Next couple eps are great, but you may want to watch them as 1 episode. That is how they were aired on Sky 1 in the UK when I saw them and it helps the flow a great deal. Just a thought.Thanks for the heads up, but I am going to review them as separate episodes so as not to be overwhelmed by a twice as long as normal write up.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
“The Most Toys.” The best compliment I can pay “Heroes, Part I” is that it is what “Wormhole X-Treme” should have been. There are no self-referential Hollywood in jokes viewers are not completely in on. It is all about our heroes being put on the spot in which they realize reality television , so they want no part of it. In a certain way, the episode satirizes the old M*A*S*H episodes in which a journalist covered the 4077 in the same manner as Bregman is covering SGC. It is done mercifully without all the pretension The episode is very well done, and I am anxious to see how the conclusion, which must obviously take on a darker tone, will pay out. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
SG1 had trouble after Meridian hitting the “team dynamic”. First they had to intro Jonas, then intro new sci-fi viewers, then RDA cut his hours. That feeling is few and far between in S7/8, even though the finales are some of the best of the show. RDA leaving for S9/10 was good—a lot of eps suffered as they had to work around his sched. 9/10 feel very different (not least because the entire cast does the comedy) but it allows SG1 to feel like a cohesive unit again. A family, even.I am coming around to Joe Flanagan’s way of thinking. He and the cast of Stargate: Atlantis got the impression the creative team behind the Stargate franchise acted as though they could do no wrong. Fans would eat up anything they put on screen, so why worry? Hence, there were characters were added and dropped willy nilly in Stargate SG-1, the final two seasons were a whole new storyline, etc. I have not done much with Stargate: Atlantis as of yet, but there was a tension regarding the quality of writing of which I am aware. The cast felt they were abruptly cancelled in favor of a third pin off which was, for all intents and purposes, Stargate Galactica. It mercifully flopped. I will have a much better perspective once I have reviewed the entire series, but thus far, I suspect much of the loss of team dynamic has a lot to do with the production schedule. Filming ten episodes back-to-back is a lot of work for a relatively small cast. If an actor or two needs to drop out an episode or two in order to avoid learning pages of dialogue and enduring minor stunts, I am not surprised even though there is a noticeable lack of team cohesion because of it. I do not think it is a coincidence the cast of Stargate: Atlantis is so large. The more characters present, the less burden the individual cast members have to bear. I remain cautiously optimistic the late season changes on Stargate SG-1 do not ruin my enjoyment.
It is time for the weekly round up of favorite posts from my blogroll. These are not ranked, but in alphabetical order by blog title. If you would like a specific post listed next week, you may email it to me and I will include it. Adrienne's Corner-Memorial Day Weekend... American Perspective-Memorial Day 2012 - cartoon American Power-The Left's Brett Kimberlin Truthers Amusing Bunni's Musings-Memorial Day, Time to Honor and Remember Blog of the Nightfly-A Season for All Men Bluegrass Pundit-Has Paul Krugman's cheese finally slipped completely off his cracker? Bride of Rove-Elizabeth Warren is Insulting Camp of the Saints-Rule 5 Saturday: T A S H A D E V A S C O N C E L OS Classic Liberal-Free Speech for the Dumb (Government) Colossus of Rhodey--Line of the Day Conservative Hideout-Memorial Day, 2012 Da Tech Guy-Brett Kimberlin shows why Wikipedia should not be used as a reference Daley Gator-DaleyGator DaleyBabe Aylen Alvarez Diogenes' Middle Finger-God Bless Them All First Street Journal-Reluctant to raise taxes, some states push the tax man on tougher collection enforcement Fishersville Mike-Been there, got the instalanche Goldfish and Clowns-Cephas Hour (Evil’s Time Is Up) Gormogons-Anti-Climactic House of Eratosthemes-“Oh, the Rhetorical Proximity!” Jake Finnergan--73% Of American Voters See Conflict Between US And Islam! Laughing Conservative--Cartoon: Greece teeters Lazy Farmer-Shooting Rats Legal Insurrection-Solidarity Lonely Conservative-Freedom Isn't Free Maggie's Notebook-Remembering Their Sacrifice! Motor City Times-History: George Washington Tab form City Tavern, Philadelphia, September 1787 Other McCain-Brett Kimberlin’s Heiress Aunt Helping Fund His Tax-Exempt Harassment Paco Enterprises-Honoring Our Heroes Pirate's Cove-If All You See... Proof Positive-Saturday Linkaround Pundit & Pundette-Media watchdogs curiously incurious about Wright hush money claim Randy's Roundtable-Thursday Nite Tart: Sandra Valencia Reaganite Republican-Reaganite's Sunday Funnies Riehl World View-GOProud Is Wrong In Slamming Meghan McCain As They Did Sentry Journal-Your Character Matters, Not Mine Teresamerica-One of the best marriage proposals ever! Troglopundit-This Week in Automotivators, May 21-27 We the People-Obama’s Numbers Game (And Why You Should Be Concerned) Woodsterman--Spear Fishing ~OR~ Rule 5 Woodsterman Style WyBlog-Hope And Choom: You don't have to be stoned to vote for Obama, but it helps! Zilla of the Resistance-Violent Convicted Terrorist Bomber Given Million$ by Progressives Now Terrorizes Bloggers
Saturday, May 26, 2012
It is time once again to round up all the bloggers gracious enough to link to me this week. Proof Positive links to Karen Gillan Say Anything links to Karen Gillan. Motor City Times links to Cherokee Genealogist Demands Elizabeth Warren Tell the Truth. Sentry Journal links to Birthers, How Can We Miss You When You Will Not Go Away? Classic Liberal links to Elizabeth Hurley, Alison Brie, Anna Faris, Sarah Shahi, Kaley Cuoco, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Summer Glau. The New Atlantean links to Summer Glau. Pirate's Cove thanks The Eye for this week's pin up, and links to FMJRA #151, Blogroll Spotlight #146, and Anna Faris. Fishersville Mike yearns for Kaley Cuoco. Randy's Roundtable links to Sarah Shahi and Adrianna Lima. Reaganite Republican links to Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Jake Finnegan links to Sarah Shahi. Gormogons links to Don't It Make My Blue State Red. A sincere thank you to all who linked this week. If you linked to me in the last week, but I do not have you here, you unfortunately fell through the cracks of Technorati, Google Blog Search, and Sitemeter. Please drop me a note in the comments and I will update with your link.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
What blue state(s) do you think Romney can pick off in November?The absolute most likely state is North Carolina. Barack Obama’s margin of victory in 2008 was 14,000 votes. Obama was going to lose North Carolina even before he repudiated the Tarheel State by declaring his support for gay marriage. Indiana is a close second. Hoosiers were enthusiastic for Bob Dole back in 1996, for heaven’s sake! They will vote for any Republican candidate. Except John McCain, apparently. Ohio is likely to revert back to a red state. I am cautiously optimistic about Virginia, but those blue-ish DC suburbs in the northern part of the state are loaded with self-loathing affluent progressives who feel obligated to guide the rest of the red state yokels whom they believe do not know any better. On a less snaky note, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s organization handed Mitt Romney the primary. It may put him over the in the commonwealth in November. McDonnell will noty be Romney’s running mate, but a Cabinet post is his for the taking. New Hampshire likes socially moderate Republicans. Romney’s Massachusetts connections can deliver the state. I would put Colorado and Florida in the maybe columns. Colorado depends on the enthusiasm of evangelicals. Rick Santorum won the state’s primary. We will have to see whether they can be as adamant about Romney. Florida is tough. I would not be surprised if Obama won it with a strong Latino turn out. But then again, all those wealthy snowbirds are likely Romney backers. Are seniors angry over Medicare cuts? I do not honestly know, but I am at this time predicting an Obama victory. Just a hunch. Will there be any surprises? They would have to be completely unusual circumstances, like a backlash against Wisconsin Democrats for wasting time and resources allowing Romney to eke out a win. I doubt that will happen. Romney cannot win Massachusetts or Michigan, either. For the record, my predictions give an electoral count of 276 for Obama and 262 for Romney. Something has to change within the next five months, or we are doomed.
“Avenger 2.0” (so there is your proof the episode was not a Felger daydream.) Sam joins the crew for the ride home when they are attacked by an unknown alien vessel. The Prometheus ducks into a nebula for safety. Sam is knocked unconscious as the alien vessel continues its pursuit. When she awakens, she finds herself alone. As you might have guessed, “Grace” is a very Sam-heavy episode. She struggles throughout to discover what happened to the crew, how long can she hold out to possible rescue, how to get the ship fully operational, and eventually how to save herself when the shields begin failing against the nebula’s radiation. She is helped along by hallucinations of her teammates and father, as well as a strange little girl named Grace. Exactly what those hallucinations are is left up to interpretation. The Daniel hallucination speculates they are projections from the nebula, that it may be an alien trying to communicate with Sam. The other possibility is the hallucinations are a result of Sam’s head injury. They are the personification of aspects of herself helping her to cope with her current predicament while exploring her inner self. I like the latter interpretation much better. I like if for no other reason than, if true, the episode was headed down the path of a tired Star Trek plot, but kicked it to the curb for something for more introspective. The interpretation is the one I am definitely going with. What I find unique are the subtle touches. The Teal’c hallucination, who is the one warning Sam not to fall asleep with her concussion and introduces the possibility she is being held prisoner and mind probed, calls her Samantha for the first time rather than the formal Major Carter the real Teal’c always does. Even while expressing suspicion, there is a certain warmth for Sam we know is there, but rarely overtly seen. Daniel is the absolutely logical scientist who forces sam to work on every problem at hand until a solution is found. It is that scientific curiosity that forms the connection between the two of them in real life. Next, her father appears to her as the hallucinations shift towards the personal. Jacon/selmak expresses sorrow that her drive to succeed has forced her into a very lonely life. Shippers should be happy that Jsck, who is the only one to appear out of uniform, has a talk with sam in which she reveals she holds out for a relationship with him because she knows one can never be. He is her safety net, assurance she will never get hurt in a relationship because she will never pursue one. What is Grace? Good question. I am inclined to think she represents sam’s fun side. Since grace is still a little girl, her fun side must have died long ago. Considering Grace’s fascination with learning abourt Sam’s solution for escaping the nebula, she might lend credence to Daniel’s suggestion the nebula is alive and trying to communicate with Sam. I want to dismiss that idea and stick with my fun side of sam theory. You may kick them both around, but considering Sam heard grace singng in the SGC infirmary in the final scene, the idea Grace is a manifestation of Sam’s own mind is a strong one. There is no way to avoid mentioning the similarities between “Grace” and Star Trek: Voyager’s “One.” I did not want to taint anyone’s perspective by mentioning the similaritites in the introductory paragraph. My disdain for all things VOY should not reflect my opinion on “Grace,” which I enjoy very much--and I am not even a shipper. There are some fine points to “Grace.“ I am not attempting any point of Grace jokes, there. This is another episode in which there is not much teamwork. The rest of the cast outside of Amanda Tapping has little screen time, but makes the most of it. The atmosphere is appropriately eery. Sam is on a large, empty ship. There are long stretches of time with no musical accompaniment to emphasize the dead silence surrounding Sam. As the effects of her head injury worsen, we get weird, disorienting camera angles to go along with her perspective. What we do not get--and I am grateful for this--is a lot of weird, dreamlike images that are supposed to be profound, but are really just artsy, fartsy. This stuff is straightforward. Jacob/Selmak is in uniform, rigid and still a bit distant. Jack is out of uniform talking to her informally as a friend. No pretentious symbolism there. I will bet someone has written a master’s thesis on “Grace” regardless. “Grace” is a thought-provoking, engrossing episode. It does start out slow, and one grows wary when Star Trek plot staples are hinted at, but the latter two-thirds more than make up for those points. Tapping carries the story almost completely by herself, yet the relative absence of the other cast members is not keenly felt. I did not feel shortchanged by the near exclusive focus on one character as I have with other single character episodes this season. That means “Grace” is done right. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat reveals:
"I don't know, on this occasion, that the thinking particularly came from me, actually. I've always been open to anything that shakes [the series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC. "But I've been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece. "The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it starts to die. You've got to shake it up, you've got to keep people on edge and wondering when it will come back. "Sherlock is the prime example, as far as that goes. Sherlock almost exists on starving its audience. By the time it came back this year, Sherlock was like a rock star re-entering the building! "So keeping Doctor Who as an event, and never making people feel, 'Oh, it's lovely, reliable old Doctor Who — it'll be on about this time, at that time of year'. Once you start to do that, just slowly, it becomes like any much-loved ornament in your house — ultimately invisible. And I don't want that to ever be the case."Thus ends a lot of speculation. The delay was not to give more time to produce a special fiftieth anniversary project, allow Moffat to produce a second series of Sherlock, or avoid conflicting with the London Olympics. Like Mad Men, some network executive decided he needed to justify his job by making a “big” decision. What bugs me about starting the season in the fall rather than airing it this spring as normal is the Christmas special, which usually marks the halfway point between the end of one series and the beginning of another, is now marks the midpoint of the seventh series instead. The timing takes the event element out of the holiday episode. Probably more so this year as Amy and Rory are departing as companions in the episode leading up to Christmas. On the plus side for the BBC, the network is going to use Olympics to advertise the heck out of Doctor Who. for the record, the Olympics definitely was not a factor in delaying Doctor Who regardless how adamant the skeptics still are. doctor Who normally begins airing in April and has never aired its final episode, split season included, passed July 8. The Olympics do not start until July 27th.
the first part with surprisingly solid results. Surprisingly because of some weak points in introducing the conflicts. If nothing else, at least Jack plays an active, heroic role in the story as he rescues Daniel and lee from the rebels. Before I start reviewing part one, a note about part one. Daniel and Lee were in Nicaragua when Honduran rebels captured them to hold for ransom in order to fund a war with their government. The rebels took them from Nicaragua to Honduras. I think I got that backwards in yesterday’s review. Or maybe sideways. The problem is the border between Honduras and Nicaragua is a no man’s land. There is a border dispute between the two countries and the Honduran rebels in particular cross at will and hide out. They really do snatch foreign workers and tourists for ransom to fund their campaigns because, as noted in the episode, they have Bay of Pigs era weapons given to them by Cuba and could use upgrades. Well, as far as they are concerned. Neither the Honduran government, nor Cuban backed rebels are anyone you would want controlling the country. But I digress. The take away is who kidnapped Daniel and lee and where they took them was not made all that clear in yesterday’s review. Mea culpa. It is all clear as mud now, right? The US government is not going to pay the ransom, but it will authorize Jack to join a Cia operative to rescue the two. Naturally, Jack has a history with Agent Burke. He was discharged from the Air force over a friendly fire incident. Jack is wary enough of Burke to forego his help in favor of a local guide, but Burke eventually catches up and convince Jack he can trust him by revealing the truth about the friendly fire incident. The soldier in question, a friend of both Burke and Jack, was working for a mercenary. When his true loyalties were discovered, he went to kill Burke, but Burke shot first. He covered up the truth so the soldier’s wife could collect his pension while still believing he was a hero. Daniel and Lee are tortured by rebel leader Raphael to reveal what the Ancient device is. Lee cannot take it, and spills everything. Raphael believes him and turns the device on. I suppose it is possible these Hondurans are superstitious enough to believe such legends without question, but it feels odd the truth is so readily accepted. The device acts as a sarcophagus does, so soon Raphael develops the psychotic high of a Goa’uld. He even kills one of his men for questioning him. The rebel is revived from the dead because of his close proximity to the device, so he gives Jack and Burke something other worldly to deal with during the rescue. Burke takes him out with a grenade launcher. I do not know if Burke will show up again, but he is colorful enough to lead me to suspect the writers might be trying to make him into the next Maybourne. Meanwhile, Sam, Teal’c, Jacob/Selmak, and Bra’tac sneak onto the Kull warrior factory planet to discover Anubis scanned Jonas’ mind and discovered fron Egeria how to get a Queen to create mindless symbiotes in order to make perfectly loyal soldiers. Geez, I know Jonas is not very popular, but he has been gone half a season. Do you really have to come up with new reasons to kick him in the ribs? Our heroes sabotage the operation, but Anubis still has thousands of those nigh invincible Kull warriors at his command. The Honduran rescue mission dominates the episode. So much so, it is easy to forget the consequences of the mission to destroy the Kull warriors will be devastating if it fails. It should also be noted the Kull warrior story dominated part one to the point Daniel and Lee’s kidnapping by the Honduran rebels came as an almost laughably absurd development from left field. No pun intended their on the political leanings of the rebels. Perhaps the five month hiatus offered some time to course correct. I notice Peter DeLuise’s name is on this script in addition to the writers from part one. Maybe he got the story straightened out. Whatever the case, I think part two is more solid than part one. I even enjoyed some hints of the old MacGyver days, which are probably intentional. Is there not an episode in which he rescued a scientist from Basque separatists? I believe there is. The Ancient device turning Rapjael and his henchmen into psycho zombie soldiers is a nice science fiction touch. Perhaps more attention could have been paid to the Kull soldier story, and I certainly wonder why they had to bring Jonas back into it, but that is not enough of a detriment to complain about. Shippers take note--Jack invites sam to lunch in the final scene. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
George Lucas knows how to win friends and influence people in and out of Star Wars fandom, does he not?I I guess we should thank those aging, affluent hippies. Lucas was planning to expand his studios. Since his creative contributions over the last fifteen years have been screwed up the original Star Wars trilogy numerous times, dropping the turd of a prequel trilogy, and CGI gophers in Indiana Jones, they have probably done us a big favor. Lucas might have used the new studio to make Han solo and Greedo kiss and make up for a third or fourth Blu-Ray release. On a less science fiction geek note, I like to see citizens exercise their political power. While I admit to be pretty much an unfettered capitalist who often is dismayed when Marin County progressive types keep out evil, blood-sucking corporations Wal-Mart at the cost of numerous new jobs and cheap, convenient shopping, I am usually thrilled when a certain gaudiness is kept at bay. Disney has been rebuffed by both northern Virginians over a sanitized Civil War theme park and by my fellow South Carolina faithful nixed a proposed theme park which would have turned Myrtle Beach into the next Orlando. We have too many yankees here already, folks. We might have foregone a hefty hunk of change, but even capitalists cannot turn all God’s country into real estate. I do find Lucas' denial that his plan was any kind of vindictive act against his neighbors. He has been on the defensive so much for his inconsiderate, greedy behavior in the last few years, public denial is his automatic response. He plans to sell the land for low income housing in an effort to appease his neighbors’ sensibilities. It is probably wise. Disgruntled Marin County residents have been known to join the Taliban.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
It is time for the weekly round up of favorite posts from my blogroll. These are not ranked, but in alphabetical order by blog title. If you would like a specific post listed next week, you may email it to me and I will include it. Adrienne's Corner-Ann Barnhardt puts a point on it... American Perspective-Family Guy FAIL! College kids unconvinced that Tea Party are anarchists American Power-Ethics Condemnation Follows Elizabeth Warren's 'Pow Wow Chow' Cookbook Revelations Amusing Bunni's Musings-Meanwhile, in Craptastic Chi-Town Blog of the Nightfly- We’re only ordinary men Bluegrass Pundit-Teacher goes off on student for asking if Obama was a high school bully (video) Bride of Rove-Loose Thoughts Camp of the Saints-The TCOTS Six Days Of Cheesecake: Saturday Classic Liberal-theCL Report (No Texting While Walking) Colossus of Rhodey--Thanks for the black eye Conservative Hideout-Lefty Protesters Attack Restaurant Customers in Chicago Da Tech Guy-If you want to understand the risk involved in using your 1st Amendment rights… Daley Gator-Latest source of outrage to Feminist with more time on her hands than brains in her head is….. Diogenes' Middle Finger-Obama's Strategery First Street Journal-Just who is waging a war on women? Fishersville Mike-Air and Space Goldfish and Clowns-White Noise House of Eratosthemes-How People Become Mere Objects Jake Finnergan--Burkalesque Babes: Katherine Jenkins Laughing Conservative--A Call from Joe Lazy Farmer-A sad commentary on the Oregon Board of Education and Bureaucracy in General Legal Insurrection-Faking fakers and the fakery they fake Lonely Conservative-Warmist Wants You to Stop Surfing the Net Because You’re Killing the Earth! Maggie's Notebook-Obama’s Gutted Medicare Motor City Times-Sunday Morning Links: The Vincent Black Lightning Edition Other McCain-‘Other Computer Savvy Activists’ Paco Enterprises-Sunday Funnies Pirate's Cove-If All You See... Proof Positive-Themes Like Old Times Pundit & Pundette-The Self Made Up Man Randy's Roundtable-Thursday Nite Tart: Alina Vacariu Reaganite Republican-Reaganite's Sunday Funnies Riehl World View-Operation Razorback Chaos: What's Up In Arkansas? Sentry Journal-Federalism: Stuffing the federal government back into its constitutional box Teresamerica-Mom of baby Grayson Walker Facebook account banned over "offensive" pics of anencephalic son Troglopundit-This Week in Automotivators, May 14-20 We the People-My Fellow Texans Woodsterman--Happy Ending ~OR~ Rule 5 Woodsterman Style Zilla of the Resistance-Is This Thing On?
“The Other Guys.” Felger, the screw up scientist obsessed with both the SG-1 team’s exploits and the umpteenth guy infatuated with Sam, returns for another adventure. I have issues with the tone and scope of the episode, but it is what is. After his latest invention blows out all the power at SGC, Felger is given 24 hours to come up with something usable after six months of failure or he is fired. Felger comes up with a virus that can disrupt a stargate from dialing home. Sam, taking some pity on Felger, works with him to perfect the virus. They decide to use it on a stargate on a planet with one of Ba’al’s major naquadah mining operations. The virus seemingly works too well. Felger has managed to shut down the entire stargate network. The stargate network shutdown explains the general absence of the other SG-1 team members. Daniel appears on video only because he is stranded on a flooding planet. Jack and Teal’c are stranded at a rebel Jaffa conference that turns hostile I can barely justify mentioning Teal‘c. He appears in one scene and has zero dialogue in it. “Avenger 2.0‘ continues the pattern of the last four episodes of dwelling almost exclusively on one character. There were two Daniel episodes in a row. Now there are two Sam-centric installments. Was the production schedule rushed during the seventh season to the point the cast could not have managed to be featured prominently in each episode/ I am aware there was the notion seven seasons was going to be it, so maybe the cast had to be greatly accommodated for another go around, but the spotlight manner of the last few episodes has felt strange. I hope it is merely an odd patch of road. The true heart of the story is not even Sam. It is Felger. He is a hapless sad sack who can never catch a break. Even Sam loses patience with him at one point, but finally comes around for good when he comes up with a workable solution. Felger also gets taken off the hook when it is revealed his virus initially worked, but Ba’al modified it in order to gain a strategic advantage over the other System Lords. (His larger fleet overwhelms the others since they can no longer use stargates to move Jaffa and materiel. ) Felger’s absurd troubles and over the top panic attacks make the episode. But the humor has a lot to overcome. The regular cast is virtually non-existent. Major arc developments, such as troubles within the Jaffa rebellion and Ba’al’s consolidation of power, are revealed through exposition. I can appreciate budget saving, but wow. Why not do a Star Wars--esquer opening scrawl on a desktop PC and save even more cash? It is incredibly awkward to throw out so much stuff into what amounts to a filler episode that barely features any of the main characters. The bottom line is the episode does not feel quite right when considered with what has gone before, but it is amusing enough to watch. As I have said before in recent reviews, if the dynamic of the main character interactions is why you like Stargate SG-1, you are still wandering down a lonely road here. Rating: *** (out of 5)