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November 8th, 2018

Trailers, Quotes and Stuff

‘The A List’ promo
WTF?

‘Death And Nightingales’ promo
No.

‘Z Nation’ promo
Murphy runs a titty bar in the apocalypse?

Rose candy - no.
Sicilian lemonade - ugh.
Gluten free mince pies - okay.
Smarties - okay.

I heard a ‘Salvation’ spoiler - WTF?

Who saw ‘Playing God’?

‘The Irish Times’ Quotes:
“Being more interested in other people or places.”

“Access to privilege.”

“Years of being placated and tolerated.”

“Detest the new partner and even if you’re right to do so.”

“Brain-sickness.”

“Widely accepted social norm.”

“Deemed incapable.”

“Household misery.”

“Colossal damage.”

“Thank god that he was elected,”

“Culturally appropriate.”

“A culture that is ambiguous toward paid employment.”

“Engage actively and to assume shared civic responsibilities.”

“Much-coveted.”

“Petition of the intellectuals.”

“Restoration of her right of residence.”

‘Dead Set’ Quote:
“What are you for?”

‘Music Icons’ Quote:
“Cease to become relevant.”

‘A Winter’s Tale’ Quote:
“Makes us look exactly like what some of us want to be seen as being - those people your mother warned you about-”

‘Paradigm Wash’ Quote:
“Came from the stars. From places we don’t even have names for.”

‘Satiety’ Quote:
“Print-on demand is becoming the bane of good literature.”

6 TV Reviews

Trust 1x09

White Car In A Snowstorm
Paul III’s ear is posted to his family. Gail begs for help. Paul Sr won’t do anything and Paul II does nothing. Gail and the fixer (Brendan Fraser) prepare to pay the ransom. The kidnappers get the money and plan to kill Paul III. But they dump him at a Getty Oil gas station and the worker won’t help him. He wanders off in the snow and finally is reunited with his mother. This sucked.

~
Babylon 5 1x07-1x09

The War Prayer
People are intolerant, it is saddening. Did the Homeguard become Nightwatch? Delenn rants when the anti-alien Homeguard attack a cultural treasure of Minbar on B5. Oh shut up you genocidal harpy. Rodney Eastman and Danica McKellar guest star. Sinclair gets rightfully incensed. G’Kar is bloody minded and Delenn is extremely irritating.

Ivanova violates regulations again. An old flame of her’s shows up on the station. There is bad acting in this ruinously stupid episode. Londo spews 90s sexism about love and marriage. No wonder he became a glory hunting megalomaniac. There is a photo of Londo’s 3 wives who look nothing like the actresses’ who ended up playing them.

Melodramatic and idiotic things happen and people do inane self-sabotage. This was messy and profoundly unsatisfactory. One feels indifference for this. Sinclair talks to Kosh. There are disastrous consequences to people being morons. There are dated VFX and Ivanova gets a rose. Her ex obviously has an air of menace. Sinclair discuses how Kosh was nearly poisoned back in ‘The Gathering’. How does one poison a Vorlon? Does Kosh even have hands?

Sinclair wonders what happened to B5’s old doctor and Lyta Alexander. No mention is made of his old XO Laurel. There is radical candour and a bitter battle. Londo shouts all his lines. Why does he use a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse metaphor to describe them? Londo cheerfully admits to hating his wives. There is simmering resentment. Michael O’Hare was memorable in an ep of ‘The Cosby Mysteries’. It is a shame he was replaced by the large ham Sheridan.

There is negative commentary. This was bravura. There is a lot for Ivanova to contend with emotionally. Garibaldi sexually harasses Ivanova at one point. This was noxious. Nobody mentions it is only 10 years since the Minbari came this close to committing genocide against the human race. Ivanova and Sinclair go undercover in the Homeguard. Why is the Centauri Republic so called when they have an Emperor?

The ferocity of Ivanova’s invective against the Homeguard is hypocrisy when she bigoted against telepaths. Season 1 was intermittently terrific. Sinclair rants about the Battle of the Line. This show had considerable potential but not in this ep. Ivanova is invited along into the Homeguard for no clear reason. There is smirking and scowling. It’s the end of the Homeguard’s dreams. Aliens hear hated. This was not innovative. The Homeguard had plans that could not be justified ethically.

Best Lines:
“I want them bad.”

“Make them give a damn.”

“Provoked discussions of some heat.” 

“What is it?”
“Effective.”

“Never told me what he saw when he opened that Encounter Suit.”

“There are my 3 wives: Pestilence, Famine and Death! Do you think I married them for their personalities?!?”

“Hate freak.”

And The Sky Full Of Stars
The Minbari want Sinclair dead if he recalls what happened to him at the Battle of the Line. But he is Valen. Their sacred worshipped revered icon. 2 men target Sinclair wanting to know what happened at the Battle of the Line. Christopher Neame guest stars.
There is 80s hair. Sinclair discussed the Battle of the Line in ‘The Gathering’: “The sky was full of stars and each star an exploding ship. One of ours.” Why didn’t any of the other races intervene to stop the Minbari’s near genocide in the Earth/Minbari war? All to avenge one man who died during Earth/Minbari first contact. There is exposition.

Delenn lies. Sinclair obviously has PTSD from the war. How did the 2 men get Sinclair out of his quarters unnoticed? O’Hare shows off his ACTINGS. The fact he suffered from schizophrenia makes this ep an uncomfortable watch. One Knight wears a puffer jacket. Who were they?

Garibaldi reads a paper full of foreshadowing: interspecies mating, Psi-Corps, election, Raghesh 5, Homeguard leader convicted, San Diego still too radioactive for occupancy and a copyright trial. Printed newspapers are still a thing in the 23rd century? Sinclair’s trapped in VR. This could be excellent material for melodrama but isn’t. Who sent them? Garibaldi rants. This is before everyone turned on him. Sinclair is 38 and was born on Mars and fell off the promotion merry go round.

The snotty voiced knights snot. Why did the Minbari surrender on the eve of their victory? This was low budget. Sinclair goes nuts in the market which was never mentioned again. Delenn’s a manipulative liar but Sinclair is on to her now. Delenn was at the Battle of the Line. Who was the old guy in Delenn’s quarters giving her orders?

Best Lines:
“I don’t believe you. And I’m not the only one.”

“Set for full velocity ram.”

Deathwalker
Sarah Douglas plays a war criminal and Robin Curtis plays an alien. Kosh bothers Talia. Jha’Dur is a warmaster who mocks the characters and has invented immortality. The Dilgar war took place during the lifetime of Sinclair’s father. The Minbari sheltered the war criminal. If Kosh had the power to restore Talia after she was personality murdered then why didn’t he? Talia meets a ViCr. The war criminal wears a blinged out uniform, alien ships look tacky and the war criminal reveals the price to her immortality serum. The Vorlons blow her up. The jump gate is referred to as a vortex. People discusses VCRs. This was mediocre.

Best Lines:
“A dead race. Those few that were left after the invasion died when their sun went nova.”

“Infernal female!”

“My race is gone, their names cursed in history.”

“Refuses to participate. As usual.”

“All secrets long kept.”

~
The Exorcist 1x04-1x07

The Moveable Feast
Casey imagines an evil looking omelette. She’s stupid and has dark and secret passions. She’s locked up and full of fear. She has no dignity of feeling respected. I feel absolute loathing for Kat. Possession is a challenging concept for people. The ultra-masculine Marcus is billy no mates. It is tragically apparent that Angela is annoying. Preconceptions are challenged.

Nuns do exorcisms. Marcus goes on a tour called The Moveable Deceased. Chicago’s had a lot of serial killers. A rich woman has secrets. Casey has no psychological resilience. Jessica bothers Tomas. Someone is planning a summoning. Angela rants. Kat is swayed by sentiment. The destructive demon bores.

Best Lines:
“Your presence is undesired.”

“Nun’s bog.”

“I don’t require your permission.”

Through My Most Grievous Fault
The demon is nastily knowing. Tomas freaks out. Kat needs to shut her bitch mouth. Tomas falls into a dark fetid swamp of guilty sexuality. Kat calls the cops and ruins the exorcism. There are bad accents. Kat is contemptuous and there is duplicity and hypocrisy. Kat monsters Marcus and is self-pitying. This was a failure.

Angela’s husband is stupid and macho. Marcus makes false and dubious assertions. The demon’s game playing causes immeasurable harm. Kat needs to examine her conscience. She’s a malicious troublemaker. Why didn’t Angela throw Kat out of house for the stunt she pulled? The malefic Casey’s on the run. This was not substantive. This disincentives one to care. Angela reveals to Tomas her real name, Regan, and then her mother (Sharon Gless) shows up. This was dull.

Best Lines:
“You’re useless to me now!”

“I can’t remember most of it, thankfully.”

“My name is Regan McNeil.”

Star Of The Morning
Kat watches a 70s talk show that features Regan and her mother promoting a book the mother wrote. Hideous 1970s clothes are work. Some of this season has been exasperatingly lousy. Tomas is losing his earnest sincerity. Angela’s husband, Henry, is angry. Chris was calculated and exploitative of her daughter. Now Kat believes? Angela is perseverant. Who or what are the Friars Of The Ascension? People talk about angels. Angela screams.

There is no complete and utter conviction or raw urgency. People make terrible decisions. Casey spiderwalks. Rich Satanists conspire and they’re all in on it. This was relentlessly mediocre. Marcus turns a whole lake into Holy Water.

Best Lines:
“It’s the demon girl!”

“Collar Firth!”

Father Of Lies
Tomas and Marcus take Casey to the nuns. Casey shows off unhinged lunacy and reckless vindictiveness. Casey is possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother and it has a 40 year grudge. Chris makes everything worse as a media frenzy erupts. Why do rich Satanists want to corrupt Tomas? Chris says the 2 priests from Regan’s possession are dead. Casey is rotting. What about the possessed police chief? How did Tomas have visions of Marcus in 1x01?

Jessica tempts Tomas. Is she evil? Tomas freaks out. Angela freaks out in a bathroom and Casey ran away at some point? Angela comes face to face with Captain Howdy who calls her a sow. Charming.

Best Lines:
“God is in me! Yeah! Lie!”

“Nuns are so well-known for their flexible thinking.”

“The hot priest.”

“Please tell me you were drunk.”

~
House Of Cards 6x07-6x08

Chapter 72
Doug has a Unabomber beard. There’s been a time jump. Claire’s very knocked up. HOW? She’s in peril from her enemies as she hosts a woman’s conference. Did FU convince himself that he loved Claire because from the evidence of this season, she never loved him. Claire has self-agency. Claire shrieks. There is no calm determination. Since when did Claire want a baby? Janine is on Air Force One at one point. People are ethically wanting. FU had a diary apparently. Bill plots.

Cole and Mark lurk. What happened to Doug’s job working for Cole? Where did Cole go? Mark is no longer VP. Since when did FU keep a diary? FU went to Harvard apparently. Petrov is having FU’s records erased. There are more flashbacks to Claire. A doctor nearly kills Claire’s baby by bringing on premature labour. Claire is having a girl. Doug reveals where Rachel is buried. The FBI agent wants out.

How is Claire pregnant? Claire searches the Oval Office. Nobody noted that FU left something taped to a drawer in the Oval Office? Duncan’s charged with treason. The baddies plan to kill Claire. Where is Linda? There is talk of ICO. Claire faces rebellion. The loudmouth reporter reaches her limit. Doug and Janine hang out. Claire throws her dead husband under a bus and tarnishes his memory.

Poor FU, the only people who ever truly cared for him were Meechum and maybe Tim and they are both dead. Doug angrily cleans off his bum fluff. Claire has her nursery ready.

Best Lines:
“The app is the evidence!”

“Replace the US attorney.”

“The sex can’t be great with him.”

“Digital truths.”

“Tom, Lucas, Zoë, you.”

“Don’t forget to scream.”

“Everything we did for Frank.”

“You’re going to choose her?”

“The ravings of a crazy person.”

“I will not reap what your father has sewn.”

“She might even end up on a coin!”

“He played us all.”

Chapter 73
Claire reveals FU faked the election results in which he ‘defeated’ Conway. Doug meets his replacement. How does Doug get access to government buildings? Claire claims innocence of all of FU’s doings. This was uninteresting. Nathan the FBI agent quits the Bureau. What became of Tom Yates’ body? What would Meechum make of all this? Claire ignited many furious rows. FU’s direct addresses were his diary? Claire lies. Does Claire have any friends left? Bill rants. Seth is a jerk. The vile siblings promise to move FU to Arlington and fund an FU library. They also say Doug will only get 10 years for killing Claire.

Doug calls FU a great man. Claire takes off her ring and hates FU and wants him forgotten. Doug killed FU. Doug breaks down and unravels. Claire is happy FU is dead and Doug menaces Claire with a letter opener. Claire stabs him and he bleeds all over the carpet then she suffocates him to finish him off. Roll credits. WTF WAS THAT CRAP? Seriously it ends like that? Claire seemingly gets away with all her crap.

What will become of Nathan, Seth, the evil siblings and Duncan? Oh FFS. How can Claire wear hooker heels whilst pregnant? If Doug stabbed Claire in the carotid - why isn't she dead?

Best Lines:
“He never slept.”

“Public service is a sacred privilege.”

“Paint me as some sort of crazy man.”

“President Underwood. The real President Underwood!”

“Made Frank look very bad.”

“A place called Federalist Pig.”

“Gave me permission to hunger.”

“He ate himself.”

“Can you please stop moving?”

“Not going to go like you think.”

“Protect the legacy from the man.”

“He made you.”

~
Star Trek 2x06&2x07

The Doomsday Machine
This is the very first ‘Star Trek’ episode I ever saw. The Enterprise encounters destroyed planets and finds the wrecked USS Constellation. The only survivor aboard is Commodore Matt Decker. He raves about a planet killing weapon that could be a machine, alive, both or neither. Chekov and Uhura do not feature in this ep.

Matt Decker feels he will never get moral absolution for what he did. He is anguished and shame spiralling. The cold fact is that he got his crew killed and cannot cope with the emotional fallout. He’s not dutiful. Kirk shouts and talks of a micro-tape. People talk about generators. Decker is not deemed reasonable. The planet killer (a windsock dipped in cement in the original version, a CGI creation in the rejigged format) shows up and it eats planets for fuel. It came from another galaxy.

Kirk makes a stupid decision. The planet killer chases the ship. Spock uses the term power nacelles. Decker seizes command to avenge his dead crew. Spock says the Enterprise will exhaust its fuel. Decker is crazy and Kirk talks about a fusion explosion. Kirk is in peril. Mr Kyle can’t act and Decker dies. This was okay. Decker’s son Will was the ill-fated near captain of the USS Enterprise in ‘The Motion Picture’.

Best Lines:
“Disaster beacon.”

“All power plants dead.”

“The entire bridge is damaged and uninhabitable.”

“Where’s your crew?”
“On the third planet.”
“There is no third planet!”
“Don’t you think I know that? There was. But not anymore.”

“A war uncounted years ago.”

“There’s no ship to leave! It’s a dead hulk!”

“Maintain life and the safety of Federation planets.”

“The result was a wrecked ship and a dead crew.”

“You are out of line.”
“So are you! Sir!”

“Out for a solar day.”

“You’re a starship commander!”

“Sucking in space rubble.”

“Your statement would not be considered valid.”

Catspaw
This is the 2nd ‘Star Trek’ ep I ever saw. The senior officers beam down to a fog covered planet and encounter witches, a castle and a black cat in this Halloween ep. The black cat seems to switch breeds in every other scene. Things exist just to be scary. A witch with big hair lurks. This was terrible.

Best Line:
“I do not understand that reference.”

~
Z Nation 5x05

Killing All The Books
This was predictable and lacklustre and populated by emotionally sterile idiots. There is talk of what must come and hopeless eyes. The talkers have staged an uprising. People do things and 10k is curious. Books are not wanted in the apocalypse and something is going on.
Poltergeist (2015)
A terrible remake that sees an annoying family move into an ugly house. The parents are inept and uncaring and hate their kids. They and this film are all incompetence. The husband doesn’t want his wife to work and I don’t care about their misfortune. A TV ghost-hunter (an overacting Jared Harris) shows up. Ghosts cause terror and nuisance and the annoying kids annoy. The family are reckless with money and ignore an obvious human bone in the garden. I wish serious harm on them.

Something in the house is detrimental to them. This is all noise and disturbance. Nobody listens to the kids. The mother is a killjoy. The kids SHOUT all their lines. This was a blight that was not ingenious. The housing estate was built over a cemetery. One feels utter disregard for this. This has a deferential impact on you. This was ill thought through and nobody calls the cops. This was uninteresting. There is a Hopper High mention.

Best Lines:
“Your underwear is sad.”

“You and your sad underwear.”

“I’ll get a job, when you get a job!”

“Our last closet ate me.”

~
Parasite (1982)
Demi Moore stars in this ‘horror’ which was originally released in 3D. This was sleazy, incoherent rubbish set in a post apoc 90s.

~
Anastasia (1956)
A ridiculous tale based on the Anna Anderson case.

Best Line:
“Lies buried in Russia.”

~
My Girl (1991)
Poo.

~
The Watcher (2000)
James Spader plays a cop hunting a killer (Keanu Reeves). Marisa Tomei plays a shrink. The cop seems to blame women for being murdered. This sucked hard.

Best Line:
“Nothing like a good serial killer.”
Black Wings Of Cthulhu 6 edited by S.T. Joshi, part 2

Your Shadows That In Darkness Dwell
A man abandons his wife and children and goes for a walk that is described for pages upon pages. This is boring and badly written purple prose.

Best Line:
“One devoid of any idea of human mercy.”

The Ballad Of Asenath Waite
Utterly terrible.

The Visitor
A weak man gets a visitation. This tries for screamingly funny but is a calamity.

The Gaunt
A man returns to Arkahm in this weak story.

Best Line:
“Thought tea was evidence of witchcraft.”

Missing At The Morgue
A daft tale of a ghoul.

The Shard
A good tale of Gla’aki.

Best Lines:
“The devil’s cabbage.”

“Closed to us.”

The Mystery Of The Cursed Cottage
A locked room mystery has a Lovecraftian solution. This was okay.

To Court The Night
A terrible poem.

To Move Beneath Autumnal Oaks
A ridiculous Lovecratian pastiche that would have been dated in the 1960s but is even more dated now.

Best Line:
“Do you think that children can call to Outer Darkness in ritual and not be answered.”

Mister Ainsley
A malediction is stumbled across and shows off his diseased moral condition.

Best Line:
“Outside the parameters of the favored class.”

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