Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Saturday, September 5, 2020

40 worst TV shows of the 1970s

I watched a little of "A Year at the Top" and "Grady" which didn't seem terrible. I wish I had seen "The Texas Wheelers" since it had Mark Hamill.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Stargate SG-1 TV show

I have spent the last five months rewatching the entire series of Stargate SG-1. For the third time. My conclusion is that I am incredibly satisfied. The show kept exploring new and really good ideas over its ten year period, so it never felt old. (It also copied ideas from other science fiction shows, but it did it in a good way with some originality. For example, almost every single science fiction show has done a version of "The Magnificient Seven" or "Enemy Mine", the latter of which is a 1979 science fiction novella I read decades ago.)

It is also interesting how well the stories tie into mythology. One of the main premises of the show is that ancient mythical beings and gods were actually aliens from other worlds.

Some shows have great characters and it is these great characters that make the show. After a few years, I find myself wanting to see those characters again because they feel like friends that you have not seen in years. If the stories are good, then the series is worth watching again.

The first season is a little rough around the edges, but the show mostly improved for all ten seasons. Seasons 6 and 7 had a slightly lower budget after a switch to the Sci-Fi network, and these two seasons were not the best but are still okay. However, seasons 8 through 10 were fantastic. Seasons 8 and 9 especially blew me away. Then the series concludes with two very good made for TV movies.

Stargate SG-1 is a big step up from the 1994 movie Stargate. Although some people hated this movie, it had mixed reviews and I felt like it was interesting enough to watch. It serves as a good introduction to the series.

The 200nth episode, called "200", tries to do a parody of both itself and other science fiction shows, and for me, this mostly falls flat. I have noticed that many science fiction shows fail when they try to be funny.

Stargate SG-1 inspired two spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis which was excellent, and Stargate Universe which wasn't great at first but ended up very good.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sci-Fi shows good and bad.

There have been many science-fiction shows that seem to be full of great potential, but either get canceled or fail to deliver on their potential.

Earth 2 (from way back) had potential, but it wasn't great and it got canceled after 1 season. I'm not sure if Falling Skies was ever that great.

Colony was fairly good, but maybe not outstanding, and it got canceled after 3 seasons. Dark Matter was fantastic, but it also got canceled after 3 seasons, which was a big disappointment.

Firefly was very good and a bit unusual as a literal western in space, but it got canceled mid-first season.

Stargate Universe started out a little weak but ended up very good. However, it was still canceled after 2 seasons. Stargate Atlantis was very good for 5 seasons, but it never got to finish its story.

On a more positive note...

Smallville was mostly very good, but it felt like it stayed on the air for too long. It wore out its welcome. I'm feeling the same way about Once Upon a Time.

The revived Dr. Who series started out a little weak in 2005, but by 2011 it was fantastic. It was still good in 2012 and 2013, but it went to crap in 2014 and it has been downhill ever since. I'm surprised that it is still on.

The revived Battlestar Galactica 2004 series was mostly a very exceptional show. The last season dragged on a bit and the finale was maybe controversial in the way it wrapped up. You could say the exact same things, doubly so, about the 2004 series LOST. The show was an experience like nothing else.

Some of the best Star Wars has been in the animated series Star Wars The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels, as well as the live-action series The Mandalorian. For the most part, these have been consistently very good.

There are some shows that are good and stay consistently good without ever becoming outstanding. I'm thinking of the 90's series Star Trek Deep Space 9, Babylon 5, and Stargate SG-1. I keep going back to these shows because I know that I am almost always going to watch a good episode.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dark Shadows

In the 1960's I watched the show "Dark Shadows", which was a horror soap opera for kids. The main character was the vampire "Barnabas Collins". In 1991 NBC tried to remake the series staring Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek 2009), but the show was quickly canceled.  

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Mythbusters Demo GPU versus CPU

I don't know that this has much to do with CPU's or GPU's, but it is typical of Mythbusters taking things to the extreme.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Get Free Coffee at Panera Bread

I've been getting free coffee for about 3 weeks.  I need to cancel the coffee subscription by the end of September in order not to be charged.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Dave Filoni continues to prove why he’s as close to George Lucas as we'll likely ever get again


Human beings are complex creatures with complex needs.  Just being self-sacrificing all the time isn't necessarily the best path for a person.  We get some satisfaction from giving because we are social animals that form bonds with other people.  Even if we give to someone who we don't know and will never meet, we get some satisfaction knowing that we helped another person.  

On the other hand, our lives are made better by owning things and making attachments, and these are necessary for our survival.  Humans labor to provide for their own needs, and to be productive people need incentives that they are benefiting themselves.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Exclusive: Rosario Dawson's Ahsoka Mandalorian Casting


In Star Wars The Clone Wars, the character of Ahsoka Tano started out as very young, inexperienced, snippy, and annoying to some fans.  But this character developed so much that she became a fan favorite.  She is my favorite as well.

Then a much more mature Ahsoka Tano occasionally popped up in the Star Wars Rebels sequel series.

Rumor has it that the appearance of this animated character in the live-action Mandalorian is a prelude to an Ahsoka Tano series.  The ending of Star Wars Rebels implies that there is more to be done with this character, as the series ends on a cliffhanger.  Check out the last 2 minutes of the Star Wars Rebels series:

Friday, May 29, 2020

CW Seed | Home of The Secret Circle, Schitt's Creek, Extant, The LA Complex, Alcatraz, and Every Whose Line Ever | Fan Favs Everybody Hates Chris, Hellcats, The Game, and Forever

I noticed that this streaming service is advertising the 2014 one-season TV show called "Forever", which I liked. It is a crime detective show about a man who cannot die. It might have plagiarized a book by the same name and was not an official adaptation. There was another 2008 series that was an official adaptation of the novel "Forever", called "New Amsterdam", not to be confused with the completely different 2018 medical series called "New Amsterdam." Both the 2008 and 2014 series are extremely similar. Neither series lasted very long.