Podcasts in Review

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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Assembly of Geeks:Avoid Transformers & 250 Great Geek Moments” begins with a very odd discussion of the latest Transformer’s movie given that none of the hosts have seen it yet. Regardless, they discuss the reactions of critics and fans and lament the daunting runtime of the movie (a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes). Afterwards they rundown the latest geek news including the appearance of the pilot episode of The Flash online, Pacific Rim 2, the Phineas & Ferb Star Wars episode trailer, and then dive into SFX magazine’s 250 greatest moments in sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Sadly a lot of the top ten is dominated by very recent films which seems like a poor way to form the list, but the hosts chime in with their picks and it makes for a good discussion.

Bombad Radio: Episode 155 has a bit of an intro with Jeremiah and Nick before going into an interview with actor Doug Jones. The Doug Jones interview is really good. He talks about working with Guillermo Del Toro, his roles in Hellboy, Hellboy II, Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Falling Skies, Batman Returns, and Warriors of Virtue. As primarily a suit actor, he talks about how his background as a mime and listing himself as a contortionist has helped him get roles. However, the best parts are probably his impressions of Del Toro. It’s a very fun interview. Capping off the show is some more commentary from Jeremiah and Nick. Worth noting, the intro and extro audio quality isn’t the best but the interview portion is good, so you might want to skip ahead when listening. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Review: Falling Skies Episode 3 – Prisoner of War

June 27, 2011 at 9:09 am | Posted in Reviews, Sci-Fi, Television | 1 Comment
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Continuing our coverage of the sci-fi television show Falling Skies, last night’s episode Prisoner of War was good but a little slow. The big theme in the episode was the harnesses (the alien technology that renders children into slave laborers) and the new doctor who can hopefully remove them from the kids without killing them. Dr. Michael Harris is played by actor Steven Weber who you might recognize from the old tv show Wings or from the classic Vietnam war movie Hamburger Hill. I really liked Weber’s performance in Hamburger Hill, unfortunately his character Dr. Harris isn’t the most likable sort. He’s a pessimist and as a doctor he doesn’t show the most care and concern for his patients. Regardless he did well with the part and it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the character in future episodes. Continue Reading Review: Falling Skies Episode 3 – Prisoner of War…

Review: Falling Skies

June 20, 2011 at 11:39 am | Posted in Sci-Fi, Television | 1 Comment
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TNT debuted their much-hyped Falling Skies series last night, and while it’s too soon to tell how it will fare over the long run, last night’s debut did not disappoint.  While I found the first moments (even with the quick explanatory preamble) a little confusing and hard to sort out, it soon became clear what exactly was going on here.

Quick plot recap: alien bugs come to earth, knock out all defenses, communications, capitols.  Then they land huge armies of bugs and battle droids, kill the adults and capture the kids, making them slaves with these bug-like things on their backs.  The humans refer to the aliens as “skitters” because they have six legs, and the growths as “harnesses”.

The series opens with the last human defenders fleeing Boston, going in different directions in groups of three hundred – one hundred fighters and 200 civilians.  The groups are made up of three hundred because that’s the number the bugs don’t track.  The defenders are a mix of experienced military and civilians, many of them young teenagers.  The show follows one such group – the 2nd Massachusetts —  led by Will Patton (Weaver).  His second in command is former professor Noah Wyle (Tom Mason).  Along the way, Tom and his squad run afoul of a gang of human thugs; the leader of which (John Pope) is played by Colin Cunningham in a thoroughly enjoyable bad guy way.

Tom’s wife is dead and two of his sons are with him: teenage Hal and much younger Matt.  His middle son Ben is missing.  Tom has a comrade in Dr. Anne Glass (played by Moon Bloodgood), and you get the immediate sense that they are friends, and pretty like-minded.  They’re sympathetic, enjoyable characters; people with a set of skills that’ve been thrust into terrible circumstances and risen to the occasion.  Tom Mason is unmistakably the lead in Falling Skies, and Noah Wyle plays him well.  He’s a good combination of smart academic, coping father and man tough enough to get the job done.  His combination grounds the show.  The other actors seem equally as well-cast.  I couldn’t really find a misstep among any of them.  I especially liked both of Tom Mason’s sons (Drew Roy and Maxim Knight).

The show itself is visually well-done, and the pace is exactly right.  There’s a lot of action but it’s interspersed with slower setups and poignant scenes that don’t lay the humans plight on with a trowel.  In fact one of the things I like about Falling Skies is that while the bugs are tech superior, they aren’t invincible.  They die just like humans do, and the underlying theme is that while things are desperate, there is hope.  My sense is that we’ll be getting the unexpected from Falling Skies, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series.  Naturally they left us with a little teaser – something I noticed right off the bat.  The bugs are six-legged so why are their droids bipedal?

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Falling Skies

June 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Sci-Fi, Television | Leave a comment
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This Sunday, Fathers Day, TNT debuts the scifi invasion series, Falling Skies.  Produced by Steven Spielberg, it stars ER’s Noah Wyle.  No spoilers here, but it promises to be not your run of the mill V or The Event.  Catch it Sunday night on TNT at 9 PM Eastern.

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