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SyFy Movie Review: Stonehenge Apocalypse

by on Jun.13, 2010, under Sci Fi, Television, TV Movies

Misha Collins in SyFy's Stonehenge Apocalypse

When I heard that one of my favorite actors from Supernatural, Misha Collins who plays the angel Castiel, was starring in his very own SyFy tv movie, I just had to watch it. Truthfully though, I didn’t expect it to like it all that much. I know, I’m sorry, but hey this is a SyFy movie and well, they’re not always top notch, ya know?

Okay so I was wrong. Like way wrong. Unlike other tv movies that feature a misunderstood hero, a strong female scientist, a soldier willing to break the rules, another soldier who simply wants to destroy what he doesn’t understand and a crazy zealot bent on destroying the world – this movie was actually pretty good. Once you got past some of the cheese (Stonehenge MOVES???), it’s really pretty awesome, okay so maybe b-movie-on-Syfy-awesome, but still.

The fun part about watching Misha in Supernatural as Castiel is that he plays the character so subtly while still managing to convey a lot. Well in this movie, he plays a character that’s anything but subtle. He gets to ham it up, yelling at scientists who don’t believe his theories, getting into fights, getting shot, hanging out of car windows and all around getting to be something of a badass (well, as much of badass as a crackpot scientist can be anyway). Not that he takes it too far though, just enough to show us that he can do more than play a nearly emotionless angel with a sexy gravelly voice.

There were some great lines in this flick too, including Jacob’s ultra sarcastic “Oh, you don’t say!” when he finds out that the scientists have just discovered something he’s known all along, and the driver screaming “Holy crap!” when the pyramid suddenly appeared in the middle of Maine (yeah I think that would’ve been my response too).

Then of course there was the ending. Okay so maybe I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. Jacob sacrificing himself to save the planet and Kaycee taking over his radio show “The Real Story”? Nope, didn’t see that at all. I totally thought the two of them would end up together and that’s probably what I liked the most about this movie. Despite the b-movie and cheese factor, it still managed to surprise me.

Not bad for a SyFy movie, not bad at all.

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Positively Positive Review – Dollhouse: Epitaph Two:Return

by on Jan.31, 2010, under Drama, Sci Fi, Television

Tahmoh Penikett and Eliza Dushku in the Dollhouse series finale “Epitaph Two: Return” Dollhouse Epitaph Two: Return

Well this was it, the final episode and I’m not afraid to admit that I pretty much cried my way through the last twenty minutes or so.

As I watched it, I realized that the reaction I had to this episode is exactly the sort of reaction I want to have to good art, whether it be a movie, a book, a tv show or even a song. No I’m not necessarily talking about crying, I’m just talking about the strong emotional response. That response could be laughter, cheering, jumping in fear or (as in this case) sobbing my heart out.

Joss Whedon has brought out this kind of strong emotional reaction in me many times before. From Buffy to Angel to Firefly, he’s made me feel a myriad of emotions while watching his creations. This episode was no different though I am fully aware that part of it was knowing that this was the end. It took me a while to get into this show but once I did, I was in love. Now that it’s over I’m going to miss it terribly, but at least there is some comfort in seeing the story wrapped up.

As I watched the opening scenes and saw all the names appear on screen, I got excited to see that Alpha was coming back. A part of me really hoped that somehow he would be a good guy, but I didn’t want to dare to let myself hope. So when it turned out that he had in fact “evolved”, I cheered.

This being a Whedon show, I did spend much of the time waiting to find out who was going to die. You’d think by now I’d be used to him killing off my favorite characters in shockingly cold ways. But I still was unprepared for Paul’s much too quick demise. Much as I did at the end of Firefly (after another one of my favorites perished in such a way) I kept hoping that somehow he wasn’t really dead. It wasn’t until Echo lost it that I finally knew it was true and I cried right there with her.

Topher and Adelle’s relationship was such a surprise. She took care of all of her people but Topher held a special place in her heart and their tearful goodbye brought on more tears.

I loved that Victor and Sierra had ended up together with their son, that was very sweet.

But it was the very last scene that made me lose control completely. Echo sits in the chair one final time and lets Paul inside of her in a way she never did when he was alive. Alpha gave her the greatest gift of all, downloading Paul from his own head so she could have him with her forever. The moment was even more bittersweet, knowing that Alpha loved Echo at one time himself.

Throughout it all, the song they played at the end fit the mood of those final moments. The song is “Everywhere I Go” by Lissie from the album “Why You Runnin’ “ and you can download it (like I did) from iTunes below.

I’ve already watched this episode twice and plan many more viewings. I also can’t wait for the entire series to be out on DVD so that I can watch the whole thing from beginning to end.

Overall a fantastic end to a show that I am so sorry to see leave my tv screen.

More Dollhouse….
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 3 “Belle Chose”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 4 “Belonging”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 8 “A Love Supreme”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 12 “The Hollow Men”

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Positively Positive Review – Dollhouse: The Hollow Men

by on Jan.16, 2010, under Drama, Sci Fi, Television

Miracle Laurie and Tahmoh Penikett in Dollhouse season 2, episode 12 “The Hollow Men”. Image from www.daemonstv.comDollhouse - The Hollow Men

Positively Positive Review – Dollhouse: The Hollow Men

I often tell people that one of my biggest pet peeves is being able to predict what is going to happen next when watching tv or movies. It’s one of the reasons I’m a huge spoiler-phobe. I mean if I already know what’s going to happen, what is the point in watching, right?

When I watched this week’s episode of Dollhouse, I was so confused I barely knew what the heck was going on for most of it. Rather than being upset by this, I loved it. I just had to trust in Joss Whedon and let myself be taken along for the ride, and what a ride it was. Throughout the episode I had no idea who was in which body, who was pretending to be someone else and who was going to die.

Now THAT is some great television… least for me.

It breaks my heart to know that this show is coming to an end though I do feel a little responsible. After all, I didn’t immediately warm to the show and even missed some episodes from season 1. A problem I am remedying this week by renting it so that I can see them all before the finale. I almost didn’t even bother to write this review but after finishing the episode, I just had to sit down and talk about it. There is something about Joss’s shows that do that to me. From Buffy to Angel to Firefly, all of them made me think. Dollhouse is no different.

The other thing I just had to say after watching last night’s episode is that Enver Gjokaj is a freaking amazing, mind-blowingly awesome, acting genius. While all of the actors of this show have been fantastic, especially those playing dolls snapping in and out of different characters, Enver takes my breath away. Watching him become Topher again and nailing everything about the man, from his mannerisms to his absolute spot-on voice, I could barely tell his performance apart from Fran Kranz’ original.

Overall another episode that makes me nearly weep with the idea that this show is ending much too soon.

More Dollhouse….
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 3 “Belle Chose”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 4 “Belonging”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 8 “A Love Supreme”

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Positively Positive Review – Dollhouse: A Love Supreme

by on Dec.14, 2009, under Drama, Sci Fi, Television

Alan Tudyk in Dollhouse, season 2, episode 8 “A Love Supreme”. Image from www.daemonstv.comAlan Tudyk looking snappy in Dollhouse: A Love Supreme

You know, ever since I heard that Dollhouse was going to be cancelled, I told myself I wasn’t going to do any more reviews. In fact, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to watch it. After all, why get myself excited over a show that soon enough won’t exist?

Well as you can see, I’ve decided to do both. Once again, I simply can’t help it. I started this blog so that I could talk about the things I love about good tv shows out there, and Dollhouse is still one of those shows.

Not only is this show good, but in the past few weeks it’s gotten phenomenal. Just my luck that I’m beginning to love a show more and more, now that its head is firmly placed on the chopping block.

Oh well, I’m a fan of Joss Whedon. Getting my heart broken is part of the territory, right?

Fox is now showing two eps every week, I’m sure so that they can get it off their roster faster. Sigh. I’m only going to talk about the last one though. The one that had me literally squealing in delight, laughing hysterically and nearly in tears? Yeah, that’s the one.

It’s not just the return of Alpha that’s making this show so good. Though I’ll admit, as a huge Alan Tudyk fan, that is a big part of it. But it’s also the fact that Echo is more than just a mere “doll” now. She’s gained the ability to pick and choose her personas at will, whenever one suits her needs. Plus she and Ballard didn’t sleep together and just like Alpha, I totally knew that meant he loved her and she him.

So now we have the characters all going in new directions and poof! here’s Alpha to screw it all up royally. Implanting himself with Ballard (and causing his “brain death” in the process) is the latest trick up his sleeve.

I can’t wait until next week, when we get another two hours to see what happens next and how Echo is going to fix it……because she has to fix it, right???

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More Dollhouse….
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 3 “Belle Chose”
Dollhouse, season 2, episode 4 “Belonging”

Creation’s Salute Firefly/Serenity Convention 2009

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Positively Positive Review – V: There Is No Normal Anymore

by on Nov.12, 2009, under Sci Fi, Television

Elizabeth Mitchell and Joel Gretsch in V, season 1, episode 2 “There Is No Normal Anymore”. Image from www.daemonstv.comV there is no normal anymore

This week’s episode of V was all about trust. In the beginning, Anna and the rest of the Visitors are seen trying to get diplomatic rights to visit the countries of Earth. This brings up trust for us an entire race. Would we allow beings from another planet to do what they did? Then again, why wouldn’t we if they offered everything the V’s are offering? It certainly makes you think.

Later in the episode, as I watched FBI agent Evans walk through her precinct and Father Landry go back to his church, I was again struck by the theme of trust. After what they’d seen, these two people knew that they could trust no one and we as the audience can’t either. At this point, literally anyone we don’t know too well could turn out to be a Visitor. The fact that Dale (played so wonderfully by Alan Tudyk) turned out to be a V in disguise, proved that.

Unlike the original series, so far we haven’t seen any of the V’s sneaking around in dumpsters eating mice. Yes it was a rather silly way of showing us who the V’s were but you have to admit, it was effective. When we saw someone, who we thought was human, snarf down a cute little mouse (tail and all), we knew immediately that they were a V.

Not so with the new 2009 update. It gives the series a cool sense of mystery and I will definitely be watching every character carefully to see if any are hiding scales.

Overall a good second episode of the series, setting up what could be some great storylines to come.

More V….

V, season 1, episode 1, “Pilot”

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