Share Your World 10/1/22

Who do you think is an example of a successful person?

Someone who is happy with their lot in life and content. I don’t think it is anything to do with status, job, or money, but that would be nice as well.

Why are you doing what you’re currently doing? (Take this in any context you like, either as a “what you’re doing RIGHT NOW THIS SECOND” or “what you’re doing in your life at this point” or any other way that occurs to you. The question is a bit ambiguous.)

I’m chilling out after work and having some downtime.

What is your personal theme song?

“I’m Going Slightly Mad” by Queen

What do you think about tofu?

I don’t really have an opinion on it to be honest. I do find it a little bland, but I guess that depends on how it is prepare and I am sure that I can be absolutely lovely.

Where did you find bliss this past week?

Just spending quality time with my wife. That is what I would call blissful.

Duel

The Liberator is approaching an unknown planet, and is low on power after escaping from pursuit ships, and decided to lay low round this planet whilst the power banks recharge which should take around 48 hours and hide from any more approaching pursuit ships, as you do. However Travis has found them and is his usual gung-ho self and wants to get Blake, and kill him dead, so no change there then. 

The Liberator and the pursuit ships play cat and mouse for a while in some very tense scenes, before two inhabitants of the planet put the ships and their crews into stasis and beam Blake and Travis down to the surface so that they can fight it out in a sort of Gladiatorial challenge.

To make things interesting they beam down one person from the ship to help them. In Blake’s case they send down Jenna, which was probably the best choice. I mean both Gan and Cally would also have been quite effective in that particular role in the episode as Vila would have been less than useless, and Avon wouldn’t be that bothered if Blake survived or not, so I guess that they made a suitable choice in Jenna.

For Travis they sent down one of the mutoids which was really neither here nor there for Travis as his only thought was the pursuit of Blake and nothing more or nothing less.

So we get another cat and mouse game between Blake and Travis as they try to find each other using only their wits, and whatever tools that they could find lying about, for the edification of the two mysterious females on the rather desolate planet they found themselves passing by.

This episode was very well directed by Douglas Camfield. and the tension was kept up throughout the episode in both the scenes where the Liberator and the pursuit ships were trying to outdo each other and in the scenes on the planet helped by strong performances by Gareth Thomas and Stephen Greif who were both on top form in this episode.

Once again Vila has some great lines delivered with aplomb by the ever reliable Michael Keating and once more stays on board the Liberator for the duration of the episode, but he is always watchable. Gan at least gets to go down onto the planet for a brief period but that is about it really. Avon has less to do than last week but again gets some good lines and Paul Darrow is always excellent even when he has little to do and is as watchable as he always is.

Duel is very much Blake’s and Travis’ episode and to be honest it is all the better for it.

Mission to Destiny

Mission to Destiny saw a different change of tack for the crew of the Liberator, and a nice break from trying to smash the federation and come to the aid of stricken spacecraft which is trapped in an elliptical orbit and they decided to take a look and see what was going on with it. Before this we got some very moody scenes on board the ship as someone approached the main area of the ship and brained the pilot before smashing the instruments on the control panel. These were well directed and I loved the use of the handheld camera here as it contributed well to the whole effect of the scene.

Blake, Avon and Cally go over to the ship and firstly notice a strange smell, and then start to find the crew of the ship who are all unconscious quickly working out that there is something in the air filtration system and locate it and soon the crew wake up and then find the dead body of the pilot we saw in the opening scenes.

So we now have an Agatha Christie type whodunnit as the murderer must be someone onboard the ship and as  per usual in these type of stories most of the characters apart from the odd one or two all look as though they have something to hide, and they all seem like they could be guilty of the crime.

We then find out about the mission of the ship and the reason behind why what happened happened and you can see why anyone one of them could have been driven to do what they did and it is just a question of who did it, not why, as it is pretty obvious part way into the episode.

I wouldn’t say that the eventual culprit was that obvious as there were a couple of other people who could equally have been believed to have been the culprit by their actions in the episode.

Vila doesn’t get a huge amount to do in this episode but does have some rather humorous lines when he does get them. In this episode at least he really doesn’t want to get involved much at all. The same can be said for Gan, who gets even less than Vila to do in this episode, but at least Vila gets some  funny lines.

Jenna doesn’t really get a great deal to either to be honest and it is those three who spend all their time in the episode in the Liberator with Blake, Avon and Cally getting to go over to the ship and actually do things. Even when Blake comes back to the liberator later in the episode it is him who has the main things to do and the others just tag along.

This episode has quite a large cast when you think about it as apart from the seven themselves there is the crew of the ship which is around about seven as well, and the majority of them get some screen time, some more than others admittedly, but they all give it a go with what they are given.

Not the most memorable of episodes, but a nice change of pace all the same.

  

Share Your Worlds 3/1/22

What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin (crime)?  

Ooooh, I am really not sure. Perhaps people who are bright and chirpy first thing in the morning, as I am the total opposite.


And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?   

Get no sleep and then they might not be so chirpy.

Imagination IN and impracticality and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be?

It would have to be a Panda. I have loved Panda’s since I was a baby.

Do you have any siblings?  If so, where do you rank in birth order?  And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became?

I have two brothers, both younger than me. I would not say that being the eldest has made a difference to the person that I am now, but I am probably not the best judge of that.

We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy?

Lots of things. Good food,

If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be?  Describe some fun or interesting things about them!

Again a tough one.

What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?

I would like to be able to go to events again and not have to worry about getting covid.