There is a new kid on the block

September 29, 2008

I am a very fussy television watcher.  My limits are normally documentaries, films and the news.  However from time to time I will try the occasional pilot of a new TV drama.  I won’t watch a series unless I have seen it from the beginning.  I would have to say that in the past 10 years I have only closely followed two series (excluding Star Trek :p)  Those would be Six Feet Under and Dexter and I love them both.

So we come to the new kid, one that is so far putting them both to shame.

Breaking Bad.

This series is adult drama at it’s best.  It has it all.  From amazingly funny dark, and I mean dark, humour.  To moments of sheer dramatic brilliance.  The line is towed by the star Bryan Cranston who you may remember from Malcolm in the Middle.  To be honest he is the reason I picked it up in the first place.  I thought he was brilliant then and he has taken it to a new level with this.  There are of course downsides.  His sidekick, I don’t know the actor, isn’t on top form so far and for all I know he may never get there.  But…

All in all this is first class drama.  Weighing in at a measly 7 episodes for the first season I hope the second isn’t long in coming.  If you haven’t seen Breaking Bad yet, find it somehow.

Oh, you want to know what it’s about?  Google is your friend.

That is all.

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The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 Episode 1 Review

September 17, 2008

Well, what can I say.  The first episode of the new season is a real cracker.  Picking up the cliff hanger of season 1, which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen it, the episode takes things in brilliant new directions and extends the scope of the series dramatically.

I can’t say too much about plot without giving things away and thus spoiling it for you if you haven’t seen it; but what I can say is that fans of Terminator 2, the film, will be very interested and excited by the end of this episode.

Season 2 appears to be taking what was already building into and excellent series and stepping it up to the next level.  Possibly a level above.  I didn’t expect anything quite this good.


Sarah Connor: Season 2

September 17, 2008

Have been refreshing myself with the series in preparation for Season 2 which I intend to begin watching tonight.

Re-watching season 1 on Blu-Ray has been interesting.  There are still the faults I noticed the first time round such as a very weak first couple of episodes.  This is matched with poor acting from all the main leads, with the exception of Summer Glau who has to appear wooden as part of the role…..  Again, the series perks up a little further in and I have to admit I really am looking forward to this new season.

What else have I been up to?  Finished reading “The Life and Times of the Thunderbold Kid” by Bill Bryson.  Hilarious.  I was litterally crying with laughter in places.  Bryson has got to be up there for me in the favourite author stakes.  Am still reading Moondust about the astronauts who landed on the moon and the collection of Richard P. Feynmans letters.  And…. have started a new book called “The Long Walk” by Slavomir Rawicz, it chronicles the capture of a Polish solider by the Russians in WWII.  Harrowing so far but then that is entertainment…


FireFly

August 16, 2008

I was browsing Amazon for a decent new Sci-Fi series to have a look at when I stumbled across the ‘cancelled during season 1″ series Firefly which spawned the feature film Serenity.

Being the curious soul that I am I did a little research and discovered that this series received almost universal acclaim during and after it’s initial screening.

So I bought the half, but complete, season 1 boxset. And after watching the feature length pilot I am extremely impressed. I found it riveting, with a plot, story arch and acting standard way above anything I have seen in any other sci-fi series. Even above that of my beloved Star Trek.

It is early days and I am about to put on the second episode, but I am guessing you can expect to see a lot more Firefly on this blog in future.


DS9

April 8, 2008

Yes, I have renewed my love affair with Star Trek.

As with most things in my life i go through phases of liking and indulging in them. My affair with Star Trek has spanned most of my life from aged about 11 when I used to watch The Next Generation on BBC2. I come back to DS9 now after not having watched any Star Trek for about a year when I reached the middle or end of Season 3, I forget exactly. But I have Season 3 and 4 on there way to help complete my collection. (I own all 7 seasons of The Next Generation). Then it will no doubt be Voyager for me.

Yes, I am aware that this is considered very sad by most none Star Trek affictionardos, but then my predilection for the unusual is nothing new, and it tends to rotate around the geeky. Anyway, I got my hands on the first few episodes of Season 3 which I have watched tonight and I can say I am back in the swing for when my box sets arrive.


The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

March 24, 2008

So I didn’t get to watch The Orphanage, it’s still on my hitlist however.

I did however get to see the magnificent Le Scaphandre et le papillon.

Based on the book by Jean-Dominique ‘Jean-Do’ Bauby who wrote the book while suffering from ‘Locked In’ syndrome.  It is simply an amazing piece of film making, but not having read the book, (it’s on my amazon wishlist), I can’t compare.  Wrenching, touching and inspiring at the same time, it’s a film I am glad I took the time to visit upon myself.

On something rather lighter, I reached the half season point of The Sarah Connor Chronicles last night.  It is definitely growing on me in a rather geeky sense and I fill definitely be pursuing it to it’s conclusion after it resumes.  If you like your sci-fi soapy and rather bitesized, this one could be for you if you haven’t already caught it.

On a personal note, my insomnia has returned and I am back to being subjected to 5am’s and grumpy periods which affect not only me, but everyone around me.


Ted, Sylvia and Assia

March 21, 2008

My new Goldfish.  I’ll add a picture or two when I remember to take them.  I got them a couple of days ago and the only reason this post took so long is that I was waiting until I had the pictures.  I should still be waiting.  Hardly the most thrilling photographic subjects anyway.

I have started watching The Sarah Connor Chronicles again.  I took a break for a few weeks for some reason, probably just because I didn’t have the time / forgot.  Anyway, I watched episode 6 last night.  It was ok, I still don’t rate the series that highly, though not low enough to quit in the middle, although it seems to be getting fairly decent reviews across the board.  Further episode watching tonight.

Haven’t received my book for review yet, I expect it will be after the Easter weekend now.  Can’t beat free books.  Oh, and according to Amazon.com it is released on the 3rd of April.

I’m off to watch The Orphanage now.  I’ll stick up a short review tomorrow. As per my norm.