As I was putting my 5 year old daughter to bed last night she asked me "Dad, what’s your favorite TV show?" and after thinking about it and weighing Lost against everything else I had to say "It’s a show called ‘Battlestar Galactica‘." And then I had to say "and oddly enough the last show is tomorrow night."
It’s sometimes hard to convince the non-watchers to get on board this show because most of them remember the old show with it’s goofy costumes with capes, monkeys dressed up as robot dogs and Dirk Benedict. Even I was not anxious to watch the original miniseries when it was first announced. As a matter of fact I only watched the first 2 of the 4 hours. Then when it became a series I said I’d give it one more chance, and watched the episode named "33" and when it was over I said out loud "I will watch every episode they make of this." And I have. And it has consistently been on my top three shows that I MUST watch as soon as they air (along with The Shield, which also ended this year, and LOST which ends next year).
During the writers strike my girlfriend and I got into watching a lot of BBC shows, and the thing that is unique about them is that they have a story to tell and they tell it and when it’s done, it’s done. There are a few American shows that are also picking up on this idea, but largely TV just loves to strip mine a series until there is nothing left that you care about and just watch out of habit (like I am doing with ER).
Battlestar Galctica has a plan. They have had one story to tell, it ends tonight, and I really will be sad when it’s over. BSG has provided some of the best, most consistently written characters in TV and really deal with some difficult social issues in interesting ways like REALLY GOOD Sci Fi should. It deals with what would really happen if there was just a handful of people, roughly 50,000, what would they do to maintain the human race. It’s so good at tackling these issues that the U.N. invited them last week to talk on the topics of: race, war, torture, suicide bombing and genocide. They take on the subjects in interesting and difficult ways. It’s not like Star Trek where when the ship is in trouble they solve things with some Sci Fi techno-babble. In BSG, if the fleet or humanity are in trouble you have two options: Fight or flight!
The thing I like about the new Battlestar Galactica is that every week they surprise me. Every episode there is some gut-punch twist that makes me want more. This is the same reason I like Lost and the Shield. They all work really hard to show you something that you don’t see on other shows. I really like that.
Tonight I’m gonna watch the show with my girlfriend and a few other friends that are also big fans on a big screen. I have no idea how the plot lines will resolve themselves, but I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the last two hours.
If you have yet to start watching, do yourself a favor and TRY IT. Take the Julius Marx BSG challenge. Watch the 4 hour Miniseries. It’s good, but not brilliant, but you really need to see it to know what’s going on. Then watch the first episode of Season 1- "33" and see if you aren’t hooked.
If you are already a fan and all caught up go ahead and hit "more" for some other cool articles. But if you are new, or not caught up do yourself a favor and stop reading this now, go in spoiler free and just enjoy one of the best shows on TV…ever.
This was the scene I was met with this morning at my local Target on my way to work. Target has reduced two colums of Justice League Unlimited and DC Infinte Heroes (8 pegs) into one column (2 pegs for each, 4 total) and in the remaning space has added 8 pegs of Marvel Universe 3.75" Fury Files figures. 3.75" Marvel and DC figures hanging side by side.
On Monday night I was invited to a special IMAX test screening of Warner Brothers Watchmen movie that will be released this coming Friday to a theater near you.Why did I call it a “test screening?”Because it’s one of the longest IMAX movies ever attempted and it barely fits on the projection platters.They literally have to wind the film extra tight and work on the humidity in the projection booths to make sure this all works right.Warner Brothers has requested that the new Harry Potter trailer be attached to the IMAX prints and even just that minute and a half of extra film on the platter is causing concerns for the IMAX theaters.It’s such an issue that there are different, shorter credits on the IMAX version of the movie than the regular prints.It turns out there was an issue in the screening I saw where the film had to be stopped for about five minutes.
ZodAFISuperFuneral4.jpgI’ve seen a lot of collections in my time, but no one puts together more interesting dioramas than my buddy Cuban Zod. He just finds the coolest stuff and puts them together in such an interesting fashion. I have a few photos of parts of his collection that I thought would be fun to share with you.
Here is his diorama of Superman’s funeral. It’s made up of Super Powers figures, Superman and Batman animated figures, his own customs, some Chap Mei policemen, and some scale props. The building/set they are on is a scale model used in the filming of the movie "Reign of Fire" that he bought in a warehouse sale.
Here is Cuban Zod’s Funeral For A Friend diorama:
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Julius Marx was know the world over for 10 years as the title character in the long running TV cop-on-the-edge show “Hockuly!” Now he writes about and takes pictures of toys and attempts to put all his weird knowledge to work for him. He has been collecting toys his entire life.