• Entertainment,  Television

    Later in 2017 in Serialized Genre Storytelling

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    Not much left in the “still to come” category for genre TV in 2017. Maybe I need to do one more post for all of the stuff that’s already released so the year looks a little better for TV geekery.

     

    Runaways

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q988gp6Mfjs

    Okay, not much of a trailer, but it’s all I can find. I’d like to have high hopes for this. The comic was fun. What little there is of this third-hand trailer tells me that they’re at least starting with the original storyline. That gives me a little hope. Premiers in November.

     

    Future Man

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaskEFYvAjU

    Seth Rogan does SF about a time travelling janitor? Well, maybe. The concept tells me to watch the first episode, but to do so with zero expectations. Also coming in November.

     

    Big Hero 6: The Series

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obp54n9Iuz0

    Please don’t. It’s not even the same style of animation.

     

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  • Entertainment,  Life

    Happy Paper Airplane Day!

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    By the time I get this post up, it will be well after midnight, local, but it’s still Paper Airplane Day somewhere, right?

    When I was a kid, once in a while my dad would fold a special paper airplane. It took me a while (probably several years worth of watching the occasional plane take shape since it didn’t happen very often) to learn to fold it myself. When my own kids were small, I tried to do it a little more often, but none of them were particularly into paper airplanes, so it gradually went away.

    Today, I decided to see if I could remember how it worked. To entertain myself, I rested a video camera on a counter facing down to the table I worked on.

    Here’s the final result:

    And here are two versions of the video. First, at almost seven minutes long and with me talking far too much:

    Second, shortened and sped up to just see the folding itself.

    Not the best video work. Someday, and soon, I’ll be setting up a small studio to do audio and video. In the meantime, anything I do will be a little rough.

    Be well, everyone.

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  • Entertainment

    What I’m Watching: Remington Steele

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    Okay, so we all know I’m a geek, but I don’t just watch science fiction and fantasy when it comes to movies and TV. Mostly, but not exclusively.

    Not long ago, we decided to give up cable. It’s expensive and, really, no one was watching it. My oldest daughter watched the occasional show on the Food Network and my wife used the TV to fall asleep at night. Everyone else got their entertainment online or from DVD/Bluray disks.

    It’s been two months, and no one misses it.

    Now we’re pulling out all of those DVDs and Blurays we buy on sale and forget about. This is a good thing.

    RS1Last year during Boxing Week, I picked up the first season of Remington Steele for $10 and put it on the “To Be Watched” shelf next to the complete series of The Greatest American Hero and the fifth season of Babylon 5. We pulled it down a week or so ago, a switch from the mixture of Farscape and Community that we’ve slipped into lately, and leaned back for some mindless entertainment.

    Except it’s not that mindless.

    It’s clever, fun, and a neat mixture of comedy and 1980s noir. Well written and well acted. We’ve watched the first six episodes so far and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. The chemistry between Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist makes the show work from the beginning and they’re great together. It’s also a pretty neat window into early 1980s TV and technology.

    This isn’t a review, or even necessarily a recommendation. Or maybe it is a recommendation, but I’m not saying you should rush out and buy it.

    We’ve entered an age where you can download a TV show while it’s still on the air or buy it as a feature-packed set before the season is over. The rush to produce content so we can empty our wallets before we get bored seems to drive the various entertainment industries into an ever-faster frenzy. I think it also tends to drive quality down.

    Sometimes, it’s worthwhile to go back to a time when the show itself was the thing, to find a show worth watching for itself. Remington Steele is definitely one of those shows, but your mileage may vary. Take a break from the latest collection of rush jobs to hit the coaxial cable and find one that works for you.

    Be well, everyone.

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