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. 


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?

Monday, November 11, 2019

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

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.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Why Nog Is Actually Pretty Awesome

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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Heroic" - The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale (on Hulu) continues to impress. The latest episode, Season 3 Episode 9, called "Heroic", is maddening throughout most of it as the main character is forced to endure isolation leading to her own madness. The acting by Elizabeth Moss here is just terrific, and the supporting cast is great as well. The emotion we feel at the end is strong, and a good payoff for an otherwise trying episode.

There are only four more episodes to go. They promised us a revolution in the preseason publicity, but the show is taking a very long time to advance the narrative even a little. Instead, it meanders on little side stories that feel intensely personal. It appears like they don't have enough time to bring the series to a proper conclusion.

Previous episodes repeatedly referenced a war being fought in Chicago. This might be the key to how the series ends.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Handmaid's Tale

One reviewer said, "The Handmaid's Tale continues to disappoint." I disagree. The final season of the series is slowly building to something, very likely something big. The most recent episode was called "filler", which it might have been, but every single episode has moved the story along at least a little bit. Meanwhile, the series gives us a great many dramatic moments along the way.

It is interesting that people complain that Season 2 was too dark and too violent. How could this show be any different? Almost everything bad that has ever been done to suppress women is in the show. It should make whatever payoff that is coming all the more dramatic.

People's comments about the series are all over the place. Some think that it is an attack on Christianity. Some think that it is about sex slaves. Some think that this is somehow about the Trump administration. Almost everybody thinks that it is about feminism. However, if we can look past the obvious, it is possible to look at the show as the universal struggle for freedom against oppression, regardless of what other themes you attach to it.
On Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 11:33 PM John Coffey wrote:

In Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss plays June, who is very intelligent, angry and very intense. I just saw a couple of interviews with the actress, where in person she seems more like Drew Barrymore. Maybe not completely, but there is quite a difference between the actress and the character she plays.