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What are you watching right now Part VI - 2012 edition

Posted by Daltons chin dimple on Friday, December 30, 2011

I am wading into my Xmas gift BluRay pile.

Captain America first, then Super 8. Maybe Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes if not sleepy.

Unleash the Merlot!!

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Posted: 8 years 27 weeks ago

Just started watching the first season of Nikita. I like it!

(Someone should tell kah.)

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Posted: 8 years 27 weeks ago

 Kah has been watching Nikita.  I have only caught one or two episodes of S2. I have like 15 on my DVR. Aspects of S2 kind of put me off. I'm not surprised that's where they took it, but meh.

I watched a few episodes of Grimm (I think I still have 4 on the DVR) that recorded while either Fringe or Supernatural was in reruns. Not a terrible show, but the most interesting character is the sidekick that the Grimm treats like crap most of the time (but he's less rude to him than John Constantine is to Chaz, I guess).

Oh, and HODOR!

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 The Killer Elite.

 

Unless there is a twist coming they seem to have got this backwards from the book.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

 Also the BluRay jacket and all the marketing material is actually wrong.  Like I said, there might be a twist.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

 I am also pretty sure that nobody wore Superdry jackets in 1981.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

I never mentioned one in a Retro Review, so you're probably right. Then again, I still have a few Retro Reviews to write.

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 You could always do a future Retro Review of a movie set in the past.

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 Re The Killer Elite.  Oh, now I think I get it.

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Posted: 8 years 20 weeks ago

Something possessed me to download and watch the first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched the movie when it first came to video--almost entirely because of Paul Reubens being in it. I liked it all right, but he was the standout for me. 

I didn't have steady access to cable the first few years the show was on the air, so I didn't really get to see more than an episode here and there. I got turned off by all the smugly clever banter and didn't pursue it. I had the same problem with Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek, but I recognized even back then that GG and DC were trying a lot harder to be clever than Buffy was. What I had seen of Buffy was hit-or-miss, whereas GG and DC were mostly "miss."

I watched and liked a lot of Angel, and watched and liked a lot of Firefly. I kept telling myself I should go back and give Buffy another shot. Didn't make that happen until today. Maybe The Avengers is to blame. 

I'm ten minutes into the first episode. A couple (spoiler) observations:

1.) The scared chick tagging along with the guy breaking into the school is clearly the vampire, and this is meant to be a fake-out where we're expecting either the guy to be the vampire or for a vampire to kill them both. I don't know if this is actually predictable, or if it's just predictably Whedonesque. I'm going into the episode with a fair amount of Whedon under my belt.

2.) This Xander kid seems to have been inspired by Chandler Bing.

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3.) Lot of head-nod acting.

4.) I remember Cordelia from Angel. I liked her better on Angel.

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5.) Just recognized the lead from Skyline, that awful-as-shit alien invasion movie. Checked IMDb to confirm. Eric Balfour is the actor's name.

6.) The episode on the whole has been awkward. Not as playful or interesting as I'm accustomed to seeing from Whedon. I'm also reminded of another thing I didn't like about the show when I first saw some episodes. I don't like the main character. Too much sass. I remember thinking way back when that I liked the movie Buffy better than Ms. Freddie Prinze, Jr. I dunno. Maybe Gellar will grow on me if I watch more of the show.

Here's something: I just Googled that dead-eyed, soulless fucker Freddie Prinze, Jr. (it's a shame, really; his father was such a talent!) to make sure I was spelling his name correctly. I went to his Wikipedia page. Three of the five subcategories under the "Career" category make reference to World Wrestling Entertainment.

What the fuck?!

First of all, how is it I had no knowledge of this hilarious career downspiral?

Secondly, how in the hell is it that three of the five subcategories under the "Career" category on his Wikpedia page (those subcategories: World Wrestling Entertainment (2008-2009); Post-WWE; Return to World Wrestling Entertainment [2010-present]) deal with the WWE? Is the rest of his career really so unnoteworthy that his involvement with the WWE (whatever that involvement may be; I hope it's as a wrestler, since that would be amazingly, stupendously idiotic) should receive that much attention?

Thirdly, how in the hell did he even become involved with the WWE? (I briefly considered going to the trouble of reading the article. Then I burst out laughing and gave myself an asthma attack.)

Fourthly, did I read that right? He first became involved with the WWE in 2008? He's been involved with it for fewer than four years, and it still warrants three subcategories? HAHAHAHAHA!

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I'm on to the second episode. The Skyline dude was predictably turned, and Buffy and Xander made one of the laziest escapes I've ever seen. A vampire grabbed Buffy's leg in a half-hearted attempt to make it look there was some tension, but then the sunlight hit his arm and he let go.

I'm guessing super speed isn't on the list of vampire powers in the Buffyverse. The reason Buffy and Xander could make their lazy escape is that the vampires were in pretty leisurely pursuit. I thought at first that maybe they wanted her to get away, but decided to half-ass along behind her so as not to make it so obvious. The Master seemed pretty upset with them, though, so I figure I was wrong.

I feel like Buffy's super strength is a little inconsistent. When she was trying to move a rusty door at one point, she was all a-grunt, and it was barely budging. She had to enlist Xander's help. Seemed to me like she ought to have been able to move the door by herself.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

Cordelia looks like she's thirty. At the moment, she's going on about how senior boys are all super awesome, and how boys from her own grade are slobbering losers. It amuses me not only that they're trying to pass her off as a teenager, but as a tenth grader to boot.

She made a crack about how the Skyline dude was all simpering and immature in comparison to senior boys. My guess is that he's about to show up and be all vampire-suave.

Weren't we just talking about how the entertainment industry wants to convince us that teenagers look much older than they really look? I think we were. I can't remember why, though. Was it the Trayvon thing?

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 The 1976 (ahem) classic 'The Savage Bees'

It was on some lowly satellite channel and just starting.  I remembered it from my youth.  I remembered it being like 'The Swarm' only better.

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 'Smash'

 

First episode.  Ask me in an hour.....

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Buffy's mom is hot.

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I'm four episodes in. I'm enjoying the show, despite the occasional annoyances. I'm at the point where I'm settling in to it, and I'm just sort of assuming I'll keep with it. There's something nice about knowing the series has a definite start and a definite end, and that it's all pre-packaged for me. I don't have to worry about "catching up" to where the show currently is, since they're no longer making it.

So far, it doesn't feel like some of the actors are comfortable with the show--like they're not quite convinced it will get picked up. I imagine this won't be the case by the second season.

* * *

Every time Buffy fights, she groans/grunts with every punch, kick, block, throw, or jump. It reminds me a little of Rainbow Brite, who does the same thing in Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. Go here and listen from about 1:00 to 2:30 to get a sense for how often she does the grunt thing, or from 4:20 to 4:30. It's pretty representative. She does it whenever she makes any kind of move, really. When she jumps on her horse she does it, when she runs she does it, when she walks against a heavy wind she does it, when she slides down a slide she does it.

* * *

The current episode was directed by Bruce Seth Green, whom the Internet takes special care to point out is no relation to Seth Green. I went to his IMDb page and noticed something strange: the man was a fucking directorial workhorse from 1970 to 2001. His page is swimming with credits. Completely grinds to a halt in 2001, though. What happened? How old is he? Did he develop Alzheimer's? Did he lose his arms in a freak boating accident? Did he retire? What the fuck, Bruce Seth Green?! 

* * *

One of the themes emerging appears to be supernatural-thing-hiding-behind-by-all-appearances-normal person. I guess that's sort of the nature of the beast with a vampire show, but it's also there with mother-possessed cheerleader and mantis substitute. I guess Smallville had a similar theme--the "things/people are not what they appear" theme, I mean. It occurs to me that Smallville and Sunnydale are both supremely fucked-up places where there's never not something out of the ordinary, but where most people seem not to notice. (Same could be said for Eerie, Indiana and Animorphs or any number of shows featuring supernatural elements where one town is the primary setting.)

I guess it is a little implausible that folks wouldn't notice there was something foul in the air (though, no, you're right, it's no more implausible than the show's central conceit of there being vampires walking around). Whedon tries to give himself an out with the first episode by having Giles point out that it's not so strange that everyone who was at the club when a team of vampires crashed it seems to have rationalized the occurrence out of existence. It seems the townsfolk will wind up having to do some rationalization overtime to continue not to notice how often really fucked up shit happens in their burg.

* * *

I like Xandler Bing. I'm wondering how much the Seth Green character will be like him, since I just assume all Seth Green characters are charmingly insecure wisecrackers.

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That cheerleader mom is a bit of a strange ep. First the mom seems to be taking out members of the cheer squad so that her daughter can make the squad (though why she's taking out the best cheerleaders instead of the worst ones on the squad is a bit of a head scratcher, being as if all the best cheerleaders are taken out, the squad itself will be pretty lousy and won't be winning anything). Then midway through the show, the mom seems to change her mind and take over her daughter's body herself in order to make the cheer squad and relive her glory days (at which point she assumably wouldn't have to take out any of the other cheerleaders because she would be good enough to make the squad on her own). Also one of the funnier aspects of the show is that while the first couple of cheerleaders are taken out with bizarre accidents that may or may not be able to be explained away, the 3rd or 4th cheerleader is taken out by her mouth disappearing off her face. This causes a mild stir at the school, but then it's business as usual. Hello? Some girl just LOST HER MOUTH! Perhaps this should require an actual investigation?

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

Season 1 is certainly a bit uneven, but it gets better.

The unexplained stuff sort of gets addressed in the 3rd season.

Oh, and Goiter? You're REALLY weird.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

Everyone here knows Goits was jerkin' it big time when Rainbow Brite was grunting through all her exertions.

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The making noise when you attack/defend is a martial arts thing.

I will say that Buffy's on-again/off-again super strength bewilders me. Same thing for the vamps.

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

In the movie the source of her power/energy was her PMS. I don't know if the show reiterated that (to my knowledge they hadn't, at least up to the point I'm at in S4, but I also could've forgotten them doing that).

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Posted: 8 years 26 weeks ago

That is decidedly NOT the source of her Slayer power in the show.

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Jakester wrote:

The making noise when you attack/defend is a martial arts thing.

I was wondering what in my post compelled Jakester to volunteer that I was weird, since it's generally understood that this is the case. I'm guessing it has to do with me connecting Rainbow Brite and Buffy through grunts and groans.

I'm a black belt in Yoshukai Karate. I'm familiar with the noise-making aspect of martial arts, but I think it's done a little excessively.

I always hated having to make the noises for katas and testings. It made me feel like a fucking moron. The reasons for making the noise were explained to me multiple times. I guess they thought the reasoning didn't sink in. (Oh, it sank in. I got it the first time, Sensei. My mind's a steel trap. I still think it's dumb as shit.) I absolutely refused to make any noise when fighting, to the consternation of my sensei and mother. Despite not making a hokey show of myself when beating on others and being beaten on, I routinely took first- and second-place trophies. I almost never placed in kata and weapons competitions. Mostly because I looked and moved like a fucking putz. Part of it was balance issues stemming from my accident--but only part of it.

I hated every second of my time in karate. I wish I could get those hours back.

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

I was wondering what in my post compelled Jakester to volunteer that I was weird, since it's generally understood that this is the case. I'm guessing it has to do with me connecting Rainbow Brite and Buffy through grunts and groans.

Or maybe it could be because I called her mom hot. Didn't think about that. I think she's more attractive than Gellar. She has a better nose. Gellar looks like a chick you'd see wearing a ponytail and hanging out at the mall with other girls with ponytails. Has a fairly boring face. Looks better when she's a brunette, and she's rarely a brunette.