amnesiack: (rar)
I don't actually have cable or even an antenna for my tv, but I'm pretty good at acquiring television programs in which I have an interest through a variety of other means. So, last night Lesley and I watched the premiere of The Walking Dead.

We both have a weird relationship with the comics on which this show is based. They start off very, very strong, with the author doing exactly what he promises: showing us the aftermath of a zombie outbreak and following it forward in time long after most zombie stories stop. However, somewhere around volume 6 or 7 (I think) it started to go off the rails in a pretty major way, with the zombie survival nature of the book taking a major back seat to a series of ridiculous and crazy human antagonists. I understand why this happened; if you're going to sustain a long-running story over the course of many years, you're going to have to provide some variety, and this is one of the methods by which Kirkman is attempting to do just that. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work for me.

So, back to the tv show: it was very, very good. AMC has a bit of a reputation for making really good original material but falling flat on their faces with remakes and adaptations, but they definitely succeeded here. The pacing was good, there were lots of great character moments and emotional depth, and they did a good job of introducing the concept without retreading all the same ground that every other zombie movie/book/series has already covered. I have no idea if they'll be able to (a) sustain it and (b) avoid the pitfalls of the comic. Heck, I don't even know if they see the later volumes of the comic as pitfalls to be avoided. Still, I really enjoyed the first episode, and I'm cautiously optimistic about the rest going forward.
amnesiack: (american astronaut)
At his recent keynote speech at the New York Television Festival, former Star Trek writer and creator of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica Ron Moore revealed the secret formula to writing for Trek.


He described how the writers would just insert "tech" into the scripts whenever they needed to resolve a story or plot line, then they'd have consultants fill in the appropriate words (aka technobabble) later.


"It became the solution to so many plot lines and so many stories," Moore said. "It was so mechanical that we had science consultants who would just come up with the words for us and we'd just write 'tech' in the script. You know, Picard would say 'Commander La Forge, tech the tech to the warp drive.' I'm serious. If you look at those scripts, you'll see that."




-- From scifiwire.com

The Wire

Mar. 15th, 2007 10:04 am
amnesiack: (blue sun)
Is anyone here familiar with the tv show The Wire? My new cyberpunk game (Future Imperfect) is taking a heavy turn in the espionage/black ops direction, with a lot of the backroom dealing and mistrust of your fellow operatives that goes along with it. I watched a lot of Le Femme Nikita back in the day, and I'm marginally familiar with Alias and a number of spy movies, but I hear that The Wire is a very good source for this type of material. Beyond that, though, I know next to nothing about the show, and I'd rather get your opinions before I hunt down internet reviews from strangers.
amnesiack: (blue sun)
The Sci-Fi Channel is making a tv show based on the Terminator movies called The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This wouldn't normally be the sort of thing I'd comment on, since I'm only marginally a fan of the first two movies, and I never saw the third, but Summer Glau will be playing one of the Terminators on the show, and I'm always excited to see new work from a former Firefly cast member. Add this to the fact that the last few years have proven that "Sci-Fi Channel original" doesn't automatically mean "crappy show/movie" anymore, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with this.

I live!

Oct. 20th, 2006 06:34 pm
amnesiack: (blackmage)
Just in case anyone missed it, Veronica Mars totally endorsed Guitar Hero in this week's episode. Take that, you nay-sayers.
amnesiack: (skull panda)
At one point during the first episode of the third season of Veronica Mars (which premiered last night) Mac says, "It's like we never left Neptune High." Unfortunately, I sort of felt the same way. I really hope they don't try to keep the same mentality of the first two seasons, just with a different campus in the background. Frankly, as much as I like the show, the parts that focused on the fact that they were in High School were always the least interesting and most poorly-conceived parts of the show.

Also, the new version of the opening theme song is really awful.

Cheers.
amnesiack: (scottbass)
I know this is a very, very long shot, as I would probably have heard about this already, but is anyone here attending San Diego Comic Con? I require Sex Bob-Omb t-shirts, and I do not want to wait until they are available through mailorder.



On a totally unrelated note, I finished the 4th disk of season 1 of Veronica Mars last night, and I am 93.2% certain that I know who killed Lilly Kane.
amnesiack: (littlehellboy)
A few years ago, Mike Mignola, best known as the creator of the comic book series Hellboy, wrote and drew a hilarious one-shot comic called The Amazing Screw-On Head. It's a combination of Lovecraftian/Victorian horror, steampunk trappings, pulp, slapstick, and general Mignola-weirdness that must be seen to be believed. And now you can see it in full moving-picture, animatastic glory!

The SciFi channel has commissioned the pilot episode of an animated series based on the one-shot comic. It is located at http://www.scifi.com/amazingscrewonhead/. Not only is it complete and total genius, but it features Paul Giamatti as Screw-On Head. Everyone should go watch this, and then say good things about it in the online survey so that SciFi will commission additional episodes.

Huzzah!
amnesiack: (angelpuppet1)
Okay, what the crap was going on with that ending for the season finale of Supernatural? We don't even know if there's going to be a second season, and they do this to us? Mutiny!

Also, the new Superman Returns trailer looks way better than the teaser, as in it actually makes me want to see the movie rather than just go to it out of obligation to the fact that it's a comic book movie.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday for Americans!
amnesiack: (blue sun)
It's a crazy notion, the sort of thing that doesn't happen in the real world. But, generally speaking, so was the idea of making a major motion picture based on a tv show that was cancelled half-way through its first season. If they can pull it off, more power to them.

Firefly Season 2?"
amnesiack: (littlehellboy)
Making Aquaman a teenager and giving him the ability to whirl up little bolts of water than can knock Superman back 30 or 40 feet when they hit him does not make Aquaman any less lame than he has always been.

And that crack about the JLA at the end? I wanted to strangle the tv.
amnesiack: (Default)
I attended my first SIFF movie on Saturday night with [livejournal.com profile] covenantscave. The Warrior was a British film set in feudal India (and done all in Hindi) about an enforcer for a local lord and his eventual desertion and quest to come to terms with his past. It was an excellent movie watched in excellent company.

I've also begun watching the first season of Babylon 5 recently, also curtesy of [livejournal.com profile] covenantscave. It has long been a mark against my geek credentials that I had only seen part of two episodes of this highly-touted series. I've seen two episodes so far, and I have mixed feelings about it at this point, but as I said to Will on Saturday, I can tell that it is a series for which judgement should be withheld until you've gotten a good way into the continuity.

Cheers.

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