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Stay On Target

Posted by Sunday on Sep 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm in Daily Space, Movies, TV

Oof.  A lot going on in the last week, including a hell of a lot of stuff I failed to weigh in on.  Not that the world really needed another take on Fringe, but still.  I feel some sense of obligation.

My two cents on Fringe:

  •  A young female FBI agent with a permanent expression of disgusted bewilderment?  And no detectable motive or personality?  As a main character?  You’re certain you want to go with that?  Maybe you can sell it a little better if you half-heartedly muster up a reason for her to strip down to her underwear in front of everyone.
  • Denethor!  Yay!
  • A lot like having a child tell you a long, elaborate fib:  First! There was this FBI agent!  And then she needed to get this scientist who was put in a mental hospital forever but she couldn’t so she flew to Iraq and got his son and they got him and then they needed a super-laboratory so they got one and then they needed to see the killer’s face so they took LSD and they saw his face and then they needed a cure so they made one and then he was a badguy! Not that we want to see her filling out forms requesting travel to Iraq which would then in turn take A THOUSAND YEARS to process and the story would already be over, but you know.
  • Related: LSD 100% not actually like that.   But again, we probably don’t want to watch her sitting around for two hours wondering if she should go outside.
  • Astrid Farnsworth. Is the name of Dunham’s assistant.  The black girl.  Discuss.

What do I think of the most recent ‘leaked’ James Cameron’s Avatar set photo?

  • CG motion capture: sword from the stone.  Maybe Cameron will be king.  MAYBE NOT.
  • Also: if I have one piece of advice, it is to not use “urban tribal” graphic design.


Too late.

What about Joss Whedon officially halting Dollhouse while he works the script a little more?

  •  I’ve got a bad feeling about it, now that you mention it.
  • The explanation makes sense: Whedon was busy directing, rather than writing, and by the time he got the first two episodes in the can everyone agreed that the scripts that had been written without him weren’t up to some kind of standard.  He requested a brief halt in production while he helps write several scripts into the future in order to get everyone on the same page.  Sounds reasonable.  The studio offically supports this, claiming that since production on the show was actually ahead of schedule, Whedon was free to do whatever the hell he wanted.
  • Unless you listen to the other rumors, which point out that having a main character with no memory or free will is a terrible plan (a little tip I told the kids at Fringe: nudity fixes everything).  Elsewhere sources point out that Whedon already refilmed the pilot admidst complaints that the show was either too complicated or too grim.  Wait, what’s that smell?  Is that… failure?

Off the subject, but did you happen to watch the new 90210 series?

  • You mean 90210.1?  HA.
  • Yes.
  • I don’t have a single thing good to say about it, and I enjoy garbage TV.  I’m ashamed and saddened that Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame) had anything to do with this piece of shit.

That is all for today.

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September 17th, 2008 | Daily Space, Movies, TV

6 Responses to “Stay On Target”

  1. Aaron Says:

    Denethor was a mean man. boo.

  2. quagmire Says:

    Regarding Fringe:
    - I understand the female FBI-hottie agent’s(soon to be a mercenary for Grayskull’s franchise team) disgust with the world around her. Shit, it’s chock-full of mega-corporation shape-shifters! I feel the same way about all the fuckin’ shape-shifters around me. But the bewilderment; I think that’s her acting style, or lack there-of. As long as she strips down to her skivvies every episode, I’m watchin’ the shit outta this show baby! That beyoch Scully never did show me her ‘undercover assets’.
    - Motive. Motive? We don’ got to have no stinkin’ motives.
    - As for the rest of your unbiased review, I pretty much agree. Except for one point, I’m certain the show would be vastly more exciting if they DID spend more time filling out the proper forms.
    Re: 90210. They blew it, that would have shown so much savvy and scored mega geek-points if they had called it 90210.1 … Ha! (or at least 90210-0001)

  3. quagmire Says:

    Totally unrelated … but fun!
    Lack of good kerning makes the word s a v v y look like sawy up there … heh

  4. quagmire Says:

    @Aaron: Denethor was not that way intentionally, in Gondor they drank wine out of pewter goblets with a high lead content. That and the inbreeding thing … but we won’t go there ’cause I like Gondorians and their city rocks … heh hehheh

  5. Sue London Says:

    Is it just me, or does everyone not only hear Porkins in their head but feel the need to murmur “stay on target” in his tone whenever reading the phrase?

    Yeah, I guess I’m highly programmable…

  6. Sunday Says:

    It’s not just you. I couldn’t even keep from saying it out loud as I wrote it.

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