Star Trek - Reboot


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Well, I got to see the new Star Trek movie. The no spoilers review is this: "kick ass!" Not to say that the movie was perfect (enough with the lense flairs already!) but this was an excelent film for any sci-fi/star trek fan. Not only did the movie contain great action sequences but our new (old) heroes came through great. Some spoilers ahead ->

I think that the characters were the strongest part of this film. The storyline, while not bad, was not what held this film up. Kirk was the charming, intelligent, confident and oh-so-stuck-up Kirk we all love; Spock managed to have some very true human moments; Checkov was weird (but that was good); Scotty was amazing (what's with the weird little alien dude?); Bones didn't add anything new to the character, but still, he was hilarious ('green blooded hobgoblin').

The battles were reminescent of the scale and excitement of Battlestar Galactica battles, and the effect was quite satisfying.

Overall, the movie succeded well in resurrecting the expiring Star Trek franchise and I'm looking forward to the next installment!
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What now?

Now that Battlestar Galactica has released us from her amazing grips, how can we get our TV fix? A few recommendations for easing the withdrawal:

Dollhouse


dollhouseJoss Whedon's latest creation has been put back in the claws of the Fox network. Echo is just one of the playthings in The Dollhouse, a secret illegal facility where human slaves are programmed to fulfill the fantasies, needs, and whims of the rich and powerful. But something is wrong with Echo. She is remembering flashes of the lives that she has lived and the games she has played.

The first 5 episodes gave the series a slow start, but now that episode 6 has aired we are finally seeing the potential the show has. Hopefully Joss doesn't get screwed again by Fox with an early canceling.

Caprica


caprica3The next series in the BSG universe, Caprica is set 51 years prior to the events of Battlestar Galactica (2003), this prequel will explore the lives of two families: the Graystones - include father Daniel, a computer genius, mother Amanda, a brilliant surgeon and their daughter, Zoe - and the Adamas. The two families are on opposing sides of the decision to create the Cylons: intelligent robots that will one day rebel and nearly...

Castle


castleNot scifi, but still a great show. Writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) couldn't write a better character himself -- he's Mick Jagger meets James Bond, and has the fame and fans to match. However, Richard has grown weary of it all, leading him to kill of the legendary character who has been the basis of the millions of books he has sold. When a copycat murderer begins to kill people in manners and scenes straight out of his novels, NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) goes to Richard for help. But their personalities don't mesh -- Richard's fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants detective style greatly clashes with Beckett's more conservative and methodical approach to the crimes, but the new life that Richard Castle has begun couldn't have been scripted better himself.

The Beast


thebeastA&E Network will premiere the original scripted drama series, “The Beast” on January 15th at 10PM ET/PT. “The Beast,” starring Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel, centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker (Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Fimmel), to train in his hard-edged and psychologically clever style of agenting. Soon, though, Ellis is contacted by other FBI agents to investigate his partner for turning and Ellis has to decide whether Barker has turned to a double agent.

The Listener


the-listenerIn this one-hour drama, Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, The Runaway) is a 24-year-old paramedic living with a secret: he can read people's minds. This telepathic procedural takes viewers into the heart of a tortured hero who struggles to solve crimes with his unique gift. Week-to-week, The Listener balances high-stakes drama with irreverent humor and sends Toby on an intellectual and emotional adventure. Ennis Esmer (The Path to 9/11) also stars. This series has gotten off to a slow start, but shows promise.

These awesome descriptions and pics from the tvdb.com
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Battlestar Galactica: Requiescat In Pace

The epic story is over. Battlestar Galactica has come home, and we know the end. Overall, the series was a constant rush with very few exceptions, and the finale was no let down.

The post-mortem with many spoilers ahead...

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The plan the Admiral uses to get to Hera was quite well thought out. Between using Anders to keep the hybrids quiet, jumping the raptors while still in Galactica, and ramming the base with Galactica to board it, the plan was just crazy. And apparently it was so crazy that it worked just fine. Many good men and women were lost in the fight but in the end, Hera was saved and the Galactica survived.

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When Galactica first jumped in, I couldn't tell if they were even going to survive the first minute! With so many of the Cylon turrets firing at Galactica and Galactica seemingly not firing back, it seemed to be the end for our heroes.

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Then Anders finally got the hybrids under control and the real exciting part began. Galactic released her birds and the raptors jumped while still on the ship! I couldn't believe it when I saw that and I was afraid for what that would do to Galactica.

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Next, Galactica actually rammed the base. Really! After everything we've already seen, Adama manages to do something even ballsier! Ramming the base allowed Galactica's marines and Cylons to directly infiltrate the base and look for Hera.

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Once we were shown where Hera was, we saw the Cylons already experimenting on and studying her. Thankfully it seems as though their poking and prodding didn't hurt Hera at all.

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While on the Cylon base, we saw something that we were told a long time ago. The original Cylons models were still around, and man did they look good... dying. A couple times we were rewarded by seeing the new Cylon models ripping into the old ones.

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Finally we see that Boomer has a change of heart and rescues Hera from the other Cylons. After bringing Hera to Athena, Helo, and Starbuck, there is just enough time for a little conversation (no hurry here) in the middle of the Cylon base before Athena shoots Boomer. Yup. Athena shoots Boomer. Poor Boomer.

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Once back on Galactica with Hera, Helo manages to get himself shot and lets Hera run away setting the stage for the dream sequence tie-in. Thankfully, they managed to tie previous episodes in with the finale in ways that were very natural. The dream sequence involving Athena, Roslin, Hera, Caprica 6, and Baltar was finally brought to fruition, but did not interrupt the flow of events.

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Once Baltar and Caprica 6 managed to bring Hera to the CIC, we find out that the Cylons have manages to push an assault into the CIC which obviously just concluded moments before. Unfortunately not all the Cylons had been taken care of and Cavil manages to grab Hera as a hostage. Baltar manages to give another one of his famous I-gotta-save-my-ass off-the-cuff speeches and convinces Cavil to a truce on the condition that the 5 will give them resurrection. In the middle of sending the plans to the Cylons, Chief Tyrol discovers that Tory actually killed Cally. This sends him over the edge and he kills Tory right then and there.

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Of course killing Tory means that the Cylons will not be able to get resurrection and now have the insatiable urge to kill everyone. Unfortunately the Cylons in CIC are screwed and Cavil decides to kill himself. Best. Decision. Ever.

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Next we see that Racetrack's raptor gets hit by another asteroid which knocks her dead hand just right so that all the nukes on board are fired at the Cylon base. Doesn't make sense at all, so it must have been God. It would have been better if she would have been just barely alive and it was her final act in life. Much better.

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After the nukes hit home, Starbuck manages to jump the ship after figuring out that the song stuck in her head is coordinates for their jump. This doesn't make much sense. I didn't realize that there was a black hole that close to earth, but whatever. Anything that gets them to earth, I guess. Nice tune though.

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Once all the fleet arrived at Earth, it was time to start wrapping up the series for good. We see that Roslin dies, Adama becomes a hermit, Anders runs the remaining ships into the sun, and Starbuck disappears without an explanation.
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Also, once all was said and done, the whole circle started again, but not the way I thought it would. Perhaps the new earth will become Kobol for the next round. Who knows? Lets see what I got right and what I got horribly wrong:



  • “All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.” At the end, we will find out that this is all some sort of time loop and the characters we have come to love are actually the ancestors of humanity. (talk about inbreeding!) I’m guessing it has something to do with FTL drives and the black hole.

  • Baltar will decide to “selflessly” go on the mission with Galactica. Unfortunately, he will be shot (or something) during the mission. He will finally die.

  • Hera is not going to die, but it will be very close. Probably just some “exploratory” surgery.

  • The climax will be a face to face showdown between Admiral Adama and Cavil on the cylon base at the black hole. This will turn into a truce after someone else shows up. (maybe Starbuck?)

  • The cylon / human truce will have terms that the cylons will be banished to earth, and the humans will go to Kobol. Once enough time has passes that the 12 colonies are no longer glowing, they will head back to the colonies.

  • Roslin will die. Adama will cry.

  • Galactica will breathe her last.



Oh well. Can't get it all right. In any case, the end was quite satisfying.

The best mystery that they left unsolved was the "angels" seen by Baltar and Caprica 6. It was made aparent that they were more than the hallucinations of a malfunctioning 6 and a mad, egocentric fool. The question is, what are they really? After 150,000 years, they show up again on earth to discuss the future of the human race. Walking through the city, they mention that God does not like to be called "God." 0_o This makes me wonder if "God" will make an appearance in "The Plan" or in "Caprica"?

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After it is all said and done, the series ends well. The climax was satisfying, and the end made sense. Now all we can do is wait to see "The Plan" and "Caprica." Speaking of "The Plan"...


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Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 Finale

Title - Battlestar GalacticaThe epic re-imagining of the classic Battlestar Galactica is set to come to a close this Friday. As such, I have a few predictions for the finale. Warning.... Lots of potential spoilers!




  • "All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again." At the end, we will find out that this is all some sort of time loop and the characters we have come to love are actually the ancestors of humanity. (talk about inbreeding!) I'm guessing it has something to do with FTL drives and the black hole.

  • Baltar will decide to "selflessly" go on the mission with galactica. Unfortunately, he will be shot (or something) during the mission. He will finally die.

  • Hera is not going to die, but it will be very close. Probably just some "exploratory" surgery.

  • The climax will be a face to face showdown between Admiral Adama and Cavil on the cylon base at the black hole. This will turn into a truce after someone else shows up. (maybe Starbuck?)

  • The cylon / human truce will have terms that the cylons will be banished to earth, and the humans will go to Kobol. Once enough time has passes that the 12 colonies are no longer glowing, they will head back to the colonies.

  • Roslin will die. Adama will cry.

  • Galactica will breathe her last.


Let's hope the old girl will go out as great as she came in.

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