Thursday, October 25, 2007

We Happy Few...

In case you were wondering, today is St. Crispin's Day. So it's a good day to post this!

Hey look! (At about 1:43) It's little Bruce Wayne in the front row!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sad Sparky

Yeah, I'm way behind. Two episodes of Firefly, couple of Heroes (it's slow, but it's good). Been playing Half Life 2.2 / Portals ("...and then there will be cake!") and working on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (December, we mean it this time!).

But this article caught my eye. And I have to say, Sparky's "life of misery" wasn't so secret to anyone who actually READ Peanuts, not just read the greeting cards. Heck, go watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" or "A Charlie Brown Christmas". I'm not saying Schultz was Stephan Pastis or anything. (For one thing, his puns weren't as bad.) But all of the best Peanuts cartoons had a strong undertow of melancholy. And we loved them. I don't know what the book is really like (I still need to get Clarence Thomas' book), but the headline doesn't surprise me in the slightest. "Happiness is a sad song" sounds just about right.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Set Course for Talos IV

Yowza! I know what I'm doing THIS night. It's Remastered, so I won't get to see the REAL Enterprise on the big screen, but this will still be a hoot.

And those "out the window" shots at the Starbase are outstanding.

Still Laughing

It's Saturday and Lobot is still cracking me up.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Five Year Firefly - Our Mrs. Reynolds

Five years later and Fox still sucks. They had my Bug video yanked off of YouTube. Mind you, there's still a TON of Firefly AND Dire Straits videos up there, including whole clips of episodes. Just not mine. But hey, who am I to try and sell their stuff, right? Grrrr. (Arrrgh.)

Gasp! We skipped an episode! Two! Not REAL sure why. I mean, the episode opens with horses, wagons and floral bonnets. To say nothing of the folk talking all manner of peculiar like. So it's not like Our Mrs. Reynolds had a more "westerny" feel (which I gather Fox, um, disliked) than Shindig. But this is OBVIOUSLY why the show was canceled, right? Because they shifted two episodes. Ok, not airing the pilot wasn't bright, but they essentially aired the SECOND pilot. Star Trek did that. I think it was more not having a clue how to advertise it and not accepting anything that didn't have 24 / American Idol ratings. Oh, and their ravenous lust for canceling sci-fi. There's a REASON why Chris Carter shouted loud and often that X-Files wasn't sci-fi.

So here we are with Our Mrs. Reynolds. Written (but not directed by) Joe Sweedon! (Written AND directed by leads to leaf on the wind time. But he totally brings the funny.)

Five years ago I am now officially watching Firefly. Huzzah! And it is one of the best. It has it all. Except River. It has no River to speak of. (Simon has some moments. River has some DISTURBING deleted scenes.) Took me about seven seconds (after I said "Hey! That's Ron Glass! And Adam Baldwin!") to say "Ah. That's the Willow character. And that's Xander flying a spaceship." I didn't figure out that Adam B. was the Cordelia character, but what can you do? Oh, and they had no SOUND when things blew up in space! How COOOOOOL is THAT?

This is an astonishingly quotable ep. "That's a DUMB planet!" "A very special level of hell that they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater." "Nobody's saying that sir." "Yeah, we're pretty much just giving each other significant glances and laughing incesently." "I call her Vera." "QUAINT!" "Some people juggle geese!" "My days of not taking you seriously are definitely coming to a middle." "I wish you hundreds of fat children!" "Is it Christmas?" "I will riddle you with holes." "Isn't that... SPECIAL?"

Inara has some good lines. Morena B. is actually pretty funny. (As opposed to Ron Glass who is high-larious.) YoSafBrige (I'm skipping ahead with the jokes, but I'm a leaf on wind, so sue me) is the companion gone BAD, so Inara actually has something to do! Again, not sure how long they could have kept this up. Yes, I will mention this again. Next week in fact. But it's a nice ep for the Mal/Inara 'shippers.

It's got the classic Joss twist twist twist fakeout. (It's funny! No, it's sexy! Or, funny again. Oh, wait, no, it's actually scary!)

This may be the first mention of "Earth that Was". (Don't recall it in either of the previously aired eps, the skipped eps, or the Unaired Pilot.)

It's got Wash and Zoe being extremely Wash and Zoe at each other. They're very sweet, but they do fight like cats and dogs.

Of course, Saffron was interesting enough to bring back.

And Mal gets to say again how folk don't suck (except Fox). More to the point, someone else gets to tell him how everybody sucks (including Fox) and he gets to say "Oh no they don't either (except for Fox)." Mal is still the BDH. (I'd explain what that means, but we skipped that episode. Stay tuned.)

JAAAAAAAAAAAYNE! The man they call JAAAAAAAAAYNE! See you next week.

Beep beep beep beep beep...

Fifty years ago today the U.S.S.R. started the space race. Excellent try, guys. On October 4th, 1957 it looked like we had already lost.

Of course, on December 24th, 1968 that was clearly not the case.

But this is where it began.

Now I need to go watch The Iron Giant and October Sky.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sheldon! Dune!

Sheldon does more Dune jokes. Here. And here.

Sheldon makes me laugh more than PvP these days. And that's saying something. (It's ok Mr. Kurtz, I still love PvP.)

And in case I never mentioned, here.

(Heroes is still cool. Review up later. I'll try to have this week's Firefly up on time. No, really.)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Rock it out, Lobot!

Ok, this is the funniest thing I've seen in a really really really long time.