Archive for January, 2010

The Late Night Battle…now with gamma radiation!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Liveblogging the 24 Day 8 premiere – Hour 2

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Block 1: “I try to get out, they keep pulling me back in!” — Of course Jack is not going to make his flight.  Just once, I’d like to seem him not bother with the whole “fighting it” bit.

The POTUS’ Chief of Staff is a bit of a prick.

Omar’s brother looks like Ringo Star.

Chloe still rocks.

Poor Gwyneth.  She will, of course, be innocent and someone else is the threat.

Block 2: It’s as if Chloe hasn’t had any character development for the last several years.  She’s right back to where she was in her first season.

Ringo says, “Tell me everything.”  Sicko.  Why do I have the feeling he’s the inside — OH! Didn’t even finish the sentence. He is.  There he is conspiring with the talking potato.

Block 3: Dana Walsh is Jenny?  Hmmm.  Okay, where is this plot going to go?

Awww.  Chloe’s pout is just too cute.

See, now Jack commits to the fact that he needs to be involved, and he’s on the case.  If only it wasn’t a pain to get to this part each and every season.

Block 4: Oooo.  How awesome is that isolation room?

Oh no! Jenny’s secret is that she’s white trash?

Block 5: Potato guy’s a cop?

Jack’s still walking to the armory in the same building?  Cripes, there was an ad break!  That’s enough time for him to drive across Los Angeles!

This is the most light I’ve ever seen in CTU.  It looks more like the Men in Black HQ.

This poor couple is going to be killed as soon as they’re done co-operating.  Just once, I’d like to see someone realize that.

Liveblogging the 24 Day 8 premiere

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I haven’t liveblogged anything since I watched Ghost Rider on DVD, but I have a laptop in my living room so what the heck.

NOTE: I’m DVR-delayed, so it’s not quite “live”, but for all intents and purposes…

First block: It’s awesome to see Jack happy instead of on-the-run, or returning from captivity, as the season begins.

Okay, the beard guy.  Is he supposed to be similar to the head of Iran, or what?

Second block: Beard guy is “Omar Hassan”.  Funny, since he reminds me of Omar Sharif.  I like his brother.

U.N. Building.  Okay, so this one is in New York.  Just once, I’d like to see a season where the incident is somewhere like Oshkosh Wisconsin so that it makes sense that they cross the city during an ad break.

Odd to see Chloe needing computer help.

I saw Mykelti Williamson (Bubba from “Forrest Gump”) listed in the credits.  I think he’s playing the head of CTU, but I haven’t seen him in anything in ages so I can’t be absolutely sure.

Third Block: Okay, so Hassan is the head of “the Islamic Republic”, but obviously he’s a very different person from Imamadinahead.

Why doesn’t Jack disguise the guy as a woman or something while trying to move him?

I’m not following this whole subplot about the people with the wedding.  Who the heck are they?  I guess the problem is I’m typing when they’re talking.

Fourth Block: Hmm.  Are women allowed to be that openly abusive to their husbands in Iranian society?

I don’t remember what the blonde reporter is named.  I’m going to call her “Gwyneth Paltrow”.

Mr. Cole Ortiz must be the engaged guy.  So, all this talk of the wedding is either a season-long subplot or a way to make us extra-sad when he gets killed.

JACK KILL COUNT: Two. One by fire ax. One railing kill.

Helicopter is blown up.  Wow.  Am I really right about Ortiz already?  Oh, no, I’m not.  The dead guy is the informant.

Learning Na’vi

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Nothing worse than a nerd war!

Champions Online review, part 2

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Character creation is basically the same with both Champions Online and City of X, with some exceptions. Most notably, are the number of Characters you can create per server. In COH, I believe you can create 10 heroes or villains on each server (please correct me if I’m wrong) In Champions, for now you are limited to 8.
In the actual character creation, Champions allows for 5 major frameworks (Psionic, Magic, Mechanical, Martial arts, or general powers) divided further into 3 minor frameworks which can be used individually, combined with others within the major, or other minor powers outside the major. For instance, A player may choose to use electrical powers under force. He might then decide to augment his powers further by adding an electrical generated shield (still within the framework). He THEN might decide to use mechanical based shielding for protection, thus, choosing a power outside of force.
After setting up powers and the costume, the last thing is naming. In most MMOs that I’ve played, all the popular names have been taken. For instance, in COH, I wanted to name a character Scattershot, but the name was already taken. In my case, I came up with Scatterstrike, which solved my problem. However, in most cases, I’ve seen characters named ‘Devildood’, ‘Mightyguy123’, etc which to me, spoils the work and imagination that you put into character creation (it reminds me of trying to create an anonymous yet cool sounding user ID on a message board, only to find that 100 other users had the same idea). Champions solved this problem, by connecting the names to the User ID of the character. IE, I have a character named Psyche, which I created from the pen and paper days. I created a character based on her, and successfully named her, despite the fact there were at least 50 other characters named Psyche. Below is my character, then and now.

Next up, gameplay

Smallville Trailer: JSA

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The JSA appears on Smallville:

If only I didn’t detest this show, I’d almost watch that one.

Mr. Bean as Dr. Who – NOW ONLINE!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Here it is, totally legit to watch for free online: “Dr. Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death”:

Rowan Atkinson makes a terrific Doctor. His companion is the lead chicken from Chicken Run. The Master is played by the main character from Brazil. And then the conclusion brings out a parade of British comedians.


Some Screenshots from Champions Online

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I meant to post these the other day, but for some reason, these pictures would not scale down. Thankfully, Mike fixed this problem.

Champions Online review, part 1

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I have received this MMO as a gift last week, and find it a significant improvement over Acclaim’s City of Heroes/Villains, but not without flaws.

First, a bit of history…

Champions began as a pen and paper RPG back in the early 80s. It would spawn the HERO system, which could be used for a variety of different genres (fantasy, space, secret agents, etc.). Plans were made for a computer game based on the series, but was eventually scrapped. After a brief revival in the RPG field, the game has finally entered cyberspace.

The theme of the game is simple. You start out as an up and coming hero who can choose from a wide selection of powers, ranging from strength, speed, magic, etc, to help protect Millennium City. During gameplay, you will encounter a wide range of foes, almost all stemming from the RPG. These include the muscled monster Grond(basically a four armed Hulk) the furious and fun loving Foxbat (sort of like Die Fleidermaus from The Tick, except worse) and the ultimate arch fiend, Dr. Destroyer. Villain groups include my personal favorite VIPER(like COBRA, except with brains) PSI (an organization where all members have some sort of Psionic powers) and possibly others.

Next installment, I will cover game mechanics, and comparisons between the other Superhero MMO, City of Heroes.

The one saving element of Red Dwarf USA

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

There was an attempt to bring the British Sci-Fi Sitcom Red Dwarf to the United States. Certainly, that should have been easy to adapt. It could have been big. Unfortunately, there was a lot of interference from the network, and the cast is relatively lifeless.

One change they made was that they not only kept Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, but they introduced him in the pilot as an official member of Red Dwarf. Sadly, this negates his hilarious background as the caretaker for three hot women who’ve survived an accident, but when the Dwarfers arrive they find three skeletons that Kryten has been maintaining for eons. However, his altered history makes for the one truly hilarious moment in the US pilot. (It’s at the very end of this clip.)

2010 on TCM!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Turner Classic Movies is showing 2010: The Year We Make Contact today!

If you haven’t seen it, it’s the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It doesn’t have Kubrick’s vision, but it does have action and a plot that makes more sense. The special effects and acting are top-notch. Unfortunately, the movie still has us fighting the Cold War against the Soviet Union in 2010, and this makes it horribly outdated.

Turner Classic Movies seems to be making a few changes for 2010; they now show movies made in the 1980s and the 1990s! (“L.A. Confidential”, which is only a decade old, is on in a couple days.) Here’s hoping this only means that they’ve expanded their range for what they consider “classics”, because I remember when American Movie Classics suddenly started showing “Turner and Hooch” and shortly afterward renamed themselves America’s Movie Crapfest, er, Channel.

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Podcast 5: Superman’s 50th Anniversary TV Special

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Podcast 5 is up…and it’s still 2009! I promised Erik Burnham that I would have all of our older recordings published before the end of 2009… and I have 1/2 hour left to make that promise KEPT. This one’s less than 10 minutes long. Just a brief recording that wasn’t worth throwing out, despite some audio problems, because I relate to Erik an old TV Special that I enjoyed.

I don’t even have any Amazon links for this one, because sadly enough, it was never released on video.