My Top 10 Favorite Television Series, I Didn’t Watch On The TV Box.
You know how it is. You see the ads for a new TV show and then never catch it. Or the network pulls it before you can really get a grip on the characters. Or they keep changing times and you can never figure out when it’s on. Or you like it, watch the first or even second episodes, and then one night you miss it and bam… you’re out of the loop. Now with places like Hulu.com and Netflix streaming online, you can catch a lot of your favorites online. Here are my top ten favorite television shows I didn’t watch on the TV box, in alphabetical order:
- Cleopatra 2525 - Complete Series, 2000 Ok, so I know this is a little corny, but I love it. An exotic dancer in for plastic surgery in 2001, wakes up in the year 2525 to find the world has been taken over by evil robots. This show brings you scantily clad beauties with arm bands that shoot lasers and help them repel down giant elevator shafts and a freaky bad guy in clown makeup and extensions. It doesn’t get better than that. Watch it streaming online on Hulu
- Dead Like Me, 2003 A college dropout is killed by a toilet seat that falls from a space station on her first day at a temp agency. Upon death, she finds out she is has been chosen to be a grim reaper and take people's souls just before they die. The bad news? She still has to work for a living! Some of these scenes are so close to real office life, it's scary. Can anyone say collate?
- Eureka, 2006 The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. A US Marshal gets stranded there and decides to becomes the next Sheriff after the old one is injured from a science project gone wrong. Quirky, fun. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Firefly, 2002 In the distant future, Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds a former soldier for the independents, is now a smuggler and commander of a small spacecraft with a loyal hand-picked crew. They travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on. Along the way, they encounter life-threatening missions and a cast of interesting characters. Must see. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Jericho, 2006 When bad boy Jake returns to his Kansas small-town home, Jericho, everyone is preoccupied with petty private business and family matters, but that changes drastically after an unexpected explosion hits. It soon becomes clear there has been a nuclear attack, but no one knows by whom or to what scale. Jericho inhabitants gradually discover the USA is disintegrating. Life becomes complicated for these small town folk when needs such as food, fuel, and self-defense against invaders become the main task. Jake proves extremely resourceful and a smart hero saving the town many times and changing the resident views of him. Watch it streaming online on CBS.
- Kindred the Embraced, 1996 Julian Luna, prince of the kindred (vampire), clans in San Francisco, has his job cut out for him as he must try to keep peace among them while not being afraid to apply ruthless justice against those who would break kindred rules. Infractions that merit "final death" include the taking of human life and changing humans into vampires who have not volunteered for the transformation. This show was an exciting and perplexing moment for all of us hard core vampire LARP'ers. We were thrilled at the fact that mainstream took notice of something we enjoyed, puzzled the changes they made, and disappointed when it was cancelled just as the series started heating up! I remember being upset that my favorite clan, Tremere, was not represented and hoped that season 2 might have brought them out of the woodwork. The tragic death of Mark Frankel (Julian) after Season one, caused all of us Masquerade RPG'ers to lose faith in another season.
- Moonlight, 2007 A vampire is a private investigator and falls for mortal woman who he saved from dying as a child. This show has been ridiculed by fans of the 1980's series Forever Knight. It does seem like some of the shots used in Moonlight are very familiar to us Forever Knight fans and even some of the themes they use are very close to the other show. However, I feel that Moonlight brings a sexier, up-to-date feel to our favorite "do-good" vampire role. I'm not saying it's better, it's just more vampire fun.
- My Own Worst Enemy, 2008 As an agent for a top-secret government agency, Edward agrees to let the government insert a chip in his brain that can be turned on and off. When he is turned off, he is Henry, an efficiency expert, who lives a typical suburban life right down to the wife, two kids, dog, and minivan. In contrast, Edward is a lethal, multilingual operative. Somehow the chip breaks, making it impossible for the government to control when Henry is "on" or Edward is "on". I caught this on Hulu.com and loved it so much, I bought the DVD. This is sort of a 24 meets Alias meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. TV aficionados will recognize many members of the cast and Christian Slater does a brilliant job of playing the innocent family man who could never harm a soul trying to come to grips with the fact his life is a sham and the lethal killer who will do anything to stay alive. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Red Dwarf, 1988 Three million years ago, a radiation leak killed the crew of the mining ship, Red Dwarf. The only survivor was Dave Lister, the chicken soup machine repairman. He spends his time on the ship with a holographic projection of Arnold Rimmer (his dead bunk mate), Cat (a life-form that evolved from Dave's cat), Holly (the ship's senile computer), and Kryten (a service mechanoid). BBC comedy good for hours of fun. If you haven't heard of this one, you've been under a smegging rock.
- Sanctuary, 2007 Amanda Tapping stars as a unique woman (possibly immortal?) who runs a Sanctuary for all kinds of creatures and monsters. This show follows her and her team as they find new species and try to help them. They also have their enemies. I'm anxious to see what this show becomes... if it's renewed. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
You can check out a lot of these gems at Hulu.com. If you'd like to purchase them, you can do as I do and shop Amazon.com.
So, now that I've given you some to catch up on, what are your favorites?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD
It’s Here! It’s Here! I know what I want for my birthday, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD. It’s out on DVD October 14 2008 as a 2 disc special edition, Blue Ray and as a super pack Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures Collection (Raiders of the Lost Ark/ Temple of Doom/ Last Crusade/ Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). I’m pleased to see the cover art is better than some of the other pictures that were being vetted but I still think they could have used something better. Unfortunately the cover for the super pack was not nearly as nice as the last super pack they did. The extras include behind-the-scenes material on visual effects, stunts, makeup and the far-flung locations where the movie was shot.
I should warn you… Hi I’m Brian and I’m a fan of Indiana Jones. This was a great Indiana Jones movie not the best but definitely up there. The reviews of this movie is mixed and mainly it’s because people either got it or not. Fans loved this movie because it kept with the over the top swashbuckling adventure we have come to love and expect from an Indiana Jones film. If you are not a fan of this then I am pleased to see you have read this far and would recommend sating your interest by starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark. My full review can be read here: Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull picks up 18 years after The Last Crusade. Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.
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Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Review of: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Overall Rating: 10
Well worth the wait, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an amazing movie experience. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg pulled it off again and created another Indiana Jones movie that fans will be proud of. They were able to bring back the over the top wild ride packed full of exploration, history and the sense of humor we have come to know and love from the Indiana Jones move series.
They brought back an amazing cast for the film: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchette, John Hurt, Karen Allen, & Ray Winstone. Each of them really brought their characters to life making them believable. For those concerned about Harrison's ability to pull off Indiana Jones then their fears will be put to rest. For me the biggest concern was not in the appearance of Harrison Ford but it was in Harrison's ability to pull off the vitality of Indiana Jones. When we first see him it is a little jarring but that is actually due to the makeup used to make him look dirty and distressed so he would look appropriate for the situation that Indiana Jones was in. Then shortly into the movie Indiana has to get himself out of a very difficult situation where he explodes into action running, jumping, ducking and dodging.
Lucas brilliantly weaves in the disparate historical events, mysteries, and cultural idiosyncrasies of the late 40's early 50's. For more information about the story line and to watch the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull check out the May theater or renter post.
- How Lucas took a moment to address what happened to Marcus & with Indiana's dad.
- Naming Shia LaBeouf's character Mutt I found hilarious since Indiana was the dogs name and a Mutt is the name of a mixed breed dog. Lucas puts it in and doesn't draw attention to it except for one cafe scene where Indiana without realizing it makes a similar critique about the bizarre nature of Shia's name that Indiana gets in the Last Crusade.
- I love that Indiana Jones used the very same reference name of Jr. and Henry that he complained about his father using in the Last Crusade.
- Maintained the spirit, vitality, adventure, and humor we have come to know and love from Indiana Jones movies
- How all of the ancient traps and secret compartments maintained a Rube Goldberg feel to them with all of the moving parts and gears.
- How they did not allow it to become a move about the Aliens. Instead the story keeps it's focus on the the message, the exploration, and the archeology.
- The very touching scene where Lucas pulled a tip of the hat to Joseph Campbell where he has Indiana teach the follow your bliss message.
- The nice way we were brought up to speed on what happened in the intervening years with out stopping the flow of the main story.
- I loved how Lucas was able to put in a lot of wonderful edifying life messages without becoming preachy or taking from the flow or experience of the story.
Dislikes / Concerns
- Shia LaBeouf' did not make me believe he was a greaser. His acting lacked some of the cultural Idiosyncrasy and toughness that a real greaser would have. He "acted" tough but was way over compensated. I'm still debating with myself if it was a flaw in the acting or a brilliant attention to detail tied into the back story of the character with him being a poser to the greaser community.
- I got terribly concerned with the passing of the torch scene at the end of the movie. Thankfully Lucas zigs when I expected him to give into the Hollywood typical zag. If he would have zag it would have ruined a great movie and I commend Lucas for not giving in.
More Young Indiana Jones Available April 29th
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Vol. 3 box set is available on April 29th! This is the third season that follows the adventures of a young Indiana Jones. I remember watching and enjoying the series when it was on TV back in the 90's. There are 10 discs in the set including seven episodes and a ton of documentaries.
The plot of the series:
The series was designed as an educational program for children and teenagers, spotlighting historical figures and important events, using the concept of a prequel to the films as a draw. Most episodes feature a standard formula of an elderly (93-year-old) Indiana Jones (played by George Hall) in present day (1993) New York City encountering people who spur him to reminisce and tell stories about his past adventures. These stories would either involve him as a young boy (10, played by Corey Carrier) or as a teenager (16 to 21, played by Sean Patrick Flanery). In one episode, a fifty-year-old Indy (played by Harrison Ford) is seen reminiscing. Initially, the plan was for the series to alternate between the adventures of Indy as a child (Corey Carrier) and as a teenager (Sean Patrick Flanery), but eventually the episodes featuring Flanery's version of the character dominated the series. The series revealed that the elderly Jones has a daughter named Daphne, and a grandson named Spike. (via wikipedia)
Indiana Jones and Inspiration
Vanity Fair put out an outstanding article where they interviewed George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg about the new movie to come out "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" to be released May 22. In the article they give us a nice look at what we can expect from the next Indiana Jones installment. The article also included some cool new pictures. The film was shot at several locations: New Mexico, New Haven Connecticut, Fresno California, Hawaii, and in the Studio.
Some other things we know about the film is that it is set 20 years latter in 1957 during the Cold War where Dr. Jones is against the Cold War Russians.
Shia LaBeouf's also has a role in the movie which is not known yet but is suspected to be as Indy's and Mrs. Ravanwood's child but that rumor is not confirmed. As vanity fair puts it "Rising star Shia LaBeouf joins the cast in a role that no one connected with the film will confirm is the love child of Indy and Marion"
The Seed (MacGuffin) for the idea that would drive the story was first realized while shooting and working on the young indiana jones series. Lucas said "...I was doing Young Indiana Jones, and I was actually with Harrison, shooting a little piece for it, and I was up in Wyoming, where he lives, and I came up with this MacGuffin..."
Ford and Spielberg did not like the original idea but Lucas wasn't going to give up. Over the years he kept pushing it and after going back and forth for a while they came to a script that all parties were happy with.
The inspirational source for the Crystal Skull will come from the 50's B movie classics. As Lucas said "...So instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we’re doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I’m talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing.” This should mean that the Skull would be of alien or monster origin but we will have to wait till May 22nd to find out for certain.