March 10th, 2009

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Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2x10 Review

Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point

Sarah chases obsessively after the three dots. Derek learns Jesse and her over inflated lips is here to stop John's dependence on Cameron. Riley is Jesse's accomplice in breaking up John's relationship with Cameron. Ellison is upset because Weaver's AI has caused the death of the family therapist because it has no ethics. So Weaver hooks Cromartie's remains up to the AI so Ellison can teach it ethics.

Who writes this faux profound dialogue? Why is this show so lame? How does this fit in with 'Terminator: Salvation'? What is TPTB obsession with the nostril flaring 'actor' who plays Cromartie/John Henry? This was bad.
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Heroes: Cold Wars review

Peter and his moron brigade spring into action. Matt reads Bennet's mind. Mohinder is self righteous and is captured. Nathan is proving he is too stupid to run a government task force. Daphne is alive. Peter has turned completely on Nathan as he informs him, "I'm done believing in you" instead of wondering what spurred Nathan's actions. Bennet never ever learns as he plots with Angela and her bad face lift. Meanwhile Peter and Matt hole up in Isaac's loft, which nobody is staking out despite so much action taking place there. Also why has nobody else rented it yet? Matt paints yet another apocalyptic painting.

I'm sick of this show's whiplash character changes, moron brigade characters and idiot ball plotting.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23 Review

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #23 Predators and Prey

In this okay read, Buffy teams up with Andrew to finally do something about Simone, the slayer who went rogue many issues ago. Maybe she'll finally get around to doing something about Twilight soon. This issue is a heavy handed Andrew lovefest, it's like the writers are going 'He's a loveable nerd. Forgive him for killing Jonathan and being Warren's sidekick. Love him! Love him now!!'. Buffy rants about people lying to her and how only she can rob banks. Simone being a criminal is wrong, only Buffy can commit criminal acts with impunity it seems. In the end, Buffy is ineffective against Simone, this was all about everyone loving Andrew. Xander is as usual ignored and hasn't changed his clothes since issue 1.
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Book Reviews: Spell Games +Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

Spell Games by T.A. Pratt

The 4th in the Marla Mason urban fantasy series after 'Blood Engines', 'Poison Sleep' and 'Dead Reign'.

Marla's con artist brother Jason pays a visit and thus begins a series of disastrous events for Marla. Jason and Marla's sidekick Rondeau plot to con a rich man desperate to be involved in magic. Meanwhile a mushroom worshipping sorcerer pays a visit to Felport, his command of vegetal magic is something to fear. Meanwhile Marla's apprentice Bradley keeps getting hit with a dark vision he cannot decipher.

It all comes together in an explosion of betray and tragedy. This was another excellent entry in the Marla Mason series. It's exciting, compulsively readable and absorbing. I look forward to book 5.

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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn

The 5th novel about Kitty a werewolf/talk radio host. This latest entry in the delightful urban fantasy series sees Kitty and fellow werewolf Ben plan to elope to Las Vegas. However it all goes wrong, the local vampire is a loser, there is another clan of shapeshifters in town and their hotel is playing host to a posse of bounty hunters who come across a rejects from the 'Anita Blake' series.

Kitty has to save the day, or sot of save the day as the ending leaves things mostly unresolved for the next book in the series 'Kitty Raises Hell'. This was a fairly good read with some further worldbuilding done and a new bevy of enemies and allies show up.
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Trailer time

'Hatchet' trailer
This homage to 1970's type horror flicks looks weak.

'The Handmaid's Tale' trailer
Sure it looks good but the trailer gives the whole story away.

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' trailer
I am getting tired of 'CGI stuff getting blowed up real good' movies.

'Knowing' trailer
Okay, this film about numerology and disasters looks cool. I am there.
Richard/Lost

Lost Season 5 Ep 8 review

LaFleur

Locke fixes the time jumps (or does he?). Jin, Sawyer, Juliet and Miles get a glimpse of a huge statue before making one last jump to 1974, where they are now stranded. So Jin, Sawyer, Juliet and Miles and Daniel are now roomies with the Dharma Initiative. Sawyer manages to make them members by talking to Richard when he shows up accusing Dharma of breaking their truce. After three years with Dharma, Sawyer is security chief, Miles and Jin are his deputies, Juliet is a mechanic and Daniel is probably off being mental somewhere. Sawyer is shaken when Jin shows up with Jack, Hurley and Kate in tow, especially as Sawyer is now shacking up with Juliet.

This was good. They are stuck with Dharma and have to live every day, knowing what will happen to them. The fact that Dharma's response to the Hostiles is to consider breaking out the heavy artillery is a good indicator of why the Hostiles decided on the purge. The fact that Dharma and the Hostiles had an uneasy truce is a surprise. Horace knew Richard's name but apparently never wondered why this 'hostile native' wore nice clothes and had an American accent. Horace is married to Amy and has a son with her, making one wonder where Olivia is.

What is the statue of? How far back in the past where they when they saw it? How did it break? Where are the rest of the lostaways? How many of the Dharma people besides Ben joined up with the Hostiles? Juliet did say the Others wiped out most of Dharma. Seeing as Amy safely had her baby, what happened to cause the later fertility problems? Why do the Hostiles want Paul's body? Horace learns his wife kept her dead first husband's necklace and his response is to get blind drunk and toss dynamite into the jungle. Over reaction much? Why did Dharma never wonder who the Hostiles were? They refer to them as hostiles/natives/indigenous people yet never wonder where they're from or why they are so hostile. Horace and Richard know each other. When Richard shows up in the Barracks sparking panic, Horace doesn't seem to wonder how he got there.

The mystery that is the eerie Richard continues to grow. How did he get through the sonic fence? Why isn't he in his raggedy get-up? He was wearing the raggedy get-up when he first met Ben. Widmore claimed that he led the Others and protected the island for three decades, but this ep shows that in 1974, Widmore was no more the leader of the Others than he was in the 50s. Richard refers to the Hostiles as "My people" and seems to have been the one who negotiated the truce with Horace. What is Richard's agenda? There is his menacing of Horace, picking Ben as leader and sticking with him until Locke showed up, making ongoing trips to the mainland, switching between his clean cut outfits and his raggedy jungle outfits and Ben did say he wasn't the leader of the Hostiles at the purge. When was the purge decision made? When and why was Widmore exiled? When did Ben become leader? When and where was Penny born? When Richard met young Ben and Ben asked to join the Hostiles, Richard said he could join them but not yet. He told Ben to be very, very patient. Patient for what? Was the purge already being planned then? Richard always seems calm, yet he and Ben are both fully capable of sociopathic levels of deception and violence.

Best Lines:
"It's Horace, he's got dynamite and he's blowing up trees."

"That fence may keep other things out but not us. The only thing that does keep us out Horace, is our truce. Which you have now broken."

"There are hostile indigenous people on this island and we don't get along with them."
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Movie Review: Watchmen

Watchmen (2009)

In an alternate 1985, a retired 'hero named The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan of 'Grey's Anatomy, 'Supernatural' and 'The Burning Zone') is murdered. Whodunit and why? His former colleague, the sociopath Rorschach decides to find out. Along the way he gets his other former colleagues Silk Spectre II, Nite Owl II, Dr Manhattan and Ozymandias involved. As the convoluted tale unravels flashbacks to the 1940's and Vietnam reveal more of The Comedian's past and reveal him to be an amoral, insane psychopath who ultimately did find one line that he wasn't willing to cross.

This film is violent and has rather too much nudity, the endless showing of Dr Manhattan's big blue parts were a bit much. But Jeffrey Dean Morgan was great as The Comedian and the actor playing the scary nutjob Rorschach was good. However Silk Spectre II can not act, maybe she was cast because she looked good in the yellow latex superhero outfit. If there was a real superhero type in the film it was Nite Owl II. Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II was adorable and cuddly. As Dan he was a middle aged gone to seed type, yet in his costume he was a kickass hero overflowing with kindness, a moral centre and joy at his flying owl ship. Ozymandias was suitably smug, even his costume was smug. What was the point of the gold headband?

The opening sequence which told the story of superheroes and their alternate time line to the tune of Bob Dylan's 'The times, They are changin' was brilliant. A lot of the music in this film was good like Dr Manhattan ending the Vietnam war to the tune of the 'Ride of the Valkyries' and Dan and Laurie/Silk Spectre II having a date to the tune of '99 Red Balloons'. I also loved the number of celebrity/political look-alikes used in this film. There was David Bowie and the Village People hanging out with Ozymandias at Studio 54. Brezhnev and Castro in Moscow. Dr Manhattan meeting JFK, Jackie and their kids. Ozymandias being photographed by Annie Leibowitz.

There were some unanswered questions: The Watchmen don't seem to like each other that much. So why did they work together? Why did they consider themselves friends? Where did Silk Spectre II get her costume from when Nite Owl II decided to get back into the hero gig? What did the Comedian do to Woodward and Bernstein? The fight scenes were good and the big plan was just the sort of thing a sick mind would come up with. I liked this film.