Sunday, April 29, 2018

Young Justice 1.25

Usual Suspects

Act 1: The Justice League inducts 5 new members into their ranks: Plasticman, Icon, the Atom, Red Arrow, and Dr. Fate. The Heroes of Young Justice watch the public ceremony from a distance. There is one new member of their team, Rocket. They get an alert and depart before they get a chance to congratulate the new team members.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Star Trek: Enterprise 2.16

Future Tense

The Enterprise finds a small spacecraft floating in space. There are no life signs aboard the ship. They take it aboard and open it up. Inside they discover what looks like a dead human. Dr. Phlox analyzes the body and discovers that it is a hybrid of several races, including humans and Vulcans. Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed investigate the ship and discover that it is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Captain Archer and T'Pol visit Daniel's quarters. They look through his database and discover that the ship they found is from 900 years in the future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Atlanta 1.04

The Streisand Effect

Earn gets talked into buying a Japanese sword by Darius, with the money he was supposed to give to Vanessa. He got the money from selling his phone to a pawn shop which is also where they found the sword. They trade the sword for a dog which is given to a breeder. It doesn't work out in the end but Darius does what he can to make things right.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mr. Robot 1.03


I almost didn't finish watching this episode. I lost interest most of the way through. It feels too melodramatic. The characters don't feel grounded or real. The situation isn't relatable enough. I can understand the paranoia but not the degree to which it manifests in this show.

I think I am going to put this show down for now. I feel as though I have given the show a chance. It doesn't really speak to me.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

This is the story of Roxanne Shante. She grew up in Queens. She recorded a track which was very popular in the mid-1980s, Roxanne's Revenge. I recall hearing about it at the time but I'm not sure I ever heard it back then. Roxanne's Revenge was a response to another track, Roxanne Roxanne by UTFO. Her version was done over the same music as the UTFO song. She was known at the time as a star performer in the neighborhood. It wasn't her idea to record the track. She did it as a favor to a DJ.

The track blew up and for a time her career did too but she was young, just 14 when the track was recorded. She got hustled by men who she trusted. She had a rocky relationship with her mother. Life was not easy for her.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Star Trek: Enterprise 2.15

Cease Fire

Captain Archer has to negotiate a peace between the Vulcans and the Andorians. The two groups are fighting over a small planet which the Andorians first claimed. The Andorians name for it Weytahn, the Vulcan name is Paan Mokar. The catch is that the planet is close to Vulcan space. The Vulcans have controlled the planet for about 100 years but the Andorians have decided they have had enough and are back to claim the planet for their own.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Atlanta 1.03

Go For Broke

Earn takes Van on a date. He's close to broke. Van doesn't know that. Their waitress keeps urging Van to get the expensive items on the menu. Earn winds up having to call Alfred to ask him for money.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

This is a biographical picture about William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, and the two women in his life, Elizabeth (his wife) and Olive (their lover). It is more about the two women than it is about him but he does play an important role in the movie. The movie seems to put forth that Elizabeth and Olive weren't just the women in his life but also co-creators of Wonder Woman.

One thing that surprised me or maybe just reflects on the budget of the film is that even though the movie spans about 20 years and both women give birth a couple times the three leads characters don't seem to age one bit. Hairstyles and clothes change a bit but from what I could see that's about it.

I wasn't crazy about this movie but it has its moments. My biggest problem with the movie is that it is too melodramatic. I wish that it had been a little more down to earth. I wasn't crazy about the actor who plays Professor Marston. There didn't seem to be any subtlety to his character. The actors who play Elizabeth and Olive are much more to my liking. I didn't love them in every scene but at least their relationship and their characters seemed a little more real.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Young Justice 1.24


Most of the team goes undercover to find a thief. Led by Robin, the team (which also includes Miss Martian, Superboy, Red Arrow, and Artemis) joins Haly's Circus as it travels through Europe. Kid Flash shows up briefly but is not with them. Aqualad and Zatanna are completely absent from this episode.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mr. Robot 1.02


Elliot meets with Tyrell who wants him to leave AllSafe and join Evil Corp. Tyrell promises to make him rich. Elliot says no thank you.

Elliot goes home and hacks Tyrell’s accounts. It seems too easy. He freaks. He thinks Tyrell must have let him. He destroys his machines. I love this part of the show, the paranoia. Elliot or at least the actor playing him and the way the show is produced totally sells Elliot’s fears.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Star Trek: Enterprise 2.02

Carbon Creek

T'Pol tells Archer and Trip a story about T'Mir, her great-grandmother. It is the story of the first contact between Humans and Vulcans, in a town called Carbon Creek, PA. There isn't really a town called Carbon Creek but some of the events and things mentioned in the episode are real. The Vulcans were there to observe Sputnik, Earth's first man-made satellite.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Atlanta 1.02

Streets on Lock

Earn and Paperboy get arrested. Paperboy gets out but Earn stays in jail for the better part of a day waiting to get charged. Alfred tries going about his day but something is bothering him. Earn sees a lot that bothers him in jail. Paperboy runs into a lot of people who know his name. Some know him from the radio, others from the shooting incident.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Young Justice 1.23


Green Arrow and Artemis team up to catch Black Spider, a villain who reminds me a lot of Spider-Man. Red Arrow shows up after the fight is over. He sticks around to chat with Green Arrow, while Artemis heads back to the cave. She gets there via a teleportation box that looks a lot like the TARDIS. Green Arrow tells Red Arrow that it is just a matter of time before he will be offered membership in the Justice League but before that can happen they need him to join Young Justice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mr. Robot 1.01

Elliot lives in New York City. He is a cyber security expert. He works for AllSafe, a cyber security company. It seems as though he has trouble interacting with others. He doesn't like to be touched. He keeps tabs on his therapist. He doesn't approve of the men she dates. He missed his friend Angela's birthday party. He doesn't like her boyfriend.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Star Trek: Enterprise 2.01

Shockwave (Part 2)

Captain Archer is stuck 1000 years in the future. Daniels surmises that removing Captain Archer from the past caused immense damage to the timestream and that the Federation never came into existence. Archer and Daniels go to the library to try and learn as much as they can. The library is only supposed to have electronic books but the one they find is an old school library, complete with dusty books.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Americans 1.13

The Colonel

Both sides have important operations underway. The FBI has set a trap for whichever KGB agent comes to pick up a package from a car. The KGB is sending Philip and Elizabeth to meet with a colonel who has top secret knowledge about the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Neither side knows what the other is up to.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Atlanta 1.01

The Big Bang

Earn (Donald Glover) is down on his luck. He still lives with his ex-girlfriend and their daughter. He used to work in the music industry as a DJ and wants to manage his cousin Alfred's music career. Alfred raps under the name Paper Boy. Alfred isn't too excited about having his cousin manage his career until Earn gets one of his tracks played on the radio.

There's more. There's a shooting incident. Earn's parents don't trust him. This is a good mix of humor and drama. I want to see more.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

A remake of Bedtime Story (1964) starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

I wasn't crazy about this movie. I thought Michael Caine was very good but Steve Martin's performance did nothing for me. It was unconvincing and uninspired. Brando was much funnier in the role of Freddy Benson. The plot and characters are almost identical to the original. The biggest deviation is the ending. I liked the ending to the remake better but it wasn't enough to make up for the 1.5 hours that preceded it.

I usually don't believe in comparing movies but considering this is a re-make I think it is fair game to compare it in such a manner.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Young Justice 1.22


Superboy gets a summons from Lex Luthor. He secretly goes to meet him in Washington, DC. Luthor tells Conner that Project Cadmus has built another clone of Superman, a better clone. Conner goes to investigate and finds that it is true. He fights Match, the other clone, who seems very much like Conner was early on. He is full of rage. Conner tries to reason with him but Match just wants to destroy him. Conner eventually comes around to the idea that they need to keep him locked up.