Heroes “The Butterfly Effect” Chapter Three: Villains September 22, 2008 Chris Haston: NBC The Mother of All Bad Guys Right, so I kinda left you hanging with this entry. The premiere of Heroes was a two-parter, that I chose to split up into two entries. Sorry to make you wait for part two, especially since this seemed more like a two-hour episode than two separate episodes. But if the writers can mess with the time-space continuum and make it into an illogical mess, well, then SO CAN I. ? So, Matt is in the desert, and it’s hot. Sad sadness. He passes out. Matt finally comes to when a turtle begins talking to him, and urges him to drink from the plants nearby. Matt rips a plant out of the ground and begins sucking on the roots and eww. But! It works! And Matt’s all: Thank you, magical turtle! You saved my life! I shall worship you as a god! That’s when the voice that he thought was the turtle’s reveals that it has a much more human origin: an … [Read more...] about Heroes: Uncomfortably Numb.
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Lost “The Moth” Originally aired November 3, 2004 Bob D’Amico: ABC Charlie sees the light at the end of the tunnel “The Moth.” Not one of my favorite episodes. It’s not that I don’t like Charlie: I think “Fire + Water,” his flashback episode in season two, is wonderful. And I sobbed all the way through “Greatest Hits,” as you might recall. I think that Charlie is a lovely, complicated character, I love his relationship with Claire and I am sad that he was killed off so soon. But this episode … meh. My biggest problem with it is that the metaphors in this episode are thrown around with all the subtlety of a shot put. (Kinda like that last metaphor.) Get it? The Moth? Who changes from a lowly caterpillar, to a … moth? Kinda like Charlie? Who changes from a lowly junkie, to a … not junkie? Additionally, I find the juxtapositions between Charlie’s flashback and the island events a little too … [Read more...] about Charlie needs a fix on Lost
Lost “Pilot, Part I” Originally aired September 22, 2004 It’s been three weeks since the season three finale of Lost. How are you holding up? Here’s the thing. February 2008. Do you know how far away that is? It’s roughly 35 weeks or so. Which is a REALLY long time. Crazy long. What are we supposed to do for 35 weeks, for crissakes? So You Think You Can Dance just isn’t that good. Also? No smoke monsters. Dark days ahead, my friends. Dark days. To get us through these troubling times, we have decided to look back and revisit the first season of Lost. I’m going to have to establish some ground rules, though. The thing is, these entries will be a little different from the season 3 entries, and for a very specific reason: I’ve seen all these episodes before. Multiple times. I’ve read the transcripts, I’ve poured over screen captures, I’ve thought about them WAY TOO MUCH. So, as such, I’m not going to pretend that … [Read more...] about The Celestial Pilot on Lost
Battlestar Galactica Season 2 “Epiphanes” Jan. 20, 2005 President Roslin goes from sure death to new health. Sharon’s fetus goes from near destruction to new lease on birth. Vice President Baltar goes from traitor to hero and back to traitor faster than you can say unstable egomaniac. And Pegasus Number Six goes from tormented escapee to destructive infiltrator. Epiphanies. It’s several space weeks after the Pegasus/Resurrection story arc and things have moved on. Suddenly the fleet has a new internal rebellion, a peace movement that is using sabatoge and terror to try to force the fleet into making peace with the Cylons. Calling Neville Chamberlain, it’s appeasement time. The peace faction wants to sue the Cylons for peace, on the grounds that the only reason the Cylons attacked and tried to wipe out humankind was that they had been mistreated. If seen as reflective of the real world — and it’s hard to ignore that interpretation — BG … [Read more...] about Birth and rebirths, Galactica style
Burt Reynolds hosting “Smokey and the Bandit!” Manga zombies! Robert Klein!The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced Tuesday the Midnighters, the 13 Festival Favorites, shorts programs and special events for the 23rd fest, which runs March 11-19. They also threw in a few last-minute bookings in other categories for good measure. Comedian Doug Benson (of “Doug Loves Movies” fame) and Master Pancake will celebrate St. Partick’s Day with a swing at “Leprechaun 4: In Space.”Also look for a restored print of Eagle Pennell’s “Last Night at the Alamo as well as three nights of free film screenings outside the Long Center, screenings that are open to the public with free SXSW Guest Pass available at guestpass.sxsw.com: A 10th anniversary screening March 12 of Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel’s LARP documentary “Darkon” paired with a 30th anniversary screening of John Heyn and Jeff Krulik … [Read more...] about Doug Benson, “I Am a Hero,” Burt Reynolds, a restored “Phantasm” and more as SXSW announces final round of films