Doug’s slavish devotion to FU. Tom gets his dog back and then gets shot in the head. He’s dead, Cathy’s dead and Jane’s dead. Doug stares at a folder and Claire reveals she and FU had a pre-nup. She also reveals she is knocked up. HOW? WHY?
“Do you miss them?”
“Her. Not him.”
“Like to see others fail.”
“The optics are awful.”
“The only place I feel safe.”
“Nothing but loyal to you.”
“Well liked around town.”
“I’m tired of the disposable girl story.”
“A mess in all the ways these stories do.”
“Prisoner of his past until the day he died.”
“Not a just world Tom.”
“Foreknowledge of hazard.”
“You don’t belong here.”
The Andromeda Strain (2007)
This remake miniseries totally changes the Michael Crichton novel. It stars Benjamin Bratt, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis of ‘Traveler’, Justin Louis of ‘Stargate Universe’ and ‘Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou’, Ricky Schroder and Andre Braugher of ‘Last Resort’. A satellite crashes and people die of a mysterious disease. Only a man, a baby and a dog survive. People talk about the Wildfire Protocol. A doctor (Bratt) has a crazy bitch wife and a yob thug son.
There is no deep unease. This was absolutely irrelevant and a reporter into wanton self-promotion runs around. People talk about bio-defence. What is Project Scope? People talk about Iraq and poison birds. This was not effective. The dog is left behind when the 2 human survivors are taken to a lab. There is slo-mo, do nothing characters, a devastating incident, the reporter has a reckless attitude and morality, ethics and decency should be central to behaviour and existence. But aren't.
I expected not a lot. There is grave concern and this is not ingenious. The reporter, Nash, is needlessly sanctimonious and it clouds his reputation. Bad acting hinders interest. The satellite was designed to ensnare bio-samples in space. Nash is relentlessly aggressive and has a gladiatorial approach to conversation and is wilfully deaf to sense. Nash (Erik McCormack) is immediately unpleasant and does virulent condemnation of The Man. Is the disease absolutely deliberate? Characters are narcissistic sociopaths. There are moral arguments, talk of nanotechnology and it is critical to the planet that a cure is found. The ignored dog is sick and animal life bothers it when it is dead.
Lives pivot on fleeting moments. A bad CGI snake slithers. There are destructive life patterns and a wormhole and talk of aliens. This was glib with bad acting, weirdness and a plane crashes. There are no definitive conclusions. More birds die. There are flamethrowers and Nash rants. There is no rational causality just nefarious designs. There is sulphur based life and this was not fraught. People talk about stomach acid and time travel in this banal twaddle.
None of this makes any sense. There is a mysterious unexplained symbol. WTF is going on? The POTUS doesn’t listen. There is talk of vent mining. Was this a pilot for a TV show? What is the symbol? What is the final scene about? Seriously WTF?
“Go where no man has gone before.”
“We call that gravity.”
“Doesn’t have DNA.”
“This is alien.”
“An alien life form.”
“Creation of any kind of terrestrial power.”
“Everything ides. What kills you?”
“You saying it thinks?”
“He also tried to kill me. Twice.”
Sinclair discusses a megacorp. Talia gets a gift, that didn’t stop Sheridan having her personality-murdered. Felicity Waterman and Walter Koening guest star as angry looking Psi Cops. There is exposition and who knew Koenig could actually act? The social impact of telepaths was detailed more in the Psi Corps novels. The VFX looks like 90s clip art.
The female Psi Cop wears a long skirt. Koenig wears an obvious hair piece. Jason Ironheart shows up showing off powers. There is bad acting and Sigma 957 is mentioned. There is foreshadowing and talk about telekinetic abilities. Catherine encounters something at Sigma 957. Sinclair punches Bester in the face. Ironheart disintegrates Bester’s female sidekick and people shrug off Ironheart murdering her. Talia gets the gift of TK which came to nothing. Bester becomes Garibaldi’s sitcom arch-nemesis. This was okay and a famous line of Shirley Jackson is plagiarised.
“Alive if possible. Dead if necessary.”
“Strange things happen there.”
“That’s a lie.”
“Yes. It is.”
“A personal message from God complete with stone tablets.”
“All the moral fibre of Jack The Ripper.”
“They walk near Sigma 957. They must walk there alone.”
The crew walk around a paradise planet and someone dies. Spock is injured and the transporters don’t work. People die. Kirk gets in a fist fight with a caveman who speaks English. People talk about Vaal. McCoy urges that the Prime Directive be violated, they’ve done that already. The cavemen worship a papier-mâché snake head. David Soul guest stars. This sucked.
“What do you want? Violence?”
Man Of Steel
This is the origin story of the season’s big bad Ben. Alex and her overreach has no forethought or caution and she had caused unintended consequences. Lena was smug and Mercy recruited Ben. This was okay if not an enrichment. The DEO’s unwavering support for aliens caused people deep seated trauma and turned Ben into the big bad.
He was a college professor and family man and aliens ruined his life. Supergirl is dying because Otis and Mercy poisoned the atmosphere with kryptonite. Ben had many furious confrontations with aliens who stabbed him, ruined his father’s factory, cost him his job and burnt down his house. Smug liberal elites like Lena and Jimmy wouldn’t listen to or help him.
There is no sense of anticipation. The big bad was born out of sublimated frustration and was personally affected by the idiot actions of the main characters. People are right to be deeply wary of aliens who keep invading, attacking and ruining people’s lives. Ben was falsely accused by Alex who didn’t listen to him. Ben’s dad lost his factory. People foresee the dangers of aliens. People are not valued.
Supergirl and co are out of touch with reality. Alex is a smug fascist. J’onn burnt down Ben’s house. Aliens caused the death of Ben’s father (Xander Berkeley). Ben did something out of outrage and his ultimate response was to go bad. He was fired. But he ended up recruiting the smug boss who fired him. Ben became a crazy ranter and is now a big bad. The actor who plays Ben was Doomsday on ‘Smallville’.
Cat is manipulated by her father and accused of dividing the family. Cat’s friend rants madly. This was bad with a death and consequences. Cat causes strife and casts blame and is neurotic and grumpy. Cat is not free from the gaze of judgement. Cat’s father seems to run the town and ruin lives at whim. How did a woman with MND take a photo? Cat finally gets an apology from being lied to and gaslit. Her father admits killing her mother. These 2 eps bored.
“Only so much I can forgive.”
“Men like that leave notes.”