Rented Charlie’s Angels (2019) to have something new to watch for a treat.

I have to say at the beginning I wasn’t sure about it. The beginning felt awkward and I figured that I was in for a disappointment.

BUT

It really picked up after the rock quarry fight. I think maybe that’s because the team started to gel better. Then there was the bad guy twist I didn’t see coming at all! I always rate a film higher if it surprises me and that surprise feels plausible (as opposed to just coming out of left-field purely to be surprising).

So yeah by the end of the movie I give it a thumbs up. I’m actually a bit sorry that I rented it as it means I won’t get to watch it again. I confess I do sometimes rewatch the early 2000 movies because their pure silliness is quite entertaining when I just want something light.

I wonder if they will make another one. I would watch.

Batwoman Episode 2 aka Not How I Expected This To Go aka All The Unsaid Things.

You know I actually wound up watching last weeks episode (aka the Pilot) twice because I couldn’t make it an entire week. Actually I made it two days as I watched it on Monday and Wednesday last week. I think the writing for Alice is very clever, I can’t remember if I said that in the ramble I did.

I also don’t think I said that I reckoned that Bruce Wayne isn’t as gone as everyone says. Somebody moved the pearls which led Kate to discover the BatCave – was it Bruce pointing her in that direction?

Anyway I’m going to ramble about this weeks – a lot!

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UK finally got Batwoman and

I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK!!

Honestly I really liked this pilot episode. I always find it hard to put my finger on what makes a show gel for me because I think it’s a mix. I thought the villain was intriguing, the pacing was good, the music was on point, the characters interesting etc.

I’ve found the DC shows to be a bit hit and miss. Thumbs up to Black Lightning and what little I’ve seen of Supergirl. Didn’t like Gotham or Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow. Haven’t been able to try The Flash.

Anyway thus far my impression of Batwoman is that I like it better than Supergirl and so far it confuses me a lot less than Black Lightning. Seriously I watched the premiere of season 3 of Black Lightning the other day and I couldn’t ramble about it because I really wasn’t sure what was going on. I like Black Lightning, I’m invested in the characters, but the story is ???

Anyway I have to wait a whole week now for the next episode. At least having to wait months for Black Lightning season 3 meant Netflix dropped the entire season in one go. E4 is broadcasting Batwoman on Sunday nights. Oh and to complete my grumbling about having to wait 😛Alibi UK picked up Stumptown but that’s a paid for channel so I still can’t watch it.

Sorry I should probably ramble a bit more coherently than “wow that Batwoman episode was good!” But that’s what I’m thinking.

Revision vs. Editing

Anyone that knows me knows I have a thing about the terms revision and editing getting mixed up. It’s petty and ridiculous but we all have things we’re stupid about. To me revision is about story, it’s what happens first to turn a first draft into a draft for others. Editing comes afterwards and is more about polishing it up, getting the commas in the right place, checking for typos and perhaps adjusting word choices.

They are different things in my head and I just want that distinction to be clear.

What is your main struggle with editing?  Is it getting started? Rereading your own work? How do you handle it?
This is the question asked for March’s WriYe blog topic. Now if I took the question at it’s word then I would be talking about ‘editing’ aka the polishing of grammar and punctuation. The answer for that is different than the answer would be for revision. My main struggle with editing is lack of knowledge/ability. I tend to punctuate by feel and I make errors in my writing grammatically – I need an editor. I have got a course to try and learn how to be a proof-reader but I’m really struggling to apply the concepts it’s trying to teach. Editing is hard.

Revision on the other hand is something I quite like. It’s analytical and there’s a process to it because it’s dealing with something of substance. I find the actual writing hard because I’m making something from nothing. With revision I’m dealing with something that already exists and that’s a massive help. Years ago I took Holly Lisle’s How To Revise Your Novel course and most of my process is drawn from that.

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Talking Trek

I have now seen all of the Star Trek movies and varying amounts of all of the TV shows (bar the animated series). I’ve seen all of Picard, Discovery and Enterprise, a handful of episodes of TOS and the first seasons of TNG, Voyager and DS9. I should probably wait until I have seen more of the shows (they do have seven seasons after all) but I feel like rambling about this now.

This post started off as an attempt to rank the various movies and TV shows in order of how much I like them. However, I ran into problems with that. In a lot of respects it’s hard to compare the shows against one another because they are different. I was just talking with a friend about trying to do this and we said that we like things for different reasons – so how can you put one above another?

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Disney+ launched today in the UK. Been waiting for it.

I confess to being distinctly underwhelmed though. I had DisneyLife previously and I’ve spotted a lot of titles that were on there which haven’t migrated to Disney+.

There’s also content missing which I know the US has but we obviously don’t. Common state of affairs. I mean the Netflix US library is about 4x the size of the UK one so I’m used to it. Doesn’t mean I’m not a bit exasperated at it though.

Anyway it’s launch day and Disney have to leave themselves somewhere to go. So I’m hoping the content that’s on my wishlist will get added eventually. Until then I need to stop myself from binge watching everything else that’s on that list

Watched Star Trek: Insurrection and I really do wonder why some people are surprised that the Federation is where it’s at in Picard. Really the Federation has no trouble deciding who is more important. I was sympathetic to the Klingon position (but obviously not their aggression) on Discovery because the Federation is expansionist and does protect its territory. This “move just a few people and steal their stuff” is part of a larger pattern.

I find it fascinating. The Federation as an ideal is amazing but there are issues and I do love that the verse doesn’t shy away from that. I especially like on Picard they are showing flaws in Picard. Often the Captain is the foil that stands up and is the good guy in comparison. That is still true but I do love it when it is nuanced.

I finished season 1 of Voyager. I looked up and Seven of Nine doesn’t come into it until season 4 apparently so a way to go.

I started DS9 (if I haven’t said that before). I was finding it a bit rocky but then Dax caught my attention as well as a spark of something with Sisko. Still early days. I’m finding Dr Bashir hard to take. Is he always such a creep?

Anyway I have now seen all the Star Trek movies. It’s a bit unfortunate that I couldn’t wait and watch them in the correct order along with the shows but I only had access to them this month, so it was watch or not see. Hopefully I can mentally place them later.

Star Trek: Generations

Do not approve.

Made me cry.

When that little kid dropped her teddy bear and it got left behind on the exploding ship. Sniff. But it was alright because when the Enterprise was vaporised I figured some time shenanigans was going to happen.

Kirk showed up and then Picard said he wanted to go back just a few minutes before like what?

But then it looked like that was going to fail so I figured second go they’d go back earlier and the Enterprise would be intact and the teddy would be fine. But then that didn’t happen!

I mean seriously if you could go back to any point in time why not go back to before the trouble started? Or maybe a little bit earlier and Picard could have saved his nephew. I know that probably violates some rule about not taking advantage but I’m stunned that Picard didn’t even consider it before rejecting it for moral reasons (I’d have done it).

Seriously though why do movie makers always have kids drop cuddly teddy bears? Usually that puts the kid in danger as they run back for it (as would I) but to not save the teddy 🙁 honestly I’m upset. They said this movie would have emotional impact and yes I am emotionally compromised.

And yes I was also sad for Scotty and Chekhov when they went to Deck 15 and thought Kirk had been blown into space. Scotty’s “aye” had so much feeling in it.

Sad.

Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

Consequences! I said after I watched #3 that I hoped the crew hijacking the Enterprise etc. would be dealt with but as they were having another adventure I didn’t think it likely – I was wrong! I love it when my pessimism is unnecessary 🙂

Considering the Enterprise pretty much wasn’t in this movie at all (just a glimpse at the end) it was still a solid Trek movie IMO. I did find it a bit concerning that during the end of the Cold War there was a Russian and an African-American woman searching for ‘nuclear vessels’. I know Chekov was hurt but to be honest it could have been much worse, I’m glad they all made it out alive.

The way Bones, Spock and Kirk played off one another was a delight.

Also that whale doctor – when she grabbed Kirk to beam out and get a ticket to the 23rd century I thought “me too” because if I didn’t have any family to leave behind I would totally do that. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong millennium heh because as I get older more wonderful technology is invented. I’m so glad I wasn’t born any earlier!

Oh and Spock when he knocked out that idiot on the bus with the boombox – everyone clapped and yup *clap* that was some solid wish-fulfilment there.

The effects weren’t great but it was a solid movie.

Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier

Back onboard a new but malfunctioning Enterprise. Again the dynamic between Spock, Bones and Kirk was great. I mean I still don’t much like Shatner’s Kirk in comparison to Chris Pine’s version, but as I see more of them together I can understand why they became the sensation that they are.

Question: are we supposed to ship Uhura and Scotty? Because I was getting definite vibes that something was going on there.

Plot-wise this movie wasn’t great. The whole strike team thing at the beginning didn’t work for me, I mean Uhura half-naked as a distraction? No thanks, talk about disrespectful. Also I really didn’t like how Sulu, Chekov, Uhura etc. just flipped like a switch into betraying the Federation (as supporting Sybok was against their orders and their Captain).

I did like Chekov playing the Captain and bluffing against Sybok, that was cool. I’m not quite sure how the Klingon general managed to convince the young Klingon Captain, especially into apologising! But I’ll gloss over that because of the great moment where Spock said “please not in front of the klingon’s”.

I hope they have fixed the ship up properly for the next movie.

Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock

It was kinda sad that Spock wasn’t really in it.

Bones was outstanding as always.

Sulu and Uhura deserved more screentime. I liked how Sulu said that they were all in this together. I did think Uhura was coming back, what was the “rendezvous” point? I was surprised she didn’t appear.

I did feel for Kirk when he said “klingon bastard killed my son” which to be honest was about the first thing I’ve felt for him. Shatner is so wooden.

I hope they address the fact that they basically mutinied, sabotaged the new flagship, stole the Enterprise and then blew it up – I support them but they should get into trouble for that. Although I suppose as Genesis and it’s accompanying political difficulties has been conveniently destroyed they might get a pass.

I know that bringing back dead characters is a sci-fi staple but I still wasn’t thrilled about this plot. The whole Bones possessed angle was (executed brilliantly by the actor that plays Bones) but otherwise slightly strange especially if it’s something all vulcans do? I was a bit confused.

Anyway another movie down 🙂