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Stargate set to Return (Article) - 6/3/2014 12:29:29 PM

At first they didn't know what to do with the stones, using them to bring the characters trapped on the spaceship back to Earth for adventures focussing on their interpersonal relationships with friends and family left behind.  That didn't work out too well.  But when they used them to bring interesting guest stars to Destiny it worked better.

While all the characters started out as miserable selfish people they did develop and most became interesting characters.  I wish it hadn't been cancelled as it was really getting interesting.

Game of Thrones: The Mountain and the Viper Review (Article) - 6/2/2014 6:24:10 PM

Look away if you don't want to read anything about the books.

Oberyn didn't decide to represent Tyrion in the Trial by Combat because he liked him or believed in his innocence.  He didn't care about Tyrion one way or the other.  His purpose was to face The Mountain in combat.

When he first arrived in King's Landing he demanded to see The Mountain so he could get a confesion about his sister's murder from him.  He wanted to torture it out of him and thought his new position on the King's Council would entitle him to this favor.  Cersi refused.  Oberyn had been asking for weeks and Cersi kept denying him.  He saw this combat as his best chance to get the confession.  That's why he was dancing around and giving The Mountain painful but non fatal wounds.  He wanted that confession.

The show kind of glossed over this plot thread but that was Obern's motivation.

Stargate set to Return (Article) - 5/31/2014 11:01:48 AM

Atlantis WAS cancelled to make room for SG:U.  Do you think it was an accident that the cancelation of Atlantis and the announcement of the new series came in the same week? 

That didn't mean that I wasn't willing to give the new show a chance.  They tried to ape the tone of BSG which was really hot back then.  And it was kind of the opposite tone of their other shows, so grim and fatalistic.  But it really found it's footing and became interesting in it's own right, just before they cancelled it.  *sigh*


Stargate set to Return (Article) - 5/30/2014 5:17:19 PM

Redhairs, the first season of SG:U was awful but in the second season it found it's voice.  By the time it was cancelled it had become really interesting.  What a shame.

Stargate set to Return (Article) - 5/30/2014 8:21:07 AM

After 10 years of Stargate SG-1. 5 years of Stargate Atlantis and 2 years of Stargate Universe you wonder how much story there is left to tell.

GAME OF THRONES: Mockingbird Review (Article) - 5/23/2014 8:33:00 AM

Martin peopled Westros with violent sociopaths.  Joffrey, Ramsay Snow, The Mountain and now little Robin Arryn who loves to push people through the moon door.  Robin's pretty young.  Will he learn compassion and empathy when he gets a little older (assuming he lives that long) or will he remain that way into adulthood?

Mania Review: Godzilla (Article) - 5/16/2014 7:07:28 AM

I kind of enjoyed the '98 Godzilla.  I like Matthew Broderick and the idea of the French CIA in NYC was hilarious.  It worked for me as a comedy with monsters rather than a monster flick but hey, whatever works.

Looking forward to seeing the new movie and will try to catch it sometime this weekend.

Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men Review (Article) - 5/13/2014 5:40:21 AM

Even if it hadn't been portrayed previously on Game of Thrones everybody should know what trial by combat is.  Aside from being an actual, historical thing, it has been portrayed in many books and movies.

Yara ran away instead of fighting Ramsay Snow because she saw her mission was futile.  She let Theon out of his cage and Theon ran back inside it and refused to be rescued.  He'd been tortured so badly that he's snapped and gone crazy.  Thus Yara thinks he's no longer a man and not worth rescuing.  Why risk her life and the lives of her men for that?

Peter Dinklage is awesome!  If he doesn't win some kind of acting award he's being cheated.  The end of the episode was fantastic and I can't wait for next week.

Salador San looks JUST like I pictured him.  He's got the same voice too.  What perfect casting!  And I'm glad that you menfolk got to look at some boobies. 

If they really wanted to be shocking they would have showed the naked Theon below the waist and his amputated penis.  I was waiting for that, just for the shock value.  But I doubt all you guys could handle that.  *chuckle*

The Spring of '84: Firestarter (Article) - 5/13/2014 5:16:35 AM

King can be absolutely brilliant and also churn out schlock reusing ideas and characters from better books (including his own).  And the movie and television projects made from his works have the same range.

I've both read and seen Firestarter.  I remember the book as being engaging but not as good as some of his other books (noteably The Dead Zone which he wrote at about the same time).  I don't remember much about the movie at all, which tells you all you need to know.

I think the best filmed King is in the miniseries form.  Both The Stand and It are classics and I have seen them many times.  I also quite liked Storm of the Century which I turned on on Syfy a few years ago and ended up discarding my Saturday plans to spend all day watching. 

Avoid The Langoliers at all costs.

The ccurrent King project, Under the Dome, I have mixed feelings about.  I read the book and found it clichied, cannibalizing themes and ideas from The Mist which was much shorter, better and far more scary. 

The series is actually better, discarding some of Kings more silly ideas (dogs see ghosts?  really?).  But I still wouldn't call it great.  It's light summer entertainment at best.

Mania Box Office Report: AMAZING Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/5/2014 5:12:07 AM

I went to see Brick Mansions.  Lots of handsome and VERY athletic guys, nice action.  It was fun.  A nice, lightweight little action film to enjoy with popcorn and lemonade.  Enjoyable.

I really have no desire to see the Spiderman film.  It was too soon to reboot it after the Toby Mcguire version.


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