Category Archives: TV/Movies

Avenging the lack of posts.

With the new movie out, what do you think I’d be posting about?

— Spoilers ahead, don’t read it if you have yet to see the movie —

When a date for this movie was set, I grabbed the old cartoon avengers movie.

One of the things I hated most about that movie was that for more than half of the movie, the avengers were fighting eachother. By the time the real bad guy showed up, there was time for a ten minute fight and everything was better.

I’m glad to say that in this movie, while there is friction between the heroes at first, it does not feel like they wasted time with it. Yeah, there was a fight between Ironman and Thor, a bit of a verbal sparing match and Thor trying to calm the Hulk down. By hitting him. (Culture shock). But really, the friction was there, but not overused.

I also liked that they avoided elevating heroes over the others, but didn’t make them all the same. Thor could beat Ironman in arm wrestling. But Ironman has range, and a variety of weapons Thor lacks. I’ve heard some people talking about how Thor, being a god, should be the most powerful. I find two problems with that. First, the Hulk could beat any of them (it happened, look up “World War Hulk”) and second, who wants to see that? Seriously, if I wanted to see Thor do everything, I’d watch Thor.

They really capitalized on having multiple previous movies to pull from. Some characters where just there because they had big roles in previous movies, yes. But the Avengers is a bit out of Pott’s league. It wouldn’t do her justice to include her in it. (Get it? League? Justice? Justice League). They used the previous movies to weave in Widow’s backstory, as well as give us an attachment to the Agent who’s death brings them all together.

I was wondering about the music in the movie. Ironman had very aggressive, metal music. Thor’s music was very grand and seeming older. Both Hulk and Captain America had their own styles as well. I originally thought, that when they focused on one hero fighting, their style of music would be played. While they didn’t do this, I was not at all disappointed in the music. It was a combination of all the styles, and some really fantastic pieces.

Overall, the only complaint I had against this movie where non-movie related. Such as this fat annoying kid in the row behind me who felt the need to shout out every time he was slightly impressed by something. Or if something happened. Or if he had been quiet for more then two seconds. Also the “avengers collectors cup” I bought for an extra dollar fifty had the drawback of a little Ironman figure on the top, and when absentmindedly drinking, I would go for Ironman instead of the straw. Although I don’t have the biggest complaint there, because my sister got mjolnir in the eye every time she went for a sip.

To end; it’s a great movie. Go see it. Now.

 

oh, also I’m building a new work glove. More on that once I find my soldering gun.

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Vampiric Dinosaurs

Finally getting around to the rest of Terra Nova, I’m quite enjoying it. My greatest fear when the show started up would be everything would be about dinosaurs. One episode would be dino-eggs, one episode would be T-rex, one would be Brontos, and so on. Gladly, the show has not done that. I’m 8 out of 12 episodes in,  and so far I have yet to see one fully dinosaur oriented episode. We’ve had episodes on large bugs, one on a virus. Plenty on the ongoing cold war between Terra Nova and the enigmatic sixers. One character I’ve seen grow into something completely unexpected is Commander Taylor.

This character started off as, what I thought, a figurehead they could blame things on or have him mysteriously come in and save the day with some obscure knowledge about the colony.

IMMA EATING DINOSAURS TONIGHT

Knives and fire!

He’s actually ended up one of, if not the, most interesting character on the show. He has the backstory of a lost wife and kid, although it’s heavily implied the kid is not as lost as he could be. Throughout the episodes Taylor get’s considerably more and more insane and awesome. To the point where he attacks a lizard his size with a torch and knife. Taylor also has the interesting ability for a character to change between the father figure head of the colony, and a sociopath madmen when he deems it needed.

Apart from Taylor, there are a few other characters who made things interesting. Too many to name and write out fully in one post. As I continue to write, the series has progressed to episode nine, Taylor has some conspiracy building around him. Should be more then interesting to see how this pans out. I’ll try to avoid spoilers here, but things are heating up.

The dinosaur eyecandy continues to be abundant. Although it can be hard to tell which of the dinosaurs really existed and which were merely written in for the convenience of the show.

In other news, a guard just riflebutted a giant dragonfly. Simple things like that never get old.

There are two downsides of this show, the first being that some of the secondary characters are hard to tell apart in a crowd. I know Washington is the lady with dark hair and is generally looking angry. With some of the other characters I have so such luck in easy identification. The second problem, is the fact I have absolutely fallen in love with the armour the guards wear. When I started up with the series, I found the armour rather silly, and akin to hockey pads. Over time, the armour has grown more and more on me. To the point where it ranks up with Republic Commando armour in things I want to wear before I die.

Expect another post while I continue to make my way into the series. After the finale I’ll write up a final season review.

The title of the post may throw some people off. The five year old daughter of the main character, Zoe, has become convinced that Vampires have managed to infiltrate Terra Nova. While most of the colony and views dismissed this as childlike imaginings, I know better. I know the truth.

Dinosaurs the TV show, now with plot!

The third installment of Terra Nova aired yesterday, and like any person who is following the show with slight interest and really has nothing better to do, I sauntered upstairs to the TV to watch.

Spoilers everywhere, so if you haven’t seen it and actually care, don’t read on.

This episode starts off with a small group of people acting… well odd. Unless screaming randomly, or acting like a 5-year-old when you’re forty is normal (No, Voyager doesn’t count. That was a 3-year-old acting 20.) This quickly escalates to someone being eaten by a dinosaur. For those counting at home, this brings the total dino killcount up to about 10. Nine of them being from a breakoff group from the colony and none of them being random security guards (Discounting the sixer breakoff guards).

Anyway, to two second title opening (the silhouette of the main family followed by the words “Terra Nova”) rolls and we’re back to the people we

No, it's not THAT Washington

actually care about. This episode actually goes out of its way to show that Lieutenant Washington (The lady who’s in charge of the guards) is actually a character and is now one of three I know the names of. The other two being Josh and Matty. Two of the actual main characters of the show.

In this episode we find out that Washington has other uses then standing around and not wearing her helmet. Although they are few. Mainly sitting in the office while the leader of the colony is out doing stuff. Back to the story. The colony leader, the wife of the main guy (who is also a doctor,) and Random security guard number 23 go to the place in the first scene to find out why they’ve lost contact.  They come into contact with something strange that appears to wipe out memory and place someone somewhere in their past.  This leaves one of the outpost workers there in the “Detroit food riots”, the wife in medical school, and the commander going full-out PTSD and launching a one man attack on his own colony.  And because this is the bastion of humanity in a completely hostile environment, it took the commander all of ten seconds to break in and hold Washington hostage.

That aside it does go into showing that some of these characters have rather interesting backstories, and the show can do something that isn’t completely sixers or Dinosaurs.

Terra Nov-OHFRAKDINOSAURS

I know, I know, the two people who read this want the second half of the deus ex post. I’ll get around to it, Deus ex 3 is long and I want to beat it a few times over before I get writing on it.

In the meantime, I have managed to take in the first two episodes of Terra Nova; a new science fiction series on fox where colonizing the past is far easier then the moon… although they said they had domed cities that kept the air on Earth out (It’s toxic now, you see? Al Gore was right DESPITE all the science that says he isn’t) so why building a frakking TIME MACHINE to an alternate timeline and not flying up to the moon and plopping down a few cities there is a good idea I’m not sure. Anyway, I digress. The future seems to be rather dark and cyberpunkish with “population police”, mistreatment of prisoners, and various other human rights violations. Before I could start scanning the crowds for Adam Jensen we went through the Stargate time portal to Terra Nova! Rather then build any sort of structure to house their side of the portal, the Terran Novians simply have it in the jungle. So all of the new colonists, still lazy from their lives on Earth and not even able to breath the air have to do a large trek through dinosaur invested jungle to the settlement. That will toughen them up. Before I actually go on if you haven’t seen any of the show you should watch the trailer.

So right, that. I haven’t even seen it to be honest, I just linked it. But my guess is that it’s about the show in some way, so I’ll assume it was.

The pilot episode went well enough, except I wanted to punch that Josh kid in the face. Apart from that, few complaints. It had dinosaurs, eye candy, dinosaur eye candy, what more could I ask for? They even added some human enemies for when shooting dinos gets boring.

Second episode rolls around, and this time Josh has less magnetic force pulling my fist to his face. We’re already off to a good start! Further more, the show managed to not screw anything up in it’s second episode. Some changes here and there but unlike a lot of series (Kindred) they didn’t change anything massive without explanation. The only thing I did notice changed was the armour the redshirts wear becoming less bulky and looking more like hockey pads. Plenty of reasons for that, old armour was ceremonial or dress armour or something that means they don’t usually wear it so it stays shiny.

Overall, it’s a show I’m willing to give a chance, and it’s caught my interest so far. Other then the dinos seeming to be armour plated I don’t see much wrong with it. It definitely has the potential to be a great show.

And you deus ex part 2 is coming! Be patient!