IT’S NOT EXACTLY TURNING THE SCI-FI/POST-APOCALYPSE GENRE ON IT’S HEAD, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY ENTERTAINING.
In Sci-Fi there is one good thing (be it a movie, TV show, comic book, etc.) for every thousand bad ones, so it is hard to be overly-critical (at least for me) of a genre that so often fails. That being said I don’t go rushing out for every little iota of Sci-Fi out there just because there is a lack of really good stuff to find, but there has to be a middle ground somewhere for it, right? I personally like the idea of cheesy TV. It’s one of the things that I really enjoy about it. Yes, there are plot holes, and over-acting, but you get that in anything. What I like is the idea behind it. Generally that’s all it takes for me.
It is refreshing to see a post-apocalypse show that ISN’T about zombies these days. Let’s face it, Walking Dead has cornered that one. The fact that somebody didn’t try pushing the line of the zombie story to some ridiculous proportion is incredible to me (I’m still waiting for some kind of zombie musical or sitcom or something dumb like that) so that is already a plus one in my book. I really like the sort of pioneer swashbuckling wild west civil war style world they live in, and the hint of whimsy with the “power pendants” is a nice bonus. I feel like it should be a little more steampunk-y though…
Regardless, rebels, psychopathic dictators, roving bands of raiders and bounty hunters all mix together in a world with no electricity and the story follows the people I believe are going to be unknowingly responsible for turning the power back on. What’s not to love? I’m a little mad the show won’t be returning to TV until MARCH.
So I finally finished catching up on Fringe.
After almost a month (that’s right, a MONTH!) I have watched every single episode of Fringe. Thankfully, because it was making me miss a lot of my other favourites. I fell behind in Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls and Once Upon a Time (Walking Dead I like to save because it gives me nightmares…). So I am happy to be able to get back to… well… cleaning and doing my laundry mostly. Plus, now that I have been unchained from my TV, I feel the urge to cook so I won’t be eating a bag of chips for dinner every other night and McDonald’s for the rest.
MY OVERALL VERDICT: Conflicted…
It’s a show that reminded me so much of X-Files at the start. It took a different turn very quickly but I still stayed with it. It really got weird.
I really liked it, don’t get me wrong, and I really fell in love with a few of the characters but I thought that most of season 3 was ridiculous (even by Sci-Fi standards) and just went really out there with no real direction. A lot after that was really ridiculous too, but it at least seemed to have more focus. THIS season went really off the grid by going post-apocalyptic, and I kinda like it (mostly because I really like that kind of stuff) and it seems like it might have broken the “curse” I felt was plaguing it…
Nobody ever dies!!! Well, other than the people who die at the beginning of every episode in the fringe events… I’m talking about the main cast. There was Charlie, the partner, somewhere early on who was killed by a shapeshifter but then they reincarnated him in the alternate universe. Then there was the partner from the alternate universe, Lee, who was killed but also replaced by the alternate version of himself. Finally we come to Etta, the daughter. She also was killed. I’m just waiting now for her reincarnation from some other timeline, or universe, or spiritual body jump, or to pop out of someones ass. I feel like that last one is the only one that hasn’t happened yet… So for the sake of the story and giving it a little more depth I hope she stays gone. Plus it was weird seeing a twenty-something year old girl calling a thirty-something year old couple her parents.
I FIGURED I WOULD.
I’m as big a fan of Sci-Fi as I am of comedy, so I like when I get a show that incorporates both. Like a lot of the show I enjoy of this kind Firefly delivers pretty evenly on thrill, drama, dry comedy and action across the series, short as it is. I really do wish there was a lot more of it, since there is so much more story to tell. I’m on my second run through the first and only season of the series and it’s nearly killing me that there isn’t more of it. There is no closure of any kind! I guess there is always the movie, right? Now I have to watch Serenity….
I’VE HEARD GOOD THINGS
So I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard that it’s mostly about solving the River riddle but I’m not so sure if it’ll be good or not, so I guess we’ll see how it goes. The poster looks pretty cool though!
I stumbled across this video late (laaaate) last night…
As a die-hard Star Wars fan I’m happy and worried at the same time, but I’m willing to give it a shot since I’m not a total ass. Let’s just take a look at the details for now.
- Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich have been tasked with making an animated short comedy series. CGI, not their usual “claymation on bath salts” style.
- The characters are a mix of some of the newer (and in my opinion most annoying) characters from the prequel trilogy, such as Jar Jar Binks and Dexter “Dex” Jettster… the names alone make me cringe… mixed with a healthy amount of the lovable older characters, from Greedo to Lando to old man Obi Wan.
- It’s set at a point in time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (explaining the character mashup) and is showing the lives of the character in an everyday capacity.
- The show has not yet been picked up by a network or given a release date.
SOME OTHER OPINIONS
I’ve read a few different opinions on this, from some real seething hateful ones, to more mild and even hopeful takes on it. So most people are ranging from skeptical optimism to berserker rage. I’m seeing little to no real excitement for it, which is kinda normal when it comes to new Star Wars anything. It seems that this show will probably get decent reception despite the warcries from fanboys that want to kill Lucas in his sleep.
While I often feel like I’m being stabbed in the throat by George Lucas myself, I can’t say that I hate all new Star Wars everything. I’m intrigued by the expansion of the universe and can take everything with a grain of salt. I want to break my face against a wall when I see things like Jar Jar Binks, but you have to admit having deeper insight into things like the Mandelorians is pretty cool. I just try to ignore the things I don’t like.
As for this latest piece of Star Wars news I’m having a hard time getting on board. When I saw the trailer originally I laughed a little, the second time not so much… and then I watched the clips. Not one of them were really that funny. My lack of excitement for this show might be based on a few different things. First of all I’m not the biggest fan of Robot Chicken. I find it gets old REALLY fast. The second point being that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle the way the characters are represented. It just seems like they go completely against my ideals of them and while I know it’s supposed to be satire it sometimes feels a little insulting. My third point of contention with this show is that I just think the jokes are bad. Not all of them, mind you, but really watch the clips they have on YouTube… they just aren’t so good. A little vanilla and obvious, Mr. Green, I expected more from someone who often works closely with Seth Macfarlane. Oddly the kiddy way it’s animated doesn’t bother me at all.
THE OFFICIAL VERDICT?
Ummmmmm……… I’m just not sure what to think. I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what happens when the actual show comes out… all I can say is that I’m a little scared.