Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blythe Watch 2.

Rom Howard to appear in the movie. Read this article.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Doctor Who: Christmas Carol.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol. 
TV Special. 

The 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special, for those of you that don't know, marks the half way point between the last season and the new season of Doctor Who, dating back since the 2005 series revival. 

Sometimes a new character is revealed, who later appears in the series or the Doctor regenerates into a new actor. 

This year's saw Amy Pond and Rory on their honeymoon aboard a spaceship that is starting to crash into an alien planet. The Doctor arrives in the TARDIS and discovers that the planet is protected by an electromagnetic machine that is controlled by an old miser Kazran Sardick. Despite the fact it's as simple as pushing a button, he refuses to save the ship. 

The Doctor decides to travel back in time to change Kazran past to make him a better, more caring person. The Doctor shows an old home video of Kazran to himself. As Kazran watches himself as a child The Doctor suddenly appears in the video from his childhood. 

This is a typical Doctor Who story, but lacked a lot of what is expected in a typical Who episode. There wasn't a lot of adventure just a straight forward story which was very predictable with no real surprises. 

It felt that Amy and Rory were in it as an afterthoughts and didn't really add much to anything except to add to the continuity. 

It was kind of a let down. But worth watching. 

6 out of 10

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Futurama volume 5.

Futurama Volume 5. 

Futurama is the brain child of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. It was marketed as the Simpsons in space and appeared on TV in 1999. Sadly it was pulled from the air around the same time as The Family Guy.

Years went by and Futurama continued as a comic book and a lackluster video game. Occasionally, Bender would appear in a Simpsonís episode but never for very long.

Family Guy was brought back on the air and soon hopes that Futurama would return soon filled fans heads.

No network seemed to want to take the reins and bring it back, even though in reruns it did very well on several different stations.  

Soon a series of four straight to DVD movies were released a few months apart and were split into 12 TV episodes that aired on Comedy Central.  The success of the DVDs and the newer split up episodes had Comedy Central order 13 new episodes.

The new series is a continuation of the original series and the four movies. In fact the last movie ends with a cliff hanger which is where the first episode starts off. Episodes take on modern subject as evolution, politics, iPhones, Twitter and robots/humans marriages, with some episodes making a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci and time travel amongst other topics. 

Fry and Leela now know how each other feel about the other and are dating. We see Amy Wong finishing school and having relationship problems with Kiff. Other than being a little short of episodes Futurama volume 5 fits into the Futurama series like a missing puzzle piece.  It was a little hard to start in on new Futuramas after so many years, but after a few episodes the new writing and episode flow seemed like old hat. 

There was a rumor for a while that a new series would be called "Fry Loves Leela" and that it wouldn't be a continuation but a 2nd series with not all of the characters returning. 

I didn't like the carbon neutral box that the series came in. I'm all for saving the environment, but these are paper cases and do not hold up very well.

Definitely pick up this set if you're a fan or if you just want a good comedy to watch. Plus, good DVD sales will help keep it on the air for several more years.

There is a sticker on the cover tha reads, "Back by popular harassment."
8 of 10.