TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery – S1E5


Choose your pain! I choose to continue to watch Discovery, despite the fact that I should, by now, know better.

This episode was an improvement over previous ones. There were some little moments that I liked, and Rainn Wilson is quite good at playing a character we once saw on the original series. There was also a wonderful little moment of continuity that, at last, canonized the character of Robert April.

But just as I was starting to warm up, along comes the stupid. Here’s my usual spoileriffic list of questions!

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First question: why would you allow a prisoner to keep that many rings?

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TV Review – Star Trek Discovery – S01E04


Ever wonder why I’m not putting titles for these episodes? Because a pretentious title like the ones we’ve seen lately deserves no praise, no accolades, and no recognition.

Oh, well. On with the review. Spoilers ahoy. Etc.

Also, why are transparent monitors a thing? So useless.

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TV Review: Star Trek: Discovery – 1.03


Well, that was awful.

Yes, I’d held out hope that somehow the third episode would be better than the first two. That once we got to see the “real” crew and characters, we’d get something better, interesting, and, indeed, watchable.

We did not. Spoilers ahoy!

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At least the outfit’s color is correct!

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Discovery Opening Credits


I feel a bit of deja vu here…

TV Review – Star Trek Discovery Episodes 1.01 and 1.02


I have seen the first two episodes of Discovery. Here is my very spoileriffic review.

And it is not the review I wanted to write.

I love Star Trek. Back when I was a kid, I grew up watching TOS. I know I saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977 (or maybe during the re-release in 1978), but I don’t remember those. I DO remember seeing The Motion Picture in early 1980.

Whenever I had a birthday party, my mom would rent a VCR (yes, that was a thing), and we’d rent video tapes to go along with it. If I wasn’t watching the David Warner trifecta (Tron, Time After Time and Time Bandits), I was watching The Wrath of Khan. Great movie.

I really began to embrace Trek with The Voyage Home, and then along came TNG. Excited? Oh, yes. And I quite enjoyed the show. I fell in love with Deep Space Nine, occasionally liked Voyager, and watched Enterprise, which of itself puts me in rare company.

The less said about Star Trek Into Darkness, the better, but the other two movies were very good in their own way, if full of occasional unnecessary stupidity.

So when Discovery was announced, I was very excited! A new Trek series! Strange new worlds, new life, new civilizations, and best of all, an optimistic future that runs counter to the fucking nonsense we get in most sci-fi these days. And, hey, Bryan Fuller, who makes some very good TV, was involved, and so was Nicholas Meyer! What could be better?

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Makin’ Chili with Badger


I had a special request from someone who wanted me to post up my recipe for delicious chili! So here it is. Enjoy! Or don’t. But I hope you do! If you want. Anyhow, here it is.

(here is where there would be a picture, but apparently I’ve never photographed my chili process! I have pictures of the last split pea and ham soup I made, but no chili. So here’s what you get instead)

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WARNING: Not to be taken internally

5 pounds of ground beef

1 pound of ground sausage

9 (15 oz) cans of chili beans in sauce

5 (28 oz) cans of diced tomatoes

2 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste

1 large onion, diced

2 tablespoons of bacon bits (non-pork imitation bacon bits can be substituted)

6 cubes of beef bullion

1 cup of beer (Fosters works best, may be left out if needed)

1/2 cup of chili powder

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons of oregano

4 teaspoons of cumin

4 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce

2 teaspoons of salt

2 teaspoons of pepper

3 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons of white sugar

This makes a considerable amount of chili. The numbers may be halved for a more reasonable experience. Also, feel free to play with the spices until you find a mix you like. I find this mix tends to be hot enough to get attention, but not so hot that it overwhelms the flavor.

Going Away Again


Yeah, I’m putting the blog on indefinite hold once more. Why?

Frankly, I’m getting a bit burned-out. I mean, the ongoing amateur hour White House is a source of much amusement, yes, but it’s also a source of great anxiety for people like me. I laugh so I don’t cry, but even the laughter starts to get a bit tiring after a while.

So I’m stepping away. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone for, but I’ll be back eventually. Just you wait and see. In the meantime, I leave you with this.

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