These are the defining words spoken in one of the best story arcs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, now embodied in high definition. The Best of Both Worlds is now on Blu-ray, and not only does the two-episode “movie” look fantastic, it still holds up extremely well.
With summer fading and the summer movie season pooping out little nuggets of forgettable movies, it was time to turn to Netflix for entertainment. Though the service has gotten hammered over the last couple years, it still has a rich database of streaming movies as long as you’re willing to reach into the past. Here are a few movies and television shows that caught my eye…
The popular HBO television show Entourage wraps up its eighth and final season this summer, bringing to an end one of the most entertaining, funny and celebrity-laden television shows of the 21st Century. In preparation for the show’s July 24 premiere, Entourage: The Complete Seventh Season partied its way onto DVD yesterday.
I don’t like to like what other people like. Why, I don’t know. I just don’t. So when a friend, and then another friend, and then a coworker and some homeless bum on the corner told me that I would like Modern Family – no, love Modern Family – I shrugged them off. Fine, I said. I’ll watch it at some point. When Hell freezes over. Or when I have some free time. Which is never. I watch enough television shows. I don’t need to watch another one, especially not a sitcom.
Lost is over, which means I have 20 or more hours that I previously spent agonizing, debating and arguing one of the most complex, intelligent and emotionally satisfying television shows ever produced to devote to other activities, like sleeping. It had its ups and downs, but people who abandoned it partway through missed out much more than they realized.
ABC Studios has released Lost: The Complete Sixth Season (also known as The Final Season) on DVD and Blu-Ray, which of course contains all 16 episodes and several bonus features. This review arrives a little late because I was on vacation for the last three weeks, so consider this the better-late-than-never and save-the-best-for-last Lost: Season 6 reviews.
Here’s the craziest story of the day: Leonard Nimoy is retiring from acting, but he’s not going to go peacefully into the night. Nimoy is going to take a stab at amateur-level mixed martial arts (MMA).
OK, that second part isn’t true. Leonard Nimoy is retiring from acting, but he presumably is going to sit back and dream of all the Trekkies who will spend the next fifty years arguing who the better Spock is. Here’s what the famed actor had to say:
For years, HBO was the preeminent leader of high-quality television. No other station, and especially no other premium station, consistently produced expertly done and engaging shows the way they did. Think Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Big Love, Entourage and Carnivale. These are some of the best shows ever made, and are considered as such.
But every great empire must fall at some point. Enter Showtime.
HBO has posted two new video clips from their upcoming mini-series The Pacific, a 10-part drama that is, essentially, a sequel to the amazing Band of Brothers. Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, The Pacific tracks the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. The miniseries follows these men and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and the strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.
The Pacific‘s release date is on March 16, 2010.
Watch The Pacific Superbowl TV spot:
Watch The Pacific Iwo Jima preview:
The Pacific is based in part on the books Helmet for My Pillow, by Robert Leckie, and With the Old Breed, by Eugene B. Sledge, with additional material from Red Blood, Black Sand, by Chuck Tatum, and China Marine, by Eugene B. Sledge, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.
When one receives an advance screener of a television show, it is typically customary to write a review before said television show’s debut. Why? Because the station – in this case A&E – generally wants to build hype for the show it’s promoting – in this case, Steven Seagal Lawman – and because I like to feel all warm and fuzzy by being ahead of the average person.
So, it doesn’t do much good when I forget to write the review, having watched the first two episodes of the show last week, after it’s already debuted (Wednesday 10pm ET/PT on A&E). Damn.
Why am I promoting Gossip Girl? I’ve never watched an episode of the show before, nor does it really ever interest me. Well, usually, anyway. But I recommend that you all get your friends and family members together, from the little kiddies to the great grandparents, and sit down for a nice, wholesome night of Gossip Girl. Why?
Battlestar Galactica may be done, but is it really? Battlestar Galactica: The Plan debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 27 (we’re giving away a copy here), Caprica arrives early next year, and BSG hotties Tricia Helfer and Grace Park are on the cover of Maxim, looking hotter than ever. Here are some pics from the November issue:
ABC’s Flash Forward debuted last night, and while I’ll give it another chance, the series premiere was underwhelming.
Flash Forward is about a worldwide event where everyone on the planet blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds. Except they didn’t actually black out; instead, they saw glimpses of their own future. Some saw good things, but most saw a time when things were worse than ever. As the daughter of the main character (played by Joseph Fiennes) describes, she saw a time where there were no more good days.
Hollywood wants Jay Leno to fail. It’s true, and it’s not surprising. With his new show set to debut at 10pm on September 14, 2009 on NBC, Hollywood is rooting against him, according to an interesting article by Variety, published today. Why? A week’s worth of Leno will cost the same amount as one, one-hour long drama, and if successful, other studios could replicate the model. So what? If they do, that means that an hour of prime time is lost, eliminating lots of jobs in the process.
This title may be a bit misleading. In reality, this article is about the best television shows that I currently watch on TV. I don’t watch every TV show. I don’t watch The Closer or House or NCIS or 30 Rock, to name a few. Comedy is generally not my thing. I much prefer serialized dramas. But some of my readers, aware of my amazingly great taste in movies, ask me what television shows I watch, so as we move into the 2009 fall television season, I figured it was time to share what I like on the boob tube…
One of the most addictive and clever shows ever made, Lost comes to an end in 2010. The last season ended with a bang – literally – and no one but the creators know what’s in store for its final run. Though the show has stumbled a few times, it is one of the few that you can watch over and over again and become more and more engaged in the characters, story and mystery of the island.