October 06, 2006
The Lord of the Rings
By George Lucas. Just the thing for gritty, surburban nine-year olds.*
*This is a low impact day at Flea Towers. I have belatedly picked up the cold that has been going around and, having stayed home from work, am being evicted from my place of sanctuary by electrical goings on. Such is the price of ongoing access to modern conveniences including the wonders of "the internet". But, while I have the floor, I would like to say that I will never forgive George Lucas for the debacle he made of so-called Episodes I, II and III. Weeping Gorilla says we expect too much of the man: But Weeping Gorilla is wrong. Seriously, "just like we did on NAH-boo". It's Na-BOO for frak's sake. If you cannot be bothered to consistently pronounce your own baby ka-ka do-do made up place names I cannot be bothered to lend your farcical would-be prequels any suspension of my disbelief. The franchise is dead to me now.**
**As is the re-visioned Battlestar Galactica which jumped the shark big time at the end of Season II. So much for television.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 6, 2006 10:27 AM
There's always The Unit and Heroes.
Posted by: Chris Taylor at October 6, 2006 05:56 PM
I should confess there is a show I have been watching and enjoying but, as I am still catching up on old episodes and a paranoid about anyone telling me anything about the plot, I will hold off on writing about it...
Huh? One episode and you're tossing it in the can? Oh ye of little faith(except in Cuthulu(I know, I'm not funny and shouldn't even try anymore, sigh))...
It was kinda dark. It was cliched and loaded with holier than thou messages. So? The entire series has had those moments strewn thru it(the diplomacy/peace with cylons terrorists. The abortion debate. the faith vs reason debate that's been just below the surface.) If it sucks for the reason of being preachy it's always sucked because it's always been preachy.
One of the major elements those of us who have watched both knew was coming up is now coming up---the destruction of one of the battlestars. That ought to be interesting. He's following the original series with some modifications. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't have the 'god' episode at some point. I wonder what will take the place of the giant white crystal and the piercing hum as it chases down vipers?
But there's some interesting stuff here, Prof Flea. THe duality of Galactica Sharon and Starbuck changing sides(very yin/yang). The descent into madness by Tai. The Guatemalan death squadsman who struggles with his conscience played off the righteous anger of Tyrel. Interesting stuff. Not all crap. A lot of it was, but not all because the strength of the show has always been the stories it tells about the people. I'll continue to see if it continues to slide. A show isn't over after three consecutive bad episodes. It's just in a slump.
Call me a flake, but I like Ep 3. It had issues, but overall it told a decent story about descent into madness thru grief, too much power, and the delusions that power give you. Maybe that's because I haven't read the dozens upon dozens of books that told that story better, as you have Herr Flea, but if you're like me it broached the subject in a baby's intro to solids way. And having watched the Originals again(I am old enough to have seen all three in original release in the theatres) I'm not sure they were that good anyway.
Extended Battlestar comment... tomorrow at the Flea!
(dons hockey pads)
Me thinks I'm gonna get thumped. (whimper)