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Wild Thing

Some of Levi's gang are still alive. The Olympus morons are all zombies now. Safety is unattainable. This goes beyond the plot of 'Dead Set'. The new lot have no resourcefulness. The enforced confinement of Olympus didn't last long. This was not distinctive. This can be compared unfavourably with 'Dead Set'.

Stupidity led to resultant suffering. This causes sheer frustration as there is no co-operative human behaviour. They cannot long endure. Their views are forever limited. There is bullying, intimidation and retaliation. Olympus smells. Where are all the flies? There is blood and a congresswoman kills a zombie with her shoe. The gang have to take back the studio.

The depressed woman created Olympus and is now increasingly assertive, until she isn't. Olympus is cleared if not cleaned. The 'heroine' of the previous story is now a biter. Some just sit on their asses. One watches with frustration. There is worst aid and this was inadeqaute. The outbreak cannot be contained.

Best Lines:

“One of those.”

“Changing the world by drinking their milk from happy cows.”

“Kill them before they kill us.”

“Brave enough to use it.”

“Camera corridor.”

“Godness of manipulation.”

“Take my palace back.”

The Emissary

The crew play poker in their cheap uniforms. There is no emotional evolution. Picard is a stiff, stoic jackass who reacts with fury when called on his crap. There is exposition and unintended comedy and yelling, lots and lots of yelling. A UFP dignitary named K'Ehleyr shows up. Picard is hopelessly ill-prepared to do his job. There is no capacity for wonder.

The interesting female character (who would naturally be killed off in her next appearance) wears catsuits, for reasons. There are no believable motivations just utter falsity. Pulaski (in her old woman uniform) is truculent. This ep is all calamour and yelling. Pulaski was unpalatable and this doesn't distract one's attention. Did TPTB ever address the fact that Gates McFadden was kicked off the show for season 2 due to harassement by a crew member?

The emissary is a Klingon/human hybrid – she and Worf would have a son: Alexander. Oddly Alexander's human heritage was never mentioned. Worf harangues and acts increasingly belligerently.

A 75 year old Klingon sleeper ship shows up. The UFP/Klingon war is mentioned. Troi uses the phrase human to encompass the UFP. Picard's thick as mince and Pulaski acts like she's never see a hybrid before. Troi (who is a human/Betazoid hybrid herself) acts like the idea of a human/Klingon hybrid is impossible.

Troi babbles. Worf is reticent and incensed and incites and makes incessant demands. This was stupid. Worf is dismissive and has ferocity. The emissary is caked in fake tan – no comment. Picard is strangely unconcerned. This ep was mortifying.

There is BAD acting and Worf mouths off to Riker. Is there no privacy setting on the holodeck? Who cleans the holodeck after Worf and the emissary do it inside? There is no acceptable reason for this ep. Of course Worf and his ex shed caution and hooked up. Worf screeches like an abuser and this ep is such a sausage fest. There is rancour and what became of the cyrosleep Klingons? Diedrich Bader has a small role in this.

Best Lines:

“Klingons of that era were rasied to despise humans.”


“They may be reasonable.”


This is a miniseries about the ERA and its defeat. This has an all star cast. Phyllis (Cate Blanchett) sees the Equal Rights Amendment as a implicit threat. Phyllis parades in a swimsuit at a fundrasier for a politican! Men leer. WTF? It is 1971! This has nice opening credits and Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Melanie Lynskey, John Slattery, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Paulson, Margo Martindale and Jeanne Tripplenhorn costar.

There is no philosophical thought for Phyllis, she wants the anti ERA movement to be all about her. She wants to get up the ladder of power and then pull it up behind her. Phyllis is a fervent advocate for herself and is opportunistic. She takes advantage of her unmarried unhappy sister in law and kowtows to men who brush off and patronise her.

Phyllis is not at all concerend with race. Feminists champion causes perceived as radical. Phyllis has her own idea of nation building despite having a difficult background. She's political, has a useless jerk husband named Fred and 6 children who she leaves to her sister in law and the maid to rasie. Naturally the maid is black.

Fred needs to sign a charge card applicaiton. Phyllis is worried about the cultural impact of the ERA and wants to go to congress. Fred has criticism and does not want her to do that. The housewives Phyllis organises worry about women being subject to the draft and no more alimony. Men doing things to organise domestic stuff or caring about domestic stuff is dismissed. Phyllis feels a sense of urgency. Men aren't engaged fathers.

Fred is dismissive of his wife. There is a Bob Dole mention. The ERA could ahve passed if not for Phyllis, even if she was treated like a secretary by the men. Being married and a mother was important to her. There was sexism. Phyllis manipulates the narrative even as sex is demanded by Fred. People talk down Nixon's visits to China and Russia. Phyllis is hideously earnest. Phyllis hates 'The Feminine Mystique'. In 1972, the feminists dismiss Phyllis to their cost. James Marsden shows up as a pervy politican.

Best Lines:

“Mostly just sits there.”

“I don't know what all the fuss is about.”

“Thank you Gloria Steinem.”

“She's so pretty. How could she not find a husband?”

“Right wing nut.”

“Didn't try hard enough.”

“Libbers don't wear dresses?”

“Steer their daughters away from me.”

“No one wanted to marry me!”

“I'm not moving our family to that lefty, godless, swampland.”


Gloira Steinem launches 'Ms'. Betty Friedan (Ullman) yells and is not liked. Phyllis works out in front of the tv and opposes the ERA. She also has no concept of sisterhood. The feminists still feel no frisson of unease about Phyllis. American feminists are obsessed with abortion. Phyllis steamrolls everyone. Her sister in law opposed 'Hair'. We never see Phyllis mothering. She thinks feminism is an irrelevance. She goes on 'Phil Donahue' and HE calls her on her lack of facts. Phyllis compares the ERA to Lenin. This ep goes cretinously. Phyllis does not do any housework, that's her black maid's job. Phyllis and co fear losing the love and protection of men and do a relentless assault on the ERA.

Best Lines:

“Unisex bathrooms!”

“No one likes feminists, even liberals.”

“Phone tree.”

“Fairness Doctrine.”

“She cut it out? With actual scissors?”

“Runs her mouth off.”

“We're nobodies.”

“Last gasp of the patriarchy.”


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