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Jul 6, 2024
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Random TV Thoughts – Spooks (MI-5 in the US)

Random TV Thoughts – Spooks (MI-5 in the US)

This was one of my favorite action series back when it first aired, but it got much less compelling around series 8 and I quit watching at some point round there. I’ve now re-watched the entire series as well as the movie that followed it Spooks: The Greater Good. Here are some thoughts!

– I still LOVE the opening credits theme music!
– the first series aired in 2002, and all the computer and technical stuff is so primitive! LOL
– I much preferred the Grid in the first half of the series: it felt unique and distinctive. As the series progressed, somewhere after series 5 maybe, the Grid got very boring and it looks like a million other offices now.
– This was the first role I saw Rupert Penry-Jones in, and after this he was in The Strain where I was very happy with his performance as well.
– This was the second role I saw Matthew Macfadyen in, and had at first terrible trouble seeing him as a spy/action man. But I really became to like his character as the series went on, even though most of his personal storylines were bad.
– All in all, I think writing for characters was better in the early series. They all felt more like real people, each with their motives, strengths and weaknesses, desires and needs. Later on, the characters, with the exception of Sir Harry Pearce, became more one note and not as real feeling to me.
– I also liked that in the early series, the characters almost never had guns on them. Although often that felt unbelievable, though, but I’m not sure whether that’s because I’m used to all fictional spies/action heroes/law enforcers being armed to the teeth at all times. On the other hand, they never seemed to wear bulletproof vests even when knowingly going into a situation that likely would end in gunfire. Continue reading



Jun 20, 2024
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Random TV Thoughts – SeaQuest DSV

Random TV Thoughts – SeaQuest DSV

SeaQuest DSV/2032 was a show I saw in the late 1990s. What I remember is 1) that it’s about the underwater adventures of a submarine and 2) has Stacy Haiduk (whom I had just seen playing a vampire in Kinded: The Embraced which was a tv series I was obsessed with for a bit back then) playing one of the supporting characters and 3) Stephanie Beacham playing the Doctor and 4) being profoundly disappointed that the good Doctor didn’t look (so, no big hair that screamed “RICH”, thousand dollar make-up, designer clothing and fur coats) or act anything like Sable Colby from The Colbys soap opera (also played by Stephanie Beacham) 🤣

I’ve now re-watched 6 out of the first 7 episodes (I quit the episode with the kids about 15 minutes in, it was so bad) and man, the stories are… not great. The plots are so simple, but worse than that, the writing is simplistic. There’s never a deeper thought anywhere to be found! It reminds me very much of Star Trek TNG but it’s missing all the nuance and deeper thoughts. There are so many interesting opportunities that the stories could explore a thing, or make a statement, or even consciously decide to not make a statement but the show doesn’t even notice them. There’s nothing here worth seeing the first time, never mind the second, as far as the stories and plots go.

The acting is okay, nothing great but nothing too awful either. They have some notable guest-stars (Roscoe Lee Browne, Yaphet Cotto etc.) and of course, Roy Scheider was a big star and plays the main character, the Captain of the SeaQuest. And there’s Ted Raimi, who will forever be Joxer from Xena to me. But I can’t remember whether I saw Xena or SeaQuest DSV first, so have no idea which character came first to me. Anyway, so far there’s almost no meat to any of the characters either – nothing new added since the pilot. Oh, and there’s the token kid/teenager who just happens to be a genius, of course, and whose parents dumped him to be SeaQuest’s problem, because apparently the only way to keep the kid in check is to trap him in a submarine underwater.

The interesting thing about the series is the setting: an advanced, huge submarine with minority military and majority scientists crew and which keeps order in the underwater world and investigates mysterious things or is sent to close stations down and find surprises on them. The setting is awesome! The seas are colonized and people are living in underwater stations. It makes me wish very much there’d be a show with the same setting but with much less simplistic story telling! The feel of the setting is the same I get from space adventures! I’m also very interested in the political system of the world, how that world differs from our current times – the hints the show gives say: considerably!

Everything seems to happen and be located in the moon pool room, with the Bridge being the other notable location. The Doctor, who says in the pilot that she’s a medical doctor and head of the sciences, also appears to be an expert in everything in addition to being a medical doctor. Often it would make sense to have another expert in an entirely different field to handle the explaining/thinking either she or the genius teenager is doing. The show does make a point of there being lots of scientists from lots of specialties being on board, after all! But no, it’s always the Doctor or the genius kid. And the science talk never sounds quite convincing – unlike in TNG, which somehow managed to make the invented science sound real and plausible.

I’m not sure whether the show is supposed to be for adults or children. All the main characters are adults, several of them middle aged and there’s only one kid. But the story telling is horribly simplistic, with nothing going on below the very surface level of the stories.

Another weird and interesting note is that the SeaQuest design, the boat itself, looks very much Minbari or Vorlon (from Babylon 5) to me! Both the shape and lines of the boat and its skin pattern. Every time SeaQuest the ship is shown, my brain automatically goes “that’s a Vorlon ship!” and then “oh wait – it’s not B5 i’m watching!” According to IMDB, SeaQuest DSV and Babylon 5 both started the year 1993. Oh, and the military crew jumpsuits are almost identical to what McQueen wears in Space: Above And Beyond.

I’m not sure I can keep watching – the stories are so simplistic, I don’t get anything out of them.



Jun 15, 2024
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Bridgerton – Season 3 Thoughts

Bridgerton – Season 3 Thoughts

Series 3 is just as much brain candy as the previous seasons! I’m always surprised by how fun I find the show. I love the cheerful color palette and the ladies dresses and stately locales. Just so much fun!

Once again, the main story, the romance, was the most uninteresting bit to me. Most interesting stories in Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte for me have been those “relating to abusive households, forced/arranged marriage, pressures to do with financial ruin, trying to exist within oppressive gender roles that are crushing you” as someone put it. There’s just more meat in those stories than there have been in the romances.

I enjoyed the Bridgertons as a family very much again! I’d have loved to seen more of them as a family, but obviously as the main character was not a Bridgerton this time, that wasn’t possible.

Some random thoughts about series 3: Continue reading



May 31, 2024
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Star Trek: Discovery Series Finale & Whole Series Thoughts

Star Trek: Discovery Series Finale & Whole Series Thoughts

So, that’s all she wrote for DSC! End of the series.

I don’t feel much of any kind of way about not seeing these characters in new adventures.

As a season finale, I suppose the episode was okay? Typical DSC fare. I was very bored by the early episode fights Burnham had with the Breens and Moll. The fights were too long and often looked very CGI and fake. Moll remained one-note, predictable and unlikeable to the very end. Her and Lak’s entire relationship felt like they were in love because… the plot needed it. There wasn’t a single reason to care about them as individuals or as a couple. And, it’s possible I missed it, but I don’t think we were shown or told why Lak is so different from the other Breen? More relaxed and open minded enough to fall in love with a non-Breen? I don’t think he got any character work, actually, beyond “I’m in love with a human”. Moll at least got some development, even if it didn’t make her any more likeable or changed her nature in any way.

Also, I don’t understand why, if Lak is the scion of the Breen emperor without whom no-one can be the new emperor, then shouldn’t Lak become the new emperor?? Why didn’t he? And why was it treated as a given that he wasn’t the new emperor and that his uncle or whatever he was, was totally entitled to be the new emperor as long as Lak was alive and in the uncle’s control? And it was fine and dandy for the uncle to treat Lak awfully and nobody cared, but when his uncle tried to destroy Lak’s dead body when there was still a chance of revival by a god device, suddenly half of the uncle’s own troops turned against him?? Just. I remain unconvinced by the whole Moll/Lak thing and all the Breen royal succession things. Continue reading



Mar 21, 2024
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Shōgun (2024) – Thoughts

I’m really enjoying Shōgun, the new tv series starring Hiroyuki Sanada! I’m enjoying all the actors and characters so far. The other, Western main character makes me laugh regularly – his defining character trait seems to be: “Fuck this bullshit! I am the master of my own fate!! Do or die!!!” So far, he has done and not died. The show’s been very entertaining and I’m very much looking forward to future episodes. The costuming and scenery and the way it is shot is very pretty. I’ve seen the first three episodes so far and can’t wait to see the rest!

I read the novel the show is based, Shōgun by James Clavell, back in the late 1980s when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember anything about it except that a Westener goes to feudal Japan and that I loved it. I also have a faint memory of reading other of Clavell’s works after it, but not loving them the same way.

I kinda, but not really, have faint memories of watching a Shōgun tv series, starring Richard Chamberlain. Richard Chamberlain seemed to be every tv series shown on tv for several years in the mid-80s and when I started watching this new Shōgun, I kept thinking “b-b-but Richard Chamberlain?!!!” out of the blue. According to IMDB, there indeed was a Shōgun tv series made in 1980, starring Richard Chamberlain and I recognized the posters for the series immediately!! I don’t really remember anything about the series itself, but I must have loved it because Shōgun is exactly the kind of thing I would’ve loved as a kid/teenager and I remember loving all the tv series Richard Chaberlain was in back then.