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Television / Re: Star Trek Discovery
« on: Today at 04:57:36 pm »
Discovery opening sequence:

Television / Re: What Are You Watching? (TV Shows on DVD/Blu-ray)
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:04:52 pm »

After hearing about the third episode, "About A Girl," I took a plunge I don't normally do and bought the season pass for The Orville and watched the first three episodes.  I'm liking this, it's definitely more "Trek with jokes" than "Family Guy In Space," which is what they tried to sell it all.

The first episode, "Old Wounds," is the weakest, which wasn't surprising.  They have to introduce the ship, the crew, the world, the mission... and they do it in a pretty standard, linear way that always kept me from being able to write my own version of this.

BTW, I'm a fool: I just not noticed that the Orville itself is inspired by a bottle opener, they just put some extra rings on (and I do like how the rings turn on in sequence).

Episode two, "Command Performance," put young Alara in command of the ship for the first time after an away mission goes wrong.  It reminds me of Enterprise, the whole "new ship trying to do something for the first time," and Alara is wonderfully flustered as she tries t earn everyone's respect and figure out exactly what to do to save the day.  We also get much more of Ed and Kelly together and see how they compliment each other but just can't make it work in a marriage.

Episode three, "About A Girl."  Throughout the episode, I kept thinking "I'm watching Star Trek."  And I haven't felt that in a long time, it was a wonderful melancholy.  Everyone seems to be surprised that the show went there, and did it so well.  Really makes me wonder what's coming in the future (I just not remembered that Charlize Theron is going to be in an episode).

I also love the little mentions of contemporary culture, which Star Trek never really did.  Orville has references to 20th century pop culture, they quote Beyonce in an episode, Seth MacFarlane has a Kermit The Frog on his desk, Kelly gets a pot brownie (sorry, "one cannibis edible").

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:41:24 pm »
It feels like he should have made Robin Hood and maybe Ridley Scott should have made King Arthur... seems like a better marriage of talent to the material.

I had really zero interest in seeing this flick as it stands, and it's not that I'm not in the mood for a good King Arthur movie, it's just... whatever this was, didn't look interesting.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Valerian- The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:42:44 pm »
"Ground Control to Major Tom."

I love this, feels very Star Trek (in fact, it reminds me of the opening theme from Enterprise, though I love the inclusion of Bowie).

Television / Re: Orphan Black (Season 5 - The Final Season - 2017)
« on: September 12, 2017, 06:35:22 pm »
I can't wait to watch this.  Actually, I need to re-binge the entire series, it's been a while.  Plus I could stand to do some more Tatiana doodling.

Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:26:55 pm »
I didn't even finish the first season of Angel but I just dug her so much, I just like that they took a character who should be totally unlikeable on paper: vapid, a bit dim, self-centered, spoiled... and MADE you like her.

Oh, Kaylee.

Literally the first thing I did was recommend a bar, I know she was looking for a good one and some old classmates own the hottest ones in town.

And Jay.

Easily the best deal b/c everyone else takes one selfie and calls it a day (even Charisma, who said "I'm a PRO at selfies"), he keeps that shutter going until he breaks you, sir.

That was also a neat little cool thing, I've always heard Jay call people sir, him calling ME "sir" ("How are you today, sir?") was just... I liked that.

Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:59:51 pm »
Not sure how "cool" these are to anyone else here, but...

Charisma Carpenter from Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Angel.

Dante from Clerks.  Also got quite a few pics with Jay.

Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:54:36 pm »
I've been waiting for that reaction ALL day.

Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: September 09, 2017, 06:27:30 pm »
Hot in here.  Must be Summer.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:26:50 pm »
If it's the French one, that's on my list.  Curious to see that before the Disney version, which I am curious about.

And I totally forgot about The Good Place being on Netflix, starting it now.  Always good to see Chip's wife on telly.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:58:04 pm »
It feels like ages since I sat down and just watched one movie after another movie after another.  And it helps that these aren't parts movies, but still new movies I hadn't seen before.

I finally caught "Passengers" and it was... fine.  Nothing really jumped out at me, even the ship interiors were somehow... if not mundane, I'd seen a lot of that design motif, but I have investigated a lot of futuristic architecture designs and the Avalon interiors fit those established aesthetics quite well.  But nothing struck me as "oh, I never thought of that."  I can forgive that since they had a really small window of time to design everything (odd for a script that's been around for ten years), but at the same time...  And also, the sets were big so there weren't that many of them, so this massive Titanic-in-space spaceship didn't really feel BIG to me.  Maybe I'm a tough audience for that kind of thing now.

Pratt and Lawrence were fine in the flick, but you put those two together, you expect at least the "cut loose and have fun" scenes would be off the wall, but they weren't.  It seemed like their personalities could have come out a bit more.

I kept thinking I liked the script better than the movie, even if I can't remember exactly what was different in the script.

And of course, I kept thinking of "Red Dwarf" the whole way through, what with the one lone man coming out of stasis on a massive starship in the middle of nowhere.  I was trying to think of other "episodes" that might come up after the ending of the movie.

Then I rewatched the old Ghost In The Shell movie from 1995, which I hadn't seen in a long time.  I got the Mondo steelbook with the awesome cover, but I hasn't **** into it before.  What's funny is that seeing it this time, the movie was far more straightforward than I remember.  Sometimes my mind wanders when I watch anime movies.

Now I'm finishing up A Hologram For The King.  Interesting.  Definitely something different than I'd seen before, so worth checking out.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:58:16 pm »
I don't see it listed for my local theater... which sucks, I'd really love to see this on the big screen.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Logan (2017)
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:01:36 am »
I got this the day it came out and I STILL haven't watched it yet.

Off-Topic / Re: Politics
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:28:03 am »
Holy sh*t, that crybaby Nazi video that's been going around?  We've seen that jerk before.

What an *sshole.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:17:18 pm »
Same here.  I better not be working that night.

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