Saturday, November 29, 2008

My Geeky Terminator Nightmare

I had an ongoing nightmare last night-- "ongoing" as in one of those nightmares where it scares you awake, you fall back asleep, and you're right back into the same nightmare.

I was dreaming that Terminators were trying to kill me. It was worse than the movies or shows ever portrayed it though, because of how computerized our society is.

Anytime I showed my face where a security camera could see me, or even said my name or any of my friends' names out loud where it could be recorded, it would become a part of that camera's digital records. Since Skynet was in the future, all it had to do was look in those computer records and it knew every single instance of where I was. So anytime my face was caught on camera or I said a name aloud, bam, there was a Terminator trying to kill me. So I was constantly running and hiding and being attacked, with Terminators roaming around everywhere.

These dreams went on for about four hours, until Joy got up to go to a Doorbuster sale this morning and I was able to talk with her a little bit, and finally fell back asleep thinking of kitties and McGriddles.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force - Exile by Aaron Aliston

Oh, Jacen, Jacen, Jacen. You keep breaking my heart.

Nice to see Ben is starting to realize that there are some flaws in Jacen's teachings. I now have some hope that Jacen's not going to be able to drag Ben down with him. (Although that Sith ship at the end is a rather ominous portent for Ben, as well.)

And -- I can't help it -- as much as I like Mara Jade, I always loved Shira Brie. I would never want her to steal Luke away from Mara, but the thirteen-year-old fanboy part of me that tried to photocopy all her stories into a Shira Brie graphic novel still has hope that she can be turned back to the light and become an ally.

Casino Royale

I missed this one when it came out in the theaters, and I really wanted to see it because I usually really like James Bond movies. Now that Quantum of Solace is out and is a direct sequel, I wanted to see it even more so I'd be prepared if I get a chance to go to the theaters. Dave bought Casino Royale and loaned it to me, and Jim (aka Pop-Pop) was visiting for Thanksgiving, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity, since Pop-Pop is a big James Bond fan.

I have to admit, we weren't very impressed. I was okay with this rebooting the Bond mythology in the current era, and I understand that we're seeing Bond grow into the Bond we already know, but it was just too lacking in what I consider elements essential to a Bond film. Where's the wit? Where's the charm? Where's the clever thinking? This film has a good chase through a construction site and a good shoot-out in a sinking house in Venice, but it wasn't anything I couldn't have seen in a general action movie.

Everyone is saying that Quantum of Solace isn't as good as Casino Royale, so if this is considered the better of the two then it really doesn't inspire me to want to run out and see the new one.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heroes - "The Eclipse: Part 1"

Not quite sure how I feel about this episode yet; I may need to see Part 2 before I know for sure. I liked getting more into the characters without relying on their powers, but the whole logic of all the super powers being tied to eclipses seems a little fuzzy to me. I always thought the eclipse in the opening titles was a little more symbolic... "And everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon" kind of thing. It may still be a metaphor, but apparently it has a literal side too. It would be nice if we get an explanation in Part 2 (or before the show goes off the air), but I suspect it's just meant to be mysterious.

And I still want to know who's drawing these new issues of 9th Wonders...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Downfall of a Droid"

Steve was right. Lots of droids. Fer is one happy fanboy.

It seems pretty obvious to me that R3-S6 (aka "Goldie" aka "Stubby") has been programmed by the Separatists. He's not just making mistakes, he's doing exactly what the enemy would want. It's one of those cases where it should be pretty obvious to Anakin.

But he is still a cool looking astromech and even cute in his expressions... it's amazing how the animators can convey an astromech shrugging and looking happy or sad without it being a caricature animation style like Nelvana's Droids series was. I'm looking forward to Hasbro putting out a R3-S6 toy. :)

(Although I thought R3s were supposed to have clear domes? Ah well, R4s aren't supposed to have domes at all...)

And IG assassin droids in action!! How cool is that. I have no idea what IG-88's origin is (beyond that the IG series killed their creators as soon as they were switched on), so I wonder if the one that was spaced is meant to become IG-88?

This is a fun show.


UPDATE: I just got an IG-86 action figure from this episode. So if IG-86 is one of the ones that was destroyed, then it stands to reason that the other one that got destroyed was IG-87, and the one that got whooshed out the airlock was indeed IG-88!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - "Brain Storm"

Rodney McKay is an interesting character. On the one hand, he still manages to be annoying and unlikeable even after five seasons and I find myself asking, shouldn't the character have grown a little more by now? And then he goes and has a scene or two where he seems not so much insecure as vulnerable, and Keller gives him that shiny-eyed smile and we see him through her eyes, and somehow he manages to be still annoying... but likeable.

I also liked seeing so many real-life scientists actually be in (or in some cases represented in) the show. Gives it a nice reality touch.

And one has to wonder if McKay's musings at the end of the episode is going to turn out to be relevant to Stargate: Universe....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Smallville - "Bride"

God, I hate Lana Lang.

But I have to give her this-- even though she ruined Clark & Lois's kiss, she put Clark in his place. Let him know in no uncertain terms not only that they were over, but that he never should have taken away Chloe's memory. Amen, Lana. And she looks hot with that new hairstyle and that black dress.

I continue to be very happy with how they're handling Doomsday. When I heard they were going to be using him this year, I never expected it to be a season-long story arc, or for him to look as true to the comics as he did. Now if we can only get a good look at him out of the shadows.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

The episode I actually watched today is "Chapter 12: Doom of the Dictator," which is the last episode of the last serial. So I'll just address them all briefly.

I've found that watching the 1930's Flash Gordon serials has been not only enjoyable but extremely educational in understanding the history of SF films as a whole. For example, I've heard lots of people criticize George Lucas as being unoriginal, and now that I've seen Flash Gordon (and read Asimov's Foundation trilogy) I can understand why. The grand, flowing music, the wildly varied environments, the exotic characters, they're all here. There's even a city in the sky, lightbridges, beings that live in trees, the wiping dissolves from one scene to another, and of course that famous slanted crawl telling you the story so far. But Lucas put his own stamp on everything; to me it seems obvious that the similarities are not an attempt to rip off Flash Gordon but a loving tribute.

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers, the first serial, was definitely my favorite. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, the second serial, was fun but felt a lot more simplistic. The world and characters of Mars felt a lot more two dimensional and lacked the complexity of the first serial.

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe is much better, in that it returns the story back to Mongo and feels more like the first serial. The rock people were especially cool, with the effect of having their dialogue all dubbed in backwards to make it sound like an exotic language. (Again, a feel that Lucas duplicated with his aliens.)

Another thing about these old serials is they feel so much more innocent. Today we tear things apart and bitch about continuity... back in the 30's they didn't expect to get over-analyzed and just went with what they thought would make for a good afternoon's entertainment. (Conquers the Universe actually seems to ignore Trip to Mars completely.) Why, of course Dr. Zarkov knows the rock people's language and can figure out all of Mongo's technology-- he's a scientist! That's all you need to know! And we can just smile and laugh about it and forgive it because, well, it's old. We accept that it's a classic and we acknowledge they had different standards at the time. (I disagree with those that say we're "more sophisticated viewers" these days... it seems to me we're just more unforgiving.)

The only thing I personally have a hard time forgiving is the recasting of Princess Aura from Priscilla Lawson to Shirley Deane. Priscilla Lawson's Aura was a hot, busty, dark-haired self-reliant bad girl! Shirley Deane's Aura was a skinny, blonde, wimpy damsel in distress. Rich told me that the many casting changes between the serials was because the actors often had exclusive contracts to different studios, so it couldn't be helped. Ah well.

All in all, I really enjoyed these, and it makes me want to look into the classic serials for Buck Rogers, Crash Corrigan, Zombies of the Stratosphere, and so on. Not to mention the Filmation Flash Gordon cartoon. But I'm going to wait until I finish Macross Frontier and Clone Wars first!

My last word on Flash Gordon: the original serials squash the Sci-Fi Channel version like a grape.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Code of Honor"

Why am I reviewing a 20-year-old episode of Star Trek? Because after Enterprise went off the air, I started rewatching the original Star Trek. I figured I've been watching Trek every week for 18 years, why stop just because it's been canceled? So I've continued watching on the average of one episode a week, more or less. I watched all of TOS in production order, then went on to the animateds, then the TOS films, and now I'm into Next Gen. Most of the Next Gen era stuff I've only seen once, so I'm really enjoying revisiting them.

Joy once asked me why every time they beam down to a planet, the aliens were white people with bumps on their heads. If species are going to have human skin tones, she wondered, wouldn't it make sense that there would be planets where the populations were just as similar to Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and so on? Why not have a planet where the people all looked like Asians with bumps on their heads?

I didn't really have an answer for her then, but apparently I had forgotten that they tried to do that in this episode. According to the Next Generation Companion by Larry Nemecek, the script was originally written for this episode with the population of this planet being reptilian. In the final version, they're black. (Well, I can't really say African-American since they're all from the planet Ligon II, can I?) I assume this was done because making reptilian make-up for everyone would have been too costly. Larry Nemecek also quotes Tracy Tormé as saying that he was "embarrassed by the show's '1940s tribal Africa' view of blacks." So I guess that partly explains why they didn't frequently try it.

As for the story, it feels very much like a classic Trek episode, even without the obvious similarities to "Amok Time." Nemecek also says it was written by two friends of D.C. Fontana who were classic Trek fans, so I guess that makes sense. Also, heavy similarities to the original Trek are much more welcome now that TNG is done and over with than they were when it was new.

The big thing that stood out to me this episode was the music, which felt totally like it came out of TOS. And wouldn't you know it, it turns out the music was by Fred Steiner, who also wrote a lot of the music for the original show.

And lastly, this was the first in a gazillion Berman-era episodes with the word "honor" in the title. Yet ironically, Worf's not even in it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles - "Complications"

Very cool. A great story that interplays both character development and the complications of time travel and altered timelines together. Great stuff.

The only caveat I have is about Ellison stealing Cromartie's body. I don't mind that he's just made a royal screw-up, I find that rather interesting, and it's very in-character with his wanting to get to the bottom of everything. It's more along the lines of I want to see different Terminators coming after John Connor now, and I'm too afraid that Redhead-1000 is going to just fix him up.

Heroes - "It's Coming"

Thinking about last week's episode during the week, I came up with a theory about how Arthur Patrelli's power works. I don't want to say it yet in case I'm right. But what happened with Sylar (or should I say Gabriel?) this week fit in with it perfectly.

Well, I guess letting Elle (try to) kill him over and over counts as trying to repent. That scene went a long way toward redeeming him for me.

Not quite sure about the left turn Hiro & Ando's story has taken. Hiro is always likeable, and I guess his attempt to infiltrate Pinehurst has been blown anyway, but I hope this regression to 10 turns out to be relevant. Hiro's comments in the comics shop were great.

(On a total tangent here, I used to let my imagination wander down that road when I'd get bored at work. What would it be like to sit my 10-year-old self in front of my DVD shelf or my toy collection? I'm sure I'd be absolutely blown away by how much Star Trek there was to watch, not to mention my Teen Titans action figures. I wish everyone who says "The Star Wars prequels ruined my childhood" could actually go back to their childhood like Hiro has and watch them with their 10-year-old perspective. Because then, either it would show that the only reason they disliked them is because they're now jaded 30-and-40-somethings... or they actually WOULD ruin their childhood, and it would become be a valid bitch. End of tangent.)

...and Joy and I were debating how the 9th Wonders comic could be showing that scene. Just how many issues did Isaac Mendez put out before he died? Wouldn't the timeline have been changed after he died? Is the future always in flux, allowing people to paint alternate futures, or is there only one future until it's changed? Just what happened to that Irish chick that got left in the future? Do I overthink these things?

To Be Continued...

Star Trek - The New Trailer

(Forewarning-- I'm all for discussing the visual look and production details, but NO STORY SPOILERS, please. Thank you.)

I was waiting until the high-quality version of this trailer to be released at, since I couldn't tell half of the details in the shaky-phone versions posted all over YouTube. Now that I've gotten to look at it with the ol' Geek-Frame, I can honestly say I'm more and more excited about it. I'm still thinking of it as Ultimate Trek, I'm just more excited about Ultimate Trek.

The feel I'm getting from watching this trailer is that they're going with the idea that this is how the ship and uniforms looked first, then they were changed to look like "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and then changed to the final look we know from "The Corbomite Manuever" onward. And you know, I might even be able to buy into that.

Bring on Ultimate Trek!!!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - "Remnants"

Pretty cool episode, and dare I say it-- the ending was the kind of uplifting, "The universe is an amazing place" kind of ending Star Trek used to do.

At first I found it very, very interesting that we had three plots going on that seemed to have nothing to do with each other. So the fact that they all turned out to be completely connected was great.

Going into it I was a little miffed at their bringing back Kolya. I generally prefer it when characters stay dead. But as it continued and Sheppard's part got bigger and bigger, I found it totally appropriate. Kolya is perhaps the best foil Sheppard's ever had, and their scenes together always work great.

I began to suspect something was up about half way through, but it still kept me guessing as to exactly what-- the device is a prank by Zelinka to finally get back at McCay? Maybe Vanessa was a test put in place by the AOI agent Shen? Maybe Vanessa and/or Shen were Genii plants and Koyle's just keeping Sheppard out of the picture so he can't stop them? But once it was revealed that the Vanessa was an illusion, it all fell into place-- no wonder Zelinka was pushing McCay, no wonder Kolya's back from the dead, no wonder they took such a big step as having Sheppard lose his hand... they were all illusions too. When Vanessa said to Woolsey that she was trying to find out what kind of person he was, I half expected Shen to turn out to be an illusion as well. Normally I might feel cheated at having things turn out not to be real changes after all, but I didn't in this case. The idea that this as an alien race trying to come back from extinction --and needing humanity's help to do it-- was too inspiring for me to feel cheated by everything else.

A very strong episode. As I'd hoped, Atlantis has really come into its own now that it's the only Stargate on the block. It's a shame it only has 5 episodes left.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Smallville - "Abyss"


ZOD DAMN THEM!!!!!!!!!!!


Dave was right. Go ahead, Dave. Say it. Say "I told you so."

I knew I shouldn't have trusted those bastards.



... grumble, grumble ...


...I still liked the bits about Doomsday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today"

Now, isn't that funny? Here I was just saying how I liked stories that retold things from different perspectives, and the next thing I watch is this episode, which is entirely done by retelling the previous bit of the story from a different character's perspective.

If this is really, honestly the end of the Cromartie story arc, then it's a good ending. The fact that his chip was smashed to pieces gives me hope. If it's a fake out and he rises out of the grave then I'm going to be disappointed. The fact that he's in a grave and not melted down like the other Terminators they've beaten does not inspire me with confidence.

Oh, in case anyone else was wondering "What the hell does that title mean?!?" like I was... I looked it up on, and apparently it was what Cromartie said in his first scene when he came into the class as John's substitute teacher. Another good indicator that this episode is intended to bring closure to his story.

Poor John. He can never have any friends. His trying to have a relationship with Riley does make me wonder about how this series has changed his timeline. By having Cameron jump John forward in time, they've now messed up the timeline for John to meet Kate, who was his wife in the future in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. So apparently Future John (or at least Cameron) was willing to sacrifice meeting his wife (and potentially having her survive) so that his mother could survive a little longer.

That or the makers of this show just really wanted to ignore Terminator 3. (Which would be a shame, because I really loved T3. Hey, Blue Man Group does the ending titles? What's not to love?)

I seem to have gotten off on a tangent again. My point being that I realize that John can never have a normal life, but it's sad to watch him suffer through it every week. You just want the poor kid to be able to have a chance to be a kid once in a while, but his future keeps coming back to haunt him.

And lastly... since this takes episode takes place in Mexico, as I watched John Conner run out of the Mexican prison with bullets flying all around him, I thought to myself, "Well, that's probably what Frank's up to right now..."

Heroes - "Villains"

I like episodes like this, which show you events you've already seen from a different perspective. ("9 1/2 Minutes" is one of my favorite Coupling episodes for that very reason.) Plus I've had a strong interest in the "first generation" of Heroes, what their stories were and what lead them to some of the crazy decisions they made.

I'm still kind of lukewarm on the whole "Sylar's not necessarily evil" thing. I like the idea of redemption, but man, he was so evil that it's hard to make it work. I think it will work better for me if he tries to do something to atone for what he's done. Beyond just working for the company, that is. But I digress. Here we see how he tried not to go down the road to Hell, but the "hunger" of his power and the temptation that Elle and Bennett were too much for him. Eh, I suppose. People can be frail and make mistakes, but we all make our own choices. And we're not talking about him just boffing everyone's wives, he chose to kill a hell of a lot of people and thoroughly enjoyed it. So while I guess it makes me understand him more as a character and makes his current striving for redemption more believable, it's still hard to forgive someone like that.

Maybe Tayla will kick him off a ledge.

For Arthur Patrelli, however, this is just what the story needed-- seeing how he fit into the whole scheme of things, how big a part of the previous generation of heroes he was, and what his motivation is now. And, like most things with this season, it puts his motives more into a grey area-- if he's of the mindset that they needed to remake the world to turn it into a better place, then he may be thinking what he's doing is for the betterment of mankind, and the end justifies the means.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - "The Prodigal"

I've added a disclaimer on spoilers to the top, but I'll repeat it here-- I'm not going to give out any spoilers of anything that hasn't aired yet, but I will spoil anything I review. Mostly because I assume I'm always the last to see everything.

So in other words, if you haven't seen this episode yet and don't want to know the ending, stop reading now.

(Vice versa, I would appreciate it if no one gives me spoilers for anything. You may find it very exciting who the next Doctor is going to be and are just BURSTING to share it with someone, but I don't want to know until he debuts on screen. I'm lookin' at you,

Okay, having said that, I'm going to jump straight to the ending of this episode, since it was the most poignant part. I'm speaking specifically of when Tayla kicks Michael off the ledge.

On the one hand, as a parent, I can totally relate. If someone had threatened my child over and over and I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he would keep threatening my child as long as he was alive... well, I can't honestly say that I wouldn't feel that was what I had to do to protect my child.

But on the other hand... these are the good guys. Our heroes. Yes, yes, it's more realistic and makes for more gritty storytelling. But it's also sending the message to my child, "It's perfectly acceptable for the good guys to kill the villain after he's defeated." I like my heroes to not just be realistic, but better than realistic, to inspire me to something to live up to.

And, as long as we're on the subject of being realistic, I know the real reason Michael was killed was because Stargate Atlantis is ending soon, and all the loose ends need to be wrapped up. (Oops, did I just break my own rule?)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Sarah Jane Adventures - "Secrets of the Stars" and "The Mark of the Berserker"

You'd think after watching 15 episodes of Sarah Jane Adventures I'd stop being surprised by it, but the show always ends with me saying "That was a lot better than I expected." It's not even just the little touches (such as Mr Smith referring off-handedly to the Draconians) or the more flat-out blatant Doctor Who connections (the villain being able to sense Sarah Jane's long history with the Doctor), although those go a long way towards keeping my excitement up about this show.

"Secrets of the Stars" was a fun story on astrology. I would have liked to have seen Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker in the flashback sequences, but hey, you can't have everything. I thought Russ Abbott was great as the villian Martin Trueman. He has a very strong, theatrical presence.

"Mark of the Berserker" turned out to be a Sarah Jane-light episode (maybe she was busy filming "The Stolen Earth / Journey's End" at the time?), yet it still worked just fine. I think they've struck a nice balance with Maria having left-- while they're not obsessing over her being gone like they did with Rose on Doctor Who, they haven't totally forgotten her either. It was a nice surprise to see Maria still have such a strong presence in this episode. And poor Clyde. You can feel his father's desperation to be everything to him, all the while doing things to earn him the Worst Parent in the UK award.

And did anyone else wonder if Rani was going to end up opening that amulet to become The Rani...?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Rookies"

Nice to see an episode that focuses on Rex, Cody and the Clone Troopers. It paints the troopers as very noble soldiers. Very moving stuff, I can see the army playing this in the background in their recruiting offices. I was also surprised to hear them swear, I wouldn't have thought that Cartoon Network would go for that.

Nest episode: astromechs!! I do so love astromechs. I've already been assured by Steve that I'm really going to like that one.

STAR TREK: DESTINY Book II: Mere Mortals by David Mack

The Star Trek mega-crossover continues! This three-book series focuses on Captain Picard and the USS Enterprise-E, Captain Riker and the USS Titan, Captain Ezri Dax and the USS Aventine, and Captain Erika Hernandez and the NX-02 Columbia. Not to mention we get to briefly check in on Captain Chakotay and the USS Voyager this time, as well.

The threat is (once again) the Borg, but this time the Borg has decided they've had enough of this pesky Alpha Quadrant that refuses to be assimilated; now their goal is to simply wipe them all out.

Despite all that, the book isn't really about the Borg invasion itself; it's more about the Federation trying to rally the Alpha Quadrant together, the fate of the crew of the NX-02 Columbia, and a race called the Caelier.

David Mack always provides a great read, and Destiny has been no exception. It helps that no character is bullet-proof anymore; one major character was already killed off a few books ago, and in this series we learn the fates of the entire Columbia crew in no uncertain terms. And the ending is one big, big cliff-hanger. So the threats to everything and every one feel very, very real. I have no comfy reassuring feeling that Picard, the Enterprise, the Earth, or even the Federation are definitely going to survive! David Mack mentioned on the Psi-Fi message board that Paramount/CBS gave him a LOT of leeway-- they basically said "Are you sure want to do that...? Okay, go ahead." And I'm not convinced that Star Trek XI isn't going to turn into a total reboot of the Star Trek universe by the time the studio is done with it-- which means they may consider the entire "original" Star Trek Universe to be expendable at this point.

There may never be another time that a media tie-in project can ever hold the stakes this high again. Can't wait to find out what's going to happen in the final book next month!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Macross Frontier - episode 15: "Lost Peace"

First and foremost, I need to give a great big hearty THANK YOU to Mike for hooking me up with with the rest of the series and the proper codecs to make them work. Thanks, Mike. You rock.

Ahhh, it's good to get to see Macross F again. I've missed this show. And this was the perfect episode to come back to-- half clip show, but the recap is all from the newly revealed "bad guys" perspective, so it was a good refresher for my memory and yet still works as an important episode giving you new information.

The scene with Sheryl and Ranka both serenading Alto at once was absolutely priceless. This is probably the best Macross love triangle yet, since all three are friends with one another.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Smallville - "Bloodline"

Well, Smallville's hitting its mid-season slump. I was really hoping we wouldn't get it this year since they've changed creative teams. So far it's not so bad that Dave's gonna be saying "I told you so," but Clark's back to being Dick Clark to everyone again.

I do like what they're doing with Davis, bringing in more and more Doomsday elements with him. This could be good. It's still tied to Doomsday being a Kryptonian creation and that every death makes him reborn even stronger. In a way I might even like this version better, as that origin felt forced on the character after he became popular in the comics-- here, it's become foreshadowing and the way of introducing the character.

And I'm glad they gave some resolution to Kara! I hope this means we'll see more of her. (Although didn't she and John Jones not get along? I thought Clark sending her to him didn't really fit. Did they make up at some point and I don't remember it?)

Knight Rider - "Knight of the Living Dead"

Now this is more like it! Billy dresses as Captain Jack Harkness!! Lots of talk about KARR!! And a lot of... well... okay, maybe not really any more characterization, but at least there was some, and Carrie got to actually do something.

On the plus side, anyone else getting the vibe that this show is starting to act like the old show didn't happen? The talk of KARR's backstory could be made to fit with what we know from the old show, but there was no mention or image of Karr's original Trans-Am body. and they acted like the original KITT doesn't exist. ("There are three computers like that... KITT, KITT's back-up, and KARR.") And I read that David Hasslehoff has said they didn't want to use him on the show as Mike Knight's father. Has this show taken a left turn into re-imagining?

Either way, I'm very excited at the prospect of them bringing KARR back. Between that and the Captain Jack references, I may just keep this episode.

Knight Rider - "Knight of the Hunter"

There's a reason why I only watch this show while I'm folding laundry, and this episode is it. Some nice enough adventure, but I always feel like the characterization from the TV movie got left behind. They've really done nothing with the FBI lesbian agent. And while I always enjoy the excuses they come up with to make the female leads take off their clothes, I have to wonder, would Mike have been insisting they needed to hold on to each other naked to hold off hypothermia if the other agent had been a guy? (Somehow, I kinda' doubt it.) And why on earth do they have a whole subplot on it being Sarah's birthday and not have her father in the episode once?

But on the positives, it was some fun action, it was neat seeing KITT get blown up in mid-transformation, and it was fun watching Mike and the other agent cuddling naked.

Welcome to Fer's Forum

(With apologies to Richard Franklin...)

Hello, and welcome to Fer's Forum. Tonight on Fer's Forum, we examine the line "I think reading fanboy blogs on the internet is like throwing up your liver."

A simile is used in the previous sentence comparing the reading of blogs on the internet written by fanboys to vomiting of one of the major organs-- specifically, the liver. Why the liver? Well, fanboy blogs are very much like the liver. Both are full of poisonous, toxic things filtered from the larger body as a whole, metaphorically speaking, although perhaps not digestible, as it was puked all over the carpet.

Which raises another important question: is this your own liver, as the sentence would at first seem to indicate, or perhaps dinner that just didn't agree with you, or wasn't properly cooked?

Now let's take a look at the words "I think."

This indicates either brain activity, or that this in fact an opinion, and not to be analyzed by a pompous, know-it-all bastard like me.


....Okay, now that I've gotten my inside joke out of the way, what I seriously intend to use Fer's Forum for at the time being is simply to review what I watch and read. Because I just know you couldn't live without knowing what I thought of the last episode of Clone Wars.

On the plus side, I intend to keep them all very brief, and will probably forget about this project by Thanksgiving.

I may cross-post personal stuff on here too, but mostly I'll save that for my MySpace blog.