Captain's Blog: The ship hits the fan this week in the climactic conclusion to Star Trek Discovery Season 2. The evil AI 'Control' closes in on Discovery and Enterprise and time is running out to travel to the future and save the galaxy. Will the Riders of Rohan rush to the rescue when all seems lost? Is timey-wimey stuff enough to snuff the badguys? Will Spock ever shave that beard?! Find out what happens and my full season review...
Captain's Blog: Shields up! Red Alert! Everyone writes their last letters home and says their goodbyes before the big battle in this penultimate chapter of Season 2.
His middle name is Cuthbert. He won a Nobel Prize and two Pulitzers. He's one of the greatest American authors of the Twentieth Century (behind Hemingway but ahead of F. Scott Fitzgerald IMHO) and this is his signature work. The Sound. The Fury. William Faulkner.
Captain's Blog: Discovery makes a few adjustments and catches its breath before jumping into the endgame. Do they waste the episode, though?
Captain's Blog: The Red Angel tells her story of time travel and galactic catastrophe while Section 31 battles for control of all the sphere data.
Imagine a million years ago, before humans had fur, or flippers, or spent most of their time underwater hunting fish, back in 1986, when they still had these big brains that seemed to cause nothing but big-brain problems like world war, global hunger, economic collapse and nuclear devastation, and the only thing that kept them from absolute and total extinction was absolute and total happenstance as the last few random passengers of the "Nature Cruise of the Century" became the last carriers of the human genome, stranded on Darwin's famous islands of evolutionary opportunity with nothing else left to do on Earth but finally evolve.
Captain's Blog: What is Project Daedalus? Who is the Red Angel? Who gets punched? Who finally kisses? All the drama and all the spoilers as Discovery sets a trap that totally works but not in the way you expect...
Captain's Blog: The fugitive Discovery crew bring the fight to Section 31, but who knew it'd be a tearjerker, too, and this is why I love the new Star Trek. This episode works it.
"It's not that kind of story, it's not lithe and clever. It's just dark and full of blood."
So says Philip Marlowe, the washed-up granddad of hardboiled detectives when he recounts his tale. Except it is lithe, and it is very clever and it's also the ultimate archetypal ancestor of the classic detective murder mystery.
Book Two. The Big Sleep was Chandler's first novel and it feels it. It was cobbled together from a pair of short stories and reworked to make any sense but it still didn't completely. I loved The Big Sleep for all it's erratic structure and loose ends, but Farewell, My Lovely is a textbook on detective fiction. It's clean, logical and precise. If The Big Sleep breaks the detective mold, Farewell makes it.
“It was a nice walk if you liked grunting.”
Captain's Blog: Star Trek's newest episode revisits its oldest, and makes for another series high. Black Holes. Fan service. Dramatic revelations. Cafeteria brawls. Section 31 shenanigans. This episode has all the things! Set a course for Talos IV!