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!
A new Spock always brings new Time Travel troubles in another tumultuous episode!
Commander Saru returns to his home planet to combat the oppressors and unleash a long overdue revolution for his people. Discovery is officially kicking ass this season.
What would you do to feed your family? This is the question facing Harry Morgan, down in Key West during the Depression. He's got a boat and his brawn but not much else.
You got all the Hemingway mainstays like fishing, drinking and fighting. You got fellas down on their luck, trying to pretend the hard choices they make are about providing for their families and not their man-pride. There's crime, human trafficking, booze-running, bank robberies and Cuban Revolutions, all competing with the Great Depression to make life hard for a man with no money in his wallet. Mix it together and pour over ice, and you got yourself a great vacation read...
Captain's Blog: Discovery dips its toes into the mushroom ocean to resurrect the dead.
Captain's Blog: Giant encyclopedic space-spiders and acid-tripping symbiote-ghost-boogers manage to make for the most unexpectedly tear-jerking episode of the season. Discovery keeps getting better.
Captain's Blog: Stardate 01-31-19: The Klingons are back...!
Captain's Blog: Skipping across the universe on a highway made of mushrooms...