Star Wars

[ Evil Mood: Evil ]
You know there are times when I am glad that I never bought into the whole Star Wars thing.

I was 13 or 14 when the original Star Wars movie came out and I remember coming out of that thinking how disappointing a story it was. I never bothered with the other 2 movies. That early decision seems to have saved me a world of hurt.

My sons have seen the original trilogy – I try to keep them away from episodes 1-3 but it is hard. Luckily there are plenty of other better movies out there to divert them with.

SGA Cancelled

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So the powers that be have decided to cancel Stargate Atlantis at the end of the current season.

Now I quite like Atlantis despite its flaws and if this news had come during season 3 I would have been upset. But season 4 was fairly uninspired and had a terrible season finale which has lead into a fairly poor start to season 5. So I was surprised to read this in Joseph Mallozzi’s blog:

 

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100 episodes is pretty damn impressive feat and, as evidenced by the quality of recent stories and the uptick in the ratings, we’ll be going out on a high.

 

I think the episodes have been pretty average so far – until this week’s episode (#6) ‘The Shrine’. I loved this story but then I think the best thing in Atlantis is McKay – even though it annoys me that no one pronounces his name correctly. If they could produce shows this good consistently then maybe it wouldn’t be getting cancelled now.

Watchmen

[ Happy Mood: Happy ]
[ Listening to Twelve Stops and Home Currently: Listening to Twelve Stops and Home ]
Been looking at the trailer for the Watchmen movie due out next summer. Despite my best efforts at self restraint, I have been getting excited at the prospect of the movie so I thought I would pull the trade paperback off the shelf and give the original story another read.

I know people have been praising this comic ever since it was released but it really is a beautifully constructed piece of writing and well deserving of its classic status in the modern era. But can the movie live up to the source? Given Hollywood’s track record with Moore’s work probably not but I am willing to settle for a good adaptation without butchering the story too much – V for Vendetta was a good example of this for me and remains the best movie based on a Moore story so far.

So how do I feel about the trailer having read the book again? Well I think the scenes depicted in the trailer look pretty faithful to the comic (I could nitpick about minor design/actor issues but it would be churlish) and there is enough to get the fanboys excited. So I am still cautiously optimistic but realistic enough to realise that there is still plenty of time for the director or the studio to screw it up – let’s hope that they don’t.