Archive for November, 2010

LEXX

Well … um … better late than never … even ten years or so later … but … um … well … about 45 minutes into the first episode this has instantly become one of my favorite TV series of all time. Each of the first three series gets progressively better and more engaging. The fourth series descends into pure parody, which a lot of people have fussed about online, but only 6 eps in it already made me laugh out loud several times.

This is the kind of TV show I *REALLY* wish I had written. Especially the third series.

If you’ve never seen it, start from the beginning. Work your way through the first three series. It’s very well worth the 41 hour investment. If you have already seen it, why didn’t you tell me about it?

Sherlock (2010)

Wow! The BBC one-ups Warner Brothers to produce the best ever modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes! Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as Holmes, and Martin Freeman is equally exquisite as Watson. I really want to complain that they’re limiting themselves to only three 90 minute eps per series, but heck … if they need to keep the number of eps low in order to keep the quality this high, then I have no choice but to withdraw said complaint.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Very odd … I’m not really sure what to make of this one … on one hand it appears to be complete and utter crap … yet it’s extremely well-made complete and utter crap.

Everyone in my family loves this film. I missed it (by choice) in the cinema, figuring I’d eventually catch it on DVD. My daughter loves it enough that we picked up the DVD/Blu-Ray combo for her, so we popped it into the Blu-Ray player the other night.

I lasted thirty minutes.

At that point, I realized I had enough time to to stuff a load of laundry in the washer and set myself up in the basement to catch a new episode of Stargate: Universe. And I don’t particularly care for Stargate: Universe.

Let me add at this point that I almost *NEVER* walk out on a film once it has started, no matter how bad it might be or how much I dislike it. Once I start watching it, I’ll do my damnedest to see it through. But in this case, yes, I actually finally found something that I thought was worse than SG:U.

Later on in the evening, after everyone else went to bed, I popped the DVD into my desktop and watched the remaining 90 minutes of the film whilst I surfed on my laptop.

It is worth seeing, if just for the fantastic score and some of the cinematography. And Jude Law is almost excellent as Watson. He probably comes the closest to portraying Doyle’s original depiction of Watson in any film adaptation of Doyle’s work.

But, in spite of how the rest of my family feels about it, I can’t stop thinking that it is a stupid crappy script stuffed full of Holmes-ish caricatures rather than real characters. When you’re able to consistently spout the antagonists’ dialog five to ten seconds before they do so throughout the entire film, that’s a very very bad sign …..

… but the soundtrack fuckin’ rocks!

Treme

The absolute best thing to happen to American television since The Wire.

“Davis — you do not motherfuck the National Guard” …..

Caprica

(While we’re on the subject of Ron Moore ….)

One word: Craprica.

Very mixed feelings here. While I liked the (extended) pilot, the show does not seem to be living up to what I expected. I desperately wanted to like it. My two biggest problems with it are 1) it just seems to be draaaaaaggggging along, and 2) I cannot find a single likable or sympathetic character in the entire frakking ensemble. The only two reasons I’ve stuck with it are 1) I recall reading somewhere online that Ron Moore was going to use Caprica to cover some of the virtual ground that Fox prevented him from covering in Virtuality, and 2) Alessandra Torresani is smokin’ hot.

So on one hand, I’m glad Sci-Fi (er … ‘cuse me … SyFy) canceled it. On the other, I wish they had let the final five eps play through to the finish. Most of the show’s subplots can go scratch as far as I’m concerned (frak the STO, in spite of how much I adore Polly Walker), but I actually would like to see how the Greystone Industries/Tauron mafia stories turn out.

Luckily, the Space channel in Canada is still broadcasting them, so torrents are available for snagging.

Virtuality

Equal parts Dark Star, Silent Running, The Matrix, and Big Brother. Shaken, not stirred. Ron Moore’s magnificent follow-up to his re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. How is it possible for something this intelligent, innovative, and engaging to *NOT* get picked up as a series?!? One of the best pieces of science fiction TV I’ve seen in my entire life is going to remain a failed pilot for Fox. I think the last time I saw an unsold pilot with this much potential was The Questor Tapes. If you can snag the DVD for this, it is definitely worth watching. If not, well, that’s your loss.

No Ordinary Family

Why do I bother watching this shit? Oh yeah … Julie Benz … that’s why …..