TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E10 – Mudd’s Passion ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
November 10, 1974
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 10 – “Mudd’s Passion”

The Enterprise stops by a mining planet to arrest galactic swindler, Harry Mudd pitching what they to be fake love crystals to a planet. After Mudd is aboard the ship he uses the cyrstals on various members of the planet, including Nurse Christine Chapell (Majel Barett-Roddenberry) and Spock. When more members of the crew become infected by the love crystals and dangerous rock creatures on the planet attack a landing party, how will the crew overcome the drug and return to normal?

Summary

The transporter crew dancing and drugged out while these multi-eyed rock creatures are attacking the landing party is the but one humorous part of this episode. This episode captures the comedic elements of The Original Series and yet includes the danger of the alien creatures. It’s a fun combination.

My only knock against this episode is the resolution comes too swiftly. I’ve mentioned the show length in a couple other reviews and this is another episode that sets up a potentially great episode, but is cut short by a too fast finish. It offers a solid first and start of a second act and then just ends abruptly.

Am glad to see they brought back the character of Harry Mudd. In an earlier animated episode featuring the tribbles (TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E5 – More Tribbles More Troubles ½), I wondered why they didn’t have Mudd for that episode, but it seems they were saving him for this one. This episode is not quite as entertaining as the tribbles episode and, somewhat ironically, also suffers with the ending. Just can’t overstate how any story, however promising, must have a worthy ending.

Some of these animated episodes feel more rushed than they needed to be. It’s too bad, because the voice acting and stories through the first 10 episodes anyway are good, some have been great. I’m not sure episodes like this would appeal to children. That was one of the complaints about the series when it ran. It appealed more to adults, which wasn’t the demographic they were targeting in the Saturday morning timeslot. I don’t remember seeing this episode in the 70s.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #2 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

HBO Max: Jan 9

Weekend #2 of 52 (1/7 – 1/10/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

Is it just me or does it not really feel like a new year so far? Usually, I’m excited about the prospect of entering a new year, but so for this new year feels no different than most of 2020?

Luckily, new streaming movies and TV shows continue to be released. Let’s see what’s up out there!

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Tony Parker: The Final Shot (Jan 6)
  2. *Pieces of a Woman (Jan 7)
  3. *Charming (Jan 8)
  4. *Spring Breakers (Jan 10)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The History of Swear Words – Season 1 (Jan 5)
    Hosted by Nicolas Cage
  2. *LA’s Finest – Season 1
    Spinoff from Bad Boys movies
  3. *Surviving Death – Season (Jan 6)

Disney+

  1. *Marvel Studios: Legends (Jan 8)

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The King of Staten Island (Jan 9)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Squish – Season 1 (Jan 8)
  2. Tiger – 2-part Documentary (Jan 10)

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. *Herself (Jan 8)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Rhythm Section (Jan 11)
  2. Lights Out (Jan 11)

Hulu TV

  1. *The Hustler: Series Premiere (Jan 8)
  2. *The Chase: Series Premiere
  3. *Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Series Premiere
  4. *Mr. Mayor: Series Premiere
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun Part 2: Complete Season 3
  6. Celebs Go Dating: Complete Seasons 6 – 8
  7. Tattoo Fixers Extreme UK: Complete Seasons 5 & 6
  8. One Punch Man (Jan 10)

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #1 of 2021 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock

HBO Max: Jan 2

Weekend #1 of 52 (12/31 – 1/3/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service

We wish all of you that celebrate happy holidays and may whatever is under your streaming tree, be on your wishlist!

This is also the first weekend of the month so there are a ton of movies rotating into various streaming subscriptions.

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *What Happened To Mr. Cha?
  2. *The Minimalists: Less Is Now
  3. *Asphalt Burning (1/2/21)

Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of January 1

17 Again
30 Minutes or Less
Blue Streak
Bonnie and Clyde
Can’t Hardly Wait
Catch Me If You Can
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cool Hand Luke
The Creative Brain
The Departed
Enter the Dragon
Gimme Shelter
Good Hair
Goodfellas
Gothika
Into the Wild
Julie & Julia
Mud
Mystic Pizza
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Eddie Murphy: Raw
Sex and the City: The Movie
Sex and the City 2
Sherlock Holmes
Striptease
Superbad
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Cobra Kai – Season 3
  2. *Headspace: Guide To Meditation – Season 1 – 8 episodes
  3. Dream Home Makeover: Season 2
  4. Monarca: Season 2
  5. Abby Hatcher: Season 1
  6. The Haunted Hathaways: Seasons 1-2

Disney+

  1. 700 Sharks
  2. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
  3. Great Shark Chow Down
  4. Mega Hammerhead
  5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  6. The Wolverine (2013)
  7. Earth To Ne: Episodes 11-20
  8. Beyond The Clouds: A Firm Handshake

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The High Note (1/2)

Movies rotating into HBO MAX as of January 1

42nd Street
All the President’s Men
The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman (HBO)
Batman Begins
Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker
Batman: Bad Blood
Batman: Death in the Family
Batman: Hush
Batman: The Animated Series
Blade
A Better Life (HBO)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dog Day Afternoon
Check It Out! with Steve Brule
Chinatown
Codename: Kids Next Door
The Color Purple
The Conjuring
Courage the Cowardly Dog
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (HBO)
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Dim Sum Funeral (HBO)
Ed, Edd n Eddy
El Amor No Puede Esperar (aka Love Can’t Wait) (HBO)
Happy Feet
The Electric Horseman (HBO)
Escape from New York
The Exorcist
Flashpoint (HBO)
The General’s Daughter (HBO)
Gossip Girl
Green Lantern
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Gremlins
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Happily N’Ever After (HBO)
Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White (HBO)
Happy-Go-Lucky (HBO)
He Said She Said (HBO)
Heaven Help Us (HBO)
The Infamous Future
Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (HBO)
The Jellies
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Kong: Skull Island
Little Con Lili (HBO)
Loiter Squad
Ma (HBO)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max: Fury Road
Magic Mike
Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart
March of the Penguins
Margaret (Extended Version) (HBO)
Miracle On 34th Street (HBO)
Miss Firecracker (HBO)
Mulholland Dr.
Mystic River
Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D (HBO)
No Country for Old Men
The Notebook
Ocean’s 8
Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Piter (HBO)
The Producers
Pulp Fiction
Purple Rain
Ready Player One
Revenge Of The Nerds (HBO)
Revenge Of The Nerds II: Nerds In Paradise (HBO)
Revenge Of The Nerds IV: Nerds In Love (HBO)
Rollerball (HBO)
Se7en
Shallow Hal (HBO)
A Star is Born
Superman: Doomsday
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
Superman Returns
Swimfan (HBO)
This Is Spinal Tap
The Three Stooges (HBO)
TMNT
Tom Goes to the Mayor
The Trouble With Spies (HBO)
Underclassman (HBO)
V for Vendetta
Van Wilder: Freshman Year (Extended Version) (HBO)
Walk Of Shame (HBO)
Warrior: Seasons 1 & 2 (HBO)
Willard (HBO)
Worth Winning (HBO)
You Can Count On Me (HBO)

HBO Max TV

  1. *Snowpiercer: Season 1
  2. 12 oz. Mouse: Seasons 1 & 2
  3. Apple & Onion: Season 1B
  4. Craig of the Creek: Season 2

Movies rotating into AMAZON PRIME VIDEO as of January 1

1900
A Night At The Roxbury
Arachnophobia
Bloody Sunday
Broken Arrow
Brothers
Chaplin
Cloverfield
Coneheads
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
Donnie Brasco
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Escape From Alcatraz
Eve’s Bayou
Face/Off
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
Girl Most Likely
Good Luck Chuck
Gun Duel In Durango
Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
In & Out
Jazz
Kiss The Girls
Last Of The Mohicans
Legion
Like A Boss
Love The Coopers
Major League
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
Peggy Sue Got Married
Places In The Heart
Premonition
Pride
Push
Regarding Henry
Ride Out For Revenge
Salt
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signs
Soul Food
St. Elmo’s Fire
Starman
Star Trek Beyond
The Brass Legend
The Brothers Mcmullen
The Cooler
The Devil’s Own
The Firm
The Interview
The Legend Of Bagger Vance
The Longest Yard
The Peacemaker
The Quick And The Dead
The Sons Of Katie Elder
The Town
The Truman Show
Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys
Vampire In Brooklyn
Virtuosity
Walking Tall
War
When A Man Loves A Woman
Where Hope Grows
Wonder Boys

Amazon Prime Video TV

  1. Ancient Civilizations of North America: Season 1
  2. Baby Looney Tunes: Season 1
  3. Beecham House: Season 1
  4. Bringing up Bates: Season 1
  5. Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise: Season 1
  6. Commandments: Season 1
  7. Dexter: Seasons 1-8
  8. I Survived . . . Beyond and Back: Season 1
  9. Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders: Season 1
  10. Simply Ming: Season 14
  11. Texas Metal: Season 1
  12. The Universe : Season 1

Hulu TV

  1. *Fire Force: Season 2, Episodes 1-12 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Movies rotating into HULU as of January 1

1900 (1977)
1900 (Extended Cut) (1977)
A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
American Gigolo (1980)
Arachnophobia (1990)
The Arrival (1996)
Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Bad Company (2002)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Blow (2001)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Breakdown (1997)
Broken Arrow (1996)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Bully (2001)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Chaplin (1992)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Cloverfield (2008)
Coneheads (1993)
Constantine (2005)
The Cooler (2003)
The Core (2003)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Cujo (1983)
Dance Flick (2009)
Date Night (2010)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Presidents (1995)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2009)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
The Duff (2015)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
The Firm (1993)
The Foot Fist Way (2008)
Footloose (1984)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
Frozen (2010)
The Gift (2000)
Girl Most Likely (2013)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
The Haunting (1999)
Hell or High water (2016)
Hondo (1953)
Hot Shots! (1991)
How Do You Know (2010)
In & Out (1997)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
The Ladies Man (2000)
Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Cut (1992)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Like a Boss (2020)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
Lost In Space (1998)
Love And Basketball (2000)
Major League (1989)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Mexican (2001)
More Than a Game (2008)
Mousehunt (1997)
My Best Friend’S Girl (2008)
New In Town (2009)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Paycheck (2003)
The Peacemaker (1997)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Poseidon (2006)
Pride (2007)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Push (2009)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Regarding Henry (1991)
The Relic (1997)
The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Salt (2010)
Save Yourselves (2020)
Selena (1997)
Shrek (2001)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Soul Plane (2004)
Species (1995)
Star Kid (1998)
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Starman (1984)
Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift (1990)
Super Dark Times (2017)
The Three Musketeers (2011)
The Truman Show (1998)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)
Walking Tall (1973)
War (2007)
Where Hope Grows (2015)
Wonder Boys (2000)
Young Adult (2011)

Peacock TV

  1. The Office – Season 1-9
  2. Chicago Fire, Seasons 1-8 (NBC) – (1/2/2021)
  3. Chicago Med, Seasons 1-5 (NBC)
  4. Chicago P.D., Seasons 1-7 (NBC)

Movies rotating into PEACOCK as of January 1

Away We Go, 2009*
Baby Mama, 2008*
Balto, 1998*
Baseketball, 1998*
Born On The Fourth of July, 1989*
Bride of Chucky, 1998
Buried, 2010*
Burlesque, 2010*
Burn After Reading, 2008*
Cabin Fever, 2003*
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, 2009*
Cape Fear, 1991*
Casino, 1995*
Cloak & Dagger, 1984*
The Condemned, 2007*
Definitely, Maybe, 2008*
Deliver Us from Eva, 2003*
Delta Farce, 2007*
Drag Me to Hell, 2009*
Dragon Blade, 2015*
Duplicity, 2009*
E.T., 1982*
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982
Fatal Attraction, 1987
Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015
Fifty Shades Darker, 2017
Fifty Shades Freed, 2018
Fletch, 1985*
Fletch Lives, 1989*
Freeheld Documentary, 2007*
Freeheld Feature, 2015*
Frost/Nixon, 2008*
Funny People, 2009*
Green Zone, 2010*
Half Baked, 1998*
Hamlet 2, 2008*
Howard the Duck, 1986*
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, 2007*
Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, 2013*
Inside Man, 2006*
The Island, 2006*
Johnny English, 2003*
Jumanji, 1995*
Jurassic Park, 1993*
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997*
Jurassic Park III, 2001*
Kicking and Screaming, 2005*
Knocked Up, 2007*
Land of the Dead, 2006*
Law Abiding Citizen, 2009*
Love Actually, 2003*
Lucy, 2014
Major Payne, 1995*
Mamma Mia!, 2008*
Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, 1983*
Nanny McPhee, 2006*
Nany McPhee Returns, 2010*
Non-Stop, 2014
Peter Pan, 2003*
Pride and Prejudice, 2005*
Promised Land, 2012*
Psycho, 1998*
Psycho II, 1982*
Pyscho III, 1986*
Repo Men, 2010*
Schindler’s List,1993*
Seed of Chucky, 2004
Skinwalkers, 2007*
Something New, 2006*
State of Play, 2009*
The Strangers (2008
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, 2000*
The Big Wedding, 2013*
The Bourne Identity, 2002*
The Bourne Supremacy, 2004*
The Express, 2008
The Holiday, 2006*
The Land Before Time, 1988
The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004
The Pirated Who Don’t Do Anything, 2008
The Producers, 2005*
The Walking Dead, 1995
The Wolfman, 2010
They Live, 1988*
Traffic, 2001*
Wanted, 2008*
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, 2008*
Wishmaster, 1997*
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, 1999*
Wishmaster 3: Sword of Justice, 2001
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, 2002*
Zombieland, 2009*

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E9 – Once Upon A Planet ⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
November 3, 1974
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 9 – “Once Upon A Planet”

The inevitable shore leave episode has the Enterprise inexplicably returning to the robot amusement park planet in The Original Series episode “Shore Leave.” As if things didn’t go wrong the first time around, they beam down again for shore leave. This time everybody except Uhuru beams back to the ship to try and explain why the robot master computer shouldn’t attack the Enterprise.

Summary

My biggest problem with this episode is it makes no sense returning to the planet. Was this trying to be a reboot of the Season 1, Episode 15 TOS episode? It isn’t as good as the live action episode, leaving me just puzzled why they didn’t do a more original series.

Nothing wrong with revisiting characters and planets from TOS, as they did in the animated series and in later Star Trek series, but it should add in some way to the prior story and be a logical reason for the crew to return. The first shore leave didn’t go so well, so why when they are going to rest and relax return on this planet again? I just couldn’t get past this vexing plot point to enjoy the rest of the episode.

It’s kind of like how I felt about Futureworld ⭐️⭐️ movie compared to Westworld ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Once the robots went haywire in Westworld, who would ever trust enough to visit the robot fantasy land (so soon) again? Maybe many years later with much heightened safety protocols in place. Jurassic Park had the same issue with the ensuing sequels. When enough time had passed and we wanted to see the dinosaurs again, Jurassic World came along to enjoy success. It also expanded the idea by moving the dinosaurs out of a contained area which is an expansion on the original idea. Idiots just revisiting the dinosaur island expecting a different outcome is the type of story that strains credibility.

Ironically, my favorite movie Star Trek The Wrath of Khan revisited the TOS episode “Space Seed.” A lot of Trek fans consider that to be the strongest Trek film to date. Another favorite is First Contact which revisited an encounter with The Borg for The Next Generation crew. Both those films weren’t empty rehashed and rebooted plots, they went somewhere fresh. That’s what a sequel film should do. Cobra Kai is killing it on the TV side by taking The Karate Kid characters and conflicts and exploring it much, much deeper.

That all said, this is my least favorite episode of The Animated Series rewatched to date.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️

Is Live Action Harley Quinn Movie Based on Adult Animated Series Under Consideration?

After seeing the somewhat disappointing Harley Quinn Birds of Prey movie, I wondered why Warner Bros. didn’t just make a live action version of the brilliant adult animated TV series?

Now, I’m reading a rumor that this might be currently under consideration:

…tipster Mikey Sutton claims that the studio haven’t given up on the idea of Harley as a marketable commodity just yet, and WB are rumored to be developing a solo movie for the fan favorite, which will be influenced by the acclaimed R-rated animated series that can currently be found on HBO Max. Given Margot Robbie’s A-list status and the enduring popularity of the comic book character, it wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest for the DCEU to mount another attempt at turning Harley Quinn into the star of her own franchise, but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see what they have planned.

WB Reportedly Discussing Harley Quinn Solo Movie Inspired By Adult Cartoon

If this does happen, then they better not wimp out on the production. I’m talking lay out the graphic violence, language and some (not too gratuitous) lesbian sex scenes between Poison Ivy and Harley. If Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan can do the horizontal mambo in Ammonite, then Harley & Ivy can make names for somebody (Margot Robbie and ___ insert your favorite Poison Ivy actress).

If they don’t go almost all the way to an X-rating, then the live action version will be lame. A good part of what makes the animated series so alluring is how over the top it is.

Hope this is true and hope they go all in. Even if they have to cut down some of the sex, drugs, violence and rock and roll to keep it R-rated, just go as far as they can.

Meanwhile, Season 3 of Harley Quinn is underway. Can’t wait for that to hit HBO Max. That won’t arrive until late 2021 or sometime in 2022 most likely. No official release date has been announced as of this writing.

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E8 – The Magicks of Megas-tu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 27, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes

Episode 8 – “The Magicks of Megas-tu”

On a mission at the center of the universe, the Enterprise encounters a violent whirlwind storm that sucks the ship into the unknown. While not in time or space as they understand it, a minotaur-like alien appears and takes them to explore the planet Megas-tu.

Summary

Lucien is a curious character in a wondrous place. This story is very wild and trippy and makes me wish this was what Gene Roddenberry should have done in the first Star Trek film. It feels like too much story material to sandwich into 24 minutes.

It’s not often that I criticize something for being too short in run time, but this story needed more. I liked the episode for the supernatural take on what might exist in the middle of the unknown. I’m sure a planet like Megas-tu exists somewhere, if only in our imagination.

Love this series! If you enjoyed the original Star Trek series, you need to check this out on CBS All Access, soon in 2021 to be rebranded as Paramount+.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #52 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

HBO Max & Theaters: Dec 25

Weekend #52 of 53 (12/24 – 12/27/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

We wish all of you that celebrate happy holidays and may whatever is under your streaming tree, be on your wishlist!

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Midnight Sky (Dec 23)
  2. *We Can Be Heroes (Dec 25)
  3. *DNA (Dec 26)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Bridgerton – Season 1 (Dec 25)
    Shondaland

Disney+

  1. *Soul (Dec 25)

HBO Max Movies

  1. *Wonder Woman 1984 (Dec 25)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. Pawn Sacrifice (2015) – Dec 23
  2. Someone Marry Barry (2017)
  3. The Little Hours (2017) 
  4. *Sylvie’s Love (2020) – Dec 25
  5. Soldier’s Of Fortune (2012)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Someone Marry Barry (2014) – Dec 23
  2. The Little Hours (2017)

TV SERIES Review: Star Trek: The Animated Series S1E7 – The Infinite Vulcan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS All Access (Original TV network: NBC)
October 20, 1973
Run Time: 24 minutes
Written by Walter Koenig (Chekov on The Original Series)

Episode 7 – “The Infinite Vulcan”

The Enterprise is visiting the newly established planet Phylos and landing party is on the surface. Lieutenant Sulu sees a moving plant called a Retclaw, bends down and picks it up, only to be poked by something in the plant. Seconds later he collapses, poisoned. Doctor McCoy attempts to help Sulu when a living green plant appears and saves Sulu’s life.

Next, the plant people kidnap Spock, leading to a conflict with Kirk and team to retrieve Spock. Why do they want Spock?

Summary

Chekov (Walter Koenig) from The Original Series (TOS) was the only primary cast member that didn’t return to be represented in the animated series, due to budgetary reasons. He was invited to submit this script, which is different and interesting.

Good dialogue, voice acting, a plot that could have been another adventure on TOS, an all around solid, fun, entertaining episode. The plant people design is curious as well. They probably look better animated than they would have looked in the 70s. I’m guessing better than the Gorn did in TOS, with the phony non-moving mouth.

The alien that replaced Chekov as a regular ship navigator sitting next to Sulu was voiced by Scotty (James Doohan). Check this episode out, it’s well worth watching.

Episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: The Mandalorian S2E8 Chapter 16 – The Rescue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2 – Episode 8 of 8
Disney+
Air date: December 18, 2020
Run time: 46 minutes
Directed by Peyton Reed

Chapter 16 – “The Rescue”

Boba Fett, Cara Dune and Mando intercept and disable the imperial ship carrying the clone engineer featured in an earlier episode. They stop by and pick up Bo-KaTan to join in the fight to take Moff Gideon’s ship and reclaim Grogu. Alas, the Dark Troopers are standing guard as well as a battle to reclaim the Darksaber which carries a secret of its own. Pinned down a ship arrives carrying a stunning visitor ready for battle.

Will Grogu be saved? Will Moff Gideon fall at the hands of Mando and his team or live to further build his evil Imperial forces? Who will control the power of the Darksaber? Who is the mysterious visitor that arrives?

Everything builds to an epic battle aboard Moff Gideon’s ship.

Summary

Did not see the ending coming, nor especially the arrival of that familiar Star Wars visitor. The Dark Trooper battling Mando on the ship was one of many entertaining scenes. This episode is pure Star Wars gold, the best of any so far in this series. Do not miss the end credits either, as a surprise awaits there as well.

We’ll be back in a future post to cover spoilers and more, but this episode is too good to ruin that this soon. I can’t wait to see where this series takes us next. Season 3 is totally primed. In the meantime, we’ll just have to speculate about how awesome Disney+ will be with more of this quality and type of Star Wars. Great work all around from Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni and their team. They should have been given the keys to the Star Wars kingdom as soon as Disney purchased from Lucasfilms.

Oh, and one more time Mando takes off his helmet. Can we stop having articles saying Pedro Pascal is complaining about not being able to take off his helmet? His helmet has come off multiple times in season two. We know his face. We know that perfectly manicured mustache. If Pascal ever did complain, it might be that it was about how hot it was having his head inside the mask so much. That part is believable anyway. This is a huge role for him. What actor wouldn’t want to be Mando?

S2:E8 Chapter 16 “The Rescue” rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What did you think of Chapter 16: “The Rescue”? We welcome your comments — good, bad or indifferent — below.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #51 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu

Netflix: Dec 18
Chadwick Boseman’s last film

Weekend #51 of 53 (12/17 – 12/20/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

With HBO Max now available on Roku today, expect a few more subscribers to shift that direction this weekend, especially in anticipation of next Friday’s exciting release of Wonder Woman 1984, but first this weekend’s releases including the final episode of season two of The Mandalorian!

KEY

*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.

NETFLIX Movies

  1. Incarnate (Dec 16)
  2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
  3. Braven (Dec 17)
  4. *Guest House – 2018 (Dec 18)
    Pauly Shore
  5. *Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
    Last movie featuring Chadwick Boseman

NETFLIX TV

  1. *The Ripper – Limited Series (Dec 16)
  2. *Marvel Anime Wolverine – Season 1, X-Men – Season 1
    Animated
  3. *How To Ruin Christmas – Season 1

Disney+

  1. *The Mandalorian – Season 2, Episode 8 of 8 – “Chapter 16” (Dec 18)

Go Mando, this finale episode is definitely worth looking forward to.

HBO Max Movies

  1. *The Art Of Political Murder – Documentary (Dec 16)
  2. *Wendy (Dec 19)
  3. *I Used To Go Here (Dec 20)

Amazon Prime Video Movies

  1. *Blackbird – 2020 (Dec 18)

Amazon Prime TV

  1. *The Expanse – Season 5 (Dec 16)

Hulu Movies

  1. *Amy Winehouse: A Final Goodbye – 2016 (Dec 16)
  2. The Hero – 2017 (Dec 18)