Skip to main content

Saturday TV Update

You are Gollum!
You are Gollum! Oooh. Slimy. You are totally
devoted to the Ring, to the point where it has
actually driven you schizo. Though not really a
looker, you are hugely cunning and always
scheming to get what you want. Very easily
corrupted, but at least you do get the Ring in
the end which is more than Sauron can say! You
are our favourite baddie of them all. Be proud!

Which Lord of the Rings baddie are you? (FINISHED WITH PICS!)
brought to you by Quizilla

Because my cartoons are into repeats, again only one show to cover here. ( I see that Alias is a repeat tonight by the way so this pattern will probably last awhile. )

Deuce apparently believes, if I understood him correctly, that this week's episode of Enterprise was the best of the series. Personally, I don't think it was even the best of the season. ("Twilight" comes immediately to mind.) Don't get me wrong though. This episode was very very good. Shran is a very interesting character and definitely does not appear enough in this series. (Oddly, he appears as often as Q did on TNG yet I still say this.) Even his antennae convey emotion well. Talas was an interesting glimpse at a female Andorian. (I don't recall ever seeing one before.) Deuce said she "was hot." I personally am not into blue-skinned women with antennae but she was not totally hideous and her scenes with Malcolm clearly had sparks flying. Archer's relations with Shran and Malcolm's interaction with Talas finally show in this series a glimpse at how it's possible Humans, Vulcans and Andorians all work together to found the Federation. (I guess we need more Tellerite episodes.) One downside to this episode, and this was pointed out in a another review I read, the scene with Shran and his superior should have been taken out. It would have been better to find out about the Andorians duplicity when Archer did and I can't be the only one watching this episode expecting the Andorians to do something like that anyway.

The aforementioned review wondered why Jeffrey Combs has never been part of a regular cast. At first, I was thinking that you might as well add the late Mark Lenard (who was up for the role of Spock) Mark Alaimo, Suzie Plakson, James Sloyan and J. G. Hertzler to that list since they all have appeared in Trek as numerous characters.

I then thought that with some exceptions, such as when Mark Lenard played the Klingon commander destroyed by V'Ger, you always knew it was them. Not so with Jeffrey Combs. It was a long time before I figured out he was playing both Weyoun and Brunt and you maybe didn't know that, in addition to Shran whom he plays a bit different from the other two characters, he was one of the Ferengi who encountered Enterprise. Yes, I agree. Why hasn't he ever been part of a regular cast?


Popular posts from this blog

Thor Or Thunderstrike?

Marvel screwed the pooch with the Thor  franchise from the beginning. They took the more modern notion that the Asgardians are aliens not gods. In itself, that's fine but I can't help but think that just made it more complicated not less. (Wonder Woman  just killed them off which is better but that's still a big nitpick from me about THAT movie...)

I stopped regularly reading comics  after I graduated college in the early part of the century so I don't know when secret identities became passé but I think this also hurt the franchise. Originally, instead of dropping Thor on his head and giving him amnesia, Odin put him the mortal body of Donald Blake and then Eric Masterson. (Was that a complaint about Ghost Rider? Same concept really...)

In Thor: Ragnarok, to me, this '90's era of the comic where Eric Masterson WAS Thor was the best run of the comic and there were many Easter eggs from that period from Thor's Earth garb (with Mjolnir disguised as an umbrell…

Setup Complete

When I wrote my blog post on the previous Netflix series, Luke Cage, I noted it was only about 90% as dark as Daredevil  and Jessica Jones. Iron Fist  is only about 90% as dark as that series.While that does make me question the Mature rating, I have no problem with that.

I feel in the mood to structure at least the beginning of this review on my feelings on complaints I've heard

1. The acting and writing: I'm sure my bar is lower than others but I feel people who feel the strongest about this have never watched movies on Lifetime or Hallmark. (Oddly, I read a comment on Twitter from a complainer that he had higher hopes for Cloak and Dagger on Freeform than  Inhumans on ABC. Special effects budget, sure but writing and acting? I think that's an iffy wager at best but I digress.)

Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick are great as Danny Rand and Colleen Wing. Danny to me is just as a 25 year old man who spent 15 years cut off from the world as he knew it in a monastery (think ster…

The Blog Comes Around

Went to see Logan yesterday. I had already read tweets claiming it was the "best X-men film to date" which, to be honest, is not the highest of bars to leap over.  After seeing it, I would go much further with my praise. It doesn't really have the feel of a comic book film at all. This leaves both Spider-man 2 and The Dark Knight  in the dust in this respect...

To me, it feels more like a post-apocalyptic film (a genre that seems to get more critical praise, or at least scrutiny, incidentally.)  You have a small group of people, last of their kind, making the journey to Eden. This is the trope found in that genre. Death and bleakness, found also in Westerns, is evident from the Johnny "Man in Black" Cash songbook and the inclusion of Elizabeth Rodriguez best known from the show Orange is the New Black! (Sure, possibly a coincidence but if not? Sweet!) Just because it includes characters from comic, I'm pretty sure award voters will not see it in this respec…