April 30th, 2010

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Book Review: Seven Deadly Sins

Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, David A. McIntee, James Swallow, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Britta Burdett Dennison, Marc D Giller and Greg Cox.

This is yet another disappointing Trek book. This anthology is how the seven deadly sins can be virtues and vices in various races in the Trek universe.

The First Peer
This is all about the pride of the Romulan Empire. Dull.

Reservoir Ferengi
This centres on Ferengi greed. It’s dire.

The Slow Knife
Envy is what drives the resource poor Cardassians. This is okay.

The Unhappy Ones
A dire story about Klingons and their wrath.

Freedom Angst
An annoyingly dumb story of the mirror universe and its lust.

The Borg’s desire to add to their perfection is gluttonous, as is the desire of those who seek to profit from salvaged Borg technology. This is okay.

Work is Hard
Pakleds are slothful, this is stupid.
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Being Human Series 2 Eps 5 – 8 Reviewed

Episode Five
In 1969 Mitchell was a bad boy, who hung out with Herrick, killed people and wore ugly underpants. He also took Josie hostage, then asked her to save him and of course we all know that in series 1 he killed her to save his life. George continues to be selfish as he meets his girlfriend’s vile daughter. Annie baby-sits a ghost baby. Lucy and her henchman Kemp plot. This was boring, everyone is a selfish jerk.

Best Lines:
I’ve got to find the car. I’ve a vague recollection of parking it on a bridge.”

“Did you steal this baby out of a supermarket trolley?”

Episode Six
A 1972 flashback shows why Kemp is what he is, vampires killed his family. Anyway Mitchell continues his pathetic obsession with Lucy. This show is no longer creepy-crawly, ooky-spooky, wild, weird or wacky it’s annoying. George and Annie continue to be selfish and self obsessed.

Annie looks up Alan a medium then Annie’s mother looks up Alan. Sam and George buy a house. Lucy has ennui and manipulates the idiot Mitchell. What happened to George’s TEFL job? Annie’s gravestone has been changed. Annie decides to stop living in ‘The X Files’ and move on. Why didn’t she do that back in series 1? Lucy and Kemp blow up the vampires. This is all so stupid.

Best Line:
They let the kid doing work experience operate the smoke machine. He didn’t know when to stop. It was like a scene from Backdraft.”

Episode Seven
It seems Ivan and Daisy met during an air raid in WW2. Nina returns to ask George to meet Kemp and Lucy. How did Mitchell survive? Daisy and Mitchell seem to be the only vampires left in Bristol. George acts even more stupidly then usual. Mitchell learns all about Lucy. Annie asks Kemp to exorcise her. George forgets about the full moon and so freaks out at a PTA meeting wrecking his relationship with Sam and Molly.

Mitchell and Daisy massacre a train full of people. George and Annie run off to Kemp ignoring the fact that Mitchell has gone psycho and is doing a takeoff of ‘Blue Velvet' in the kitchen. This was dumb, how did Mitchell never learn Lucy’s surname until now?

Episode Eight
Kemp, Lucy and their followers are freaks. George is dumb and selfish. Mitchell does some more rampaging. Lucy rants. Kemp acts crazier and exorcises Annie. So Annie finally, finally goes through the door via some large ham acting. Mitchell, George and Nina escape and hide out. Lucy and Kemp show up. It is revealed that Lucy and co killed Tully, who made George into a werewolf and whom we met in series 1. Kemp kills Lucy and then Annie shows up and drags Kemp into the netherworld while he’s alive.

Annie than uses the TV to talk to George and Mitchell from the netherworld. Meanwhile Daisy and Cara raise Herrick from the dead. This was dull. I really don’t care about series 3. So they want Annie back from the netherworld? So? What’ll become of Kemp if he’s alive in the afterlife? And why oh why did they bring Herrick back? Series two had about the same level of quality as ‘Dracula: The Series’.

Best Lines:
She said it’s coming.”
“What is?”
“Retribution, my stuff from Amazon.”

“What hell was in that house? What hell have we invited here?”

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1998 Tape Tale

Cleared out a tape from 1998. It had six TV show episodes on it. Two ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, two ‘The Pretender’ and one each of ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘Quantum Leap’.

First up was a season 1 ‘The Pretender’ ep called 'Unhappy Landings' in which Jarod pretended to be a US Marshal as he looks into the mystery of a fugitive. This was dull and displayed the show’s low budget in all its glory. Also the ‘mystery’ was nothing of the sort and the sap was on overload.

Next up was a season 4 ‘Babylon 5’ called ‘Rumors, Bargains and Lies’ in which Sheridan acted nuts and manipulated the League of Non-Aligned Worlds for their own good. Or so he said. Delenn and her badly done make up had angst over the Minbari civil war she caused. Ivanova reads the news and the Non-aligned Worlds are stupid and childish and need to be told what to do by god emperor Sheridan. This was dull and offensive.

Then there was a season 5 ‘Quantum Leap’ entitled ‘Trilogy Part III’ where Sam again leapt into the life of Abigail Fuller. Sam’s obsessed with Abigail for some reason as Donna’s existence is ignored. Abigail is yet again suspected of murder as corpses just stack up in her wake. No-one seems to care about Violet’s body which was down a well for 25 years. Various characters sport bad old age make up. It’s not explained why Abigail’s fiancée ran off or why when Abigail was a child she thought beating up Violet over a locket was the right thing to do.

Sam meets Abigail’s daughter Sammy Jo and learns that she’s his daughter from his previous leap into Abigail’s life. No-one sees anything icky about that whatsoever. Al looks at his handlink which really was a precursor to the iphone. Also Al’s wardrobe actually looks subdued. Sam solves the case due to the help of Abigail’s mental mother Laura. Sammy Jo now works at Project Quantum Leap, I’m sure Donna loves that. This was dull. So due to his leaping Sam got himself a wife, a daughter, a bit on the side and saved his brother yet screwed Al over twice before atoning for that in the series finale. Watching this show again in retrospect makes you wonder why Al put up with Sam as he was hateful.

Then came another season 1 ‘The Pretender’ ep, this one entitled ‘Jarod’s Honor’ which Jarod pretended to be a hitman and kept a dead man in a shower stall full of ice. Also Miss Parker annoyed. This was dull.

Next was a ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ ep called ‘The Magnificent Ferengi’ in which Quark and Rom’s mother is captured by the Dominion. So the Grand Nagus orders them to save her. The brothers put together a team of Ferengi to negotiate her freedom. Naturally things go awry. The Ferengi have a Vorta POW to trade, then the Vorta is accidentally shot and the Vorta negotiator (Iggy Pop) who shows up is not in a good mood. This was okay and very funny. DS9 never did much with the revelation that the Dominion basically took the Vorta race, remade them physically and mentally and turned them into servants.

Best Lines:
You couldn’t ambush a Bolian if he was blindfolded and tied to a tree.”

“This isn’t a ship, it’s a closet.”

“Family, you understand.”
“Not really. I was cloned.”

“And I thought the Breen were annoying.”

Finally there was the ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ ep ‘Business as Usual’ in which Quark becomes an arms dealer and yet again gets away with pulling crap because he’s in the opening credits. There is bad acting, a bad dream sequence and O’Brien gets a useless sub-plot.
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Stargate Universe Season 1 Ep 13 Review


Destiny stops at an uncharted planet that should not exist. A team explore and lo and behold it’s the woods from SG1 and SGA! Kidding aside, it’s a nice, peaceful world and some want to stay and best of all: “No alien creatures slithering around.”

But what about the mysterious obelisk and Rush’s theories that aliens built the planet and the star? What about the theory that these aliens are on their way back? TJ doesn’t care, she wants to stay on the planet as she’s pregnant and she lets her hair down. But who is the father? Is it Young? Also Scott acts like a moron again, Wray is suspicious of Rush now and Young puts his foot down on the colony forming issue. Someone on the writing staff has read Stephen Baxter's 'Ark'.

Some people do stay behind; I wonder if we’ll ever hear from them or the alien overlords again. Still the small number that stayed isn’t enough for a viable colony. TJ doesn’t stay and returns to Destiny and puts her hair back up. This was good.

Why does Young sound like a three pack a day smoker? Why does Scott care about Chloe? Why does anyone believe a word Rush says at this point? Why odes the planet exist? How are they heating water on Destiny? Why didn’t Eli or Wray visit the planet? Why aren’t the scientists doing anything to mend fences? Why did Chloe not stay? What is it with this show’s musical montage obsession?

Best Lines:
"That star is not supposed to be here.”

“We’re 0 for 3 on close encounters of the third kind.”