Nathan: “Let’s do this the smart way.”
What do you make of a group of creepy little boys drowning one of their friends? I was horrified. Then add an adult who nonchalantly walks over to see the boy drown as he calls the others for supper and you have real horror. Are they creating a ghost? Is the poor kid a sacrifice for some monster? And all this is happening in the cultish compound of the Glendowers. What great misdirection! I really enjoyed this episode. They got back to what Haven does best, Audrey and Nathan with a smattering of Duke.
I also liked the weekly trouble. A family whose males turn into mermen is a great concept and it makes sense that the process would happen gradually. It also makes sense that you would want to make sure that you all lived together in one place since you need a group for the transition, not to mention that turning into a fish isn’t something that most people would understand. I was just disappointed that the women weren’t included. It would be kind of cool to breathe underwater (and also have super jumping power).
It became pretty clear that the Reverend Driscoll knows a lot more than he is sharing, and also that his crusade against “the cursed” is long-lived and powered by a zealot’s belief as well as some personal grudges. He was willing to let children die for his cause. I am liking him less and less. It was easy to understand why Penny might want to fake her own death to avoid him. The Reverend has his own army and he is recruiting Duke with the help of Evi. I was surprised by that as well. She may really care about Duke in some twisted way, or she is playing both Duke and the Reverend for someone else. The mystery of the tattoos was solved. They are a mark of those who stood up to, or will fight, the Reverend. Apparently they killed Duke’s father and may kill Duke in the future. Are they the good guys or the bad guys?
Lucy was also at the Glendower compound with the Chief. Were they an item? Penny says that she came for a few months and disappeared as quickly as she came a few days after the murder of the Colorado Kid. It was the only time they saw her cry. Did she fail the Colorado Kid or was his death necessary to make the troubles go away? Audrey/Lucy is obviously linked to the troubles.
This episode seemed to take a break from relationship development. It was lovely to have Audrey and Nathan together again for the episode. They work well together. Nathan is taking on the role of the chief. I loved when he stood up to the Reverend - both times. Duke and Evi are an interesting couple. I can’t quite figure them out and I don’t think they can figure themselves out either. I wonder if Duke knows about Evi and the Reverend. He just might. Will he stay part of the Scooby gang or revert to his bad boy ways and join the forces of bigotry and religious zeal to save his own life?
Bits and Pieces
If I was on a midnight raid of a cult’s compound I think I would be a little more careful with the flashlights. Just saying.
It seemed odd that there was so little reaction to Cole murdering Leith. He was either his son or his nephew. You would think his family might be a bit more upset.
The black capes looked cool but I’m not sure how useful they would be going into the water.
Nathan: "The Reverend and his men are this close to going all Mad Max on them.”
Audrey: “C’mon, I bet you look good in black.”
Evi: “Like religious cryptic.”
Duke: “Jackass cryptic.”
Audrey: “Boys, not now!”
Reverend Driscoll: “I want to see you both at Sunday Services. I want the town to see that we stand together.”
Nathan: “Not a chance.”
Penny Driscoll: “No amount of prayer or hurting people will take the troubles away.”
Reverend Driscoll: “You only say that because you don’t believe.”
Reverend Driscoll: “A good shepherd always finds a way to save his flock.”
Audrey: “Looks like we’ve been following in their footsteps without even knowing it.”
by Josie Kafka
Great casting spoiler from TVLine: Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars and Moonlight fame will be a recurring character on Sarah Michelle Gellar's new TV show, Ringer. (SMG, as you may have heard, used to be on a show called Buffy. It had something to do with vampires.) Click for more details, but only if you're not afraid of the tiniest bit of information.
Dohring will play a teacher at SMG's character's sister's stepdaughter's school. Or, if that's not clear: SMG will play two characters, twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan. Siobhan has a stepdaughter. That stepdaughter attends a school where Dohring teaches.
And if that's still not clear: tune in to the CW on Tuesday, September 13th to watch Ringer for the full story.
Without having seen even a split second of the show, I hereby create the Logan Echolls/Buffy 'shipper club. Dialogue already included: "Like, will we hang at the mall and hold hands and buy each other teddy bears with hearts that say, 'I wuv you beary much'?"
by Billie Doux
Tommy: "There ain't no heaven, and hell's a dog fight. I'm gonna disappear like I never was. That's what I want."
Yet another terrific episode that just flew by. It was jam-packed with all the right stuff, too, with many scenes of personal connection between two characters.
by Mark Greig
For a long time ‘The Dӕmons’ was considered to be an all-time classic. Fans only used to talk about it in reverence. Jon Pertwee even stated that it was his favourite story. But that was then and this is now and ‘The Dӕmons’ isn't a story that stands up well to critical reappraisal.
by Paul Kelly
Mels: “You've got a time machine. I've got a gun. What the hell. Let's kill Hitler.”
Bonkers! Absolutely bonkers. I don't think I've ever seen anything so mad. "Let's Kill Hitler" had just about everything. They gave us answers, puzzles galore, humour, cleavage, conflict... Rory punching Hitler and then locking him in a cupboard. What more could anyone ask for? (Bearing in mind this is a family show, not HBO). Any fears I might have had over the second half of the season not living up to the first are now well and truly behind me. This is shaping up to be the best season so far.
by Billie Doux
Gwen: "Start again. Any chance of a drink?"
I'm a bit of a Pollyanna when it comes to shows that I love. But this episode was like someone just tossed a bunch of plot elements in a bowl and stirred, and some of them slopped out of the sides.
Nathan: “You’re stuck in my second favourite Bill Murray movie.”
Haven is back. This was a much better episode. Although we still didn’t get much about the overarching mystery, this week’s weirdness was very interesting.
As Anson Shumway says, if you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you feel responsible for everything that goes wrong--and if you are from Haven, the unbearable guilt that you feel when something truly terrible does happen can be enough to reset time. It was heartbreaking to watch Audrey try to prevent a tragedy and instead watch each of the men she cared for die. It was even more heartbreaking to watch Anson sacrifice himself for his daughter. It seemed the only possible answer, but Audrey is struggling with her inability to help some people, although she did help Anson understand his trouble and what he had to do. The town could have been stuck in a time loop for a very long time without her. The focus on Audrey made for a much better episode this week.
Well, our triangle is now a quadrangle. Audrey enjoyed her evening with Chris and probably would have been happy to go on a picnic with him, but her job and the town troubles come first. It was very interesting to watch Audrey with each death. Her joy at seeing Duke was uncomplicated and direct, and she was obviously upset when Chris died and happy when she woke up to him alive. Her reaction to Nathan’s death was deeply felt, but her reaction to seeing him alive again was curiously reserved. I wonder if she has some rule against dating partners. The scene at the end with all the men she cares about sitting at the bar (with Nathan and Duke trying not to look at Chris) was priceless.
Bits and Pieces
Best death scene goes to Duke, although Nathan’s comment about only feeling Audrey was quite poignant.
I loved watching Duke making his Taco Tuesdays sign. He is really getting into being a restaurant owner.
The first time Audrey did career day was hilarious. She finally realized she was getting a little graphic and just said "Don’t do drugs."
There was a sign at the school encouraging people to follow Vince on Twitter. Apparently Dave actually has an account. I wonder if Vince does as well?
Audrey flicking Nathan on the back of the head was one of my favourite scenes.
Audrey: “I only have one little piece of official police business, but then I’m all yours.”
Duke: “I’m just honoured that you would choose my place of business to express yourselves... physically. Love happens... here.”
Nathan: “It doesn’t hurt. The only thing I feel is you.”
Chris: “Here’s the deal, you’re weird, you wear a gun, you wake up with mysterious wounds and I’m okay with that. But you’ve got to tell me what’s going on with you."
Nathan: “What Ansen did saved his daughter’s life. In this town, he did what he had to do. He got the world moving forward again.”
Audrey: “No. I failed.”
Nathan: “You can never fail me.”
by Billie Doux
Roberta: "Very groovy."
This was actually a pretty decent try at a spinoff. It had something of a Quantum Leap feel, except they'd be fixing things *before* they went wrong. Preventing World War III was a good start.
by Billie Doux
[This is not a rundown of the Golden Globes. :) It's a book review of The Golden Globe by John Varley, first published in 1998.]
The Golden Globe is John Varley's third "Eight Worlds" novel and something of a companion volume to Steel Beach. It takes place in the same general time period -- 200 years after the Invaders have exiled the human race from Earth -- and it is also a first person story by a centenarian. This time, it's Kenneth Valentine, aka Sparky, former child star and solar system fugitive.
When I think about The Golden Globe, the sequence I always remember is when Kenneth ships himself as cargo from Pluto to Uranus via "deadballing", a drug that drastically slows the metabolism. As Kenneth sleeps and wakes, we get flashbacks of his simultaneously horrible and famous childhood, with a "Mama Rose"-like father who used drowning and suffocation as methods to force little Kenneth to memorize lines. (Much like Marjoe Gortner, who gained considerable fame as a child preacher.)
The adult Kenneth, like many who were abused, is emotionally stuck in childhood because he never had a chance to grow up emotionally. He has even retained his imaginary friend from childhood (Jimmy Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd from Harvey, a wonderful choice). Kenneth sees everything he does in terms of parts that he is playing, both on and off-stage, because he has never been allowed to be himself. Kenneth is an egotistical actor type and isn't that likable at first, but as his true situation is slowly revealed and he resolves issues from his past (sort of like non-therapy therapy), he becomes one of Varley's stronger characters, and I definitely empathize with him.
As I've said before, it's the universe Varley creates that I always enjoy the most. Steel Beach takes place on Luna, but The Golden Globe begins near Pluto and moves through the solar system when Kenneth decides to return to Luna to play King Lear. He is followed by a tenacious Charonese assassin who is very like a human version of the Terminator. My favorite bits are on Oberon II, an immense space station/habitat under construction in the orbit of Uranus (a bit reminiscent of Varley's Gaean trilogy), and an idyll on space yacht called Halley, where Kenneth's delightful dog Toby falls in love with an extremely large cat. Hildy Johnson, first person narrator of Steel Beach, is also a character in this book. And just as with Steel Beach, we again encounter the Heinleiners, who may be the key to the future of the human race.
Although the book is complete in itself, it feels like there should be more. Hopefully, Varley's upcoming Irontown Blues will be it.
For more about John Varley and a list of his works, go here.
by Billie Doux
Sookie: "I'm proposing that the two of you be mine."
There wasn't much in the way of a beginning, middle and end, and not a lot was resolved. But this episode was damned entertaining.
by Josie Kafka
“There are no solutions here.”
Ah, defamiliarization. Such a familiar technique. The opening scene of “Laura’s Secret Diary” shows us a microscopic view of the inside of an acoustical tile as Leland Palmer stares at it, accompanied by what sounds like the myna-bird saying “Daddy? Leland? Daddy?” Lynch likes the uncanny-magnification technique: like the hidden spaces that shouldn’t exist, a close-up view of the world shows just how many unknowns surround us in our everyday lives.
by Mark Greig
Steven Moffat picked up his gazillionth award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) this time for 'The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang'. I like to think it was the fez wot won it.
Moffat wasn't the only Who-related winner of the evening. Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea's book, Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, took home Best Related Work.
In non-Doctor Who related news, Christopher Nolan won Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) for Inception. I think we can all agree that he more than deserved it.
Here's the full list of this year's winners:
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
BEST SHORT STORY
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
BEST RELATED WORK
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse,
written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by
Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven
Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace;
podcast directed by Kate Baker
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
BEST FAN WRITER
BEST FAN ARTIST
Brad W. Foster
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
by Josie Kafka
“It’s like I fell into a dream.”
While this episode’s title implies that the focus is one of the many “mysterious” men in and around Twin Peaks, it’s really about the way we attempt to understand one another, the harm we do to one another, and how women and men see each other and then see themselves reflected back in one another’s gaze.
Chris: “Worst date ever.”
I’m not sure what to make of this episode. Last week was a let down after a terrific two-Audrey fest, and this week was even worse. The weekly weirdness was a bit off and we didn’t get much of the overarching mystery. I guess what we mostly learned about was the various relationships of our Scooby gang.
Who doesn’t like an evil sentient wood? Well, this one seemed to come out of nowhere, get super evil, and then just sit there. Love laid the wood to rest - really? It was just hard to make sense of this week’s trouble. It takes both halves of the family to activate this trouble--which is what? Controlling the forest? Waking it up? I liked the feuding families, and I was especially happy that it was the older Romeo and Juliet who saved the day, but it just didn’t fit together for me. I am more than willing to suspend my disbelief, but I like to have some logic to my magic. I just feel that the writers were a bit lazy with this one.
Not much here, other than the fact that the box Duke has is quite old and Evi is working for someone to find out what Duke knows.
This was the focus of the episode. Duke is not willing to leave Haven with Evi because of a promise to his dad. I can’t figure out if she really would run away with him to Mexico (if he was willing), but I also don’t know if Duke was being honest when he said his dad didn’t tell him why he had to come back when the troubles started again. What a crazy relationship. Chris and Audrey are now an item. This annoyed me. Not just because poor Nathan, the good guy, is being overlooked for a jerk, but because I don’t think there is any chemistry between Chris and Audrey. This independent, self-contained woman goes to bed with a guy on their first date and it seems all he has to do is tell her she’s amazing. Yuck. Maybe I just don’t like Jason Priestly. He seems a little wooden in this role. Poor Nathan, he fights his way through murderous tree roots with only a flare on a hockey stick to rescue Audrey and she basically ignores him, says "we’ve got it," and walks out hand in hand with Chris. That also seemed a bit off the mark for her character. And it was too predictable that Nathan would call just as it became “too late”.
Bits and Pieces
Loved the bit with the CB radios. Dave was Dave the Destroyer and Nathan was Baby Bear (again, poor Nathan).
Dave and Vince are having a Twitter war. Of course they are.
I thought it was a bit odd that Audrey would walk into that wood alone with an obviously huge and vicious creature in it. Then she and Chris slowly back out of the woods when they feel they are being observed, but they don’t look up. It’s those kinds of details that make me crazy.
Chris: “As your friendly neighbourhood scientist: don’t touch the goo.”
Audrey: “Why would I need a plan? I’ve got you.”
Duke: “Guess I am better than a plan.”
Evi: “Seriously, this is the part of the movie where you say,'Don’t go in there, you idiot!'”
Duke opens the door to find evil tree roots.
Evi: “That’s why we yell at the movie screen.”
Nathan: “Now you need someone from each side to make the trouble work?”
Dave: “Like epoxy.”
Vince: “Or peanut butter cups.”
Duke: “I am in this up to my eyes.”
by Billie Doux
Eric: "We will be one."
Fabulous episode. Well, okay, the end threw me off a bit. Probably because it didn't end. Rather than cliffhanging, it left us in midstream, with every major character stuck in serious mist-filled crap. Did Bill intend to double-cross Antonia and take her out? If he did, it backfired. Sookie got shot. Bill got silvered. Eric got spelled for a second time. (Damn.) Tune in next week, I guess. Like I wouldn't.
by Josie Kafka
“Deliver the message.”
Creamed corn. It's never a delightful dish, but Twin Peaks makes it eerie, creepy—you pick a synonym for disturbing, and it’ll be accurate. Donna’s first Meals on Wheels visitation is a strange bed-sitting room inhabited by a desiccated old woman and her magical grandson, capable of teleporting creamed corn from one location to another as quick as you can snap your fingers. He claims to be “un homme solitaire.” Or was he not talking about himself?
by Billie Doux
Owens: "You think I'm the epitome of evil. The devil in a three piece suit."
Jack: "In my experience, that's how it works."
Some fans have been saying that ten episodes may be too long for a story like this. But if Miracle Day were shorter, we might not have gotten this one. And I liked what they were saying here about the complexity of life and death issues, and the mediocrity of evil.
by Josie Kafka
A highly scientific study of the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels was released earlier this week from National Public Radio. While we have no way of knowing if all 60,000 votes were some guy in his basement or actually a bunch of different people, the results are interesting.
I was surprised to see that I'm fairly well read in the SF and Fantasy categories, considering I just had a three-hour-long conversation with someone about how I don't know much about the genres. With that caveat, though, here are a few off-the-cuff and entirely personal reactions:
The Dune Chronicles are number 4? Did they not read the sequels? Or does the first book being awesome make up for the second being the most bizarre thing I've ever read?
The Dark Tower series is only number 23?
The Kingkiller Chronicles made the list! I just read the first two books in the planned trilogy a few weeks ago. And loved them.
While we're linking to other sites, you might also enjoy this review of Lev Grossman's sequel to the Magician (which I didn't much like). The reviewer has a lot to say about the state of Fantastika, as John Clute calls it.
What do you think of the list? What's missing? Does anyone else wish there was more Heinlein and less Mists of Avalon?
by Mark Greig
Seems like not a day has gone by this week without one show or another getting cancelled, renewed or both. That's probably because not a single day has gone by this week without one show or another getting cancelled, renewed or both.
We'll kick off with the good news before we get to the "Death to SyFy Network Executives" news.
Renewed for a 5th season. You'd have to be a hermit living on Pluto not to have seen this coming. I'm actually surprised it took them this long, considering that this is HBO's biggest show right now.
Renewed for a 4th season of 13 episodes due in 2012. This was another no brainer. Warehouse 13 is still SyFy's highest rated show. With any luck, the announcement about the HG/Ianto spin-off will not be long of now.
This has certainly been a frustrating for Eureka fans. First there was talk that SyFy was planning to renew the series for final season of six episodes. But then in a u-turn David Cameron would be proud of, SyFy suddenly scrapped those plans and announced that the 13-episode 5th season, currently in production, would be the series' last. Then, in a no doubt futile gesture to calm enraged fans, an additional episode was ordered to serve as the series finale.
Another case of SyFy showing that it is incapable of renewing any show for more than five seasons.
After running out of regular characters to kill off, the spy thriller's upcoming tenth season will be its last. The decision to end the series after 10 years was made by production company, Kudos, and not the BBC, despite what The Sun might want people to think.
Renewed and Cancelled
In Plain Sight.
USA have renewed the series about U.S. Marshals that isn't Justified for a fifth and final season due next year. Season five will consist of 8 episodes instead of the usual 13.
by Billie Doux
"You bring this network's ratings down, Flavius, and we'll do a special on you."
I had a great opening ready to go for this review, with a pun about bread and the ultimate in cheese. But I'd forgotten how good this episode is. It's like a cross between "Patterns of Force" and "Gamesters of Triskelion", but much better than either.
by Billie Doux
[This is a book review of Steel Beach by John Varley, first published in 1992.]
"In five years, the penis will be obsolete," said the salesman.
This is the opening line of Steel Beach, the second of John Varley's "Eight Worlds" novels, and set earlier than The Ophiuchi Hotline: 200 years after the Invaders have exiled the remnants of the human race from planet Earth. Humans have adapted to life on the airless planets and moons in our solar system. And there, life seems to be on hold.
The story is told in first person by Hildy Johnson, self-named after Rosalind Russell's character in the classic movie, His Girl Friday. Hildy is a hundred years old and seems to be enjoying his life, but in fact is in the grip of suicidal depression, like most of exiled humanity. How do you define yourself when you no longer have a home world, there is nothing new to do and no frontier to explore, when work isn't necessary to stay alive? The human race has been orphaned, literally set adrift with no way to ever go home. Hildy's existence is an imitation of life, a search for meaning with none to be found.
Hildy is a reporter, but practically nothing of importance is ever reported in the Eight Worlds other than superficial news about celebrities and sex products. In his free time, Hildy is building a log cabin in the Texas "Disneyland," an artificial environmental bubble with extreme heat, saloons, and actors paid to pretend to be colorful residents. An unnecessary job, a fake place to live; Hildy's existential despair echoes modern ennui. Varley excels at this sort of humorous commentary about our lives today, the trend toward brainless info-tainment, the (in this book, literal) worship of celebrities, the hunger for spectacular and pointless violence as a substitute for actual challenge and danger ("slash-boxing" made me cringe, but I certainly got the point, pun intended).
Hildy is an interesting character and I feel for him, although I think I empathize more with the constantly confused Brenda Starr. But as always, it's Varley's intriguing and appalling vision of the future that captivates me. I've always been interested in life support in a completely hostile environment, total control over the body, near immortality and practically effortless gender realignment. And yes, it's pretty obvious from the beginning so I hope this isn't a spoiler, but Hildy does indeed change sexes during the course of the novel. The name 'Hildy' is what I'd call a massive clue.
There's a lot in this novel for the Heinlein fan. Parts of Steel Beach echo The Moon is a Harsh Mistress since Luna is the setting and there is a Central Computer reminiscent of Mike, but with a dangerous god complex. And there are the delightful rebellious "Heinleiners", a hodge-podge of loosely related rugged individualists who might be the key to humanity's uncertain future.
Because Steel Beach is ultimately about our future as a species. The title itself suggests the next phase of evolution, the human race tossed up gasping onto a steel beach to evolve or perish. Are we destined to die out? Will we ever be able to take the next step and leave the solar system? I'm not sure Varley answers this question to my satisfaction, but he certainly makes me think about it.
For more John Varley, click here.
“I’m Dwight. I clean things up.”
Another good episode this week. Although I am really missing Audrey II, we got two new characters: Dwight the clean-up man and Chris Brody the cranky Mr. Popularity.
We got double trouble again with Lori Fletcher channeling electricity and Mayor Brody channeling popularity. The mayor’s trouble was a little bit scary. Would it only work in Haven? I can only imagine what you could do with that kind of charisma in the bigger world. I’m glad Chris has this “trouble” now. I think this is one of the creepiest “gifts” so far. And we also had some good old human jealousy as the real evil this week. The other woman was not about to put up with being the woman scorned.
Most of the information about the overarching mystery centered on Duke. There is a way to get around being killed by the tattooed man and the FBI file Audrey II had held the key. Why did Audrey II say it was about Duke’s past? Or is this a different file? Which file did Evi steal--or did she already have the file? Duke now has a special box with his name on it. Will this protect him or bring on the tattooed man? Maybe it is a family heirloom. We are in more-questions-than-answers territory right now. The people who seem to have some answers, Dave and Vince, are the keepers of the town secrets which we already sort of knew. Vince did not like to hear the name Rasmussen House. The Rev is front and centre again. He is tied up in the troubles somehow but seems to be on the opposite side of the war. Nathan put him in his place this week. I hope it doesn’t backfire.
Evi and Duke obviously care about each other even as they lie and con each other. It is difficult to tell what the real story is, but it has knocked Duke out of the love triangle. Plus, we have a new entry in the love triangle department. Chris Brody seems to have gotten “under Audrey’s skin” and some connection is going on there. It seemed weird to me that Nathan smiled about that. I expected him to be jealous. Maybe it is Chris’ “popularity” at work. I really enjoyed Jason Priestly as this character, although the little speech about his dad and fishing felt stilted. Maybe he was making it up.
Bits and Pieces
When a boy grows up in Haven he plays baseball for the Seadogs or the Cutters. Football and baseball - good old small town America pastimes.
Dwight the Cleaner is played by Adam Copeland, a Canadian who usually appears as “Edge” in the WWF.
Why no CPR for the mayor? An electrical charge like that might have just stopped his heart. They were pretty quick to declare him dead.
Loved Nathan interacting with Chris. It really brought out his sweet, small town boy, especially the bit where he was hiding his face at the church to avoid being affected by Chris’ trouble.
Duke not only dances, he sings while he works. He also speaks Latin.
The Froggy Grog is Haven’s only wine shop. They do love their weird names for places that sell alcohol.
The Rev: “Hi-Ho Seadogs.”
Chris Brody: “Kids aren’t people.”
Dwight: “You might have to get creative."
Dave: “What’s the story, morning glory?”
Chris Brody: “You think I electrocuted my own father to get these barnacle yahoos to love me. Funny, I never pegged you for stupid, although I’m the idiot studying marine biology in a town where the laws of science are meaningless.”
Duke: “They’re intense about the whole guardian of our secrets thing.”
Audrey: "You’re in a lot of trouble and I don’t like you."
Chris: "You have no idea how great that makes you."
Chris Brody: "Why don’t we take a walk down by the beach? I’ll show you the phytoplankton."
by Billie Doux
Bill: "Killing is what led us to this."
This was another strong episode that just flew by. Maybe it was all the sex. There were people who actually complained last week that we didn't get enough Sookie and Eric. I don't think they can say that now. The porch, the floor, the bed...
Audrey “So we have no motive and our suspect is a boat.”
I really enjoyed this week’s episode. Maybe it was because they beefed up the weekly weirdness or maybe it was because the weirdness was very familiar if you have read Stephen King.
This time in Haven, the machines have come to life and they are not happy (are they ever?). Their favourite fix-it man is thinking about leaving town, but he’s not going anywhere if they have anything to do with it. I enjoyed the red herrings this week - maybe it’s ghosts from the Sea Star, a ship that went down with all hands at their posts and was raised the same way. Yes, I believe that would produce some pretty creepy ghosts, but that wasn’t it. Okay, it must be that angry guy, Hallsing or whatever his name was. When he gets angry bad things happen (a recurring theme). No, it is pretty clear he is not in control when he dies at the hands? propeller? of the machines. We finally find out that it is poor Louis Pufahl who will remain trapped in Haven, tending to his homicidal machines until the troubles are over. I was very sad for him and for Marsha. The vicious zamboni was a nice touch. Every Canadian kid wants to drive a zamboni.
We also got some good action in the overarching mystery department. Audrey II is gone and she no longer has her memories. The creepy disappearing barn was a nice touch. Why were the Audreys supposed to go there? Would our Audrey, Audrey I, have suffered the same fate? Would the barn be there if just Audrey had shown up at the end? Are aliens involved (as they sometimes are in Stephen King novels)? It is always fun when you end an episode with lots of questions you can’t wait to get answered. Of course, I don’t like to wait too long, so I hope we get more information soon. Audrey is not sure of who she is, but she kept the Audrey name, despite knowing she can play the piano even though Audrey Parker never learned to play the piano. I fully expected her to say Lucy when “no memories”, Audrey II asked her what her name was. Actually Audrey II does have some memories. She only lost the memories she shared with Audrey I.
Audrey II has a partner - Brad - who was willing to come and rescue her, take her home and care for her. That doesn’t seem to jive with Audrey I’s loner profile. Evi is still in Haven and is willing to steal for Duke. She really does seem to care for him and he for her but they are both liars and seem dangerous for each other. Audrey is still clueless about Nathan’s feelings for her. We had a nice little triangle going with Audrey, Duke and Nathan but Duke seems preoccupied now. Will Nathan and Audrey heat up? How many relationships has “Lucy” had with people in the town? Dave was very upset at his vision of Lucy last week.
Bits and Pieces
Nathan has taken over as interim chief of police. They have a “hot stove” box where people can write in and ask for meetings about the troubles. Nathan was going to get rid of it but now seems to see its usefulness.
There wasn’t just one Lucy. I wasn’t sure last week but Dave’s vision was of Lucy and she was a redhead with curly hair rather than a brunette with long hair or our version with a blonde bob.
Duke called the new Audrey, Audrey II. I cheered a little.
First Aid tip: If you can’t feel anything and a nail gun shoots nails into your back, it is better to leave the nails in. You will bleed less.
Audrey I has a new apartment over the Grey Gull. Duke dances when he cleans. Duke cleans.
There is an isolated spit of land (housing the creepy barn) called Kick’em Jenny Mac - please correct me if I got the name wrong.
The file Evi gave Duke has a map in it and what seems like a drawing of the tattoo that will be on the arm of the man that is supposed to kill Duke.
Silly dead guy: “Fishing boats don’t kill people. They catch fish.”
Duke: “You’re not as nice as the blonde one, are you?”
Evi: “Well I cleaned... I cooked... I was fun."
Nathan “I’ve always hated that thing. If it comes to life, I’m a goner.”
Nathan “I’m from Maine. I’ve been hit by hockey pucks a lot.”
Crazy Sentient TV: “And you never have to leave home again.”
by Billie Doux
McCoy: "Fantastic machine, the M-5. No off switch."
The all powerful evil computer has certainly been done on Star Trek before, but "The Ultimate Computer" took a different approach by making it personal. How would a starship captain feel if he were replaced by a computer? I thought Shatner turned in a good performance; Kirk's discomfort and feelings of inadequacy and displacement were well done, especially after Commodore Wesley called him "Captain Dunsel." (That wasn't very nice of Wesley, especially since Kirk saved his bacon later in the episode.)
by Billie Doux
[This is a book review of Millennium by John Varley, first published in 1983.]
"All time travelers are pessimists."
When I was a kid and on a plane for the first time (that I recall), I was thinking about plane crashes, and a science fiction plot popped into my head. It was about people from the future stealing people from planes that were about to crash, and replacing them with dead bodies. I never figured out why people from the future would be doing such a thing other than the obvious life-saving, of course, but I thought of it every time I got on a plane. And I never mentioned it to anyone.
Some time later as an adult, I picked up a second-hand copy of a book called Millennium by John Varley, a writer I'd never heard of, and was thrilled as well as mildly weirded out that he'd written a book about my airplane time travel fantasy. And it was so much better than I ever could have imagined. It's one of my favorite novels.
Like many works of science fiction, Millennium is on its face about the human race inevitably destroying itself. But for me, Millennium is much more about two flawed, valiant people from different times who are still trying every day to do their best and save the world. Bill Smith is a burned out National Transportation Safety Board agent. While investigating a massive double plane crash, he discovers some inexplicable anomalies that slowly lead him toward the discovery of a bizarre conspiracy. Along the way, he encounters a strange, beautiful woman named Louise Baltimore from an unimaginable future. Louise and Bill tell their stories in first person and in different order. And of course, in different timelines.
Millennium was published in 1983 and the crash investigation stuff, while obviously well-researched and interesting to read, is now dated. And I must confess that Bill Smith as a character has never done a lot for me. But Louise Baltimore is unforgettable. Her courage in facing her extreme circumstances, her humor, and her unusual relationship with Sherman the ever-changing android are what got me looking for Varley's other works. It's difficult to talk about Louise and her life in the future without spoiling the book for you, but it's definitely the heart of the story and what I've always found most captivating.
Two more things. The chapter titles are all the titles of classic time travel novels and short stories, and there are many homages. I really loved that. And they made a movie based on this book. I've seen it, and I didn't love that. Forget about it. It's terrible. Cheryl Ladd as Louise Baltimore? Come on.
For the book, though? Four out of four alarm clocks,
Here is more about John Varley and a list of his works.
by Jess Lynde
… in which Pete and Myka try to prevent a wayward Warehouse 2 artifact from destroying the wedding of Pete’s ex-wife. Meanwhile, Claudia and Jinks attempt to recover Ulysses S. Grant’s flask at a Civil War re-enactment.