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07 March 2006 @ 08:00 am
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Figured I'd brain spew a few comments since I hadn't updated since Friday.

Battlestar was excellently awesome, as usual, and a nice, tense build-up to the 90-minute season finale this Friday. The President looks to be unsteadily on her way out thanks to upstart V.P. Baltar playing on her own "fear" and "security" angle to the rest of the colonial fleet, so the fallout should be tremendous. And I have a feeling Starbuck's newly re-found love is going to bite the dust, along with most of his surviving rebels still on Caprica. Just a hunch. Gotta start paving the way for the inevitable Apollo/Starbuck hookup actually happening somewhere along the line. All in all, still a great reason to stay home - or DVR, if you want a real life - on Friday nights.

Saturday Night Live is worth mentioning, only because Natalie Portman was the host. I usually only turn on the show based on who the guest is going to be any given week. The overall sketches just aren't that funny anymore, and some of the newer cast member just annoy me more than humor me. But Natalie was fun to watch. Her comedic timing is good, and she did great with what she was given. Her monologue, as she out-geeked the Star Wars geeks with expert answers to their questions was funny, but the highlight, of course, was her pre-recorded "gangsta rap" clip. I was ROTFLMAO. Completely hysterical, and seeing the autograph-seeking little girl dressed as Amidala getting harshly rebuffed was a nice touch. I would link a clip to the vid, but every host page I've come across has had issues with exceeded bandwith/broken links, etc. I'm sure you can find it on BitTorrent or Morpheus.

The Oscars were pretty ho-hum. I think the pretentious atmosphere of the Academy was more than obvious this year, as so many small, message-themed artistic films dominated the major categories, in spite of very lackluster public support (box-office-wise). Don't get me wrong, all of those films may be "quality" in their own right (of the best film/actor noms, I've only seen Crash and Walk the Line), and I have plenty of firsthand experience with knowledge of the box-office totals hardly reflecting what is or isn't "good". I just think not many "avergage" watchers really gave a shit about who or what was nominated. I thought there were way too many great films and performances of the past year overlooked for the more controversial, "hot-button" films that the media fawned over. But oh well. All of it's neither here nor there, as my opinions mean squat. But the show was one of the lowest-rated ceremonies ever, so perhaps this whole shindig was just the pat on the back Hollywood likes to give itself as a collective, for being so socially conscious and unabashedly progressive in its boundary-crossing. All I know is Clooney can eat me.

And finally...

I must say that 24 is one of the most consistent shows I have ever had the pleasure of keeping up with, with regards to how gripping the story continues to be, how interested I remain in the characters, and for always having the ability to make one's ass-cheeks clench many times over the course of a season - nay, a single episode, even. Last night's two-hour installment really amped up the crisis, and a regular character got offed, along with a recurring newbie. And the shit is literally hitting the fan now. I guess a plot-gripe could remain over the repeated intrusions into CTU headquarters over the course of the series (a little too often for such a supposedly secure facility), but I'm willing to suspend my disbelief to the point that the storylines are still plausibly entertaining and keep me on the edge of my seat for more. For anyone who has ever contemplated getting the prior seasons on DVD and marathoning their way through, I would highly recommend it. Just be prepared to take a break once in a while to let your adrenaline levels back off just a bit. Jack Bauer is one of my heroes.

Tonight is a new ep of The Shield and another new Scrubs, so I can alternate laughing my ass off and being captivated by the most realistic crime drama on TV.
~ CinJudes ~: bones - but why?_cinjudes_ on March 7th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
What's your beef with Clooney? *scratches head*

I agree for the most part about the Oscars, it almost felt more like the Independant Spirit Awards to me. *shrug* And I'm still quite disappointed that Joaquin didn't win. Even though I haven't seen the performance yet - I know him and I don't have to. He and his mother were so emotional when Reese won. That would have made the whole 3 1/2 hours worth it for me. I do think that Reese by far gave the best acceptance speech. But I feel you on the lackluster feeling of the night.

Salma Hayak's dress made up for alot though...

But I see your point. I don't want this to become the trend in how the Oscars are from here on out, but when you think about it, it has been something of a building trend. Sure in the past maybe only one or two indie-type performances or movies made it threw to the big prizes, but when they snuck in they have been running away with there catagories. It just doesn't exactly feel right to me.
Jeffj_mac179 on March 7th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
I had no problems with Clooney's Sunday night stuff. He was appropriately humorous and classy enough to keep his socio-political thoughts to a minimum, as it wasn't the time or place. It's his coming-out party of anti-conservative everything over the past few years, and the media's praising of him as a saner, more collected version of what Michael Moore would like to be, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

And all of that is strictly related to personal opinion and socio-political thoughts/beliefs, which is something we just don't get into, since there's no point in getting argumentative over individual ideologies. I have no issue with his acting/performances, just that he's choosing his roles/projects more and more for their issue-relevance to his own agenda, and good or bad, it influences my perception of him.

I liked the old days better when I could easily disassociate all things an actor did or believed off screen from their performances on film. But Alec Baldwin's rantings changed all that for me several years ago... and I'm stopping right there on that subject...
Flora: Tommylatinatemptress on March 9th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hey Jeffy!

I was reading through your review of Battlestar and remembered that on WI I think you made mention of a show called Farscape. I know that it's over but i was wondering if you could give me a quick review as to whether or not its worth getting into. One of my LJ friends had bought the DVD's and is now obsessed with it, but I would love to get your opinion as well!


Jeff: super bad daddyj_mac179 on March 9th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
*smooches* back Flo...

Floda, my young padawan, there are many things in the world of sci-fi that I could teach you, and recommend that you check out if you ever found the time or interest - and Farscape is easily among the top of such a list. I will say, though, that the premise of the show and its character interactions/development is heavy on the science-fiction/fantasy element, with many episodes also delving into comedic farce territory - but all are smartly written, with some of the best character arcs I've ever seen. Battlestar is much more intense in its drama and immediate gravitas, but IMO, Farscape is just as good in its own right.

If I can guess or predict your interests in televsion, Flo, I would think you could really get into the characters, and the long-term John/Aeryn romance would be the most fun and meaningful aspect of the show. The action sequences, the presence of many effects/prosthetics, and the hardcore sci-fi themes (wormholes, biomechanoid organisms, the existence of many races/species, varying theories/specs on quantum physics, etc.) may be things that could lose your interest from time to time, but for me, were all part of the wonderful package.

The series ran for 4 seasons - 88 episodes, and it had a greenlight for a 5th season, but Sci-Fi channel pulled the plug at the 11th-hour, leaving us the mother of all cliffhangers. We finally got some satisfaction with a 4-hour miniseries - "The Peacekeeper Wars" - to wrap up the saga, after the show's unfair premature cancellation. And it is awesome, as well.

All I can really say is that it is worth the time to check out. It may not be as thrilling for some as it always was for me, but it remains in my upper echelon of some of the best TV ever. Hope this helps you decide... *nudge,nudge,wink*
Flora: I LOVE youlatinatemptress on March 9th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Well Jeff, it's a good thing that i have a secret love for Sci-Fi. ; ) It tend to catch StarGate SG-1 on repeats on the weekends and enjoy it. While alot of Sci-fi shows tend to make me scratch my head with the scientific terms floating around, I still garner genuine enjoyment from wormhole plotlines and all that scientific mess. The possibilities tend to be endless with Sci-fi and thats what makes it so interesting to me.

Your review on Farscape is pushing me to Best Buy as we speak. Im blushing as i realize how obvious i am about my intrest in romatic entanglements on shows. The fact that my Jeffy is well aware of my romantic-at-heart status make me giggle.

Now, that couple that you speak of, is this them?:

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Cause yeah, they're hot. LOL. They seem to have a great chemistry. Hmmm....Best Buy here i come.
Jeffj_mac179 on March 9th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, that's them. Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun) and Ben Browder (John Crichton) just ooze chemistry, and are so great to watch together - mainly why I've been so into Stargate: SG-1 this season, as both have been added as cast members on that show - he's a regular, and she is recurring.

I will warn you, though, that this series on DVD is expensive. When I bought them, season 1 was a 6 volume, 11 disc boxed set sold together, and seasons 2-4 were broken up into 5 volumes each, with each volume selling separately. They retailed around $25-$30 each - so easily over $100 for one season. The sets have been repackaged and reissued a few times. The original sets (which I have) had 2 discs in each volume, with 2 or 3 eps on each disc, and a bunch of extra features. All invclude dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, and seasons 3 and 4 are anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen (as the show was broadcast). The newer released versions, though - called "Starburst Editions" I think - may be a little cheaper, and still include all the episodes in five volumes for each season, with fewer special features. I think they are a little more affordable. Anyway - I'm glad you're making haste to Best Buy to at least check them out. Chicks who dig sci-fi rock my socks...
Flora: OMGlatinatemptress on March 9th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
BUT ITS ON SAAAAAAAAAAAALE! On AMAZON! The eleven disk set! Its $119-. Cindy won't let me buy. She said i must save for vacay. =(. Im considering buying one of those Starburst Editions just to see how deep into Farscape i'm willing to go. I trust your judgement and besides your Daddy. Daddy knows good TV. ; )