10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Legend of the Seeker
The show is fun to watch. It’s an adventure tale that will leave you feeling uplifted at the end of each episode. With that it’s not a fluff show though there are dramatic moments and intense moments but Legend of the Seeker is well balanced so the show does not feel weighty.
Sword Play and Choreography
I really enjoyed watching the myriad of fight sequences in Legend of the Seeker. There are many different types of weapons used. They show different techniques and fighting styles.
The fight sequences do not get repetitive and boring. They mix up the camera shots from framing to who is followed from fight to fight. There is even a nice mix of how the fights unfolds.
What is most impressive of all is watching Richard Cypher’s development. He starts out fighting with a woodsman’s skill level but with a lot of power behind it. His style is sloppy but that power is still demonstrated. As the show progresses and Richard’s training improves so does his fighting prowess. His style shifts around until he gets his own style and he demonstrates more finesse with his characters progression.
The acting in the show is stellar. All of the performers make for believable characters, emotions and situations.
Exploration of Truth
Truth is one of the themes played with throughout the show. I love how the show gets into the meat of what truth is and it's distinctions are through the use of the Seekers, Confessors and Wizards First Rule.
The Wizard’s Rule
In legend of the Seeker there are Wizards Rules. They are a wonderful device that brings about much humor at first because the number of the rule and what it is keeps changing. They are also a powerful device for exploring certain psychological principles.
This leather wearing group brings such wonderful elements to the show. Their particular ability to negate and even turn magic back on the user is a brilliant way to balance the use of magic in a fantasy setting. They also get the viewer to explore their position on topics of what is pain, pleasure, eroticism and sensuality.
This group of magic users also brings a fresh perspective to the normal fantasy story. The Confessors are a fun balance between amazing power that comes with a sad cost and a tremendous weakness. They also become a fun device for exploring subjects like unrequited love, vengeance/forgiveness, and what is truth.
In the midst of all the wonderful sword play, magic and action there is also a great unrequited love story between Richard and Kahlan. Both being hot is a nice plus to the show but they also do a brilliant job setting up their love story and getting the audience to care greatly about their situation and success.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
Lovingly known as Zedd. Any good fantasy story needs the wise old man or old man wizard, in Zedd we get both. His character is brilliantly played reminding me of those adventures I took with my grandfather. He brings humor, fun and and wisdom to the show.
Denna & Cara Mason
These Mord’Sith bring a fun mix to the show. Hot, leather wearing, ass kicking, strong women are just scratching the surface of what they bring. They also bring a great struggle that the audience can empathize with. The struggle between bettering ones self and ones situation and having to fight against what society has made one into.
Review: Dollhouse 109 A Spy In The House Of Love
A traitor is discovered inside the Dollhouse. Watch the episode streaming online above.
This is an amazing episode that really moves the story arc forward. Fans of Ballard will love that he has some good quality time in this episode. The structure of this episode is different from the previous episodes in the series. I found it both refreshing and compelling since Joss showed us a segment of the show from the perspective of one character then goes back and shows a segment from another so that by the end we get to see why she is “Sad”.
I was disturbed to find out what the attic is. I had my theories but they way Topher describes it I shuddered.
We really get to see and learn so much about: Echo, Boyd, Paul, Victor, Sierra, Adelle, Dr. Saunders, November, Ivy, and Dominic. I really enjoyed how Joss revealed clues about each character, gives glimpses into their true motivations and emotional ground.
- The conversation and repeating theme of the dangers of technology.
- The chip that allows a person to alter an imprint as it is occurring
- Great portrayal of spies in action and spy tech / toys
- Crazy Ballard! Poor Ballard.
- I loved getting to meet Mrs. Lonely Hearts.
- Eliza Dushku does an amazing acting job in this episode with Echo. Joss really pushes her out of her box and Eliza excels at the challenge.
- I love the reoccurring theme and conversation on trust in this episode.
Dislike / Concern
- Concern: This episode has so many details in it that are story relevant that it almost borders on the side of too many details.
- “the agency will figure it out and come looking for me. that is fine and when they do you will tell them everything is fine and then we’ll put you back into your box.”
- “she realized the indiscretions were unwise”
- “she made a mistake. Now she is sad”
- “you make people different. You can make me help.”
- “one day you will be erasing them… even after all of this they wont see it coming. Sooner or latter everybody gets theirs”
- “you make people different… you can make me help.”
- “it’s not what they do it’s why they do it, investigate their purpose.”
- “Mossad doesn't even double-tag.
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Next Week: Haunted: When Adelle’s wealthy friend is murdered, Adelle imprints Echo with the woman’s memories and personality to solve the case. Ballard looks into Mellie’s past, and Topher secretly programs Sierra for an engagement.
Man on the inside theory update: Doctor Sanders has gone back and forth as a candidate for the man on the inside. Evidence in support: She disapproves of the Dollhouse’s system as it is and wishes to change it (ep 9). She has the technical knowledge to put into dolls a bio-feedback trigger for an automated response (ep. 8 ) giving her the credentials to know how to use the tech found in this episode and to imprint a triggered coded message within the actives. She stays at the dollhouse 24/7. When Echo was in spy hunter mode she locked onto Doctor Saunders as a person hiding something which Doctor Saunders only avoided detection by an interruption.
With all of that evidence in hand pointing toward Doctor Saunders I have to say after this episode she moves to the bottom of my suspect list for the Man on the inside. She has the technical knowledge but I doubt she would induce a composite event in Echo because she really cares for the dolls and Alpha’s event resulted in many dolls dying. The biggest changer was when I saw what was on her computer screen… a dating service. This leads me to believe that Doctor Saunder’s story is a very sad one. She is deeply disturbed from the Alpha event which has given her an unresolved fear one that has not let her out of the Dollhouse. She is probably using the online dating service as a means to have human contact but in a safe, imaginary, controlled environment and I don’t think she would actually go on a physical date for fear of Alpha getting a hold of her and finishing the job.
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The First Vampyre Tale, 1819
Recently, while doing research for a horror book discussion, I found an article on Wikipedia that talked about the first vampire fiction. According to Wikipedia, “The literary vampire first appeared in eighteenth century poetry, before becoming one of the stock figures of gothic fiction with the publication of John William Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819), which was inspired by the life and legend of Lord Byron.” In an attempt to find more about it, I ran across a website that had The Vampyre in text format. I was so excited, I almost injured myself trying to click fast enough on the link! Let me tell you about this awesome find.
If you can get past the many typos that this free online text has, it is worth the read for any vampire fan. At times I did have to read a sentence twice because of the old English language and the run on sentences. It has almost no dialogue, which for some can be a trial. However, to be able to read a piece of work that has inspired so many awesome vampire books is amazing. It’s almost like watching an old silent movie. There’s something about the art of it that allows you to soak up ambience you don’t always get in modern fast-paced tales.
The Vampyre, though original in its day, is predictable. Lord Ruthven, the vampyre, is a gambler, womanizer, and known throughout the ton for “hurling young ladies from the pinnacle of unsullied virtue, down to the lowest abyss of infamy and degradation”. Got to love that language. There is an innocent gentleman, Mr. Aubrey, who travels with Lord Ruthven. When Aubrey finds out about his friend’s “licentious habits that are dangerous to society” he distances himself and attempts to go on with his life. Aubrey soon learns that you can’t just walk away with out injury as the vampyre maliciously attempts to ruin all that is good in his world on the false pretense of being his closest and dearest friend.
My favorite section of this tale is when a woman tells of vampires and what they are known to do.
…often as she told him the tale of the living vampyre, who had passed years amidst his friends, and dearest ties, forced every year, by feeding upon the life of a lovely female to prolong his existence for the ensuing months, his blood would run cold, but lathe cited to him the names of old men, who had at last detected one living among themselves, after several of their near relatives and children had been found marked with the stamp of the fiend’s appetite…
You can enjoy this tale yourself, by going to: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/6087
Theater or Renter for April 2008
It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailer in the HQ. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
For April we have three movies
Leatherheads: [Watch it here] Release Date April 4th. Official Site. Listed as a romantic comedy. The story is set in the 1920s. the owner of a professional football team drafts a strait-laced college sensation, only to watch his new coach fall for his fiancée.
The Ruins: [Watch it here] Release Date April 4th. Official Site. Listed as Horror, Thriller. The story from the Official Site: Based on the terrifying Book by Scott Smith. The story from the official site: "The Ruins" follows a group of friends who become entangled in a brutal struggle for survival after visiting a remote archaeological dig in the Mexican jungle where they discover something deadly living among the ruins.
Prom Night: [Watch it here] Release Date April 11th. Official Site. Listed as Horror, Mystery, Thriller. The story from Wikipedia: Donnas senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night.
The Forbidden Kingdom: [Watch it here] Release Date April 18th. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy. The story from the official site: A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King. In Theaters April 18th 2008
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay: [Watch it here] Release Date April 25th. Official Site. Listed as Adventure, Comedy. The story from the official site: Harold and Kumar get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as "un-pc" as it gets.
Baby Mama: [Watch it here] Release Date April 25th. Wikipedia Entry. Listed as Comedy. Kate Holbrook, a successful single businesswoman, has put her career before her personal life. At the age of 37, she has finally decided to have a child on her own, but her plans change when she discovers she has only the slimmest chance of becoming pregnant. Instead, Kate gets a South Philly working girl, Angie Ostrowiski, to become a surrogate mom. When Angie becomes pregnant, Kate begins preparing for motherhood in her own typically driven fashion--until her surrogate shows up at her door with no place to live. As these polar opposites struggle together, they must also prepare for the upcoming birth of the baby.