I must say I'm impressed by how many people just love the fish in the coffee percolator scene from Twin Peaks! I promised a Twin Peaks original piece over on Tumblr and this was the scene requested. I've since had a couple of people inquiring over it (the original is now on it's way to Sweden) so I've popped it up over on my society6 shop.
I'll probably put the other Twin Peaks pieces up there at some stage as well as they've proven reasonably popular and one of these days I'll actually finish the collection!
My somewhat inelegant solution to having no idea what to draw for the theme spiral.
It's the NX-01 because I've been watching Enterprise season 1 on blu-ray and the ship has grown on me. I get people hate Enterprise but there's a lot of unfulfilled promise in the show and some really rough gems.
I can't say I'm happy with tonight's effort but today's been really hectic and I'm tired and we had a crappy dinner because of a cascade effect and besides I don't really like the Mirror Universe that much anyway... I just wasn't feeling it tonight but the challenge rolls on!
It's odd that I feel so compelled to write about this episode as it is an episode that I have disliked and avoided for many years now.
I'm working my way through the blu-rays of Season Three of ST:TNG and I must say that the season is a revelation for me. I don't mind seasons one or two but freely admit that they more often than not showcased a series still finding its feet. But I'm halfway through the Season Three episodes and so far I've been thoroughly surprised at the quality and watchability of this season.
Picard just wants to read his damn book but people keep interrupting him with offers of sex!
I almost skipped over Captain's Holiday which is at the end of one of the blu-rays because I have such poor memories of it.
The episode is surprisingly entertaining and the writing is excellent. The dialog is crisp and at times hilarious especially when making fun of Commander Riker's libido. The joke set up early in the episode where Riker asks for a souvenir which just so happens to be the Risa symbol for being down with some god knows only what sexual act is played out across the full episode culminating in Picard suggesting that he and Riker need to have a conversation.
It's clever and its an excellent character building episode around Picard. It's a little dated with the costumes and of course the 80s depiction of women (even in Star Trek) but it's clearly an episode that the cast had a lot of fun with as they appear more natural and comfortable with each other than any episode so far.
If you're also working your way through the series I highly recommend not skipping this episode as it is quite worth the effort despite what that trailer looks like.
probably my least favourite character in Battle of the Planets
Today's theme brings on the return of instant word association as when I hear the word multi-tasking I'm immediately reminded of 7-Zark-7 on Battle of the Planets who was always complaining of his workload.
Actually Zark is probably my least favourite character on the show, he was added to the show to make up for the fact that so much animation was removed from the original Gatchaman cartoon and he was voiced by Wilbur from Mr Ed. I always just found his voice annoying and the shoehorned scenes are particularly obvious in the initial episodes.
But whenever I see him he does bring up nostalgia for a much loved series so I can't hate on him too much and I do like how this came out.
I'm an old school Doctor Who geek, as much as I love the current revival the older series will always have a special place in my heart simply because I grew up with it.
Growing up with Doctor Who I think I was exposed to all sorts of mad alien and robot designs that have stuck with me over the years. No their budgets didn't always allow for a heck of a lot of realism but then they made that up in imagination and ingenuity.
This one such creature which left an impact.
Also I promised I wouldn't complain about my scanner again however it bloody well ruined this. Took all subtlety out.
Directed by Jonas Pate Starring Luke Pasqualino, Ben Cotton, and Lili Bordán
An all-new, unrated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga, Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz), the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordán, Silent Witness) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
What was I hoping for?
Blood and Chrome has a weird history, it was supposed to be a pilot for a new series I'm guessing to take over from Caprica (which I just didn't bother to watch) and then it was shelved because SyFy didn't want it (I mean why would SyFy want a science fiction show?!?!) so it languished for a while before being released in episodes on YouTube. Then they've bundled it all together on DVD.
So I waited to watch it one hit and what I expected was a pretty choppy, cheap looking affair that tried to emulate the original BSG remake. I was really just hoping to see some spaceships which is something that is sorely missing on television right now.
Did I enjoy it?
I was really shocked over how well edited together the episodes were and quickly the film sucked me in. In didn't hurt to have a sprinkling of homage to the original Battlestar Galactica through the soundtrack and the look of the Cylon Raiders and a glimpse of an original style basestar.
Personally I would have liked to have seen a closer to the original centurions style of Cylon but the nice link to the remake BSG was really cool and made me want to see more!
Note the unnatural lighting, also I don't think it's a spoiler to know that Adama survives
The effects are what you'd expect from such a heavy CG environment, the lighting was a bit off here and there but it didn't really worry me too much. The story was interesting and I quite liked the characters despite young Adama giving off a Freddy Prince Jr. vibe. The stand out had to be Stargate Atlantis alumni Ben Cotton's Coker who brought the war weary character waiting his time out to life.
I'm giving it a but possibly because I'm a little starved of this kind of show right now! I really enjoyed revisiting the BSG universe and I would really have loved to see this make it to series.
I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed BSG or is looking for a space ship show to fill in an hour and a half.