Friday, October 31, 2008

Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
226 pages; published 1977

"I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on I am your teacher."

After two invasion strikes from an insectoid alien race, the "Buggers", Earth's reluctantly allied nations and militaries are fearful of the next, and likely final, strike to come. Their best chance of success, they feel, is in the training of a whole generation of amazingly gifted children.

And so it is that, at the age of six, Andrew "Ender" Wiggins is removed from his home (his parents signing him over to the government) and taken to Earth's orbitting Battle School, never to step foot on Earth again until the age of sixteen. Unlike the rest of his extraordinarily peers, however, Ender has caught the eyes of those in charge. He's not just another would-be soldier; in Ender is the potential for so much more. The potential to plan, the potential to lead ... the potential to win.

Ender's days at the Battle School are filled with trial after trial, each worse than the one before as the ones in control hack away at his childhood, sculpting him into the war commander they need him to be. The war commander they need to save Earth. 4/5

Monday, October 20, 2008

Iron Man

Name: Iron Man
Length:  126 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow

Part of a series? No
My rating: 8/10
Why I would or would not recommend it: Another comic book character makes the big screen. It's a very slick Hollywood action sci-fi film, the effects are great, the armoured suit looks plausible and as always, Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance. I loved the humour added by the computers and robots (believe it or not) and I think that Robert Downey Jr was a good choice for the part. He played the sarcastic lothario well, we initially don't feel much for the character, but we gradually learn that he does have a heart. Unfortunately Stan Lee doesn't usually create any decent female characters and Pepper, played by Gwynth Paltrow was always destined to be another shallow female supporting character to the main male role. I think the way that the narrative flicked back and forth initially was a nice touch, and then merged to culminate in the final half of the film. It's not really designed to be thought provoking though, just a sit back and enjoy the visuals type of film, it really evoked the spirit of the comic book. Action packed, light hearted and obviously destined for a few sequels.

"Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armoured suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armoured suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Doomsday


Name: Doomsday
Length: 113 minutes
Starring:
Daniel Read, Rhona MitraBob HoskinsAdrian Lester, Sean Pertwee, Malcolm McDowell
Part of a series? No
My rating: 7/10
Why I would or would not recommend it: It's by the same director that made Dog Soldiers and The Descent, and is pretty much in the same vein, so if you enjoyed those films, then you'll probably like this.



Doomsday


Released: 2008


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Doomsday


Caryn Peterson, Emma Cleasby, Vernon Willemse, Daniel Read, Stephen Hughes, Ryan Kruger,





Doomsday is a post-viral disaster movie that takes much of its inspiration from Mad Max and Escape from New York. A deadly virus breaks out in Scotland and in order to contain it, the whole of Scotland is quarantined. A huge wall is built around the wall and Scotland is pretty much left to die. Twenty years later, the same virus breaks out in London, and under fears that England might suffer the same fate as Scotland, it is revealed that there are survivors in Scotland, and that a cure may have been found. A team, led by the fearless special agent Eden Sinclair is dispatched on a mission to find the cure. What they find in Scotland is a country divided by two factions, the Mad Max tattooed and pierced punk  community, and the castled medieval community.

The film is so camp and cheesy it's untrue, there are many, many holes in the plot, but it's an enjoyable watch, if you're willing to suspend disbelief for a couple of hours. I mean, if Scotland's been abandoned by the rest of the world for twenty years, how do they keep their mohawks standing up so solidly, and where would the petrol for their motorbikes come from? But that said, I love to watch films set in Britain, with my native accents, and I'm a sucker for films with Sean Pertwee in; he dies horribly in every film he's in! It's definitely a tongue in cheek film. 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

3M's List of 42 (or 142?!)

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    May 2008
  1. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 68, "Guess What's Coming to Dinner?"
  2. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 42, "Future Tense"
  3. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 43, "Canamar "
  4. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 44, "The Crossing"
  5. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 45, "Judgment"
  6. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 69, "Sine Qua Non"
  7. June 2008
  8. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 70, "The Hub"
  9. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 46, "Horizon"
  10. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 47, "The Breach"
  11. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 48, "Congenitor"
    "Human rights" episode with morally ambiguous ending
  12. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 49, "Regeneration"
    You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
    The Borg!!! They seriously scare me.
  13. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 50, "First Flight"
    Flashbacks to the early space program guest starring Keith Carradine.
  14. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 51, "Bounty"
  15. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 52, "The Expanse"
  16. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 53, "The Xindi"
  17. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 54, "Anomaly"
  18. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 55, "Extinction"
  19. Star Trek Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 56, "Rajiin"
  20. Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 71, "Revelations"
    I can't believe I have to wait until 2009 to watch the second half of the final season!
  21. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 12, "The Long Goodbye"
  22. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 21, "The Arsenal of Freedom"
  23. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 23, "Skin of Evil"
    Possibly the stupidest TNG ever.
  24. July 2008
  25. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 35, "The Measure of a Man"
  26. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 39, "Time Squared"
  27. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 42, "Q Who?"
  28. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 61, "Deja Q"
  29. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 62, "A Matter of Perspective"
  30. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 63, "Yesterday's Enterprise"
  31. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 71, "Sarek"
  32. The Fifth Element
  33. The Twilight Zone, Season 1, Episode 7, "The Lonely"
  34. The Twilight Zone, Season 2, Episode 64, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up"
  35. The Twilight Zone, Season 3, Episode 75, "The Midnight Sun"
  36. The Twilight Zone, Season 3, Episode 89, "To Serve Man"
  37. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 81, "Search and Rescue"
  38. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 74, "The Best of Both Worlds Part 1"
    These two episodes together are perhaps the best of the entire series. Cpt. Picard and the BORG!!
  39. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 75, "The Best of Both Worlds Part 2"
  40. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 76, "Family"
  41. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 77, "Brothers"
  42. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 89, "First Contact"
  43. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 90, "Galaxy Child"
  44. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 94, "Qpid"
    I'm sorry, but Robin Hood and space drama just don't mix. Duuuuumb!
  45. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4, Episode 100, "Redemption Part 1"
  46. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 101, "Redemption Part 2"
  47. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 102, "Darmok"
  48. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 105, "Disaster"
  49. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 107, "Unifcation Part 1"
  50. Spock!!
  51. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 108, "Unifcation Part 2"
  52. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 114, "Conundrum"
  53. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 15, "Progress"
  54. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 16, "If Wishes Were Horses"
  55. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 82, "The Seed"
  56. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 118, "Cause and Effect"
  57. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 1, "Emissary Part 1"
  58. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 2, "Emissary Part 2"
  59. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 83, "Broken Ties"
  60. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  61. August 2008
  62. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 84, "The Daedalus Variations"
  63. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 3, "A Man Alone"
  64. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 4, "Past Prologue"
  65. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 5, "Babel"
  66. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 6, "Captive Pursuit"
  67. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 7, "Q-Less"
  68. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 8, "Dax"
  69. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 9, "The Passenger"
  70. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 10, "Move Along Home"
  71. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 11, "The Nagus"
  72. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 12, "Vortex"
  73. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 119, "The First Duty"
  74. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 120, "Cost of Living"
  75. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 121, "The Perfect Mate"
  76. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 123, "I, Borg"
  77. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 125, "The Inner Light"
  78. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5, Episode 126, "Time's Arrow Pt. 1"
  79. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 127, "Time's Arrow Pt. 2"
  80. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 85, "Ghost in the Machine"
  81. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 130, "Relics"
  82. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 132, "True Q"
  83. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 136, "Chain of Command Pt. 1"
  84. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 137, "Chain of Command Pt. 2"
  85. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 138, "Ship in a Bottle"
  86. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 140, "Face of the Enemy"
  87. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 141, "Tapestry"
  88. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 144, "Starship Mine"
  89. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 145, "Lessons"
  90. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 146, "The Chase"
  91. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 147, "Frame of Mind"
  92. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 151, "Timescape"
  93. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 86, "The Shrine"
  94. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 6, Episode 152, "Descent Pt 1"
  95. Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7, Episode 153, "Descent Pt 2"
  96. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 13, "Battle Lines"
  97. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 14, "The Storyteller"
  98. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 17, "The Forsaken"
  99. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 18, "Dramatis Personae"
  100. September 2008
  101. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 19, "Duet"
  102. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 20, "In the Hands of the Prophets"
  103. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 21, "The Homecoming"
  104. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 22, "The Circle"
  105. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 87, "Whispers"
  106. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 47, "The Sontaran Strategem"
  107. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 48, "The Poison Sky"
  108. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 49, "The Doctor's Daughter"
  109. Doctor Who, Season 4, Episode 50, "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
  110. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 88, "The Queen"
  111. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 89, "Tracker"
  112. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 23, "The Seige"
  113. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 24, "Invasive Procedures"
  114. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 25, "Cardassians"
  115. Stargate Atlantis, Season 5, Episode 90, "First Contact"
  116. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 26, "Melora"
  117. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 27, "Rules of Acquisition"
  118. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 2, Episode 28, "Necessary Evil"
  119. October 2008
  120. Alien (movie)
  121. Blade Runner (movie)