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Lost Season Five

January 26, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

 

Creator: J.J. Abrams

Studio: ABC Studios

Age: 17+

Review Rating: 7.5

 

Warning! Spoiler Review!

 

The Oceanic Six have made it back to the real world, and Season Five is all about them and the survivors left back on the island trying to fix the rather terrible problems they’ve all created.

 

This Season, Lost has gone very very Sci-Fi. That is to say, in very simplistic terms, that the island itself is now skipping through time, and so are all the survivors back on it. And, the Oceanic Six that got away, are all now realizing that things are completely screwed even where (and when) they are, and some are getting ready to go back to the island. Of course, they haven’t said how yet, but us die-hard Lost fans know the impossible-to-guess Benjamin Linus will have something up his sleeve, he always does.

 

Unfortunately, unless you’re a rabid Lost fan like me and have seen every single episode, more or less in sequence, and watched the show again in reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel, for Season Five you will be completely lost if you try to watch it as a stand-alone. By itself, without serious backstory coverage, Season Five is frankly impossible to get. But then, since reruns are available in a few places now, why not watch the whole show?

 

And as far as the apparent main plot hooks of Season Five, such as an entire island skipping through time, I would say it’s entirely possible. The island’s already had polar bears in the jungle, scary smoke monsters, human experiments of every dark shade imaginable, and other strange things. Why not time travel?

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Most Lost fans are ready for the bizarre, and Season Five delivers!

 

 

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The Maxx

January 8, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Writer: Sam Keith

Age: 17+

Review Rating: 9

 

“Most of us live between two worlds. The real world, where we’re at the mercy of circumstance, and the world within, the unconscious, a place where we can escape. The Maxx shifts between these worlds against his will. Here homeless, he lives in a box in an alley. The only one who truly cares for him is Julie Winters, a freelance social worker. But in Pangea, the other world, he rules the Outback and is the protector of Julie, his Jungle Queen. There, he cares for her. But he always ends up back in the real world. And me, old Mister Gone? Only I can see that the secret which unites them, could destroy them. I could be helpful….ah, screw it. I think I’ll have some fun with them first.”

 

And that, dear readers, pretty well sums up The Maxx, at least for the first few episodes. However, that says nothing about the awesome unusual style used for the animation of this wonderful cartoon: it looks, almost frame for frame, exactly like the comic book it’s based off of. Saying nothing about the Iz, the adorable little minions without faces that work for Mr. Gone and drive Maxx crazy. Or about Sarah, the troubled daughter of a friend of Julie’s, who turns out to play a pivotal role in Maxx’s life and transformation.

 

The Maxx is far from a light-hearted cartoon about a purple superhero and a social worker who dresses trampy, plus a strange assorted cast. Oh no. There are scenes where Julie, or one of her darker inner selves, chants to herself “This is a bad doll” and pops the head off the doll she’s brushing. Or where Sarah finds her spirit animal with the help of a magic piece of talking clay, which actually turns out to be Mr. Gone’s severed head. Are we getting this? Weird! Dark! Crazy! But truly awesome. They don’t make cartoons like this anymore.

 

This was, as they say, back when MTV was still cool. This was the second show shown on MTV’s Oddities, following The Head, a strange cartoon about a young man who has an alien literally living in his head. And in a similar vein to Aeon Flux and Beavis and Butthead when they were on Liquid MTV. I don’t know if MTV ever put out a Maxx DVD box set or whatever, but if they did, that would be awesome to find.

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Bring back The Maxx! I want the big goofy purple hero who glues his claws shut when Julie isn’t there!

 

 

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New CSI: LV Cast!

January 5, 2009

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Yes, it is a sad day for a great many of us loyal CSI Las Vegas fans, as William Peterson, who starred as the wonderfully quirky Gil Grissom, decides to leave the show. Try not to despair too hard, die-hard fans, because the TV gods have actually come up with a worthy replacement.

 

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That’s right fans and friends and odds and ends, the totally rock your world cool Laurence Fishburne is coming to CSI! Technically he’s already there, having starred in the latest episode entitled “19 Down” as Professor Raymond Langston. This new character is consulted on a case in this and the following episode, and is slated to join the CSI team as a level 1 CSI right around the same time Grissom leaves.

 

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I know, Grissom leaving is horrible. That character after all, did hold the show together. However, I truly think Fishburne can pull it off. He’s got the same patient instructor drawl, the same enjoyment of fine things, and the same quirky bent that Grissom had, just about different things. Think a little bit of the Matrix character we know and love, dropped into CSI Las Vegas, and boy do we have a recipe for good times!

 

Read more about the changes at Entertainment Weekly and CBS: CSI!

 

Written by Alicia Glass

 

 

 

 

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The Next Doctor Who Announced!

January 5, 2009

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That’s right folks, the 11th Doctor Who has finally been announced!

 

Noone I’ve ever heard of, Matt Smith has starred in Party Animals, The Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Ruby and the Smoke, both with former Doctor Who actress Billie Piper, and the upcoming Moses Jones.

 

The beloved current Doctor Who, David Tennant, is expected to degenerate into the new Smith in the Doctor Who special of 2010, tentatively scheduled for Easter.

 

Read more about the Doctor Who phenomenon and fandom here and here.

 

Written by Alicia Glass