Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Samsara's 42

17. Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds: An epic sci-fi novel set in the twenty-sixth century, filled with the human races but more empty of alien races and technologies than you would expect...traces are found, but where are they now and why aren't they around....?
18. Torchwood - Series three - episodes one and two....amazing! I can't wait to see how this series unfolds, so far it's quite chilling....

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Samsara's 42

16. Red Dwarf Special - Return to Earth. If you're a Red Dwarf fan, don't bother with this. Seriously.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Samsara’s 42

13. Star Trek – awesome movie! Loved it :-) Loved the renewing of the original characters. Loved the retro sci fi feel. Loved the effects.

14. Dollhouse – the series. I know it’s by Joss Whedon, but really? I just couldn’t sympathise with Eliza Dushka’s character. I felt the whole thing had been created as a vehicle for her. Not convinced.

15. Chuck – the series. A kind of daft way to spend 3/4 of an hour. I enjoyed Adam Baldwin’s character, John Casey, worth watching just for him actually! 



Saturday, May 16, 2009

Star Trek galore:)

playing "catch up" here. Two more Sookie Stackhouse books and all the Star Trek The Next Generation episodes we've watched in the last couple of weeks-Whew!

13.Book: From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
14. Book: Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris

15.Star Trek TNG "Clues"-interesting story of the crews encounter with a highly xenophobic world and the drastic choice one crewmember must make to save the crew's lives-3.5 stars

16.Star Trek TNG "First Contact"-fantastic story of how the federation secretly goes undercover on a burgeoning world on the brink of space travel to "feel out" if they are ready for "first contact" with the federation-a classic Next Gen story-5 stars.

17.Star Trek TNG "Galaxy's Child-Geordi's fateful second meeting with his holo crush Dr Leah. Sparks fly as Geordi meets his crush in "the flesh". Very good and painful to watch for poor Geordi's sake:) 4 stars.

18.Star Trek TNG- "Night Terrors"-almost feels like a Halloween or "horror" episode. OK-definately not a favorite-2.5 stars.

19.Star Trek TNG-"Identity Crisis"-great Geordi storyline! 5 stars.

20.Star Trek TNG- "The Nth Degree"-BARCLAY! Enough said-5 stars.

21.Star Trek TNG-"Qpid"-a classic! Q, Vash, and the crew as Robin Hood and his merry men? What more could you want? LOL 5 stars.

22.Star Trek TNG- "The Drumhead"-another classic! Season 4 is the best. Jean Simmons is brilliant in her portrayal as Admiral Satie! 5 stars

23.Star Trek TNG "Half A Life"-Probably one of my top five TNG episodes! I always cry with this one-5 stars!

24.Star Trek TNG-"The Host"-a goody but Crusher and Riker kissing did freak me out a bit. LOL. An interesting perspective on what "love" means-is it the physical or mental that we are most attached to? 4 stars.

25.Star Trek TNG-"The Mind's Eye"- another great Geordi storyline (which I don't think we see that much more of in following seasons)-the premise of brainwashing through his visor is intriguing-4 stars.

26.Star Trek TNG- "In Theory"-another of my favorites-great "Data in love" story. 5 stars.

27.Star Trek TNG-"Redemption, part I"-pivotal Worf story! 5 stars
28.Star Trek TNG- "Redemption, part II"- Season FIVE: loved getting Worf back on the Enterprise and of course Selah, Tasha's daughter! 5 stars.

29.Star Trek TNG- "Darmok"-love Paul Winfield but this is one of my least favorite episodes. 3 stars.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

StochastiCity by Tobias Buckell (from Metatropolis)

In the second story in the anthology Metatropolis, Tobias Buckell takes us to post-apocalyptic Detroit, where civil unrest is ripe. A security company called Edgewater keeps things under control, but radicals still find a way to make their voices heard.

Reginald is a bouncer at a local bar, and to make extra money he engages is "turking" - illegal work where each person only performs one small task, so noone knows the complete mission. One of his assignments goes wrong, and he gets caught. To his great surprise, a lawyer comes to bail him out - except the lawyer also informs him he won't get paid for the job. Determined to get his money, Reginald embarks on a journey that sees him working for both Edgewater and the radicals, and undergoing a transformation of his own.

This was another captivating story in this great anthology. Because much of the worldbuilding was done in the first story, Buckell is really able to jump right in to his narrative, introducing the engaging character Reginald, and setting a blistering pace that is sustained through much of the story. There are a few points where it seems to bog down - most specifically, when the eco-friendly message takes precedence over the actual story - but in general, this was thoroughly engaging. I can't wait to see what city I visit next!

Battlestar Galactica: Caprica

As an ardent Battlestar Galactica fan, I was more than a little apprehensive about the new series, Caprica, debuting this fall on SciFi. The first thing we heard about it said it would be little more than a night-time soap opera set in the Battlestar Universe. Yuck. Then, more details leaked out, and it started to sound a bit more promising. Then, we found out that BSG composer extraordinaire, Bear McCreary, would be composing for Caprica as well - another good sign. When I saw the pilot episode was available for early viewing from Netflix, I couldn't resist - I had to know if I would be disappointed.

I was so, so, so not disappointed!

Caprica is set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica - before the first cylon war, before the devastation of the 12 colonies. It focuses on two families - the Greystones, and the Adamas - and the events that lead to the creating of the first cylons. In the pilot episode, Zoe Greystone is killed in a terrorist attack by a group promoting the one True God. Her father, devastated by her death, is astonished to learn that Zoe has created an avatar of herself - an exact copy, complete with all her thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories - that exists in a virtual world. Dr. Greystone becomes obesessed with bringing Zoe's avatar into the real world - and succeeds, althought not at all in the way he expected.

I am so excited for this series to begin. In just this first episode, they have answered many questions from the original series, as well as set the groundwork to explore a whole host of interesting issues. Eric Stoltz as Dr. Greystone is wonderful - a perfect combination of grieving father and cold scientist. The rest of the cast is equally brilliant, and of course, the score is beautiful.

This has the potential to be as excellent a series as Battlestar Galactica, which is no small feat. I am already engrossed in this new world, and can't wait for the series to kick into full gear.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

3 more added to my list

just added to my 42 list:

10. Book: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

11.(Movie) Wolverine: Origins-starring Hugh Jackman-this "Old School" comic fan was very pleased with the movie. Lot's of action, Jackman obviously studied up on Wolvie mannerisms and character as he did a great job, and Liev Schribers Sabretooth was A+ as well-5 stars!
12. (Movie) Star Trek-starring Chris Pine and Zachery Quinto-I loved it, my husband not so much as the time travel aspect made him feel that the "altered universe" basically "wipes out" all previous Trek storylines. I disagree, though. All in all, I felt the cast was great and I'm looking forward to the next film. 5 stars!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek

Just saw this today, to find out what I think just go here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

#11 The Boy Who Would Live Forever

I finished up the month of April with my review of The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Fredrik Pohl.