Friday, November 22, 2019

Disney +


It has taken me a while to parse through all that is available on the Disney streaming service, but after parsing out the 80 to 90% that is junk, what is left is a big disappointment. It is true that the service offers everything related to Star Wars, Marvel and Disney, but almost everything worth seeing is something that I have seen already. I am left with a literal handful of good movies that I have not yet seen, plus a handful of good movies that I have seen but might want to see again, and a handful of borderline films that I might give a chance just because there is nothing else.

Having signed up for the promotion where I paid in advance for three years at just $4 per month, it is questionable as to if I am going to get my money's worth. Maybe new content will come along, for example, I know that there are going to be some new Star Wars series, but I expected this to be more like the Netflix streaming service, and not just a massive collection of every bad movie and bad TV show Disney has ever made.

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Best wishes,
John Coffey

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Disney+ streaming service



So let's talk for a minute about the Disney+ streaming service. They claimed that they would have a ton of content, like 500 movies available at launch, for $7 per month. This seems like a price deliberately designed to bury Netflix, which is the world's most popular streaming service.

I took the promotion they offered a couple of months ago, where if you pay for three years, it is only $4 per month. I'm glad I did, because I counted 580 movies, and 90% of them are junk. Disney has everything they have ever done on here, like "The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes" from the 1960s, and "20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" from the 1950s. (I'm told that this movie might actually be good, but I remember seeing it when I was 10 years old.)

However, through the sheer mass of titles, there is still plenty of stuff worth watching. The remaining 10% contains some of the best stuff from Disney, Marvel, and Fox, although I have already seen many of these titles. It is diamonds in the rough. Just like on Netflix, I'll be spending much time figuring out what to watch.



The Mandalorian on the Disney streaming service is good. I found myself thinking that it is just a routine western, but it is really a great mix of western and sci-fi. It is not a perfect sci-fi show, but it feels like a perfect western with plenty of sci-fi thrown in. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian on the Disney streaming service is good. I found myself thinking that it is just a routine western, but it is really a great mix of western and sci-fi. It is not a perfect sci-fi show, but it feels like a perfect western with plenty of sci-fi thrown in.

What happened to DON KNOTTS?

https://youtu.be/2ay6XLTJ64M

Monday, November 11, 2019

Stargate Command Shutdown reveals truth fans have always feared...

https://youtu.be/qBHY1VNJBqA

The original movie was of questionable quality, but the 3 TV series were pretty good, especially Stargate Atlantis. Stargate Universe had a very weak start, but really improved over time. Stargate SG-1 started out okay and got better with each season. It had a unique look and feel that was kind of retro and anachronistic, but it did a great job of building up the characters.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is now free to watch on Facebook

Most people probably think that this show is just some silly 90's series. However, it was produced by Josh Whedon who has done some amazing work on other series and in the Marvel Universe. The show Buffy The Vampire Slayer had moments of extreme brilliance, where particular episodes would leave you with your jaw on the floor.

The problem is that the show didn't start to get really good until about season 2 episode 6. Season 1 was very weak overall, but fortunately, the show kept getting better up to the end of season 5.

If you are watching the show for the first time, I recommend watching Season 1 episodes 1, 2, 7 and 12, and Season 2 episodes 1 and 3 and then jump to episode 6. The episodes in-between are semi-lame "Monster of the Week" shows.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Why Nog Is Actually Pretty Awesome

https://youtu.be/ynlZS3-GTZk

There's a reason I keep going back to Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The show had a great cast of characters. Really great. There were many episodes that I wasn't thrilled with, but many more that I loved, and the characters were always compelling. The show got better with each season. Most of the characters on the show end up being outcasts in one way or another.

Babylon Five is a similar show that is in many ways very good. The pilot and first season are not great but the show gets much better as it goes on.

The Battlestar Galactica reboot from 2003/2004 is actually better than both shows.

Best wishes,

John Coffey