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Jericho

Jericho (Photo credit: Seetheholyland.net)

‘Revolution’

Third episode of Revolution is coming up tonight (and will either be playing or passed by the time people get around to reading this), but this mostly is my over-all gist of the show so-far. I didn’t want to really say anything after the first ep, because it really didn’t do more than just barely introduce characters, but now that we have two eps in, we have a little more story established.

Right now, I’m having a love/hate relationship with it. I like it, mostly because frankly, it takes little for me to like anything with even the slightest hint of scifi, plus, it does have enough drama going on to make you care about the characters and want to know what’s going to happen next. But, main issue is that it is incredibly unoriginal. Not even because of the post-apocalyptic concept in general, I mean, the way it’s actually being done, I feel like someone just carbon-copied ‘Jericho’ or ‘Jeremiah.’ When Uncle Miles talks in his slow, nonchalant none-caring tone, instead of seeing a battle-ready badass, I see Luke Perry.

Of’course, I don’t say this because I really have an issue with another ‘Jericho,’ or even any other of the many post-apocalyptic themed shows, I actually liked them (‘Jericho’ was a bit boring and a bit difficult to get into, and I wouldn’t list it on my list of favorites, but I do still watch it whenever Syfy re-runs it). The main issue I have with this is that from seeing what it resembles, we can also predict how the show will result—not in story, but in chances of there being a next season. With it being on NBC, it might at least get a second season—though, if it was Fox, we’d already know not to bother getting too attached, ‘cause we’d be lucky if they let it finish the first.

This flimsy life-line that the show’s being given bothers me more because that seems to be the over-all state of sci-fi on television at all, so any hit taken to the genre, is a hit that is truly felt.

So, my rating I guess will be based more on my hopes and expectations for the show than on my actual enjoyment of it (if you’re a scifi geek like me, you’ll watch it either way). For now, 3 out of 5… and I feel like I’m pushing optimism greatly with that.

Weeping Angels

Weeping Angels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Doctor Who’

Episode 5 of season 7, the mid-season finally, “the Angels Take Manhattan.’

Normally when most shows take a mid-season break, they leave on a note that was barely different from any other episode, but Doctor Who seems to be going out of its way to leave an impression that sits with you waiting for the next episode. Last season, they had an all out war at Demons Run that ended with Amy and Rory’s baby being taken, their kid then turned out to be River, and now… we just killed Amy and Rory.

Since ‘Blink,’ the Weeping Angels have been one of my favorite monsters of Doctor Who, and have suggested to many people who aren’t Whovians to at least watch that one ep. So, hearing that it was going to be a Weeping Angel episode already had me excited, but adding in with it that it was going to be Amy and Rory’s end… well, damn. Though we all knew the time had to come, but still… started growing rather attached to them… I have Karen Gillan on FB… their characters were just by far some of my favorite of the entire Doctor’s companions together or apart yet. But yet, they’re gone now.

If you haven’t seen it yet, and it’s still collecting dust on your DVR, I won’t say how it ended exactly, but there’s Weeping Angels, so, if you remember how they work (though their last appearance didn’t really get much into it—too distracted by the crack in the wall), you already know there’s going to be some crazy timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff going on. And of’course, we have River doing her thing (you know, I really wish they could give her a spin-off, she’d be so much more interesting than Captain Jack—even if we already know how her story ends).

The story in general, they’re chillin’ in present time New York, Rory gets zapped by an Angel baby (‘cause they have those now), gets sent back to the 1920s (so it gets to have a pulp-fiction mystery vibe to it—‘cause those are the best vibes), runs into River who was doing whatever River does when we don’t see her. While reading all this in present-time in a book (can’t do DVD Easter-eggs all the time), the Doctor and Amy decided they might want to join in. So, they do that. We’re all in the 1920s where there’s a guy collecting Angels, that really isn’t an issue much; the issue is actually the aforementioned book. It’s filled with spoilers! Though, they don’t read the book itself anymore, ‘cause that would make it carved in stone and unchangeable, can’t do that. But they read chapter titles… good idea at the time, until you read one that suggests that Amy might die soon. Doctor has a tantrum about fix points, and paradoxes happen, and we’re fine. And, the end… I told you I’m not saying how it happened; now don’t make me have to relive it… I’m still crying damn’it!

Well… we are now Amy and Rory free, and we are sitting in wait for the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. I’m not sure how long the wait will be, though the Christmas episode trailer is already up on BBC, I don’t really expect to see her appear there—Christmas companions never seem to stay after the episode.

So, um, I guess we have a rating to give… um, 4 out of 5, I would give it a full 5, but it made me cry… that’s not cool.

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For those who enjoyed the single review that has been written so far, you will be grateful to know that there will be more to come. Although, when I wrote the bit for ‘Hunger Games,’ it was intended more as a means of relieving a rant, not so much as a continuing thing, but it seems that ranting reviews get the best reader response, so… I’ll see about doing more.

Note, however, that, like pretty much everything else in this blog so far, there will be no schedule. this being mostly because I don’t really come across things that put me in the need for a “review” all the time (I will not be reviewing everything that I come across just to get a review in—that’s boring). But, I will be reviewing TV, Movies, and Books when I come across them as “review-able.”

As for movies, I don’t get to the theaters as much as I would like, so we will not get many in-theater reviews. And since every DVD/Blu-ray rental company seems to be going under or, out of nowhere, deciding they don’t feel like doing that anymore after making everyone go under (Netflix are dicks!), there will be few new to rental reviews (although, in cases such as ‘Hunger Games,’ if I’m driven by temptation enough, I will rent it from Amazon Instant or Redbox). As for older movies, I have just finally given in to restarting my Netflix account with a one month free bribe from them (but I’m still mad), so there will possibly be an onslaught of older movie reviews coming for at least about a month’s worth (more if they can keep me tempted enough). For example, I have finally gotten around to watching ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’… there will definitely be a “review” of that later.

For TV, I won’t do many of these, but if something new/interest comes on, I’ll do one. Such as ‘Revolution’ just coming out—though it had a preview on for a bit now, I will try to at least wait long enough for others to see it first as to avoid spoilers (you’re welcome ahead of time, everyone that watches ‘Walking Dead’—your FB friends might not care that it’s still waiting on your DVR, but I understand your pain). Even more, I will not be doing a review for every single episode of my favorite shows, despite how tempting it might actually be (sorry, fellow Whovians, you’ll just have to shut-up and watch the show like everyone else), I keep it down to more of the episodes that stand out as significant—pilots, season premiers, finales… and maybe if something just extra crazy happened.

Books, honestly, I haven’t fully decided how I want to pull this part off. I read at least two books at a time (one at work, which tends to be a couple pages per break; and one at home, which depends on how long I can stay awake—varies from about two words to four chapters +/-). Plus, when I write a book review, I get flashbacks of the thing they make you do back at school so they can bash out any traces of joy you could have gotten out of reading, and make sure you only see it as a demeaning chore (at least that’s what I always got out of book reports… luckily I usually blew them off, and just copied the crap on the back, so my joy of reading survived with a vengeance). Plus, when it comes to book reviews, it’s different than other reviews. For one, for obvious reasons, it hit rather close to home, and even with personal involvement aside, I still have more respect for authors than movie producers—even though ‘the Hunger Games’ wasn’t one of my favorite books, I do know what Sue put into her story, if for no other reason than knowing what I put into mine, writers fill their stories with their spirits and it becomes as much them as if it was them—even ‘Twilight,’ granted, I mock it to death at any chance I get, and bash the weak female protagonist it portrays, but I respect Stephenie Meyer for trying to expose her world to us (even if I don’t personally like her world, I respect what it is). And the nearest future for this, I have already started a review on Orson Scott Card’s ‘The Lost Gate,’ so that will be coming eventually.

In addition, if any one who is a writer has a book they would like me to review, feel free to make the request, although, be warned: I will give it a completely honest review. I will at least be nice enough that if the book is really bad to the point of it being difficult to find any positive points about it (reference ‘the Hunger Games’ review), then I will not write a review for it at all, but, if you would like, I will at least relay what the basic issues with it were in private, especially if it’s a pre-published version. And, if you do make a request for a review, please understand, that I have a day job, plus my own writing, plus, as mentioned, I read at least two other books at a time, so the amount of time it may take me to get through your books can not be determined, and this is also only assuming I choose to take on the venture of reading and reviewing your book at all—I completely maintain the power to turn down requests. If you would like, I can even relay the review to any other review site your book exists on as well (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.).