📚 Devil’s Bargain by Tony Daniel

40/2022 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A decent Trek adventure, with some interesting explorations of the Horta. However, yet another instance of Kirk immediately falling in love with a pretty woman from the planet of the week. I know it’s Trek cliche, but I wish more authors would just let Kirk interact with women as people, instead of so predictably and pointlessly as romantic interests.

Michael holding Devil's Bargain

🎥 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012): ⭐️⭐️: Much like Brendan Frasier carried the first film, The Rock completely carries this film. Luis Guzman, unfortunately, drags it down, bringing a Jack Black-style over-the-top attitude that kills his lines, even when the lines themselves are funny. A few things kept throwing me off, including that Frasier’s character isn’t even mentioned at any point, and the scaling (up or down) of creatures was confusing. Still, equally as inconsequentially entertaining as the first. The two made a completely acceptable Saturday afternoon double feature, but I’ll never have a great desire to see either one again.

🎥 Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Dominion (2022): ⭐️⭐️⭐️: I know the critics were snarky, but we really enjoyed it — and though we hadn’t seen it yet, we went right for the extended edition, and it felt fine. Long, sure, but not obviously or painfully draggy. And a lot of fun nods to moments from the earlier films throughout. Only disappointed that the pandemic kept us from seeing it in the theater!