Saturday, June 30, 2007

Conflicted

Well, I'm back from my much needed, kid-free break. My husband and I even managed to sneak in a movie. We went and saw Live Free or Die Hard and I definitely have mixed feelings about the movie. I still like Bruce Willis as John McClane. He never seems to take himself too seriously and he's surprisingly still credible as a tough guy. And you gotta admit, it's pretty impressive he can still play a character that originated almost 20 years ago. The first Die Hard will always be a tough act to follow. I remember when the first movie came out. It was such a great action film for its time and Bruce Willis was (and still is) a rarity in that he was a decent actor taking on an action role. John McClane is kind of a quintessential Bruce Willis character in that he is a wise-cracking tough guy. But it's what Bruce is good at and I love to watch him. This particular Die Hard decides to take on cyber terrorism and, I have to admit, I kind of liked the premise. The bad guy in this film, Thomas Gabriel- played by a charismatic Timothy Olyphant- is a former government computer expert who tries to warn his oblivious superiors about the vulnerability of America's computer systems. Not surprisingly, no one listens to him and he ends up publicly crucified and humiliated. Gabriel (predictably) vows revenge and instigates a system wide crash of virtually every computer network in the country. Part of Gabriel's plan involves computer hacker Matt Farrell, played by Justin Long, who unwittingly writes a necessary piece of computer code. McClane ends up involved in the situation when he goes to Farrell's apartment to pick him up for questioning at the same time Gabriel's men arrive to kill the computer nerd. The plot plays on our fears of cyber vulnerability, though in a much different way than movies like The Terminator. It's more plausible as a set up, but in true action film fashion it quickly gets unrealistic. And that's where I end up conflicted. I know better than to expect action films to be realistic. But it is so ironic that I went to see this movie right after writing my Incredible Resilience post. None of the movies I mention in that post (including the original Die Hard) have anything on this movie insofar as the unbelievable durability of McClane's character. I mean, there were so many moments that were waaaaaay over the top. But at the same time, you get the feeling that the director (or scriptwriter or whatever....) gets it because there are a lot of humorous moments that seem to poke fun at this. There's one scene in which McClane, after jumping out of a car at a very high speed, is lying on the road, bleeding and beat up. Farrell comes running up, a bit haggard--but uninjured after a recent close call, and McClane asks him if he's okay. Farrell says that he thinks he has bruised his abdomen and his asthma is acting up. McClane just looks up at him and starts laughing. And it's moments like this that made the movie enjoyable. It did a good job at mixing humor with action and most of the time I liked it. But at other times it was so over the top I couldn't help but ask myself, should I be liking this? Whether you enjoy a movie or not is a completely subjective thing. I know we've all had those moments when we found ourselves liking something despite our better judgement and an action film is not meant to be super believable. Yet I wouldn't be honest if I said I didn't spend a fair amount of time kind of looking at the screen thinking, oh come on. It was slick the way big movies are. The explosions big, the fight scenes are what you would expect them to be and I did like most of the actors. I thought Justin Long did a good job and he played off Willis very well. But...like the title of the post says, I'm conflicted. I liked the movie...I think.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Freebie!!!


People on this blog like freebies. They LOVE them. So, as SQT is on vacation, and usually she is the one telling people about contests and giveaways, I'll slip in here and take her place. Even if it is a little self serving in the process.

The prize is a copy of "High Seas Cthulhu". If you want to try for a free copy, here is the site for entry. Hey. Can't Hurt.

Just a Quickie

I'm going to be out of town for the next couple of days. (San Simeon to see the Hearst Castle again) *happy dance* I thought about not saying anything and seeing if anyone would notice, but my ego didn't really want to know the answer. Heh. Anyway. Have a good rest of your week and I'll see you all soon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Invasion Trailer

I just watched this over at Sci-fi Chick's blog. It looks creepy good, and it has Daniel Craig.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sci Fi in Strange Places Part II

I had a lot of fun with the last Sci Fi in Strange Places so I think that I will make this a semi-regular feature and gosh darn it, if YouTube isn't the greatest invention in the world for Sci Fi nerdery. YouTube and other community sites let the average fan post some unusual videos and also let people see things that they might not see under normal circumstances. The first video is an edit job on a scene from Empire Strikes Back and I think it's a brilliant piece of work. The joke here is very well executed and the auteur takes it far enough to be funny, but not too far where the joke gets annoying. I am not sure where the second clip comes from as there is no information on it at all. This features a computer generated space battle between forces of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Star Trek. I'm going to make a wild guess here and say that the creator of this likes Star Trek the best. This next piece is definitely not for the faint of heart. Of course when Star Wars first came out it quickly became a pop culture sensation and parodies quickly followed. I apologize for the sound issues as it doesn't quite match the action. And because you didn't demand it, another piece from Turkish Star Wars. This features footage from the Death Star run interspliced with our Turkish hero in action all to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Waiting for the Knight


Yeah, I could waste time talking about how I've always loved Batman. I could go on and on about how much I loved the Nolan film "Batman Begins" and about how excited I am I about the new one in production.

But I won't. I'll just let the pictures from the upcoming release speak for themselves.

I've gathered these from various places around the net, surfing my fingers off so you won't have to.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Man In The Hat Is Back

He's back. Several of you scoffed and said it would never happen, but Harrison Ford has once again donned the beat up hat and leather jacket. Don't believe it? Take a peek at this site:http://www.indianajones.com/community/news/news20070621.html

This picture, snapped by Spielberg himself is on the website, which features snippets of information about the project, which has already begun production and will hopefully be released within the next year.

1408


Stephen King and film. His work has inspired some of the best and some of the worst visions in cinema and television. On the wonderful side: "The Shining", "Stand By Me", "Shawshank Redemption", "Green Mile", "Hearts In Atlantis", "Salem's Lot" (the original), and "Misery". Worst? "Rose Red", "Kingdom Hospital", "Maximum Overdrive", "Cujo"

The good news is that "1408", the new film based on a work by King, isn't half-bad. Not great, mind you, but not bad.

Faithful to the short story, the film follows the ever engaging John Cusak as a writer of books about "haunted places" as he visits the Dolphin Hotel's ROOM 1408, a site where over fifty people have met their death. Yeah, that does stretch things a bit, but suspend your disbelief and sit back. The story is a roller coaster ride which, although it sinks with excess from time to time, manages to deliver some great scares (ask the teenage girls in the audience who shrieked at least four times).

I think what works best here is that there is little gore in the film. Unlike the pornography that is "Hostel" and "Turista", the director decided to let the horror arise from identification with the main character, a lonely man who has forsaken his talent following the death of his daughter. As the audience watches him struggle with personal demons, as well as those inflicted on him by the evil of room 14o8, it's impossible not to root for the poor man. And as you learn more about him, and feel his pain, the film becomes that much more terrifying.

After my last film review on the "Rise of the Silver Surfer", it's good to report that there is something out there to spend money on. Don't expect anything great, just sit back and enjoy this for what it is, an old fashioned Saturday afternoon spook show.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Book Reviews

Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings has been the generous host of the Once Upon a Time Challenge, which is coming to an end tonight. Those of us who decided to take part in the Challenge had to do several book reviews on books that fit into the fantasy, folklore, mythology or fairytale category. Me being me, I left the reviews until the last minute. I didn't want to clutter up this site with a bunch of book reviews since, for some reason, book reviews never seem to be that popular around here. Doesn't anyone read? So I put all but one of the reviews over on my other blog, Sqt's Spare Parts. If you do happen to read and actually like book reviews, go ahead and check them out. Otherwise, have a good Friday everyone.

All Together Dead

I have mentioned many times how much I am a fan of Charaline Harris and her Southern Vampire series. This May I was thrilled to see that there was another book in the series to be released and took my miserly self to the bookstore and shelled out the $25 + tax price on the All Together Dead I think I'm glad I got the book, but there is part of me that isn't sure. This is the 7th book in the series so I might just be hitting series burnout, but for the first time I actually have a few small complaints about my beloved Sookie Stackhouse saga. Charlaine Harris was the first author who enticed me to read the new genre of vampire fiction. I read Anne Rice years ago and kind of overloaded on the Gothic vampire story and didn't really get back into the genre until fairly recently. You could put Harris in the "chic lit" category I suppose, but I don't think of her that way. Her main character, Sookie Stackhouse, is a woman to be sure. But she doesn't talk like a valley girl or try to be too cute. Big points in her favor. What Sookie is is a Southern girl who happens to have a strange ability, or "disability" as she likes to call it; she can read minds. As great at that might sound on the surface to most of us, Sookie has found it to be a great burden. She can't turn off the ability or tune out unwanted thoughts from other people. Which can be Hell on a girl's social life as you can imagine. The first book in the series introduces us to Sookie and a cast of characters that become the mainstay of all the books. We learn that vampires are real and have "outed" themselves to the rest of the world upon the development of a synthetic blood that allows them to live without having to prey on human beings to survive. To Sookie's delight, she learns she cannot read the mind of vampires and soon she ends up in her first adult relationship with a man who's mind is a blank to her. Vampire Bill, as she calls him, is her first boyfriend and through this relationship she becomes aware of a whole spectrum of supernatural beings, from werewolves to fairies, that exist in our world. Thus you have the set up for the whole series. And for the most part I would highly recommend this series to anyone who finds the premise interesting. Harris packs a lot of action into fairly small books. Sookie is an extremely likable character who has wit and charm, but understands what it's like to feel like an outsider. I think Harris shows great skill in weaving together a supernatural story with believable characters. As we reach this, the seventh installment to the story, Sookie has been through a lot. An awful lot. And predictably Sookie is getting a little worn out. I think in this book we're seeing a Sookie who isn't sure about the path her life has taken. She defends it vehemently, but she seems a bit weary and a little less willing to be polite. She has been disappointed by people she loves and has had to face the violent reality of the vampires who have entered her world. And because she is a telepath she has been seen as something to be used by the supernatural beings in her life. Basically she's getting fed up. Like all the books before this one has a lot of action. I'm not sure how much detail I should go into because it could be very confusing to anyone who hasn't read the series. What I will say, for those who are familiar with the books, is that I kind of felt this story was a little rushed. I enjoyed it almost all of the way through but the ending kind of felt patched together. There was some plot elements that I didn't feel came together as neatly as they should have and for the first time I finished the book a little disappointed. The book also has a small romance element to it though, thank goodness, it doesn't overwhelm the story. But the romance also fell a little flat to me. This particular relationship is now two books long, but we really don't know where it stands or where it's going. Sookie doesn't even seem bothered by that fact and frankly, I don't know any woman who is that complacent in a relationship. But then, that could just be me. Ultimately, this book is for those who have read the first 6 books of the series. If you fit into that category I think I would still recommend the book if you liked the first 6. Sookie is still a great character and I don't think it's strange that perhaps the character, and the series, is going through some growing pains. It isn't often that I can read 7 books about the same person and still want to read more. The fact that I can be a little disappointed in this book but still be willing to buy the next one as soon as it comes out says a lot about the strength of Sookie as a character and Harris as a writer.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Incredible Resilience

*Groan* I'm sore. I'm not quite 40 yet, but my body reminds me everyday that it isn't 25 anymore. I'm pretty physically active, but my knees like tell me to knock it off on a daily basis it seems. So I can't help but think, wouldn't it be great to be an action hero? Able to shrug off bullet wounds like a skinned knee, tape together those pesky broken bones with duct tape and keep on throwing the bad guys through walls? Boy, I wish I could do that. Seriously though, I love action movies, but it seems like every time I watch them anymore, I can't help but focus on the amazingly quick recoveries of the heroes. Yeah, I must be getting old. My husband was watching Kill Bill the other night, and I should have known better than to sit down; I get sucked into this thing every time it's on. I walked in during the major fight scene of the film, when Uma Thurman's character goes into full samurai attack mode before finally confronting O-Ren Ishii. The funny thing is that it wasn't the major, over-the-top fight scene that made me think oh come on. No, oddly enough, it was when O-Ren Ishii cut Thurman across the back and Uma gets up and keeps fighting after the token, oh ouch, moment. If it had been me, I would have lied there, unable to raise my arms, as O-Ren cut me to ribbons. But in the movies the hero can take that kind of abuse, win the fight, and hop on his/her motorcycle and ride off to fight another day. Man, I wish I could do that. Another thing I totally love is when the director makes a token effort at realism and allows the hero to suffer. Just a little. Remember Die Hard? If you don't then maybe go rent it. I think another sequel is do to come out this year. But I digress. Anyway, If you've seen the original that you'll probably remember the scene when Bruce Willis' character walks over broken glass. Ouch! Yep, he was actually shown bleeding and limping, at least for a little while. They allowed him to look a big haggard at the end of the film, even going so far as to allow his white t-shirt to become really soiled. And for action films, this movie makes a major effort to show the star taking some punishment. But really, could any of us jump off the roof of a building tied to fire hose, crash through a window and survive? I'm thinking no. Don't get me wrong. I love action movies and I really wouldn't want them to be too realistic. But as I get older, it gets harder not to notice just how easy it is for these characters to get up and walk away after being thrown across the room. My back aches just thinking about it.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

I Want My Money Back

How much did I hate "Rise of the Silver Surfer"? I hated it so much I can't even quantify it. Why is it so bad? It desperately wants to be a comedy. It goofs in our faces, smirks, elbows, then expects us to smile and laugh with it. Nothing is as embarrassing as a bad comedy. Or a bad action comedy. Worst moment: Exposure to the Silver Surfer causes Johnny's molecules to become unstable. This leads to swapping powers when any of the other of the Fantastic Four touch him. On the street, his sister grabs him by the arm and bursts into flame. She screams hysterically and rises into the air. An amazed Reed Richards sees her hovering outside the window. Shouting to her through the thick protective plate glass window: "You're on fire," (at least I think this was what he said), she responds with a Valley Girl: "Ya think?" Johnny, who quickly swaps powers with Reed, stretches, grabs her, and brings her down to the sidewalk. There, she loses the power of flame, and is on the street----Naked!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...oh wait..lemme...catch a breath...HAHAHAHAHAHA. I was going to walk out after this scene, I almost never walk out on anything. I think the last film that I walked out on was The Exorcist: Part Two. However, I went with a friend, and so we suffered to the end of an insufferable film. What else was wrong with this bit of Rupert Murdock garbage? As predicted, Dr. Doom continues to be a cruel injustice to a magnificent villain. Standing tall, whining, waxed eyebrows hunching, he is the least malevolent bad guy imaginable. And he seldom touches his mask. I guess the producers felt that such a pretty face shouldn't be covered. Another indignity was the silver surfer who (if you love the surfer as a comic book hero, then brace yourself) draws his power from his surf board. So separate the man from the board and you beat him. Finally, Galactus, the cloud. What a great idea. Let's reduce the giant menace from a God to a cloud. Boy that will scare the kiddies. Puffs of cloud reaching for the planet. ooooooooh. So, that's it...Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer wins awards for worst film of the year. I promised myself I wouldn't see this crap and I broke my promise. I make a new promise though, and it's one I promise not to break: I will see no more of this franchise. Although given how atrocious this is, I can't imagine another one seeing light of day.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Rooting for the Bad Guy

I was watching The Italian Job the other day and it occurred to me how often we cheer on the criminals in our favorite movies. Isn't that strange? We sure as heck wouldn't root for them if they were robbing our house would we? Popular culture, whether it be cinema, TV or books, would have us believe that most criminals are charming rogues. From the Italian Job, Oceans 13 and every-one's favorite--Firefly, we're given the idea the thieves look like George Clooney and they really only steal from other bad guys. Isn't that a nice idea? But I must admit, I enjoy these films too. There's a certain vicarious thrill in watching a group of people outsmart another group and getting away with the prize. Or even better, the main character gets revenge. Ooooh, I love that. The movie Payback (made before Mel Gibson's famous meltdown) was a great revenge fantasy wasn't it? Or Kill Bill, now that was a film all about rooting for the bad girl who was getting revenge. But hey, I like a girl who can kick butt. Or better yet, how about The Punisher? A revenge film that spawns a comic-book hero. Or The Crow! God, I love The Crow. I know, I'm going off on a tangent. Obviously The Crow is about hurting the bad guys-- really really painfully. But I think heist films-- or anything that involves rooting for the bad guy, tends to incorporate revenge elements. Otherwise, it would be really hard to feel any sympathy for the main characters. So what do you guys think? Do you like rooting for the bad guy or do you find it all totally unrealistic? This is a fantasy site after all....

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Writing assignment

Stewart Sternberg has issued another challenge to those of us who would call ourselves writers. If you are interested in my contribution, the link is HERE for my story: Redemption.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sci Fi in Strange Places


There is some odd stuff out there.

Really odd stuff.

And it's on the Internet!

The first clip that I have for you is from a movie called Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, though it's more commonly known as Turkish Star Wars.

This bootleg movie stars a man who just kicks the crud out of everything in sight. It's amazing. My favorite part is when he tears the arm off that giant muppet and then starts beating the thing with it.


I wish that I could tell you what's going on, but my knowledge of the Turkish language is limited to telling you that the rabbit is in the woods.

Our second clip is from Japanese Spider-Man. In 1978, Marvel signed a deal to have a Japanese version produced and aside from the powers and costume, it doesn't have a thing to do with the American version. This Spider-Man got his powers from an alien and flew around in a ship that transforms into a big robot.



The last one is Superman teaming up with Spider-Woman to sing, dance and beat up muggers in the park. It's kind of funny, but it just goes on and on.


I am not sure what conclusions, if any, we can make make from watching these. Maybe we should be grateful for our regular, everyday sci fi.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

END TIMES


Bring on the apocalypse. Let's all hide under our desks and duck and cover.

Apocalyptic science fiction cinema, ya gotta love it.

Two fisted, bleak, preachy. Whether it's crazy Mel Gibson fighting off mutants as Mad Max or Charlton Heston screaming:

"We finally really did it. You maniacs! You maniacs!You blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!"


We're fascinated by the end times. Maybe by smearing ourselves with the horror of war and the pessimism of the future gone wrong, we can better handle the horrors of the present time.

Some say that fiction works that way.

The Cold War gave us apocalyptic visions to die for, if you'll forgive the pun.

Consider these titles: "The Time Machine", "Last Man on Earth" (based on Richard Matheson's work), Wyndam's "Day of the Triffids", "The Birds", "Night of the Living Dead", "Mad Max", "A Boy And His Dog", "Damnation Alley"...

In our present time of political and socioeconomic turmoil, we've got a new batch to scare us. I guess the reality of old Tom Ridge running around with his fictitious terror alert or Dick Cheney's grim visage had to be somehow made more palatable. Since 2001, we've seen "Reign of Fire", "The Day After Tomorrow", remakes of "Dawn of the Dead" and "Day of the Dead", as well as new wrinkle to the zombie legend with "28 Days Later".

Here's the question for consideration and discussion. Is this new crop of apocalyptic cinema new in any way, or just a rehash of the old? Are there formalized rules for the subgenre? I mentioned that it tended to be preachy at times. What else? Are there new characters based on changing gender perceptions? Is the genre able to be manipulated to scare people to persuade them to embrace a particular point of view?

I may sit down and fully examine the new apocalyptic vision that has run in the last seven years, since the new millennium, but in the meantime, I'm going to have coffee, so share and talk about among yourselves. Somebody pass the danish.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Turn Away, Quick!!!


Comedy and science fiction. I don't know. Sometimes it can be tremendous fun (such as in "Galaxy Quest") and sometimes it can be so bad your small intestine falls out. I could spend a few minutes and discuss how comedic elements can be used to make the fantastic more palatable. I could. But I won't. Instead let's look at what I consider to be the worst five films in the category of bad funny genre films. I post these in no special order.
1) The Three Stooges In Orbit Sad. At the end of their careers, Moe Howard and Larry Fine, with the assistance of an old vaudeville friend, Joe De-Rita, filmed this appalling mess that only the most dedicated Stooges fan could have loved. The tagline read:IT'S NEW! IT'S NUTTY! THE STOOGES PLAY RING-AROUND-THE-MOON WITH A MOB OF MIXED-UP MARTIANS!

2)The Coneheads It was occasionally a fun Saturday Night Live skit, but as its own feature film, this vehicle for Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin proved to be a sore disappointment. I blame the direction and the pandering script for abusing the available talent. The story follow a family of aliens living in suburbia, keeping a low profile as they scout out the terrain to gather intelligence for a possible invasion. Hahahahahaha. "Third Rock From The Sun" got it right.

3)Buckaroo Bonzai I know there are some of you out there who will swear this film is your cinematic soul mate. Stop. Don't embarass yourself. This untidy mess is the story of a physicist, neurosurgeon, Samurai, rock star who saves the world from aliens. Sort of an updated version of the Stooges' film, if you will. I've read this has become a cult film...pass the cool aid.
4)VIsit To A Small Planet was a wonderful bit of satire by Gore Vidal when it first appeared on Broadway. It took the darling of the French, Jerry Lewis, to wreck it beyond recognition and create a vehicle for his own scenery chewing burlesque.

5) Spaceballs. I know there are people who adore this film. Me? Hated it. Hated it like runny egg. Mel Brooks is hit and miss. "Blazing Saddles" enormous hit. "History of the World" miss. "Young Frankenstein"? Hit. "Spaceballs". Unwatchable.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Stars Are RIght


Self Promotion. Yeah, it's tacky. But I figure if SQT draws a thumb down she can delete this and no one will be the wiser.

What am I promoting? The publishing of two of my short stories in upcoming anthologies. "The Others" in a collection of sea-faring tales all of which deal with the Cthulhu mythos, entitled "High Seas Cthulhu" (by Elder Signs Press), and "Children of the Mountain" in a collection from Chaosium (the people who own the Call of Cthulhu roleplay game) entitled "Frontier Cthulhu". Want more information, you can also try going to William Jones', the editor, blog.

Now some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering what the mythos is. Simply put, it's an idea popularized by H.P. Lovecraft, that at one time the world as we know it was ruled by an alien race, so radically different from us as to shake our sanity were we to be exposed to their presence. Something happened in a past eon to push these things out of our world and our reality. However, they wait. And wait. And either by magic, or happenstance, the day will come when these creatures, such as the great Cthulhu, return to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. And mankind? We're nothing but pointless husks to be discarded at their leisure.

So how can this idea (which was not done justice by me) serve to spark numerous short story collections, a novel or two, and influence several writers and film makers? I think its because this idea of the insignificance of man weighed against the enormity of the universe sparks something primal. Also, it's spooky and the stuff of good campfire tales.

Ultimately, if you are a stranger to Lovecraft and his ilk, I strongly recommend checking out some of his writing (available on the web or in paperback form at most bookstores). I also recommend checking out some of the more contemporary writers who have taken this theme and used it for their own...someone like...well, like me.

So, there. That's my announcement. I'm making that same announcement on my own blog, but I figured there are plenty people who visit this site who are into science fiction and horror who don't visit my site. And I don't know, I guess I thought being a regular contributor to this blog entitled me.

So go on...go order a copy. I'll be here waiting.

Well?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Blog Blah

How long does the honeymoon period for a blog last? 100 posts? 200? I'm afraid the thrill is gone. When I first started this blog I couldn't wait for someone to read and comment and Lord only knows how many times I must've checked the darn thing in day. I remember when I got my first stat counter. I checked that thing all the time to see if anyone other than myself was actually reading my posts. And then gradually, oh so gradually, people began to come. And even more amazingly, I somehow conned other people into posting on the blog. Will wonders never cease? But I think maybe I'm going through a sort of seven-year-itch with my blog; only in this case it's like the almost-one-year itch. Have I got a short attention span or what? I like my blog and I really like the people I've met, but it's not as interesting any more. I find myself struggling to come up with something to post every night and cursing for giving the blog such a narrow scope. I look at the measly number of comments my crappy posts get and wonder if I should shut this one down and start a new one. Who knows, maybe a new toy would excite my interest again. And then I force myself to step away from the computer before I do anything rash. I dunno. I don't think I'm ready to give up on this yet. But I do think I'm going to post less frequently for awhile. I'm going to spend some time writing and actually trying to submit some stuff and see if spending less time blogging will allow me to do this. Don't totally give up on me though. I will probably still post a couple of times a week just so I can talk to you all. And maybe there will be the occasional post by some of my friends. But I think it's time the blog and I spend a little less time together. For the good of both of us.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Scully Part Deux

I was watching Dresden Files the other night (I'm still finishing the season on Tivo) and something occurred to me. Isn't the character of Connie Murphy pretty much a clone of Dana Scully? I mean, I'm on the second to the last episode of the season and Murphy still seems pretty determined not to believe in much of anything she sees with her own eyes. It's kind of like déjà vu. The only thing I wonder is how long are we going to have to believe that her character doesn't buy into any of the whole magic business? X-Files was on for what? 9 years? And Scully played the skeptic almost the whole time. I understand the need for a skeptic as a plot device since it allows the main character the opportunity to explain what exactly is going on for the tv audience. But it does make the character who has been put in the role of the eternal skeptic look like an idiot sometimes, doesn't it? Maybe it's just me.

Friday, June 01, 2007

GASP!

Oh no! Say it ain't so! Well, Crunchy can say "I told you so," that's for sure. As she predicted, despite good ratings Battlestar Galactica will be ending sooner than most of us had hoped. Personally, I don't care that the last season might not have been its best, the show was still better than most sci-fi out there. But it appears that the Sci-fi channel is only giving it one more season. Battlestar Ending Next Season The producers of SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica confirmed that the upcoming fourth season will be the show's last. Executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick said that it was a creative decision to end the acclaimed series with the upcoming 22-episode season. "This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end," Eick and Moore said in a statement on May 31. "Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there: We're going out with a bang." In November, a special two-hour Battlestar episode, "Razor," will air. The fourth season kicks off in early 2008. At last month's Saturn Awards, Edward James Olmos said that the upcoming season would be the show's last, prompting Eick to say at the time that no decision had been made. "I promise you that when Ron and I make a decision about Galactica's future, we'll let you know," he said then. Well, I hope they at least give the damn thing a good ending. In a completely unrelated aside, the lovely Mist1 of To Do: 1. Get Hobby, 2. Floss (funny funny blog; a must visit) sent me the link to a funny sci-fi related post over at Fireflies in the Clouds, check it out if you get the chance.

Not So Cranky After All.....

Stewart Sternberg, a regular contributor on this here blog, has decided to change his curmudgeonly ways. Well, that's if you believe he was a curmudgeon to begin with... Anyway, he is asking for our help in raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has posted a link here for donations. To be honest, I can't donate a whole lot, but I am going to send in my humble contribution and hope that some of my readers can do the same so that Stewart can make his goal. If any one else is feeling particularly motivated, please add a post to your blog and spread the word. And for all you cranky butts who don't want to donate, remember that good karma will come your way. I won two books and a t-shirt recently and now I'm giving back. It's cyclical you see....