Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Last Of Us Will Never Be The Same

Videogames have become more cinematic, so it is not surprising to see a popular video game adapted into a cinematic-quality series.  So far, I've only seen the first two episodes, but I am impressed.  It is a mixture of The Crazies, The Walking Dead, and A Quiet Place.  


Monday, January 23, 2023


Walt Fechter
9 years ago
Let's face it, Lurch is more honest and hard-working than most politicians out there today. He also plays a mean harpsichord.

Friday, January 20, 2023


Because why the hell not?


I wonder if you could make a shell of a full-sized ship that is helium filled and could be flown like a hot air balloon?  Or a drone?   Imagine seeing the Star Trek Enterprise in the sky.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Obi-Wan Kenobi Writer Explains WHY The Show Sucks

John Coffey
4 months ago
I am going to concede that Obi-Wan Kenobi has a ton of logical problems.  The question is whether it is still entertaining?  Most certainly.

Random Content Guy
3 hours ago
Not at all.

John Coffey
0 seconds ago
 @Random Content Guy  I hold TV shows to a different standard than I would a two-hundred-million dollar movie.  There are some minor problems here, but I still enjoyed watching the show.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Neil Patrick Harris: New Doctor Who Will Feature 'First Gay Doctor'

The British TV series Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1987.  The series was created to teach children about history but became a very popular and somewhat serious science fiction show.

None of these old shows I really liked, but the series was rebooted in 2004 and became really good in seasons 3 and 4, and very epic in seasons 5 and 6. I would recommend anyone watching the show, say on the HBO+ streaming service, start with season 3. The first season is a little silly and the show didn't hit its stride until season 3.

I'm rewatching the series for the nth time. I've lost count. It is that good.

After season 6 the show went on a slow decline. It hit rock bottom with Jodie Whitaker playing the first female Doctor Who, not because there is anything wrong with Jodie Whitaker, but because the quality of the show was so mediocre.

Last weekend's special, "The Power of the Doctor", was good enough to redeem the series somewhat. Jodie Whitaker is now out, and David Tennant is temporarily returning as the Doctor in November of next year in the 60th-anniversary special.  This is an apparent desperate attempt to revive the dying franchise.

Sometime after that, we are getting a black, gay actor playing a black gay Doctor Who. This seems unfortunate because this character has never been gay. Back in 1963, he was traveling with his granddaughter, and in 2004 he fell in love with Rose Tyler. There are some not-so-subtle hints that he has slept with a few famous women throughout history, such as Queen Elizabeth the first.

Both Star Trek and Star Wars now have gay characters and it is no big deal.  Doctor Who has had gay characters for a long time.  It makes less sense to take a traditionally non-gay character and turn them into a gay character.


Friday, October 28, 2022


Daniel Fienberg, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that "Invasion verges on 10 episodes of setup so pure and unfulfilling that a better title would be Evasion", and that is the problem.  The series spends all its time following many different clueless people who don't yet realize that the world is going to hell because we are under attack from extraterrestrials.  Their first suspicion is that this is a massive terrorist attack as they flee looking for shelter.  This creates some interesting personal stories, but the show never delivers the goods.  When we finally do see the aliens it is too little and way too late.

Sam Neil plays the most interesting character, a small-town sheriff who on his retirement day is dissatisfied with his life but starts to realize that something big is about to happen.  Unfortunately, he is only in the first episode and I suspect that he was hired just to give the show a recognizable name.

 About halfway through the series, a lady President of the United States announces, "We are not alone in the universe", as if this were some great scientific discovery and all we have to do is extend a hand to the invaders.  Meanwhile, cities are being shelled from space.

These ten episodes might have made for a slightly interesting two-hour movie, but the way it stretches out its story bores the audience to tears.  I am shocked to learn that the show has been renewed for a second season.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Rory Williams Doctor Who

Coming soon: Netflix with ads

Netflix has been discussing an ad-based tier for some time, and now we know how much it's going to cost. (Drumroll, please.) The new Basic with Ads plan will cost $6.99 per month. 

Compare that to the Basic plan at $9.99, Standard at $15.49 and Premium at $19.99.

Here's what you get with the ad-supported plan:

Video quality up to 720p HD
An average of 4 to 5 minutes of ads per hour
There are a couple of caveats. Some movies and TV shows won't be available due to licensing restrictions, though Netflix says it's working on this. And you won't be able to download content to watch when you're offline.

Netflix's ad-based tier will launch Nov. 3. The streaming giant says its current Basic, Standard or Premium plans will not be impacted by the new one, but don't be surprised to see price hikes down the line. 

Other streaming services offer ad-supported plans, or they will soon. Compared to HBO and ESPN, Netflix isn't too bad. Here's how these plans stack up:

Paramount+ and Peacock: $4.99
Hulu and Disney+ (coming Dec. 8): $7.99
HBO Max and ESPN+: $9.99

Monday, October 10, 2022

Peter Dinklage

I'm on Game of Thrones (2011), and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalized by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly.

Monday, October 3, 2022


The Disney+ Star Wars series Andor is shockingly good. Just how good is it? It is on par with an average Star Wars movie. I liked "The Mandalorian" series even better, and I regard it higher than any of the Disney sequel trilogy movies.
For $8 you could get a month of Disney+, watch all 11 Star Wars movies, Andor, The Mandalorian, and the really excellent animated series such as The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Bad Batch, and Star Star Wars Visions. In addition, you could watch 37 different Marvel movies starting with Iron Man, and some fairly good series such as Wandavision, Loki, and "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier"
Plus you get all the Disney and Pixar content.