Monday, April 18, 2022

Road to Provinces Holy Week 2022

Provincial road trips may be trickier


I didn't see motorcycles in the expressway - duh - so I thought nothing of it. And then when we hit provincial roads they appear. One or two, here and there and then it became five or more. More than once our van was trying to overtake with only the space of a two wheeled motorcycle holding us back.

We were stuck in traffic in Tiaong, Quezon for hours. I didn't think of the possible significance then when I took this Instagram video. When a neighbor in the resort of Doña Choleng noted the same - those motorcycles - it hit me.

Monday, April 04, 2022

The Last Duel (2021)

First impression sucked. 

The first impression and truly worst, ironically, is the star studded cast: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver, playing Jean de Carrouges, Pierre d’Alençon, and Jacques Le Gris respectively.

3 in Dramatis Personae (Deep Space Nine S01-E18)

This is a Bajoran station - Kira

Even with a half-baked plot device the episode, Dramatis Personae, was interesting. The story could mean two things.

Its title, dramatis personae, is Latin for characters in a play. There was a recreation of a past event (the Play) of which the senior crew (the Characters) of Deep Space Nine was caught in its web.

Or, the episode wants to be philosophical. Shakespeare said: “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” 

Friday, February 04, 2022

3 in The Forsaken (Deep Space Nine S01-E17)

You see, Odo, even us non-shape-shifters need to change who we are once in a while.

Formerly titled as Only the Lonely, The Forsaken is a literal and figurative deconstruction of Odo.

On the surface, he is the powerful alien shapeshifter; Deep Space Nine’s security chief, incorruptible, just, and a talented investigator. He frowns at imagination and romance. His natural form is liquid and every 16 hours he rests, somewhat undignified, contained inside a bucket in his office. 

Buckets notwithstanding, he’s clearly a being you don’t want to mess with. There is another side to that: Odo really is pretending 16 hours a day at being a solid.