The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 is out on DVD! I love this show. I got it on while the show was being aired. It is a great show about geek and SF culture. The pace is swift and comedy is brilliant. I find it refreshing to see a show that is not afraid of language yet can still laugh at it's self. It is a great example of how one can laugh at SF culture and fandom without making fun of it in a derogatory manner. A must watch and own! Get your copy on DVD here.
DVD Releases: September 15, 2009
Out this week we have five DVDs to feature: Sanctuary: The Complete First Season, Doctor Who: The Next Doctor, The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season, Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Clone Commandos, Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3), X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Sanctuary: The Complete First Season: What a great sci-fi show. I love how it started as an independent web project utilizing an all virtual backdrop style that looks great. A must own exploration into the world of the abnormals. In season one we get to see the Sanctuary, Witches, a folding man, the dangerous Kush, the ever adorable Nubbins I want one and I know not to feed it after midnight, Nikola Tesla, Werewolfs, Vampires, and much more. Starring: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl, Agam Darshi. I can't wait for season two to start on October 9th
- Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special): Victorian London is the setting of this "Doctor Who" Christmas special, which finds the time-traveling doc (David Tennant) arriving in the city on Christmas Eve, 1851, to investigate a string of murders -- only to encounter a familiar foe: the Cybermen. He also crosses paths with another Doctor (David Morrissey) -- whom he believes is a regeneration of himself -- and together they must battle their common enemy, the evil Mercy Hartigan.
- The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season: This show is great geeky fun that is also a celebration in fandom. Whenever I want a nice laugh that still stimulates my mind with random science and a verbose vocabulary Big Bang Theory is my pick. I see a lot of myself in Leonard and I do live with Sheldon.
- Get your copy here from amazon: The Big Bang Theory season 2
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Clone Commandos: The second pack release of the TV Star Wars Series: Clone Wars. This DVD has four really good episodes "Rookies," "Storm Over Ryloth," "Innocents of Ryloth" and "Liberty on Ryloth." Full of Mace Windu goodness a plus yet not the complete series. I already own the complete series through . For those wanting to get it on DVD I would wait for the complete season which has a rumored fall release, fingers crossed.
- Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3): Is this series any good? I have watched some of the trailers for it but they did not get me excited to want to watch it. Evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter recruits Egyptologist Sarah Page to the team, hoping her research can shed some light on the mysterious time anomalies that continue to deposit dangerous dinosaurs in modern England.
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine: This movie was an utter piece of excrement. Don't waste your time. If you are insistent on wasting your money then at least support us by buying it here:
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The Mysterious Cities of Gold on Hulu
Mysterious Cities of Gold is an amazing, well written show from the 80's. I loved watching it eagerly awaiting each week as a new episode would air. The animation quality is dated but the high quality story and creative writing makes it a show worth watching. They have a great way of mixing history and fantasy creating a believable setting and an engaging tale.
Watch the first episode streaming online below.
Thanks to Hulu now everyone can check out the show and enjoy the great tale.
The Story: It is 1532 and Esteban, a Spanish orphan, is on a quest to find his father. He joins a party of Spaniards as they search for one of The Seven Cities of Gold in The New World. Zia, An Incan girl named Zia, and Tao, the last descendant of the sunken empire of Hiva, help Estaban on his search. On their journey, the three of them discover many lost technological wonders of the Mayans, Inca, and Olmecs including The Golden Condor, a huge solar-powered airship, capable of traveling considerable distances under the sun's power alone. They are constantly pursued by antagonists Gomez and Gaspard, who are also in search of the Cities of Gold.
Get the whole show on DVD from amazon here
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?
Eli Stone: Brilliant Musical Fantasy on DVD!
This is an amazing, wonderfully written, piece of modern fantasy. Where else could you watch a show where a dragon could fly down the streets of San Francisco. I absolutely loved the first season and am thrilled that I can now get it on DVD or through . Eli Stone is about a power amoral lawyer in San Francisco who is on his way to getting partner in his law firm. He is driven to win and does not stop to think about how he wins just merely that he does win. One day that all changes when Eli hears George Michael Singing in his head. The visions haunt Eli and direct him to help people. The visions takes the form of people around him singing songs that can give information about future events and people. It turns out that Eli is suffering form a brain aneurysm which leaves him wondering if the songs are a natural cause of his condition or something from a higher power.
Eli Stone is also a musical because of Eli's condition there is music in every episode. Although there is a lot of George Michael, which I love, they also have many other songs sung and danced to. What is wonderful is the fact that it is all in Eli's head but we get to see the song and dancing from his perspective so as the show progresses suddenly one of his coworkers and at times the entire office breaks out in song and dance, Brilliant!
This show tackles religious, metaphysical and political issues but does so in a manner that is not preachy and often will use not taking a side as a device to create tension in the story. The best example is with Eli's singing, the writers will but forth a perfect argument that it is from a divine source, though not declaring a particular god, and a perfect argument that it is the machinations of a medical condition. It's amazing how the show can delve into so much spirituality and metaphysical topics without overtly picking a religious side, kudos! This show is highly recommended and a must own. I can't wait to see what they will do with the second season.
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- Jonny Lee Miller - Eli Stone
- Natasha Henstridge - Taylor Wethersby
- Loretta Devine - Patti Dellacroix
- Matt Letscher - Nathan Stone
- Sam Jaeger - Matt Dowd
- James Saito - Dr. Chen
- Julie Gonzalo - Maggie Dekker
- Victor Garber - Jordan Wethersby
- Laura Benanti - Beth Keller
- Jason Winston George - Keith Bennett
- Tom Amandes - Martin Posner
- Tom Cavanagh - Mr. Stone
- George Michael - as himself
Good Bad & Ugly Online TV
I have been wondering for a while: "Why are TV studios are doing the things that they are doing in regard to providing their content in a manner other than appointment TV?" The general answer was a shrug followed with "well it is a new medium and they are scared to change the old models that worked so well." Not the most satisfactory answer and vague enough it might just work. The Good: The online advertising debate will move forward. With the more traditional means of advertising and advertising expectations moving online this will put pressure on the advertisers to pay more fairly for their advertisements. Currently most advertising reaps the benefits from the add with viewers seeing the product but they don't have to pay for it unless someone clicks on the add which results in many free adds for advertisers. The TV model will hopefully fuel the debate and put pressure on advertisers to more fairly pay for those add views. It will also fuel the debate over what counts as a fair add view and how is it tracked. All good questions that need to be discussed.
Advertisers pay more online because there is a better accounting of how many viewers see the ads and an extra benefit that an impulse to purchase can be acted on with the click of a mouse.
"For an advertiser, you're getting a clear performance result," said Bob Davis, a Web investor. "No matter what the click-through (rate) they get, it's infinitely larger than the click-through they get on TV. The click-through they get on TV is zero."
The Good: With NBC realizing that free advertisement supported content online is more valuable than pay per view model they will hopefully put up more content and leave shows up longer. There are many shows that I would watch from time to time with adds online but I would not buy on DVD. It is an undeserved market and I'm excited to see NBC taking up the charge. They should also leave the content up longer giving word of mouth movements to drive up their ratings of shows that may be good but have bad advertising.
For TV shows at least, ad-supported free viewing online has proved more profitable than fee-based video downloads on services like Apple Inc.'s iTunes, said George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer of NBC Universal.
The Bad: With the value of commercials being so high online and the studios desire to get even more out of their online revenues there is concern that they may move away from sharing that revenue and try to drive viewers to their individual sites, pulling their shows from aggregating programs like hulu and Joost.
The Ugly: Those studios that think that this is just a fad to draw viewers back into appointment TV, causing them to play games and annoy viewers and in turn driving down online viewership online through false means.
"The thought was purely to try to find new eyeballs in a medium that generally appeals to younger demographics, and then drive them ... to watch on their beautiful plasma-screen TV when the series takes off," said Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive.
CBS, who's player and site experience is most unpleasant. I have been annoyed with them all season because of the stupid games they are playing. I really enjoy shows like The Big Bang Theroy and How I Met Your Mother. I would watch it through my Joost player because the experience is convenient and pleasant. I have actually fallen behind in many episodes because CBS was not releasing the current episodes in a regular fashion to Joost. I hope that this delay is not due to them playing games to drive viewership back to appointment TV.
Overall this news is promising and hopefully studios will continue to move into the new media.