The Crown details the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II, current monarch of the United Kingdom and British Empire. Set in the 1950s, the show starts with Queen Elizabeth’s marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh Philip Mountbatten and the re-election of Winston Churchill as the British Prime Minister. From there, the show takes slow and deliberate steps in covering the reign of Queen Elizabeth II through episodic storytelling and beautiful cinematography.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I do not think of myself as a sucker for romance (as I groan every time two characters don’t kiss in a movie). BUT I am a total sucker for friendships between two ladies, especially if they support each other in navigating a man’s world. In the time-honored tradition started by Leslie Knope, here are my five favorite female friendships:
Episodes 1 &2: Macross is attacked by an unknown alien enemy on the day of its maiden launch. Hikaru Ichijo, a stunt pilot, is downed in the middle of the battle and rescues Minmay from alien ground troops.
The human resistance establishes a base in the California mountains while Mike discovers the hidden agenda of the Visitors.
Aldnoah.Zero takes the common archetypes of the Gundam franchise–teenaged mecha pilots, a military ship transporting civilians/refugees, indestructible giant mecha, and (my personal favorite) aristocracy in space–and makes them into something new with the help of the world building. This is not the year 2014 we know, though it shows as many similarities as it does differences. There are smartphones and internet and regular Japanese high schools, but there is also a hostile space empire literally hovering over everyone’s heads somewhere around the destroyed Moon. Therefore, it is plausible that the United Earth mandated military training for all high school students, which in turn informs why a group of teenagers can pilot a couple giant war machines and the military is totally okay with this.
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Visitors from the star Sirius arrive on Earth and ask for assistance in manufacturing a chemical needed to save their home planet in exchange for medical knowledge and technology. But not all is as it seems.
Stargate SG-1 season 3 continues the momentum of season 2 by solving a couple main plot events and showing the evolution of Stargate Command’s involvement in intergalactic affairs. There is also some development between team members of SG-1, particularly with Jackson/O’Neill but Teal’c gets closer with Carter and Jackson. The season ends with another cliffhanger involving a destroyed Asgardian ship and a new enemy. Let’s take a bigger look at season 3, shall we?
Season 3 Episode 22 – SG-1 sans Jackson are beamed aboard Thor’s spaceship the Billiskner to help destroy a new enemy called Replicators.
Icarus Base is an off-world base under Stargate Command created to solve the mystery of the ninth chevron on the stargate. As the first gate to the ninth chevron location is created, the base comes under attack by an unknown enemy. The bases’s noncombatants evacuate through the stargate and find themselves on board the Destiny, a spaceship of Ancient design billions of lightyears from Earth. The involuntary crew of the Destiny have no choice but to work together to get home, but as they are all aware, they are not alone in the universe.
Season 3 Episode 21 – SG-1 finds a crystal skull inside a giant Mayan pyramid. Jackson disappears so SG-1 turns to Jackson’s grandfather for help.
Season 3 Episode 20 – SG-1 locates Kheb, the Harcesis child of Amonet and Apophos, and a zen garden that houses a mysterious being of light called Mother Nature.
The Mecha Marathon is an in-depth look at the mecha anime genre and its evolution as seen through fifty of the most popular mecha shows in the past thirty years. I’m going to be honest, most of these are shows I’ve had on my To Watch list for a long time. But now I have an excuse to watch them and an even bigger excuse to analyze them like an English Professor a little too excited about Shakespeare.
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Season 3 Episode 19 – SG-1 arrives on a planet in a religious dispute over the origins of humanity. Of course, SG-1 disproves one of the dominant theories of the planet.
Season 3 Episode 18 – Colonel O’Neill breaks character for some insubordination and discovers a rogue NID team off-world.
One of my high school friends admitted to always finishing everything she reads, even if she hated it. I don’t agree with this reading philosophy. Life is too short to read a book you don’t like.
There are multiple reasons to drop a book. Maybe you don’t love it. Maybe it creeped you out. Maybe it was taking too long to read and you ditched it for something else. All of these and more are valid reasons to stop reading. Here is part 2 of 2 posts detailing the books I stopped reading and recorded on Goodreads.
Season 3 Episode 17 – Colonel O’Neill starts a new life on another planet after he is stranded from a meteor impact event.
Happy New Year dear reader!
Season 3 Episode 16 – SG-1 shares an imaginary friend named Urgo.
Season 3 Episode 15: The Tollans ask SG-1 for help in determining the fate of Klorel/Ska’ra who crash landed on their planet.
Christmastime here on the blog has been lacking in spirit, I admit. What can I say? I was born and raised in the snowy wonderland called Wisconsin and this year I spent entirely in New Zealand where the weather is complete backwards. Christmas is celebrated by having a barby on the beach, jandles and all. But there are a handful of songs that can get me into that holiday spirit no matter the weather. Here are my top five holiday songs for the season.