Posts Tagged ‘scifi’

Review – Stargate Universe – Alliances (S02Ep13)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

No matter how many times I almost die (and even when I do), you can't kill me!

This week:
Greer and Camille head back to Earth while a Senator and a scientist board Destiny. Earth comes under attack. Yes it was as exciting as that sounded.

Pluses:
Finally some Greer development but we barely touched the surface.
Always fun to have French Stewart on my screen.
Even cooler when you remember French Stewart was in the original Stargate movie.
Varro finally got some lines and screen time.

Minuses:
Oh dear god this was such a pointless episode,
Filler.
The sets were terrible.
Looked like it had a budget of $350.
Telford.
Dull story.
I thought it was going to be some Lucian Alliance onboard Destiny thing – how wrong was I?

This is why this show was cancelled. It was a long way South of average, but still better than Cloverdale.

#onepandawhoreallyshouldntexpectmore

Review – Stargate Universe – Twin Destinies (S02Ep12)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

That is one Destiny down, one to go.

This week:
Mathboy finds a way to dial out using the power of a star. Rush thinks it is too dangerous and against the mission of Destiny. Telford wants to go home and uses any and all means of persuasion.

Pluses:
It wasn’t the worst episode.
I did like the multiple timelines.
Elli’s weighty guilt.

Minuses:
One of the things I used to like was the grey – the leads are so one dimensional now.
We still have to watch Telford.
Young, worst leader ever or worst leader ever?
Umm what happened to that whole Lucian Alliance thing? Is Varro the only one left?

It wasn’t terrible, it was just average. There could have been so much more (as I find myself saying a lot with this show) but it just failed to deliver.


#twoandahalfaveragepandas

Review – Fringe – Stowaway (S03Ep17)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

When old friends like these meet, anything is possible.

This week:
Bellie joins the team and Walter is having a grand old time of it. Peter is facing yet another challenge in his relationship with Olivia, and a woman who can’t die is trying to hitch a ride to heaven.

Pluses:
Seth Gable as a guest star. He would be a great recurring character.
Walter and William – what a team.
William flirting with Astrid.
Very nice case of the week.
I must admit I didn’t see what happened happening – more of a vessel arc for that character.

Minuses:
Torv just doesn’t convince me in this capacity.

I really loved the idea of this episode. That someone can get stuck. It was approached very differently to Type 4 in Being Human. You can’t say this was better or worse than their take on it as they came it from a totally different direction. I must admit I had more empathy for Sasha than I did for Dana Grey but that was predominately because we knew so much more about her.

#threeandahalfzombiepandas

Review – Fringe – Os (S03Ep16)

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

 

"You canno' break the laws of physics!"

This week:
Floating men found in Boston. Peter and Olivia are all “Summer of Love.” Walter is wearing his guilt poorly. Hurley got a job off The Island. William Bell.

Pluses:
Always fun to see Hurley (Jorge Garcia) though massively under utilised.
Interesting concept.

Minuses:
Peter and Olivia all smiley happy BS. You don’t want to be happy in a gritty SciFi drama – didn’t anyone tell them that?
Walter’s over inflated self importance/self blame.
One day Astrid will tell Walter to go eff himself.
Nina getting way too close to Walter.
The manifestation – oh please…. why that character and not someone like Hurley?
Very much a case of the week with little to move us forward.

Overall, I was quite disappointed in this episode. After last week’s outstanding episode, this one just didn’t stand up to Series Three standards. Bring on next week please.

#twopandas

Review – Stargate Universe – Deliverance (S02Ep11) (mid season return)

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Screen time doesn't equal character development.

This week:
We are back! Things pick up right where we left our depressed anti-heroes, in a pickle. Mega-Chloe’s call for help is answered, and Destiny now has another set of problems to deal with. The drones are taking a toll, there is a suicide run and only Faux-McKay can save them.

Pluses:
It certainly wasn’t as bad as some of the preceding episodes.
Some funny moments when they are working with the drone.
Nice to see our blue alien friends again.
At least the amusing Patrick Gilmore got some screen time.
The always engaging Jen Spence finally got some story but there was no explanation as to her anxiousness.

Minuses:
It was a very “McKay” solution to their problem.
The only thing that made Chloe interesting has gone.
Colonel  Young, worst leader ever?
Telford is still under-utilised  and a waste of space.
Blink and you miss TJ.

This episode wasn’t bad, it was just average. I was quite disappointed to see there was a real lack of depth to this episode. They didn’t have to wrap everything neatly up in 40 minutes, and as such, the more interesting characters got passed over. The whole resolution really frustrated me, as that was my main beef with Stargate Atlantis.

#twoandahalflostintheuniverserpandas

Review – Fringe – Subject 13 (S03Ep15)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Recorded on Doctor Walter's handy Beta Max.

1985 Fringe Opening Credits HD

This week:
We go back in time to 1985, 6 months after Peter was taken from Over There. We see life in both universes, how both families deal with the grief, and how Peter is dealing with that knowledge.

Pluses:
OMG So that is how Walternate knows!
Peter and the city below the lake.
What made Walternate.
Why Walter was using the Cortexiphan kids.
A field of white tulips.
Crossing over and seeing sky ships.
Orla Brady is once again outstanding as Elizabeth Bishop (in both worlds).
John Nobel plays the same character, the same person but different so well.
Peter and Olivia (the two child actors were amazing).
Peter’s choice of a toy. I wonder if that is because he wants to go home.
BSG – though I remember BSG as before 1985.
Rubic’s Cube.
Space Shuttles.
Star Wars.
Elizabeth’s lies – heart breaking.
How far Walter was willing to go.
Peter being so careful in his words to Olivia.

Minuses:
Why didn’t Peter remember?
Some of the attention to detail was off, but that didn’t detract for me at all.

After an iffy episode last week that didn’t leave me inspired to blog at all, this one took my breath away. The Peter development. The greater understanding of early Olivia (not just what happens at the clinic). Amazing.

#fiveretropandas

Review – Outcasts – Episode Three (S01Ep03)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

So if you say "Cadaver" with a different inflection it sounds less creepy, right?

This week:
Documents come to light which throw doubt on the end of the dangerous white out cycle that besets Carpathia. Tipper has to stop avoiding his past. Tate comes clean. Fleur takes a risk. Cas’ worst and best qualities are on display and Berger uses religion to manipulate.

Pluses:
More b
ackground on the AC’s.
Character development all over the place.
Good sense of urgency and suspense.
Tipper’s pain and resolve.
Rudy.
Tipper’s breakdown.
Tipper relieving that moment of his youth.
Nice tie back to previous episodes.

Minuses:
There was an awful lot going on this week – can’t decide if it was too much.
Lack of empathy for Tate.
Can they make Berger any more menacing? Maybe if he was the head of Slitheron.

After a disappointing second episode, I was pleasantly relieved that this week’s episode stepped up and delivered us some great acting and quality drama. I admit I cried when Tipper “saw” his sisters again.

#threeandahalfcarpathianpandas

Review – Outcasts – Episode 2 (S01Ep02)

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I know I suggested we get high and listen to vinyl, but not sure how you took that to mean stab a guy to death.

This week:
The survivors of the transport arrive on Carpathia. Fall out from Hoban’s death. Fleur has her illusions shattered. The truth beyond the wire is revealed. Berger creates some waves.

Pluses:
Tate’s secret wasn’t as bad as I thought but still has impact. Personally I thought my idea would have been much stronger.
The lure of power and politics.
Hope.
Character development of Cass.
Humanity is still flawed.

Minuses:
You have to be kidding right? Survivors  just stroll on in, interact with people then get checked out?
I am going to a new planet on the first ship so I take my weight quota in albums and turntables?
Berger way too over done.
A baby now?

After the promise of the first episode, this one really lacked traction for me. There wasn’t that sense of suspense we had in the first with Hoban and the Transporter. Of course the stars would be fine. Maybe this was a ground work episode to set us up for the rest of the series. The problems in the storyline really distracted me – fingers crossed things pick up next week.

#oneandahalfpandas

Review – Never Let Me Go (2010)

Friday, February 11th, 2011

All the role playing in the world can't prepare you for meeting "real people."

Synopsis:
Based on the best selling novel of the name name, Never Let Me Go is the same world as ours, only slightly different. In the recent past, children were copied/created to provide donor organs when they came of age. These children are raised in an exclusive boarding school, but grow up knowing their eventual fate. We follow three of these children from their youth through to “completion.” Tommy (Andrew Garfield), Kathy H (Carey Mulligan), and Ruth (Keira Knightly) search for what makes them who they are, their soul and their “original.”

Pluses:
Everything is so poignant.
The acting is outstanding – especially Carey Mulligan. Her voice overs touched my heart.
The children and their “bumper crop.”
Tommy’s outbursts – especially towards the end.
The concept of hope.
Humanity – having a soul.
The belief that Love is verifiable.
The idea of “completion.”
Loneliness.
Fish out of water.
Art direction.
Stunning panoramas that contract so well with the insularness of their existence.
Outstanding cast – including supporting cast.

Minuses:
Wanted to know what happened to their friends at The Cottages.
Give Knightly a sandwich!

I had no idea Tommy was Andrew Garfield until his hair was cropped very in the last third of the movie – and then I instantly recognised him from The Social Network. This was such a moving and thought provoking movie. As Kathy says, “We all complete.” Life is short. Sometimes you know what your fate is, other times you don’t, but it is how you embrace who you are and how you live that counts. The maturity and understanding that they embraced their fate was so well delivered. This is not your “Happy Ever After” chick flick and the SciFi component is so far less than minimal I almost didn’t tag it as such.

This movie is being released on March 31st in Australia (6 months after the US release) – or you can get it on US iTunes now.

#fourpandas

Review – Fringe – Concentrate and Ask Again (S03Ep12)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Hot dress, loaded weapon and worried about my man. Ask yourself, do you feel lucky?

This week:
Olivia contemplates Peter’s feelings for her. People’s bones get turned to jelly. Another Cortexiphan kid comes into play. We get some traction with The First People arc including “The Device.” Olivia learns an uncomfortable truth.

Pluses:
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.
Interesting case of the week – not the usual.
Olivia’s concern and developing feelings.
Peter’s character development.
Revenge.
Still parts of Fauxlivia in Olivia.
Olivia centric but not so much as to put you off.
What it means to know what someone is thinking.
Peter’s interaction with The Device.
The continued darkness in Peter.

Minuses:
Walter didn’t really gel for me this episode.
Was hoping for a Red episode.
I don’t want Olivia and Peter romance story lines.

This was an interesting way to forward the Olivia, Fauxlivia and Peter storylines. It also moved us closer to the season finale where Peter will interact with The Device (I assume). The focus firmly on Olivia only highlighted how much Peter isn’t the Peter we know. In fact he is a lot closer to first half of season one Peter. Not so much “fixer” Peter, but in touch with the less open side of his personality.

Not a bad episode, but certainly not to the same standard as the last few.

#threebluepandas