You know, being a big Douglas Adams fan, I keep feeling like I’m supposed to like this show but I don’t. I just don’t. I didn’t last year and I liked it even less this year. This is not Adams’ Dirk Gently. This is just a mess. So let’s look at why this show fails so spectacularly.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
I haven’t been out in the shop for anything woodworking-related in a while, certainly not since before Halloween and it’s a mess. A lot of it was because, over Halloween, I was building props so fast that I just left things all over the place and it piled up. Add in the projects that I had going over the summer that got abandoned in place and the whole thing was a disaster. Time to clean up!
It’s funny, but I didn’t have a lot of hope for Seth McFarlane’s love letter to Star Trek, The Orville, but from the very first episode, it was wonderful. This is everything Star Trek should be while not being Trek. The characters are memorable and unique and even if they are played largely for comedy, you come to care about them as people and other assorted critters.
So why did Star Trek Discovery suck so hard? This honestly can’t be that hard to do! But while that question will remain unanswered until my review of that show, this time we look at why The Orville pushed every single one of the right buttons.
Usually, this kind of thing would be a bad movie review, but, to be surprisingly honest, this wasn’t a bad movie. Sure, it wasn’t a great movie, but when compared to your typical Asylum entries, where everything about the movie is terrible, and not in a good way, this was actually enjoyable.
Why aren’t there more movies like that?
So here’s my look at Orcs!, a rather silly movie from a couple of years ago, which you might want to take a look at if you have a couple of free hours.
I loved Psych. Even though I avoided watching it for a long time, when I finally relented, it became one of my favorite oddball detective series of all time. I really miss it too, even though it survived for 8 seasons on USA, I wish it had never gone away. So when I heard that series creator Steve Franks wanted to bring it back for a TV movie, I was ecstatic. I just wanted more of the adventures of Shawn and Gus so I waited the long months until it finally aired and it was the first thing I watched that night.
So was it worth the wait? Guess you’re going to have to find out below the fold.
With people analyzing Justice League, trying to figure out why it failed so spectacularly, I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents. This isn’t about the movie though, it’s just about what I think Warner Bros. and DC are doing wrong with specific characters and the first character I want to look at is Batman. I don’t want to lay the blame on any particular actor or any particular director because I think Warner is primarily responsible, but here we go, why I think that movie Batman just isn’t resonating with anyone and what they need to do to fix it.
You know, it’s a cute idea with some good actors and played for the right level of comedy, but there are some problems with Stan Against Evil.
Last season, I had some issues, especially the appearance that IFC doesn’t seem to care much about the show, but I’ve started to realize that maybe the issues go a bit deeper than I had thought.
So let’s look at season 2 and see just what is going wrong.
Last night, my wife and I sat down and watched a riff on Phantom Menace and it got me thinking about something I’ve talked about before in passing, that I think Star Wars ended in 1983 with the release of Return of the Jedi. Sure, many movies have been released since that bore the name Star Wars, but those aren’t Star Wars in the same sense that the original trilogy was.
See, movies, and it isn’t just Star Wars but all “classic” movies, are a product of their time. They are the perfect synthesis of a particular kind of writing and a particular kind of direction to produce a memorable movie. Even something like the Universal Monster Movies couldn’t have been done at a different time in history because movies weren’t the same outside of a very small window when they were made. I mean, try to picture the classic 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi. Now try imagining them making the same movie, with the same cast, the same director and the same script, in 1951. Or 1981. Or 2001. It simply wouldn’t be the same. Whether or not it’s a good movie, it still wouldn’t be that movie. And in the case of Star Wars or the original Star Trek series, all of the magic, at least in my opinion, is a combination of a particular script or set of scripts, a particular set of actors and directors, and a certain feeling that only came from the era in which it was made. It’s virtually impossible to recreate that feeling unless you exist within that specific era. You couldn’t remake Citizen Kane and have it be the same movie. You couldn’t remake 2001: A Space Odyssey and have it be the same movie. It just can’t be done.
Mel Brooks says that you simply couldn’t make Blazing Saddles today because the culture has changed (for the worse IMO). You couldn’t make a lot of films from the 70s and 80s today for the same reason. They wouldn’t have the same look, they wouldn’t have the same feel and they certainly wouldn’t be written or acted or directed the same because all of those things are a product of their time as well. I don’t want a Star Wars movie, I want Star Wars. I want that particular moment in cinematic history that will never come again. I’m not attracted to the general Star Wars universe, I’m attracted to the original three movies and that’s it. I’m not a fan of the overall Star Trek universe, I am a fan of the original series and that’s it. Nothing that comes later will ever recapture the look and feel of the original. Flashy ships and huge explosions don’t replace the feeling of the original. It can’t. People should stop trying to do it because they will always fail.
I figure no one will ever agree with me and that’s fine, but when people ask me what I mean when I say Star Wars ceased to be in 1983 or Star Trek stopped in 1969, that’s what I mean. That show, those movies, complete with the look and feel and all of the details that went along with them, those stopped being made and could not be made in any time period outside of the ones that they were. And that’s what I am a fan of. You’re welcome to be a fan of anything you like. I just don’t have to agree with you.
As much as I absolutely adored the first season of Daredevil, I have to admit that, as time has gone on, the Netflix Marvel series have been a mixed bag at best, some have been passable but a lot have been just bad. Just because you get one really right doesn’t mean lightning can strike again twice. Or six more times at present. That is up until Jon Bernthal’s take on Marvel’s iconic psychopath, The Punisher. So let’s see what the first season holds and why this is the role Barnthal was absolutely born to play.
I really need to get these reviews out a bit faster because I’ve got a couple that have been in limbo for a while. This time I’m taking a look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I haven’t reviewed it because I didn’t like it, I really did, but because I have so much piled up that I have to get to.
I really loved the first movie and looked forward to this one, but now that it’s out on Bluray, now that I’ve finally sat down to see it, I guess it’s time to get my opinions out there into the ether. So away we go!