Prison Break

This holiday, I saw Prison Break, the new series on FOX, on my cousin’s house.

The basic plot is this: a man gets into prison, where his older brother is also jailed, waiting in the death row. The younger brother, however, planed everything since the beginning, just waiting to break out with his brother.

I’m quite impressed with what I saw, the first four episodes (of a total of 22): they don’t hide the bad things that happen in a prison (not that I’ve been there, but, anyway), the plot goes straigth where it wants and this is a great suprise, as you are always waiting for the worst.

Acting could be a little better. One of the inmates, from a spanish family, played by Amaury Nolasco, when trying to speak in spanish, fails miserabily. The older brother, played by Dominic Purcell (from the “John Doe” fame) also has a poor acting. Wentworth Miller, playing the young brother, on other hand, build a very strong character, stealing every scene where he’s in.

If you have FOX or a fast pipe to download the torrents, go for it.

Why the new Galactica sucks so much

Today I saw another episode of the new “Battlestar: Galactica” and finally found out why I think it is so bad:

First, you have a story about human kind facing a great danger and, instead of fighting for survival, they run. I mean, if you look any other story (any, it could be another series or a movie or even a book) where the human race is put on a corner, they will find that mystical force, put themselves together and win. On this BSG they scream like little girls and just run.

If you look at the old series, they where going to another planet, a place where the Cylons still didn’t touch. They didn’t have enough resources and they needed to go non-stop. But, when facing the Cylons, they would always fight back. In the current series, they simply run.

Second, every character is flawed. There is no one that you could use as a model. Here, take a look:

  • Commander William Amada: commander of the Battlestar Galactica, he seems to only love his sons if they become pilots. The typical stereotype of the father in the army.
  • Starbuck: a fine pilot, but has more serious psychological issues than me. She blames herself for killing Zachary Adama, which is true.
  • Lee Adama: seems that he is always trying to look better than his dead brother in the eyes of his father.
  • Dr. Gaius: the first contact of the human-like Cylons, he gets information from then inside his head. But he never told this to anyone and, when trying to help, always do this a little bit too late.
  • President Laura Roslin: took the power when all the other elected political faces died, is dying and is not telling anyone about this. Or doing anything. Right now, it looks like she just goes to her cabinet and count dead people.

All I wanted is a character with something positive. Like someone who would do anything for love. Actually, there is a guy in the series like that, but he is lost in a planet, dying, is being controlled by the human-like Cylons (that looks like his girlfriend) and doesnt’ appear to much. Right now, I think that, if he dies, nothing would change in the history.

Third, there is no “savior”. If you go to real life, you know that “a chain is as strong as it weakest link”. On movies, they put problems like a cement slab, hanging in the celling by cables and putting the Innocent below the slab. So, to keep the slab, you need a lot of cables or a few strong ones. On BSG, there are no strong ones. And just a few cables.

Fourth, the “Blair Witch” camera. For gods sake, that suck! It looks like directors think doing that is “edgy”. Well, guess what: is a real PITA trying to follow a history when the camera goes: focus character 1, focus table, focus character 2, focus wall, focus character 1.

Four bad reasons and zero good ones is enough to make me stop watching it. I’ll keep my “Star Trek: Enterprise”, thank you very much.

Is Beatlemania out again and nobody told me?

I’m getting the impression that the Beatlemania is out again.

Yesterday, on Simpsons, Lisa had to put a corrective dental device and, to do this, she had to be knock out with gas (you know, “breathe this” and you go to sleep). After breathing the gas, she had a strange dream that looked a lot like “Yellow Submarine”, the movie. They even put a purple submarine with four guys in it that really looked like the Beatles. I think the translation cut another pun when one the guys say something in the lines of “Lisa is flying”, which I think should be “Lisa in the Sky”.

Today, switching channels, I stopped on Cartoon Network and saw a part of “PowerPuff Girls”. I got it from the second half, but it looked like Mojo Jojo united with other three villains and formed a bad group called “Beat All”. Then he found a female monkey called Moko Jono and the group disbanded, basically ‘cause he was going to “Moko Jono said that screaming would hurt people’s ears, and that’s what we want to do” and “Moko Jono said that white stuff can be stolen” (while stealing flour and eggs and milk). They even added the Moko Jono trainer, called Jude, and the girls present she to Mojo saying “Hey Jude!”.

And, after a little search, it looks like it is the brazilian channels doing their worst again: the Simpsons episode was first aired 1993/03/11 and the PowerPuff Girls on 2001/02/09.

(BTW, be sure to check the PowerPuff quotes from that episode. Lots of references to Beatles)

Memories from the past

Playing Dark Throne, I saw someone with an avatar that remind me about an old tv series, about a cop that loved his gun, and did everything wrong.

I really remember an episode of him, poisoned, crawling in the ground, asking the woman that gave him the poison the antidote. When she gave him the antidote, he goes up, put a little smile and then she goes “You moron! I gave up more poison!”. And he goes back to crawling.

Finally, I found out which series it was: Sledge Hammer.

What’s so good about Galactica?

On Slashdot, every time you get some news about “Star Trek”, someone comes and point that “Battlestar Galactica is the truly space series”. I did download the first four episodes, that looked more like “it was a movie for television, but we decided to split it in four for some obscure reason instead of play it all in once”. I remember that I thought “nothing special, but not bad either”.

Yesterday I saw the follow up of those four episodes (maybe the next after the follow up). And I must say that Galactica is nothing impressive. I mean, it actually looks like “X-Files In Space!”: lots of unanswered plots, annoying as hell, they even don’t have any character that you would feel sympathy with. And I won’t mention the completely STUPID Blair’s-Witch-Camera, even on computer generated scenes. That camera is simply making all the crap look more shity than normal.

So far, the old series looks way better.

Not my memories anymore

It seems that the companies behind the cartoons of my childhood want to change everything these days.

First, as pointed, there are new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the block. Now Warner Bros want to “revitalize” the old Looney Tunes franchise (link thanks to Boing Boing). As you could see for yourself, Porky is out the game (at least, it seems).

They could change whatever they want, but I’ll always prefer the old “Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote” show

They are dead, Jim

Well, it looks like I lost. Enterprise is being canceled. Even BBC is reporting the fact. I’ll surely miss the show, as the Universal Channel is not airing the recent seasons of Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

The weird thing at all are the comments on Slashdot. It looks like the whole group that once said “IT’S CRAP, DIE!” now is saying “Oh, that’s too bad. They did some mistakes, but the series was getting better”.

I just hope AXN didn’t go the Universal way and go holding seasons for undetermined time…

Bored Like Me

Today Sony present the brazilian public with the two last episodes of “Dead Like Me”. I was not a great watcher, but I liked it anyway. It was fun, and black humour is always a gift.

But, watching the last two episodes was something like… boring. I almost decided to be dead than watch that (pun intented). I mean, it was like any other episode. Not a great history, not a great “cliff-hanger”… Damn, there wasn’t even one cliff-hanger. Boring, boring, boring. I tought they would put George, our dead heroin, on an unconfortable position, like taking one of her parents soul, or even her sister. But not. They walked throught the episode like a normal, boring day, doing boring stuff. Geez, the writers could even put her parents back together, made George decide to reincarne or something, make her mother pregnant again — with George soul! That would be a good ending.

But not, they had to put George walking away from the camera, down in a hill, saying: “It’s nice to be dead like me” (or something like that — it was so unimaginative that I forgot the line, on a record time of 20 minutes later).