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3 Things Share

1. Three names I go by
Nels
Dallas
Lars

2. Three jobs I’ve had in my life
Computer Geek in C++
Computer Geek in SQL
Computer Geek in Java

3. Three fun places I’ve been
Val’s softball games
The Internet
Your Mom’s House

4. Three favorite drinks
Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® Blended Crème
Sprite Zero
McFlurry

5. Three TV shows that I watch (or am looking forward to watching)
30 Rock/The Office/Parks & Recreation/Community
Terminator/Dollhouse/Fringe
Chuck

6. Three Chicago neighborhoods in which I’ve resided
Irving Park
The Villa (in Irving Park)
Independence Park (in Irving Park)

7. Three favorite cuisines
Pizza
BBQ
Thai food

8. Three ways I keep in shape
Try not to eat too much
Walking the dog
Walking other places

9. Three songs that I currently listen to

10. Three things I’m looking forward to
Fantasy Basketball Season
NBA Season
Basketbarcrawl 2010

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Finally saw The Spirit

It strikes me as odd that I mentioned Terminator: Salvation in this post about The Spirit because it seemed to me like the latter came out almost a year prior to the former. It was actually only a mere 5 months (a few days less, actually), but it seemed like a virtual eternity for me.

Anyway, I saw The Spirit over at a friend’s house in full Blu-Ray definition, and wasn’t all that impressed. I think the main reason was that I thought it was going to be a more serious movie, and it was actually more “comic book”-y and funny than I’d expected. It’s funny how much of my enjoyment of a movie is determined by my expectations of it. Nevertheless, I’m afraid it’s not a movie that I could recommend to anyone. Maybe if I’ve ready the comics/graphic novels, I would have been more into it, but it just didn’t seem to all fit together for me.

Please Let Terminator Salvation Be Awesome

(Trailer courtesy of TrailerAddict)

Things that could/should be good:

  • Christian Bale seems like a pretty awesome John Connor
  • I am still carrying a torch for Moon Bloodgood because of the canceled Day Break (and also Journeyman, which is in my Hulu queue, and also because her name is cool)
  • Any opening sequence that uses the Terminator Theme, because it makes anything awesome
  • Use of NIN in the movie and not just the trailer
  • Lot of cool Skynet robots/machines
  • Whatever that flashback is where the guy throws a chair through a window

Things that could be bad:

  • It seems that one of the main plot points centers around John finding out that the Terminators are making themselves look human. This could annoy me because it seems like in every possible future (that I can think of), John would have to know that the machines are going to eventually look like humans since his mom was hunted by one that looked like the Governator, and he was hunted by ones that looked like a creepy emotionless cop and a really hot woman. If they explain it, then fine, but I’m afraid they’re more likely to just gloss over it, and it will nag at me for most of the 130 minutes.
  • If they ignore what’s happening in the TV show. I have been watching the TV show on Hulu and I am getting super addicted (still have about 3 more episodes to watch and I am dying of anticipation)
  • I see more than one potential love interest in the trailers. And considering that future John shouldn’t really have a love interest at all (at least in my opinion), this could be a big problem (for me)
  • Too much stuff exploding. The Star Trek trailers looked kind of the same, though, and that has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’ve heard it’s good because it’s character driven. Let’s hope that T4 is also character driven and not explosion/special effects driven.
  • If they don’t acknowledge the time travel part. It seems like they could be setting up this first one (hopefully not the next two) to be fairly straightforward and linear. I’m a huge fan of time travel, and that’s one of the main reasons the whole Terminator environment is so fascinating to me

So, I did manage to list more thing that could be good than could be bad. The things that could (and should) be good don’t really require any explanation. Of course, I left off the biggest one: It just looks like it’s going to be good.

I might have to get T1 and T2 from Netflix to watch before I go see this one, just to get properly hyped up.

Proof that the Terminator theme makes anything awesome

Via Everyday Should Be Saturday:

I don’t really care all that much about college football (though I do watch a couple games every couple of weeks, and I will sit up and pay attention if Oregon or Illinois are doing well), but even watching a slide show of players that I don’t know makes the hair on my neck stand up when it’s paired with the Terminator theme.

TV Talk: Heroes … of the Future and the Ensemble Cast

Since I’m so sure everyone cares what I think about the TV shows I watch (or should I call them Laptop shows since I watch them all on Hulu?).

I almost gave up on Heroes last week. It probably seems like I only write about shows when I feel like quitting them, but there is evidence that refutes that.

Anyway – there’s two main reasons why I felt like (and still do feel like – perhaps moreso now) giving up on Heroes.

1. The Vision of the Future is Not Clear. If this were real life, then, duh, the future wouldn’t be clear, and that’s just the way it is. But this is a TV show where some characters can travel through time and others can paint the future. Season One worked because we had a clear idea of what was going to happen in the future: There was going to be a nuclear (note to Sarah Palin: it’s pronounced noo-klee-ur) bomb in New York City. Easy enough. Very clear.

Move on to Seasons Two and Three: I have no idea. Maybe I’m just dense. But I don’t know what the writers’ and/or producers’ vision of the future is in Heroesland. Clearly there is some Grave Threat in the form of people acquiring super powers, and maybe massacring each other… But so far, all I can remember seeing is Future Peter showing Present Day Peter that people can fly, and the only ones who seem to have a problem with it are Future Peter and Future Claire. Yeah, there’s also the part where Hiro goes into the future (when he is killed by Ando) and everyone is going crazy, but that was just a short little jaunt through time, and the future seems so fluid and malleable in the Heroverse, that it’s hard to know if that future is even still going to happen.

Now, I do get that some of this future we see is supposed to be shrouded in mystery, but I feel like the Grave Threat should be made very clear, even if (and perhaps explicitly because) we don’t know exactly how it started and/or how it got to be the Grave Threat that it is in the future. I think I’m also annoyed and/or confused at how they keep changing the nature of the Grave Threat. I suppose it’s more comic book-like to have a new danger every season, but when everyone keeps changing the future, it makes it hard to worry that a given future is actually going to happen.

This issue is crystallized (and made more upsetting) by the fact that on the same night (for those who actually watch live TV) you can watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC) which has a very clearly defined Grave Threat which doesn’t change. Even though the way in which it becomes the Grave Threat seems to change, we still have the same Grave Threat we’ve had since the opening scene of the first Terminator. Of course, the entire show, and really the entire point of everything Terminator-related, is based around the fact that we don’t know exactly how the future gets to be the future. (In the show, they are even growing turmoil within John Connor regarding the fact that no matter what he does, it seems that the future never changes)

It seems like Heroes is trying a similar tactic with its mystery by making the show center around trying to find out how and why the future ends up like it does, but in TSCC, it’s so much more clear why finding out is actually important.

2. Too many people. Here’s the list of characters from Heroes that I can name off the top of my head:
Parkman
Hiro & Ando
Peter
Nathan
Trish Strauss (Nikki’s sister)
Linderman
Noah Bennet
Claire Bennet
Sylar
Mohinder
Molly
Angela
Parkman’s Dad
The Haitian
Adam Monroe
Elle (who’s dead now… or is she?)
and now Arthur Petrelli

And the not so important, but maybe important, people:
Micah (even though he’s only been in one episode)
Claire’s Mom
Claire’s Biological Mom
Mya
Daphne
Knox
Peter’s girlfriend who got stuck in the future and we never hear about again
Trish & Nikkie’s sister (who we haven’t even met yet)

That’s at least 17 important people (taking out the “throw away” people) that you have to know about. LOST had close to that many important characters, but they were much more stratified in their levels of importance. You could not know much about a bunch of the people on LOST and still get by. But if you don’t know something about one of those main people on Heroes, your ability to keep up and be continually entertained will diminish rapidly.

For a quick comparison (again with TSCC):
Sarah Connor
John Connor
Derrick Reese
Cameron
Agent Ellison

And to compare to my other two shows, Chuck and Fringe:
Chuck
Sarah
Morgan
Casey
Ellie (?)
Captain Awesome
BuyMore employees who are mostly there for comic relief

I count four important people and maybe five if you cout Ellie.

Olivia
Peter
Walter
Olivia’s Dead-being-kept-alive-former-boyfriend
Agent Broyles (I guess JJ Abrams liked Lance Reddick in LOST)

Once again four to five important people (sorry Astrid, Agent Sidekick, and CEO Lady who reminds me way too much of Shirley Manson in TSCC).

There’s three shows with manageable cast sizes that leave me with enough Care for everyone involved. Heroes is not only stretching the Care a little thin, but the characters also sometimes make me not want to try to make it work.