Netflixing: Fringe, Season One

It doesn't hurt that she's smoking hot, either.

My life, currently, consists of the following.  Work and Not-Work. Not-Work is a catch-all because if I’m not working, anything that I do is basically the same thing because it isn’t work.  It is good to have clear, confined definitions.  What I enjoy doing, what I like to do more than working, is watching Science Fiction television shows.  Battlestar Galactica took up most of my time before, and since I finished that up in quick fashion, I’ve searched for a replacement.  Fringe isn’t that replacement.  But it will due for now.

The show is basically X-Files for us, people who hated X-files.  I have no problem saying that X-files was bad.  It was.  It made absolutely no sense and the lack of it making sense was supposed to be explained by, what exactly?  I mean, seriously. What was X-files about?  I don’t even care.  Fringe circles around this problem by having a clear and sharp focus.  There is a group of people experimenting on the human race like lab rats.  The Department of Homeland Defense doesn’t think this is a good idea.  There.  Done.  Was that so hard?

I like the show more now because I recognize the novelty of it.  I can see that, ok, there might not be a plan now, but the premise of the show allows for a plan to be formed later.  It still has that stupid “Mystery of the Week” feel to it.  If television shows cared less about its audience and the audience’s retard inability to follow a coherent storyline, and cared more about telling a coherent story line, I would like the series better.  But I’m just working my way through Season one.  We’ll have to do that whole “Wait and See” thing….

V: Impressions

 

Learn the lesson, people! The prettier the snake, the more deadly.

First, it is important to understand that V isn’t the greatest Sc-Fi show I’ve ever seen.  It isn’t even close.  That special recognition goes to Battlestar Galactica.  However, V has potential.  It has real, honest potential to be an amazing Science Fiction series.  If you don’t know about it, V stands for the Visitors.  Or it could stand for Evil Vaginas.  These aliens come to Earth and tell us that they need our stuff.  In exchange, they will give us their technology.  It is 100% American to exchange Goods for Services.  And who doesn’t want to get into a flying car?  Or have sex with a pretty blonde Alien who is flirting with us?  I mean, it is our duty as Americans to get cool tech in exchange for silly “water” and to have sex with attractive creatures from another planet that we know nothing about.  Man.  That was a Soapbox, huh?  Any way, as it turns out, these Aliens are really ugly Aliens and not the hot variety.  They want something from us, we don’t know what.  And they can kung-fu fight and have cool things that shoot blades and kill people.  But, look past that and you notice what I noticed.  The cast for V is amazing.  It is like they just got the best Sci-Fi acting talent they could and just popped it right into the show.  Two cast members from Firefly?  Thank you.  That hot girl from Lost which is the only reason I watched Lost?  Yes, I’ll take that.  One of the Final Five?  Put her in there, too.  The show can be good, if it survives the four month hiatus that it has looming over it’s head.  But for a pilot, it is a start.  A really good start.  And, hey, not every thing has something to do with President Obama.  Geez.  A life.  Go get one.

 

The Season Finale of the Sarah Connor Chronicles

The season finale for the Sarah Connor Chronicles could very well be the SERIES finale.  Not a lot of people have been watching the show, even though it is brilliant in multiple ways.  In order to celebrate the brilliance, here is a list of all the main characters and the main events.

John Connor

John Connor

John Connor:  This is the savior of humanity.  After a nuclear war launched by Skynet, John Connor is supposed to lead the human resistance and destroy the robots.  In T:SCC, John Connor steadly knows this, and slowly becomes the man he needs to be.  In the season finale, John Connor is tossed into the future, skipping the moment where he can lead the resistance.  What is a boy who barely knows what he’s going to deal with going to do in a future where no one knows him and killer robots are all over the place?

Sarah Connor: John’s mother, and a veteran of being chased by Terminators.  Sarah and John were tossed from 1997 to 2008, so that Skynet wouldn’t know when they were.  However, Sarah soon found

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor

out that she dies before Judgement Day, a victim of cancer.  She also slowly losses her mind in season 2, having dilusions and being incredibly paranoid, resulting in the death of Charlie, her ex-fiance.  Sarah doesn’t go to the future with John in the finale.  Or does she?  That’s a mystery.  But if she stays, what can she do to stop Judgement day?

Cameron: The reprogrammed Terminator that Future-John sends to Young-John in the past to protect him.  Cameron slings the Connors into 2008.  Cameron has kept many secrets over both seasons, and the damage she took at the beginning of the season resulted in her being incredibly unstable.  In the finale, Cameron is severely damaged while getting Sarah Connor out of jail.  She also gives her “chip”, her programming and electronic soul, to an AI and vanishes.  Did she go to the

Cameron

Cameron

future?  Is she in the AI mainframe?  Did Future-John send her to the past, or is there something else?  Cameron was modeled in the future off of a human, named Allison, who we saw alive when John Connor goes to the post-Judgement day future.

John Henry: An AI created to counter the Skynet threat in the present and the future.  John Henry was taught to respect and care for humans.  He is encouraged to care for a young girl, Savanah Weaver, and is taught morals by a very religious ex-FBI agent.  But who got the idea to create John Henry?  And why use a Terminator body as a puppet?  The body John Henry uses is Cormartie, a Terminator sent from the future to kill John Connor.  Is Cameron using the body now?  What can John Henry, a baby AI and not very aggressive, do against the super-evil Skynet?

Catherine Weaver: A liquid-metal Terminator from the future.  Weaver killed a CEO of a major tech-company and made moves to create John Henry.  In the Finale, we find out that Weaver is one of the “good” guys, trying to stop Skynet.  But, Weaver doesn’t care about humans, and has killed many in order to create and protect John Henry.  Is she on the human’s side?  Or is she on her own?  Weaver sends John Connor and herself to the future to look for Cameron

Weaver

Weaver

and John Henry.

Ellison: The FBI agent that was assigned to find the Connors in 1997.  He has seen first hand the damage of the Terminators, and knows what the Connors say is true.  However, he has made some huge mistakes in this second season.  He stole the damaged body of Cormartie and gave it to Weaver.  He worked with John Henry to teach it morals.  But he also saved John Connor and helped the Connors.  What is his role, besides being eyes and ears of the audience?  And what would he do with Weaver revealed?

Derek Reese: Killed right before the finale, Derek is alive in the future when John Connor arrives.  Derek and his brother Kyle (John Connor’s future father that will go to the past and meet Sarah Connor) have no idea who John is, or why he’s important.  If there is a season 3, John Connor will be

Derek Reece

Derek Reece

taught by his uncle and father, but he will also become a leader, and have to send these two men to their deaths in the past.  It will also be interesting to see John Connor as not a savior or a potential hero, but just as a regular guy that has a lot to learn and is as fragile as the rest of us. There was also a great side story where Derek’s girlfriend comes from the future to try and get John Connor to side against Cameron by having John fall in love with a girl, hoping that Cameron would kill her.  It showed the different levels of who the Connor’s could trust and who wanted to influence him.

Skynet: So, is Skynet from the future trying to kill John Connor and John Henry?  Or did someone create Skynet in the present?  Or both?  A war against two AIs is much more interesting than the regular Skynet vs. John Connor mess that has been going around for over twenty years.  With all the mechanictions moving through humanity, how long can Sarah Connor try to hold back the tide? And will the show ever talk about who or what invented Time Travel?  How does it work?  And will anyone try and go into the past to destroy time travel so people can stop going into the past?  The show is probably the best thing on television right now, if you love science fiction.  It is bold, deep, and completely concerned with itself.  That’s how good shows are suppose to be.  Even if the show doesn’t get picked up, these last two seasons were impressive, and reminds us how to make a good television program.

Is the Sarah Connor Chronicles getting too Emo?

Maybe just a little emo...

Maybe just a little emo...

I’m a big Sarah Connor Chronicles fan.  Its sort of annoying how much I love serialized television, considering how little I get to sit in front of the television.  The new episodes for the second half of the second season have been, well, a little disappointing.  I like the cyborg-on-cyborg action and all the weird time travel mayhem.  But the show has only been delivering introspective, emotionally dipped diatribes that confuse a little and bored in some spots.  Can the show survive this self-reflective trend? Producer Josh Friedman discussed the move with io9.  Here is part of the interview with a link to the full thing here:

Is it difficult starting up with dark, psychological episodes after being gone for two months? Seems that’s the case. People are worked up about the Friday night thing and the ratings and I probably underestimated that microscope in my desire to explore Sarah and her demons. To be completely honest, the network warned me not to do it but I felt (and still feel) these stories (and I consider the upcoming Some Must Sleep… as the third part of the Sarah triptych) were/are vital parts of the show. But that’s coming from the guy who believes that if you enjoy watching Weaver slaughter thirty people in one episode you’re obligated to go to their funeral in the next.

I buy that.  The show is trying to be a little bit too much Lost for me.  That level of mystery takes a few seasons to build up to.  Still, Terminator: SCC has a dynamic that few shows can compare to.

The 2008 Jarvis Slacks Awards

Merry Christmas!  Oh, by the way, its also time for the 2008 Jarvis Slacks Awards.  It’s the awards where we celebrate all the insanity that we’ve witnessed over the last year.  Was it me, or was 2008 the longest year ever?  Yes, yes it was.  I’m glad you agreed with me.  Here are the words for the best, and worst of 2008.

Person That I Wish I Never Knew Existed: Sarah Palin.

As you are no doubt aware, we refuse to post pictures of the Palin-Monster on this site.  Instead, here is a picture of the Cloverfield creature.  Why don’t we like Sarah Palin?  How about her stance on abortion, the environment, gay rights, labor unions and coal.  Who likes coal?  How about her very Karl Rove attacks on our man Obama over the course of the election?  How about her constant need to push out babies?  How about how she carried her new born around on stumps like it was a trophy? There are more reasons to hate Sarah Palin than to like her, and this world would be a much better place if the Earth swallowed her up and spit her out into the upper atmosphere.  Continue reading

The Wire Through The Wire…

Right on the Front lines of the Gay Rights Movement...

Omar: Right on the Front lines of the Gay Rights Movement...

Oh, The Wire.  Why can this show be so good, and other shows be so bad?  There is an excellent Commentary by John Blake, delving deep, oh so deep, into the awesomeness that is the Baltimore City Drama.  If you never watched the Wire, I’m sure billions of your friends have begged you to do so. Its just an amazing show.  Its about drugs!  Everyone loves drugs.  Here is a sample from Blake’s piece:

Critics say “The Wire” offers the most realistic depiction of America’s inner-city subculture ever seen. I decided to test that claim because I grew up in the West Baltimore community where “The Wire” is set. After watching all five seasons, my take on the show is ambivalent. Some of “The Wire” is real, but not in the ways you might expect.

Blake even makes an “Obama” mention.  Is there no place save from the beauty and sunshine that is the Obama?  I’m eating cake right now.  Does Obama like cake too?  I’m sorry.  I have no idea where I’m going with this. After the break, peep one of my favorite clips from “The Wire”. Continue reading