The Flash: Growing Pains

“You need to think about what’s truly best for the public good.”

After a couple of weeks of juggling multiple storylines, this week’s episode settled for telling just two. And it was all the better for it. It appears both Barry and Frost had some learning to do.

Book Review: The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. This review includes:

1. A relatively spoiler-free piece about the book in general;
2. After an adorable spoiler kitten, some discussion of the book in depth, and
3. The major differences between the book and the fifth season of the television series.

In 1770 North Carolina, the Frasers build a life for themselves and their settlers during the lead-up to, and fall-out after, the Battle of Alamance in the War of the Regulation.

The Expanse: Dulcinea

"There are no laws on Ceres, just cops."

Right, let's get the ball rolling with some basic background info.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Mr. Kunstler: “Abbie, do you know why you’re on trial here?”
Abbie Hoffman: “We carried certain ideas across state lines. Not machine guns or drugs or little girls, but ideas.”

They say history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. This movie develops history that is extraordinarily relevant to the events of today. It’s also compelling entertainment.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The World is Watching

“Blood isn’t always the solution.”

There were dueling themes here and at the heart of the episode we have a singular question; “Would you take the serum?”

The Flash: The One with the Nineties

"So, tonight we're going to party like it's 1998?"

With Barry recuperating in cryo-sleep, Team Flash is left on their own to protect the Central City Metro Area from a time god. Luckily, Chesco is on the case. Their term, not mine.

American Gods: The Rapture of Burning

"Thank you, hot bellhop."

American Gods gives me exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it. Thank you, hot bellhop, indeed.

Lupin: Season One

This series, inspired by the stories of Arsène Lupin by Maurice LeBlanc, is a lot of fun.

Arsène Lupin is France’s riposte to Britain’s Sherlock Holmes. Lupin, although very clever, is not a detective. No, he is a gentleman-cambrioleur, or in English, a gentleman-thief. The French were sufficiently piqued by the success of Sherlock Holmes that there’s even a Herlock Sholmès in one of the stories.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Power Broker

“And you like living here?”

I’m just going to say what we’re all thinking: Steve should have given Sharon the shield.

The Flash: Fear Me

“Nightmares can’t hurt you.”

If there is nothing to fear but fear itself, then Team Flash is in serious trouble.

Star Trek: The Cage

"A curious species. They have fantasies they hide even from themselves."

"The Cage" is the 1965 pilot of the original Star Trek, our very first glimpse of Gene Roddenberry's now culturally ubiquitous vision of the future. This pilot starred Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, Majel Barrett as second-in-command Number One, and Leonard Nimoy as alien officer Mr. Spock.

Walt Disney Presents: The Moon-Spinners

“Everyone lies when it serves their purpose – even the stars.”

I woke up really early one day and decided to watch the 1964 film, The Moon-Spinners, simply because I now have a Disney+ subscription. Deep inside my brain, the frugal lips of my father still read “Squeeze every drop out of what you buy,” so I wanted to plumb the depths of the online archive. My continuing mission (apparently): to explore strange new films.