TL;DR – Filled with excited characters, and interesting action, it is almost a great film, that is until it fails to stick the landing
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Alita: Battle Angel is one of those films that has been bubbling in and out of
the film scene for almost twenty years now. It would get so close to being made
and then another setback, and once it was filmed we would get these little titbits
every month or so. With all this, I was
wondering what we would actually get with the final product because I had not seen the original Manga it is based on so
I was coming in blind. Well now that I have had some time to think through it,
I can say that it is a film with some truly beautiful moments, some really
intense ‘oh damn’ moments, and also is a movie that it falls into the same trap
as many films these days and sacrifices the narrative of this film to set up potential
sequels in the future.
So to set the scene, in the far future the Earth is covered in large sky cities
until one day called ‘The Fall’ everything came crashing down bar one city
called Zalem. With the Earth devastated many flock
to the one remaining bastion of civilization creating the great Iron City that
sprawls out underneath Zalem. No one from the Iron City can enter Zalem, but
they all work for the city, in the farms, factories, or as Hunter-Warriors who
are bounty hunters in a world where the police no longer exist. In the centre
of Iron City is the junkyard, where the people of Zalem throw out all their
junk raining it down on the city below. One day Dr Dyson (Christoph Waltz) was scavenging
the junkyard for parts for his cybernetic limbs clinic when he comes across a
cyborg core with a still functioning brain. He brings her home and repairs her body when she awakes she has no idea what her
name was, or what her past was, but she accepts the name Alita (Rosa Salazar)
and begins to learn about the dangerous world around her.
TL;DR – This week we delve
into a very classical episode of Trek,
with an emotional punch that left me in tears.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
you watch a TV show there are many things that can draw your attention. There
could be some cool effects, some nifty action, some big emotional moment, or
something witty that makes you laugh. For me personally, I find myself focusing
on the things that show off someone’s or
in the case of a show, everyone’s talent. That can be that beautiful starscape
that awes me to the core, or it can be an emotional moment where the actors
with the help of the director, script and the whole crew bring words to life and
make them their own. In tonight’s episode of Star Trek Discovery, we get
several moments like this including one that ripped out my heart and made me
So to set the scene, after last week’s episode Point
of Light there was some more focus for the USS Discovery as they had captured the mycelium creature hitching a
ride on Tilly (Mary Wiseman). At this start of this week, we get some more focus as Number Two (Rebecca Romijn) comes
on-board for burgers and to let Captain Pike (Anson Mount) know that she has
found the direction Spock took after fleeing the care facility and allegedly
murdering three people. With this information in hand, they warp off to intercept him before someone less savoury finds
him. All is fine, well bar Saru (Doug Jones) having a cold, which Linus (David
Benjamin Tomlinson) can sympathise with, however just as they get near the warp
trail the Discovery is ripped out of
warp by an ancient being and held in place as all hell breaks loose. Now from
here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – One will now and
always will cherish the yearly Doug Judy updates on Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
This week we get the first major change of the season with a new opening titles
sequence, which you had to expect was coming after last week’s Four
Movements. However, as much as things change it is nice as we continue
throughout the season that it is time to return to some old friends, and also a
time to fight for what is yours.
So to set the scene, Jake (Andy Samberg) is working when Terry (Terry Crews) confronts
him with the news that Doug Judy (Craig Robinson) has been stealing cars again.
Aghast Jake backs up his buddy because he
knows that Doug has gone clean, though he has said that multiple times in the
past. To straighten this all out Terry gets in contact with Judy only to find
out that tragically he has passed away. So who could be stealing cars with Doug’s
MO when Doug is dead? As well as that, the rest of the gang arrive at their
local bar only to find it is filled with …. Gasp … Firefighters. Now from here,
we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – A beautiful story
about finding love in an unexpected
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
of the things that The Orville has focused on in its run so far is the relationships
between the crew, both plutonic, but yes also romantic. Indeed, the show’s premise
was based around the fact that Ed (Seth MacFarlane) and Kelly (Adrianne Palicki)
have to work together even though they used to be married. However, there has
been one relationship that has been on a very slow burn since Season
One and today we get more of it.
So to set the scene, we open as Claire (Penny Johnson Jerald) is working on a
research paper and asks Isaac (Mark Jackson) to give it a once over. The two
have grown close since their shuttle crash-landed and Isaac helped watch over
her children. It is during this exchange that Claire finally works out that she
wants to take this relationship to the next level, but is that something Isaac
can even do. Oh and Bortus (Peter Macon) wants to grow a moustache and it is
amazing. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there
will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Civilization Leader: Eleanor of Aquitaine Leader Agenda: English Capital: French Capital: Leader Bonus: Court of Love – Great works in Eleanor’s cities leads to a loyalty deficient in other civilization cities withing 9 tiles. If a city leaves a civilizastion and Eleanor is the the Civ with the most loyalty pressure the city skips the Free City phase.
TL;DR – This week we take a
moment to look at many of the other stories swirling around Discovery, with a return of a few old friends.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
So far this season we have been focusing very much on the Red Lights, the Red Angels, and the potential threat (maybe) that they pose. However, at the end of Season One, there were a lot of plot threads still hanging there and this week we take a moment to say hello to some old friends, and also kick a bit of ass while we are doing it.
So to set the scene, in last week’s episode New Eden, we discovered that Spock is not only on leave but that he has checked himself into a mental health facility, and is refusing all contact from his family. Well, that’s great but no one told Amanda (Mia Kirshner) that she could not find a way to reach her son. She arrives with Spock’s medical files and one request to Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) break the encryption, which would be a breach of protocol if everything had not just changed. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Today is a goodbye,
but then it also was the perfect goodbye to have
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
The last-minute renewal of Brooklyn Nine-Nine was both a joy, but it was also tinged with a little bit of sadness. This is that even though B99 got a half and then a full season pick up, it was also announced that Chelsea Peretti would be leaving the show. Well, that time has come, but with all things Gina, it was a joy to watch.
So to set the scene, at the end of The Tattler Jake (Andy Samberg) had a heart to heart with Gina (Chelsea Peretti) about where she saw her future, and was she being held back at the 99? Well at the start of Four Movements we get to hear her answer as she announces to the whole team that she is leaving the 99 and then she hands in her two-week notice with a four-part interpretive dance movement. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.