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More Good Things and 'Flash Gordon'

First off, I'm watching General Hospital on SoapNet right now and they just had a promo for the 10,000th episode of One Life to Live and who did I see? Nathan Fillion! It's so weird seeing him back there, but he looked like he was having a lot of fun so I'll definitely check it out next week.

Apparently Dragon Con guest updates are not quite as widespread as I thought so, for those who don't know, Katee Sackoff has had to cancel, presumably for filming of The Bionic Woman. For those deeply disappointed by the news, I empathize. I went through the same thing two years ago when Jamie had to cancel and, who knows, he may yet have something come up. If that should happen, the blow would be cushioned by...OMG CLAUDIA BLACK IS GOING TO BE AT DC! This is unbelievable news for three reasons. One, outside of a few official Farscape cons, she doesn't do cons. Two, I've heard she doesn't do autographs and most of the attendees come to make more than a few bucks off of those. And, three, she'll be in an advanced state of pregnancy. danceswithwords and I think MGM may have a little bit to do with her appearance - wanting to keep the enthusiasm up for SG1 while we endure the wait for those DVD releases and she seems like a good sport.

In TV viewing, I'm enjoying Burn Notice more each week. And I'm sure that had nothing to do with Jeffrey Donovan in a tight black tee. Nope, nothing at all. ;) The other thing I liked is the show finally crossed that line and had Michael really get his hands dirty by being involved in a murder. Thus far, the people he's gone after have either been arrested or allowed to get away. Michael's fulfilled his commitment to the people who have employed him, keeping them safe, but the show has never addressed what about potential victims outside of Miami once the perpetrators flee? No, that isn't Michael's problem. In his former line of work he couldn't become consumed with thoughts of crimes yet to happen or collateral damage. He'd have a job to do and that had to be his focus. He's merely taking the same approach to his work now.

He doesn't have to pull the trigger or plant the bomb here, he has a volunteer to do it for him, but you still see he's affected. It's not the who that is about to die that bothers him, but how the choices you have to make change you. In this case, he is doing a bad thing for a good reason, but how many supposedly good things has he done for bad reasons?

I'm not sure what to make of Fiona and Michael's hook up, yet. Obviously there were/are a lot of unresolved feelings there and Fiona wants to address them, but Michael is completely unwilling. The morning after they both have that 'this was a mistake' reaction, but is it because what they had is really over or because it's just too soon to try and get that back?

I had very, very low expectations for Flash Gordon and the show managed to meet those expectations and go lower. I mean, I wasn't counting on offensive Mexican stereotypes. Or costumes apparently designed by a Project Runway reject. And there was the makeup which perhaps was meant as a homage to the 1980's film, but considering the bad acting, cringe inducing writing, and overall crappy production values I just assumed this was another aspect of the producers laziness. Thirty minutes in I was longing for the 1980 version and the Hawkmen to come flying in. At least that film had a sense of cheesy fun about it. It seriously pisses me off that we lose SG1 and the flawed, but at least they gave a damn The Dresden Files for this dreck.

And who thought Eric Johnson could carry a series? Maybe he had his fans on Smallville and I'm just not aware of them. He's not as hot as they keep telling us he is, his acting is mediocre at best, and he has zero charisma. Not to mention no chemistry with the actress playing Dale (who sucks as well). I may have to change my meter from "It's 'Painkiller Jane' bad" to "It's 'Flash Gordon' bad".

I saw The Bourne Ultimatum yesterday and have to agree that it is the best of the series and one heck of an action movie. I can't recall the last time I saw an action film this will put together. Tight script (very few plot holes - I can only recall one that was probably due to editing), great pacing, good acting, and it felt like a satisfying conclusion to the series (though the door was left cracked open for another film). And while the hand held camera technique can be distracting I think it works for these movies. Not only do you feel like you are in the action, but it helps to cover up when we are seeing the stunt guy as opposed to Matt Damon.
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The actress playing Dale did much better as the computer whiz/office manager on Blood Tales and had a nifty Goth wardrobe too. I believe she may be regretting her career move, or at least she should be.

Johnson had more charisma on SV (he could hardly have LESS) and was much better looking. He has NOT aged well.
I'm really enjoying Burn Notice. I loved the part where Michael and Fiona are building the firebomb and he playfully sticks the tape on her face.
I think I watched about ten minutes of Flash Gordon.

You mentioned the make up... how about what's his name's HAIR. YIKES!
And who thought Eric Johnson could carry a series? Maybe he had his fans on Smallville and I'm just not aware of them.

*snort* There were a few, but I enjoyed the one fanfic I read that had him as a central character far more than any of his actual scenes. And that one fanfic had him so far out of character it was a lot like how a good proportion of the HP fandom deals with Draco Malfoy (i.e., makes him a good deal more appealing than the actual canonical character).

I'm just vaguely willing to give Flash Gordon another shot because there were vague hints of interesting things there (most of which I saw in the promos for upcoming episodes), and I heard from somewhere that upcoming episodes are better than the pilot. But honestly, I may end up watching it solely because nothing else on TV on Friday nights is any better (at least at that timeslot), which is not a good recommendation.

I need to watch this week's Burn Notice, though; it sounds quite good.
I can believe upcoming episodes are better because it's hard to imagine them being any worse. But I think I'd prefer popping a DVD in then have to endure any more of the series. Unless Flash and Dale get sucked through a vortex in which they are replaced with better actors. ;p
Don't want to hog too much space here, so I'll be brief (and for me, that's a feat)...

OMG, Burn Notice continues to rock.

Bourne Ultimatum...best movie of the year so far.

Claudia Black is now going to be at DC? I'm missing Jamie and Claudia now? {whimpers} Is it too late for me to register...get a hotel...and a flight...and take time off of work? {sigh} My dear...take lots and lots and lots of pics...purty pleeeeeeeeze?
I enjoyed Hairspray a lot too, but Bourne is definitely in my Top Five thus far this year.

I think it would be easier for you to get time off work than get a hotel which is a weird thought. It's insane to think I've had a room reserved since November. This is only my third year going, but the best collection of guests, imo. I still hope some more BSG people will be added.

My camera's not the best, but I do intend to take a lot of pictures. :)
Yay for Claudia!
OMG! Bourne-3 is the best movie of the year so far. Just watched it -Love Matt and all crew. Is it possible to have Bourne-4 in the future?
Considering the ending, I'd say it's possible. Now they just need to throw wads of cash at Matt. :)
I just don't read much about movies these days so if you find anything, please, keep me posted. And Matt totally deserves his money.
Hah ha, you actually watched Flash Gordon! OMG, even the trailers for it bored me. Is it just a fashionable thing now to plan productions based on fantastical elements, and then tone said elements down so far that you feel like you're watching a corporative recruitment video? Where did all the color go?

The '80s film is one of my great favorites. I have it on laser disc, because there wasn't a Region 1 DVD available until just recently. Dino de Laurentis, producer extreme, brings on the fun! I mean seriously, Max von Sydow as Ming. And I can trace my nascent Timothy Dalton fangirlness back to that film. : )
Timothy Dalton had quite the 80's - from green tights to James Bond! ;) But I think Brian Blessed is my favorite in the film with his propensity to shout every line and his 'Let's get the hell out of here!' attitude when he hears Flash's plan.

I just don't know what the thought process is behind this latest incarnation of Flash Gordon. God knows I'm not against remakes or 'reimaginings' if the people behind it have a fresh and relevant take on the material. But they just rehashed, poorly, what we already know and didn't even bother to gloss over that with some splashy effects. The show looks incredibly cheap. I've seen people at Dragon Con with better constructed costumes.
Oh, Brian Blessed, YES. He was fantastic. "Dive, my Hawkmen, DIIIVVE!"

There's also this odd little Richard O'Brien cameo that always makes me smile. I mean, I thought Riff-Raff was unexpectedly slightly hot in his Transsexual Space Attire, with its tiny little panties, but the green tights he wears in Flash Gordon? Oh. MY. : )

I'm guessing the cheap appearance of the new show is probably just the simple truth. Maybe Sci-Fi was just hoping to roll over some of its leftover Stargate props into something else. (shakes fist at Sci-Fi)Was it me, or was this yet another filmed-in-British-Columbia show? I felt like I recognized some of those forests. (And again, I only watched the promos.)
About 30 seconds in you could tell they were in Vancouver. I actually thought Brynnmck, Danceswithwords, and I may have driven past one location.
The other thing I liked is the show finally crossed that line and had Michael really get his hands dirty by being involved in a murder.

Yes! I thought that was a really interesting bit of line-crossing there, and I thought it fit thematically with the hookup with Fiona, which seemed to be very much about falling into established patterns and discovering that things are more complicated than they seem.

Eric Johnson was on Smallville? Waitaminute, was he Lana Lang's incredibly boring and forgettable boyfriend Whitney? Because if so, way to take the least intersting character on a show full of uninteresting characters and build a series around the actor who brought him to non-life, SciFi.

In conclusion, OMGCLAUDIABLACK.
Waitaminute, was he Lana Lang's incredibly boring and forgettable boyfriend Whitney?

That would be him. The guy that they wrote out because nobody cared about him and then to make sure they never had to deal with him again they brought him back for an ep and killed him. Yep, he's the guy you want to hang your hopes for a successful series on.

Claudia is still listed on the DC guest list. I keep thinking it's a typo.
oh! claudia! you cannot imagine how much i envy you right now. *le sigh* i adore her! i mean... jamie AND claudia. not fair! i do hope you have tons of fun and take gorgeous pics of the two of them being awesome! :)

i saw the bourne ultimatum yesterday, and i must say i enjoyed it quite a bit. i remember liking the first two as well. wouldn't say it was brilliant, but it was def fun.