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January 3, 2012

Review of The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

Filed under: Review, TV Shows — Stephen L. Thompson @ 4:54 pm

I almost said a Doctor Who Christmas special where nobody died, but there was that alien ship in the beginning.  Um, other than that, I found it rather forgettable.  I did have some issues with it, like, if the King had to be “picked” then where did the Queen come from?  And what was in those other “ornaments?” What would happen if they were picked?  Plus, why wasn’t River at the end?  Doesn’t that kind of, take away from the happy homecoming?  Other than that, I’d say at least it was better than last year’s.

September 28, 2011

Terra Nova Review

Filed under: Rant, Review, TV Shows — Stephen L. Thompson @ 6:56 pm

I found the premier episode unimpressive and rather bland.  If it isn’t cancelled early, I predict it only has one, or maybe two seasons in it.  As it stands, I see no reason to continue watching this show.  I may watch another episode or two just to fuel my rage at stupid TV, but that’s the only reason I can think of to watch it.  I don’t even remember what the names of the characters are, and I don’t feel looking them up.

Here are some of the issues I had with it:

Why – unless it changes and they didn’t want to add even more exposition in the first episode – is the portal so far away from the fort?

If nobody is accustomed to the bright sunlight, why don’t they wear sunglasses?

Why are there trees growing right outside the fort?  If you’re concerned with terrorists infiltrating your camp, you would clear the area around the fort so they couldn’t sneak up.  While it is a fast growing jungle, you would certainly cut down any nearby trees, so there shouldn’t be any plant eaters munching on trees right outside the walls.  You also wouldn’t want plant eaters right outside because plant eaters are followed by meat eaters.

Speaking of meat eaters, how was that stupid girl able to elude them?  You would think that an unarmed, wounded, little morsel of meat staggering along would not last long around a pack of hungry meat eaters.  Unless they read the script and knew she had to survive.

Why would a doctor walk away to have a little chat with her husband about their son while her patient – who almost certainly is going into shock – lies on the ground bleeding and in need of surgery?

Of course, this is the same doctor who when she sees a giant leech on a guy’s back just pulls it off without – apparently – knowing if that is the best procedure for Cretaceous leeches.  It’s my understanding that if you just pull leeches off their heads could break off and stay in your skin causing problems.  But if you put salt on them or burn them with a cigarette, they’ll detach and fall off on their own.  Plus, if it only takes five seconds to pull this thing off, why did the guy have to sit there for, what was it, half-an-hour?  I’ve never had a giant leech stuck to my back, but if I knew the procedure to remove it was to just yank it off, I’d contort myself until I could get a hold of the thing and rip it off myself.

In a society that can produce miniature lasers that can cut through metal cups, and which you would think they could beef up into laser rifles that could slice dinosaurs with ease, do they stick with guns that fire bullets?

How was the Sixer prisoner able to escape without the guard raising an alarm?

And wasn’t it convenient that the Sixer prisoner just happened to walk by the former police officer who noticed something wasn’t right about him?

Of course, that was just one in a long line of happy coincidences.  Like when the main character just happened to walk by his son when his son was skipping orientation.  Like when the two guys climb a mountain to overlook the fort and they just happen to see the Sixers coming.  And then they were able to make it down the mountain and back to the fort, just in time.  And when the Sixers leave, they just happen – naturally – to find the rover of the kids.  And once they strip it they just happen to be attacked by the Slashers.  Who manage to damage the Sixer rover.  Who don’t attack – at first – the kids when they are right out in the open.  And then the stupid girl runs off into the dinosaur filled jungle, only to almost be run over by the rescue team.  And of course, the old cliché, of everything is okay, get down, there’s a dinosaur behind you!  I count that as a coincidence in that this interaction occurred between two of the main characters instead of a couple of unnamed extras.

So there is some conspiracy going on.  Okay, but either it will be this grand conspiracy that only grows in depth and complexity never to be solved and just annoying the viewers, or it will be solved and then … well, then what?  What will be the driving point of the show if the conspiracy is gone?

July 11, 2011

Why I’m not impressed by Falling Skies

Filed under: Review, TV Shows — Stephen L. Thompson @ 2:13 pm

To be fair, I do fine the concept of a series set months after an alien invasion intriguing.  Especially if done in a good and interesting way.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Falling Skies is being done in a good and interesting way.  Here are three problems I have with it, in no particular order.

1) Too many one-dimensional, minor characters.  For example, the religious girl, the child soldier, the pregnant woman, and the little boy whose sole purpose appears to be tugging at heartstrings.  To me, their scenes feel shoehorned into the episodes.  I think that in the beginning of a series, the time would be better spent showing the world and developing the major characters.  If a minor character shows up, fine, but don’t stop everything else to focus on them.  You can slowly work them in later.

2) Misusing minor characters.  Karen – I thought she was a major character, but then she was captured and I don’t think anyone has mentioned her in the last two episodes.  Pope – A gang leader could be an interesting character in a post-invasion world.  Oh, let’s make him a chef.  Oh, and let’s have him run off after a couple of episodes.  That way, when we bring him back – eventually – there will be drama as to whether or not the group can trust him.  You know, imposed drama instead of that lame, naturally occurring drama that comes from character interactions and development.  Harris – Let’s bring in a guy who figures out how to take the harnesses off kids.  Let there be some tension between him and Tom.  Now that’s done, we have no further use for him, so let’s kill him off.  We don’t want there to be drama as he and Tom continue to work together.

3) The harnessed kids.  I’m sure they’ll eventually dump a load of technobabble to explain why the alien technology only works on human children, but I know the real reason; it’s horrifying for them to do stuff to children.  If they killed or enslaved everyone, they wouldn’t be as bad.  But since they kill adults and enslave children, they’re EVIL!

There are more things, but they’re smaller and harder to write up.  These are just three big ones.  I’ll continue to watch it, partly on the slim chance it will get better, but manly because there’s nothing else on.  But I predict that in a few episodes there will be something so monumentally stupid, I’ll write a blog about how I can no longer watch the show.

June 5, 2011

“A Good Man Goes to War” Review

Filed under: Review, TV Shows — Stephen L. Thompson @ 3:58 pm

[Some spoilers]

In itself, I’d say it was an okay episode.  But it had been built up so much and it didn’t carry through, so it was a bit of a let down.  I mean, a couple of days before the episode aired there was the clip of River saying, “This is the battle of Demon’s Run, the Doctor’s darkest hour.  He’ll rise higher than ever before, and then fall so much further.” The Doctor’s darkest hour?  Awesome.  That makes you think it’s going to be a mind blowing episode.  But, it was just okay.  And as to rising higher than ever before, I mean, the Doctor took over a heavily defended base without the loss of blood.  For the Doctor, isn’t that just … Wednesday?  How is that rising higher than ever before?  And as to falling, I mean, the Doctor knows he is the most feared being in the universe, that’s what the Pandorica was all about.  So why the big reaction to him being called a weapon?

Also, all this happened too quick.  The Doctor falls, and then becomes all giddy when he finds out who River is.  It’s like “The Waters of Mars.” The best/worst part of that episode was when the Doctor thinks that since he is the last Time Lord, he no longer has to play by their rules.  He saves Adelaide Brooke despite her death being a fixed point in history.  He feels he can do anything, the Time Lord victorious (that’s the best clip I could find).  I don’t know if you would call that a high point, but new territory at least.  Then she commits suicide and he realizes he’s “gone too far.” That is a fantastic rising higher than falling scene, but it’s only like five minutes.  And when we next see the doctor, he’s in a lei and locks the TARDIS like a car.  I wanted more.  Now, if the Doctor really falls while he searches for Madame Kovarian, that will be good.  But I’ll have to wait until September to find out.

December 18, 2010

Science Fiction Survey

Filed under: Movies, Review, TV Shows — enjoyingscifi @ 10:34 pm

When I checked out Pharyngula today, I saw that PZ Myers was asked to “collect participants for an online survey on science fiction…” There are two surveys, the first asks you to rate films and series on how hard/soft they are and the second asks you to rate them on how Utopian/Dystopian you feel they are.  It’s a cool survey and one that will make you think.

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