His Dark Materials (HBO, BBC)

I’m not sure why, but I’ve never really been a fan of the HDM movies. They felt kind of bad. I know that I’ve watched them but I actually don’t remember much of the story. I remember daemons and that kids were involved in some fashion.

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The Expanse S04

I was pretty happy that Amazon Prime had picked up The Expanse for a 4th season. It’s quite a compelling show, and one of the few science fiction shows still on TV. To be honest, it had been so long since I had watched the show or read the books that I needed a recap before diving in.

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Termination Dreams: Born to Run

Image via Wikipedia
Image via Wikipedia

I just finished watching the season finale of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It was an awesome way to finish the series. It was also an awesome way to finish the season.

Fox hasn’t renewed the series yet, so there’s a strong possibility that this will be it for Sarah Connor.

I really like how the liquid metal terminators form another faction in this future war. SkyNet isn’t united. Maybe this means that the humans and the liquid metal terminators have some sort of alliance. Weaver told John and Sarah that without John Henry, John wouldn’t be able to save the world. That makes sense. John would need some kind of a network to be able to destroy SkyNet. Without it, it would be hopeless.

It appears that John arrived after Judgement Day, meaning that Judgement Day has to happen. It makes total sense that neither Ellison nor Sarah stepped through the portal. Sarah can never go to the future, she will continue to try, unsuccessfully to stop Judgement Day.

With the next Terminator movie about to be released, there might be enough enthusiasm for this series to continue. The really interesting part is that if there is a next season, it will take place in the future. I’ve always said that the terminator franchise doesn’t spend enough time in the future. That’s what people want to see.

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Fourier Series in Differential Equations

What I saw in my class today
What I saw in my class today

We’ve been seeing some really interesting stuff in my Differential Equations class. This week, we started seeing Fourier series, which, in some cases, are great to approximate functions. If the function is smooth enough, adding up the series actually equals the function.

In Plain Sight S01E12 (USA)

We Are Wolves in Quebec
We Are Wolves in Quebec

In Plain Sight follows a kind of show that has been made very popular on USA. It follows Burn Notice and Psych. It’s half comedy, half drama. Dramedy. The stories follow Mary Shannon, an officer for the US Marshals Witness Protection. Actually, Psych is all comedy, but you get the idea. It kind of reminds me of Saving Grace on TNT.

On July 21st, In Plain Sight was renewed for a second 16 episode season. That pretty good news.

They have to relocate and protect witnesses to federal cases. In this episode, Brandy’s problems come crashing into Mary’s life. There is a case of mistaken identity and the US Marshals are looking for Mary.

Brandy hides the truth from everyone but her family and things don’t end as well as they could have. This is the second part of the season finale. In the end, Mary comes clean to her family about her dad. Also, she sticks with her family to clean up Brandy’s mess. The cops are none the wiser, though she made an enemy of Connor. It was a pretty riveting show.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Burn Notice S02E09 (USA)

More of We Are Wolves on stage in Quebec

Burn Notice is a dramedy featuring intelligence work. Mike Weston used to work in intelligence, but got burned. He’s now stuck in Miami and has spent most of last season looking for the ones who put a burn notice out on him. He’s joined by an old friend Sam (Bruce Campbell), who is keeping tabs on him for the FBI counter-intelligence unit, and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), an Irish gun totting ex-girlfriend, doing low-key operations in Miami, trying to help out and to make some money.

I thought that Burn Notice was enjoyable. It’s not the best of shows, but certainly follows the comedic elements put forth by Psych. We didn’t learn much about Mike. There was not a lot revealed about who Mike really works for. In the past, intelligence operatives worked exclusively for countries. Now corporate interests are also represented. Some of the largest corporations have profits well in excess of those of some countries. It’s just natural that the intelligence field was privatized as well, just like the armed forces are slowly being replaced by mercenary outfits run by giant corporations.

Mike does a favor for Campbell and tries to work against Carla’s interests. It doesn’t work out as planned when Nate gets arrested and Carla tells him to butt out of her business. Mike realizes that Carla is running a set-up/distraction for him and tries to get away to stop the kill. Things don’t go as planned when the sniper ends up dead by explosion. Mike is almost killed the same way.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Burn Notice S02E08 (USA)

Incredible sunlight through the clouds in Danshui (淡水鎮), Taipei County

Burn Notice is a dramedy featuring intelligence work. Mike Weston used to work in intelligence, but got burned. He’s now stuck in Miami and has spent most of last season looking for the ones who put a burn notice out on him. He’s joined by an old friend Sam (Bruce Campbell), who is keeping tabs on him for the FBI counter-intelligence unit, and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), an Irish gun totting ex-girlfriend, doing low-key operations in Miami, trying to help out and to make some money.

I thought that Burn Notice was enjoyable. It’s not the best of shows, but certainly follows the comedic elements put forth by Psych. We didn’t learn much about Mike. There was not a lot revealed about who Mike really works for. In the past, intelligence operatives worked exclusively for countries. Now corporate interests are also represented. Some of the largest corporations have profits well in excess of those of some countries. It’s just natural that the intelligence field was privatized as well, just like the armed forces are slowly being replaced by mercenary outfits run by giant corporations.

Mike thinks that he is close to finding Bill Johnson, thanks to Sam. Things don’t go as planned when Larry, a spy who faked his death a few years ago, comes back offering Mike a new gig. The trouble is that Mike doesn’t feel like killing anyone anymore.

Mike is getting closer to Carla, but he still hasn’t figured out why she burned him. However, he knows what she is planning. Maybe that will give Mike the leverage he needs to find out what he wants. I thought that this was a good episode. It sets up the season finale nicely. Maybe we’ll find out really why Mike was burned. Already, Larry revealed the reasons why everyone else thinks that Mike was burned. He killed the wrong people and sold secrets. But that might just be the cover reason.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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