Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Case for ‘The Expanse,’ the Cancelled Sci-fi Show That’s Too Good to Die

This is an interesting show that looked extremely promising from the outset, but the end of season 1 seemed kind of anticlimactic.  The show got bogged down in sci-fi politics.  I haven't started season 2 yet, but I should.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Remake of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

In response to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r42VPU_hQcA

I wrote:  
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Love Buffy The Vampire Slayer. 

It is risky to remake a great series unless there is something really good they are going to offer. Otherwise, it is either a boring echo of the past or worse yet a poor imitation.
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​BTW, ​
The original series
​ got off to a rough start.​  The first season was too low budget.  The show didn't start really getting good until season 2.  Season 3 was better.  Season 4 wasn't as strong, but the show really hit its peak in season 5, which as far as I am concerned was amazing.  

Despite the show being a bit uneven, it had many moments of brilliance.  Seasons 3 through 7 would have one episode per season that was experimental.  For example, season 4 had an episode that was mostly silent, although brilliant, and season 6 had a musical episode that was the pinnacle of the entire series.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Star Wars The Clone Wars NEW Official Trailer

https://youtu.be/QbBEmrOL9wU

Loved this animated series, but they never finished it, instead choosing to make Star Wars Rebels, which started out good and finished astonishing well.

Based on this, it looks like they are finishing The Clone Wars. About damn time.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Sound of Silence

Heard this young artist in another video, so I made an attempt to find the original. She has a fantastic voice, and this is a pretty interesting interpretation of "The Sound of Silence."

My curiosity got the best of me.

I was watching an episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine on Netflix.  It has a great intro where the music plays while the camera pans across the space station.  So I got to wondering if the space station is a model and where is that model is today?  It turns out it was a six foot model, and was bought by a private collector.



Saturday, June 23, 2018

Star Trek Deep Space None



When I rewatched Star Trek Deep Space Nine recently, I skipped over a great many episodes. One reason is that my memory of seeing these shows from 20 to 25 years ago is still pretty good, and the other is that there is an overall story arc
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and this was what I was primarily interested in. Most of the episodes don't touch upon the main story. but instead focus on a side story.

So I started watching the episodes I skipped, and I am surprised at how good they are. This is the kind of show that has a comfortable familiarity to it. It is relaxing to watch just an episode per night on Netflix streaming.

After 20 years what prompted me to watch this show again is that I remembered how much I enjoyed it. This style of program is a bit outdated, but the writing and acting is top notch. What made the show wonderful is that it had a wide assortment of great characters, many of which in the story end up being outcasts in one way or another.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Trek Deep Space Nine




I remember somewhat fondly the four different Star Trek Series that aired from 1987 to 2005, but especially Star Trek Deep Space Nine for its really interesting and vast assortment of colorful characters.  It was the second most popular Star Trek Series of that era, behind Star Trek The Next Generation.  It aired from 1993 to 1999.

Star Trek The Next Generation spent a couple of years setting up Star Trek Deep Space Nine as a spin off series.  It introduced two new alien races, the Cardassians who were the oppressors of the Bajorans.  When Star Trek Deep Space Nine started, Cardassia had ended its occupation of Bajor, and The Federation was helping the new Bajoran provisional government get started.

In the 90's I really loved this show.  So much so I still remember most of the individual episodes.  I found myself feeling nostalgic for the show, missing how much I enjoyed watching it.  So I made an attempt to watch it again on Netflix Streaming.

The problem with watching this show again is that nobody cares about Bajor anymore.  We were only introduced to Bajor as a plot device for this series.  We will probably never hear of Bajor again, because it is not part of the current Star Trek universe in films and TV shows.  Most of the shows are episodic where they don't deal with a grand story arc, but instead focus on some sort of political strife on Bajor.  I chose to not rewatch many of these episodes because they don't seem as interesting as they were when the show was new.

Instead I chose to mostly rewatch the episodes that dealt with a larger story arc, which was introduced at the end of the first season.  A new enemy is introduced, The Dominion, which is run by The Founders, who are intent on conquest.  We get a big surprise when we learn that The Founders are the same alien race as one of the main characters on Deep Space Nine.  The bad news is that the next four seasons would only barely touch this grand story arc, just three or four times per season.   However, in the last couple of seasons the show hit high gear with an all out war between The Federation and The Dominion.

What makes the show great is the characters.  It has a variety of alien humanoids who are interesting and endearing.  Many of the main characters are in one way or another outcasts from their respective societies.  They develop relationships and mutual dependencies with the other characters, making the show very much a space opera, and a good one at that.

After rewatching the series, I am impressed with the way it ended, and overall I am very pleased with the show because it has many layers in its storytelling.  It weaves together many complex storylines over its seven year period.

​John Coffey​

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Star Wars Forces of Destiny

Star Wars Forces of Destiny, created by Disney for younger children, consists of short 2.5 minute episodes with female characters.

However, the first couple of episodes are kind of interesting.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Life on Mars



Who has seen this show? I loved every minute of it, and the twist at the end was a great surprise. (There is also a British version with a different ending.)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

As a Hogan's Heroes fan ...


I find it interesting that four of the cast members were German/Austrian/French Jews who escaped Europe during the war, such as Werner Klemperer, John Banner and Robert Clary that we see in this video.  The first two agreed to play their parts just so they could make fun of the Nazis.  Another was Leon Askin:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Askin

The only cast member still alive is Robert Clary.  His 92nd birthday is March 1st.


Rey vs Ahsoka

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Michelle Trachtenberg

I did a google search for the chess term "Zugzwang", and the search results on the right of the screen showed a photo of Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Dawn on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which is one of my favorite shows.  The photo is from an episode of Criminal Minds called "Zugzwang", which the actress played in.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The War

I binged watched the PBS Ken Burns series "The War" on Netflix streaming. I had seen it before, but it is so powerful that I felt that it was worth watching again.