The Orville, Episode 9

In another somewhat dull episode of The Orville, all the crew members fall in love with each other. This one was more focused on humor and relationship stuff than real adventure or thoughtful things. The blue alien that Kelly cheated on Ed with ends up on the ship as a forensic archaeologist, to determine which of …

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Mind Hunter

I finished this disturbing series on Netflix recently, and for anyone interested in crime or serial killers, this is a must-watch. What stuck with me most, though was how they so expertly build up the uneasy anxiety when in the room with these killers. Even though (or perhaps, because) the interviewees speak and act for …

Star Trek: Discovery, episode 3

In what feels like the first episode of the series, we begin to follow Michael on her journey after having her rank stripped and being sent to prison. At least Saru is back! Good stuff: We are on a science ship, doing research. Not a war ship, not in battle. The characters are mostly scientists, …

Star Trek: Discovery, episode 2

There were definite moments during this one, where I felt emotional, and excited, and interested. But in the end I was left heaving a big sigh. This is star TREK, people! Not star WAR. I am so sick of war. I'm bored and tired and tired and bored. Everything is about war and destruction and …

Annihilation movie

Have you seen this trailer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk I'm excited mostly by the 'writer and director of Ex Machina' which is one of the few good sci fi movies to come out in years. The concept and ambiance of this novel (Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy)) was very creepy, weird, and interesting, and if they can translate …

Enduring stories

I just got some tickets to see The Princess Bride in my local theater for its 30th anniversary, and it has me wondering, what makes some stories stick around and stay loved over the years, and others fade away to nothing? It's definitely not the 'graphics' or 'effects'... yet this is what hollywood spends 90% of …

Manipulators

I've begun reading The Talented Mr. Ripley and am finding the character, Tom, very interesting in a 'look at that crime scene' kind of way. I only vaguely remember the movie, but so far the story of the novel is about a small time con artist, and very charming man Tom Ripley being sent to Europe …