December 13th, 2019

Illya K

Star Trek Voyager 3x26&4x01 + Arrow 8x06&8x07 Reviewed

Scorpion part 1

There is a useless Da Vinci hologram. The crew reach Borg space. Harry Kim was to be killed off in this ep but Kes was fired instead. Janeway allies with the Borg in dumb fashion. They encounter 15 Borg cubes. Shouldn't the ship have run out of torpedos by now? What destroyed the 15 Borg cubes? A new species who are also capable of blowing up a planet. The Breen have organic tech? Janeway's nuts.

Best Lines:

“Existence as you know it has ended.”

“Massacre at Wolf 359.”

“The weak will perish.”

Scorpion part 2

7 of 9 shows up. Did Jeri Ryan just do this show to pay her mother's medical bills? Janeway wants to help the Borg in their war with Species 8472. Chakotay is not happy. Kate Mulgrew bullied Jeri Ryan on set. The Borg started the war with Species 8472. Janeway is a dumb bitch. The acting is so very very bad.


This was boring banality. Oliver is an ass. Quentin lurks. Oliver does groundhog day.

Best Line:

“Crazy space god.”


Oliver has callous disregard for his children. Oliver whines and Oliver tells his kids he's ditching them. So he gets away with all the murders he committed in season 1? Lyla's bizarre. Old faces show up. Roy loses an arm. Oliver talks. Diggle's an idiot. Mia's dumb. Oliver is morally corrupt on every level. This was abysmal. The more this show goes on the more ridiclous this seems. This has neither suprise nor wonder. This was shockingly poor.

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Scary Books

Book Reviews: Anastasia: The Life Of Anna Anderson + The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI part1

Anastasia: The Life Of Anna Anderson by Peter Kurth

The cover of this 1985 print of the 1983 original declares dramatically: these five children were shot and bayoneted in 1918...did Anastasia survive? Kurth is far from impartial, he devoutely believed Anna Anderson was a Grand Duchess of Russia denied her name by her greedy mean relatives.

Of course Anna Anderson was a fraud. But that was proven years after this book was published and Anna Anderson was dead. But before the bodies and the DNA tests, there was this study in credulity. It is obvious (but not to Kurth) that she was a mentally ill fraud who was either exploiting the gullible or was exploited by them. Her lack of Russian and shady and later outright crazy behaviour is shrugged off. Kurth didn't seem to believe the Tsar and his family were executed. He lays out realms of information. At one point Anderson had a cat named Kiki. What became of Kiki?

He dismisses witnesses to the murders as liars, he handwaves away Anderson's insane behaviour by saying it was trauma and he also dismisses as liars, the family of the sick Polish factory worker Anderson was eventually revealed to have been. Kurth took her word as gospel apparently he later even dismissed the bodies and DNA evidence.

Anderson made enemies of allies, alienated all friends, never said thank you and scared people. The Romanovs acted bizarrely, some recognised her as the lost Grand Duchess and others did not. This book is a misleading factual picture of who Anna Anderson was. Could she have been a con woman or an exploited woman with a brain injury?

Kurth goes on and on about belief and wanted to rectify the Romanovs denial of Anna Anderson. He fails to see the reason Anna Anderson's case was so fraught with difficulty was because she wasn't Anastasia. How could Kurth believe that the Bolsheviks didn't even deign to murder one Grand Duchess? This is a good book to read to see delusion and confirmation biasis in action.

Best Lines:

“What would happen when this woman, who had spent so long telling people she was still alive, actually – finally – died.”

“Who they held in contempt.”

Karl Edward Wagner Presents The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI

This 1983 DAW anthology has a strikingly memorable cover and no Stephen King.


Magazines were still a thing in 1982. This is an interesting look at a vanished publishing world.

Best Line:

“Juvenile delinquency, moral decay and communism,”

The Grab

By Richard Laymon. His issues with women are obvious. A hick bar hides horror. This was okay.

Best Lines:

“Pair of unescorted females.”

“Sneered at her.”

The Show Goes On

By Ramsey Campbell. Going into a long closed cinema is a bad idea, this was okay but the end makes no sense.

Best Line:

“Devoted twenty years of writing to convincing readers to stay away from that city.”

The House At Evening

I've read this before. Vampires lurk in an old dark house.This was okay.

Best Line:

“Remember your company manners.”

I Hae Dream'D A Dreary Dream

A climber encounters something. This was mediocre.


By Dennis Etchison. The grimness of the 80s and social alienation and the the decade of no hope are laid bare. This still makes no sense.


Movie Reviews: I Am Steve McQueen + Wild Tales + Dark Skies + Pimpernel Smith + Quadrophenia

I Am Steve McQueen (2014)

A good documentary about the cool guy. All his wives praise him.

Best Line:

“No shirt, no helmet.”

“Many many good days.”

“Homeless old hobo.”

“Trashy press.”

Wild Tales (2014)

This rather crass melodrama was about dull tales of revenge.

Dark Skies (2009)

This was utterly useless.

Pimpernel Smith (1941)

A sexist burk teacher goes to Germany in this wretched mess.

Quadrophenia (1979)
Loud stupidity.

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Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'Katy Keene' promo


'Black Christmas' tv spot

Mmmmm. Mmmmm.

'Doctor Who' promo


'Cobra' promo


'Antlers' trailer

A myth is real.

'Promising Young Woman' trailer

Adam Brody, nice guys, a cover of Toxic and Chris Lowell.

Best Line:

“What's my name? Maybe that one's too hard.”

Who saw 'Infernal Affairs', 'War Of The Buttons', 'Jakob The Liar', 'The Pursuit Of Happyness', 'Richie Rich' or 'Shrek'?

Each year the christmas tv listings get worse.

RIP David Bellamy.

Poor rare giant sheep.

Watched the 'The Toys That Made Us' ep about 'Professional Wrestling' – it was okay.

Best Lines:

“Escalating hostilities.”

“He's wearing black!”

“Every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth is totally disgusted with you.”

“You fans can stick it.”

Watched 'The Toys That Made Us' ep about 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' – it was okay.

Best Lines:

“Defined a decade.”

“I don't know what this is, but I love everything about it.”

“Our biggest seller was a line of sidewalk chalk.”

“Been 2 Olympics since then!”

“Existing footage and story elements.”

“The dial went to the right and it stayed there for 22 minutes.”

'BBC News' Quote:

“Restriction zone.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“From an outsider's perspective, the art of world is complicated and insular, run by a small cabal of the ultra wealthy and the preserve of those with art history phDs.”

“Legitimate social critique.”

“How to resolve her situation.”

“Huge levels of anger.”

“The dialogue process.”

“Accustomed to beathing in the unqualified adoration of the media,”

'Sky News' Quotes:

“Pet releases.”

“Parrot fever.”

“Not going to make him Prime Minister.”

'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic' Quotes:

“Tell me she's not.”

“What's with you and falling off cliffs today?”

'Mirrors & Smoke' Quote:

“Just some loose collection of technology fethishists who like to play boogeyman.”