Revolution season 2 episode 12 review

Last time Stephen Collins and Charlie made a truce with Steven Culp to help him save the townsfolk who were infected by the  Oranges of Death.

Miles, Rachel, Monroe and new compradre Connor return from their adventure in Mexico. On returning to the hideout they discover there is no sign of Stephen Collins, Charlie or indeed Aaron. After an efficient bit of searching they discover the new quarantine camp where the sick townsfolk have been taken to be sick.

They spy doctor Stephen Collins helping the Patriots. “The rat!” they snarl. Then Miles sees Charlie helping with nurse duties and they realise that the fact that everyone is wearing masks is a clue that there is a disease doing the rounds.

Now a quick interjection on Charlie’s nurse outfit. Surprisingly its her standard ass-kicking outfit of bad-ass-ness. So basically her tight jeans, cute little leather jacket and a whole load of midriff going on. Maybe it’s not the most practical nurse outfit ever invented but if I was dying of a mystery orange disease then there are worse things than getting an eyeful of Charlie’s midriff.

But I digress.

Rachel decides to go into the quarantine camp and catch up with the family. Luckily she has her own mouth covering scarf to disguise her features from the Patriot guards. She is reunited with Stephen Collins and Charlie but then Culp turns up. They agree to a truce so Rachel can help with the medical efforts.

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Charlie helps with medical research

Somehow by looking at a blood sample Rachel works out the disease has been made in a lab and the Patriots are up to no good. She gets a message out to Miles to go to the Patriot Bat Cave and get the antidote that is sure to be there. Unfortunately there is no antidote. Miles gets word back to Rachel.

Rachel works out that the Patriots are using the disease as cover to poison undesirables. It’s all very Nazi like but no reason is given for why they would do this. Perhaps we will find out in a future episode.  But it does looks like Culp knows all about it.

Stephen Collins also gets infected. Culp pats him on the shoulder saying how sorry he is. So that’s all right then.

Rachel and miles infect Culp so he will be forced to bring them to the antidote.

Elsewhere Aaron has had a nanite vision of dead teacher Cynthia. She tells him to go to Lubbock Texas. Ex-wife Priscilla refuses to go with him. After the fireflies almost drop a tree on top of her she decides to go with Aaron after all. Still, it would have been amusing to see that tree land on her…

In Washington DC Tom Neville and his wife plot to get their son out of prison. (We get flashbacks of Mrs Tom using herself as bait so that Tom could kill come guys and steal their food.) They decide to have a word with her new husband and get Jason back.

Tom turns up at a house where a dinner party is taking place to grab the guy. But it’s a trap! Tom is disarmed and he and his wife are taken off to a future that involves Patriot interrogation. And perhaps Oranges of Death…

Back in Texas Connor disguises himself as a Patriot and takes Culp into town for the antidote. Culp opens his safe and gets the vials. Then some Patriot guards storm in. There’s a standoff. Cliffhanger!

This was actually a decent episode. For once the Tom Neville storyline was interesting and I’m wondering what will happen there next.

I’m not sure what the Patriot agenda is with the Oranges of Death. Are they doing this all over the country? Are the Patriot leaders basically Nazis?

By the way, the episode title was Captain Trips which is, surprise, a Stephen King reference. It’s the name of the superflu in The Stand.

 

The Terror by Dan Simmons to be filmed

OK, this just caught my eye during a random bit of IMDB browsing. On Ridley Scott’s upcoming projects list I see he is down as executive producer on The Terror, a TV movie based on the novel by the same name by Dan Simmons.

Here’s the IMDB blurb:

Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2708480/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_5

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I read The Terror a few years ago (I think 2008) and loved it. It is based on the real story of the doomed Franklin Expedition that had set out to find the Northwest passage. There were some added supernatural goings-on, but what struck me most about the book was it’s detailed and authentic recreation of what life must have been like for the sailors stuck on the icebound ships for months. I’ll be interested to see what this movie turns out like.

Moebius Models Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica – photos

A few weeks ago I finally got my hands on the new Moebius Models Colonial Viper kit from the classic series of Battlestar Galactica. I don’t often make model kits any more but I wanted to try this one and I had good fun working on it.

I can’t pretend to be very skilled but overall I think it turned out half-decent and given the hours I spend putting it together I thought I would take a few snaps and put them up here.

The kit has two sets of decals, one to represent the full scale prop and the other to represent the visual effects miniature. I went for the full-scale prop markings which were thicker than the miniature ones.

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In 2008 Revell re-released their old Viper kit and I’ve included a comparison here. This new kit is a little bit larger and also has the option of landing gear. I choose to include the landing gear as the old kit didn’t have them.

At the time I made the Revell kit I deliberately painted it slightly darker than it perhaps should have been. This time around I went for what I think is a more accurate paint scheme.

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Note the old model has the optional Silver Spar Squadron markings.

If anyone is interested I used the following Humbrol enamel paints:

  • Hu 28 matt Camouflage Grey overall which seems to be pretty accurate.
  • Hu 123 Extra Dark Sea Grey for the nose intake and cockpit tub.
  • Hu 53 Gunmetal for the engine intake fans, engine detail and exhaust .nozzles
  • Hu 56 Aluminium for the undercarriage.
  • Hu 94 For for the pilot’s helmet and trousers.
  • Hu 186 For the pilot’s jacket.
  • Hu 85 Black for the control stick, boots and belt.
  • Hu 61 Flesh for the face and hands.
  • Hu 16 Gold for the helmet crest and buttons.

I considered doing some weathering but I’ll probably mess the model up if I do so. I may buy a second kit at some point in the future and attempt weathering it.

Star Trek Starships 12 USS Thunderchild

After another delay here are a few quick snaps of issue 12 of the Star Trek Starships Collection issue 12, the USS Thunderchild which first appeared in Star Trek First Contact.

Every time I read about this Akira-class “catamaran” design I see the words “fan favourite” used. OK, I’ll take their word for it.

It’s a nice enough model and has some decent detail. However yet again it sits very loosely on the stand. In fact gravity is the only thing that keeps it on the stand thanks to the extreme angle the model is displayed at.

Well, never mind my complaints. On to the photos…

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Maren Jensen photo of the day

Recently I bought the new Colonial Viper kit from Moebius Models and I’ve had fun building it. (Photos to follow in a later post.) Making the kit got me looking up photo reference online and watching a few episodes of the classic Battlestar Galactica. This in turn has reminded me how lovely Maren Jensen was as Lieutenant Athena.

Back in the original series Athena was the daughter of Lorne Greene’s Adama and sister to Richard Hatch’s Apollo. If memory serves I probably had a crush on Maren back in the early 1980s.

So in honour of how lovely Athena was I have hearby instituted a new semi-regular feature called “Maren Jensen photo of the day”. (There may or may not be any further posts in this series. We’ll see how it goes.)

Anyway, here’s the photo for today. Click for a nice high quality image.

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I cant take any credit for that scan. I found it at www.byyourcommand.net where they have lots of useful photo reference from the classic show.

Revolution season 2 episode 11 review

First to Mexico. Last time Monroe was captured by his long lost son Connor who takes him to his Mexican crime lord boss guy (who is played by that actor who always plays Central American crime lords). He says he will sell Monroe to whoever is willing to pay for the former head of the Monroe Republic.

Miles resolves to rescue Monroe and manages to break into the compound and get to Monroe’s cell. He knocks out Connor. However to complicate things Monroe refuses to be rescued because Connor would be in trouble with the Mexican crime lord guy. Miles tries to escape but is himself captured.

Connor is ordered to whip Monroe which he does after a slight twinge of potential remorse. Crime lord guy is suspicious at Connors story of how he managed to prevent Monroe’s escape.

So it’s up to Rachel to rescue the situation. She gets into the compound by befriending some crime lord minion, basically by smiling at him a bit. Inside Connor conveniently gives Rachel the key to rescue Miles and Monroe. Connor joins the trio in their escape.

Back in Texas Stephen Collins and Charlie are investigating the mystery of the Patriot oranges. They find a Patriot camp outside of town. Stephen Collins sees a buddy of his apparently being held prisoner. He resolves to rescue him. Stephen Collins and Charlie break into the camp. They are promptly captured by Steven Culp who takes them to a tent with sick people in. Culp tells Collins that typhus has infected them.

(So does Culp know about the mystery Patriots who have been injecting oranges with mystery contents? Or does he know all along?)

Aaron is with Grace who reveals that someone else was guided to her secret town hangout. It’s that lady who Aaron was married to in the flashbacks! The nanites guided her to the town as well! Er, why? We’re conveniently informed, “Oh, she helped Aaron’s computer research thing that inadvertently led to the nanites sentience”. I call that retrofitting an excuse to bring her back.

In Washington DC Tom Neville is told by his son Jason that the Patriots are going to expand their brain washing camps. Jason is not happy by this turn of events. Then some Patriot guards come and take Jason for assassinating that chief of staff guy last week.

Revolution season 2 episode 10 review

So finally I get to a much delayed recap of revolution season 2 episode 10.

When we last saw out heroes Miles was badly injured with some arm infection. I can’t actually remember how he got it but he was in a bad way.

In order to save his life Rachel and the others break her father, doctor Stephen Collins, out of Patriot prison. He quickly goes to work on the Miles wound of infection and cures it by adding some yummy maggots. You know, like they did in the dark ages or whatever.

Miles is soon all better again and Monroe insists Miles tells him where his mystery kid was taken to. Miles agrees to take Monroe to Connor, for that is his name. Miles also gets Rachel to come along for no particularly good reason.

Meanwhile Aaron has buried his dead teacher girlfriend. Stephen Collins apologises for betraying them and all. Aaron just stamps his foot and says “apologise to her, fool!” before storming off. Later it transpires that Aaron has left for good, probably to walk the earth like in Kung Fu.

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Promo photo of Tracy Spriadakos. Well, the back of her head. And Stephen Collins.

 

“Well go after him, Gramps,” says Charlie so the new splinter gang of Charlie and Stephen Collins head off to track Aaron. After a few minutes Charlie loses his trail. “Damn,” she says, while stamping her foot. “He learned how to elude my amazing tracking skills.”

But hark, what is this? Stephen Collins spies some mysterious Patriot carts approaching town. Charlie assassinates some Patriots and they discover the carts contain… oranges.

Oranges?

Huh.

Meanwhile the Miles-Monroe-Rachel splinter-gang head towards Mexico. For that is where Miles hid Connor. They come to a border crossing where there are strict border controls. No way can you get across. Er, unless you volunteer for a work party, in which case come on through.

On the other side of the border Monroe takes control of the horse and cart, neatly ejecting the work boss. They finally make it to the town Connor is in. The main street seems to be full of prostitutes. Miles shrugs and claims the town has changed

They ask around about Connor but everyone gets a deer in the headlights look and runs away. Eventually in a bar Monroe antagonises some young dude and they confront each other. “I bet that’s Connor” says the audience at home. “I think that’s Connor,” muses Miles. Turns out it is and he’s now working for some local crime boss. The trio is ordered to leave the town but Monroe goes back to bond with his son and is quickly captured by some gang of Connor minions.

There is a Tom Neville subplot about him arriving at the White House with the Patriots and plotting to kill some chief of staff in a power play. Eventually Neville junior kills the politician after reading something upsetting in secret papers. Frankly the Tom Neville stuff is too disconnected from the rest of the action to hold my attention. I’m sure it’s going somewhere but I enjoy the other stuff more.

Back in the Stephen Collins town we see patriots injecting some substance into the oranges. That can’t be good.

And on the road with Aaron. He has arrived in that town that has the second biggest ball of string or whatever it was the imaginary kid said. Some lady appears with a gun. “Aaron?” she asks. It’s Grace! Well, its mote accurate to say “Hey, it’s some lady who I think was in the show last season and was connected to the Dark Tower but I forget exactly who it is, oh wait her names is Grace…”

Fleming on DVD

I’m a big fan of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels so I’ve been very interested in Sky’s four part series Fleming. And I’m also a big fan of Lara Pulver who plays Mrs Fleming. The only problem is that I don’t have Sky TV.

Not to worry, there’s a DVD out on 3 March 2014. Here’s the cover featuring Dominic “I actually don’t look anything like Ian Fleming” Cooper.

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And while I’m here I’ll mention that this is actually the third television production based on Ian Fleming’s life. Some years ago Jason “Son of Sean” Connery played Fleming in Spymaker and Charles Dance played him in Goldeneye.

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Scarlett Johansson poster from Captain America 2

Marvel’s Captain America The Winter Soldier is opening in a couple of months. In other words it’s getting dangerously close to that time when my obsession with Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow will return to occupy my mind.

So as a first instalment of said obsession here’s a new character poster of the Black Widow from the above movie.

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I should stress that the other characters get their own posters, but quite frankly I don’t care enough to list them here because good lord, Scarlett looks fantastic there…

If you really must find out about the other posters please feel free to visit www.impawards.com

Riddick review, a solid sequel

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Last night I finally got my hands on a rental disk of Riddick, the third movie in the series that started with Pitch Black back in 2000.

The movie starts with Vin Diesel’s anti-hero Riddick marooned on a hostile planet, Robinson Crusoe style. “There are bad days. Then there are legendary bad days” Riddick says in voiceover as we get a flashback to what happened after the second instalment of the series that led to his marooning at the hands of the Necromongers. Nice to see Karl Urban return in a cameo.

After putting himself back together and adopting an alien CGI dog creature Riddick resolves to get off the planet before things really turn nasty. Using himself as bait he activates an emergency beacon and before you know it two sets of rival mercenaries have arrived for the bounty.

The movie is broadly broken into three pieces. The first segment is pretty much dialog-free and involves Riddick surviving on the hostile barren planet. The second act introduces the mercenaries and their attempts to capture Riddick, with of course the tables effortlessly turned against them. The final part of the movie returns to the familiar Pitch Black high-concept territory with the planet producing a nasty surprise when it rains.

The movie clocks in at around two hours but for some reason it seemed to last a lot longer. I don’t meant that in an entirely negative way as I quite enjoyed the slow pace of the opening scenes allowing the audience to immerse themselves in Riddick’s situation. I also welcome director-writer David Twohy’s focus on characterisation and the (largely foul-mouthed) interplay between the mercenaries rather than focus on constant shooty-bangs as other directors would. Also the exteriors of the alien planet were impressively created in a studio interior, it’s palette largely limited to browns and yellows.

Overall this is a satisfying return to the Riddick universe. Hopefully a fourth instalment will eventually arrive and we can join Riddick on his search for his homeworld, the mysterious Furya.