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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Thunderbirds" (2004)

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What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? Ebert puts it pretty succinctly when he mentions that, “This is a movie made for an audience that does not exist…fans of a British TV puppet show that ran from 1964 to 1966.” He goes on to quote David Rooney from Variety for some basic info on the show because, as Ebert himself says, “I had never heard of the series, and, let’s face it, neither have you.”

In fact, owing to my mad geek creds I *have* heard of the TV show, and even watched it a bit. It’s not a fond memory from my youth which I was greatly attached to, rather I first saw it when Sci-Fi ran repeats of it and other Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” series in their morning block of children’s programming in the early 90s. I watched it when getting ready for work in the mornings, not because it was particularly interesting, but mainly to catch the cool miniature work done by the late great Derek Meddings. It was never my favorite, though. I much preferred “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions.” Though never a fan, there is some part of me that can’t help but have some misguided affection for marionettes who have love lives, and shoot each other.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Frontier Earth" Allegedly by Bruce Boxleitner, but really by William Keith (1999)

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The Republispouse was looking to get me some gag gifts for Christmas this year, and stumbled across a couple of novels "By" Bruce Boxleitner in the local Family Dollar. With it's lurid cowboy front cover that would make Louis L'amour wince, and it's Babylon 5 Promotional Photo rear cover showing Boxleitner in an Earthforce uniform, flashing his "Hi, I'm Handsome!" smile, it is just one painfully embarrassing book to be seen holding in public.

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BELATED MOVIE REVIEW: "The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen" (2003)

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I've seen this movie on TV a lot in the last month, and my hate for it runs so hot that I suddenly realized I needed to review it. For the record, I don't hate Trek, though I talk trash about it a lot, it mostly just bores me. I don't hate Galactica, though I am mad at it and disappointed by it at the moment, and we're not talking, but I imagine eventually that'll pass. But I hate, hate, hate this movie. Alas, it's a big-budget A-list film, so I'm reviewing it here rather than in my normal B-movie crapfest feature.

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The Star Wars, Concluded

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Well, Dark Horse Comics has released the concluding issue in its adaptation of the very earliest draft of George Lucas' The Star Wars, and the best thing I can say about it is, "Well, it was...interesting."

In one of the letters to the editors in the back of the magazine, it is observed that this script was adapted from a very rough draft, and that the story went through several massive rewrites before it made it to the screen.  Thank God for whoever George had helping him edit this, because this version would have gone down in a blaze of obscurity.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Legend of Korra: “A Breath of Fresh Air,” “Changes,” and “The Earth Queen” (Season 3, Episodes 1-3)

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I’m probably not going to be reviewing this series because, honestly, I just kind of don’t like reviewing TV shows anymore. I don’t know why. Just the same, SOMEBODY should be reviewing this. It’s the best cartoon on TV, and at this point the Avatar franchise has provided five years of great entertainment. Four of them very solid, the fifth kinda’ ‘eh’ and very uneven, but still not bad.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The 100: “We Are Grounders, Part 2” (Season Finale)

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Ok, let’s get the gonzo journalist crap out of the way first: I have just finished reviewing two concurrent series. This one, and “Cosmos II: Armed and Fabulous.” Cosmos, obviously, I was disappointed by. This show I rather surprisingly enjoyed, though I wouldn’t care if it got cancelled tomorrow, or six weeks ago. Enjoyed, not loved.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “Unafraid of the Dark” (Series Finale)

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If you’ve ever read Homer’s “The Odyssey,” you’ll know that it took Odysseus a full decade to find his way home after the Trojan War. This sets up an old joke that probably isn’t true: Once upon a time (1968) a review allegedly said that “2001: A Space Odyssey” had that title because it took it forever to get where it was going, and by the time you got there it was hard to really say the trip was worth it. Ouch!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: “The World Set Free” (Episode 12)

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I’m feeling sort of burned out and I kinda’ don’t wanna’ review this show anymore. I mean I *WILL,* there’s only one episode left after this one, so it’d just be stupid to quit now, but I’m just not all that into it. A lot of that has to do with my basic outlook at the moment: we had a major illness in the family that required major surgery, which resulted in endless stays at, trips to, and trips from the hospital, all sorts of crazy hours, keeping the kids from freaking out, and so on, followed by a major out-of-nowhere crisis with one of the grandfolks, so I’m just sort of exhausted.

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