MGM apparently is taking this straight to DVD thing pretty seriously. As many of you know, two SG1 films are currently in production and MGM has just greenlit a ’Dead Like Me’ film. No word yet on who, if any, of the original cast may be involved.
Being the impatient, need for instant gratification person that I am I watched this weeks SG1 many months ago. My thoughts on ‘The Road Not Taken’ are here.
And because it’s there and it’s currently the Gate Not Canceled, I’ve been attempting to watch SGA.
They had to bring back Lucius. I haven’t seen a lot of SGA episodes, but one I did see was the one in which we first met him in all his repugnancy. I still can’t get over how the writers thought a man who drugged women and then had sex with them was a funny idea. At least we aren’t getting that here, but there is still nothing likeable about the character.
I also found it a bit insulting as to how dumb, with the exception of the barmaid, the villagers were. Lucius hasn’t been around that long so how did they manage to survive and seemingly prosper before him?
I’m not Rodney’s biggest fan, but I appreciated his reasoning for choosing Batman as his favorite superhero.
Have I mentioned how tired I am of Martha’s crushing on the Doctor? Well, I’m mentioning it again. To make matters worse, they’ve only known each other for days. She hasn’t even changed her outfit yet! The Doctor/Rose relationship such as it was developed gradually. While she was certainly intrigued by him as soon as they met I always felt it was the life experiences he offered to her that most attracted her at the start, the love they felt for each other took time. But Martha seems like she’d be willing to toss aside her clothes at a moment’s notice.
The thing that really bugged me about these episodes, specifically ‘Evolution’, was that they ruined the Daleks for me. I hate when a show takes its villain and totally neutralizes he/she/it. The Daleks never were that menacing for me - I think it’s the plunger that negated the menace - however, the idea of them, their history of destruction, is pretty intimidating. But the show felt the need to have one of them question what they were and come to the conclusion that their design was flawed. The way to fix this is to become a human/Dalek hybrid because there are millions of us and we can’t be killed. Accept, if not for the Doctor we'd be dead/enslaved and, um, he’s not human. So, really, the Dalek should have wanted to become a Dalek/Time Lord hybrid. And Daleks almost dominated the universe how?
Of course, once the Dalek gets a taste of the awesomeness of humanity (ha!) he decides the Daleks have to become more like us. Emotion will save them, make them better. Gee, sounds a bit Cylonish to me. If that isn’t bad enough, the Doctor goes along with this plan. I really believed he was going to double cross them. I think the ninth Doctor would have. But Ten suddenly sees that the best way to beat them is to have them join him/us, that this could be the way to end the cycle. Accept he’s taking an awfully big chance in relying on faith and humanity to win in the end.
In movie news, I saw Fractured this weekend. I could go into a spoilery review for it, but I think I’ll just stick to general thoughts. Good, if not spectacular, performances from Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Ryan, in particular, gave depth to a character that could have come off as one-dimensional. For me, the highlight of the film was that it didn’t fall into the clichéd thriller ending. The characters didn’t get into a shouting match and there was no chase sequence or fight in which Anthony inexplicably kicks Ryan’s ass. ;) It was a battle of wits from beginning to end and that I found most refreshing.
Before the movie started there were, of course, many previews. The thing that struck me about these previews was not so much the films they were for (though Stardust looked interesting) but how the images were crystal clear and the colors vibrant. Then there was the oddity of the film being perfectly aligned with the screen. Turns out the theatre has gone completely digital. No more of that faded, scratch prone film. No more burn marks signaling a change of reels. Spiderman 3 should look awesome. :)
And last, but certianly not least.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY thedeadlyhook!. Hope you have/had a great day with a total lack of computer problems. ;-)