Sunday, September 12, 2021

Doctor Who

I was missing Doctor Who. It has had 12 seasons since 2005. The show is still on, but it was extremely good 10 years ago and now it is far from it. It is available on HBO Max, but I also have copies of it in 480P, which is a lower resolution but surprisingly good looking.

I decided to rewatch seasons 5 to 7, which are the excellent Matt Smith years which also have an epic story. The arc begins with 2 episodes in season 4 which I also watched. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_in_the_Library 

I may go back and rewatch the other episodes later.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Fwd: Star Wars Series



The Bad Batch first season ended up very good.  The next to last episode, part 1 of 2, was fantastic, although part 2 was just okay for the season finale.  There has been a progression of Star Wars TV series, starting with The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian (fantastic!), and The Bad Batch that have mostly improved over time.  These tie in well with the movies, and each other. They add storylines and characters from the books and the comics. In the coming year, we are getting The Book of Boba Fett, Asoka, and Kenobi series. These seem to be building to some sort of Marvel-like conclusion that may or may not tie in with the next movie.

BTW, the Marvel series Loki was very interesting.

BTW, it has been reported that George Lucas was going to make Darth Maul the villain of the sequel trilogy before Disney scrapped his plans and went with their own.  The Clone Wars series revealed that he survived and he turns up at the end of the movie Solo.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Star Wars: The Complete Canon Timeline (2021)

This is the complete Star Wars timeline.  It involves books, comics, video games, TV series, and movies.  I have watched all of the TV series, most of which are quite good.  The only one that I am not thrilled with is "Star Wars Resistance" which is more kid-friendly.



Saturday, August 7, 2021

Star Wars: The Bad Batch



I thought maybe I was watching the season finale of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch", but it is the penultimate episode. They have done an extraordinarily good job with this series. This series also connects well to the other Star Wars stories.

I just found out that the series has been renewed for a second season. Many people thought that this might just be a one-season show.

Hollywood vs Fans - Everybody Loses

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Star Trek - It's Dead, Jim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BiyH8lENRs

I think that Star Trek Discovery is passable entertainment.   Much of it is good, although parts of it are too woke.  I feel less attached to Star Trek Picard, but it barely keeps my interest  Both shows break with the more optimistic vision of Star Trek that Gene Roddenberry had.  They are more gritty.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Epic Fail! Dr Who Lead Jodie Whittaker QUITS After Legendary Poor Ratings!


"Go woke, go broke."

About 11 years ago this show was epic.  It had fantastic writing.  However, it was all downhill from there.  

I gave up after one season of Jodie Whittaker.  The problem is not the female Doctor, which sounded exciting at first, but the terrible writing.  They damaged the show by abandoning cannon and changing the history by inserting wokeness.  They claimed that the original Doctor was female, which destroys the entire history of the series going back to the year 1960!

They can only fix this with some sort of reboot.  It was all a dream.  A nightmare.



Monday, July 26, 2021

John Adams (miniseries)

 
If you like history or historical dramas, then the HBO miniseries John Adams is a feast of historical drama.  It is essentially an 8 hour movie about John Adam's life.  The performance by Paul Giamatti as Adams is great, and I am delighted by the performance of Laura Linney as Abigail Adams.  The supporting performances are also really good, although I wondered about some of the casting choices that didn't seem quite right to me.  There is David Morse as George Washington, Danny Huston as Samuel Adams, Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin, and Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton.  I have seen all these actors in very different roles, usually playing villains or less than likable characters, so all of them being cast as the founding fathers of our country surprised me.

Benjamin Franklin described John Adams as, "He means well for his country, is always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes, and in some things, absolutely out of his senses."  This is the essence of John Adams; his passions got the better of him.  History relegated Adams to a back seat compared to the other founding fathers, but he was one of the most passionate about Independence and a driving force behind the American Revolution.  He was a very serious man, which is why his commission to France in 1777 didn't go well.  Franklin arrived before Adams and knew how to fit in with the fun-loving and relaxed French aristocracy, but Adams felt completely out of place and kind of looked like a fool compared to the more suave Franklin.

The politics of the early United States immediately divided into two factions that became separate political parties.  Jefferson wanted a limited government with an emphasis on freedom.  Hamilton wanted a strong federal government with a powerful central bank.  Although John Adams sided with the Federalists, his actions were more moderate and he tried to stay in the middle of the two sides.  During his tenure as President, both sides were eager to get involved with the war between France and England, with the Jeffersonians siding with France, and Hamiltonians siding with England.  To John Adams' credit, he struggled against both sides to keep America out of what he thought would be a disastrous war.  This was to his detriment because he lost his 1800 reelection bid to Jefferson.

Adams and Jefferson started as close friends.  However in the 1800 election, Jefferson went out of his way to attack Adams' character, so the two men became estranged.  In their retirement, the two men wrote to each other and their friendship blossomed again with 14 years of correspondence.  Both men died on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence.  Adams' final words were, "Jefferson survives", but he did not know that Jefferson had died a few hours earlier.

The miniseries kept its cost down by mostly showing events from John Adam's perspective.  A more theatrical version would have shown the many battles of the revolution, but this series bypasses most of that.  This has the advantage of keeping the story on a more personal level.

I have a low tolerance for historical dramas that rewrite history.  In the second episode, there is a "tar and feather" incident that is completely fictional.  The scene is there to emphasize the passions of the American Colonists against the British occupying forces, but there should be no need to make up history.

Fortunately, the entire miniseries works as a great drama with much interesting history thrown in.

Rating:  A-.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Star Wars The Bad Batch


The previous Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels were really great in their own ways.  This left me a little skeptical at first about "The Bad Batch", which is a sequel series.  It is mostly a sequel to The Clone Wars since it takes place before the events of Star Wars Rebels.  After all, it is just about a group of Storm Troopers who are technically clones of each other.  I thought that maybe this limited set of characters wouldn't be that interesting.  There is also the child character "Omega" who has joined their group.  My first impression of her presence was that it was an attempt to cash in on the immense popularity of "Baby Yoda" in The Mandalorian series, by adding a cute character that children could relate to.

I've never been so happy to be wrong.  This series has really delivered, more so as it has gone on.  The five clones are called "The Bad Batch" because they are all genetic deviations with their own individual characteristics.  Even Omega, the only female clone that we have seen so far, is a deviation intentionally made for some as of yet unknown but possibly sinister purpose.  These clones rebel against the newly formed Galactic Empire and strike out on their own.

Episode 11, available today on Disney+, is a huge change of pace, providing a backstory for the Star Wars Rebels character Hera Syndulla, showing her as a girl and the events that led up to her rebelling against the Empire.  Our favorite clones only make a short appearance to deliver some weapons to the rebels on Ryloth.  This results in a rich story that connects all three animated series.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Foundation



I saw someplace that the Isaac Asimov Foundation series is getting a television adaptation. I feel the same way about this upcoming show that I do about the upcoming Dune movie based upon a series of books by Frank Herbert, who tended to write very weird books. Some books are just not very cinematic, least of all, Foundation and Dune.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Handmaid's Tale



The Handmaid's Tale's shocking season 4 ending shows that June Osborne is in a very dark place. I'm disappointed that it is over and we have to wait maybe 10 months for the next season. I hope that the show builds to some logical conclusion and just doesn't drag out indefinitely until it gets canceled.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Facebook question.

I saw these on Facebook...





LOST. Stargate SG-1. Battlestar Galactica. The Mandalorian. Deep Space 9. Babylon 5. Stargate Atlantis. Stargate Universe. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. M*A*S*H. Dark Matter. All 2 to 3 times. These are all great shows. LOST is in a league by itself. Battlestar Galactica and The Mandalorian are close.

Deep Space Nine has the best set of characters of any Star Trek show. Stargate SG-1 starts out a little rough but mostly gets better with every new season. The last two seasons are just amazing. Buffy starting around season 4 had one special episode every season that is experimental but also puts your jaw on the floor. Buffy takes midway into season 2 to get really good. Season 1 looks low-budget, and one only needs to watch the beginning, the middle, and the end. Babylon 5 had some amazing story arcs.

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By a nose

I was watching Star Trek The Next Generation season 2 and I noticed that these two characters have the same nose.  It turns out that it is the same actress.  



In this case, it wasn't so obvious.   I used to get annoyed with Star Trek for recycling actors because it is pretty obvious...









Friday, May 21, 2021

Stargate SG-1 is a great series


Only rarely do I pay attention to broadcast television.  In the small city of Columbus, Indiana with an indoor antenna, I receive just a handful of stations, most of which are useless.  I get only one major television network.  There is a science fiction channel called "Comet" that I watch more than anything else, although I don't watch it very often.  About a month ago I noticed that they were playing an episode of Stargate SG-1 that I liked, so rather than watch it with commercials on television, I watched the same episode on Netflix streaming.

My point is that there is something very special about this series.  Even though I had already seen the entire series three times since its inception in 1997, I ended up rewatching the final two seasons again, which I think are really excellent, save for three or four episodes near the end that feel like filler.  (The truly magnificent show Battlestar Galactica had the same problem toward its end.)  Then Stargate SG-1 finishes off with a couple of made-for-TV movies that are really good.

The series is magical for me because I became attached to the characters.  If you love the characters on any show, then it is going to be addicting.

Stargate SG-1 also has some particularly good story arcs.  The first season starts a little rough, but it quickly gets better.  For the most part, this show improves with every new season.   The last two seasons deal with a new story arc that I like very much. 

Around 2009 the producers made an improved version of the pilot TV movie, "Children of the Gods".  It is better edited and looks better, and they took out a nude scene that some people might find objectionable.  This improved version is not available on Netflix.  

I complained to Netflix about the video quality of Stargate SG-1 on their service, because the resolution appears to be about the same as videotape.  

The spinoff series "Stargate Atlantis" is at least as good.  It has a more consistent quality.  The other short-lived spinoff series, "Stargate Universe", had a weak start, but over time got really good.



The Handmaid’s Tale




The Handmaid's Tale. Oh, my goodness. I felt at first that the episode was dragging on too long, but that ending packed a powerful punch. It is extremely rare that I would applaud an episode of a television show, but I also broke down and cried. Powerful stuff.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Craig Ferguson | About Last Night Podcast with Adam Ray

Craig Ferguson got his career started with a bad audition.  When they first put him on late-night, I wondered who this Scottish guy was doing late-night?  However, I ended up loving his show.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

It's a good Calvin & Hobbes fan strip. It's real good! : TwilightZone

https://www.reddit.com/r/TwilightZone/comments/eju7rc/its_a_good_calvin_hobbes_fan_strip_its_real_good/

In case you didn't know, this is a take-off on...


It is a 1961 Twilight Zone episode about a small child with god-like powers who terrorizes a small town.

I read the original science fiction short story before I saw the Twilight Zone episode that was adapted from it.  When they remade the TV Twilight Zone Series in the early 2000s, they did a sequel to the original episode 40 years later.  Bill Mummy reprised his role as the "monster" with god-like powers, and Cloris Leachman reprised her role as his mother.  I thought that this was a brilliant idea.


Ironically, another 20 years have passed.  There is yet another new Twilight Zone series on CBS All Access.  It is time for another sequel.  It could set a record for having a 60-year story arc.  Bill Mummy is still alive, although Cloris Leachman died in January from a combination of stroke and COVID.  She played in "The Croods" animated movie that I liked and the very recently released "The Croods 2: A New Age."

Friday, May 7, 2021

Most impressive so far... (The Bad Batch: Episode 2 Spoiler Review & Discussion)

FYI.


Wrecker seems too much like Zeb.  I thought that the shootout scene lacked believability because a couple of clones fought off a dozen stormtroopers.  However, the show did hit a couple of important emotional notes, but none of it was earth-shattering.

The first episode was so good that I watched it a couple of times and I will likely watch it again.  This one not so much.  It was like watching the Star Trek The Next Generation Episode "Family", where the episode hit a couple of emotional notes and not much else.

Clone Wars: Battle of the Heroes | MAY 4th TRAILER! (Anakin vs. Obi-wan fan animation)

Although very short, it is hard to believe that this is fan-made animation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rio2B5_-bSo

Chaos On The Bridge (Star Trek The Next Generation)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Bad Batch Episode 1 Breakdown

From the first episode, The Bad Batch appears to be a very good sequel series to both The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  It has a great set of characters and the show fits nicely into the existing Star Wars lore.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

10 Mind-Blowing Battlestar Galactica Facts You Didn't Know

New Battlestar Galactica is a "Punch to the Gut" for Tricia Helfer


I think that the 2003 Battlestar Galactica is one of the best shows that I have ever seen.  I have rewatched it a couple of times.  

My only complaint is that the early episodes try excessively to play up the sex appeal of certain characters, like the actress Tricia Helfer, and after rewatching the series a couple of times then this starts to feel like a gimmick.