Fahrenheit 451 Teaser Trailer

Growing up, Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 was a seminal novel for me–less for the book itself than for the concept, namely a world where everyone is so afraid of differing points of view and knowledge in general that they resorted to destroying it as close to the wellspring as possible.

And that wellspring are books.  Destroy them, you destroy  links to our past, and potentially control the future.

Luckily we don’t live in a society where scientifically-verifiable truths are demonized and people are sedated into complacency by thousands of channels of television, right?

Bread and circuses, indeed

Colony, Ep. 1 – Review

Screenshot 2015-12-23 21.34.30.pngWhen we first meet Will Bowman (Josh Halloway) he’s preparing breakfast–or at least attempting to–for his family, that consists of his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies, most recently of The Walking Dead) and three children, before he heads out to work.

Though one of his sons is missing, and Will is doing all he can to put on a brave face for his family.

The feeling that things aren’t quite right not only with the Bowman family, but the world they live in, permeates Colony.  People barter for the most basic goods and Los Angeles is under martial law, and is surrounded by a huge wall evocative of John Carpenter’s underrated Escape From L.A.

And if that weren’t bad enough, order is maintained by a mysterious black-suited military force of unknown origin.

The how’s and why’s are revealed grudgingly so, while there isn’t yet enough information to understand what’s happened and why things are as they are, it adds an extra level of interest beyond people making do the  best they can in what amounts to a police state.

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Carlton Cuse, the prolific producer of The Strain and Lost, has created a future that visually resembles our own (though the technology in some instances is a bit more advanced) but with the addition of an unknown threat that has turned the place where dreams are made into a nightmare.

Colony premiers January 14 on USA.

Why You Should Be Watching “United States Of Tara” On Netflix

Part of what makes Netflix (and services like Hulu) so awesome is that whenever you see a series, no matter when it was actually released, it’s new to you.

Having recently watched Keir Gilchrist in Dark Summer I was impressed enough with his performance to seek out more of his work, so when I learned that he also starred in Showtime’s United States of Tara I decided to give it a watch.

And it’s a surprisingly entertaining show–though that may have a little to with me binging on it.

And the first thing that came to mind is that United States of Tara initially feels like a Weeds clone (which aired on HBO), down to the opening and theme song, while different, plays visually and aurally similar to Little Boxes.

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Betrayal! Thy Name Is Krieger!

Considering how ISIS (the International Secret Intelligence Service)–not the terrorist organization currently in vogue–seemingly did everything they could undermine their own efforts, they hardly needed help from outside.

Or inside, for that matter.

That being said, I feel reasonably certain that there there was someone within ISIS doing just that.  Perhaps they were too caught up in their struggle with ODIN (the Organization of Democratic Intelligence Networks) and various flavors of international terrorists/arms dealers to notice what was going on right under their noses.

And the name of their Manchurian Candidate?  Doctor KriegerDr. Krieger!  A man so stupid–or was his ignorance a deliberate ruse to lull his fellow agents into a sense of false complacency?–that he regularly operated on people, yet couldn’t name any of the bones of the human body!

And while ISIS imploded at the end of the fourth season, but Krieger’s antics sped it along the way.

As proof I offer Conway Stern (Coby Bell), who worked for ISIS before it was discovered that he was attempting to steal the plans for a device known as a ‘whisper drive,’ which could render submarines undetectable.  Due to the Truckasaurs-like strength of Agent Lana Kane (Aisha Taylor), Conway lost his hand as well as the drive, though he was still able to escape.



If you’ve followed Archer you’re probably aware that Krieger (Lucky Yates) was probably a clone of Hitler, which if you’ve seen The Boys From Brazil you’d know that Hitler clones are usually up to no good.

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The most blatant example of Krieger’s perfidy?  There are quite a few, but the one that sticks in my craw is from the third episode of the first season, Diversity Hire, when ISIS hired Conway Stern, an African-American Jew (“A diversity double-whammy!“) mainly because Archer (accidentally) outed all the other agents of color, resulting in their deaths.

Conway 3Could Dr. Krieger have betrayed ISIS because of some deep-seated hatred of everything they stood for (I honestly have no idea what that is) or is the truth more mundane, and Krieger was just an monumental asshole?

I think the latter.

‘Community’ Will Be Back, And I Still Won’t Tune In

Community Season 1 Trailer

Though that’s not to imply that I didn’t try.  When there’s so much buzz around a show you think that if you don’t at least check it out, you’re be missing something.

Which is a normal feeling.  I honestly think that a lot of the reason behind the success of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead is less because of the novels or comic books they’re based upon–I am willing to bet that the majority of fans have not read either.  At all–more than they know someone who has enjoyed the show (and who also has little if any knowledge of the source material) and wanted to give it a try.

So I checked out a few episodes and liked it, though I didn’t love it.   The cast was quirky, the situations were bizarre but for my money it was too self-aware of it’s quirkiness, as if it were saying:  “Look at me!  Aren’t I clever?”

Community Season 4 Trailer

Though for what is essentially a niche series–Community was never particularly strong ratings-wise–it has generated a huge amount of goodwill.  It has been on NBC for five seasons (every single one seemingly on the bubble) and what’s most amazing is that it has even lasted that long.

Many series, if they don’t develop an audience by their first season, are gone. And some don’t even get beyond two episodes.

But somehow despite relatively weak ratings, Community has survived perilously, and for awhile there was a lot of doubt that there would be a sixth.  But being that no one involved with this show seems to know the word “die,” an attitude that appeared almost prophetic when talk of either Netflix or Hulu taking on the show began to fill the Interwebs.

Though unfortunately, neither suitor came to the rescue.

Though it appears another white knight, in the form of  Yahoo Screen, has come to the rescue.

I haven’t heard of “Yahoo Screen” to now myself, but since they’re a member of the Yahoo! family, purchasing an entire season of episodes–which costs millions–won’t be an issue.

Though I am still don’t think that I will tune in (though credit where credit’s due, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) is hilarious).

Community Season 5 Trailer

Jon Lajoie: The Anti-Neil Young

If you’ve seen the brilliant insanity and mean-spiritedness (in the best possible way) of the FXX fantasy football (faux football) comedy “The League,” you know who Taco (Jon Lajoie) is.  Thanks to The Daily Beast I learned this morning that he’s for sale.

As in he wants sponsors and advertisers to “Please Use This Song.”

I don’t necessarily mean in a prostitution-like sense; then again that depends upon whom you ask.

‘Prometheus’ With Some ‘Leftovers’

Let me begin by saying that I didn’t start out hating “Lost” when it originally aired back in 2004.  In fact, I honestly didn’t watch enough episodes to form any sort of opinion (of the informed variety, at any rate).

The thing is, I am a huge fan of horror and science fiction movies and television, which I mention because outlandish scenarios aren’t exactly unknown to me.  I am also a huge believer in rules.  For instance, if you establish a universe where everyone can fly, and one person can’t, then there needs to be a damned good reason for it that makes sense within the narrative.

Otherwise, it feels as if things aren’t happening organically, and every event that unfolds does so because it’s necessary to lead into the next.

And so on, and so on, and so on.

I shouldn’t imply that it’s all that unusual for writers to write to move the plot along, though the difference between good and not-so-good writers is that you usually can’t tell that the good ones are doing it.

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