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My DVR

July 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I started with a reading list, but why stop there?  I’ve added another page titled “My DVR” which lists all the television shows that I currently follow.  Or at the very least the shows I try to fit into my life.  Some of them I do wait for on DVD.  There are also shows marked that I used to watch but no longer follow because they are no longer on the air or I just chose to stop following them (feel free to ask why).

Since the new television season is almost upon us, stand by to see a post in the coming weeks about which new shows I’m most excited about and plan on adding to my DVR list.  Also, if you have any recommendations for shows not on the list, let me know.

J.

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Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel

July 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Like many of you, I was unable to attend Comic-Con in San Diego this year.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it from afar.

One of the most anticipated events for me was the Firefly 10th Anniversary panel.  I discovered the show on DVD around the time Serenity was being released in theaters and I instantly fell in love with it.  So when I heard about a reunion panel I was quite excited.

Now, this panel will actually air as a special on the Science Channel (which has had some success airing Firefly reruns as of late), but that won’t be for some time and like many people I don’t get that channel.  Lucky for us, the folks over at Things From Another World (TFAW) were able to film the panel and put it up on YouTube.

I’m not going to try and recap the 52 minute YouTube video for you, because I don’t want rob you of the experience.  Just know that the panel includes Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin, Tim Minear, Jose Molina, and about 4,000 other Browncoats.  The entire panel was very heartfelt and sincere.  It’s amazing to see what this show means to not only the fans, but the cast and crew after all these years.

 

If the embedded video doesn’t work you can always view it here.  And if you don’t have the time to watch the entire panel, The Huffington Post has a pretty decent recap here.

Thanks for playing along.  We’re still flying.

J.

Perfect Summer Glau Roles

April 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Summer Glau.  I’ve been a fan since Firefly, as I believe a great deal of us have been.  It was because of her that I watched Terminator:  The Sarah Connor Chronicles  and The Cape.  It’s because of her that I eagerly await the day when I can get my hands on a copy of Knights of Badassdom (check this one out here).  There is just something about her.  She’s got this cute innocence on the outside.  But at the same time you know she could kick your ass.  She says so much by saying so little (seriously, go back and watch Firefly if just to watch her facial expressions).  At the end of the day she deserves to be a star, and here are a few roles where I think she could really shine.

Lara Croft

I know this was a role defined by Angelina Jolie in 2001.  Bu that was over ten years ago.  With the newest installment of the video game franchise to be released later this year, talk of a new movie is inevitable.  I’ve heard many names thrown around from the good (Olivia Wilde) to the horrible (Megan Fox).  But when the name Lara Croft speaks for itself, why not go with a fairly lesser known actress who could actually bring a sense of realism to the role?  That is what the new game is going for, also.  Bringing the character back to her roots and showing us just how she became the Tomb Raider we all know and love.  The casting of Ms. Glau would allow the studio to have the movie centered around the story and not the star.

Spider-woman

If Ms. Glau would like to stick to her television roots, then one need look no further than Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-woman.  Though I would prefer to see this character in a feature film (maybe the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie I recommended in a previous post?) this character could also appear in the rumored ABC drama AKA Jessica Jones, a television series that is set to take place within the Marvel cinematic universe.

Jessica Drew is a tortured soul whose parents turned her into an experiment.  This is familiar territory for Ms. Glau and I have no doubt that she could easily slip into this role and steal the spotlight.

X-23

Almost straight from an X-Men comic

Originally I thought this would be a perfect role for Ms. Glau a few years ago.  If the studio wanted to focus on the early teenage years of X-23, well Ms. Glau is pushing just how much she could pass for a teenager.  But if they were to go a different route and focus on the character after she escaped from the Weapon X project, well than we have our lead actress right here.

Ms. Glau easily has the physicality to go up against (hopefully?) Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  An on screen fight between the two of them would be a fanboy’s dream.  The pure epicness of this thought is enough for me to suggest her for this role.

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Let me know in the comments below if you agree/disagree or if you have any more recommendations.

J.

Twitter Campaign to Save Fringe

February 26, 2012 2 comments

This idea is just so new and fresh that I had to share it.  In a society that is ruled by social media the owner of the blog Fringenuity has come up with a unique way to show the TV execs at FOX that there is interest for Fringe.  And she doing this via Twitter.

Each week she comes up with a new hashtag that members of the Twitterverse can use in order to get Fringe to trend.  She goes into a detailed description in her blog post (The Science of Fringenuity) but basically it boils down to this:  Twitter hashtags only trend for unique items at given times, so trying to get #Fringe to trend over a long period of time wouldn’t work well.  Instead she chooses new hashtags every week in order to get something new trending a cause a greater impact.

She goes into a much better description on her blog, so check it out.  And if you like Fringe and are a Twitter user then the time to join in is now.

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Chucksters vs. The Final Frontier: A farewell letter

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

“Chuck, I fell for you a long long time ago. After you fixed my phone, and before you started defusing bombs with viruses.”

When thinking about the Chuck series finale, this quote always came to mind.  It’s a line spoken by Sarah in the episode “Chuck vs. The Other Guy” in season three when he asks her if she loves him.  It’s one of those lines where the writers just nailed it.  I can’t think of a better way to describe when I knew that this was the show for me.  In fact, I’m not even going to try.

Then I ask myself why.  What is it about Chuck that kept me coming back for these past five years.  Again, the writers did my work for me.  Below is a scene from the season 4 episode “Chuck vs. The Push Mix”.

Here is a show that is best described as a comedic science fiction spy drama.  It has computers that a person can download into their brain.  Suped up Nerd Herders.  Evil spy organizations bent on world domination.  It has everything that you would want in a fun show.  But at the same time it has these great moments.  Moments that are not overly flashy.  But they are funny.  They are sad.  They are real.  Intertwined within all of the crazy spy adventures of our team, there is this sense that these are real people.  And over the past five years, Chuck never lost that.  Even during the finale.  In its final moments, Chuck made me laugh.  It made me cheer.  I was scared, yet full of hope.  I even fought back a few tears.  That is how I will remember this show.  It won’t be the missions.  It won’t be the cool gadgets or the pop culture references.  It will be those moments that can only be described as real.

So to Chuck, Sarah, Casey, and the rest of the Buy More gang I say thank you and farewell.

To Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, and Adam Baldwin:  If you ever want to save the world again, you know where to find us.

J.