Disappearing and Modified posts.
There are some changes afoot. I can’t tell you to much now but I may be doing some housecleaning and relaunching soon.
The Problem With The Big Bang Theory…
I’ve been thinking for a long time now, why don’t I like TBBT anymore. I couldn’t figure it out. Someone answered for me.
I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.
Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.
And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…
2nd Watch is the online only, aftershow for Falling Skies. It is not as good (or even as long) as Talking Dead but they got pseudo-Geek Wil Weaton to host and its better than nothing. So here is last weeks episode.
And for god sake, if you haven’t yet, start watching Falling Skies, Sundays at 9 on TNT. TNT is taking a chance on sci-fi TV and we need to support it.
Enter the Matrix
Are you familiar with the movie, The Matrix? If you read this blog and are over 10 years old you probably are. The movie (and its poorly written sequels) is about a world in which our perceived reality is actually a computer driven one. We are all “plugged in” and the Matrix creates a world for us to live and exist in. Everything that happens inside the Matrix has consequences but is not real. Actual reality is a barren scorched earth run by machines.
I really enjoy this movie because I can see it happening. Maybe not to the dramatic effect portrayed in The Matrix movie but a system that slowly liberates us from the duties that adults have been responsible for for years. The Internet is very convenient but does it go to far? I don’t got to the post office, I send e-mail. I don’t go to the bank, I use online bill-pay. I don’t got to K-mart, I use Amazon. I don’t go out to eat, I order online from Domino’s. I telecommute to work. At what point would it be easier to just hook us to the computer and let those interactions happen with just a though?
The obvious objection has always been, what about friends, relationships, sex? Facebook and other social networks have done a very good job of connecting us to other people and gathering tons of data about us in the process. A seasoned user of Facebook probably has given then volumes of data just based on what they’ve clicked, liked, and willingly input into their servers. All designed to keep you there and entertained for as long as possible. Who do you know that spends 2, 4 or even more hours on Facebook every day? We all know someone.
Facebook, Twitter, Path, LinkedIn, GetGlue, Google+, even Xbox Live and hundreds of other site vie for our time and will allegedly connect us with people of similar tastes and likes. You’ve made friends online, so have I. How many have you actually met? All these services that supposedly connect us are actually further isolating us. We are only connected via the Matr…er, I mean, the Internet but not in actual reality.
All that is left is the human desire for close physical and sexual relationships. They have an answer for this too. First there is the porn industry that pushes the boundaries of reality all the time. From one-on-one video chats to specific fetish videos, every perversion is covered. If you can think of it, their probably at least 4-6 porn sites for it. So if porn is not your thing and you want a “real” person just log into Chatroulette, Omegle or various other 1-on-1 video sites find a suitable partner and do whatever naughty things your web-cam can capture.
Does this replace true physical sexuality? No it doesn’t but in the near future this might. You remember the sex scene in Demolition Man. No touching just VR helmet thingies that molest your biggest sexual organ, your brain. Babies can be made in a lab, just send in your sperm, you can arrange online for it to be picked up.
Finally, you say, what about all the service you arrange for? Someone must go out and do them. I say, have you see Surrogates? It was a crappy Bruce Willis movie but with an interesting premise. We all have one or more android surrogates that we control with our minds while in a special control chamber in our homes. Here’s the trailer. They can all drive around in the Google self-driving car too.
So there you have it folks. Your life is online and you have no need to leave the house. we only need a few more pieces to fall into place and we will be living in actual reality of Matrix like existence. I haven’t even scratched the surface of augmented reality gaming and cloud computing. Forget the zombie apocalypse, the Matrix is upon us.
Not sure what this means, but hot off the heels of the Avengers movie I would love some more Marvel movies. (Still hate that they are owned by Disney)
According to some recently leaked images from the set of Iron Man 3, the Midtown Comics variant for Dark Avengers #1 is very relevant.
Avengers #1 from 1963 featuring Wasp and Ant Man.
I wanted to write a review of the Avengers, but I really don’t care to cover the plot and and the character interaction, cinematography and all that. I want to just point out what I like and what I don’t like. I’ll call it a non-review.
Warning, there might be spoilers but I don’t care and won’t warn again.
Let me first say, I’ve only seen it once and it is probably the best superhero/comic book movie ever made. I have seen almost every comic book movie, including the unreleased Fantastic Four from the 90’s and this tops them all. The closest second would be the Dark Knight Batman movie from a couple years ago. I think the Avengers box office take speaks to that. As of writing this, Avengers has had 4 full weekends and has taken $524M and is 4th on the all-time box office list. They deserve every dollar.
I don’t, however, give this movie a perfect score. So whats not to like? Well, I know they had to modernize the story. However there are somethings that are unforgivable. The timeline and inclusion of some characters over others. For instance, why include Hawkeye and Black Widow but overlook Antman/Giant Man and Wasp. The later two were original Avengers the others were not. I understand the inclusion of Captain America however he is not an original either.
Captain America’s first appearance as an Avenger. Avengers #4.
They need to pick a Hulk and stick with it. Hulk leaves the Avengers almost as soon as he joins (in the comic history)but I assume we will see him again. Keep Mark Ruffalo, I don’t love him but he is adequate and the character needs some continuity.
If we’re going to stick with Hawkeye he needs to be called Hawkeye, not Clint. And he needs a better costume. It doesn’t have to be the purple tights like the comic but it needs to be better than what he’s got.
Tony Stark can’t always have a new suit of armor in his back pocket every time he gets in trouble. If you follow the comic, he will often go back to older armors to improvise around enemies. Keep in mind the Avengers started with the Iron Man Mark II gold armor. The movies are already up to Mark VII. (BTW: I want to see some Hulk Buster Armor and stealth armor)
Lets talk headgear. In the Captain America Movie I thought Cap’s suit, especially the helmet looked awful. It was 1945 so I give then a bye. Now Avengers, is present day. They have modified the suit. The hood/helmet still looks like hell! Get it right and put some actual wings on it. Thor needs a helmet. I know all the ladies like to see him and his glorious golden locks but some scenes require him in the full Thor: God of Thunder regalia. Let him occasionally look like a God. Loki had his helmet and was far better dressed than Thor.
I know most of this is minor nit picks but as a long time Avengers reader they are the things that bothered me. Overall, I give the movie a 4 out of 5. Its action packed and all the actors make you believe they are the hero’s they portray. Hulk was a real rage monster, finally, and funny too. I will watch it again and buy the blu-ray when it comes out. I just wish they could have been a little more loyal to the comic book history.
As a footnote, just as they footnoted the movie, I don’t know how they are going to do a Thanos/Infinity Gauntlet story line without the Silver Surfer. Please bring him back, Fantastic Four (new cast) could cameo.