Revolution episode 16 ‘The Love Boat’ review

Ok, I’m finally getting around to reviewing episode 16, by which time I’ve actually seen the next two episodes which are more fresh in my mind. Which means this one isn’t fresh in my mind. I’ll do my best.

So basically there’s this scientist dude who Monroe has got his hands on. He’s making some weaponised anthrax for the Militia. The Georgia president lady sends Miles to go and get the scientist and as a special treat he gets to bring Tom Neville along for the ride. Cue glaring. At their disposal they have a Georgia Navy steamboat that looks like a fishing boat.

They go to the scientist’s building and blow stuff up. They grab the scientist and go to the boat which will take them to safety. Scientist dude tells them that he was working for Monroe because Monroe had his wife and kid. Don’t worry, Miles tells him, we have your family.

Ah, I thought, interesting. Miles is lying and will do anything to get the scientist to come along. This will have repercussions. Actually no, he was telling the truth, which is a lot less interesting.

Charlie and Jason – is it Jason? Toms son? It’s j-something anyway – decide their fathers (assuming Miles is Charlie’s father, well, duh!) are doing the Wrong Thing so they decide to help the scientist escape. And then some Militia boat patrol turns up and they have a gun battle. I’m pretty sure someone from Mad Men was working for the Militia.

In the B-story Rachel and Aaron are getting hungry while walking across the Plains Nation. They beg for food but are told there is none to spare by some Plains Nation Dude. Later Plains Nation Dude catches up with them and demands they give back the food they stole. Rachel and Aaron reluctantly hand it over, thinking a ‘sorry’ will do. But it seems the penalty for any wrong-doing in the Plains nation is to be executed. The dude is about will shoot them but Rachel coldly shoots him first. She is driven!

There is a little coda at the Tower. Prisoner scientist Grace finally gets the elevator working so it can go ‘down’ to level 12. Her guard who spends all the time reading the same back issue of Maxim decides to investigate and takes the lift down. But it stops at level 7 and Grace hears screams on the intercom. Then the lift comes back up… It’s all very Lost.

Revolution episode 15 ‘Home’ review

The episode opens with the aftermath of a battle between the rebels and the militia. We get flashes of the battle with appears to have been fought over a big pile of rubble from some abandoned building that got knocked down shortly before the episode was filmed. It looks like they were trying to do a Terminator future. Only it was daylight.

Well, it’s after the battle and the Georgia soldiers appear with a militia captive. He has a message for Miles from Monroe but he’ll only tell Miles in private. It turns out that Monroe is pretty pissed off with Miles, to the point that he’s taken some choppers to his old town and he’s going to kill everyone if Miles doesn’t go there and give himself up. Wow. That is pretty pissed off.

So of course Miles goes to the old hometown to try to rescue the folk there. Meanwhile at the nameless town Monroe encounters old flame Emma. It turns out that there was a love-triangle between Miles, Emma and Monroe back when they were younger and played by different actors. Monroe catches up with his old house (abandoned) and family (in a graveyard).

Miles turns up just in time to rescue the townsfolk. he does it badly as they all get trapped in a burning building. But lucky for him Charlie, Nora and some others have come along to help. Monroe is corned and resorts to pointing a gun at Emma and using her as a human shield. Some Georgia soldier wants to “take the shot” and so does Charlie. Miles snarls that he will shoot whoever does. Georgia dude takes the shot and Monroe is wounded and Emma killed. Miles shoots the Georgia guy. Well, he told him he would. This might be an example of Charlie doing something not stupid as she didn’t take the shot and Miles didn’t have to kill her.

In a Shocking Twist it turns out that Emma had Monroe’s son back when she was a kid. Apparently. OK, not so shocking.

In the B-story Rachel and Google Guy are still walking across the Plains Nation. Google Guy sees the wife he abandoned years before as she was better off without him or some such whine-y reason. Turns outs she had been captured by a bounty hunter for knifing a militia soldier. Google Guy helps her scape (just about) and she heads off to her new family in Texas.

Big cliffhanger, the Georgia president has employed Tom Neville to go help Miles and the rebels! OK, slightly interesting cliffhanger.

This was a slightly disappointing episode. But don’t worry, the next one is much more interesting.

 

Revolution episode 14 ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia’ review

I actually ended up watching two episodes of Revolution last night. I was just going to watch one and then a Hannibal. Well, halfway through the Hannibal I decided the constant gruesome imagery and disturbing audio undertone were getting to me so I watched a second Revolution. Right now I’ll review the first of the two episodes.

This one follows up the revelation that Monroe has his hands on a nuclear bomb. The episode begins with our heroes tracking a militia team across the border into the Georgia Federation, which seems to be where the Confederate states were in the Civil War. Anyway, it appears that Monroe wants to detonate the bomb in Atlanta, the capital of the Federation.

Miles, Nora and Charlie go to a shed that was supposed to be a military outpost in order to kill the guards for their uniforms. However they discover the guards are already dead and Miles finds his old knife that he gave to one of his buddies back in the bad old militia days.

By the way, Miles seems to be growing a mullet. Must be that post-apocalyptic fashion.

There’s some nice little bitsof world building in this episode. For example we get some glimpses of steam-powered busses and the folk in Atlanta seem to be doing ok. Reference is made to Georgia’s better weather and  resources.

Eventually they find the militia guy with the bomb and it is indeed an old buddy of Miles who feels betrayed by Miles. He kills a Georgia policeman to get away and Miles is arrested. Miles is taken to see the Georgia president and they seem to be on first name terms. She becomes convinced of the nuclear threat when Monroe’s helicopters fly overhead and drop propaganda leaflets saying more or less “we’re going to blow up Atlanta tonight”.

Meanwhile Charlie encounters Miles’ old buddy who makes some reference to Miles doing something bad to her mother but he does not elaborate.

Eventually Miles tracks him down and stops the bomb being detonated. The president gives Miles a few hundred soldiers and arms to help the rebels north of the border.

But some of the most interesting material in the episode is in the B-story. Rachel and the Google guy are on their way west to the Tower. On the way Rachel wants to stop at a house of a former colleague. Said former colleague has what I only can describe as a heat ray that she uses to kill a couple of bad men.

Rachel tells her she wants to turn the power on. Heat ray lady protests that the nano bots are they only thing keeping Danny alive to which Rachel produces the device she removed from his body. It turns out that the nano bot things can cure diseases and in fact are keeping alive heat ray lady’s girlfriend.  Heat ray lady refuses to help until her girlfriend insists that the power should be restored.  Heat ray lady gives Rachel her research and tells her to get lost.

So this was a pretty good episode. I enjoyed the world building and the little hints of the wider world. For example the Georgia Federation’s president refers to them having help from England. Interesting. Also we learn more about the nano bot things and the fact that turning them off will not be good news for all.

I’m trying to think if Charlie did anything particularly stupid in this episode but nothing comes to mind.

 

 

Revolution episode 13 ‘The Song Remains the Same’ review

Rachel explains to Google guy about the Tower and how the electricity was turned off. There are millions and billions of little nanobot things that absorb electricity and replicate. She says they can’t be stopped.

Monroe sends Tom Neville out on a mission to buy something with diamonds. Neville heads off in a Humvee that can go with the benefit of one of the Randall amplifiers. The side benefit of having electricity is that Neville can listen to some Lionel Richie on his iPod.

The rebels spot the convoy and manage to get ahead of it and ambush it. On foot. Think about that. Oh, there might have been a line about the convoy heading their way I suppose. Anyway, they ambush it and capture Neville.

He refuses to tell them anything, even after Bella’s dad punches him a few times. Then Neville’s son turns up at the rebel base as part of another team of rebels. He wants to talk to his dad but Bella’s dad says no.

Rachel goes to kill Neville because of the whole dead husband and dead Danny situation. Charlie steps in and says no, don’t kill him because of the valuable intel he can give us. Can this be an example of Charlie not doing a stupid thing?

Neville’s son goes to talk to his dad. They don’t get along, but Tom says they need to go back and finish his mission or Mrs Neville will be assassinated by Monroe. The son appears to go along but it’s a ruse. The rebels are listening and hear Neville say he’s going to a cement factory. They lock him up again.

The rebels go to the cement factory and kill lots of people except for Randall who gets away with a case. Inside they find materials that lead them to believe Monroe has just bought a nuke.

Back at the base Neville escapes and kills the rebel priest guy. He heads back to Philly and tells his wife to pack as he’s failed his mission and Monroe will kill them. So remember when Charlie stopping her mother from killing Neville was a not-stupid thing? Turns out it was a stupid thing after all.

Rachel hears about the nuke and decides she has to try to cross the Plains Nation and get to the Tower to restore the electricity. “The bad guys have it, the good guys need it too,” she says. Bella’s dad is doubtful. Rachel makes some reference to their past. Then they start some serious snogging. And I’m starting to think “Huh, just who is Charlie’s dad? I see a twist coming up in the future!”

Rachel heads off with Google guy. Charlie wants to come but Rachel says no, and she’s never coming back.

Ok, not a bad episode. A little bit predictable, although I like another quest starting. After all, they’re heading to The Dark Tower…

Revolution episode 12 ‘Ghosts’ review

The episode begins with our heroes putting the late Danny into the ground. Rachel goes to take Charlie’s hand during this emotional moment but Charlie pointedly moves her hand away. So Charlie obviously is not happy with her mother for some reason and I’m sure the episode will explore this.

Bella’s dad is not impressed with the caliber of talent that the rebels possess and decides to go look for another old comrade who used to be in the militia. He finds out where the guy is now living and heads off with Nora, the hot chick who isn’t Charlie. However a former rebel sees him and sells the information to the militia. Who promptly kill the informer. Now, you would think the best way to get information is to build up an army of informants and sow mistrust and fear. But no, they kill the guy who has just brought them important information.

This dude kills informants who have just given him Important Information. I'm sure I've seen the actor in something else, but I can't be bothered to look it up.
This dude kills informants who have just given him Important Information. I’m sure I’ve seen the actor in something else, but I can’t be bothered to look it up.

Charlie and the others head off to another spare rebel base in a former hospital that the rebels have in reserve. In fact I think I heard them refer to it as Echo Base, an obvious Star Wars reference. Rachel investigates the little microchip she removed from the dead Danny but is interrupted by the whole non-communication thing she has going on with Charlie.

Meanwhile Randall Flagg – sorry, Flynn – is tracking down the rebels with the use of his necklace tracking device. Somehow Rachel got her hands on two more of the devices, I missed how exactly. Rachel realises this and destroys the necklaces, but not before her and Charlie and the beardy guy who owned Google are trapped in the former hospital.

Elsewhere Bella’s dad and Nora find the dude they want in a well-kept town. He’s running a library. And guess what, the library has a STEPHEN KING section. I have to put that in capitals because the makers of the show want you to know about the STEPHEN KING homages you might have missed. Library guy hands a copy of THE STAND to some book browser and tells him it’s about the end of the world. We know!

Bella’s dad tries to convince library guy to join him but he refuses. It takes a militia invasion for him to change his mind. Bella’s dad, Nora and library guy turn a small militia army into mincemeat with their swords. Badass.

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I suppose if I were to be punched in the face by an elbow I would like to it be Nora’s.

Back at the hospital Charlie is actually acting all badass as well. She can’t even be bothered loading her crossbow bolt into the crossbow and just let’s some militia dude run into it. Then she picks up his machine gun and shoots all the bad guys holding her mother prisoner. Except for Randall who lives because obviously he’s the big bad of the season. On a brighter note it seems Charlie has forgiven her mother for not being there as she grew up.

I tried to find a photo of Charlie doing badass stuff from this episode but failed. So here is a photo of Charlie in the next episode showing some midriff. Looks like midriffs are making a comback in the post-apocalyptic future.
I tried to find a photo of Charlie doing badass stuff from this episode but failed. So here is a photo of Charlie in the next episode showing some midriff. Looks like midriffs are making a comback in the post-apocalyptic future.

In a flashback sequence we see Randall, who was a high-up DoD person, order the electricity-negating weapon be used on the day of the blackout. Interestingly he and the military types refer to a “Tower”. So obviously there is some big tower somewhere that is the source of he electricity-negating. I wonder where it is…

Overall not a bad episode. Charlie seems to be acting a bit stroppy towards her long-lost mother for no particular reason. Well, except for the dead Danny situation I suppose. Still, she looks totally hot while doing her badass action things in the hospital.

Revolution episode 11 ‘The Stand’ review

Revolution premiered ages ago but I’ve only really started watching it in the last week or so. It took me a while to get through episode one, but once I did I quickly wanted to watch each succeeding episode and last night I got up to episode ten. It turned out to be a mid-season cliffhanger so it marks an appropriate moment to recap on the first ten episodes before starting on episode 11.

So in summary, Rachel Matheson, played by Elizabeth Mitchell (from Lost and V), and her husband are scientists who invent this electricity-negating effect. Someone gets their hands on it and turns off the worlds electricity. Planes fall from the sky and anarchy reigns.

15 years later the Monroe Republic is in power. It’s basically a dictatorship that has sprung up in the north east US. Some of their militia dudes turn up and kill Rachel’s husband and kidnap her son Danny to use as leverage to force Rachel to build them a machine that will turn the electricity on.

Danny’s sister Charlie goes to Chicago to find her uncle who is this badass dude Miles Matheson, played by Bella’s dad off of those Twilight movies. But he’s badass, honest. They have lots of adventures and eventually they rescue Rachel and Danny from Monroe.

At this point I need to point out that Charlie is totally hot. Some viewers have pointed out that she tends to do lots of stupid things. Others express an opinion that she is played by a not very good actress. Personally I maintain that Charlie only occasionally does stupid things. And I think the actress, Tracy Spirikados, is fine. Plus she looks totally hot. I love Charlie. Cue an obligatory photo of Charlie.

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Ok, good. I’ve got that out of my system. So, when we last left our heroes they were escaping Monroe’s base and were being chased by a Huey helicopter. Oh yes, I need to mention that Rachel built Monroe the amplifier machine that will let helicopters work. So, they’re being chased and hide in a building and the helicopter totally blows it up, but don’t worry, our heroes are fine because they hide in the one room that didn’t blow up.

Monroe sends his helicopters to wipe out the rebel bases in the area. (Basically the rebels don’t like Monroe and have American flags. Monroe doesn’t like them and has his own flag. That seems to be the cause of the whole rebel situation.) So our heroes hear the helicopters and go to warn the rebels at the nearest base but they’re too late. They go on to another base and are in time to warn them.

Bella’s dad and Rachel go to get a missile launcher from a friend of Rachel who has been hiding out with his own source of electricity. Now I need to mention that there are, I believe, twelve necklace things that let the electricity work. And Rachel’s friend has one. Actually he’s played by Leland Orser, who is in everything and usually plays an untrustworthy person. So I didn’t trust him on sight. And I was right not to because he betrays our heroes to the mysterious Randall.

It's Leland Orser! Don't trust him!
It’s Leland Orser! Don’t trust him!

At this point I need to mention the makers of the show are obviously big Stephen King fans. Randall Flagg is a mysterious bad guy who appears in numerous King works such as The Stand. See episode title above. At one point Leland says to Rachel, “Randall got into the Tower,” to which she seems horrified. In the Stephen King books The Dark Tower there is a mysterious tower upon which the whole of creation depends. One assumes a technological dark tower will be appearing in this series.

Bella’s dad and Rachel escape from Leland and head back to the rebels with a missile launcher. Meanwhile the rebels have been alerted to an incoming attack by the son of a militia officer who has the hots for Charlie. I mean the son has the hots for Charlie, not the officer. So the rebels are looking for volunteers to fight the helicopters and Charlie puts her hand up. Some would say this is evidence that Charlie does stupid things, but lots of rebels put their hands up, along with Charlie’s brother Danny.

Bella's dad aims the missile launcher
Bella’s dad aims the missile launcher

The helicopters attack and Bella’s dad arrives with the missile launcher just in time. He is about to fire it but gets caught in an explosion and drops the missile launcher. Danny rushes in and works out how to fire it. He blows up the helicopter with the amplifier and the other one starts to spiral to the ground. Tragically some bullets from the second chopper hit Danny and he stands injured as the helicopter crashes in slow motion. It was quite a nicely composed shot actually and I thought “there is a price to paid to beat Monroe,” which is a good storytelling thing to happen.

Well, poor Danny is no more and his mother and sister are understandably sad about it. The surprise ending has Rachel cut into her dead son’s skin and remove a little device that was implanted when he was a small child to save his life. Elizabeth Mitchell does conflicted very well and you can see her simultaneously horrified by what she is doing but determined to get the mystery device.

But there is another surprise ending. The mysterious Randall ‘Flynn’ and Leland Orser turn up at Monroe’s headquarters proposing an alliance.

So, a pretty decent episode. I was impressed that they killed off Danny so quickly after spending ten episodes rescuing him. I look forward to more Stephen King reference in future episodes.

And Charlie.

Looking totally hot.

Game of Thrones Location 3 – Larrybane Quarry

Here’s another Game of Thrones location that I really wanted to find after seeing it in the show. The episode in question was the third instalment of season 2. Catelyn Stark is going to meet one of the many new kings that have been popping up, King Renly. He and his queen, Margaery, are sitting watching a fight between the queen’s brother and what turns out to Brienne of Tarth. Around them are some white cliffs so I assumed it was some little bay I didn’t know about.

After a bit of research I found out that the location was actually a former quarry at Larrybane and it is currently used as an overspill carpark for the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. I decided to have a look for it this morning and headed off, camera in hand.

As it turns out it is just a mile or two at most from Ballintoy Harbour as seen in my previous location visit so it would be quite easy to do both on the same trip.

Fortunately the overspill carpark was closed and I was able to get photos without any cars spoiling things.

Here are a few photos matched with screen shots of the episode.

The king and queen watch the fight with the ‘cliff’ behind them.

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A view of the fight. Note the sand on the ground that must have been brought in to make it look like a beach.

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The king and queen’s point of view of the fight. Through the gap between the ‘cliffs’ we can see Rathlin Island in the distance. It was that shot that made me want to find the location.

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Finally a shot of the coast visible to the right of the gap. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is at the little v-shape in the distance.
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I was quite pleased to find this one. (Never thought finding a former quarry would have been on my list of things to do.)


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Star Trek Into Darkness – Spoiler Review

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Normally when I review a movie I do my best to make it spoiler free. But with the new Star Trek movie I found that I can’t say what I want to say about it without going into an examination of the plot. So this will be a review with major spoilers. If you have not seen the movie yet I strongly urge you to not to read past the spoiler section beyond the neutral zone below.

Seriously.

Having said that I will do a little bit of non-spoilery comments first before delving into the main section of the review.

The movie is of course a follow-up to the successful reboot of the franchise and is set in the alternate universe where Vulcan got destroyed. The tone of the movie is very much in line with the previous movie, i.e. loud, brash, fast-paced, loud, noisy, in-your-face, shouty and is also a bit loud. I should add that it’s a bit noisy.

Joining the cast as villain John Harrison is Benedict Cumberbatch, from BBC’s Sherlock. He is seriously badass. He chews the scenery, splits it out, chews it some more and generally steals the show. Benedict is good value.

And that’s kind of all I can say before delving into the spoiler section. But it’s an entertaining movie and if you liked the last one you will probably like this one too.

So on to the spoilers.

Spoiler neutral zone.

Ok, you’re still here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Before I start I need to say that I did enjoy the movie very much. I make this clear now as I will make quite a few negative observations about some plot points below. But overall I liked the movie.

To cut a long story short the big plot twist comes half-way through and we discover that John Harrison is genetic superman Khan from the classic series episode Space Seed and of course Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan. This was a plot development predicted by some long before the movie came out and credit to JJ Abrams for obfuscating the character’s identity enough for it to be a surprise.

The movie is not a remake of The Wrath of Khan (hereafter referred to as TWOK) but it does borrow a lot from it and there were numerous references, as there are to the other movies

My first reaction on walking out of the cinema was something like:
“Wow! All the best bits of Wrath of Khan, repackaged for the 21st century!”

This thought was closely followed by:
“Hmmm… All the best bits of Wrath of Khan, recycled for a new audience. How lazy. They’re trying to ride on the coat-tails of greatness to give the thing some gravitas.”

Closely followd by a third thought:
“Yes, it will take me a little while to get my head around this one.”

I actually did like all the Khan stuff that started seeping in shortly after they captured The Batch. He starts his speech in the brig about who he is and where he came from and I knew where it was going, “No way! He’s going to say he’s Khan!” And he said the word. “Khan”. I think some dude sitting on my row of the cinema kind of gasped right then.

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Before I forget, another big link back to TWOK was the presence of Carol Marcus in the movie, as played by British actress Alice Eve. In the earlier movie we discover that she and Kirk had a son called David. This time around she is a Starfleet officer. Oddly I liked how she had an English accent for no reason whatsoever while her father, Admiral Marcus, was clearly being played as an American. At the end of the movie Carol seems to have joined the crew and I do like it when they add a new member, like they did with Savvik in TWOK.

But back to TWOK plot homages.

One big surprise was a brief cameo by Leonard Nimoy as the so-called Spock Prime from the original version of the Star Trek universe. The scene with the two Spocks was very clever, because Quinto-Spock is asking Nimoy-Spock for clues and Nimoy-Spock refuses to spell things out.

But there is a subtext there and the audience knows the only way to beat Khan is for a sacrifice. There’s a foreboding thing happening right there that I liked. It’s clear that a price has to be paid, as in the earlier movie where of course Spock goes into the radiation chamber to save the ship.

And before you know it they do the whole radiation chamber scene but with a switch so that is Kirk who saves the ship and dies and Spock who is outside touching the glass. Thats a fun little twist I would not have predicted.

Of course as soon as Kirk walked into the chamber I was thinking “McCoy injected Khan’s blood into that dead Tribble and we know is blood has regenerative properties”. Still, it was a fun scene, although see my objection about it being recycled greatness.

So Kirk dies and then Spock shouts “Khannnn!!!” Ah! I didn’t see that coming. (From reading the forums a lot of fans are a bit annoyed about this. But if they are lifting chunks of the earlier movie then why not lift that line as well.)

The other villain of the piece is Admiral Marcus (played by Peter Weller) who is running the secret Section 31 black ops outfit. Back on the TV show Enterprise I believe the same actor played a character in, guess what, Section 31! Lazy! Plus when Peter Weller turns up you know he’s a bad un. The revelation of him being the villain was as surprising as a big unsurprising thing slapping you in the face.

Another observation, Marcus’ secret badass starship was just too evil looking, all black and non-Starfleet-y. The crew were also a bit evil looking and were not even wearing proper Starfleet uniforms. I think it would have been a bit more interesting and conflicting if this crew had been wearing standard Starfleet uniforms because then you’d be thinking that Kirk is firing on his own people.

The whole reason for Marcus doing all this is that he believes that war with the Klingons is inevitable and he has been using Harrison/Khan to develop badass weapons. There’s actually an interesting idea there but the boo-hiss way it is presented makes it all a bit one dimensional.

Earlier I discussed some scenes lifted from TWOK, but there are numerous other instances of homages/recycling:

1 Scotty sabotages the bad ship from inside. He did the same thing to the USS Excelsior in ST III, thus allowing the Enterprise to escape Spacedock.
2 The bad ship eventually crashes in San Francisco Bay. The stolen Klingon Bird of Prey did that at the end of ST IV
3 Admiral Marcus is preparing for war with the Klingons and is willing to sacrifice the Enterprise and it’s crew. That’s a bit like Admiral Cartwright and the conspirators in ST VI wanting to keep hostilities going.
4 The face-off between the Enterprise and the bad ship felt a little like the one in Star Trek Nemesis (the tenth movie which had Tom Hardy as the clone of Picard, back in the days when Tom Hardy was kind of unknown).
5 Kirk and Khan have to cross over to the bad ship to fight Peter Weller. That strongly reminded me of Kirk and Spock going to Nero’s ship in the 2009 movie.
6 Also the fight on the flying platforms at the end reminded me of the fight on the planet drilling platform in the 2009 movie.

Now for a couple of annoying technical issues:

First of all after attacking Starfleet headquarters Khan/Harrison teleports out of his ship to the Klingon home world in a split second. Really? Seriously? The have technology to do that? Then why bother with spaceships at all? That’s a very sloppy plot thing to do as it negates the premise of everything else you are portraying. Also why go to the Klingon home world at all? It seems like he’s just hiding out and has no reason to be there. It just seems like and excuse to include the Klingons at last.

The other annoying technical issue is when the Enterprise is flying back to Earth from Klingon space. The Enterprise is in warp for just a minute or two at most. The Marcus Bad Ship catches up and shoots them out of warp. Guess what, they’re back at Earth. In two minutes! Again, this sloppy plot development is just lazy. It’s there for the convenience of getting back to Earth for the showdown.

Now that I think about it Carol Marcus runs to the bridge to warn Kirk about the capabilities of her father’s ship. It appears the head of a super secret black-ops outfit tells his daughter what he’s been doing at work. Again, lazy.

Another plot hole. If Khan’s blood can save Kirk why not try the blood from one of his buddies?

But hang on a minute. Magic blood? That means in the future every time a character dies the audience can shout “just use Khan’s magic blood!” at the screen.

I suppose that all sounds negative, but lazy writing and the resulting plot holes can usually be fixed with a little thought. But there was much about the movie I liked here are a few examples:

1 – When kirk meets with admiral Marcus after the attack on Starfleet headquarters we see models of spaceships on a table going from a Gemini capsule (I think) through to the Phoenix (from First Contact), the Enterprise NX-01 (from the TV show Enterprise), a weird ship glimpsed in a picture in the first movie, the Kelvin from the 2009 movie, the current Enterprise and finally to what I assume is the Evil Bad Ship.
2 – After Harrison is captured and taken on board the Enterprise McCoy wants to take a blood sample. Harrison is in the brig behind what looks like glass but is some sort of forcefield as McCoy has a little circle gadget that he uses to make a hole in the force field.
3 – I really liked seeing Carol Marcus in a classic 1960s Starfleet uniform. Sorry, but seeing her run down the corridor in those boots… =sigh=
4 – When Kirk tells Chekhov to put on a red uniform I thought “Chekov is not long for this world!”
5 – Scotty goes to investigate what’s at a set of coordinates and finds himself approaching a super secret facility in orbit of Jupiter. The shots of Jupiter are suitably stunning and I like how a real planet was used in the movie. Last time out Saturn got a guest appearance. Look out for Mars in the next movie I think!
6 – The Batch doing The Acting, chewing the scenery, hissing lines like “I will walk over your cold, dead corpses!” like he means it. Worth the price of admission right there.
7 – Nice to finally see some Klingons. Well, one anyway.

But back to the whole Khan rehash/tribute/homage/recycle. I seem to recall after the 2009 movie came out there was a lot of speculation about what the next movie would feature and I’m pretty sure Khan was mentioned frequently. So with that in mind it is perhaps best that they got it out of their system.

As this movie ends the Enterprise is finally heading off on its five year mission. One assumes that will be the setting for the next movie and it’s interesting to speculate what the story will be about. I would not want to bet against Klingons appearing.

Whew! That might be the longest review I’ve written.

The White Queen trailer and imagery

I’ve just seen this fun trailer for The White Queen on the BBC:

It’s a ten part adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins War series about the War of the Roses.

Here’s a BBC press image:

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Amazon are listing what appear to be tie-in editions of the novels for publication on 23 May so the series can’t be too far away. I assume the cover images are from the series.

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Life of Crime episode 1

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Last Friday night ITV showed the first of a three-part crime drama called Life of Crime. I almost missed it but flipping through the channels I caught sight of Hayley Atwell in a police uniform and I decided there were worse ways to spend an hour of my life. My exact thought was something along the lines of “Gosh, she’s pretty!” I mean, I knew Hayley was pretty, but it hit me like a brick wall of prettiness on Friday night.

Note, spoilers below…

Anyway, episode 1 is set in 1985. (You know it because they go to a disco at one point and manage to squeeze in a good portion of an early Now That’s What I Call Music compilation.)

Hayley plays young WPC Denise Woods in Brixton and a teenager she befriends turns up dead. She immediately suspects who did it but her police boss does not appreciate a newly qualified WPC taking a lead on the investigation. Indeed there is a fairly unbelievable shouty scene of said police boss shouting at Hayley that made me think, “did police bosses really shout to their subordinates like that in he 1980s?’

Denise even manages to get herself suspended at one point but continues on her own investigation, catching her suspect cleaning his van in an attempt to get rid of evidence. It looks like he will go free.

And then something unexpected happens. The Brixton riots erupt and Denise finds herself in the police station with access to the evidence room and everyone else is understandably occupied. Surely she wouldn’t…

It’s a plot twist I did not see coming. The suspect gets his comeuppance and Denise is lauded.

Next week the drama jumps to 1997 and from the preview it seems that Denise is confronted with what she did with the evidence. I will be watching.

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