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Neverwhere

March 24, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: BBC

Age: 17+

Review Rating: 9 out of 10

Based on the popular book by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew’s descent into London Below, the secret dark heart that homeless and the unseen and unnoticed fall into.

 

It’s a bit of a misnomer to say that this wonderful show is based on the book by Gaiman, as it’s actually exactly like the book, down to the dialogue and costumery. And if you’ve read the book, it is quite enjoyable. Even if you haven’t read the book, Neverwhere is very much like finding yourself in a different world. And since that world was produced by BBC, who in my opinion makes some of the best shows out there these days, you fans are in great hands.

 

So we have the English equivalent of your everyday Joe, Richard Mayhew. He has an overbearing girlfriend who only wants him to succeed and therefore pushes him at every opportunity, a boring little apartment on Compton Street, and a fairly uncomplicated life. Until one night, on the way to a boring dinner with girlfriend Jessica’s boss, Richard stops to help a girl who seems to appear out of nowhere and lies bleeding on his shoes. All of a sudden, Richard finds himself meeting a pair of assassins looking for Door, the girl he rescued, and meeting all sorts of other unsavory characters, like the Marquis de Carabas. The Marquis is played by Paterson Joseph, a BBC mainstay and a favorite actor of mine. And after all sorts of twists and turns, Richard finds himself in London Below, where Door escaped to, trying to fend off Mister Croup and Vandemar, the brother assassins after her. There’s much more, involving angels and legendary hunters, mythical beasts and tests of sanity, and the ending dear readers, is a surprise!

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No longer being shown as a mini-series on BBC, Neverwhere is available for box DVD purchase at most high end stores like Best Buy.

 

 

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Battlestar Galactica Rules, So Say We All!

March 11, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

The incredibly popular Battlestar Galactica remake that’s been burning up the screen of the Sci-Fi Channel doesn’t fail to deliver shocking twists and surprises, right up to the very end!

 

It’s no secret that BSG fans screamed and ranted and raved when we heard BSG was getting cancelled. Finish the fourth season, yes okay, and that’s it. No real reason was given, at least from what I heard (or didn’t hear) but I’m betting that the good folks at the Sci-Fi Channel didn’t want BSG to go the way Stargate SG:1 did. Which is to say, it went for 10 seasons or more and while SG1 did still have a legion of rabid fans, the writers were exhausted and it was showing. I think the good folks at Sci-Fi decided to leave off BSG on the best note they possibly could. And as much as I loved the show and want it to continue, I can understand where they’re coming from.

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And then of course, after the sword of Damocles called cancellation was announced, soon thereafter was the writers strike. Oh, how irritating. Yes, I understand the writers complaints and why they went on strike. But they need to realize some very simple harsh truths: fans are fickle, fans have a short attention span, and most fans are fan-atics. Which basically means when BSG finally did come back on the air in January of 2009, after a hiatus of almost eight months, they faced a much more unforgiving audience. How fortunate for their writers that true BSG fans really are die-hard. To the point of drop-kicking the TiVO if it fails to cooperate and record the show already!

 

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And as for the actual last few shows that we die-hard fans are being treated to, well. We have come to expect the entirely unexpected from BSG, and boy are them writers making a career out of making us totally right! I don’t think anyone expected Ellen Tigh to show back up, especially as any kind of Cylon, given how she died. Poor Starbuck is still doing the half commando kick-much-ass-age pilot thing, along with the half-mad seer of visions and prophecy thing at the same time. Which is a really odd move on the writers parts, but hey, it seems to be working. The Final Five think they’re all together and the crews of survivors left are now living and working in more or less civility with the Cylons from the base ship near them. But how long will that hold? Poor Sam’s gone from the freedom fighter he was to a jacked-in Cylon with a bullet hole in the back of his head, spouting prophecy with terrible machine-like precision. The Admiral still rocks my world, but his oldest love, and I don’t mean Laura Roslin, the ship itself, the Battlestar Galactica, is finally falling apart. It’s a fitting end for a show that takes into account all sorts of mysticism and strange things, but also the normal everyday things like fuel and where are we going to get food?

No matter how the show ends, even if they pull off something even –I- didn’t see coming, the horde of BSG fans will be disappointed. Not because the ending wasn’t up to their standards, but because they’ll be sad to see such a truly wonderful show end.

 

 

 

 

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Dancing with the Stars 2009 Steve-O

March 11, 2009
Good luck Steve-O! Hope you go all the way!!