I started with another 5 shows and this week, and figured that 24 ends so things will slow down even more. I briefly considered looking at The Amazing Johnsons, which is starting on Syfy, until I looked it up and found that it was a 3-season New Zealand series that had already ended. I may go grab the whole thing one of these days, I just didn’t feel the impetus to start when Syfy started, any more than I did with Metal Hurlant Chronicles. Then, I remembered Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” started this week so I lose one and I gain one. It’s copacetic! So without further ado, here’s the six shows for TV Thursday – 7/17/14.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
At the same time I was getting a bunch of odd reactions to another question I asked, I mentioned something about disliking the general way that traditional publishers operate in the modern publishing world. The second I did that, I got a bunch of people attacking me, saying that I just didn’t understand the traditional publishing world and they were doing everything right.
No, no they’re not.
I completely forgot to post this a while back, when I was still reading BoardGameGeek. Yes, believe it or not, there are tons of polls over on the BoardGameGeek forums and, as usual, people are strongly polarized. It asks if people love to win games or hate to lose games. Of course, I could say neither because winning and losing aren’t really why I play games. I play to have fun. Winning and losing don’t really matter so long as I have a good time.
There are tropes in mystery series and this tends to be one of the most common, the serious detective and the oddball consultant. You see it everywhere, it’s the central idea behind U.S. shows like Castle, Psych, Mentalist and Bones, as well as J-dramas like Q.E.D., Mr. Brain, Ataru and Galileo.
Well, here it is again in a new 2013 8-episode series called Hard Nut!, which refers to the cases as a “hard nut to crack” and also, I think, to the characters themselves. Is it any good? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Just five episodes this week and in two weeks time, we’ll be down to four. I’ve been toying with picking up some of the upcoming series that look marginally interesting and maybe I’ll be surprised and not disappointed as I am with so many of these flash-in-the-pan shows. So let’s take a look at how these five shows fare on TV Thursday – 7/10/14.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the original Robocop film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller. While the films that followed weren’t nearly as good, I was understandably apprehensive about the announced remake, mostly because Hollywood remakes generally suck and don’t pay proper homage to the films that spawned them. However, I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised at this new effort, directed by José Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy, the man who would be Robocop.
As time goes on and I spend more and more time around people that I would consider fanatics in their particular corners of fandom, I see that they are all essentially the same. Fanatical comic book fans are no different than fanatical bird keepers and they’re no different than fanatical action figure collectors or board gamers. They all have problems and their problems, almost exclusively, stem from their fanaticism.
I’m not the world’s biggest Hulk fan, in fact, I’ve been a decided non-fan for quite some time. There have been some exceptions, the recently ended Indestructible Hulk series among them, but in general, it’s just not my thing, I prefer a little more rationality and a little less rage.
So does this fit the bill? Let’s take a look at the first arc of Hulk.
Even though I last wrote about the biggest war in the history of my universe, usually, it makes no sense to get into fights. Once you have an effective means of FTL travel, fighting over land and resources becomes largely pointless. Movies like Independence Day and Signs and all of that, where the aliens travel billions upon billions of miles for some water or minerals, that’s dumb, you can get all of that by strip mining asteroids, why bother with difficult to obtain resources on an inhabited planet with critters that fight back?
So this time we’ll take a look at mining and exploration in my universe and why, should we get some better space-based technology on our own planet, we need never worry about running out of precious resources again.
It looks like Animal Planet is taking a page from Syfy’s play book and making really, really, really awful monster B-movies. This is the first one out of the gate, something I caught entirely by accident flipping through the channels the day before Memorial Day and yes, it is as horrible as it sounds, even worse, in a lot of ways, than Syfy’s typical offerings.
So let’s take a look at this turd, Blood Lake – Attack of the Killer Lampreys.