March 29th, 2010

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Heroes Season 4 Ep 14 Review

Close to You

Noah continues his obsession with Samuel and stalks Samuel’s old love Vanessa (Kate Vernon). Noah never learns does he? He stalks people, commits breaking and entering and orders Matt to mind screw Vanessa.

Ando actually uses his power as he and Hiro bust Suresh out of the nut house. The nut house Hiro dumped Suresh in many eps ago. Angela warns Peter that Emma will kill thousands. Peter smashes Emma’s cello which upsets her. Ando has no dignity and somehow cures Hiro’s brain with his red lightening. Noah runs around with a gun and a taser looking like a serial killer. Noah alienates everyone. This was totally stupid.

What is TPTB obsession with Samuel, Noah, Peter and Sylar? Who is the father of Lydia’s snotty daughter? How did Matt get away with his rampage? And why is Matt now unemployed?

Best Lines:
“There’s nothing you can do to save her.”

“Half this family is dead.”

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Scary trailers

The Roost’ trailer
What is this about and does it even have a budget?

The House of the Devil’ trailer
This looks creepy.
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Tape Tale of 200?

Cleared out a tape from 2000/2001ish. It had one ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, two ‘X Files’ eps and one ‘Xena, Warrior Princess’ ep on it.

The ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ ep was the season 4 ‘The Initiative’ in which TPTB beat viewers over the head with how cool and nice Riley Finn was. Riley is a TA, a frat boy and a demon hunting vigilante. He also likes Buffy. TPTB wanted us to love him. Riley and his idiot pals hunt Spike after he escapes the Initiative which is located under Riley’s frat house. Xander serves no purpose but to make stupid comments, Buffy’s dumb and thankless.

Riley punches Parker out and courts Buffy. Harmony annoys. She and Xander have a slap fight. The icy Professor Walsh seems to be the only woman in the Initiative which looks like its HQ is made of tin foil. Riley is devoid of personality. The Initiative only wear their masks when it serves a dramatic purpose. Why does no-one stake Spike? Why do Buffy and Willow dress like their wardrobe was inspired by a packet of chewy fruits? The Initiative doesn’t seem particularly stringent in their choice of recruits. Buffy and Riley clash during the Spike hunt which was an interesting idea but it got tossed too soon. The stupid chip-in-Spike’s-head plot begins. There is a night vision raid on Buffy’s dorm. While this ep had a few good lines it signified the catastrophic dismantling of the central tenets of the show. This was a dull, dreary, resolutely interest-free zone.

Best Lines:
“I need to go find something slutty to wear tonight.”

“Oh, shut up.”

“If you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel.”

“I need space.”
“We’re outdoors.”

“Are you drunk?”
“Yes! Go and report me.”

Then there was ‘The X Files’ season 6 ep ‘Milagro’ in which Scully has a stalker, again. Mulder yaps on about psychic surgery. People are having their hearts ripped out and it all ties into the stalker who narrates the ep and can change reality with his typing. Scully looks bored, the mystical BS narration annoys and this is all eminently mockable.

The second ‘The X Files’ season 6 ep was ‘Trevor’ in which a prisoner held in general odium escapes. The prisoner is purposely mean, nasty, selfish, harsh and has anger issues. Mulder and Scully are not too bright. June the prisoner’s old lady has reinvented herself but her old flame who is stroppy and can walk through walls is after her. This was dull.

Finally there was the season 6 ‘Xena, Warrior Princess’ ep ‘Return of the Valkyrie’ which was the final part of a trilogy which was a mash up Beowulf and Wagner’s Ring cycle. The first two episodes in the trilogy were great, this is a letdown. Basically evil Xena was a valkyrie and made the evil ring. A year has passed since the events of the previous episode. Xena had curse induced amnesia and Gabrielle’s sleeping on a crag guarded by an eternal flame. Only her soulmate can free her. Now who could that be? The valkyrie who evil Xena turned into a tree monster continues stomping around her bog

There are flashbacks, bimbo valkyries, bad acting, terrible blue screen effects, Xena wails, Odin sneers and a slutty evil valkyrie sneers too. Plus there are many, many unnecessary fight scenes that serve as padding. Then there are the unnecessary visions, these characters have the IQ’s and humane fellow feelings of a virus.

The evil valkyrie who looks like a transvestite donkey witch is kicked into the eternal flame. Xena saves Gabrielle. The ring is returned to the maidens. This was a damp squib ending.

Best Lines:
“I’d like to catch up but I’m afraid killing you is going to make that a bit difficult.”

“I’ve waited a long time for this.”
Wait longer.”
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Flashforward Ep 11 review

Revelation Zero, Part 1

There is a portentous opening, Olivia continues to drool over Lloyd and coddle Dylan, Mark has to see a shrink and Simon annoys. Timothy, a window washer turned preacher spouts cod philosophy, Olivia just will not stop her emotional adultery, Janis is fooled and Simon is carried off by the heavies of the baddie (Ricky Jay). Dylan is still in hospital being a bed blocker; this is ludicrous at this point.

Bryce is once again ignored by TPTB, Nicole sees the man who will drown her while Lloyd and Simon are informed that they didn’t cause the blackout after all. Mark recalls more of his flashforward and learns there will be another blackout. Aaron and Mark forget they had a falling out. Lloyd’s being keeping secrets. This was good.

What is up with Nicole’s nutty mother? Is Sanctuary all it seems? What did cause the blackout? Why didn’t Lloyd reveal that there will be another blackout earlier? What is up with Red Panda?

Supernatural Season 5 Ep 9 Review

The Real Ghostbusters

Sam and Dean arrive at a sparsely populated ‘Supernatural’ fan convention run by the annoying Chuck and Becky. Various people dressed as ‘Supernatural’ characters run around; there seem to be very few women in attendance.

As “dudes wearing MacGyver jackets” run around LARPing and re-enacting dramatic scenes from the past in dramatic voices, real ghosts show up. Sam, Dean and two idiots must save the day. The gang of dysfunctional derelicts defeat the ghosts despite some bad editing. This was okay. Fans use the aliases Agents Lennon, McCartney, Jagger and Richards. That’s funny. The stupid Colt is brought up again, that’s just tired.

Best Lines:
“Who gave you the rights to our life story?”
“An Archangel.”

“We generally don’t like to publicise this to, you know, normal people