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Posted by: nacho
« on: October 08, 2018, 09:43:05 AM »

Basically what we all kind of wanted Passengers to be! Looks good to me.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 07, 2018, 09:41:20 PM »

Nacho, here's that show Origin we were telling you about...

Posted by: nacho
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:36:55 PM »

Manifest: The latest attempt to reboot Lost...this month...haha.

So a plan vanishes for five years and then returns. For those on board, there's no sense that time has passed. They hit a pocket of turbulence, they landed, and the shit hit the fan.

The passengers then start receiving strange sixth sense style messages while the government is all trying to figure out WTF in increasingly paranoid closed-door meetings.

Two episodes in and I'm game. It's Lost: 2018. Whatever.
Posted by: nacho
« on: October 02, 2018, 01:34:27 PM »

Magnum PI update: I kind of liked the second episode. It continue to evoke the original show. I'm getting used to the new ensemble. They have kept the old Ferrari.

They're still falling a little short on the Robin Masters "mystery." In this case, it's clear that Robin isn't as universally known as he was in the original. So a guy who lives within half an hour of Robin's Nest says "Gosh, this Robin Masters of yours must sell a lot of books."

Now, that's a super minor nitpick, I know. I just liked the "mystery" in the original, and I also enjoyed the idea that Masters was this sort of mega-god author.   
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:00:07 PM »

"Dumber than a box of dumb things" is now my new mantra.
Posted by: nacho
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:05:13 AM »

So...the Magnum PI reboot.

I'm torn. They were insanely loyal to the show -- same title music, same sort of title sequence (though super short). All the characters are there. Island Hoppers and the same chopper are there. Zeus and Apollo love/hate Magnum. We get the old Ferrari for most of the episode, but it dies in order to be replaced by Robin 3 (a modern black Ferrari vs. the Jeep Wagoneer in the original show).

TC and Buck Green are the only characters truly unchanged. Tanaka is limited by his need to be the avatar for a Hawaii 5-0 crossover. Rick is still a loser, but he's a bit more capable and brave.

And Higgins... Hot, sexy, ass-kicking Higgins. So, I don't mind. Except the show seems so excited that they gender-swapped Higgins, it's impossible to get away from it. They need to just do it and move on (like with Starbuck in BSG). Yes, very nice, you made a male role female -- NOW JUST TELL THE STORY! It's not a big deal! Half the world is female!

Worse, they objectify her. We get yoga pant shots, and diving necklines, and a smoking proto-romance between her and Magnum. Yuck.

So the pilot episode is the same script as the original pilot. A scene-by-scene reshot, updated, of course, for 40 years later. Also updated in that they white-washed it. Instead of a drug deal gone bad, there's a madcap, half-written gold heist in progress. Bad GIs stole Iraqi gold...and...shipped it by boat...to Hawaii...and...the boat sank...and...????

Anyway, it's dumber than a box of dumb things.

Meanwhile, magnum is a little pussy with no body hair and waxed, smooth skin. Weird.

I will watch the next episode. If only to see if they're simply going to fan-film their way through all the original scripts for 7 years.
Posted by: nacho
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:55:31 AM »

It's the train wreck guy.
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:02:54 PM »

Is it the Washingtonian in me that wants to watch this? Or the guy who likes to watch train wrecks?

Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:45:50 PM »

South Park has ruined the theme song for me.
Posted by: nacho
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:52:04 AM »

Also, I love the unusual loyalty to the small things: the Cross of Lorraine, the Island Hoppers chopper, appropriate absence of Robin Masters, angry Tanaka, Zeus and Apollo...
Posted by: nacho
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:47:55 AM »

I'm...uh...not upset by this. Not at all. In fact, I might even be happy about this. Though busting out the classic theme song is probably what won me over.

Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:21:54 PM »

Season 2 of The Toys That Made Us features Transformers, Star Trek, Lego, and Hello Kitty.

http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/the-toys-that-made-us/272071/the-toys-that-made-us-season-2-release-date-and-trailer
Posted by: nacho
« on: February 20, 2018, 09:26:59 AM »

BONG!

Yeah, it's the weakest by far. It's like they didn't talk to the right people.

They had the right people. They just weren't allowed to talk to them.

"My dad got screwed and --- "

"CUT!!! Please return to Hasbro corporate immediately!"
Posted by: RottingCorpse
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:55:24 AM »

BONG!

Yeah, it's the weakest by far. It's like they didn't talk to the right people.
Posted by: nacho
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:18:27 PM »

Netlfix's docuseries The Toys that Made Us is a must watch.We're watching the G.I. Joe one tonight.


The G.I. Joe episode was the most disappointing of the bunch, maybe be cause after the gonzo He-Man story, it was just so vanilla. Still worth a watch because the history is so interesting though you feel like they miss some opportunities to get more nuanced. Of course, they had more than just the 80s era we're familiar with to cover.

The whole series is worth a watch and supposedly more episodes are coming. As it stands, the He-Man episode is far away the best of the bunch.

So... Just watched this episode. And, yes, it was terrible. They glossed over everything. The Kenner buyout gets a hand wave. The media blitz that consumed us all with the launch of the TV series? Not a peep. The series was launched as a 2 and a half hour movie, playing out in 30 minute episodes at 4pm Monday through Friday. It was insane! Yet they just shrug it off as a "Saturday morning cartoon." The impact of the Transformers movie (which destroyed the series)? No comment. The collapse of the series after the failed movie? No comment. The things Larry Hama did with the comic once he got over his first issue slump (some of which remain unparalleled today -- such as the entirely dialogue free issue which, by the way, is the single most reason Snake Eyes became the most popular figure, which the episode was obsessed about)? No comment.

The people who got royally fucked in the ass? We whisper about them and cut away before they break down.

The whole episode felt like 72 Hasbro lawyers were breathing down the show runner's necks. And that, alone, makes me hope that this series ends now. I don't want propaganda. I want the awesome story of how they fooled us all into spending thousands of dollars.