With an awesome episode title like "Shadow Warrior" and having seen a clip ahead of time with Anakin and Dooku going head to head, I can honestly say the last thing I was expecting was more Gungans! I was kinda hoping that, after dedicating several episodes to Gungans already, the writers got them out of their system already. Apparently not. But, it did (kind of) answer a question I had in the previous episodes. Where the hell is Boss Nass?? We have a new Boss by the name of Boss Lyonie. Maybe Nass is on holiday, or getting the liposuction he so desperately needs. Why does Boss Nass looks nothing like the other Gungans? He doesn’t even look like an overweight Gungan either, more like a toad. But, I digress. I could go on about Nass for hours. Lyonie is obviously in these episodes, so that he can bring in the comedic stylings of Jar Jar Binks in a sort of Prince and the Pauper meets Intergalactic Civil War.

Season 4 of The Clone Wars is back in full force. Finally! The premiere consisted of 2 episodes of a 3-part arc. And, while I was a little concerned about the episodes taking place underwater, I was relieved to see that these episodes really delivered. Even though it had Gungans...

"Water War" and "Gungan Attack"

¨When Destiny Calls, The Chosen Have No Choice¨

The opening ¨fortune cookie¨ kinda made me laugh. When silly fish people are in trouble, the Jedi have no choice but to help. Never catch a break. But, in all seriousness, I have to say I was a little surprised that they decided to start the episode with the image of a Mon Calamari corpse floating in the water. Murder? In the first 5 seconds of the show? OK, I’m in.

The first half of Burn Notice’s latest season wrapped up for its fall break recently, and a retrospective of where the show’s been and where it’s going is in order. USA Network’s latest brace of shows that have been advertised and produced in a style similar to Burn Notice have caused some to unfairly overlook the escapades of renegade spy Michael Weston and his compatriots. On the surface Burn Notice is reminiscent of The A-Team, from the special ops charity of its main characters to its status quo “nothing ever changes” reset button that comes into play at the end of most episodes. When consumed an episode a week, it’s a devilishly clever show.

I hear that when work began on The Prisoner, the intention was not to remake the original, but rather to re-imagine it.  I think they have succeeded in doing just that.

I already had my review for this week picked out, but then something so momentous happened that I needed to write about it, instead.  One of the best shows currently on television had a crossover with my favorite show of all-time.  I am speaking, of course, about this past week’s episode of The Office.

For several years now, there have been rumors about a possible cameo or two by characters from the original BBC version of The Office.  So many promises have been made that, when I heard that Ricky Gervais might be reprising his role as David Brent, I had dismissed it as just another false rumor.

Well, I was wrong, because this week Steve Carell’s Michael Scott met David Brent in a chance encounter.  It was short but sweet, and it was worth the wait.

So, if, in the last two weeks, I’ve spoken to you in person . . . or on the phone . . . or over email, text, or Twitter . . . or if you’ve seen any of my updates on Facebook . . . or if you’ve casually eavesdropped on any conversation to which I’ve contributed . . . or even if you’ve actively ignored me while within earshot, then you probably have heard about The IT Crowd starring Katherine Parkinson, Richard Ayoade, and Chris O’Dowd.  And, you probably don’t need to read this blog (you still could though), because you’ve more than likely heard me spewing a mixture of praises, quotes, and instructions on where to find this hilarious British sitcom from writer/director Graham Linehan.  You may or may not recognize Lineham as the successful creator of two other UK sitcoms, Black Books and Father Ted, but, suffice it to say, he has grown into quite the sitcom heavyweight across the pond, having won numerous BAFTAs and even an International Emmy.  I can’t speak to these earlier shows, but his third major foray into the wide world of situation comedy is just brilliant, and you have to check it out!  I’m not kidding; you can finish reading this, but then, seriously, go check the show out.  It’s easy!  The first three series’ are streaming on Netflix, so there you go.  Wait.  Let me actually finish this for real.  The fourth season is only available on DVD, and millions of people are very excited that the fifth and sixth series have recently been confirmed for production.  

Microsoft produced seven animated shorts that take place within the Halo universe and collected them all into this thrilling collection called Halo: Legends, which is currently streaming live through Netflix.  It seems almost like an experiment to test the possibility of a Halo TV show because of the varying styles and tones exhibited.  One short goes beyond campy and clearly targets young children, while another has cursing and close-ups on extreme violence.  (The victims may be bad guys that bleed green blood, but, when a knife pushes into a skull, it affects you).  These shorts are sure to excite the die-hard Halo fans; however, they are all well produced and will be highly enjoyable to anyone interested in adult animated shorts, be you a Halo fan or not.

First and foremost, since I didn't mention it in my first review, I HAVE to point out how awesome and heavy the Drums are during the opening Star Wars theme!  Sounds so epic and gives Clone Wars its own vibe.  Plus, it's the only John Williams-type score from the movies that was put into the show.  Then, we get, as we fans refer to it, "The Fortune Cookie."  The words of wisdom placed before us at the beginning of each episode.  This week’s Fortune Cookie says, "Evil Is Not Taught, It Is Learned..."  Some people don't give enough attention to the Fortune Cookie and how it relates to the episode.  This one is a major one...

 

In last week’s episode, Dooku was deceived into believing it was the Jedi who attacked him, so  that he would look for a new assassin from Mother Talzin; a male assassin this time.  I've poked around the internet forums to see if people thought Dooku was aware he was being manipulated or if he actually had no idea.  Turns out most think the same way I do.  Dooku may be powerful, but it seemed he honestly had no idea he was being deceived.  And, what is the past between Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters/brothers?  There is a past they aren't telling us.  Also, Dooku was not in the least hesitant to drink the beverage Talzin so casually conjured up with her Witchcraft.  There has to be some sort of past bond here.

 

Greetings, Frakkers!!!

Being the lucky, little Cylon that I am, I managed to nab a seat at the Return of the Cylons: Caprica Season 1.5 Premiere Fan Event at the Globe Theater in Universal Studios - Hollywood last weekend. It was quite the event, what with the red carpet rolled out and a number of the cast and crew attending, including actors Esai Morales (Joseph Adama), Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama), and Alessandra Torresani (Zoe Graystone). Executive producers David Eick, Ronald D. Moore, Jane Espenson, and Kevin Murphy were also in attendance and brought an extra dose of excitement to the event.

It’s not often that fans can so easily mingle with cast and crew, especially given the “geek celebrity” status that Ronald D. Moore and David Eick acquired with the Battlestar Galactica series. Everyone was approachable at the event, and, when we entered the screening room, a bar was set up allowing a more relaxed place to converse with each other. Once the ice was broken, it was a geek’s paradise! Actor Esai Morales was especially friendly, excited, and passionate about the event and the series, encouraging everyone to implore their friends to watch the show and make a second season possible. Morales’ dedication to the project was also very clear when he stopped to show us pictures on his cell phone of his newborn baby girl. His first child having been born just days ago, Morales was understandably eager to be with wife and child; yet, he spent the next few hours fully committed to creating a fun and exciting environment for the fans of Caprica. He’s truly a stand up guy in addition to being an excellent actor! Sasha Roiz soon joined Morales in schmoozing with the fans and turned out to be a delight.

If you haven’t seen Fawlty Towers, the BBC-produced sitcom, don’t even bother, you monkey-brained twit.  You probably wouldn’t understand it, seeing as it was written for people with an intellect equal to or greater than that of a 6-year-old child.  No, you probably would find the show, written by Connie Booth and John Cleese, quite dull, as there are no gratuitous explosions or women baring their chests.  Instead, the show follows an extremely clever, handsome, and hard-working intellectual and hotelier called Basil Fawlty”(me) as I struggle to imbue my seaside hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a teensy speck of respectability and class, but for some reason that is too much to ask, (ahem) Sybil. 

Sybil (Prunella Scales), my wife, occasionally ceases gossiping over the telephone long enough to smile at the “riff-raff” that pass through our hotel, while I struggle night and day in the trenches.  But no, Sybil, don’t get up!  Attend to your social life, my “little nest of vipers,” that is, after all, what’s important, much more so than our livelihood.

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