Posts Tagged ‘freaks’

ST: Discovery – other voices

Sun ,31/01/2021

good to hear others checking in on what’s good and still needs improvement on this latest year of ST:D….With ‘Discovery,’ ‘Star Trek’ Is Finally Moving Forward

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Ah, poor Keith….

Sat ,30/01/2021

we still remember you….even if this clip itself is pretty old…

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WW84 – not so much…

Sun ,27/12/2020

So, we were eager to see the new WW84 movie on Friday like everyone else, but in the end, the movie is unfortunately fairly mediocre (several spoilers ahead, be forewarned):

1) While it’s certainly ‘made’ very well, and Gal Gadot once again is great in the movie (like the last one), as kerewin said, it could have been fine being a half hour less in length and still told the same story;

2) The whole initial Diana as “overachieving future Amazon” when a small girl was essentially a repeat of the setup from the previous movie – they already told all that once before, so why repeat it?

3) Bringing back Steve Trevor was OK but would have worked far better as a flashback in places rather than an actual ‘character’ in the current movie plot – to wit:

a) anyone can tell you a 1940s pilot cannot simply jump into a modern jet (even if it’s an earlier 70s museum jet – i’m unable to determine what precise model it was – but same diff) and fly it, “just like that”;

b) you also cannot expect to simply fire up a jet that’s been on display in a museum and take off (does it have any fuel? has it been prepped for flight? lots of q’s) let alone fly to CAIRO in it from DC (besides having any fuel at all, does it have the range/enough fuel to fly to EGYPT, period)?

4) How did they get back to DC *from* Cairo? Seems like it happened faster than the actual outbound trip?

5) as cheesy as the Legion of Doom and earlier era Cheetah characters are – their outfit is much better villian-wise. Kristin Wiig is good in the movie, but the outfit is at best silly.

6) A cheetah may be by definition an ‘apex predator’ – but if you truly wanted to be the best ‘cat’ predator, a African lion, Asian tiger or others like the puma or snow leopard are much more the real deal. None of those may run 70mph (in very, very short bursts, truth be told) but the cheetah in many ways is a simply much faster cat version of a coyote or hyena – despite not being a pack hunter – and in its environment, there are other predators (e.g. hippo for one, besides the African lion) that are far more dangerous.

7) The whole ‘flying’ thing at the end doesn’t make sense to me. If she had that ability, she’d have had it on the Amazon island to begin with and they’d all have been flying around (instead of just amazing jumps and gymnastics, which seem the *actual* ability). I get the skill of being able to ‘flip’ herself into the air and ricochet off things using the magic lasso – that’s fine. But that doesn’t bestow the ability of flight?

8) Finally, at the end of the first movie, Bruce Wayne mailed her a bunch of the 40s photos, etc. that include her group photo with Steve Trevor and the rest of them in WWII. So that implies both that Batman exists (also proven by the other JL movie itself) and, that Batman knows who she is. So last time I checked, Batman was around in the 80s too? So where the F is he? Surely he’d have seen all the ‘make a wish’ broadcasts at minimum, if not leading an investor revolt against them, etc.)?

This last is one of the truly major plot flaws in nearly all ‘big team’ superhero movies – e.g. where were all the X-Men when the Avengers were otherwise teaming up with all the OTHER Marvel heroes to fight Thanos? When Cap and The Winter Soldier were fighting Hydra (the ‘bad’ former Nazi org that apparently owns its OWN fleet of invisible, underground-moored flying aircraft carriers to rival that of SHIELD) they make mention of Iron Man and then that ‘he’s busy and can’t help’ – WTF? Either they’re all there or they’re not? Same should apply to DC – either in WW’s universe Batman and the rest don’t exist – or they do, and they should be showing up? Lame.

Generally speaking the movie is decent – there’s far worse out there in either the MU (and certainly as regards DC superhero movies past and present) but there’s also far better, including the previous WW movie as a prime example of arguably the best DC superhero movie, certainly the best recent one (the first couple Christopher Reeve Superman movies are definitely otherwise up there too)….I was waiting (in vain) for General Zod to show up, but Terence Stamp must have been in lockdown already….sigh.

Other opinions:
Victoria Advocate
Cinemayward
IGN

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funny…

Tue ,22/12/2020

and again – RIP.

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Ultraman is BACK.

Sun ,29/11/2020

So I never got around to watching the original 60s cheesy live-action Ultraman – always more a Gojira guy, but maybe someday. In the meantime, Netflix has been doing a bunch of new, original anime, and they put out a season of Ultraman last year – i have to say, despite the usual anime sometimes-main-character-silliness, it’s actually pretty good, especially the buildup to the last few episodes of season 1 – here’s to season 2 – maybe they can do these faster than live-action given CV19 production and content development limitations?

here’s the trailer for season 1 – great stuff!

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ah, Dweezil….

Sat ,22/08/2020

he flies under the radar but he’s definitely up there in the guitar god pantheon – great intro story on this one…

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Devs….Hm…..

Sun ,26/07/2020

So, I recently watched Devs – not sure what I think about this mini-series, quite honestly (partial spoilers coming, be forewarned):

On the one hand, it’s **very** well made, both the tech angle as well as simply production values and cinematography. They didn’t skimp on the budget, even though there’s really only two well known actors in it, Nick Offerman and Alison Pill, the latter of whom I wouldn’t even have known about but for her similarly-excellent work in Star Trek: Picard of late.

All the actors are very good too, especially the main overt villain, security guy Kenton (most of the characters in this movie have at least some aspect of villainy in their actions and dialogue, though). You really want Kenton to meet a bad end by the end of the series, to be sure.

It’s a really dark show, like much of TV sci-fi of late (Dark, Westworld, etc.) – not sure if that’s a reflection of our times, or just of recent screenwriting/market trends, but there it is.

Another comment i’ll make is the blatantly obvious (to the viewer only at first, but later you can tell other characters know too) endgame of Forest (Nick Offerman’s central character). While by the end he kind of ends up getting a “version” of what he wants, the end (to me) leaves too many plotlines untied. They all but ignore the rationale for all the money, time and effort spent in building the system in the first place to simply rationalize it (to the Senator visiting) about why it has to ‘survive’ – for Forest’s original reason…?  And ok, they have a small dev team but there’s no way they could spend the kind of money they claim (directly or indirectly) they did to build the facility and computer and still keep it all under wraps like that?  Come on.

Second, Stewart’s role in the end two episodes is simply inconsistent with the previous plot and un-believable. If he really felt that way, he could have told the police instead of acting on his own (and strictly speaking, making himself a bad actor in the end too). Not consistent.

Third, the way Katie (to me it was pretty clear, no matter what the plot wants you to believe) tricks Lyndon in the end was pretty much BS. And that he bought into it – despite being a brilliant late-teen computer geek and young, he still should have seen through it – If Lily could have seen through everything (and ultimately does by the end), he should have too.

Finally, the overlying ‘determinism is the nature of the world’ commentary going on as of the 2-3rd episode onward by Forest, Katie and others is also BS. No matter how great their computer, software or otherwise might become, there’s simply NO WAY to model the entire universe to do what they claim it can do. And yes, the counterargument to that is ‘well, it’s never been done – yet’ – yeah right, and “this plot has never been used – yet” by many other previous stories and thinkers – give me a break. The show even doesn’t take itself completely seriously given a character’s passing comment about techies ‘thinking they are messiahs’ – and then proceeds to ignore it’s own self-awareness? Nope, doesn’t work.

In short – this *is* entertaining, well-made fare but not for everyone and you may find it doesn’t work for you for the above (or even different) reasons, of course.

Candybowl

promising?

Sat ,18/07/2020

Discovery Season 1 was GREAT. Season 2 was so-so. There were flashes of brilliance but the long-term plot was way over-convoluted and seemed to meander way, way too much – a lot like one of the last seasons of BSG until they got it together at the end. this Season 3 trailer looks good though….in the meantime there’s Doom Patrol and The Umbrella Academy about to resume end of this month….

miss The Ox….

Sun ,21/06/2020

need to find that Thunderfingers DVD out there somewhere, maybe Scarecrow??

plenty more where that came from:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=thunderfingers

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new Ghost in the Shell…SAC_2045

Sat ,20/06/2020

Didn’t even know about this until a friend mentioned it, so naturally had to bing-watch the first season (only 12 episodes avail. at the moment).

So here’s my take on it so far (some spoilers, so be forewarned):

1) Same characters as Stand Alone Complex – they spend the first couple episodes ‘getting the gang back together’ as it were. As seen near the end of the previous series (because ARISE was a prequel to SAC if memory serves, will have to go watch that again now too I guess 🙂 ) the world has been divvied up into four major ’empires’, and Japan is kind of an also-ran country now as primarily allied within the American Empire.

2) The animation is much more like a videogame this time around, no longer 2D cartoon-drawn-style. I have to say I prefer the earlier style, but this isn’t bad. I think they start to hit their stride a few episodes in – the first few to me looked way too ‘Playstation’ like but it improves over time.

3) The Tachikomas are back, albeit there are a bit fewer of them. Otherwise largely the same, very capable but more comic relief in some ways – there’s also a new character, a PhD math wizard chick (Purin) who in some ways is similar, other ways much smarter. While she has a cyberbrain like the others, she is more akin to Chief Aramaki and Togusa – not a cyborg.

Some additional comments:

a) like the reviewer comment from the IMDB page, the plot takes a bit to really get going, so looking forward to next season given it’s nowhere near resolved by the end.

b) while they are minor characters in the other series too, both Borma and Paz show up only later and I don’t think Paz even has one line of dialog that I can remember – yet.

c) like all GITS shows – barring the lamely-executed American movie with Scarlet J, which was about as effective a ‘translation’ to live action as the Aeon Flux movie was (in other words, fairly major disappointment) – it’s far better to watch these in Japanese with subtitles, IMHO. Same as with Initial D and other anime i’ve watched – you just get a much better sense of the characters and the way that here too – the ‘posturing’ goes on between them, here mostly for Batou but the Major does a bit of it from time to time too.

d) another nit: I’m not sure on timelines here, but I’d have thought that Solid State Society was the last Stand Alone Complex series/movie/etc. (again, ARISE is a prequel so it predates Section 9 being created, kind of a Major Motoko ‘origin story’?) – but acc to IMDB that’s set in 2034, whereas this is supposedly 2045? I realize most of Section 9 are cyborgs so no issue, but Togusa and Aramaki? Hmm…..

So, all in all i’m eager to see more, the premise here (which I didn’t spoil for you) is actually pretty great, lots more to explore here.

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