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What We’re Loving: Sweet’s 'Sweet-In' Ben Affleck Cupcakes

What We’re Loving: Sweet’s 'Sweet-In' Ben Affleck Cupcakes

Let’s celebrate Oscars Sunday with a bite out of gorgeous Ben, shall we?

Let’s face it: Ben Affleck owns this year’s awards season. The media’s obsession with the adorable PDA moments between him and wife Jennifer Garner, the fact that he was snubbed for a Best Director nomination by the Academy Awards, and oh yeah, the fact that he’s swept every awards show so far has everyone in a tailspin.

Boston cupcake spot Sweet feels Affleck’s pain, too. So they gave him an honor of their own: a cupcake. While the bakery has a great selection of Oscar-themed sweets, with cake toppers including golden statues, mini tuxedos, and sidewalk stars, our favorites by far are the Affleck toppers — choose your favorite Affleck topper and take a nice big bite out of the cupcake when Argo nabs Best Picture, because you can be sure he will.

In addition, this Saturday and Sunday all Sweet stores will have Oscar ballots where customers can fill out their predictions, and after Sunday's telecast, the contest participants who have the most correct entries will receive 24 (to reflect the number of award categories) cupcakes of their choice to be delivered to the location of their choice within Boston and Cambridge on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

A bite out of Ben Affleck and a possible prize of two dozen cupcakes? Sounds like a win-win situation to us!


Step 3: …profit!

*Oh-wow-oh-wow. I had no idea it had been so very long since I’ve done a beguilement series. The first five are from a draft I had saved SINCE OCTOBER 15th!. So I will try to do much better, now that we’re all settled in (yes, we’ve moved please let it be a poor excuse of my absence) and he’s a brief summery of things that have been occupying our time [apparently since October].*

Objectified: This 2009 documentary from director Gary Hustwit is about everyday manufactured objects and how their design aesthetic plays a pretty significant role in our lives. It is a really fascinating look at our world and the objects that surround us, things we use everyday: a toothbrush, a car, a chair, etc.. It isn’t very in-depth, but I highly recommend this to anyone. Even Ben had a skeptical face at first, but sat down and watched the whole thing with me. It’s pretty interesting.

The Hurt Locker: So I realize we’re a bit late to the party with this movie–but it’s fantastic!! And ultra-depressing. Did anyone else feel the utter futility that followed this movie? The hopelessness? Man, this movie got me down. But it was so good! And our movie-loving friend, Brandon, said a lot of people said it was sad, and he just doesn’t get it. But it’s so good. I doubt it’s Best Picture good, but it’s still really amazing.

Son of Rambow: This is an adorable little indie flick from 2008 held the tagline “Make Believe. Not War.” That pretty much sums it up: it’s about two English boys during the 1980s who decide to make a short film inspired by First Blood. Surprisingly touching, it’s one of the best movies of it’s genre that I’ve seen (including Stand By Me) and the two boys acting in it do a superb job. We Netflix’d this one, but I’d like to buy it to watch the commentary.

Bio-Dome: This is a re-watch of course. And you know, if you’re not a teenager of the 󈨞s and high, it’s really just not very funny.

The Harry Potter series: My love for these books is deep and unending. I didn’t start reading the books until just before the fifth book was released, and I read the first four in five days and was then forced to wait for the following three books to be published and now I read the entire series once a year. I am an unabashed ultra-Harry Potter freaky-fan nerd.

The Town: Based on a book and not a remake, this Boston-based movie is FANTASTIC. One of the best car chase scenes from an American-made movie that I’ve seen in a really long while. And although I’m not on the I-Hate-Ben-Affleck bandwagon, I do think he typically has really poor tastes in his choice of movies, however as a director this guy is the cat’s pajamas. The characters are believable and incredibly well-acted. Really a very wonderful movie.

The Hunger Games trilogy: What started out as my buying the first book for my young cousin as her Christmas gift, turned into my reading it before I wrapped it and enjoying it so much I bought the next two books for my (fantastic xmas gift from my mother) kindle. The books are really good, and although the writing is a little trite, it gets better with the second and third book. The story is wonderfully dystopian with a strong independent young female leading the rebellion. The third book contains a lot of information, and could probably have been better spread out between two books rather than feeling somewhat rushed and very edited. But it was still very good and I would highly recommend these books to anyone, especially to pre-teen and teen girls.

A Christmas Carol: The 2009 version directed by Robert Zemeckis with Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth. I really enjoyed this movie. I liked how closely it stayed to the book which is to say it was very dark. But I’m a sucker for most any version of the Dicken’s classic book. We watched this one among a whole slew of others of our favourite holiday variety during the month of December.

Dances With Wolves: This 1990 winner of Best Picture from the Academy Awards is still a very powerful movie. At nearly four hours long it was the perfect movie to watch on our unexpectedly snowed-in day.

Easy A: Surprisingly very entertaining. This new movie is a not-so-subtle homage to the great John Hughes. I didn’t expect to like this movie very much at all, but ended up loving it so much that I’m wanting to buy it RIGHT NOW. It’s wonderful, and more important, original (as original as a contemporary teen flick can be) and funny!

The Social Network: This movie was well made, and Jesse Eisenberg does an amazing job of portraying Facebook-creator, Mark Zuckerberg. And while I enjoyed Justin Timberlake’s performance of the Napster creator (Sean Parker) I have a really hard time not being ultra-flabbergasted about how many people are LOVING this movie. I have a problem with historical fiction in general, most people do not bother to bother finding out what is true and what has been made up and (in the case of a friend of mine) goes around spewing the information from the movie as if it is the truth of the life of Mark Zuckerberg. I think David Fincher has done much better movies, (I’m looking at you, Fight Club and Se7en) and while this movie isn’t wonderful, it isn’t bad either.

Young @ Heart: A sweet documentary about a group of singing geriatrics from the UK. Really sweet and wonderful to see just how much life this group has in it (with an average age of 80!). A fantastic and touching movie.

Don’t You Forget About Me: This 2009 documentary tribute to John Hughes blew my mind. There’s not many docs that I want to own I love them, but most don’t call for repeat viewing. I will be adding this one to the collection as soon as possible. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, if only because it is so heartfelt. If you love a single John Hughes movie, please go watch this.

Black Swan: The latest Darren Aronofsky flick has garnered a lot of attention to his leading lady, Natalie Portman. And even though she seems like a great person, I have never been truly impressed by her work–until this film. She does an AMAZING job in this movie as does the ever-beautiful Mila Kunis (although her role is fairly minimal and undeserving of a nomination if only for it’s brevity). And the cinematography, by Matthew Libatique is so far beyond gorgeous. Like most women, I am a sucker for a dance/theatre movie (not Step Up think Flashdance or Centerstage) and I have seen and own more than my fair share of them but I have never ever ever seen a ballet movie filmed the way Libatique shot this one. Part of it must be due to the fact that Natalie Portman is an actress and not a ballerina, but that is the case in most movies about dancers. The scenes are tight on the face, too tight, uncomfortably tight, you are invading her privacy by being so close the lighting is dark and moody and fantastical. The use of colour in the film was nearing cliche, but it stopped just shy of being overtly dramatic. It’s a beautiful movie to watch. And I feel it would be amiss to not mention the notorious lesbian scene: the people who have been making such a big deal about it apparently don’t actually watch movies with real lesbian scenes in the words of my sweet Ben, “I was really disappointed in the lezzy scenes–nothing really happened at all!” But the movie is great and surprisingly I like the use of CGI to help show Portman’s character’s psychosis. HIGHLY recommend.

Buried: Directed by Rodrigo Cortés, this 2010 movie is essentially a one-man show starring Ryan Reynolds. And I have never been a fan of Ryan Reynolds, I find his acting weak and he looks a bit too puppy-ish for me to find him attractive.
In terms of acting, this movie still didn’t impress me. I think it’s easy to play over-dramatic with the help of tight spaces and odd lighting. However, from a technical standpoint, this movie is fairly mind-boggling. The entire movie is spent with Ryan Reynolds in a coffin with a weak flashlight, a glowstick, a lighter, and a cellular phone as the only light sources used. Technically speaking, this movie is a marvel as a moviegoer, I was bored to fucking death.


Miley Cyrus Calls Out Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Video

-You know, I don’t disagree with Miley Cyrus in her Marie Claire cover story for calling out a double standard when it comes to her vs. Taylor Swift. They both control their (incredibly manufactured) personas, but because Miley’s isn’t conservative, it riles people up in ways Taylor’s never will.

-So even People couldn’t snag photos of Jennifer Aniston wedding dress, huh? That surprises me.

-Also, Jimmy Kimmel officiated the wedding which is kinda sweet.

Ben Affleck’s nanny is weighing her TV interview options and it’s got me like:

Nicki Minaj called Meek Mill her “baby father” during a concert, but that doesn’t mean she’s pregnant. It just means that words are hard for famous people.

Kelly Rutherford made the risky move of not sending her children back to Monaco, and now her ex-husband is accusing her of child abduction.

Zac Efron may be joining The Rock for the Baywatch movie, which means movie studios have somehow found a way to covertly mine my dreams for ideas. I’m totally ok with that.

-There’s more talk that Rihanna is dating Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

Ed Sheeran continues to be mistakenly linked to super hot women.

Amy Schumer‘s HBO special just got its first teaser, and it’s way too short. But at least we now have a date: Oct. 17.

Jennifer Lawrence took a break from her filming schedule to visit a children’s hospital in Montreal because she’s aces.

FKA twigs admits that she still hasn’t seen the Twilight movies. If she wants to stay engaged to Robert Pattinson, she should keep it that way.

-During their TCA panel, FX unveiled their annual ‘state of TV’ report and revealed that by the end of 2105, there will be 400 scripted shows (comedies and dramas) airing on network, cable and streaming services. I had a conversation this weekend (and then another today on Facebook) with friends who say there are no good TV shows on right now. I disagree I think we’re in an insanely awesome TV era but you have to search for it now it’s not on network TV anymore. I’m LOVING Mr Robot (which technically doesn’t debut in Canada until Sept), UnREAL is better than any Lifetime series needs to be, and there are a ton of shows I haven’t had time to tune into this summer, but sound good. Every TV critic I follow seems to love AMC’s Humans and Sundance’s Deutschland 83. Comedy Central’s Review just came back, and FX’s You’re The Worst will soon return for a second season. I gave up on Halt and Catch Fire last year but by all accounts, they re-jigged the show to focus on the female characters and season 2 is amazing. Masters of Sex is too heavy for me right now, but Josh Charles is on it so I’ll catch up someday. Hulu’s Difficult People looks the kind of snarkfest I’d love. And I haven’t even had time to look at Netflix in a while, but it’s comforting to know that new episodes of Wet Hot American Summer are waiting for me when I do. And this is the dead of summer! A few years ago, it’d be a TV wasteland right now.

-Speaking of the TCAs, CBS presented today, and was quick to shut down any questions about The Good Wife’s green screen f**kery. Weirdly enough, Valerie Bertinelli (of all people) was having none of it.

-CBS also debuted a new Supergirl trailer, which smartly veers away from the rom-com, Devil Wears Prada feel of the first one to focus on fanboy-baiting action instead. I saw the pilot and liked it, but I feel like The Flash already checks all those boxes for me. (On the plus side, crossovers with the CW shows are suddenly a possibility.)

-Speaking of CW superhero shows, Arrow just nabbed Parker Young, who was my favourite part of Suburgatory and Enlisted. Tara from True Blood is also on board.

-This story about the filming of Bring It On is full of goodness, including the fact that Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford were arrested during production.

-There’s some new footage in Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s international TV spot.

-I’m giving this story about Amal Clooney taking over Donald Trump‘s spot on Celebrity Apprentice a hard side-eye. HARD. SIDE-EYE.

Keri Russell‘s dress at the TCAs is a not my favourite. On the plus side, three of my favourite TV critics (Linda Holmes, Maureen Ryan and Alan Sepinwall) are unintentionally photobombing her…

-Last night’s True Detective finale was so, so bad (and so, so confusing — god bless Slate and Uproxx for posting their detailed explainers. The fact that the Slate one spread through Twitter this morning like an especially robust strain of herpes indicates just how many of us lost the plot). My favourite “review” so far is this article on Pajiba, in which the reviewers all all try to pass it off to someone else because none of them can bear the thought of trying to make sense of it.

-The upside of watching True Detective last night is that HBO used it to debut their first trailer for Westworld, which looks BONKERS. I’m in.


Beguilements #6

*Oh-wow-oh-wow. I had no idea it had been so very long since I’ve done a beguilement series. The first five are from a draft I had saved SINCE OCTOBER 15th!. So I will try to do much better, now that we’re all settled in (yes, we’ve moved please let it be a poor excuse of my absence) and he’s a brief summery of things that have been occupying our time [apparently since October].*

Objectified: This 2009 documentary from director Gary Hustwit is about everyday manufactured objects and how their design aesthetic plays a pretty significant role in our lives. It is a really fascinating look at our world and the objects that surround us, things we use everyday: a toothbrush, a car, a chair, etc.. It isn’t very in-depth, but I highly recommend this to anyone. Even Ben had a skeptical face at first, but sat down and watched the whole thing with me. It’s pretty interesting.

The Hurt Locker: So I realize we’re a bit late to the party with this movie–but it’s fantastic!! And ultra-depressing. Did anyone else feel the utter futility that followed this movie? The hopelessness? Man, this movie got me down. But it was so good! And our movie-loving friend, Brandon, said a lot of people said it was sad, and he just doesn’t get it. But it’s so good. I doubt it’s Best Picture good, but it’s still really amazing.

Son of Rambow: This is an adorable little indie flick from 2008 held the tagline “Make Believe. Not War.” That pretty much sums it up: it’s about two English boys during the 1980s who decide to make a short film inspired by First Blood. Surprisingly touching, it’s one of the best movies of it’s genre that I’ve seen (including Stand By Me) and the two boys acting in it do a superb job. We Netflix’d this one, but I’d like to buy it to watch the commentary.

Bio-Dome: This is a re-watch of course. And you know, if you’re not a teenager of the 󈨞s and high, it’s really just not very funny.

The Harry Potter series: My love for these books is deep and unending. I didn’t start reading the books until just before the fifth book was released, and I read the first four in five days and was then forced to wait for the following three books to be published and now I read the entire series once a year. I am an unabashed ultra-Harry Potter freaky-fan nerd.

The Town: Based on a book and not a remake, this Boston-based movie is FANTASTIC. One of the best car chase scenes from an American-made movie that I’ve seen in a really long while. And although I’m not on the I-Hate-Ben-Affleck bandwagon, I do think he typically has really poor tastes in his choice of movies, however as a director this guy is the cat’s pajamas. The characters are believable and incredibly well-acted. Really a very wonderful movie.

The Hunger Games trilogy: What started out as my buying the first book for my young cousin as her Christmas gift, turned into my reading it before I wrapped it and enjoying it so much I bought the next two books for my (fantastic xmas gift from my mother) kindle. The books are really good, and although the writing is a little trite, it gets better with the second and third book. The story is wonderfully dystopian with a strong independent young female leading the rebellion. The third book contains a lot of information, and could probably have been better spread out between two books rather than feeling somewhat rushed and very edited. But it was still very good and I would highly recommend these books to anyone, especially to pre-teen and teen girls.

A Christmas Carol: The 2009 version directed by Robert Zemeckis with Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth. I really enjoyed this movie. I liked how closely it stayed to the book which is to say it was very dark. But I’m a sucker for most any version of the Dicken’s classic book. We watched this one among a whole slew of others of our favourite holiday variety during the month of December.

Dances With Wolves: This 1990 winner of Best Picture from the Academy Awards is still a very powerful movie. At nearly four hours long it was the perfect movie to watch on our unexpectedly snowed-in day.

Easy A: Surprisingly very entertaining. This new movie is a not-so-subtle homage to the great John Hughes. I didn’t expect to like this movie very much at all, but ended up loving it so much that I’m wanting to buy it RIGHT NOW. It’s wonderful, and more important, original (as original as a contemporary teen flick can be) and funny!

The Social Network: This movie was well made, and Jesse Eisenberg does an amazing job of portraying Facebook-creator, Mark Zuckerberg. And while I enjoyed Justin Timberlake’s performance of the Napster creator (Sean Parker) I have a really hard time not being ultra-flabbergasted about how many people are LOVING this movie. I have a problem with historical fiction in general, most people do not bother to bother finding out what is true and what has been made up and (in the case of a friend of mine) goes around spewing the information from the movie as if it is the truth of the life of Mark Zuckerberg. I think David Fincher has done much better movies, (I’m looking at you, Fight Club and Se7en) and while this movie isn’t wonderful, it isn’t bad either.

Young @ Heart: A sweet documentary about a group of singing geriatrics from the UK. Really sweet and wonderful to see just how much life this group has in it (with an average age of 80!). A fantastic and touching movie.

Don’t You Forget About Me: This 2009 documentary tribute to John Hughes blew my mind. There’s not many docs that I want to own I love them, but most don’t call for repeat viewing. I will be adding this one to the collection as soon as possible. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, if only because it is so heartfelt. If you love a single John Hughes movie, please go watch this.

Black Swan: The latest Darren Aronofsky flick has garnered a lot of attention to his leading lady, Natalie Portman. And even though she seems like a great person, I have never been truly impressed by her work–until this film. She does an AMAZING job in this movie as does the ever-beautiful Mila Kunis (although her role is fairly minimal and undeserving of a nomination if only for it’s brevity). And the cinematography, by Matthew Libatique is so far beyond gorgeous. Like most women, I am a sucker for a dance/theatre movie (not Step Up think Flashdance or Centerstage) and I have seen and own more than my fair share of them but I have never ever ever seen a ballet movie filmed the way Libatique shot this one. Part of it must be due to the fact that Natalie Portman is an actress and not a ballerina, but that is the case in most movies about dancers. The scenes are tight on the face, too tight, uncomfortably tight, you are invading her privacy by being so close the lighting is dark and moody and fantastical. The use of colour in the film was nearing cliche, but it stopped just shy of being overtly dramatic. It’s a beautiful movie to watch. And I feel it would be amiss to not mention the notorious lesbian scene: the people who have been making such a big deal about it apparently don’t actually watch movies with real lesbian scenes in the words of my sweet Ben, “I was really disappointed in the lezzy scenes–nothing really happened at all!” But the movie is great and surprisingly I like the use of CGI to help show Portman’s character’s psychosis. HIGHLY recommend.

Buried: Directed by Rodrigo Cortés, this 2010 movie is essentially a one-man show starring Ryan Reynolds. And I have never been a fan of Ryan Reynolds, I find his acting weak and he looks a bit too puppy-ish for me to find him attractive.
In terms of acting, this movie still didn’t impress me. I think it’s easy to play over-dramatic with the help of tight spaces and odd lighting. However, from a technical standpoint, this movie is fairly mind-boggling. The entire movie is spent with Ryan Reynolds in a coffin with a weak flashlight, a glowstick, a lighter, and a cellular phone as the only light sources used. Technically speaking, this movie is a marvel as a moviegoer, I was bored to fucking death.


Riley Keough Shares Snaps of ‘Angel’ Brother Benjamin Keough 6 Weeks After His Death

Always on her mind. Riley Keough shared memories of her late brother, Benjamin Keough, six weeks after he died by suicide.

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The actress, 31, took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday, August 25, to share a photo of herself and the singer posing together on a balcony on a sunny day. She later uploaded a picture of Benjamin smiling on a boat, which she captioned, “Angel.”

A rep for Benjamin’s mother, Lisa Marie Presley, said in a statement to Us Weekly at the time that she was “entirely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong” for Riley, whom she shares with ex-husband Danny Keough, and 11-year-old twins Harper and Finley, whose father, Michael Lockwood, she filed for divorce from in June 2016.

“She adored that boy,” Lisa Marie’s rep added. “He was the love of her life.”

Benjamin and Riley Keough Courtesy of Riley Keough/Instagram

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Riley first paid tribute to Benjamin via Instagram on July 18, writing, “Mornings are the hardest. I forget you’re gone. I can’t cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that’s new to me. You. There are no words for you. Angel is the closest I could think of. Pure light. Baby brother. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my life. Twin soul. Protector. Too sensitive for this harsh world. I hope you give me strength to endure the giant hole you’ve left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you’re cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can’t believe you’ve left me. Not you sweet Ben Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again.”

Later that month, the Mad Max star revealed a tattoo that she got on her collarbone of her brother’s first and middle names, Benjamin Storm.

Benjamin Keough Courtesy of Riley Keough/Instagram

Famous Celebrity Families

Benjamin’s ex Alexa Rohde, girlfriend Diana Pinto, close friend Brandon Howard, uncle Navarone Garibaldi and grandmother Priscilla, 75, are among the other loved ones who have publicly mourned him.

“These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life,” the Dallas alum wrote via Facebook on July 22. “The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul. Each day I wake up I pray it will get better. Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son. Riley, so loving and so close to him Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death. Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks are made with non-GMO sourced ingredients, Fairtrade Certified cocoa, sugar, and vanilla, and cage-free eggs. Feel good about every doughy bite!Ben & Jerry's Dough Chunks Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 8 OZ Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks
  3. The dough chunks come in ½ lb. bags, each with eight servings of the exact same dough found in Ben & Jerry's iconic ice cream flavors. It's safe to eat raw because it contains pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour. New for 2019 is a vegan version of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks, certified by Vegan Action
  4. The dough is safe to eat because it's made with pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour. Cookie Dough Chunks are available in supermarkets and participating Scoop Shops nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99-$5.49 a bag. Ben & Jerry's believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods
  5. And this isn't the only new cookie dough in town! Nope, Ben & Jerry's is also releasing Tonight Dough Dough Chunks inspired by the mix-ins in that beloved ice cream. This means it's a mixture of..
  6. It can be a pain to chase those chunks with a spoon, which is why the brand rolled out bags of just cookie dough chunks. Ben & Jerry's just rolled two new dough flavors: Half Baked Chunks and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! We're already headed toward the frozen section. We Just Can't Get Enoug

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The brand have announced they're selling their Cookie Dough Chunks as a separate snack all on its own, for the first time. The Fairtrade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks have the same sticky. These two new seasonal dough chunks are the perfect addition to the Ben & Jerry's Dough Chunk lineup. Cookie Dough Chunks are available in supermarkets and participating Scoop Shops nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99-$5.49. You can learn more, and find your nearest retailer, online at Ben & Jerry's website

Right now, the Cookie Dough Chunks are only available at Ben and Jerry's Scoop Stores in Vermont. But according to Refinery29, Ben and Jerry's hopes to expand the cookie dough goodness to more stores once the sugary holiday season begins. Fingers crossed for a chocolate chip cookie dough-filled stocking for all of us You can buy Ben & Jerry's cookie dough chunks online here (the two new flavors are currently available for pre-order) or at supermarkets and participating Ben & Jerry's shops nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $5.49 a bag. For more information, visit Ben & Jerry's website here. Credit: Ben & Jerry's

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One new variation of Ben & Jerry's dough chunks is chocolate cookie dough with chocolate chips. Half Baked Chunks is a mixture of chocolate chip cookie dough & fudge brownies. Ben & Jerry's now offers five different types of snackable cookie dough: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Half Baked Chunks Cookie Dough Chunks. We've freed the chunks! We know how it goes: sometimes when you're digging in to a tub of ice cream you're really just chasing those chunks with reckless abandon. Go straight for the good stuff with a bag of totally snackable Chunks! Ny! Stykker af kagedej med chokoladestykker Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks are made with non-GMO sourced ingredients, Fairtrade Certified cocoa, sugar, and vanilla, and cage-free eggs. Feel good about every doughy bite! Ben & Jerry's Dough Chunks Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 8 O Then good news, you can now buy Ben & Jerry's Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks in the UK. Shoppers shared the good news on social media, sparking a good deal of excitement. Until now the tempting.. Ben & Jerry?s cookie dough chunks dessert snack comes in a recyclable pouch where facilities exist.Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks contain the dough, the whole dough, and nothing but the dough! No more spoon-digging for just one more doughy bite ? now you can munch on dough chunk after dough chunk to your heart?s content

Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks We've freed the chunks! We know how it goes: sometimes when you're digging in to a pint of ice cream you're really just chasing those chunks with reckless abandon You won't need a spoon for Ben & Jerry's latest treat! The brand has unveiled two new flavors of its cookie dough chunks, and you'll want to eat them by the handful. In April 2019, Ben & Jerry's unveiled its first half-pound bags of edible cookie dough chunks.The launch brought three flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Vegan Chocolate. This is a taste test/review of the Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks Snackable Dough in the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip variety and the Chocolate Chip variety. They were $3.50 each at Target. 2. Ben and Jerry's say the cookie dough chunks can be enjoyed on their own, sprinkled onto ice cream or can be used to decorate cupcakes. Elsewhere in the world of food, a man claims to have. Ben & Jerry's have officially ruled that wellness is not en vogue for 2021 and we couldn't be more thrilled. The ice cream aficionado's have unveiled a brand-new range of naughty snacks that have well and truly nipped our fitness pipe dreams in the bud. B&J's have today unleashed two new flavours of snack-sized cookie dough chunks to.

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  1. Ben & Jerry's Rain-dough Cookie Dough Twist ice cream dessert. Vanilla ice cream with a swirly rainbow sprinkles cookie dough centre and colourful chunks. Ben & Jerry's ice cream dessert operates on a three-part mission that aims to create linked prosperity for everyone who's connected to our busines
  2. Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks are out now, in 180g and 227g pouches. The trick is, they're only available in select Ben & Jerry's Scoop Stores around Australia. The full list is below though, so you can plan your life accordingly
  3. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream or Frozen Dessert 1 pt ctn or Cookie Dough Chunks or Half Baked Brownie Dough, 6 or 8 oz pouch, BOGO up to $5.49 Print Here $1.50 on any TWO (2) pints of Ben & Jerry's Non-Dair
  4. The ice cream duo Ben & Jerry's understands our needs and has graced us with their legendary cookie dough recipe. My Half-Baked loving heart is crying right now. Here are the ingredients you'll need: 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  5. Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is currently testing two flavors of edible cookie dough, and we can't wait to try it. Read on for the scoop about this sweet treat

These cookie dough bites taste just like the Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Bites they sell at the grocery store, but making your own is faster, cheaper, and definitely more affordable. Munch on these bites throughout the day or add them to homemade ice cream Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavours just went up a gear with this wildly exciting new Cookie Dough addition. Those legends at the ice cream company have come up with a range of Cookie Dough Twist.. Ben & Jerry's cookie dough-flavoured ice-cream has long been one of our favourites to indulge in, but now the brand has only gone and launched a bag of actual cookie dough chunks. Yes that's right, an entire bag filled with sweet and salty cookie bites that basically are the best bit about the ice-cream flavour anyway - less time wasted hunting through the pot for them Ben & Jerry's is bringing holiday cheer to the freezer section extra early this year. The ice cream brand recently announced two new flavors of its beloved cookie dough chunks that have us ready.

Ben & Jerry's Gingerbread Cookie Dough Chunks, 1 bag. $7.99) $7.99) Current Stock: QTY: GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH CHUNKS . Ditch the hot oven this holiday season for some no-assembly-required gingerbread cookie dough chunks. It may not fill your house with scents of nutmeg. While obviously Ben & Jerry's is known for their ice cream, the introduction of these two holiday offerings actually expands their lineup of cookie dough chunks to seven flavors. Other options include both vegan and standard-issue chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter CCCD, and Half Baked

Ben & Jerry's isn't wasting any time getting into the holiday spirit, because it has unveiled new Gingerbread Cookie Dough Chunks and Cinnamon Bun Dough Chunks. It was over a year ago that Ben & Jerry's first introduced its half-pound bags of Cookie Dough Chunks in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ben & Jerry's. 19 mins ·. Cookie dough and brownie chunks are just half the story. We've got 5 fun facts in our newest blog post that we bet you didn't know about Half Baked! If you haven't tried Half Baked, then you simply haven't lived When Ben & Jerry's added Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to their non-dairy ice cream line-up, they also launched the Vegan Cookie Dough Chunks from that flavor as their own product! They're for eating on their own, not baking, but we were okay with that. In fact, those sweet bites were so popular, that they've released a second vegan variety: Cinnamon Bun Escobar mashed up the cookie dough chunks and microwaved them to soften the dough. Then, he flattened it onto a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 12 minutes. Lo and behold, it actually made a decent cookie. Ben & Jerry's actually sells bags of snackable cookie dough — a product several commenters mentioned but Escobar said was. Dig into chunks of un-dough-lievably dough-licious cookie dough across our range of dairy, non-dairy and pint slice flavours! Cookie Dough S'Wich Up. New! Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolatey Sandwich Cookies and Chunks of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and a Chocolatey Cookie Swirl. DETAILS. Flavour Details Local Stockist Delivery Partners Scoop Shops

As with the previous release, the 2019 edition of Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks come in two primary flavors — Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip — and are sold in half-pound. Ben & jerry's the dough, the whole dough, and nothing but the dough! This one's for you, chocolate chip cookie dough lovers. No more digging for just one more doughy bite — now you can munch on dough chunk after dough chunk to your heart's content Ready to take your love for edible cookie dough to the next level? With more flavours to choose from than you can shake a spoon at — there's a Cookie Dough Chunks flavour for every occasion. These are our 10 favourite ways to make the most of those sweet chunks of cookie dough euphoria Here's to cookie dough fans who love tunneling through our ice cream on the way to get the dough. Once you've discovered the coolest-ever cache of dough chunks you can grab straight from the package, we think you'll agree it's the direct-est route to dough-phoria you can get. Enjoy! Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Caring Dairy with Free Grazing. Ingredients. Vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough (16%) and chocolatey chunks (1%) Cream (MILK) (27%), water, condensed skimmed MILK, sugar, WHEAT flour, brown sugar, free range EGG yolk, butter (MILK), vegetable oils (fully refined soybean oil, coconut), EGG, cocoa mass, fat-reduced cocoa.

Fans have gone wild after spotting Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough chunks in the aisles of Asda. The supermarket is selling 170g bags of the chunks for £3.99 across the UK, meaning fans of the much-loved ice cream can now tuck into the chewy cookie bites without having to dig around for them in tubs For those lucky enough to live in Vermont, Cookie Dough Chunks have been readily available since last year, when Ben & Jerry's rolled out half-pound bags of the classic chocolate chip and peanut. One of the reasons I love Ben & Jerry's so much is its generosity. Every pint of ice cream is stuffed with impressive swirls of fudge, chunks of chewy brownies, and globs of cookie dough Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks are available in ½ pound bags, each bag contains 8 servings of appetizing dough. But is it really safe to eat dough? It's a common knowledge that dough needs be baked in order to make cookies. Although it is basically raw dough, it is totally safe to eat because it contains pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks Are REAL, Confirming Nice Things Still Exist in 2018. 22 August 2018 by Karenna Meredith. 9 Shares View On One Page ADVERTISEMENT () Start.

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  1. BURLINGTON, VT. — Ben & Jerry's is gearing up for the holidays with the launch of two new frozen snacks: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Chunks and Cinnamon Bun Dough Chunks. The non-GMO, fair trade.
  2. BURLINGTON, VT. — Ben & Jerry's is gearing up for the holidays with the launch of two new frozen snacks: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Chunks and Cinnamon Bun Dough Chunks. The non-GMO, fair trade treats are made with pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour and may be consumed straight from the bag or sprinkled on sundaes and other desserts, the company said
  3. Ben and Jerry's is selling straight up Cookie Dough Chunks in the regular and peanut butter flavors (separately from the ice cream), so you can fully enjoy those little bite-sized treats whenever you want
  4. Ben & Jerry's. Flavour guru at Ben & Jerry's, Helder Silva, has said of the new tasty treat: Ice cream fans have been calling out and asking us to 'free the chunks' for a while now, so we're delighted to be able to give them what they want! During a test in the US, bags flew off the shelves! Now, dough fans in Europe can get a.
  5. Ben & Jerry's just changed the game forever with a new snackable treat. The Vermont-based creamery is currently testing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Dough Chunks at the Burlington scoop shop and Waterbury Factory.Both flavors come in half-pound bags and contain the exact same dough packed into Ben & Jerry's ice cream. 21 Unexpected Ice Cream Flavor
  6. Company: Ben & Jerry's Website: store.benjerry.com Introduced: January 2020 Distribution: National Suggested Retail Price: $3.99-$5.49 Product Snapshot: Chunk spelunkers rejoice! Ben & Jerry's has introduced two new flavors of oh-so-snackable cookie dough chunks. That's right—just the chunks. Put down your spoon and dig in! Raw cookie dough has become a global phenomenon, but Ben & Jerry's.

Ben & Jerry's Sugar Cookie Cookie Dough Chunks Labels: ben_n_jerrys , cookie_dough , review [New for 2021] I'm still bummed that I never found the two holiday snackable doughs (gingerbread and cinnamon bun), but I was stoked to find the two new 2021 flavors Ben & Jerry's first got in on the cookie dough chunk game in April 2019 with three flavors, followed by more varieties in January 2020, and then two holiday flavors in August 2020 From Delish. Ben & Jerry's is famous for its cookie dough ice cream, so much so that the creamery released an entire line of cookie dough core pints earlier this year. Now B&J's is giving people.

These snackable chunks of chocolate-chipped chocolate cookie dough are so good, we decided they deserve a dough-only debut in this nifty grab-&-go package! Dig in and enjoy Ben & Jerry's first got in on the cookie dough chunk game in April 2019 with three flavors, followed by more varieties in January 2020, and then two holiday flavors in August 2020. Now that we think about it, it's kind of shocking that sugar cookie hasn't been part of the lineup sooner. We're hoping it's worth the wait Ben & Jerry's officially announced that it has freed the chunks and launched Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks. The new product features tiny balls of cookie dough, with no ice cream. Ben & Jerrys. That's right, one supermarket is now selling bags of those delicious Ben & Jerry's cookie dough chunks and we're ready to stock up. The special pouches feature miniature versions of the amazingly gooey chocolate chip cookie dough chunks found in the brand's best selling ice cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks are made with non-GMO sourced ingredients, Fairtrade Certified cocoa, sugar, and vanilla, and cage-free eggs. Once you've discovered the coolest-ever cache of dough chunks you can grab straight from the package, we think you'll agree it's the direct-est route to dough-phoria you can get. Final price = $3.19 only! Great deals no matter which varieties. There's a new printable coupon available for $1.50/1 Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks that you can use at Walmart to get a good deal after coupon.. Deals available this week using the coupon include: Walmart: Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks (8 oz.), $4.28 (regular price) $1.50/1 Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks printable coupo

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Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough ice cream tub, Vanilla ice cream packed with delicious chocolate chip cookie dough, Ben & Jerry's mission is to create linked prosperity for everyone connected to our frozen dessert business: suppliers, employees, farmers, franchisees, customers and neighbours alike, Includes Fairtrade certified cocoa, sugar and vanilla, Kosher & Halal certified, Ben & Jerry's ice. Nu släpps nämligen Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks, degbitar i påse. Eller så kan du enkelt och billigt sno ihop egen kakdeg att äta som den är. Av Anna-Lena Pettersson. 16 april, 2019 Alla som äter Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough mest för att få äta kakdegen, upp med en hand! Jo, vi är. Ben & Jerry's two new flavours are true to their iconic indulgent style, and I for one cannot wait to try these babies. The flavours, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Half Baked Chunks (which is. Ben & Jerry's edible, snackable Sugar Cookie Dough Chunks with rainbow glitter are the perfect sweet (and sparkly) treat! Sprinkle them over your ice cream for an extra dough boost, or munch on them on their own to curb that dough craving

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  1. ASDA has announced that it'll be selling 170g bags of Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough chunks. Everyone knows the best bit of cookie dough ice cream is super sweet cookie chunks and now.
  2. Raw cookie dough has become a global phenomenon, but Ben & Jerry's are the dough-riginals. In 1984 they were the first national ice cream company to drop big chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough.
  3. Ben & Jerry's the dough, the whole dough, and nothing but the dough! This one's for you, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough lovers. No more digging for just one more doughy bite — now you can munch on dough chunk after dough chunk to your heart's content
  4. Ben & Jerry?s vegan ice cream comes in responsibly sourced packaging.Caramel dairy-free ice cream with a cookie swirl, cookie dough and delicious chocolatey chunks. Cookie and dough lovers, Ben & Jerry's Cookies on Cookie Dough vegan ice cream is where you'll find your vegan euphoria! It?s so hard to choose between cookies and cookie dough.

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Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper, allowing the sides to overhang slightly. Reserve 1/3 cup of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Non-Dairy with the dough chunks removed for the ganache topping. Set aside However, before you get too excited, we must remind you that for now, this genius snack is only available in Vermont, where Ben & Jerry's is testing the Cookie Dough Chunks at Scoop Shops. Rumor tells us that if the test run goes well, B&J will consider expanding the line to more Scoop Shops around the US and possibly even on e-commerce, closer to the holidays Last year, Ben & Jerry's cookie dough chunks were introduced. Basically, this raw cookie dough is safe to eat straight out of the package. No need to bake them in the oven and no assembly required. Just take the pack out of the freezer, open the pack and enjoy the bite-sized cookie dough chunks The chunks of cookie dough will be available at retailers nationwide starting in April. The bites are the exact same dough that's found in Ben and Jerry's iconic ice cream flavors

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Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks feature resealable 8-oz bags of frozen bite-sized pieces of cookie dough for easy snacking. They come in three flavors at launch: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, and Vegan Chocolate Chip. While they were announced last month, Ben &Jerry's is still in the process of rolling them out to stores Ben & Jerry's. Instagram blogger Junk Banter explained the situation in an Aug. 21 post, after test-driving the goodies. Ben & Jerry's is testing these Cookie Dough Chunks - the same ones they. Homemade Ben & Jerry's Half Baked: Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream, Fudge Brownie and Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough This is a whole lot of ice cream! I wasnt sure what what gobs of cookie dough was supposed to be but I just rolled out some edible cookie dough chunks and there you go

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De Ben & Jerry's Dough-ble Chocolate Cookie Dough Twist bestaat uit Fairtrade chocolade-ijs met stukjes chocolade chunks en in het midden een chocolade Cookie Dough core. Chocolate heaven Ben & Jerry's cookie dough does not only come mixed with ice cream. The cold dessert purveyor has released two flavors of snackable chunks — chocolate chip and peanut butter. When one thinks about it, the company's new venture can serve a dual purpose Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Chunks will debut in stores throughout April. They come in three flavors including peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and certified vegan and non-vegan chocolate chip cookie dough. Each variety comes in a half-pound bag with eight servings of the exact same dough found in Ben & Jerry's ice cream Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Core Ice Cream. What better way to pay tribute to Ben & Jerry's Original Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor released in the late 1980s than to add more cookie dough. This flavor features cookie milk ice cream with fudge chips & a chocolate chip cookie dough core. The ice cream is super creamy

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Ben & Jerry's Rain-Dough Cookie Dough Twist släpps i samband med att Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough firar 30 år. Medelålderskris på gång? Glassen kommer i det nya, mindre formatet 465 ml och beskrivs som: Vanilla Ice Cream with a Swirly Rainbow Sprinkled Cookie Dough Centre & Colourful Chunks Ben & Jerry's first introduced its cookie dough ice cream in 1984 and it will go down and history as one of the emblems of its time - along with the first Apple computer to hit the market and. Our legendary Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavour took us years to perfect and we wondered how could we make it even cookier! So we turned the cookie-o-meter right up to concoct this: vanilla ice cream with chocolatey cookie sandwiches, a swirl of chocolatey cookies (& of course, cookie dough chunks!) in this new Cookie Dough S'Wich Up If you love Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough ice cream, then we've got some very exciting food news for you. Popular ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's is now offering bags of cookie dough chunks for those who can't get enough of the good stuff


Saturday, September 1, 2012

CHEESECAKES.

Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake
It was just around a year ago that I started to work at Baires, and it wasn't too long after that when I volunteered to start making desserts to sell at the restaurant every Friday. I don't remember the exact situation, but somehow while talking to Marcela and one of my co-workers, cheesecake came up, and I mentioned that I've been using my grandmother's cheesecake recipe for as long as I can remember, which eventually led to me being asked to make one. Things have snowballed ever since, and I have LOVED using that time tested recipe as a base for the many kinds of cheesecake I make these days.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake-drizzle it with Dark Chocolate for some extra YUM!
I don't know when it was that I tried my first cheesecake, but I know that it was at my Grandma Davis' house one Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve. Her cheesecake recipe isn't fancy or frilly, but its simplicity is what makes it SO good. It has a wonderful vanilla flavor and a creamy rich texture that is hard to come by in store bought cakes. At some point in my childhood, my dad copied down the recipe in his nearly illegible writing, and over time, I copied it down for myself. I remember how we would make one every Christmas for his boss, and I loved going with dad and David to deliver it. Any food that reminds me of my favorite holiday is a winner in my book!

This Turtle Cheesecake is DEFNITELY turtley enough for the Turtle Club!
A unique feature about my Grandmother's cheesecake is that she always baked hers in an angel food cake pan. I really didn't know how much this affected the lightness of the cheesecake until last fall. I had baked a Pumpkin Walnut cheesecake for work, and had used an angel food cake pan, like I always do. Marcela suggested for my next one that I try using a springform pan, because that would produce a nicer looking slice of cake and I agreed. A woman had tried my Pumpkin Walnut cake and ordered one for the following weekend. I baked hers in a springform pan instead of an angel food cake, and she was able to tell the difference. My guess is that the cylinder in the center of the angel food cake pan allowed for more air to circulate throughout the cake, thus resulting in a fluffier texture. Although it goes against the tradition I grew up with, I continue to use the springform pan and have gotten rave reviews from my regulars at Baires!

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl with a Dark Chocolate crust
There is a lot of science and know how behind baking a good, crack-less cheesecake, which dianasdesserts.com spells out very nicely. I've baked so many cheesecakes in the past year that I don't really follow a recipe anymore, but for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience, research and practice will be your best keys in baking a successful and deeeeelishcake. Because of my 1930s SUPER hot gas oven, I've had to modify the way I bake my cakes. I now use the "water bath" method, and only turn the oven up to 290 degrees instead of the usual 350. Typically, my cheesecake is done in about 45-55 minutes, which isn't too far off of the normal baking time.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake. a favorite at Baires!

Another thing I do now is that after my cheesecake is done, I turn off the oven and let it rest with the oven door closed for an hour. Why? Because it actually continues baking in the pan! According to my dad, a cheesecake is done when it "jiggles like a baby's bottom" as you gently shake the pan. Funny, none of the websites I looked on said that, but they did say that the cake is done when 2-3'' of the center of the cake is still slightly jiggly. After it's done resting, I leave the foil on the bottom of the pan and transfer it to the fridge, where I immediately cover it with foil. That seals in some of that hot air and allows the cheesecake to cool at a slower pace, thus (hopefully) preventing cracking. Don't freak out if you see cracks around the edge of your cake as it cools. The whole thing will kinda sink and fall towards the middle, sealing some of the cracks. If not, drizzle a yummy topping over it and no one will ever know!

Double Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. Marcela's favorite!
I feel like cheesecakes have a reputation for being difficult, and it's true, sometimes they are a bit temperamental. But like almost any dessert, they lend themselves to SO much creativity and I have really enjoyed straying from the recipe I grew up using. I am reminded of my grandma every time I make a cheesecake, and I only wish that she could be here to see me use her recipe and grow deeper in my love of baking. I don't want to sound conceited, but I know she would be proud of me.

Healthy (and easily made Vegan) Peanut Butter Cheesecake


Happy cheesecake baking, friends!

Cheesecake bars-the perfect amount of cheesecake!
Amaretto Cheesecake
(For some reason I don't have a picture of it, but I've also made a Lemonberry Cheesecake, which is a delightful summer treat!)


Priscilla Presley Breaks Her Silence On 'Shock' Of Grandson Benjamin Keough's Suicide

The pain a family goes through when losing a loved one is almost unbearable — but to lose someone at such a young age, and to suicide? Just unthinkable.

That’s what Benjamin Keough‘s family is dealing with right now after his tragic death by self-inflicted gunshot wound at his mother’s home in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 12.

Now, after several days of “shock” and mourning, his grandmother Priscilla Presley has finally broken her silence and released a public statement on the state of her family.

As the matriarch, Priscilla is feeling the pain reverberate through her entire bloodline right now, as she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday:

“These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life. The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul.”

Haunting words. She spoke about her family’s pain and how their individual reactions to the loss keep breaking her heart over and over again, beginning with Ben’s mother Lisa Marie Presley, whom Priscilla shared with the King himself, Elvis Presley. She wrote:

“Each day I wake up I pray it will get better. Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son.”

That would be Danny Keough, Lisa Marie’s ex-husband.

She then turned her attention to Ben’s sister, actress Riley Keough, his 11-year-old twin half-sisters, Harper and Finley Lockwood, and his uncle Navarone Garibaldi:

“Riley, so loving and so close to him Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death. Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved. ❤️ “

Such a selfless statement about a family that is irrevocably injured.

Ben’s big sister Riley was probably the closest among his family to him, so this has obviously hit her unbelievably hard. She wrote over the weekend:

“ Mornings are the hardest. I forget you’re gone. I can’t cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that’s new to me… I hope you give me strength to endure the giant hole you’ve left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you’re cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can’t believe you’ve left me. Not you sweet Ben Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again.”

So sad. Sending all our love to this family right now.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide , please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Sunday, July 24, 2011

A long, long time ago, I was young and in love. I had moved out to San Francisco after college and started my career in advertising. I had dorky New England style, an earnest passion for writing poetry and untamed eyebrows.

Then I met Zack. He was older, he was a writer, and he was a genius. He was funny, stylish, sweet, cool, and so different from anyone I knew. He introduced me to writers like Italo Calvino and poets like T.S. Eliot. He bought me books about Paris in the 󈧘s and California cuisine. He introduced me to Teuscher champagne truffles. He always supported my ideas and dreams and opened my world like nobody else. In short, he played a big role in who and where I am today.

For the past several years, as I’ve been putting everything I’ve got towards this book, he’s been putting everything into making movies. He has a couple screenwriting credits but finally finished his first feature film, Will. I read the script many moons ago and have seen some outtakes and it’s brilliant. Like Zack, it’s funny, sad and beautiful.

It’s going to be released this fall in the UK, where it was mostly shot, produced and edited. But, like Jay Weston wrote for the Huffington Post, the American movie houses are out to lunch. While it’s on Weston’s Academy Award Winner list, no one here has bought the rights yet. Let’s hope the U.S. companies get their act together so we can all see this brilliance on the big screen.


Episode Transcript: Brother (S02E01)

Ensign Sylvia Tilly [from episode]: This is the power of math people! (Applause) Come on!

Carla: Hello and welcome to re:Discovery, the Star Trek recap podcast that won’t infer an entire series plot line through a fortune cookie message. I’m one of your hosts Carla Donnelly, and today I will be discussing the first episode of season two, “Brother”, with my brother from another mother, Ben McKenzie. Hey Ben!

Ben: Hi Carla! I think I’m entirely human though, so I think, I think we share the same species at least. (laughs) But that’s all right.

Carla: On to the episode at hand. “Brother” is a classic Discovery blockbuster episode and very much feels like a reboot of season one. Like the first episode of season one, “The Vulcan Hello”, “Brother” is setting the tone – the theme of mothers and fathers reappears prominently. However, in a post-war environment these relationships appear more constructive. In “Brother”, there is a fair bit of mirroring in the story line and action sequences with “The Vulcan Hello”, however this time the tension and intrigue generate from within, rather than without.

Carla: In season one, Burnham and the Discovery crew set out to vanquish the Klingons and the Terrans. Season two is shaping up to be an in-depth character study of the Discovery’s crew members and the familial politics of Michael and Spock. Our crew has been through hell and now the war is over, and the trauma is receding, they have the time and distance to reconnect and re-affirm who they are. Not only personally but also professionally – onto the task of what Federation vessels are for, space exploration!

Carla: This episode begins with a young Michael being adopted by Amanda and Sarek, something a volatile Spock passive aggressively takes umbrage with. Transitioning to the present day, the Enterprise is hamstrung and out of service so Captain Pike is assigned to the Discovery to continue the mission that the Enterprise could not complete – investigate the source of one of seven red bursts that have been displayed simultaneously 30,000 light years across the universe. The team arrives at the location of the nearest red burst and discover a Federation medical ship smashed into an asteroid. An away team is gathered with Burnham, Pike and two Enterprise crew members. Connolly, a Science Officer, is annihilated by space debris mid-mansplain, and Burnham risks her life to save Captain Pike.

Ben: Landing on the asteroid the crew explore the wreck of the USS Hiawatha and are led by some advanced probes, built from scavenged bits of the ship’s tech, to the medical bay, where Commander Denise “Jett” Reno has been keeping the casualties too injured to evacuate alive using her engineering know-how. They set up pattern enhancers and Burnham reroutes power to the ship’s transporter bay and they evacuate the casualties. But just as they are about to leave the power goes out and Burnham is left behind as the others escape. Burnham runs through the disintegrating ship but is knocked out by falling debris. When she comes to, she sees a blurry vision of a humanoid figure with wings. Pike returns and rescues her but the sample she grabbed for Tilly is left behind.

Ben: In the medical bay, Tilly and Burnham cook up a plan to study the asteroid as it clearly has unique properties worth investigating. Pike gives command back to Saru for the manoeuvre and they successfully collect a massive chunk of the asteroid. Discovery returns to the Enterprise, but it’s still disabled. Pike reveals to Burnham that he is staying aboard to share command with Saru. But when she asks to visit Enterprise, he tells her that Spock is not there: he went on personal leave a few months earlier to investigate a mystery he kept to himself. Burnham visits Spock’s quarters and listens to his personal log in which he says he is having nightmares as he did when a child, and recorded what he saw. To Burnham’s amazement, it’s the seven bursts across the galaxy – which Spock saw before they happened…

Carla: Dun dun dah!!

Ben: WHAT! Oh wow this was so good. I was so excited, this episode was so great Carla.

Carla: Oh my God! Thrilling!

Ben: There was so much cool stuff happening!!

Carla: How did you feel? That’s what I was going say. How did you feel about it? But that’s exactly how you felt about it.

Ben: That is how I felt about it, I couldn’t contain my feelings about it, and it was so cool. I loved everything. I loved everything, there was so many good things happening in this episode. I got some of my wishes Carla!

Carla: Yes, so much more of the bridge crew! Well and by more we mean like five lines.

Ben: Something like that. Some of them got to speak for the first time! Well not the first time but, you know, we got, we got their names again in a context where we might even remember them. It was so good.

Carla: Yeah.

Carla: Deft little bit of exposition on that. (laughs)

Ben: Yeah. You know I was watching the recap and I’d forgotten how much they really teased that it was the Enterprise that was showing up. Like…

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: Like, oh you know “the statics coming through, I’m getting their registration number” and it’s like “NCC-” and it’s coming in like one digit at a time: one…seven… (Carla chuckles) Come on guys!

Carla: Screaming! You know, waiting.

Ben: So good, so good. I mean because I had, I had mixed feelings about that.

Carla: I know, I did too. I didn’t want to see them, go away!

Ben: Yeah! All right? We’ve got our own crew. We don’t need you guys!

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: But then I was like, oh but you know, Kirk’s not there.

Ben: McCoy’s not there. Nobody’s there. Like Pike’s there and we don’t know Pike that much…

Carla: But I thought ultimately like Spock was going to get in there somewhere.

Carla: So there was going to have to be a transition or a bridging of some kind, that Spock was going to be able to appear on the scene, or not appear as it seems!

Carla: So, I kind of I accepted it. But at first, I was just mad, I was like… I felt like it was a nod to kind of original – like to some kind of fan base, that I felt like, no, it can just be its own thing.

Ben: Yeah. And I mean that’s one of the things I loved so much about the first season is it is very much its own thing. It’s got those little you know like the biggest connection really to the rest of the Star Trek universe is Harry Mudd and that’s cool, and it’s nice. There’s lots of little you know easter eggs and stuff that you can find. But you know for the most part it really was telling its own story and it was about the characters who were there, and it didn’t need big connections to the other stuff, but…

Carla: It does feel good though.

Ben: It does feel good.

Carla: Like now that it’s happening, I’m like “this is exciting” and seeing the, like the linguistic transition of the uniforms, like it’s still the same cut and shape, but it’s just the different colour and… That’s beautiful to watch you know.

Ben: Yeah and I like I like how they build some of that exposition into the episode in very, very natural dialogue, like where you know the engineering officer from the Enterprise is like “wow I can see where Starfleet’s spending all their money” – although they don’t have any money. I don’t know, that was a weird, that did make me think. But then again, like, original series era there is still a fair bit of talk of money. So, there’s some sort of money going on, somewhere.

Carla: Well maybe just because it’s such a newer, fancier ship than the Enterprise.

Carla: And also it’s a science vessel so I’m sure it has much more, different equipment and cool tech rather than….

Ben: Oh yeah totally.

Carla: Torpedos and cannons….

Ben: Oh yeah.

Carla: Kind of jazz.

Ben: I know that the ship’s absolutely more advanced, it was more for me that was just, it wasn’t weird when you say it, but then I guess it remains you know a euphemism in much the way we use a lot of euphemisms about things that don’t really make literal sense anymore.

Carla: Or that it was just exposition to talk about the uniforms.

Ben: Yeah. And I liked that, but I also like that acknowledgement that this ship is fancy. Yeah. That was cool.

Carla: As is their uniforms.

Ben: Oh yeah, they look great in those uniforms.

Carla: So shiny.

Ben: Yeah. Should we talk…should we start by talking about the Enterprise crew that we meet?

Carla: Mm hmm. I have two things I want to talk about first.

Ben: Okay. Go.

Carla: One was my feelings.

Ben: Oh, please tell me your feelings.

Carla: Thrilled! I was a bit of a I was a bit worried that I knew too much through the process of creating this podcast because the whole first season was like – I had no idea of anything and I purposefully was dark on all information.

Carla: But it was – I had the same thrills and goose bumps. And it was so exciting, and the special effects are just out of control. Like we’ll talk about that later in the Short Chat section particularly about how the budget completely blew out which is quite evident, like how much money they spent on it.

Carla: And then also like my favourite easter egg of the whole episode, that I wonder if you picked up on this – because it’s, I mean they’re ultimately like they’re writers, and all writers are nerds and they’re nerds for writing process.

Ben: (laughs) I can attest to that. Yes.

Carla: Yes. So, here’s what I picked up. So, the first, it was a very much a mirroring of the first season as I said in my introduction and just like in the first season the first two episodes and the last two episodes were an inversion inside and out of each other.

Carla: Right. So, this was a mirroring of that first season episode where it’s called “The Vulcan Hello” and not doing what was called the “Vulcan Hello” was the catalyst for the entire season.

Carla: So, in this episode with Michael offering her hand in a human hello to the Vulcan seems to be the catalyst for this…

Carla: …entire season.

Ben: Yeah yeah. And of course, it’s called “Brother” and the brother is not really…he’s not there…yet. (both laugh) Again you’ve got that reversal. I like that. That’s good. Yeah yeah. Oh cool.

Carla: So that’s my that’s my 2 little things. You want to talk about the. Just like the Enterprise crew?

Ben: Well you know, I because I don’t spend too much time on them. Quite interesting. I mean I liked you comment about “Yeah he he’s killed by his mansplaining”. That’s totally true. And he’s such a forgettable character, like this guy is named Connolly which by the way is the actor’s name. How weird is that. His name, his name, hang on I wrote down his actual name.

Carla: It’s also what I get called a lot by accident.

Ben: Oh Connolly, oh of course. But no, his last name is Connolly Affleck. I don’t know if he’s one of those Afflecks.

Carla: He was so sullen, so sullen the whole time. You’re real…

Ben: Well I don’t think you supposed to like him.

Ben: But also, I kind of felt a bit like there’s three, only three people come across from the Enterprise. All three of them go on the first away mission available and one of them is dead. And then there’s no like funeral or anything.

Carla: Well I think someone had to be disposable, right?

Carla: To ramp up the danger. Like someone was going to die. You don’t want it to be from the bridge ’cause we’re going to get to know them.

Ben: And I guess it’s only fair that it’s not always the one wearing red.

Carla: Yes. I was going to talk about that.

Ben: (laughs) It was the wearing blue this time around.

Carla: Yes. So Red Shirts are usually the ones who die. So, this is very much against canon which is also putting everybody’s knickers in a twist on the Internet. So, it’s thrilling.

Ben: I love that.

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: Yeah. Well I was relieved though to because I was like don’t kill off the new female character. That’d be a bit rough. She only just got here! I mean this guy only just got here too, but he’s a…he’s a dick! So I don’t mind…

Carla: Sure. Sure, and I can actually understand now. Because the first season is like “yeah you know feminists, feminism has gone too far” or whatever blah. I just thought, okay great. No, it’s a good example of how you can measure in equality into the back story. But now like watching this episode it’s kind of like, no, this is pretty out there in terms of feminist, as a feminist text. It’s being inflammatory in a way that is, I think designed to drive certain kinds of fans away, and to embrace a new kind of fan that they want to bring in or keep on the show.

Ben: I think, I mean, I think a lot most of those fans are already on board although you know as we discussed in our previous episodes that the whole killing off of Hugh was a bit of a red flag to some people, I think, that yeah, maybe this show’s not as different as we thought. And the fact that you know he’s still in the credits, the actor, and…

Carla: And exists.

Ben: He’s been visible in the first episode although you know only as a recording which leads us to wonder you know how much is he going to be in the rest of it. What is that for? What form will his participation take? Like it’s quite unknown. So, it’s yeah, I think, I think, they’re definitely taking some good steps.

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: Yeah. I mean look I’m hooked. I’m not going anywhere.

Carla: No, of course, I’m like “bring it on!” And I feel I actually, I don’t know it’s some kind of internalisation process, but I feel guilty loving stuff like that so much. I feel it’s so entirely, I mean I feel, I feel so entirely catered for by this whole show including of course as a queer woman by Tig Notaro. There were lots of question marks on the Internet over who this person is.

Carla: We obviously knew who Tig was before.

Ben: Yeah. Yeah, I mean I’ve not watched lots of her stand-up, but I did buy her, like, the famous set where she talks about the cancer diagnosis, and just like the most amazing deadpan…

Carla: Oh my God!

Ben: Like just perfectly pitched. So, I got, I love, I love her work and yeah, she’s just so great she really brings that to this role.

Carla: I think she brings like. Well let’s talk about. We can talk about Enterprise sort of feels because Pike really has that kind of cowboy Kirk’s swagger.

Carla: Right. And that sort of feels like the deal of the Enterprise. And I feel like Tig sort of has that McCoy kind of acerbic-ness.

Ben: Oh yeah.

Carla: And I think, and it feels like she’s being set up to be kind of like the McCoy of the Discovery.

Ben: And she’s got that, she’s got that sass.

Carla: Yes! SASS that’s exactly it!

Ben: What I love is that, that whole idea that you know she’s an engineer, but she’s been forced to do all this medical work and she’s just like well the body’s just another machine. That’s so awesome! I really dug that. And like they all felt like she piggybacked that guy’s heart onto another heart because there was no suitable donor. What?! This is amazing! Yeah. I thought that was really cool. So I love her character. I think yeah Pike’s interesting cause he has got that cowboy swagger but he’s like a really, really friendly affable cowboy.

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: You know he’s not…

Carla: He’s not leery. (laughs)

Ben: He’s not out to just shoot people he’s just like well “c’mon let’s have a good time”. You know I think he’s yeah, he’s got that charm which I really liked.

Carla: He’s like loose but you feel safe with him at the same time. (laughs)

Ben: And I wonder how much we’ll see of his engineer, like if she’s sticking around? Or returned to the Enterprise, you’re not really sure if she’s gone back or not. And weirdly like this is just a little detail but again I love when they bring stuff in from the other series like her species is a species that was featured in one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Carla: Okay.

Ben: And when I first saw I didn’t realize that when I first saw I sort of you know it was like she looks a bit familiar.

Carla: I was trusting you to tell me about the alien stuff, so… because I didn’t know this one.

Ben: Yeah well, I didn’t know either I had to look it up, but I bought it because my first thought was another cyborg because there’s so many, we see so many of them like the transporter officer that beams them in to the ship from the Enterprise is also a cyborg, he’s got cybernetic bits.

Carla: Or is it the prototype Geordi La Forge VISOR?

Ben: Oh well it could be, it could be.

Carla: That’s what I was thinking.

Ben: And you know the engineer I thought she was also a cyborg but no she’s this species I think they’re called the Barzan, and they need that, it’s a little respirator because they have this weird, they can breathe oxygen but they also need some other gases that are quite toxic to other creatures so they have this little thing that sort of injects it into their face so they can breathe. And that’s what she’s wearing so yeah. And I thought she was kind of cool. I didn’t see much of her but she’s, I liked how no nonsense she was. And she had a little bit sass as well when she’s like looking around the Discovery going “wow this is great”. And Pike had that great line, like “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s starship,” which I thought that was cool.

Carla: He’s great. I immediately I love him also. Anson Mount like he was born to play that role – they could have just called him Anson Mount, like, that is a Star Trek captain name.

Ben: Yeah. You know I hadn’t thought of that. That was great. It’s weirdly like I feel like I know Captain Pike fairly well because one of the few things that I have watched more than once of the original Star Trek is the Captain Pike episode, the two parter “The Menagerie”. And you know I like that they had the little, a little reference to that in the fortune cookie message which I don’t know see I’m not trying to read too much into it as you suggested intro but.

Carla: Well give me that back history because I don’t know that.

Carla: And then I can explain what I think it means.

Ben: For it was so the original pilot for the original Star Trek was called “The Cage” and it was about visiting these aliens who had these incredible like illusory mind powers, and they were trying to capture people because their civilisation had been devastated, and put them in a sort of, you know, a state where they had these illusory lives of luxury and wonder. And they capture the Enterprise crew – which includes Captain Pike because Kirk was not the captain in the original pilot – and they try to persuade him basically to stay on the planet and mate with this human woman, who’s like from a crashed expedition ship that they’d come to find, so that they could like breed a race of humans that they could use effectively as slaves. It’s not…it’s, it’s a pretty awful story line in terms of what they’re doing.

Ben: But then what happened was during the first season, this might dovetail into your discussions about the budget on Discovery, but they found because it was a, quite a new ground-breaking show in terms of special effects back in the 󈨀s, they were running behind in production, and they had to figure out some way to write episodes they could make real quick. So, they turned in a two-part episode, the only one that they made, called “The Menagerie”, which reused a whole heap of footage from the unaired pilot. And so the story became that long before – and this is why Pike was introduced as a previous captain of the Enterprise, like you know a decade before he was…the episode happened – Spock was serving on the Enterprise as science officer for Captain Pike, they’d had this adventure, and now in the future Pike’s like retired from being a captain, he’s been sort of kicked upstairs so to speak, he’s now a fleet commander I think. And he is involved in a mission where he gets horribly burned and ends up in a wheelchair which is a bit weird, like it’s the future.

Carla: Well there was a wheelchair user on Discovery. And maybe that was a reference to that as well?

Ben: Well it could well be. I mean I guess more weirdly is that they give him this sort of – and again the disability politics of this is not great – but he is… effectively he can’t speak anymore, he’s got facial burns that means he can’t speak, and he can’t move very much. And so he’s in this sort of remote-control wheelchair that’s controlled by his thoughts because he’s still perfectly cognizant in mind. And he can only communicate by beeping like once or twice and I’m like… (laughs) I feel like in Star Trek future they would have more sophisticated ways of doing that, but anyway, he can’t do that. And so Spock basically kidnaps him, and he mutinies, effectively, to kidnap Pike and take him back to this planet so he can live in this illusory world.

Ben: And like be happy for the rest of his life instead of being kind of miserable because the idea is he’s, you know, he’s like Captain Kirk, he’s a man of action, like not being able to go out and have adventures would be torture for him, which again, as I say, the disability politics of that is not great, but that’s the sort of back story of Captain Pike.

Carla: So that’s what you thought – what was the fortune cookie again? “Not every cage is a prison…”

Ben: “Not every cage is a prison, nor every loss eternal.” So I think that “not every cage is a prison”, it seems to me fairly clearly like an in-jokey reference to the fact that his original episode was called “The Cage” and he goes back voluntarily into this cage to live out his life.

Carla: Could be like a Rorschach as well, like… See to me, I think it means a thousand percent Lorca’s coming back.

Ben: Oh yeah well…

Carla: This is “good Lorca”.

Ben: …there’s more than a few people I’ve heard have said that.

Carla: But then hearing that again, I’m like, is that a Hugh thing too?

Ben: Mmmm. Yeah, could be.

Carla: Can he be, become like, embodied in a robot body or something?

Ben: Yeah, or you know…

Ben: (laughs) Oh God no! No no no, oh, that’s horrifying!

Carla: I don’t know. It’s Star Trek.

Ben: Yeah. Well it would be less horrifying in Star Trek I assume, but still…yeah.

Carla: I loved this episode also that it was fun. Obviously, they’ve kind of been through a lot and I think that that was kind of necessary as well to tell those tales about the Star Trek universe that we’ve known about but we’ve never seen properly. And now that we just had that, fantastic, space fun, super cool…

Ben: And it was like a real, it was a real rollicking adventure you know? I mean, yeah, we had, you know, science officer mansplain, ah, destroyed, but…

Carla: Which he will forever be known as.

Ben: Yeah that’s his name now. I’m sorry Connolly Affleck guy, but anyway. Yes. That aside it wasn’t a very dark episode because they have this adventure. It’s thrilling. It’s exciting. You know yes, they get injured there’s some…that feels like the people at risk, but they succeed in their mission, they rescue, um…Tig Notaro. I’m never going to call her by her actual character name…no.

Carla: Jett.

Ben: They rescue Jett Reno. (laughing) And what a great name that is too, by the way! And they rescue all of the medical passengers as well on this medical ship. And they capture this massive asteroid that has weird properties that somehow interact with the mycelial network.

Carla: Or that it’s dark matter or…we don’t know…

Ben: It’s non-baryonic matter.

Carla: Yes, that’s right.

Ben: I might have something to say about that later.

Carla: Okay. But there is, there is a shadow.

Carla: And this shadow has a beard.

Ben: (laughs) Yeah, we do know that it has a beard. That’s true.

Carla: Okay. So now we know that Spock has been on…well, you know, he goes on two back-to-back five year missions.

Carla: Right? But he’s kind of having some, obviously some sort of breakdown. I’m just going to lay it on the table: do you think they are setting up some freaky-deaky incest situation here?

Ben: It does feel that way.

Carla: NOOOOOOO!!

Ben: And you know what? Like, I’ve been through this with another TV show, so, The Flash TV show, the DC one. This is creepy guys!

Carla: So creepy.

Ben: Like, I know you want to think of it as romantic. But first of all, they grew up together as like, sure, not blood relatives, but basically brother and sister, and that’s like…that’s like all those stories of like people marrying their childhood sweethearts. I’m like “That’s not how life works, it doesn’t work out that way”.

Carla: But there’s further implications for this as well considering that Spock then later ends up with Uhura.

Ben: Mmmmmm, oh yeah. That’s a good point.

Carla: I hope there’s no kind of like…

Ben: I kind of hope it does go somewhere else.

Carla: Me too.

Ben: I mean Michael, Michael’s really stressing that she feels it’s her fault that she and Spock don’t talk, that they don’t have a relationship anymore.

Carla: But he doesn’t speak to Sarek either and Sarek is like “I never thought I would hear from him again”, so obviously…

Ben: We know why that is though, that’s addressed in the original series.

Carla: Okay.

Ben: Because he gets… Because remember, there’s that episode, I think it’s “Lethe” – I always get the names confused – but where Sarek’s having, replaying that day where he had to pick who was going to go to the Vulcan Science Academy.

Carla: Oh yes yes yes.

Ben: And he picks Spock.

Ben: But Spock decides not to go to the Vulcan Science Academy, gives up his space there and goes to Starfleet instead. And that’s, that’s the reason why they don’t talk to each other for something like eighteen years. And in fact, they still, when they meet…

Carla: I didn’t realize it was so cataclysmic.

Ben: Well when they meet in um, in Star Trek the original series, I think – I think – that’s the first time they speak. So I think Sarek, even if Spock’s in this, I don’t think Sarek’s going to meet him and speak to him during this period.

Carla: Hopefully it’s just you know identity politics sort of swapping over because it’s quite clear that Spock has a very extreme reaction to her being full human. And Amanda is full human. And them having that connection and he has that child, you know… It seems to me like a cataclysmic version of the child “oh no this person is a competitor for food rather than an ally”. But it seems to be even worse because she’s also human. I don’t know. Hopefully big question mark over this.

Ben: Yeah. No that’s fair enough. And I, yeah, I hope it goes somewhere else, I hope it’s not that. But wherever it goes it seems like it’s going to be complicated and that I’m up for.

Carla: And dark.

Ben: And dark.

Carla: Dark and broody.

Ben: Real dark, because like when they, when they realise what the ship is, that look that Sarek and Michael share is like – oooh, neither of you are ready for this. And Sarek doesn’t know what happened between the two of them either. Like there’s that great exchange in Michael’s quarters where it’s quite clear that he doesn’t know what it is that’s going on between the two of them.

Carla: And that’s where it feels creepy because he’s like basically “my door is always open to you if you ever want to talk about it” but it’s kind of like “I don’t really want to know either”. (laughs)

Ben: (laughing) Yeah, like: “I’m a bit concerned about this.”

Carla: I will, before we wrap up, I will say one thing, I really, I thought it was very sweet Saru trying to grill Michael about her relationship. He’s like, about… Obviously she’s, you know, become distressed.

Ben: I did like that.

Carla: That was sweet.

Ben: I did, last thing I want to pop in to before we go on to other matters, I really loved Tilly and Stamets’ relationship in this episode. I mean also Tilly was just great throughout this like she’s very awkward with Pike which was just delightful. But also just that really heartfelt, like when Stamets tells her that he’s leaving the ship because he can’t deal with how much Hugh was around which also was… Like what a moment, like…oh. But she’s like you know, she tells Michael “You’ve got to come back from this, I can’t lose more than one person today.” But then towards the end of the episode when Stamets is like “Well I’ve got to stay on board until we finish this mission, like I can’t just leave now.” There was just that really lovely moment where he asked to be invited on her science mission and she said, “Well of course you’re invited,” and they did the high five over the power of maths! I was just like this is great. Like this is what I love Star Trek for, like nerds doing nerdy stuff in space together.

Carla: Loving it.

Ben: And when Saru says “pump the brakes”. (both laugh) Oh my God I love that so much. There’s just so much to like about this episode.

Carla: Yeah. All right. One more final thing that actually that scene really summed up as well: because I’m like everybody’s lost people on this ship, they’ve… Everybody! But it just really shows like even though of course Hugh was a casualty of war in the way that, you know, it was a sleeper cell agent that killed him, it’s still such a personal loss. You know, it wasn’t in war so to speak, it wasn’t in battle. It was, you know, while he was in the room, and that really, that really hit home how raw… And also that he finally had some time and space to start processing it.

Ben: Yeah. Because he wasn’t really, because he was kind of like not properly aware of it at the time either because he was like zonked out on like being connected to the network and I…

Carla: Zonked out on spores. (laughs)

Ben: There’s that scene… Like I watched the recap of this episode, and it has that scene where he’s just holding Hugh’s body and he’s…and he doesn’t…he clearly isn’t fully cognizant of what’s going on. And it’s just so awful. So, I really, I really like that he’s – it’s nice to see him in a calm place, like he’s still very clearly sad, he’s still in mourning, but he’s not distressed by it anymore. He’s processing it. Which I think is a version of grief that you so rarely see on screen. You know there’s this very much this idea in fiction – and it comes from our culture, that’s a very harmful idea – that you have this one relationship and its everything, and when that is over, if somebody dies, that’s it. You can’t be happy for the rest of your life. You know, you can’t have new lovers, you can’t move on. And I think what we’re seeing Stamets go through is much healthier, still no less sad, but much healthier than that.

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: Which I am liking.

Carla: Yeah, I think it’s great because it was concerning in season one. But now it’s understandable. All right, shall we move on?

Ben: I think we shall.

Carla: All right. Now it’s time for re:Discovery “Short Chats” where we talk news, trivia and anything related to Discovery. We will also be taking questions during this segment from you, the listener. So please follow all of our socials to be in touch. What do you have for me today Ben?

Ben: Well I kind of I wanted to talk a bit about the bridge crew, because as we mentioned we see more of them this episode which is great. But in particular I want to talk a bit about aliens on Discovery.

Carla: I love it.

Ben: And non-humans because we see a lot more of them on Discovery than we see on most of the other Star Trek shows, which I think is a function of them having a budget to sort of put them in.

Carla: Sure.

Ben: But there’s such a weird variety of them which I kind of really like.

Carla: Ones that we have never seen before.

Ben: I know they’re really cool.

Carla: What about that sneezy snot alien?

Ben: I love him! (giggles) He’s one of my favourites.

Carla: Although I do have to say, someone once told me – shout out to Jay if you’re listening, because you ruined my life over this – he couldn’t watch The Walking Dead anymore because he was like “I can’t stand when things splatter on the screen.” And I’d never noticed it until that point.

Carla: And now it’s all I can see. And when that aliens sneezed, it splattered snot on the camera and I was like NO. NO.

Ben: Oh no! Carla it’s been ruined for you. (both laugh) You’re like “There are no cameras on the starship Discovery!”

Carla: We’re not doing this!

Ben: Well hopefully they don’t do it anymore.

Carla: So, on notice Discovery!

Ben: Yeah, I just really liked that. And one of the things I like is there’s the character Airiam, I think I’m pronouncing that right. Her name’s not said that often… And she’s the one who looks like a cy… like an android basically on the bridge. And I think we have to assume she’s not actually a full android, because there’s so much guff about Data being unique and the only, like, fully sentient robot effectively.

Carla: So, this has kind of gone around in circles, and at first they said that she was an augmented alien.

Carla: Which caused some confusion. And now they say that she a heavily augmented human.

Ben: Yeah. Which is also weird. I hope there’s an episode about augmentation at some point where it becomes a plot point, just to give us some context of what is the deal…like, does it become less popular in ten years’ time?

Carla: Apparently, she can swap parts of her, thing out.

Ben: Oh yeah.

Carla: For specific missions. And I’m like “What is that tech?!”

Ben: They said…where, it was on one of the After Trek episodes wasn’t it, where they talked about that. Is that right? Or on one of the websites.

Ben: Or something.

Ben: Yeah. So…

Ben: Yeah. So, I think that’s quite interesting. That was from quite thing… The other interesting thing about her though, is that the actor who played her in the first season…is no longer playing her. She’s now playing…

Carla: She’s now playing someone else, isn’t she?

Ben: Someone else. Yes, she’s playing one of the other crew members who’s fully human. So, they’ve been like, we’re gonna, we’re gonna give you a promotion so people can see your face. (Carla laughs) And we’re gonna cast someone else in your role, just as it becomes more prominent.

Carla: That’s very exo-genically racist. (laughs)

Ben: Yeah, it’s a bit weird isn’t it. Yeah. So, I don’t know but I thought that was very interesting. But yeah, I love that there’s so many non-humans on the crew, and I hope… I hope that a couple more of them get a bit more of a prominent role, ’cause, like…like with all the other Star Trek shows, most of the bridge crew and most of the important characters are human beings – or very close to human beings – and yeah, I’d love to see a couple more of the aliens… Like I love Saru so much, but I’d love to see a few more of them get a bit more of a look-in.

Carla: All right, I want to talk about the first six episodes. Well something for everyone to watch. So, Bryan Fuller left the show. Bryan Fuller designed the entire universe which was like three or four shows which we are now seeing becoming. But I don’t think he designed them in that way. Anyway, he imagined a whole timeline with multiple shows. The writers took over as the show runners and the writers, so they wrote most of season one. They wrote the first six episodes of this season before they were fired.

Carla: And Alex Kurtzman has now taken over as show runner. He was a writer and a director on the show. He’s taken over as show runner and his episodes are from episode seven onwards and he has indicated that, you know, his show will be very much more aligned. So, I don’t know whether there’s going to be quite a clear demarcation, or I don’t know but it’s something for everybody to have it back their minds.

Ben: Yeah, it’s interesting isn’t it. I mean because we talk about it being, he’s had this whole timeline of multiple shows. It’s important remember I think it was always intended to be fitting in with the timeline of, like the canon timeline of the original series, and everything else that’s already been made.

Carla: Sure.

Ben: But yeah, I think there’s been a lot of questions about how much liberty has been taken in terms of where, where, like, what weird stuff is going on? Like, you know… I mean ’cause like Geordi needs a VISOR to be able to see when he’s blind, and it’s not until like towards the end of the Next Gen movies that he actually gets full-on artificial eyes. And yet, you know, Detmer on the bridge has got this big cranial implant with like either an…and I’m assuming probably it’s an enhanced eye… And look a lot of these details are not really important to the plot of the show. But when you’re putting them in you do have to consider that you know what Star Trek is and who watches it, so people are going to have questions about this stuff. So I’m hoping that what we see is that they have thought about some of these things.

Carla: Well that seems to me like it’s the visual version of the Cochlear implant.

Carla: So, it’s not actually kind of…

Ben: It’s not replacing the eye, it’s kind of…

Carla: Oh no she – it doesn’t look like that she has a glass eye it, doesn’t it. It does, it looks like an artificial eye.

Ben: The one on that side.

Carla: Whereas with Geordi it’s like it totally commandeers his visual network and makes his real eyes see.

Ben: Because he’s real eyes just didn’t work. Yeah. So, when he gets the new ones, they replace them. Except when he’s on, you know in Insurrection when his eyes grow back. And I’m like “What do you mean they grow back. ” Like, you… But yeah, he has to take his implants out or something, it’s a bit full-on.

Carla: Oh my God, I’ve got to go and watch all the movies again.

Ben: Insurrection is my secret favourite. It’s my secret favourite.

Carla: Okay. I’ll have you’re going to watch all the Next Gen ones, I think, because Tom Hardy’s in it…

Ben: It got a lot of flak.

Carla: As young Picard which is so absurd and hot.

Ben: Look that, he’s the best thing about that film. It’s really not very good. But Insurrection, yeah, is my secret favourite of the films. I really love it.

Carla: Do you have any other news?

Ben: I don’t have any news, I don’t think… I wanted to, can I talk a bit about science very briefly?

Carla: Of course!

Ben: I just I feel like I need a science corner because…

Carla: Ben’s science corner.

Ben: When Tilly and Burnham are talking about the asteroid and the fact that it interacts with the mycelial network in some way they describe it as non-baryonic matter and I love it when they use like interesting real science terms in Star Trek and often you know so often it’s just techno babble that makes no sense and doesn’t really interact with the real world at all. But non-baryonic matter is a thing because baryons, basically they’re class of subatomic particle the most famous baryons are ones that you would have heard of they’re protons and neutrons so pretty much all normal matter that we interact with is made up of at least in part baryons and so non-baryonic matter is it is a real thing and it’s weird and in our universe in what we know in the real world the kind of things that might be non-baryonic matter includes the matter in black holes or dark matter or neutrinos that sort of thing. So, it is it is a real consideration that this is weird, and I think the implication is this is non-baryonic matter we haven’t seen before. So, I just, I just was quite excited to see a science term used in a way that kind of made sense.

Carla: Well and now that the spore drive is decommissioned, I feel like I must have missed the memo on that, but are we going to have black hole? Are we going to have the ability to make black holes?

Ben: Oh yeah. Well they’re going to do something aren’t they. I mean it’s a science vessel! I just hope they don’t end up like the Glenn! (Carla laughs) So when, like the Enterprise has to come and save them because they’ve done something dumb. Actually, look you know, this is a question, is that I was a bit confused about the Enterprise being shut down.

Carla: Yeah that’s something that I don’t understand it was very much swept under the rug.

Ben: Yeah yeah. Like they…

Carla: So, I’m like sure whatever I’m going with it.

Ben: And they did mention it and I think basically the idea was that they had a lot they copped a lot of interference when they were trying to plot these seven you know red bursts.

Carla: Fried their network.

Ben: And it yeah. And then when they tried to get there something collapsed it. And I’m wondering – can I make a prediction?

Carla: Sure.

Ben: I’m wondering if Spock sabotaged them so they couldn’t go after him if they tried to go where the bursts were because he knew where they were going to be. And I also felt, if I can say one other thing that made it a bit confusing for me, is the way they talked about how the bursts worked because the whole point of them being interesting is the seven of them happen identically at the same time. But then they all disappear too quickly for them to get a fix on where they are except for one which they can track. And I’m like, but hang on you know where the others are, you’ve got them plotted on a map of the galaxy, and then you go to this one and it’s not there anymore, like his famous line, (laughs) “Where’s my red thing? I was expecting a big red thing!” Anyway. But…

Carla: The thing that we know is that the Milky Way, it’s a Milky Way universe thing so…solar system thing.

Ben: Galaxy, yeah.

Carla: So presumably it’s going to impact Earth, that’s going to be probably the thing they focus on the most.

Ben: Look this is reminding me that one thing I want to look up before the next episode is how the quadrants, you know the Alpha Quadrant, Beta Quadrant, Gamma Quadrant…

Carla: Sure.

Ben: How they align with the Milky Way. I have a feeling that it’s all in the one galaxy…noooo…well I’m not sure, because I can’t remember if the Delta Quadrant is like another galaxy, which explains why it’s so far away? But, our, the Milky Way is about 30,000 light years from one end to the other, if I remember rightly, so…yeah, that fits.

Carla: So, and then also there was the Milky Way story that Michael told right at the beginning. So there’s, there’s a lot of stuff, “spider senses” there.

Ben: There’s a lot of stuff going on.

Carla: One other thing I want to let everyone know if you don’t know already is that there’s been a new Star Trek show announced.

Ben: Oh yeah!

Carla: Starring Michelle Yeoh as evil Emperor, the Emperor, slash now good Philippa Georgiou, working for Black Ops. The whole show is going to star her working in black ops. There’re question marks over whether it will start production at the end of Discovery or overlap. Which sort of creates a lot of question marks about, you know, the future of Discovery and what it is intended to be. They’re saying four seasons, but we’ll see what happens there. But that is thrilling. And then there’s also – that compliments the Picard show, which is the new Picard show which is coming out in September. And then there’s also the cartoon as well that CBS have. So there’s four new Star Trek shows coming out, or in process.

Ben: That’s Lower Decks?

Carla: Lower Decks, that’s right.

Ben: That’s amazing. I’m really intrigued by the fact that you know they’ve got Discovery. They’ve got the Section 31 show, which will have to be set at the same time as Discovery because it’s Michelle Yeoh’s character and that’s where she lives. I don’t know about Lower Decks but then you got the Picard show which is this outlier, which has to be set further in the future…

Carla: So far into the future…

Ben: …than any other Star Trek show because it’s got to be –

Carla: Screaming!

Ben: – a reasonable amount of time after The Next Generation. So, I’m like… “What the hell?”

Carla: But that’s before Voyager though isn’t it? Or will it be…

Ben: No, it would be set after Voyager.

Carla: It’ll crossover with Voyager’s timeline.

Ben: The last Next Gen movie is set after Voyager gets home.

Carla: Okay.

Ben: Yeah. Star Trek: Nemesis because Admiral Janeway talks to Captain Picard.

Carla: That is thrilling.

Ben: So yeah, I’m excited about that. And also, I just, I just want to see him. I just want to see him.

Carla: He looks so babin’. Have you seen the preproduction photos?

Ben: No, I’ve got to find those!

Carla: Yeah.

Ben: I’m looking it up.

Carla: You need a little a little sit down after that. (laughs)

Ben: (laughs) I bet I will. I hope he’s wearing the velvet open jacket.


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