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Month: May 2011

[Movie Review] Thor


I have no plans to die today.
With comic book characters you have several tiers worth to choose from. The first level is populated by Wolverine and Spider-Man. The second level is everyone else. The third level are characters like She Hulk, Doctor Strange, Thor, and more that people have a passing knowledge of but couldn’t name the rogues gallery to save themselves.
Thor is the polar opposite of Wonder Woman but roughly the same job and the same problem: Their backstories are so steeped in myths with tongue twisting names that it can really turn one off. Both characters have been rebooted several times to make them more audience friendly and most of the time revert back to their original origins until the powers that be (TPTB) see the numbers slump and reboot, again.
Thankfully the movie version of Thor gets a lot of things right for those who have never read the comic book.

[Plotting About] Chapter 3 done.

Congrats to Warren Ellis for naming his progress meter: DEATH BAR.
I’ve been meaning to post a word count for a bit, I’m not going to be naming my progress meter.
If I did it would be: Why the frack haven’t finished me yet, you bastard. Stop watching television season finales and finish me!
As you can well imagine my progress bar is a little angry.

Chapter 3 entitled Fallout is done and now for Chapter 4 entitled: How the Frack do I universe build without making it into a giant 4 page info dump like a David Webber novel is soon to begin.
I gotten some good feedback coming in from SFF Online Writing Workshop. Good people, little odd set up both otherwise good site for feedback if you’re writing SF/Horror/Fantasy and need some feedback.
Otherwise, work continues, probably going to post a Thor review tomorrow once I get back from seeing the movie.

[Television] SGU 2009-2011


It’s your Stargate.”
With less than two hours to go before Stargate Universe comes to an end so does a franchise that started as a Movie, spun onto Showtime, went to Syndication and then ended up on Sci-Fi.
The seventeen year old franchise (if you include the movie) on a whole was a great science ficition franchise. The overall idea was simple one: A gate to other universes used by aliens to transport their slaves from world to world. The slaves rebelled and buried the gates or fought back. A great premise for science fiction and while some episodes weren’t as good as others, the actors and the audience had a fun time watching.
And, unlike Star Trek series, each of the Stargate Franchise Series agreed with me.
I think Atlantis and Universe more than SG-1.
SG-1’s cast was great, the story lines sometimes got a little too long in the tooth and by time half the cast from Farscape joined SG-1 it was high time to end the series.
The faces and the sets on Atlantis were fresher and with each passing year the story lines moved away from SG-1 weekly alien planet of the week/alien invasion/egpytian gods are aliens and started to build the characters up while the overarching plots took a backseat. There were some bumps along the way, several cast members either died/came back due to fan support or died because the writers/producers did not know what to do with them. And, while other cast members from SG Universe subbed for them sometimes even they were put in the background.
When Universe came along the general mood lighting had changed, gone was the happy go lucky in SG-1 and half happy go lucky/serious in Atlantis to OMGWTFBBQ we’re lost in Universe. Overall, it should have worked, it worked for BSG when it was rebooted, right?
But, unfortunately, BSG is BSG and Stargate is Stargate.
I’ve mentioned in the past posts Universe took a season to find itself but with the final episodes now counting down, it’s a shame since the last few episodes have been grand slams out of the park.  On a side note it will be the last “space ship” show on the air with BSG ending in 2009, Star Trek in 2005 and Farscape in 2004.
Other shows on the newly redubbed SyFy were cheaper to produce, happy go lucky and funny to watch and getting better ratings. Thankfully, Eureka and Warehouse 13 are enjoyable while I’ve given up on Haven and Being Human while a great concept is still producing episodes in the UK.
In the end if Eurkea and Warehouse can benefit from the actors availability so much the better.

[Viral Videos] Wednesday Edition…

The first is music video called Roll a D6. you should watch this.

Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo.

Paul C should be here to see this new Conan Trailer, unfortunately, he is not. Being a fan of the books he was not a fan of Arnie and always felt Conan should have been a goon. I think Jason Momoa (formerly of SG:A, currently in HBO’s Game of Thrones) fits the bill.

New Green Lantern Trailer:

So with this season of Community coming to a close and a 2 part episode of paintball soon to grace our screens, a video entitled 500 Days of Britta:

As much as I hate the Star Wars Prequels, this lego prequel video is funny and fast:

[Book Review] Enclave


“They mostly come out at night. Mostly.”
Enclave by Ann Aguirre is my second dip into the Aguirre pool, my first being Grimspace that I’m still trying to finish.
Enclave introduces us to a world that has come to an end. After the use of several biological weapons the survivors that were eeking a life on the surface either fled from the cities or went underground. Unfortunately, their problems did not end with the weapons of man but what comes afterwards in the form of carnivorous eaters known as Freaks.
Our story centers our a young woman that lives in an underground enclave. Her name is Dues and she is a Hunter for the enclave and is paired up with Fade, a man that has constantly been an outsider since he survived the surface only to find himself in the enclave. There is an undercurrent of distrust between a few of the characters and the Elders of the Enclave because of the constant: Do not go to the surface mantra that has been spoon fed to everyone since the beginning. This plot thread is quickly and violently brought to a halt and the story focuses on Dues and Fade’s journeys instead.
I enjoyed the book on a whole. It was a quick read and is a perfect example of showing and not telling the audience. Just enough bread crumbs of information without getting a whole chunk of info dump of what happened before. Smooth narration in the first person and interesting characters. The hierarchy of the College Enclave social structure is kept simple and short. A dips into the “will Dues fall in love with Fade” pool keeps romantic awakening between the two fresh and intersting.
Post apocalyptical stories can either run the rut of others or focus on the main characters plight instead. Enclave decides not to set up an overall plot of Hunters vs Elders and instead focuses on Dues and Fade’s banishment from the Enclave to the surface. A few plot threads starting with one of the Enclave’s trading partners being overrun by Freaks and the increasing Freak menace is unfortunately left twisting in the wind. Looking on-line this is book 1 of possible series (?) so maybe those plots will be picked back in further books.
Overall, I enjoyed it and looking forward to book #2 in 2012.