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Prompt for 2017-10-22

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:36 am
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Today's prompt is "a disturbed night".
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60Summary:

Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Seven Keys to Doomsday, the third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episodes Cured and Siliconia, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

  • 00:00 – Intro and theme tune.
  • 00:53 — Welcome!
  • 03:28 – News:
  • 03:42 — Doctor Who: Shada back for more.
  • 07:00 — Hitchhiker’s Guide: Hexagonal Phase incoming.
  • 09:28 — Trevor Martin: DEAD!
  • 11:51 — Doctor Who: S11 changes rumours.
  • 15:07 — Dredd: Karl Urban has demands before returning to the role.
  • 16:14 — Stranger Things: Eggo card game.
  • 17:33 – Doctor Who: The Seven Keys to Doomsday.
  • 29:46 – Red Dwarf 12: Episodes 1 (Cured) and 2 (Siliconia).
  • 40:58 – Star Trek Discovery: Episodes 3 and 4.
  • 54:15 – Emails and listener feedback.
  • 66:34 – Farewell for this podcast!
  • 67:34 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

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Damp kitty weather

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:33 pm
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Looking out the window at my firs swooshing in the autumn-leaf-speckled wind, the bamboo bobbing along in agreement off behind them. Rain spatters on the windows and overhead I can hear the occasional thump-bumble-bumble of pinecones rolling down the slope of the roof.

Pi Cat literally is on a heavy rotation schedule from becoming lightly dampened on her all-weather pillow outside and being inside where there is always the potential for kitty treats if she's lucky. She peers at us through the sidelight on the front door (aka "the catwindow") and goggles in the bevel so it looks kind of crazy, signaling she'd like the door opened pretty much every time she catches anyone's eyes.

Time to get out "the cat towel" - an old towel that serves to mop wet paws and dry off a wet kitty when she comes in during the rainy months.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

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In the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Enterprise, Archer must navigate a tense situation while Reed and Tucker attempt to disarm the drone ship. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek

I feel like this episode is great if you’re a Star Trek because of the references and some real cool visual imagery. Look, I can’t deny it was pretty awesome to see that ragtag collection of ships show up to go after the marauder drone. This is it! This must be how the Federation gets its start, and that certainly makes “United” entertaining. Archer faces a near impossible task in trying to unite multiple species and cultures, and he’s doing it while two of his crew men are facing down the Romulans, despite not KNOWING they’re up against the Romulans.

Couple this with a fight sequence that’s rather brutal and comes off as a giant visual reference to that one big fight scene in The Original Series, and you’ve got a lot of things I should have enjoyed a great deal. I did not dislike this episode, mind you, but my patience for Enterprise’s bizarre scripts is starting to wear thin.

Look, it’s smart that the writers forced these characters to deal with the ramifications of Lt. Talas’s death. I don’t think it made sense to ignore it, especially given how emotional Shran was for this woman. But as vicious as that fight scene was, LORD did it ever feel extraneous. The plot in “United” grinds to a halt once the script veers off into this ritual. And like… I get it? Sort of? Archer demonstrates that he “respects” the Andorians, and it is why he ultimately gets their acceptance. That’s an important developmental point, but it feels so CLUMSY. As soon as Archer said he was standing in for the Tellarite, I felt like the show was desperate to put Archer in the middle of everything. He already saved the whole world! And all of Vulcan! Damn, dude, please give ANYONE ELSE a chance to be the center of attention!

At the very least, I appreciated the tense and imaginative plot involving the drone Marauder. See, THIS IS WHY I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION. Shit like this is my JAM. I loved watching Reed and Tucker trying to outsmart their unknown opponents. It’s brilliant that this script only reveals their identity to the audience; the Enterprise crew never actually finds out who they’re up against. All they know is that this ship is involved in complicating matters between the Tellarites and the Andorians. And like all good science fiction, there’s a deeper matter at work. Reed directly disobeys Tucker’s order to save himself, and he ends up taking control of the drone after setting his phaser to explode. It’s a tense sequence, but it’s also an emotional one! I think it could have benefitted from a further exploration of the dynamic at hand, especially since this is like… the second time? Third time? That this has happened? There was that episode in season one where they both nearly froze to death? And that other episode where Reed got stuck outside Enterprise? And that other when… jesus, these two are like the perpetual punching bags for this show. LEAVE THEM ALONE.

Anyway, I can’t deny how cool it was to see the Federation sort of start, and maybe this isn’t the actual beginning, but it sure feels like it. Which is why I was shocked that this ended on ANOTHER cliffhanger with the revelation that the pilot of the drone (and the entire holographic system) for the Romulans IS AN ANDORIAN. And an albino one, it looks like????? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON.

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In the fifth episode of the third season of Person of Interest, I was truly not ready for this episode. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Person of Interest

I just… I just love so many things in this episode, y’all. The performances, the writing, the tension. HOW IS THIS SHOW SO CONSISTENTLY GOOD.

Flashbacks

I actually want to start with this because I hope to open a discussion on Sameen Shaw and representation. Even more so than when she was first introduced, I’m realizing that I’ve never seen a character like Shaw on television. Men are usually given roles like this! But now, we’ve got a flashback that expands Shaw’s characterization beyond what we saw in “Relevance.” Here’s what I want to talk about: does this count as representation? See, one of the things that matters when you’re talking about representation for marginalized communities, specificity plays a huge part in that. We find out here that Shaw might be neuroatypical, or she might have something else going on. She experiences emotions differently than other people, and she’s known since she was young that this made her weird, that people reacted to her negatively because of it. Now, I was initially worried that that paramedic just didn’t understand grief? Because grief doesn’t always manifest immediately, and many people who have experienced it can speak to the fact that it can pop up out of nowhere much, much later on.

Thankfully, the show was more explicit than that: Shaw says she’s not wired to experience emotions like everyone else. And even when Gen “figures out” Shaw, it’s not a negation of this! Shaw really is different. But without a name to it, I could see people either identifying strongly with Shaw’s character or feeling like it’s a cop-out. I don’t experience difficulty with emotions or empathy like Shaw does, so I feel like it’s not my place to comment on this beyond the superficial. I do enjoy that Shaw is so different from all the other characters on the show, but I’d love to know what others think of her.

Gen

So, I kinda have a soft spot for characters like Gen, who was cast into a terrible situation but found creative ways to deal with it. She’s plucky, funny, and resourceful, but the show always lets her be a kid. Of course, she’s almost like a foil to Shaw, and she’s definitely here to remind Shaw of who she was when she was Gen’s age. Y’all, there’s just so much DEPTH here!!! FOR A TEN-YEAR-OLD CHARACTER.

But I tend to love fiction that deals with people who have fallen into the margins. Gen’s story is an extreme example of that, given that I doubt there are many kids who have picked up surveillance techniques that they used to spy on their entire building, but STILL. Gen was forgotten by immigration services. She was more or less supporting herself as a child because her guardian, Vadim, was addicted to bath salts and saw her as nothing more than a nuisance. Even though Shaw didn’t want to admit it, she felt protective of Gen after seeing her living state and her little listening station. There’s a bit of idol worship going on here, too, since Gen basically wants to be Shaw when she grows up.

Yet on top of this all, the writers found a way to tie Gen’s story into the existing HR plot, and IT WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. Y’all, I can’t get over this: a ten-year-old girl was able to push this case forward. It was with those tapes that the team finally got information on Yogorov, Simmons, Terney, and others, that implicated HR in a despicable scheme to push an addiction on the streets of New York in order to make a profit. Which: EVIL. Clearly. However, this episode deals with Shaw’s own moral dilemma. Does she do what she can to save Gen or save the tapes Gen made? She quickly comes down on the side of saving Gen, which was amazing to me because at the start of this episode, Finch kept having to remind Shaw to protect Gen. AND HE DIDN’T HAVE TO ANYMORE AT THE END.

I doubt we’ll see Gen again, but it would be a treat if we did.

Carter

I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH AND OH MY GOD, I AM SO PLEASED THAT SHE WASN’T BEING IGNORANT AND FOOLISH THIS SEASON. Look, I distrusted Laskey from the start, especially since he appeared in the same episode as the one where Terney said Carter might still be a problem. Yet my main concern was that Carter was being written as missing all the obvious signs that Laskey was a plant. I AM GLAD THIS IS NOT THE CASE. This re-contextualizes literally ALL of their interactions because she always knew what he was doing! She purposely acted shady in front of Laskey so she could see his reactions.

AND HOW ABOUT THAT SCENE IN THE BAR IN THE END? IT’S A WORK OF ART, PLEASE PUT IT IN A MUSEUM. OH MY GOD, SHE IS GOING TO HAVE LASKEY WORKING FOR HER? I LIVE FOR THIS. IT IS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED.

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In the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth chapters of The Science of Discworld, we learn about the complicated and mysterious ways in which life formed, and the Librarian goes on an errand. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read Discworld

I know I said this before, but THIS IS LITERALLY HOW EVOLUTION WAS DISPROVED TO ME. Knowledge wasn’t a life-long process of learning as much about the world as one could; it was a rapid-fire quiz that reduced existence to whether or not I could provide an answer to deeply complicated processes. When I first started questioning creationism and the things I was taught, I was presented with a frustrating logic: the world was as my mother said it was unless I could prove otherwise on the spot. To make matters worse, that “proof” never seemed to stick. Obviously, someone constantly shifting goalposts on you is a sign of a different problem, but the basic phenomenon followed me throughout my teenage years. It definitely cropped up in church, too, and I’d hear the same shit: Show me an animal that evolved here in our modern world. How could humans have been monkeys? Why would God allow that?

Anyway, despite my own interest in all this stuff, I AM STILL LEARNING! One of the lies-to-children mentioned here that I “learned” was the whole primordial soup thing, that this was the only way complex chemicals formed on Earth. The reality is that… well, it’s way more detailed than that, and it’s also mysterious. I appreciate how frequently this text just says, “We don’t know.” It makes me feel better about not knowing things, either!

And there’s a huge unknown smack in the middle of all this. Does anyone else find it difficult to even fathom the sense of time that’s spoken of in the Roundworld chapter? It’s not just the length of time, but I also can’t even picture a world like the one I read about in this chapter. It’s so long ago; it seems so alien; and humans have been here for such a relatively tiny time compared to everything else. There’s a vastness to this that almost unnerves me, sort of like when I think about the deep ocean for a long time, or if I consider how big our known universe is. There’s just so much I don’t know and probably won’t ever know. WHICH KIND OF FREAKS ME OUT, but at the same time, I wouldn’t trade away the sense of wonder I have about this world and our universe. One of the main delights of The Science of Discworld is that it basically fulfills this desire to learn of mine by giving the reader little doses of education. Y’all, I am not sure I ever heard about triploblasts until I read this book. THAT’S SO COOL.

Thus, I’m glad that there’s a wizard who is also quite enamored with trying to learn as much as possible, so Ponder is a lot of fun. But was the end of chapter 25 a hint that the Bursar is going to contribute to this, too? I hope so!

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In the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Enterprise, WOW, THAT CLIFFHANGER IS TOO MUCH. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek

Trigger Warning: For discussion of racism, specifically anti-Asian stereotypes.

I gotta start with the negative here because I’m still SO pissed that that line made it into this episode and this fucking show asked Grace Park to utter it. Welcome to the nightmare of… well, this is either one of two things:

  1. Ironic racism
  2. Unintentional racism

Y’all, we don’t get to regurgitate racist tropes and hope that by hanging a lampshade on them that the audience is smart enough and non-bigoted enough to know that they shouldn’t make said jokes either. There is a longstanding stereotype that Asian people eat dogs that’s used to dehumanize them, attack them, and most certainly make them an Other. It doesn’t matter that seconds after Hoshi says that Porthos is probably tastier than the food in the mess hall, she then reveals she is pretending to be a Tellarite to help Archer learn how they talk. It felt like the writers were winking at us, as if they were saying, “See? She’s not actually saying it, but we still wanted someone who is Asian to make this joke, so tee hee!”

No. Stop. Do not pass go. Go directly to jail.

And let’s say it is an accident! No one thought this through. Easy solution here: stop filling your writers’ rooms with white people. I am pretty sure that someone non-white would have caught that line and said, “Hey, maybe we shouldn’t do this.” (Maybe not, though, given that I’ve heard so many horror stories about writers trying to counter shit like this and being retaliated against.)

Regardless: what an unacceptable moment that immediately took me out of the story. I managed to at least overcome it enough once things got interesting. This was otherwise a solid episode that turned into a much better one once you factored in that ending. BECAUSE NOW I KNOW THAT THEY WERE CHASING AFTER GHOSTS THE ENTIRE TIME. Oh my god, it’s so evil??? And that threat leveled at the end of “Kir’Shara” feels way more real???

What the fuck is this show about to do with me?

“Babel One” is an assemblage of a ton of classic ideas and tropes, especially since it’s about Starfleet trying to navigate the difficult relationship between two other cultures/nations. Somehow, the Andorians hate Tellarites even more than the Vulcans! So there’s a lot of bitterness and aggression on display here, made only worse by the Tellarite attack on Shran’s ship, where over sixty of his people were murdered for no apparent reason. It all happens in the lead up to a very important negotiation session ran between these two groups.

So my initial thought? There was some rogue element in the Tellarite government that didn’t want these peace talks to take place, so they fired upon Shran’s ship and destroyed it in order to derail the talks. Just because Ambassador Gral didn’t know of any attack didn’t mean that Tellarites weren’t responsible. However, it’s not like ANY of this helped Archer keep the peace, and half the tension here is wondering when one of these parties was going to kill the other on Enterprise.

It’s hard to talk about his in light of that plot twist, though! Because I had this whole thing written in my head as I was watching “Babel One” about the reason these two cultures mistrusted one another! I wanted to talk about the notion of good faith and how, sometimes, it actually is a luxury to offer that to someone. Ideally, we could believe other people; we could trust them for a moment; we could try to empathize. But if any of y’all have been burned by someone before, you know how hard it is to offer even the most basic sense of trust. After the horrific experience Shran went through in the cold open of this episode, could anyone really blame him for feeling distraught and vengeful over what had happened to him? A Tellarite ship had been responsible for all that destruction!

But then an Andorian ship fired on Enterprise, and this stopped making any fucking sense, and then, BAM! ROMULANS. That threat leveled at the end of “Kir’Shara” came to fruition: the Romulans (and the Vulcans still following V’Las) were trying to pit these two groups against one another by using a ship that could mask itself as anything through holograms. It’s… my gods, it’s so evil. Because why would these people question anything they saw? It was definitely a Tellarite ship that destroyed Shran’s! And that was an Andorian vessel that fired upon the Enterprise.

EXCEPT IT WASN’T. The Romulans are exploiting existing hatreds and prejudices to set two groups against one another, and it worked.

Well, sort of. I’m guessing the second half of this will deal with Archer’s attempt to convince Gral and Shran that they’re being played. They’ll all have to unite to fight the Romulans EXCEPT THEY CAN’T. BECAUSE FUCK THAT ENDING, I FELL FOR IT SO HARD, OH MY GOD, THE SHIP IS NOT MANNED. IT’S ALL DONE REMOTELY. I WAS WONDERING WHY THOSE ROMULANS WEREN’T PANICKING ABOUT REED AND TUCKER REACHING THE BRIDGE.

How??? How are they able to do that at such a great distance????

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