Goodbye, BSG

March 22, 2009 at 9:04 pm (Movies & TV)

Just finished watching the series finale of Battlestar Galactica.
They did a really good job with the finale I thought, which I’m glad of because frankly the series had seriously lost some steam there for a while. Lots of action, good endings for many of the characters, and more than one spot that actually made me a bit misty-eyed.
And, although a couple of the theories I’ve had were never addressed in a way where I could tell if I was right or not, I can proudly say that one of the major ones was absolutely right. Even though I don’t want to say which one because I don’t want to spoil it if somebody sees this and hasn’t watched it yet.

Although it started dragging a bit towards the end (after it sort of developed from a highly engaging sci-fi drama to basically “Days of Our LIves: In Space” ), BSG seriously was in my opinion one of the best series to ever air, and I shall definitely miss it.
And yes, I will definitely be wanting to buy the series box set when it comes out in late summer.

There must be some kind of way out of here
Said the joker to the thief
There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief
Business men they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
No one will level on the line
Nobody of it is worth

No reason to get excited
The thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour’s getting late

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too
Outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

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Fanboys finally opens at a theater not near you

February 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm (Movies & TV)

This movie has been talked about around the net for probably a couple of year now and the release date kept getting pushed back – but yesterday it finally came out.
At a total of 44 screens across the entire country, mainly in the huge cities like NY, LA, and Chicago.
And like most “limited release” films, not here.
I’m really not that big of a Star Wars fan, but I thought it still looked like it could be pretty entertaining – oh well, yet another one I’m going to have to rent instead of going to in the theater.

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Another Show Bites The Dust

February 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm (Movies & TV)

Just watched the episode of Crusoe that aired over the weekend, and realized it was the last one. Yet another show strengthens my theory of “If Steve likes it, it’ll probably be cancelled in less than two seasons.” (I think the only way Heroes and Lost survived was that I didn’t actually start watching either of them until far into season 2).

Crusoe wasn’t great, but at least it was something different, and we can use more different on TV. I’ll kinda miss it.

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TV Watchin’ Update

January 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm (Movies & TV)

Man, I have a feeling my Netflix Queue may end up getting backed up again from lack of time to watch movies (at least till summer 😛 ) – lots of nifty stuff comin’ back on the air!

Battlestar Galactica has started back up, now in it’s final season and the last 10 episodes before completion of the story. Some damned interesting stuff going on with the season 4.5 opener, and I still consider this to be among my top shows even though I have to Hulu the dang thing to watch it.

Although it could end up falling into that “guilty pleasure” category, I’m really enjoying Legend of the Seeker. It’s just fun and kinda campy fantasy-adventure. Good stuff.

Lost is back, and already has me worried. I’ve been a huge fan of this show for a long time, but it had really started to drag. Not only that, but they resorted to the storyline that almost always shows the writers are scraping the bottom of the idea barrel: fukkin’ time travel. Hopefully they move past it quickly and turn to something a little more interesting.

Crusoe is a pretty new series that I thought started out pretty strongly, but is also quickly getting tired. Loved the theme, but it appears there’s only so much you can do with a guy stuck on a deserted island during the 1700’s. Not sure how much longer I’ll be watching this one.

Returning in a week or so that I’m also looking forward to: Heroes, and Terminator

Not to mention, a couple of new shows starting up soon that I’m wanting to check out:

Dollhouse (the new Joss Wheden project that will probably get cancelled halfway into the first season):

and Castle, a new show starring Nathan Fillion, whom I really dig as an actor but who has been suffering from Fox cancellations for quite a while – hopefully this one being on ABC might mean it could actually run at least a whole season.

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The Alien-Viking Monster-Fighting Team

January 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm (Movies & TV)

Now scheduled for “limited release” (aka not here) on the 23rd is the latest fantasy epic from the producer of the Lord of the Rings – this time, we explore the world of the Vikings!

And their adventures as they, uhhhh, team up with a futuristic spaceman who crash lands in 709 Norway in order to battle with a nightmarish dragon-like space monster that is now roaming free across the countryside.

Man, how I hope and pray this one will be available on DVD before my next Cheesy Movie Day!

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BSG is back!

January 18, 2009 at 2:45 am (Movies & TV)

Battlestar Galactica has fired back up, and man, what a great mix of answers, new twists, and a couple of WTF moments that hopefully will be explained later.

Some of the new info given in the season 4.5 opener got me thinking, and I have a theory that I think is really, really good about one of the biggest mysteries in the series – it doesn’t fit perfectly based on the info we have so far, but it’s pretty damned close. If you’re a fan of the show you might want to head here and give it a read. It does contain a small spoiler so be sure to be caught up before reading.

I’m really danged happy to see this series come back, even though I don’t get the Sci-Fi channel and have to watch it over Hulu. Although it’s had a few dull moments, this has seriously been one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen, and when they finally conclude the story at the end of this season it will be very bittersweet. I’m already planning to add the “complete series” box set to the ole’ wish list when it comes out.

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Robot Chicken: Star Wars, Part Duex

November 20, 2008 at 1:40 am (Movies & TV)

Yeah, the Robot Chicken guys made another Star Wars episode – and I have to say… the first one was pretty funny, and this one may actually top it – holy crap this had me L-ingOL in several spots – you can see it over at the Adult Swim web site, just click here!

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Star Trek Trailer #2

November 18, 2008 at 2:08 am (Movies & TV)

Holy crap – it actually might not suck.

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Tim Burton to film “Alice” – We’re all mad here.

November 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm (Movies & TV)

So I recently learned that Tim Burton is going to be creating a Burton-style version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (or, to be more correct, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

That makes me sad in several levels.

See, I’m not 100% sure why, but I’ve always had a soft spot for both Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I have a hard-bound, illustrated edition in my collection that I have no plans of every getting rid of.

I’ve always thought Alice’s story was one that had many opportunities to take dark turns, but luckily for her, even in the land where everyone is mad, everything seems to pleasantly go her way around every corner – probably many thanks to it being a children’s novel, I suppose. I had even looked to see if anyone had written a “darker” novel based on the premise a while back but wasn’t able to find anything.

But back in 2000 Electronic Arts and a guy with the rather odd name of American McGee released a computer game designed around just that sort of premise: “Alice” Goes Dark.

To quote the Wikipedia blurb about the plot:

Shortly after her second adventure, Alice’s house is burned down by a fire, killing her parents, and leaving her as the only survivor. Because of the guilt, she tries to commit suicide (bandages can be seen on her wrists), and becomes catatonic. She is institutionalised in Rutledge Asylum. Years later, the White Rabbit summons Alice to aid a radically altered Wonderland, now under the despotic rule of the Queen of Hearts. The Cheshire Cat serves as Alice’s companion throughout the game, frequently appearing to guide her with cryptic comments.

The game’s setting presents a considerably more macabre rendition of Wonderland than that of Lewis Carroll’s original portrayal. Wonderland, being a creation of Alice’s mind, has been corrupted by her insanity.

Yeah, this ain’t Disney’s Alice:

Now, there were plans out there to bring this story to the big screen, which many, many people have on their movie wish lists – but it’s been tossed around for years and as of it’s latest stop it’s been collecting dust at (*sigh*) Fox studios.

And that’s really kind of what makes me sad. That would have kicked such ass as a movie. And I highly, highly doubt that Burton will come up with as cool of a concept, unless he does a blatant rip-off.

Bah. Maybe I should look for alternate novels again…

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Quick movie mention: The Duchess

October 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm (Movies & TV)

Took another day off with LabGirl today, and among other things we went to see one of those “limited release” films that never seem to make it to the huge chain theaters – we went to see The Duchess.

It’s a story that takes place in the late 1700’s (beginning in 1774, if I recall the text flashed on the screen correctly), about a woman who marries into power to the Duke of Devonshire in England, only to soon discover that he’s an adulterous asshole who has no interest in her other than his hopes that she will be a baby-boy making machine while at the same time she’s conflicted about not choosing the guy who actually cares for her.

It’s a beautifully done film with some amazing costuming and set work, and I felt it did a pretty good job of immersing us into the time period. And although there’s no real “action” in the film to speak of, the story was pretty intriguing – LabGirl liked the movie quite a bit, and I thought it was pretty good as well, only feeling it was maybe just a tad too long and that it had a couple of places where it dragged a bit tempting me to nod off.

So – not great, but still pretty good, and probably worth checking out if you enjoy a decent period film now and then.

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