August 24th, 2020


Star Trek: The Next Generation 4x04 + The Enemy Within (2019) 1x01&1x02 Reviewed

Suddenly Human

A human boy (Chad Allen) is found on Talarian ship. Crusher thinks he is being abused. Worf does not discuss with the boy what it is like being raised in an alien society. Picard get the boy, Jono, to obey by yelling at him. Jono is not complying. Jono is sexist and has a tangible connection to the Talarian people. Worf is chiding. Jono is 14!

Jono's grandmother is a Starfleet admiral but she is irrelevant to Picard. Men have total dominance in Talarian society. Jono is not grateful for the opportunity to rejoin humanity, in fact, he's vehemently opposed to going home. People ignore what's culturally important to Jono. His main cultural identity is Talarian and he feels displacement and has serious difficulty. There are no social considerations. Talarians have a deadly reputation. Jono is warehoused in Picard's quarters – which is weird.

The Talarians are sexist, xenophobic murderers and child stealers. Troi is ever useless. There is no allegiance switching by Jono. Picard is insufferable. Jono sits in the dark listening to angry Talarian music. There is terrible understanding. How can Jono speak English? Jono has long since forgotten his human heiritage and human name. Wesley and Jono barely interact. Wes likes banana splits. Picard gets stabbed by Jono so Jono is sent home to the Talarian who killed his parents and stole him. Diverse communities. This was okay.

Best Lines:

“Their colony was over-run.”

“Pain is not a consideration.”

“So that I don't have to touch an alien.”

“This is called a spoon.”

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A CIA woman, Erica, is arrested, vilified and convicted for spying. Morris Chestnut plays an FBI agent and he hunts the big bad terrorist. There are attacks and Erica has been in jail for 3 years. Will Keaton (Chestnut of 'V' and 'Legends') is an FBI agent who had a fiancee who died in pursuit fo the big bad Mikhail Tal. Erica J. Shepherd is his nemesis. Erica has a daughter named Hannah.

John Finn guest stars. Erica pulls faces but doesn't help herself or explain. Keaton screams at Erica and other like a loon. There is bad acting and Keaton is the worst. Anna Cruz an analyst is kidnapped. There is more bad acting and Erica knocks out one of her teeth. She has an ex and Anna Cruz is an obvious mole/traitor/tool of Tal. Erica reveals a secret which she should have done 3 years ago. Erica blames her daughter for what happened. Oh FFS Erica. Tal has spies and Erica does a speech full of paranoia about Tal's threat. This was okay but one can see why it was cancelled.

Best Lines:

“Most hated woman in America.”

“Benedict Arnold of our generation.”

“Hunting a shadow at night.”

“This is all you have?”

“You live in a glass box.”

“Worst traitor in the last 50 years.”

“No redemption for people like you.”

“Walking threat to national security.”

“Being hated by your country.”

“Save this country.”

Black Bear

Tal wants revenge for what was done to him. Erica ruined her own life. This ep was crappy through and through. The title card is boring and various supporting characters are jerks. They are unrepentant excoriating people. Erica excuses her obscene betrayal and has detached love for her child. There is no instinctive trust and Erica's daughter is a bigger idiot than her mother. People are oblivious to the impact of their behaviour and mood. There is talk of Cuba and Erica is cryptic. Anna Cruz kills a guy. This was not enormously suprising. There are horrendous consequnces for all concerned. Anna Cruz left her fingerprints all over the wire she used to kill a man. Will anyone notice?!?!? This was mediocre and the acting was unrelentingly dreadful.

Best Lines:

“1 woman in a pair of handcuffs – what are you scared of?”

“You'll be listening?”

“I have to.”

“It is our job to care.”

Scary Books

The Red Mother Issue 7 Reviewed

Daisy the heroine has an evil boyfriend and evil friends and works on an evil puzzle. Daisy doesn't know what to do – but she knows where to turn: to her evil boyfriend of whom she has a favourable view. Evil lurks. What does it want? What do so many people want and expect of her? Daisy still has misgivings but can't see the frightening truth.

She and others are fatefully connected. Do her evil 'friends' have delusional psychopathy? Are they deadly in their intent? This is a maddening gripping portrait. Daisy has a lack of choices. This is disquieting. Why do evil people extend the hand of friendship to Daisy? Will questions be resolved? This was good.

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Movie Reviews: Hounds Of Love + Den Of Thieves + Reborn + Only 👎👎👎👎

Hounds Of Love (2016)

This Australian movie is of questionable merit. A girl is abducted by a creepy bogan couple. They had another girl prisoner before her and she ended up in a shallow grave. The new abducted girl has to get away. There is staring and a growing perception that this is BAD. She is changed to a bed in this low rent film. This was appalling and it had no intoxicating mandess.

Worse – much worse – was to come. This was uninteresting and there are misperceptions. The disturbed couple are problematic. TPTB have a complete indifference to taste. This does not evocatively detail madness and common place abuse. The bogans aren't contented. People drift further away from the truth. There is no frankness just nudity. There is no rational argument. The bogans attract ire. This was not compelling just seriously annoying. This film's failings are clear.

Den Of Thieves (2018)

This is a boring Gerard Butler heist movie. A city reeks with ineffable and intolerable horrors. Cops are dubious and dire. This was sleazy and balefully freighted with darkly turbulent absurdly comic times. There are brutal realities and this was unglamorous. People have quiet fury and contempt for the world. Plot and quality lurk undiscovered. Baddies plan a 30 million dollar heist and people have relentless fury. There is a twist and Brian Van Holt and 50 Cent co star.

Best Lines:

“Forcibly remove you.”

“Poor fool.”

“Big bad lieutenant.”

“Pause for dramatic effect.”

“Unfit bills.”

“30 million dollars nobody's looking for.”

“Sports and military.”

Reborn (2018)

Barbara Crampton, Michael Pare, Rae Dawn Chong and Chaz Bono star in this 'horror' that is bad and full of bad acting.

Only (2019)

This was a mind-meltingly shallow with no buzzing menace or unrelentingly go forward aggression. It's day 400 of something. There is irresponsible behaviour and a ruined city and a post plague society and unforgivable terrible stupidity. This was incompetence and full of deluded and deatched people.

There was irritating silliness and sheer nastiness. This was utterly daft and people with unreconstructed views have sociopathic delusions. This was not utterly gripping just quite unbelievably bad. This was inherently ridiclous and the world is a dark, nightmarish place in this complete and utter disaster. There is no decency just despicability. There is malignant neglect of logic and icy contempt for sense. A virus wiped out women. This was gloomy and there is no accountability. This was dark and annoying. There are repercussions and disastrous consequences. People are begrudging and this was abysmal and there are travails and disappoinments.

Best Line:

“Rebirth and repopulation.”

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Book Review: Dark Advent

Dark Advent by Brain Hodge

This 1988 horror novel is about a plague ravaged America. It rips off Stephen King's 'The Stand' and Robert McCammon's 'Swan Song' and it also has unexplained supernatural occurances. A crazy evil man unleashes a bioweapon plague for the fun of it. The biblical pestilence wipes out most of humanity and then just goes away so the man can war monger among the survivors. He has a ruthless pursuit of those who don't follow him.

Survivors find unlimited food, water, guns, ammo and petrol. How is there water? How are they getting water? Nobody spends much time lamenting humanity's fall and it all comes to a fateful confrontation. The devastation was fortold but there is no tragic urgency. The man/malediciton is human and he runs violently amok due to personal irritation and discontentment. He's petulant and unreasonable. There is no real open despair at the cataclysmic event. There are no diseases from unburied bodies or dirty water or gone off food or fires. There also isn't any pitch-in spirit of collaboration or creeping dread.

The bad man just stares mavolently and there is deux ex machina ending. The bad man capitalised on what was worst in people. This was okay, but I am amazed that King didn't sue.

This horror has dated references and the 'macho man hero' Jason pervs at high school girls and once pulled a gun on his boss/friend as a 'joke' and commits satuatory rape. Yet he is the grizzled hero. There is causal homophobia and a truck full of fleas that nobody finds strange. There are dated pop culture references to 'Predator', Hulk Hogan and 'First Blood'. The malicious, sly and devious baddie plots and gathers an army of followers who are rather pathetic figures. There is talk of computer transmissions not email.

There is talk of BITNET (the early internet), an Atari with a green screen and ARPANET. There is so much sexual violence. There are so many smilarites to 'The Stand', even a jail scene. Reagan is mentioned. There are rubes given to increasingly extreme lenghts to survive the horrors the book gleefully piles on. Another 'good guy' indulges in 'hilarious' sexual harassement. The good guys are on a road to disaster. The baddie has false euphoria and thinks he's making all the right choices in life. Violence is seen as the very definition of normal. Good guys hole up in a department store.

There are disposable bazookas? The baddie is absurdly enthusiastic about death and imposes horrors on others. There are no symbols of community in the aftermath. The plague isn't part of the daily conversation and this does not achieve excellence. This isn't consequential. The apocalypse is emotionally motivated by the baddie: he was bored. This was overwrought, predictable, undignified and ends on a weak note of cliche.

There are proliferations of dumbness and the good guys have no concept of danger or security. People fretfully do little to ensure their own survival. There is no fortitude of humanity. The Earth is blighted and there are no biting anxities or bitter discontents and no desperate tone. The baddies are bristlingly combative.

There is no blasted plain or decent individual actions. Nobody is saving the world from self destruction. There is no brilliant application of lies. The so so so so so so so bad man causes a brutal life. There is no unsentimental clarity. This is not an intellectual thriller. There are toxic relationships and no ethical or emotional conundrums. Surviving is a dangeorus process.

This was not intense or provocative. There is no uncompromising brilliance. Humanity is consigned to oblivion. There is chaos and flight and sexual violence and displacement. This was not a raw epic. Erika, the love interest, has shame and despair. But the hero's manpain matters more. People are collateral damage in the wreckage of America's collapse. What about the rest of the world? Nobody asks. Life was interrupted in the most brutal way imaginable.

The apocalypse was a terrible event that people seem to get over. There is no talk of birth control or babies in the aftermath of the apocalypse. This was unwieldy and there is no epic drama or baroque intensity. The baddie has ceaseless campaign of malice. This was not elegantly structured or a terrifying depiction of dark cliches. This was irritating in places. There is no warmth or decency as people face the abyss of extinction.

Good people grimly endure as the nutter imperills those who survived the plague he unleashed. Things are darkly ominious and nothing good results from the baddie's actions. The baddie and his gang are not socially harmonious. There are broken promises and the hero is terminally morose. He sees himself as one of life's victims and he has moribund grim resignation.

Society has a sort of messy disintegration. This was marginally interest and barely veiled contempt for women. This was not a searing examination of abject misery. The apocalypse is not tackled unflinchingly. People express scorn for each other. Women are dumb and men have man pain. What of the vapor trail at the end?

Best Lines:


“Uncontained violence.”

“Trying to elicit a little pity?”

“Reverential fear.”

“Warped delight.”

“Living like dignified human beings again...”

“Ugly realities of the situation began to set in.”

“Did you like Boy George?”

“A dead nation.”

“Nothing and no one turned up.”

“Behold the hunter, stalking the wild tin can.”

“A man who will drag himself to the inevitable end becuase he knows he has nothing left to lose.”

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Trailers, Quotes & Stuff

'The Batman' trailer

So dark you can't tell what is going on. Nirvana plays and this looks crap.

'Wonder Woman: 1984' trailer


'Justice League: The Snyder Cut' trailer

Well, it is less orange and there is Iris.

'Undergods' trailer


'I'll Be Gone In The Dark' promo


'The Vow' trailer

The NXIVM cult is exmained. There are videotapes and this looks mmm.

Best Lines:

“Highest IQ in the world.”

“Hijacked the human brain.”

“Didn't seem joyful.”

“Earn my authority.”

“No way to leave. Ever.”

“This is their choice.”

“Consequnces are harsh.”

'I Hate Suzie' promo

Billie Piper's veneers are horrible.

'Land Without God' promo

“Nobody believed us back then. And they still don't.”

'SNL: Wild Wild Country' skit

“Trash hicks.”

Ben & Jerry's caramel chew chew – okay.

Chicken sushi – mmmm.

Red pesto – nice.

Recall the Eden restaurant?

My ex doesn't live in regret. I have questions my ex doesn't care to answer. My ex is mean spirited. Who knew my ex was such a terrible guy? Everything about him was awful, he had a nefarious nature. My feelings of exclusion are deepening. I have had years of anguish. My ex has wilful disregard. He inflicted harm and I'm fundamentally unhappy. Is my ex an irritrevable loss? My ex ditched me in the most dismissive way possible. My ex has manifest faults and my ex is rife with betrayal. He's universally indifferent. I expected his goodwill. My ex has malicious knowledge and my ex dismisssed me contemptuously. Gladness went from my heart and I feel utterly unhappy. How did things get irreparably damaged and extremely sour with my ex? I'm never able to forgive him for what he did. My ex is inexcusable.

I'd try cacik and sambar.

I cleared out 12 more tapes. No big deal, no big deal. What does it matter? So much time and effort when into them and out they go in another bin bag. Videotapes faded into obsolescence. 📼📼📼📼📼📼📼📼📼📼📼📼

'RTE News' Quotes:

“Pay a terrible price.”

“Golf society outing.”

“Not seeking conflict.”

“Invite only event.”

“Mass high society dinner in a pandemic.”

'The DNA of Murder With Paul Holes' Quote:

“Never opened in your presence.”

'Channel 4 News' Quotes:

“National watch list.”

“Bring us food and the weapons of war.”

“Vulnerable list.”

“Dreaded r rate.”


“Most hated opponent.”

“Designed to have no answer.”

'The Irish Times' Quotes:

“Trust rating.”

“When distrust in an “establishment” is weaponised by people who prey on a collapse in accountability.”

“Escalation of challenging behaviour.”

“Didn't like her frustration.”

“Violation of order.”

“Bringing discord.”

“Deny any hostile intent.”

“Let the past drag down the present.”

“Never countered a scandal he didn't want to brazen out.”

“Change bias.”

“While things may be bad, they are perhspas quite as bad as many people think they are.”

“People tend to exaggerate the rate or extent of this change.”

“Fear shapes our perceptions.”

“The Akkadian word for epidemics translates literally as “certain death”.”

“Crowd diseases.”

“Akkadian was the language of the peoples of Mesopotamia, the first urbansied civilisation in the world,”

“Epidemics back then killed huge proportions of populations, emptying entire cities.”

“Fuelling scepticism.”

“Disaster management.”

“Enthusiasm gap.”

“Get 'good' attention.”

“The vagaries of wind that governs both their lives.”

“Special disease unit.”

“A person's private life is sensationally made public.”

“Contagion and rational thought are not natural compansions.”

“Finds its highest purpose in nostalgia for aerial bombardment.”

“False history.”

“Eastenders suspended its catalogue of everyday urban despair for the first time in 35 years.”

“It must be ego-crushing when people are routinely disappointed to see you.”

“Famous name-twin.”

“Christo-fascist politician.”

'The Librarians' Quote:

“Sod off deadities.”

'Expedition Unknown' Quotes:

“Where do you fall on the spectrum of belief?”

“Uniquely and unnaturally violent.”

“A lot and I mean a lot.”

“Blockade runner.”

'The Fugitive' Quotes:

“For him, confidence is fatal.”

“Why haven't you caught him yet?”

“You don't even speak English good.”

'FTWeekend' quotes:

“Viewed as irretrievably banlieue.”

“Just dislodged their second prime minister in 10 months.”

“Lacks all conviction-”

“General discontent.”

“Thrilled by the narcissm of small differences.”

“Past failure.”

“Belief didn't dimish with the coming of the Romans.”

“Nothing lonelier than sitting at a dining table surrounded by empty chairs.”

“An ambience with tear gas at the exits.”

“Ignored by the elite.”

“Reflective mood.”

“La lose.”


“Unlovely suburbs.”


“Chanted hate songs at each other,”

“Increasingly proletarianised.”

“Came to distain it.”

“Shame of France.”

“HP Lovecraft is a bad writer who will not go away. He's been dead more than 80 years,”

“Cultural theory department.”

“In dreary New England, a monstrous truth is found in an ancient book/meteorite/artefact. Investigation reveals further traces of a power from space/another dimension/under the ground. Having briefly seen an unearthly power that dwarfs mankind itself, the protagonist goes mad/prays to forget/writes a memoir.”

“Failed prose artist.”

“Lovecraft is proof that an absolutely terrible writer can be a sort of literary genius.”

“Who reads them today?”

“Indifferent universe.”

“The rot underneath the veneer.”

“Nonhuman weirdness.”

“Social floorboards are being pulled back and the things glimpsed benath them, seething and diseased, appals us.”

“Provide atmosphere with their chants.”

“Fortress for the rich.”

“Exclusionary construct.”

“Scorned by the world.”

“Riot-torn suburbs.”

“Bold and irrevocable surgical decision.”

'American Housewife' Quotes:

“A woman who bullied her gym teacher until he quit his job.”

“Personal traumatic story.”

“Dresses like a lazy lumberjack.”

“Ditched me for the prom queen, but it all worked out, because she is now my stepmother.”

“A bunch of really old people who live in apartments in New York and there's a monkey.”

“I don't get 'Friends' either.”

'Virgin Media News' Quote:

“Inclusive national conversation.”

'The Sunday Times' Quotes:

“Absolute ferocity.”

“Variance of opinion.”

“React with even greater fury.”

“Vicious theatricality.”

“Unspeakable actions.”

“Extreme rage.”

“The populance withdraws indoors.”

“Squeeze themselves into socially acceptable parameters.”

“Opinions get reinforced by constant agreement.”

“Convinced he was under attack by black magic forces.”

“Illustrious precedent.”

“Accept all this largely without resentment.”

“Even threatened me with theatre tickets.”

“Not above posting dog faeces through an enemy's letterbox.”

“The event of the year! Serge has a bath!”

“Era of disaster.”

“Tore down the achievements of centuries.”

“Entertain shameful suspicions.”


“Intense national opprobrium.”

“Making her decisions because she's deemed incapable of doing so by herself.”

“In case he thinks we have an agenda against him.”


“Grimness to come.”

“Leper island.”

“Anyone who holds unfashionable opinions must be exiled in perpetuity.”

“The revenge he intends to exact.”

“Never seen the force of his anger, but people have.”

“Awoke to a horrific new reality.”


“Public hatred.”

“Moral reset.”

“The time she planted a lemon pie in Serge's face in a Paris nightclub and then threw herself into the Seine, or the night their sommelier forced him to sing at gunpoint.”

'Sky News' Quotes:

“Blizzard of oz.”

“Moral duty.”

'The Sunday Business Post' Quote:

“The trade's reputation.”

'Phantom Of The Soap Opera' Quotes:

“She had thought it for housewives or the housebound.”

“The random el nutso.”

“Soap Opera Stabber case.”

“A clever maniac.”

“Then I'm leaving.”

“That would help you to get there.”

'Red Dwarf' Quote:

“The prat version of Rimmer!”

'Urban Legend' Quotes:

“She's doing a performance art piece to commerate the massacre!”

“Really going to enjoy watching you bleed to death!”


Urban Legend (1998)

'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Quote:

“Klingon prison stuff!”

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