Spectre

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “I won’t be long.” Spectre, released in 2015 James Bond receives a message from his previous boss, M, who died. She wants him to track down a man and kill him, and he won’t let anything stop him. Because of a bit of a fiasco in Mexico his new boss, M, has grounded him. […]

Star Trek: TNG — Hearts and Minds

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of books

{4.5/5} “Having participated in numerous first contact situations over the course of his career, he always tried to wonder what the representatives of the other party were thinking during the opening moments of such a meeting. Fear? Uncertainty? Anticipation or hope? Picard had seen all of those reactions and everything in between.” Star Trek: TNG […]

Skyfall

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “One can never be too careful when handsome men in tuxedos carry Walthers.” Skyfall, released in 2012 James Bond is chasing someone who’s stolen a list of undercover agents. He’s shot, and takes some time to recover. Because of the loss of the list, M is being forced to resign in 2 months. Eventually […]

Quantum of Solace

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{4.5/5} “When someone says ‘We’ve got people everywhere’ you expect it to be hyperbole.” Quantum of Solace, released in 2008 M and Bond are just starting to interrogate Mr. White when one of M’s bodyguards reveals himself to be a member of the same organization and starts shooting. Bond chases him and kills him, and […]

Casino Royale

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{5/5} “Bond, this may be too much for a blunt instrument to understand, but arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.” Casino Royale, released in 2006 James Bond has just been promoted to double-oh status. His mission is to uncover how a terrorist network is being funded. When Bond is caught on camera killing […]

Children of God

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{4.5/5} “I was willing to hear this song, because I had once yearned for a world in which lives would be governed not by lineage and lust and moribund law, but by love and loyalty. In this one valley, such lives are possible… If it is a mistake to hope for such a world, then […]

The Windup Girl

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{4.5/5} “And yet here the foreign devil sits, complaining about the tiny prick of a needle, but completely unconcerned that he has destroyed a ten-ton animal in the blink of an eye. The yang guizi are strange creatures indeed. More alien than he suspected, even when he traded with them regularly.” The Windup Girl by […]

Orphan Black (season 3)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{5/5} “Sometimes family is more than just the people under your roof. They’re people who jump in head first, who aren’t afraid to make fools of themselves to help you, who don’t hide their faces in shame if you fall down.” Orphan Black season 3, aired in 2015 Delphine has taken over Rachel’s position at […]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 10)

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{4.5/5} “We have seen that as new laws of magic are created, they are written in the book. Might words written in the book not then become the new laws of magic?” Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 10 (6 volumes) by Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon & others, published in 2014-16 The old rules of magic […]

The Sparrow

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{5/5} “Since proposing the mission, Emilio had been take aback by the pace of things… And if the speed of events scared him, the precision with which the pieces were falling into place was even more unnerving. He went sleepless, unable to decide which was harder to live with: the idea that he had started […]