Monday, February 28, 2005
DVD player recommendation
There are lots of times where you start to collect various mpeg and avi files on your computer, and you'd like to display them on your television. The Philips DVP642 lets you play cds or dvds that have files in these formats directly -- which can make it far more convienient and space-effective than burning a DVD or VCD.
I haven't tried that much with it yet -- but so far, it looks to be very useful.
The true thoughts on Enterprise Rallies
That said, this is really the best season of Trek in quite a while -- but I think the fundemental problems with Star Trek require a complete fresh start...
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Hally Berry gets respect
(So, any predictions so far for next year? My money is on Fantastic Four, which no matter how much I love the property, just looks like it's going to be a train wreck...
Saturday, February 26, 2005
He's the greatest!
TV Shows on DVD is reporting that A&E Brings on Danger Mouse in May!. For those of you not of the appropriate age, Danger Mouse was a staple cartoon on Nickelodeon during the 1980s, after being imported from the UK.
It's been years since I've seen any episodes -- but unlike some shows that you find disappointing after you see them years later, my suspicion is that elements of Danger Mouse would still be enjoyable today.
Check out The Unofficial Danger Mouse fanclub while you're at it.
Friday, February 25, 2005
If you see an item that you'd like to help improve, or a panel you'd like to sit, or anything, send us a message. I like to keep our process as open as possible.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Doctor Who Confidential
For British TV and Movie Fans
Screen Online is a cool site about British TV and Film....
And congratulations are due to the creative team behind Dr Blink, which is apparently selling out all over. It's good stuff!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
I see you've had this place redecorated
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy videogame nostalgia
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
But still, once I address that issue and watch the trailer by using the other browser, I can't wait! Looks like a Hitchhiker's Guide movie to me...
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The Dr. Blink Home Page
Issue #1 will be shipping in the next couple of weeks. And it's definitely worth checking out, I've read it, and it is very funny, and comes recommended.
There's good reason to be optimistic towards the new series -- and if the rumors that the Sci Fi channel is going to be the likely US home for the new series, it'll be a strong follow up to Battlestar Galactica, as yet another strong revival.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Same thing goes for V for Vendetta -- but that might be a little bit easier. And since they're using the Gunpowder Plot in their original tagline, there's at least some reason to think they haven't done something silly like move it to America.
(The less said about Constantine the better as far as those sorts of translations go. But oddly, I'm hearing that movie is alright, if you aren't familiar with the original character.)
Friday, February 11, 2005
And this week's Galactica had a "witch hunt" as well.
Now, it's a little bit strange for Galactica to say that they also have "witch hunts", since the origin of that phrase would be particularly based in American history. But I take it as part of the conceit of the program that we're having those sorts of idioms translated from whatever sort of Kobolian language that they should "really" be speaking; our language is filled with phrases and expressions that have a historical context, frequently ones we don't even consciously know.
And I'm willing to forgive a lot since it's hardly a secret that this new Galactica is a classic example of the use of science fiction as a way to go through the issues of today.
And one of the things that's nice about the series is that it's not simple -- often times a series that has a social or political message is very obvious and simplistic. I don't really see that in the new Galactica -- yes, the Cylons are bad -- but also frequently, "good" people are guilty of errors in judgment; sometimes serious ones that can cost lives.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
They don't really get into the "Which series has the most spin-offs" part of the discussion -- that's usually where these discussions end up when I have them, usually focusing on Happy Days or All In the Family.
Hitchhiker's Guide Pictures
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Battlest Galactica Renewed
This is great news -- especially as the series is apparently getting better ratings as the series goes on. I can tell that there are lots of people interested in the new series, since I've been getting a lot of hits from people searching on Battlestar Galactica ratings.
New Who pictures
I'm still always happy to see some new pictures out there.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Map of the World
Monday, February 07, 2005
You Can't Go Home Again
"Home" has been a bit of a theme in my weekend's entertainment. I went to see In Good Company over the weekend, the Dennis Quaid/Topher Grace/Scarlett Johansson movie. Obviously, any movie that contains a Peter Gabriel song will get my indulgence, and a movie that plays Solsbury Hill in the fashion that this movie does will especially get my indulgence. I was surprised that it wasn't as much of a romantic comedy as I had initally expected, and that made me a bit happier about the movie, even as the movie gave me other things to think a lot about.
Of course, to prove that there is no justice, I wasted a few moments of my life watching the Paris Hilton Saturday Night Live episode, and it wasn't during the sci-fi sketch where she's in a hat and scarf. [Outpost Gallifrey has it on their news page as I'm writing this, though it'll roll off eventually, I'm sure.]
And to return to Galactica, Ron Moore's blog has an interesting entry about the future of Star Trek. While I think Enterprise was in trouble long before the new Galactica started, I think that Galactica outperforming Enterprise was the final signal to the executives that the latest Trek wasn't capturing the imagination -- even of its core audience -- in the way that it used to.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
I still think Charlie was seperated at birth from one of the hobbits on Lord of the Rings though...
A New Theme
I had suspected that we were getting something very, very close to the original version, and based on the description in the article, it looks like that's exactly what we're going to get, except made for a modern television soundtrack.
The original, of course, is one of the best television themes ever. There's a really informative article by Mark Ayres detailing the history of the theme during the original TV series.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Local, of course, is not in the USA
So I suspect it'll be something that if we're curious about seeing, we'll have to wait until a DVD release and import it.
Of course, there are a few people in it of that might be of interest to people unfamilar with the League. Obviously, there is the Doctor Who connections of League member Mark Gatiss, but it also has one of the people appearing in the new Doctor Who, Bruno Langley. Outside of that, there's also Bernard "Theoden" Hill and David "Evil guy in Tron and Time Bandits" Warner.
James Bond Will Return In Casino Royale
It's a bit unfortunate that Brosnan didn't have a clear "last movie" -- and it's also unfortunate that the recent movies haven't quite been able to live up to their potential. James Bond shouldn't really need to be the effects driven action movie -- there needs to be wit and cleverness. Fortunately, Goldeneye is one of the better Brosnan ones, so while we don't have Brosnan anymore, there's hope that we'll have another fresh start that will be good for the franchise.
Oddly, I felt for a while that James Bond was becoming increasingly difficult to justify in a modern setting, but I'm not sure. It's difficult to say how he actually fits into the modern era. Sometimes I wonder if doing them as period 1950s or 1960s pieces wouldn't be more interesting.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Free Enterprise,Special Edition
One of these days, I'd love to see an american sit-com that would be like Free Enterprise, Spaced, or Clerks. If I worked for the Sci-Fi Channel, I'd be working real hard to develop a series like that, instead of some half-baked reality series.
It's been a long time...
I'm unsurprised; when Battlestar Galactica scored higher ratings, I figured it was doomed. It's unfortunate, to some extent, as this was perhaps one of the better seasons of Star Trek, but at the same time, there have been 25 seasons of Star Trek over the last 18 or so years, and I think it has been clear for a while that there needs to be a rethink. I don't think the problem was Enterprise -- if anything, I think the problem started with the awful Voyager -- but I think the faith of many casual fans was lost, and that's difficult to regain.
It's exactly like what happened to Doctor Who in the 1980s -- it ran for so long, that really, the only way to refresh the franchise is to take a break. And the same thing happened with Galactica -- the revived series is fantastic. (And Galactica 1980 is one of the worst television series ever -- which destroyed any chance of a continuation, I feel.)
I don't believe that this is the end of Star Trek. Eventually, it'll be back. I've no doubt that Star Trek books will continue for a long time. But it should be a couple of years.
That said, I think this has been the best Star Trek season in a long time. But I think it was sadly too little, too late. And we've been able to take Star Trek for granted, so perhaps if it goes away for a while, we won't be able to.
Doctor Who Web Comics
Oh, and I'm thrilled to see that DWM is apparently reporting that Joe "Ultraviolet" Aherne is going to be directing much of the new Doctor Who. I can't recommend Ultraviolet highly enough.
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