What a long and tiring day

…it’s been. And my consoling songs in this rainy twilight…

 

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The Masterplan

I was not so much a fan of Oasis and even until today, but I am beginning to appreciate the band more and more. Love some of the group’s songs and this “new discovery.” I used to listen to the second disc of Stop The Clock, the band’s compilation, because of the Don’t Look Back In Anger. Then yesterday was a long drive from Manila; I chose to play the first disc and the last song is this one. Love it.

About the song: source: https://genius.com/Oasis-the-masterplan-lyrics

“The Masterplan” was released as a B-side to “Wonderwall”. In 1998 it was included in the B-side compilation album The Masterplan. In 2006, it was included in the “Best Of”-compilation Stop The Clocks.

Noel Gallagher consider it one of his greatest efforts as a songwriter.

Noel Gallagher discussed the song in an interview,

I suppose it’s about people’s fear of growing old… Well you know, all we know is that we don’t know. You know if you wanna dance, dance. If you don’t, don’t. I suppose it’s saying that there is no masterplan.

An official promotional video was released for the song.

Oh, Genius!

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Wiki: Genius is an American anthology period drama television series developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller that premiered on April 25, 2017 on National Geographic.

The first season follows the life of Albert Einstein, from his early years, through his time as a patent clerk, to his later years as a physicist who developed the theory of relativity; the season is based on the 2007 book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. In April 2017, National Geographic renewed the series for a second season, which follows Pablo Picasso and premiered on April 24, 2018. In April 2018, National Geographic renewed the series for a third season set to follow the life of writer Mary Shelley.

 

In spite of a few negative reviews, the TV drama remains fun for me and I do not feel I am wasting my time at all.

 

 

 

 

 

A great finale

<I>Madam Secretary</I> Finale: EPs Break Down Elizabeth's Monumental Decision

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Madam Secretary Finale: EPs Break Down Elizabeth’s Monumental Decision

All of this took place on a Saturday, so Elizabeth was at an arcade, playing skee-ball with her family, when she received the news that the literal end of the world as we know it was imminent. So while the McCord kids (and the rest of the world) went about their day, Elizabeth and Henry clung to each other and waited for nuclear war to begin.

Except it didn’t. The whole thing was a mistake resulting from a drill accidentally getting put into play without anyone at the Pentagon knowing it. Fortunately (and incredibly luckily), the situation was brought to light before American missiles were launched. In the aftermath, a relieved yet angry Elizabeth argued for nuclear de-escalation, saying that making such life-and-death choices in the space of a few minutes served no one well.

Madam Secretary Finale Recap Season 4 Episode 22Dalton agreed with her. The Pentagon did not. After a discussion with Henry about how only popular opinion was going to get the government to change its nuclear stance, she realized that declassifying the documents about the near-miss — thereby alerting the American public to how close the entire country had come to annihilation — was the only way to achieve de-escalation. “Let’s scare the crap out of America,” she said… and it worked. A month later, the United States and Russia agreed to a treaty to take intercontinental ballistic missiles off of the hair-trigger alert system.

At the end of the hour, as they sat at the Lincoln Memorial, Elizabeth told Henry that the scare had reaffirmed her “faith in the process” of civic duty. But she worried that the next occupant of the Oval Office might come along and undo all of the foreign relations progress the Dalton administration had made. So… “When the time comes, I want to run for president,” she said. Henry said he’d happily support her candidacy — and that he’d known for a while that she’d eventually make the choice to try for the nation’s highest office.

TVLine talked with executive producers Lori McCreary and Barbara Hall about the Secretary of State’s huge decision and how it might begin to unfold in Season 5. Read on for their thoughts.

TVLINE | Elizabeth running for president is an idea that you’ve flirted with previously, but always backed away from. Why is now the right time to pull that trigger?

HALL | We hinted at it and we teased it some. We were really just trying to contemplate the idea ourselves. So we built into this season a couple moments where she at least couldn’t close the door on the possibility. And then, after this event, it just seemed to make sense… We realized what, she accomplished [getting rid of the hair-trigger system], it’s such an enormous thing, that she really invested in making sure it didn’t get undone. It seemed like an organic arrival at that point. And so, we just went with it.

MCCREARY | The personal stakes for her and the family, and then the world, that were on the shoulders of this small group — and realizing that she has a small voice there, and she might be able to have a bigger voice there in a different position — probably also pushed her to make that decision.

TVLINE | We’re two years into Dalton’s second term. So if time continues unfolding in the fashion that it has, it’s not going to be like we’re going to see Elizabeth on the campaign trail in the next season, correct?

HALL | That’s right. We want to do it in as much real time as possible. This would actually be the point where you’d have to make the decision to at least start investigating what’s involved in running. We can talk about if we’ll ever want to do a time-jump. A big point of our show is that we like to show process. So why not pull the curtain back on what that process looks like, and have fun with that arc for a couple seasons?

MCCREARY | Elizabeth isn’t telling the whole American audience. She’s really only letting Henry in on that she wants to run, so, we’ll have a little time.

HALL | The current plan is to just reveal process as much as we can and have fun with that. At some point, we might feel it’s time for a time-jump, and we also reserve the right — or she reserves the right to change her mind once she finds out what’s involved. Butwe really just want to take her on the journey right now of saying, “I’m in, I want to run for president,” and see what that looks like for her.

MCCREARY | For fans of the show, there will be some echoes of things they’ve seen when Dalton was running, and ran as an Independent, and the kind of things that his chief of staff, Russell Jackson, was warning him about. The echoes of that will probably resound over the next couple seasons as Elizabeth runs into similar circumstances. She’s so non-political, she’s going to have to start thinking about that. At least, whoever’s going to help her think about running will want her to think about that.

TVLINE | Let’s talk about her potential opponents. The current vice president has designs on the office.

MCCREARY | Yes, we have teed that up. Probably she won’t be the only person, so that is part of the process, too: If you take [Elizabeth] into a primary, what does that look like?

HALL | [Laughs] He’ll be a presence for sure.
TVLINE | I love that Henry knew before she did. Do you think that he realizes the reality of what’s ahead as the spouse of a candidate? Or are they both looking at this with rose-colored glasses, at least at this early point?

 

HALL | I think that they have the same kind of glasses they had on when she decided to seek the Secretary of State’s job, which is, “Well, let’s see what this.” Ahe felt then, “I have to try to do this,” and they are a strong couple… wherever it takes them, they’re together in it. It’s a different sort of adventure that they’re embarking on, and I don’t think even they understand what’s ahead of them, because how can you know before you start?

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…Vinyl, the TV series. Got to finish the last five episodes of the first season, which was cancelled before the run was over in late 2016 or early 2017. Too bad, there’s good music in it, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese produced it and there’s too many musical references there that enthusiasts would notice.

But it was black painted all over it, a 10-episode run, which only depicted the worst that can happen in a struggling enterprise whether record business or anything at all. It could extend to many things even politics and the parallelisms would hold.

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But after all, it’s music, which endeared it to me. Punk, disco, funk – all things that were happening and were about to happen in the music world at that time were covered by this series. It’s a musical history of the first half of the 1970s actually. Alice Cooper, David Bowie, The Ramones, Hall & Oates, Elvis Presley, Col. Tom Parker, Neil Young, Mama Cass, John Lennon & May Pang…

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But it’s all over in 10 episodes. Just like Sun Records. I would have loved a second series.

 

Review: Blindspot Season 3 Finale

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Blindspot finale recap: This. Changes. Everything.

David Giesbrecht/NBC, May 18, 2018 at 09:00 PM EDT

Man, oh, man. Are you done yelling at your TV? Did you throw it out the window? Were those screams of joy or anger? I watched the season finale yesterday and I still don’t think I’ve recovered—and I definitely can’t figure out how I feel about it. But that’s why we’re all here. Let’s process this whole crazy thing together, and boy, is there a lot to process.

Before we get to the craziness of the final few minutes of “In Memory,” let’s recap everything else leading up to it. For the most part, it’s a pretty standard episode of Blindspot. It’s fun and thrilling and nicely ties up a lot of the season’s overarching stories…and then blows a lot of things up in the last few minutes. Depending on your capacity for accepting very random swerves, you either hated the final stretch or loved it. Either way, “In Memory” certainly goes all out in making an impact.

As the episode begins, Roman is basking in the sun, making a phone call to someone. “It was all leading to this,” he says, cryptically. Does this mean he had his showdown with Jane? Did Crawford catch up to him? We have to wait to find out, as the episode flashes back a few hours. It’s the morning after Reade and Zapata’s first night together, and things are a little awkward. Not because of the sex, but because Reade learns of a break in the tattoo cases and he can’t talk to Zapata about it because she’s no longer a government agent.

Heading into work, Rich and Patterson have all their material prepared for Reade and the rest of the team. They’ve dissected Roman’s video clue and determined that he’s quoting The Count of Monte Cristo. After a hilarious “who’s on first?” situation involving a misunderstanding about a clue in the words “what three words,” the team finds a website that includes a map of the entire world divided up into 3×3 squares. Punch in a set of three words and you get a corresponding part on the map. It looks like Roman is pointing them to a location, perhaps Crawford’s. They just need to know what three words from the book Roman is talking about to punch into the map.

While Crawford traces a call from Roman, baiting and switching the FBI as he gets himself to the airport to go find the man who’s betrayed him, the team finds some hidden numbers in two of Jane’s tattoos that likely point to page and word numbers in The Count of Monte Cristo. The problem is that they need a rare first edition of the original French book. It turns out it’s not much of a problem for Rich, who finds a copy on the Dark Web and refuses to tell Reade how much the government had to pay to obtain it.

The three words end up being “Thousand Life King,” which corresponds to Cape Town, South Africa on the map. That’s where Roman and Jane grew up, and suddenly everything is coming full circle. The team heads to Cape Town, while Rich mopes about never getting to go on the fun trips, searching for some sign of Roman or Crawford. They find both of them, as Roman has once again flipped sides, turning on Crawford and bringing him to the orphanage in Cape Town where his trauma, and Jane’s, first began.

You see, it was Crawford who built the orphanage. It was a test run of sorts for his plan to build an army of soldiers that weren’t loyal to any country. Of course, all that lead to was abuse and torture and a man disguised as Tom Jakeman wanting him dead. Roman has him tied to a chair, and he runs through all of Crawford’s horrible misdeeds. Crawford tries to manipulate the situation, telling Roman to go finish what he started, this time with Blake and the truth out in the open. They don’t have much time to discuss the details though, as the FBI shows up. Roman narrowly escapes, and makes his way to Blake, while Jane gets her moment of vindication. She shoots Crawford in the chest, killing the man she didn’t know was responsible for so much of the pain in her life.

With Crawford out of the way, Blindspot is all set to start delivering the big twists. It starts when Roman meets up with Blake on a remote hillside in Cape Town. He wants to explain everything to her, but he struggles to find the words. He barely gets started when the episode’s first massive surprise happens: Blake shoots him. She’s known for some time that he was lying about being Tom Jakeman, but it’s unclear how much she knows. All she cares about is that her father is dead and that Roman ruined her family. So, she shoots him and leaves him to die on that hillside.

He doesn’t die alone though. Jane catches up with him and, somewhat surprisingly, gives him a tender exit. She sits by his side, points out that this is a beautiful place to die, and he slips away. It’s a weirdly sentimental ending for a character that’s done some truly horrible things all season long, but it does achieve the goal of driving home just how messed up Jane and Roman are because of what they went through as kids. Jane managed to find a way out, but Roman never did.

With any other show, that scene might serve as the fitting end to a season that was all about a brother and sister doing battle from opposite sides of the law. This is Blindspot though, and after that scene the show still has 10 minutes to fill, and it certainly doesn’t waste a single second. Back in New York, Weller understands that all of this is tough for Jane. Roman may have been their enemy, but he was also her brother, and that makes his death bittersweet. Add in the fact that Jane’s been getting headaches and feeling tired, all sure signs of her being pregnant, and suddenly there’s a lot for the two of them to deal with.

Before Roman died, he gave Jane a thumb drive, which the team accesses back at the FBI headquarters. It’s a cache of all of the tattoos in the database, along with most of the clues and answers. They could realistically solve every tattoo case with this information, and that would mean Jane would finally get to start a new life without all that baggage. It looks like we have our plan for season five!

Not so fast though, because there are other forces working against Jane. First, there’s the episode’s biggest, and perhaps most disappointing and frustrating, surprise: as Blake sits on a private jet, she asks her flying companion what they can do next now that Crawford and Roman are dead. The camera pans across to reveal Zapata as her partner, and reader, I don’t know how to feel. How long has she been working with Blake? Has her inclusion on the Crawford case been part of her plan all along? Why is the lovely, wonderful Zapata suddenly a villain who says things like “this is how we take back the power”? I have so many feelings about this. I’m mad that a lovable character is seemingly breaking bad, and yet excited at what this could mean for next season. Damn you, Blindspot!

But wait, there’s more. Patterson determines that Jane isn’t pregnant. Rather, the material that was used to wipe her memory is resulting in some sort of poisoning that’s wreaking havoc on her system. Roman has left a number of clues about a cure, but for now Jane is in the hospital and things aren’t looking good.

Jane wakes up in the hospital. She seems confused. She looks at her FBI badge and then makes a phone call. She calls herself Remi and says that while she’s still undercover with the FBI, she’s having trouble remembering things. She learns that Weller is out of surgery after some complications from the gunshot wound he received in South Africa. She seems to barely register who Weller is.

She visits his room, hugging Patterson and taking a seat next to Weller why Reade and Rich look on. There’s no recognition on her face, but she plays it cool. The episode splices in flashbacks to Jane as Remi with Shepherd. They have a plan for her to infiltrate the FBI, gain their trust, and then take them down from the inside. Now, it looks like Jane/Remi is ready to execute that plan. It would seem that the poisoning has wiped her memory again, acting as a reset on her system. All we know for sure is that the season ends with Jane/Remi smiling maniacally, straight into the camera, promising a whole lot of chaos next season.

Two finales

One is axed by its network, the other is set for a fourth season. Designated Survivor was reported to have been cancelled two episodes before the second season ended. With the way it concluded last Wednesday, the political drama left more questions than answers hinting that another season is set to be filmed most likely in a new network.

See http://deadline.com/2018/05/designated-survivor-finale-a-long-list-of-problems-but-kirkman-knows-best-1202392815/

In the meantime, beasts of burden reared their ugly heads in the last episode of Blindspot hinting that the next season would show a big crack in the FBI’s top team’s inner circle. Madam Secretary meanwhile is also nearing the end of its fourth season along with Trust (first season). I need Poldark and Humans soon. Gotta return to Empire, Flash and Power.

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