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The Crown: Scientia Potentia Est (2016)
This episode had me in goosebumps most of the time.
None of us can really know what Queen Elizabeth II was like or what she said in private meetings back then, but I gained a deep respect for her in this episode. Here she emerged from an insecure young lady and into the woman she is now known as: a very intelligent and reflected woman who commands respect.
The performances of Claire Foy and John Lithgow are very convincing and breathtaking, and the latter's even had me in tears in the end. I had no idea Lithgow could act like this. Tremendous performance.
And if I ever met Claire Foy and she asked me to do anything using the character she plays here I would not hesitate to say 'at once, your majesty'. Very convincing performance also from her.
But seriously, this episode was gripping from start to finish. Magnificent.
The Big Short (2015)
Surprised I liked this
I normally don't enjoy watching movies/shows about politics or economics as I understand very little of those things, especially American (I'm Norwegian). But I decided to give this a go, mainly because of the good cast, but also because of the acclaim from critics and high ratings from viewers.
I was pleasantly surprised! Although it was a bit hard to follow every term and what was happening all the time, I understood what was going on, and I was almost at the edge of my seat at times, which has NEVER happened for me before watching a movie like this. Of course it also helped that I thought it was very funny! Very entertaining movie with great performances all around.
Recommended. 8/10 from me.
M*A*S*H: The Ringbanger (1973)
"I have to shoot some targets, and I didn't even know they were in season"
As a Norwegian I must admit I had never heard about Leslie Nielsen until I watched "Airplane!" (1981) as a kid. Decades later when I bought all the M*A*S*H DVDs I noticed he was a guest actor in this brilliant episode.
It has a lot of great jokes by Trapper and Hawkeye (and others) as usual, but also features Nielsen as a good 'serious' actor. He portrays an officer that will do anything to kill as many 'gooks' as possible, even when it's not necessary to win ground and with great losses to the soldiers he command. Without knowing for sure, I'm guessing this is something that happens from time to time with over-confident and ambitious officers all over the world.
Another reason for this episode to be among my favorites is McLean Stevenson's many funny lines and facial expressions when he's drunk out of his mind after being tricked into it by Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar to achieve their goal of trying get Nielsen's character discharged to save further unnecessary casualties under his command.
All in all a very good episode that was the standard for this excellent show, with both great and funny dialogue combined with portraying the seriousness of war; where- and whenever it happens.
A very good David Hewlett episode
This is another episode where we get to see David Hewlett's real sister back in the role as his in-show sister.
I understand David Hewlett as Rodney McKay is some people's least favorite character in this show, but I don't understand why. He is an excellent actor, and in this episode he is truly sparkling with his brilliant performance. He was the main reason I watched Stargate Atlantis until the end, and still keep watching it over and over.
The episode is also a crossover to Stargate SG-1, although the latter was canceled at the time, but I love cross-overs none the less. There is a pretty witty dialogue between Ronon and Sgt. Walter.
I also like sci-fi shows where they bring things to the 'real world', and there is a fair share of that in this episode.
8 thumbs up from me!
Stargate SG-1: Cold Lazarus (1997)
One of my favorite episodes
This episode starts out quite slow, but it evolves immensely, at least in my opinion.
The SG-1 team is visiting a planet where they at first sight find nothing but radiation and some strange crystals.
Upon taking some of the crystals back for analysis on Earth, they discover something extraordinary.
This is a very well written sci-fi story, in my opinion. This is why I watch, read and like sci-fi.
Speculation on how other lifeforms besides the ones we so far know of on our planet has always fascinated me, and I think this example is a very good one of what might be out there.
Shiould be a limit over 10
This is the best movie ever made.
I have to write 10 lines, but my first one says it all.
Russell Crowe does one of his best performances here, as do Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen and least but not last Oliver Reed. He (Oliver) died during filming, so they had to replace some of his scenes with stand-ins and computer generated graphics, which was very well done.
He did a very memorable appearance in this film, though, as did all the stars.
Russel Crowe has a reputation of being hard to work with, and I'm not sure if he was in this movie, but his chemistry with the other actors (especially Djimon Hounsou) appears excellent here.
This will probably be my favorite film for decades to come.
Just see it, and don't take my word for it.
This dark episode was great in all aspects, in my opinion.
Great acting, casting, directing (LeVar Burton), photography, lighting, set design, props, everything.
We finally get to see how Deep Space 9 (or Terok Nor as it was called then) was run during the time of the occupation by the Cardassians when Gul Dukat was the station commander. All dark and gritty and dirty, with Cardassians abusing Bajorans for the slightest mistake.
Quark is also in his natural element here. We see him here as he was before, and makes us understand in some way how he is 'today' and how he has changed a bit since the Cardassians were kicked out of the station.
The main cast in this episode does an excellent performance, especially Rene Auberjonois. He is of course always good, but here he is incredible.
Our favorite recurring guest actors in the form of Gul Dukat and Garak also perform above par here. Kurtwood Smith - one of my favorite actors since the first RoboCop (1987) movie - also helps to lift this episode up a few notches.
The reason I didn't give it a 10 is that I found it a bit confusing and hard to follow at times.
Overall, a 'must see' episode for anyone following the story of DS9, in my opinion.
I'm currently watching DS9 for the first time.
I'm always looking forward to episodes involving Risa, the 'pleasure planet' of the Federation. So when Dax, Worf, Bashir, Leeta and Quark all go there together in this episode I was looking forward to a 'light' episode with lots of comedy and 'pleasure'-like moments, just like an episode of good old 'Fantasy Island' that I enjoyed very much when I was a kid, or when Picard goes to Risa in the TNG episode where he meets the archaeologist lady.
It could have been a fun episode to watch to take a break from the darkness in DS9 at this time.
It turned out that this episode was very disappointing. It was not fun to watch at all. Some comedy mainly by Quark, the rest was just depressing and unconvincing.
Michael Dorn was given a role and lines that were ridiculously childish and negative even for him, and it affected his performance, and this seemed to reflect onto the others as well. Everyone performed pretty bad compared to other episodes, and the chemistry between them was all gone.
The villain was like something from the 1930's, and the writing was overall very bad.
It all felt very childish.
My least favorite episode of DS9 so far, sorry.
Low paced and good
This episode was quite enjoyable. I thought I had seen them all before, but this one must have slipped through back then.
Watching this is like reading a book. Just relax and enjoy. There is no action or space battles.
Most of the episode is told in a 'flashback'-style where Crusher tells Guinan (my favorite Star Trek character) about how she got herself kicked off the Enterprise and is now awaiting a trial back at Starfleet. We all know she continues her role, so no spoiler there.
Many think this is a 'slow' episode, and I'm sure it's a 'bottle-neck' episode (made cheaply to save money for other episodes), but I liked the break in pace and the mystery-feeling from the start, and how I tried to make myself try to solve the case like I was reading an Agatha Christie novel or something.
Very decent guest actors make this an episode to watch unless you're all about action and space-battles.
Also nice to see Gates McFadden at least trying to play an emotional role here (the episode is all about her) compared to her normally cast-bound facial expression. She doesn't quite succeed, but she's not too annoying either, so I guess it's a good episode for her.
Very good for a low budget episode!
I've always enjoyed sci-fi where aliens make contact with 'earthlings'.
This is a refreshing and thought-provoking episode where 'earthlings' are the ones to make first contact with another species.
The downside is the side-story involving Riker/Jonathan Frakes (horrible actor, in my opinion), which isn't very good at all, as with most stories where he is the lead character.
But as for the main story alone - the 'First Contact'-part - I rate this as one of my favorite TNG episodes ever, and I've watched it many times.
Highly recommendable if you like sci-fi where 'earthlings' interact with foreign species for the first time, or vice-versa.
These kind of episodes are the reason I watch sci-fi in the first place, to learn how writers picture us (humans) or another species to react to each other upon first contact.