Sunday, September 30, 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-Andrea Bocelli Tells a Story... American Perspective-We've Heard It all before American Power-Presidential Debates Will be Crucial Amusing Bunni's Musings-We Need Some Relaxation Bob's Blog--Is the Media Now the Enemy of the American People/ Call Me Stormy--Don't Try This at Home Camp of the Saints-Obama Wisdom Classic Liberal- Anti-Social Politics with Camila Alves Conservative Hideout-Sunday Links Daley Gator-DaleyBabe: Keenyah Hill Diogenes' Middle Finger-America's Newest Trend Fishersville Mike-Ketchop Ice Cream Goldfish and Clowns-To Forgive Gormogons-Doctor Chthulwho In a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World--The Friday Pin Up King Shamus--Foreign Policy Debacle Starts at the Top Laughing Conservative--Barack Obama's Diary Lazy Farmer-I Am Planting Wheat Lonely Conservative-Don't Surrender Without a Fight Maggie's Notebook-Sunday Chat About the Religion of Peace Monkey in the Middle--Latest Muslim Outrage Motor City Times-ObamaCare Needs Death Panels My Daily Musing--Is This Conflict? Nice Deb--Video: Absolutely Uncertain Other McCain-Do You Believe the Ohio Polls? Paco Enterprises-Sunday Funnies Pirate's Cove-It All You See... Proof Positive-The Replacement Ref Pundit & Pundette-Freedom or Freebies? Randy's Roundtable-Friday Nite Funnies Reaganite Republican-Reanite's Sunday Funnies Sentry Journal-When Terrorism Wins Teresamerica-Am I Part of the 47%? Troglopundit-Obama's Re-election Assured by Clinton Bump We the People-Amen and Hallelujah! Western Hero--Dying for an Education Woodsterman--Rule 5 Woodsterman Style Young American--1001 Barack Obama Lies Media Ignoree Zilla of the Resistance-Vampire or Politician?
“Irresistible” was not bad enough. The effort by Sga to create its own Harry Mud has not gone so well, but I will confess the second effort is better than the first. That is not say much, however. “Irresistible” set the bar pitifully low. The AR-1 team and Beckett travel to a planet to investigate rumors of a man with super powers having successfully fought off the Wraith. They arrive to discover it is lucius, who has an Ancient personal shield like Rodney used in “Hide and Seek.” The Wraith story was bogus, but Lucius had been an heroic incident, so the people are as hooked on him as the others before. Lucius secretly hires so genii mercenaries to “attack” the village so he can fight them off, but they double cross him. It is actually a plot by Kolya to lure Sheppard there. If you do not see the climactic twist of Sheppard secretly using the personal shield with it suffering a short out before confronting Kolya, then you are not cynical enough. I do think the final showdown between Sheppard and Kolya playing out as an homage to A Fist Full of Dollars is cool, however. I can be an occasional hypocrite in my reactions to originality, right? If you are going to steal, steal from the greats. It is strange to end an episode with a wild west style showdown if it is going to be set in what looks like a hamlet set in the European Low Countries. Surely with Vancouver’s large television filming industry there is some locations for filming westerns. The whole situation is out of place an claustrophobic given the style and small size of the shooing location. No pun intended with the word choice. A few things do feel off outside of Lucius being such an awful character. Beckett tags along with AR-1 for no stated reason. I like Beckett, but it is strange for him to go along on this mission, but no others. The personal shield does not work the same as it did on Rodney. Lucius can eat and drink. He even gets a foot massage. If the shiel conforms to t a user, Sheppard should not have been able to operate it. I suppose these things are not a big deal unless you are a continuity nitpicker, but I am one. So There. It is funny Batman is referenced several times throughout “Irresponsible” as Rodney’s favorite superhero considering how the plot closely resembles the classic story “Must There be a Superman?” by Elliot S! Maggin. (The exclamation mark is not a typo. Maggin is a shameless self-promoter. I am pretty sure he kept it during his brief run for congress in 2006. He is a Democrat, of course.) The story involves superman being lectured by the Guardians of the Universe over his heroics stunting the social growth o humanity. After suffering self-doubts about his purpose, he comes to realize some things are a job for Superman, but he has to be careful to not become a crutch for humanity. Lucius does not exactly learn that lesson, but he does encourage the townspeople to not rely on him just tis once. But, hey--Lucius is no Superman, right? “Irresponsible” is a better episode than “Irresistible,” but that is manly because the plot does not rely as heavily on Lucius. I still think he is an obnoxious character so over the top as to not be amusing at all. It would appear I am not the only one to think so. Kucius never returns again. The return of Kolya makes the episode enjoyable. I am sorry to see the character meet his end so soon. He and Sheppard should have had a chance to build up even more animosity for an even larger showdown somewhere along the line. Oh, well. “Irresponsible” has a few strikes against it, but it is still moderately enjoyable. You cannot miss Kolya’s death, at any rate. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Saturday, September 29, 2012
It is time once again to round up all the bloggers gracious enough to link to me this week. Pirate's Cove links to FMJRA #168, Blogroll Spotlight #163, and Karen Gillan. Proof Positive links to Karen Gillan, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Gillian Anderson. Say Anything links to Karen Gillan, Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Gillian Anderson. The Other mcCain links to Emma Stone. Woodsterman acknowledges the Rule 5. Gossip Celebrity links to Katte Sackhoff and Friends. Motor City Times links to Mitt Romney's Tax Returns Conservative Hideout links to Doctor Who "The Power of Three." 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.
Billie Piper’s have at The Eye. That is not to say she will not show up every now and then, but if Gillan is going to flee science fiction for the relative safety of BBC drama, I doubt photos of her will show up often in the usual suspect places. We shall see, but enjoy her while you can in the perhaps long interim. In case photos are not doing it for you--and with the Scottish accent to enjoy, who can blame you?--here is Gillan on Thursday night’s Conan He is not quite the fawning whovian as Craig Ferguson. "The Angels Take Manhattan" also features the return of Alex Kingston as River Song. Kingston looks very nice for a woman pushing fifty.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Your Yulia Tymoshenko fetish is creepy.It is not a fetish to think a woman is pretty. Besides, the post you are whining about is only the second one I have written in three years. I only wrote that one because I stumbled across the news se has been imprisoned under peculiar circumstances. The more I read about her situation, the weirder it becomes. If you want to talk about a fetish over a European woman, how about all those scouring the web for uncensored, grainy and from a distance photos of Kate Middleton’s boobs. That more qualifies as a creepy fetish.
Why is Obama ahead in the polls?Because Barack Obama has supporters who think like this. He does not even have to give them free phones for their vote. Something tells me this guy would hurt himself with any hardware you gave him, anyway.
Are you going to review any new television shows this season?Nothing has piqued my interest as far as previews and spoilers go. Shows are cancelled so quickly these days I am reluctant to start reviewing anything that has not already been around at least a season even if I like it. Truth be told, there are not any series that qualify that way, either. Most days, I watch an episode of whatever I am reviewing and te Atlanta Braves game. That is it for regular television viewing.
Do you like the addition of another wild card team to the MLB postseason?No. The only change that should have been made to the post season is extending the Division Series to a best of seven. Why the powers that be made it a five game series is beyond me. Then again, adding another one game round between non-division winners even before that series is more ridiculous. Bud Selig needs to go while baseball is still recognizable.
the midseason finale. Chalk it up as an odd duck that is strangely satisfying in spite of time spent on questionable elements and a hurried, but happy ending. The beginning of the episode finds Jack and Woolsey hiding in a part of Atlantis where the sensors are not working, so they are safe from the Asurans. Safe until Jack informs Woolsey Daedalus has orders to nuke the city in order to prevent a potential invasion of earth. It is just then that our heroes arrive to radio jack and Woolsey to sit tight while they put a plan to reprogram the Asurans to disintegrate into action, punctuated by a large explosion to cover the Puddle Jumper’s getaway. Sounds pretty cool, no? a few things are strange. First, part of the plan is to find Niam floating out in space in order to use him to spread the new programming. The plan to use him fails early on, so it is peculiar so much time is spent on the plot element. Second, the Puddle Jumper return to Atlantis bia a submerged jumper bay. They need Jack to swim into the flooded control room in order to open the hanger bay door. This takes up half an act of Jack swimming around in a set underwater. The scene reminded me of the long sequence in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only in which Bond and his Bond Beauty are dragged through underwater ruins for far longer than reasonable because the set was expensive, so the producers needed to get their money’s worth out of it. I do not know how much of the scene was done by Richard Dean Anderson, but the guy put himself through the ringer for one who wanted a lighter filming schedule. Finally, with the Niam plot having failed, our heroes run a con job to trick the asurans into thinking they are going to use C$ to blow up the shields protecting the city when in fact they have booby trapped the shields to emit the new programming which destroys all the Asurans at once. With the villains disposed of, our heroes move back in as if nothing ever happened. Do not get me wrong. I enjoy “The Return, Part II.” it essential took the same plot as the first season’s take over of Atlantis by the Genii and made it different. That time around, the action was a straightforward, men on a mission shoot all the bad guys to save the day. The powers that be could not do the same here, and I am curious if some of the more awkward elements were rewrites in order to avoid a repeat. The underwater sequence with Jack, while nifty and quietly laden with humor as he takes three tries to get the door open, goes on way too long. The final plot, too, involves rolling back tp revious scenes and replaying them the way things actually went instead of the con job we thought was the true plan. Sure, it is cool to see we have been as hoodwinked as the Asurans, but reusing the same scenes we just saw with only a bit more elaboration gives the impression the powers that be ran out of material and just decided to repeat what they had already filmed with some stuff from the cutting room floor added in. The bottom line is I get the impression, right or wrong, the first part was written without a conclusion in mind, so the final product is struggling to resolve the cliffhanger. What is the point of having the Genii show up to recruit Ronon and Teyla when they do not appear in this episode. The meeting is pointless filler since nothing comes out of it. Perhaps it is foreshadowing of something later, but still…a head scratching point to say the least. I was expecting the Genii to show up as backup against the Asurans. The whole affair reminds me of Anton Chekhov’s adage that if a gun is introduced in the first act, someone needs to have fired it by the end of the second or the writers has failed his task. Anyone else find it bitterly funny the Lanteans are wiped out because of Rodney rewriting the Asuran program, but no one cares? They are all just glad to have Atlantis back. So glad, no one is going to becourtmartialedl or disobeying orders. Or arming Weir with a gun one assumes she has no ability to use. At the very least, some one should pay for the sorry fashion sense of the Asurans. They are wearing tan jump suit with red, ribbed padding on the abdomen that looks like they got off the operating table before a gastro-intestinal surgeon could so them back up. Like the Daleks, the Asurans have no concept of elegance. The final verdict is “The Return, Part Ii” falls short of high expectations, but it still entertaining. It has peculiar elements that defy logic and padded scenes that elicit suspicions the powers that be were not sure where they were going with the story. Maybe they were hoping featuring Jack prominently would make up for it. They are right, in a lot of ways. The conclusion does not quite measure up to the first part, but I like it enough. Rating; *** (out of 5)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Stargate SG-1. I am quite surprised our heroes splitting up feels like such a loss. What really nails it is how the characters appear lost without each other. Sheppard leads an SG team, but finds it boring. Rodney is at Area 51. He amits in a phone call he misses Sheppard, but Sheppard hangs up rather than admit he feels the same way about Rodney. Beckett becomes the SGC doctor, which seems to suit him fine, but he becomes the one to pull Weir out of her hermitage by coaxing her to come to dinner with the rest of the main cast. There is something interesting I have noticed about Torri Higginson’s portrayal of Weir in moments when she is suffering negative emotions. Weir tucks her knees under her chin and then locks her arms around her legs. It is a defensive, fetal position--a psychological method of protecting herself. The key point about the way she sits while under stress is that she has only done it out of uniform. She has always been in civilian clothes and once a hospital gown. Weir will sit that way in front of all sorts of different people she ought to want to project strength towards, so I doubt she avoids it while wearing her uniform in order to appear strong. Rather, the uniform provides her with the strength to deal with problems stoically. The dependency on her uniform might explain why she feels so weak without it here. It my even explain why she has shifted from a pacifist to a combat ready decision maker since becoming head of the Atlantis expedition. The reunion dinner is spoile by news the Asurans have attacked Atlantis. Since Rodney rewrote their programming in the last encounter, the prohibition against harming Ancients is gone. Landry wants to know the best way to nuke the city before the Asurans decide to attack Earth, but our heroes decide to go rogue, reunite in Pegasus with Ronon and Teyla, and execute a plot to rewrite the Asuran programming again, thereby saving Atlantis while rescuing jack and Woolsey. Thus we have the to be continued in order to see if our heroes can pull out that off. Oh, and the Genii attempt to recruit ronon and Teyla, so I assume they will show up as reinforcements next episode. “The Return, Part I” is really good for its personal touches and exciting cliffhanger. The return of the Ancients and the Asurans is done so quickly and in the background, the audience hardly has time to absorb it all. I suppose that is fortunate, since the asurans choosing a time shortly after the Ancients move back in to attack is a convenient plot point. Unless there is something else about it revealed in part two. I feel pangs of sorrow at our heroes got split up and a h8ll yeah notion when they all unquestionably decide to go rogue and save Atlantis. I am anxious to find out how they pull it off. The job of the first part of a multipart episode is to do just that, so mission accomplished. I rate “The Return, Part I’ as just behind “Sateda” as the best of the season so far. Oh, and yes--Weir becomes more assertive when she dons a black ops military uniform. I tell you, she becomes a new person in uniform. It gives her the backbone to make tough decisions. Rating: **** (out of 5)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I am not much of a poll watcher until after the debates when the candidates have had their last big shot at appealing to voters. The winner and loser does not usually become solidified until then. There is no point in paying much attention to polling prior to the debates accept to analyze the successes and failures of the respective campaigns. Even that is more of a concern for the campaigns themselves, but the polls around this time can show candidates’ supporters which way they need to prod their guy towards victory. For whatever influence said supporters actually have. I am in deep red South Carolina where Mitt Romney cannot lose and Barack Obama cannot win. Neither one o them cares what anyone in the palmetto state thinks. Perhaps you are in the same bright red or blue situation. The circumstances do give you a certain distance from the election as a whole. The primaries are the last close up glimpse of the presidential race we get remember Newt Gingrich running away with South Carolina/ That was a long time ago. With that in mind, appreciate high emotions regarding the campaign have given way to detached observation of reality in everything else I am going to write here. Embrace the fact that polls are largely accurate. Romney and Obama are virtually tied in the national polls. National polls are a soft indicator, however. It is the swing state polls that really matter in a relatively even matched election like this one, and those show Obama with an advantage. Stop claiming that the methodology is biased or looking at ’alternate polls that show who reallyis in the lead.. look at the facts instead. Romney is not being aggressive enough. He appears to be under the impression the economy is so bad, no one in a zillion, kajillion years would reelect Obama, but he is wrong. Romny cannot rely on the media to hold Obama’s feet to the fire, either. The only serious grilling Obama has gotten since the Brett Bair interview years ago was the Spanish language Univision last week that virtually no one other than Hispanics voting for Obama regardless of his answers saw. But media bias is not as huge a factor as conservatives would like to believe. People know not to trust the media. No matter how much the press has pounded Romney over the last couple weeks, he is still competitive. But he needs to come out swinging. Poll watchers need to stop rationalizing why Romney appears to be behind, realize he is, and start encouraging him to take off the kid gloves. The intellectual dance many conservatives are wasting their time with in rationalizing losing polls reminds me of the desperate way conservatives clung to the mythical Bradley Effect in 2008 that supposedly meant John McCain was really in the lead. It is just those being polled were saying Obama so as not to appear racist to some anonymous pollster who might--gasp--judge them otherwise. If conservatives keep wasting time with the fantasy of sinister, progressive forces attempting to demoralize republicans into staying home on Election Day with “fake” polls showing an Obama landslide, then an Obama landslide is going to happen with out any conspiracy afoot.
Stargate SG-1 . The found footage from the missing team shows they believed each other to be Kill warriors. They were calling upon Prometheus for a rescue. They must have fought against Anubis’ forces at some point. When Sheppard encounters the crazed commanding officer, he believes Sheppard to be a Kull and uses a grenade as a suicide weapon in the hopes of taking out Sheppard/Kull as well in another gruesome scene. I have to go back to that superficial wounds for main character bit for a moment. The phenomena is particularly blatant here. The Dial Home Device is rigged by the missing team to explode upon dialing. Sheppard dials the stargate, but is able to avoid being wouned in either the explosion or by flying shrapnel. But the two marines standing further away or both wounded, one fatally. When the CO blows himself up, Sheppard avoids any injury as well even though he can only jump a few feet away from the explosion with no cover to protect himself. It is also difficult to believe he would not shoot to kill Taliban soldiers stalking him when he is certain they would not return the courtesy. I understand the Taliban are actually Ronon an Rodney and they are main characters alon with Sheppard, so they cannot be permanently maimed or killed, but sometimes the situations they are put in stretch credibility when they escape from them relatively unscathed, especially wen the minor guest stars alongside them are picke off easily. “Phantoms” is a notch above your average filler episode. The action is engaging. The hallucinations are a definite highlight. More specifically, it is neat how scenes switch from different characters’ perspective. We are in Afghanistan with Sheppard about to shoot a Taliban, then it is back to the forest where Ronon is about to kill a Wraith and then to Teyla who realizes Sheppard and Ronon are about to mistakenly shoot each other. The quick cuts are highly effective. They are well done especially considering how confusing the technique can be if done too quickly. Our heroes are impossibly lucky to escape with only the minor injuries they suffer, but overlook that and "Phantoms” is a good, mini-action films. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
these photos of Yulia Timoshenko back in 2010, I had no idea who she was. She was only attracting minor attention in Western media because of the no confidence vote that ended her career as prime minister of Ukraine. I thought she was very pretty and was impressed she was a former economist, so she had brains, too. Shallow, I know, but even I am not enough of a political science junkie to delve into her political troubles. Presumably, her balancing act between wanting Ukraine to join the European Union and not antagonizing Russia did her in, and let it at that Now I know what happened to her after drifting off my radar.. I have just discovered Timoshenko currently serving a seven year prison term after being convicted last October for abuse of power in office over signing a natural gas deal with Russia. The truth is sketchy as Timoshenko is still leader of the opposition to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Then there are the murder charges. I am not certain what to make of all this, but applying the ol adage of run it up the flag pole and see who salutes, western governments have largely ignored Timoshenko. Only the Green Party members of the European Parliament have been calling for her release. Vladimir Putin has offered to house Timoshenko in Russia for the remainder of her prison sentence, so there is another bit you have to wonder about. Putin does not strike me as one who does anything out of the goodness of his heart. The following photo from April shows bruises from an alleged beating Timoshenko suffered from prison guards:
Red Dwarf as a more charismatic version of an obnoxious character for a parallel reality makes an appearance. The overall plot of two universes nearly being destroyed takes a backseat to some sweet sibling moments. That is quite an accomplishment when placed in perspective. Rodney’s sister, Jeanie Miller, is a brilliant theoretical physicist who gave up her career for a husband and daughter. One days, she has a flash of inspiration watching her daughter play and comes up with some calculation that, once published, attract the attention of Sam. She wants Jeanie to work for Stargate Command, but Jeanie resents the idea of commercial use for theoretical physics and refuses to work for the US military. She is definitely Canadian. Sam asks Rodney to return to Earth to change Jeanie’s mind. He is reluctant to bring her in because they are estranged, but after he tricks her into beaming aboard Daedalus, her interest is pique. The two begin work on a project to draw unlimited energy from a parallel universe under the assumption the odds of the universe being inhabited are infinitesimal. Unfortunately, the other universe is inhabited an they send their version of Rodney, whom we shall call Rod, to stop the experiment before rod’s universe is destroyed. Rod is the complete opposite of Rodney. He is humble about his intelligence, friendly, and fun. He hits it off with everyone, but especially Jeanie. Rodney quickly feels alienated as rod takes his plsce professionally and personally. It reaches the point that when a plan is devised to save both universes by sending Rod back to his, roney cannot believe he wants to go because of what a fit he is in the ’real” universe. Rod goes anyway, claiming that his universe is ot perfect, but it is his. The ZPM is completely depleted in the effort to stop the experiment and ensure rod gets home. The best part of the episode is Rodney does not have a sitcom-esque complete turn around because of what he learns from rod. He does resolve his differences with jeanie, but it is an a sweetly awkward manner that shows he is trying, but does not really know how. He is aided along by Sheppard, who secretly shows her the recording Rodney made to her back in “Letters from Pegasus.” when it is all said and done, Rodney uncharacteristically joins AR-1 hanging out in the mess hall where they tell him, perhaps not in all honesty, they did not like Rod all that much, but Rodney is welcome to hang out with them. Everyone acts rather casual about the universe possibly being destroyed, but aside from that, “McKay and Mrs. Miller” is a great episode. I have complained in the past that Rodney-centric episodes often go too far over the top is order to place the character in comedic situations. I feared with an Ace Rimmer Rodney running around, this episode might be the worst yet. Instead, it is one of the best. The powers that be dialed it back from absurd comey to a personal story about Rodney’s fumbling at maintaining relationships, but his family and friends stick with him anyway. Oh, and two universes are nearly destroyed. But the latter is not as big a deal as the former. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Monday, September 24, 2012
Do you agree with Mitt Romney that he is unqualified to be President because he paid more in taxes than he was legally required to pay?So the latest attack on Mitt Romney is he pays too much in taxes? I marvel at the talking points progressives come up with while maintaining a straight face. Seriously, do you have any idea the sheer stupidity of the idea Romney ought not be president because he paid more taxes than legally required? To avoid being accused of hiding anything, here is Romney's quote regarding not paying more taxes than legally required:
“I don’t pay more than are legally due, and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”Here is Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod--yes, this is an Obama campaign talking point--explaining why Romney is unqualified to be president by his own admission:
Right. Last -- two months ago on your own air, he said that anybody who didn't take the deductions they were owed wasn't qualified to be president. Well, I guess he's not qualified, because that's exactly what he did last week to try and get his number up from 9 percent or 10 percent to 14 percent."Tit for tat, here is the Romney campaign rebuttal before i throw in my two pennies worth:
“He has been clear that no American need pay more than he or she owes under the law. At the same time, he was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13 percent,” Davis said, in response ABC’s email request for more information about Romney’s decision. ”He directed his preparers to ensure that he is consistent with that statement.”Now that we have all the facts out on the table, everything else that follows is from me. First and foremost, take anything a politician or political advisor says with a pinch of salt. They are saying whatever will help them achieve an immediate goal. If next week demands a reversal, thn so be it. Thanks to the short attention span of the average American, they usually get away with it. Romney does not seriously believe someone who pays more in taxes than he ought to is unqualified for president. Axelrod knows how dumb it is to take Romney’s statement seriously. But they both have a professional goal to achieve, so that is how they are playing it. I take neither one of them talking points seriously. Second, I have a hunch you are the same guy who has asked half a dozen Formspring questions over the last couple weeks if Romney is going to resign over any and all issues that put him in the news. I have ignored them all up until now because I thought--and still think--even the biggest Obama shill cannot possiblt believe one of the two party nominees will resign less than fifty days out from the election over issues like criticism of the administration over its response to the consulate attack in Libya or the 475 comments that were caught on tape. I was so amused by this tax question, I could not let it pass like the others. Nothing short of the proverbial discovery of a dead woman ot live man in Romney’s bed will cause him to resign. Furthermore, you should never take anything you hear a candidate or his advisors tell the media with any degree of serious consideration. One of the reasons Romney’s 47% comments were latched onto was because it was an actual honest moment from a politician because he did not believe the general public was going to here about it. Electoral politics is a pageant for the masses. If candidates actually discussed affairs of state honestly with people, we would all tune out in boredom. How many political science lectures do you aspire to sit through? Yes, none is the general answer. I am not asking you to stay out of my form spring box, but if you cannot make the differentiation between a real political issue an kabuki theater, you are wasting your time. I have all but decided to can the Formspring application, anyway. There is about a five to one troll to actual inquiry ratio these days. The dreck not make for the best blog content.
”Coup D’etat.” Originally, Kolya was supposed to murder Cowen and take over the Genii, but the mastermind was switched to Ladon instead when Davi bowed out. Admittedly, the fix is odd--kolya was planning a coup, but ladon decided he would make a better leader and ditched his boss to conduct one himself--but what can you do? Sheppard is imprisoned along with a Wraith dubbed Todd. Every three hours, Kolya sends a live transmission to Atlantis which shows Todd feeding on Sheppard with the threat this will continue until ladon is handed over. No one on Atlantis cares what happens to Ladon, but they maintain both the never negotiate with terrorists policy and Sheppard’s orders to maintain the alliance with the Genii. Aside from a failed attempt to find the safe house where Sheppard is being held, our heroes cannot do much of anything but watch as Sheppard rapidly ages with each feeding. Slowly but surely, Sheppard and tod form an uneasy alliance to facilitate their own escape. They are certainly still enemies who do not trust one another, but they come to a tense understanding that each does what they need to do in order to survive. They successfully escape and are recovered by a rescue team from Atlantis after it is strongly implied Ladon tortures the safe house location out of two traitors still loyal to Kolya. We have a Star Trek: Voyager Magic Reset Button for Sheppard’s rapid aging as his life force is drawn from him throughout the episode. Todd saps the life out of two Genii soldiers, then transfers those lives into Sheppard when he appears to be somewhere in his nineties. Kudos to hiring a shorter, skinnier actor than joe Flanigan to portray Sheppard at his oldest to emphasize is depletion after several feedings. I do not think Sheppard’s restoration is a cop out. Todd says extended life is the reward for trusted human slaves, so there is the explanation for why some humans ally with the Wraith . It also demonstrates Todd is willing to go an extra step to honor his agreement to cooperate with Sheppard in their escape if they can go their separate ways unharmed afterwards. Todd even acts with surprise when Sheppard goes through with his end of the bargain, implying Todd restored his life without expecting a reward for doing so. I am not sure how well the background plot stands up to scurrility. Kolya has two loyalists in Ladon’s inner circle who arrange for the ambush in which Sheppard is captured. But if Kolya has men in Ladon’s inner circle, why not have them kidnap or kill Ladon kolya goes so far as to tell Sheppard his kidnapping is nothing personal. He would just as soon have Rodney as a prisoner as anyone else. If revenge against Atlantis is not a factor, why go to all the trouble to involve them? It does not make any sense to go to all this trouble when Kolya already has people in ladon’s inner circle. Kolya has demonstrated strong strategic instincts. It does not feel right for him to devise such a wacky, unnecessarily complicated plan. The strangeness of Kolya’s plot can be overlooked. It is merely an excuse to ho our heroes involved in the matter, and that has to be done somehow. Broadening the Wraith as characters is worth any questionable steps to get us there. I am even excusing the Magic Reset Button even though I figure the Wraith ability to restore sapped life will never be mentioned again, much less used to save anyone. Yikes1 I am feeling uncharacteristically generous today. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Sunday, September 23, 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-How About Some Positive Stuff? American Perspective-Mitt Romney's Missing Tape American Power-Mitt Romney Can Win Amusing Bunni's Musings-We Need Some Relaxation (Videos) Bob's Blog--What is America? Who is Obama? Born Again Americans--You Can't Make This Stuff Up Call Me Stormy--World of Beers XLII Camp of the Saints-Thought for the Day Classic Liberal-Anticapitalist Nonsense with Jennifer Swift Conservative Hideout-Sunday Links Daley Gator-DaleyBabe: Krystal Forscutt Diogenes' Middle Finger-Romney Must Win to Save the SCOTUS Edge of the Sandbox--Blame Computers Goldfish and Clowns-Saturday Night Sniffles Gormogons-Because Time Travel Has Consequences King Shamus--The US Doesn't Have to Fix the Middle East Last Refuge--The Ongoing CNN/State Depart. Fiasco Last Tradition--Don't Look for Reassurance from Conservative Pundits Laughing Conservative--The Ego Has Landed Lazy Farmer-Tactical Errors in Judgment Lonely Conservative-AP Notices the Power Has Shifted to Chicago Maggie's Notebook- France Bans Muslim Protests Against Cartoons Monkey in the Middle--A Word to Rioting Muslims Motor City Times-"U Didn't Build That"--MC 'bama My Daily Musings--Obamation Other McCain-Topless @MsAlisonPill? Meh. Paco Enterprises-Sunday Funnies Pirate's Cove-If All You See... Proof Positive-Nission Accomplished, Mr. Eastwood Pundit & Pundette-Your Saturday Steyn Randy's Roundtable-Thursday Nite Tart: Andi Muise Reaganite Republican-Reaganite's Sunday Funnies Sentry Journal-Redistribution of Poverty Teresamerica-You're Not Going to Believe This Troglopundit-A Question for Our President We the People-It's Stolen and I Know It Western Hero--Apologia Woodsterman--Football or Rule 5 Woodsterman Style Young American--Americans against America: The Obama Agenda Zilla of the Resistance-Obama’s Presidency: “Corrupt, Racialist, Dangerous, Insulting, Embarrassing, Undermining, Disdainful, Feckless, Outrageous, Pitiful, Idiotic, Scheming, Incompetent, Abusive, Degrading, and Disastrous”
”Progeny.” The general feel of the episode is a surrealistic nightmare in weir’s mind, but one that does not tip its hand too soon. A highlight is the prominence of Richard Dean Anderson as Jack, albeit as an hallucination. The episode begins with Weir waking up in a mental hospital to be told she is being treated for temporary psychosis after being involved in a car accident which killed her fiance, Simon. Shortly after his funeral, she suffered a complete mental breakdown. She is told that her experiences with Atlantis over the last two years are a fantasy created by her mind in order to cope. There is no Atlantis or even a Stargate program. It is obvious to the audience that something is up, particularly when jack shows up to confirm there is no stargate, but the story continues to go along as if the last two seasons have been a creation of weir’s mind for another three acts. I am oddly impressed by this. Knowing full well what weir is experiencing is an hallucination, the writers are iven the opportunity to go completely insane with imagery and circumstances, yet resists until nearly the final act Weir, dying in the Atlantis infirmary, takes matters into her own hands in the struggle against the illusionary world in which she is trapped. I like that the writers took a realistic approach rather than go into fevered dream mode too early. The temptation had to be strong. The situation is that Weir has been infected by Asuran nanites from Niam attacking her at the end of ’Progeny.” the nanites are taking over her body and mind. Beckett comes up with a medical procedure to inject wraith cells into her in order to induce the nanites to converge on it in an attack so a EM pulse can kill them, but it is only partially successful. Weir has to conquer than remaining nanites herself. With bedside encouragement from Sheppard, she escapes the mental hospital for the stargate in Cheyenne Mountain and regains conscious in the real world when she steps through in her hallucination. Speaking of hallucinations, it is interesting that, with the exception of the appearances of Jack and Daniel in the pilot, every appearance of an SG-1 character has been an illusion? Hammond was created by aliens. Sam was the product of Rodney’s concussion. Here Jack is created by Asuran nanites. Some of the real deals are going to appear throughout the remainder of the series--Sam even joins Atlantis--but it is strange that every appearance so far after the expedition lands in Pegasus is not the genuine article. “The Real World” is an interesting critter. The series has done a number of episodes already which feature only one character for all intents and purposes. It is difficult to pull that off without feeling diminished. Even tougher is the minimalist setting of ’The Real World.” The bulk of the episoe takes place in two or three rooms of a hospital. Nevertheless, the episode never feels small. I must confess weir is not one of the most compelling characters in SGA, but I enjoy her here. It is also cool to see jack in full sardonic mode. I cannot call ’”he Real World” a favorite, but it makes me, but it makes me care about weir for a while. There is much to say for that. Rating: *** (out of 5)
@TriciaHelfer tweeted the above photo of Katee Sackhoff playing with some rescue dogs at an animal shelter in Los Angeles. It looks like they are all having a good time. Here is a photo of Sackhoff not smothered by puppies:
Saturday, September 22, 2012
It is time once again to round up all the bloggers gracious enough to link to me this week. Proof Positive links to Lena Headey and Gillian Jacobs. Say Anything links to Lena Headey and Gillian Jacobs. Pirate's Cove links to FMJRA #167, Blogroll Spotlight #162, and Gillian Anderson. Motor City Times links to Romney's Response. Adrienne's Corner links to Mitt Romney's Frank Assessment of Barack Obama Supporters. The Other McCain links to Gillian Jacobs. Woodsterman acknowledges the Rule 5. Conservative Hideout links to This Week at Apocalypse Cinema #14. Classic Liberal links to Gemma Bissix, Lena Headey, Gillian Anderson, Karen Gillan, Sonja Bennett, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Gillian Jacobs, and Blake Lively. Randy's Roundtable links to Kaley Cuoco and Gemma Bissex. 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.
”Hot Zone”--but as they continued to evolve, the Ancients destroyed them. Or so they thought. The Asurans survived as ornery as ever and even more powerful. Our heroes convince the city has to be destroyed before it reaches Atlantis. He helps them do so, but winds up ejected into space when his aggressive programming kicks in and he tries to strangle weir. I have high hopes for the Asurans as recurring villains. They were originally supposed to be the main villains when SGA was still on the drawing board. Atlantis was supposed to be on Earth with the Asuran Replicators threatening. However, SG-1 was renewed for an eighth season, so Atlantis was moved to Pegasus and the Wraith were created as antagonists instead. At least the powers that be managed to incorporate the Asurans into the series anyway. Hopefully, they will live up to their potential menace. “Progeny” is a promising start. In spite of my joke at the beginning about reusing the Atlantis set to save money, there are some impressive effects in the episode. The dreamed Wraith attack on Atlantis, the Ancient ann9hilation of the Asurans, the city flying through space, the morphing through walls ability of the Asurans-- is all extremely impressive. I will bet there are going to be some episodes later this season that will be practically virtually shadow puppets on the wall to balance out the expense. I am not even going to complain an entire act took place in Sheppard’s imagination. ‘Progeny’ is a nifty mix of exposition an action with a special effects spectacle every few minutes. Me likey. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Friday, September 21, 2012
It is next to impossible to say Mitt Romney has not paid his fair share, but it will be fun to see his critics spin it that way. What about Harry Reid's claim Romney has not paid taxes in ten years? The media already stopped talking about that a while back. One assumes journalist might have done something breathtakingly ethical like researching the matter and discovering the truth, but either way, Reid's false claim is going under the bus with due haste. Another key point: Romney has given three times as much to charity as Barak Obama and thirty times more than Joe Biden donated. Yet Romney is the evil conservative who does not care about the less fortunate? He is the epitome of private citizens giving of themselves to help the less fortunate rather than insisting government take on the bulk of responsibility.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Paris Hilton, the bimbo hotel heiress not known her social commentary, has run afoul of the thought police by claiming on an audio recording promiscuous homosexuals who engage in sexual relations with strangers are gross and probably have AIDS. I have yet to see an article--I have stopped looking with no plans to star anew, so take this for what it is worth--that did not describe Hilton's statements as homophobic. But her statements regarding promiscuity are in regards to a behavior that could be applied to any sexual orientation. Nevertheless, the thought police have no time to examine such issues when issues of political correctness are on the line. One is not allowed to critique any sexual activity engaged in by adults here in the age of Sandra Fluke begging for taxpayer funded birth control and finding sympathetic ears. One must acknowledge a couple points here. These two points are in addition to the fact the only reason Hilton is famous is because of a sex tape. Otherwise, you would not know her any more than you would say, the children of Capitol One’s CEO. Anyway==for one, Hilton has been photographed with herpes medication in her possession, so there is a wee bit of self-loathing projection going on here. Second, Hilton is in the famous for being famous category of being flashy in order to stay in the public spotlight. Being flashy is the regular domain of the homosexual, so one can only assume Hilton is a gay friendly. As she is only critiquing promiscuous homosexual for their behavior and the negative consequence of said promiscuous behavior, I will give her the benefit of the doubt. Methinks the thought police will not be so considerate. They are not famous for distinguishing honest observations from personal attacks in any statement regarding a protected class of individuals. The fact Hilton is the furthest one can be from a MENSa candidate with being on life support--cause to laugh off anything she says, for certain--will be ignored. The thought police’s reaction to Hilton gives them far more of a black eye than her comments do her, but no one who could benefit from acknowledging that fact ever will. I happen to have a Hilton photo in my stash. She is not someone I care much about. It is doubtful anyone would find her particularly attractive if not for the sex tape. Or her her money, if one is willing to hook up for that reason. Here you go: