Steven Spielberg

Falling Skies: "Death March" (Season 2, Episode 8) through "A More Perfect Union" (Season 2, Episode 10)

The 2nd Season has been better than the first, but I won’t lie. These last three episodes, taken together, are a bit of a disappointment. It feels lazy and tired, like they ran out of gas. The first episode is simply bad, the second one okay, and the last one more dumb than not. At times the writing this season the writing really pepped up, but the home stretch ain’t one of them.

“Death March”

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Falling Skies: Falling Skies: "Homecoming" (Season 2, Episode 6) and "Molon Labe" (Season 2, Episode 7)

As far as TV goes, things are moving along fine for Falling Skies. It’s nestled nicely at TNT with good ratings, the last two episodes reviewed her are certainly exciting enough in a TV sort of way, and the ending of the latest episode was actually touching. The writing is also still generally better than the first season. So it’s on firm footing even if it’s not the more demanding type of science fiction some of us might prefer.

We had a genuine two-parter this time as opposed to two different episodes spliced together. And we’re off…

“Homecoming”

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Falling Skies: "Young Bloods" (Season 2, Episode 4) and "Love and Other Acts of Courage" (Season 2, Episode 5)

So how’s Falling Skies holding up?

Well, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say the last two episodes are a slight step back. Some of this stuff felt pretty formulaic, with a tendency toward talkiness and emoting for the sake of emoting. However, the plot is also moving forward and there’s still some momentum from the 2nd season premiere.

“Young Bloods”

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Falling Skies: "Compass" (Season 2, Episode 3)

So after last week’s narrow escape, the good old 2nd Mass is holed up in an airport hanger. With a lot of wide open space surrounding one big building, it doesn’t strike me as that great a place to hide. But then this is television, right?

Tom’s son Ben hates Skitters. We mentioned that last week, I believe. He kills a wounded one with his bare hands in the opening montage. It makes a nice squishy sound.

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The Spielberg, AI and I

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Right or wrong, I haven't paid or gone out of my way to see a Steven Spielberg movie since "Jurassic Park". And that was a rather disappointing experience in itself (and this is without even getting into what he did to the sequel). I bring this up mainly because of "AI". I am a bit conflicted on whether or not I want to go see it.

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NEWS: Matt Helm Lives Again????

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According to this article in Variety, Steven Spielberg is looking to revive the Matt Helm franchise.

According to sources, he plans on sticking a bit closer to the source material than the (soon to be reviewed on the 'Bot) Dean Martin films....

In other words... more grim 'n' gritty spy flicks.

Will nobody bring the funny?

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Process: Raiders of the Lost Ark Story Meeting Transcript

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This interesting bit of history fell into our laps today. As you have probably figured out, we are very interested in the process of how movies get made... whether it's fan films or bazillion dollar blockbusters, the craft of putting ideas on screen is a good chunk of what Republibot is about, philosophically.

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