Friday, October 23, 2009

Storm Chasers, Transformers, Hulu Charging?, & More - October 23, 2009

First episode of Storm Chasers for the new season. One word….awesome!!! What an adrenaline rush that show is every episode!! Some changes this season with Reed Timmer and the TVN crew having a more armored vehicle to chase in which looks very TIV like as far as style. They had a very successful first day out. Speaking of the TIV, Sean Casey has now paired up with another team of meteorologists which I’m interested to see how that turns out. I often got frustrated for Sean at times cause it just seemed like Sean would not get put in the right places at times with Josh. It was almost this feeling of that he needed a fresh start with someone else so maybe he’ll get his shot from inside of a tornado soon. The first episode saw the return of the original TIV for now. There is a new person to the mix this season and that is Tim Samaras. He is actually the first one to get a camera in the path of a tornado. When that footage was aired of when that happened, I remember that I had seen it so it was nice to put a face to the person who got that footage. How great was “Blaze Of Glory” for a song to open up the episode??!! Great theme song for it and it goes great with the opening!! Love it!! If you missed the two hour best of show that aired before the premiere, you missed a great presentation as well. It reflected back on moments of the previous seasons including new interviews with the chasers looking back on those moments. Excellently produced!!

I watched Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen again this week following the DVD release. It was interesting to watch it again knowing how things were going to play out and watching the story as it grew. Some definite things worth checking out on the extras. If you’re an old school fan from the 80’s like myself, you’ll be interested in the 25 year anniversary featurette which shows how the characters and toys have changed over the years. It is very impressive to watch. I still say that one complaint that I have of the current Transformers is that it is too hard at times to determine who is who cause so many of them look alike. We need some more color on some of these characters where they are easy to figure out who is who. Too many just are completely silver.

A couple of Melrose Place stories this week. The first was that the show has gotten picked up for 18 total episodes which is good news. Well, the second was from Michael Ausiello who has the scoop on some changes in store for the show including casting. Wow, I’m with him in thinking that the show isn’t broken and doesn’t need fixing. Yeah, the ratings haven’t been that good but I don’t think it needs changes especially turning it into a happy show. That was the thing with 90210 and Melrose Place back in the day. Melrose was always a darker kind of show while 90210 was more of a happier show. You knew what you were getting. I think Melrose Place has been solid so far and this is coming from someone who watched the original. I just don’t think it needs changes. The casting changes are an odd one and I’m really not happy about Ashlee cause that is a major tie to the original series. Kristin at E Online got an interview with Colin about his leaving the show which you can read here: Very interesting with what he has to say. Oh, it is not good a lot of times when a network starts trying to mess with a show’s creative direction. Like I said, I don’t think Melrose Place needs fixing.

Not any big recap of 90210 and Melrose Place this week. Just going to hit on some random quick thoughts. First, 90210. Well, I didn’t see the Sasha is pregnant thing coming. Nice twist especially when Dixon had just broken up with him finally seeing that they come from different worlds. Not sure if I like the whole Harry/Debbie/Kelly triangle that appears to be starting. As far as Melrose, well, we saw another former cast member return as Daphne Zuniga returned as Jo Reynolds. Her character was the photographer for Riley’s first photo shoot and made it rough on Riley. She definitely played a part in what appears to be starting which is problems between Jonah and Riley. It was fun to see her back in the apartment complex with the great line of her saying that there were so many memories there but most of which that she’d like to forget. This won’t be the last that we see of her.

Hilarious episode of The Big Bang Theory this week. I loved the stuff with Sheldon meeting his match in Will Wheaton. How hilarious was that? Then, Wheaton makes an even bigger enemy of Sheldon. The other story of the episode was the promise made between Leonard and Wolowitz that whoever got a girlfriend first would have to set the other one up with one of the girlfriend’s friends. Leonard forgot about it but Wolowitz didn’t. So, Penny set it up reluctantly and the double date was a lot of fun to watch. I loved just watching the reaction of Leonard and Penny as they watched it all unfold. How did the two bond? They bonded over how bad their mothers were. Best episode of the season so far. I laughed out loud a lot during this one.

The Whedonverse is a little concerned this week with the news that Fox has pulled Dollhouse off of the schedule for the entire sweeps month of November but it does appear that the show is set to return in December. Joss Whedon has commented on the schedule posting this: "Howzabout that schedule? Well, I'm not as depressed as everyone else...We get November to try to spread the word...and then December is pure gluttony." However, we’re all going to be happy with the news that Summer Glau’s first appearance on Dollhouse will be next Friday, October 30.

Wild episode of Smallville tonight with Oliver getting the wakeup call that he much needed which was courtesy of Chloe. Green Arrow is back. If you’re a fan of Clark and Lois, the previews show that you will likely want to tune in next week. Well, you always need to tune in of course but next week will be a big moment. Either that or they’re teasing us big time.

NBC has picked up Community, Mercy, and also Parks and Recreation for full seasons.

I just have to comment about Miranda Lambert’s video “White Liar” which has recently premiered. Great video. How hilarious is the little boy’s reaction after everything is revealed where he just turns around with a look of “what in the world is going on here?”. I laughed for a while after that during the first time that I saw it.

Hulu made waves this week when News Corp’s Chase Carey suggested that they may start charging for content beginning next year. He teased that there would maybe be a subscription service with there still being some free content on the website. I can’t imagine that being a lot of big things that would be offered for free. Wow, I just don’t know if this will work for Hulu. They are really going to have to offer something big for the money to make this work. However, if they charged a flat fee of say something under $5 a month, would people be willing to shell that money out to have easy access to several of their favorite shows? I don’t know. The reaction that I have seen online has mostly been negative to the news. Nobody wants to pay for something when it is already free but I just don’t know if this will work for them or not if they do indeed go this route. It really depends on how they go about it and what they offer. It is going to be a tough sell to people who can just as easily set their DVR’s to record programs for free instead of paying.

I ended up staying up and watching a movie last night. I have one of those nights every so often where I'll end up on a scary movie of all things and then can't turn it off. The last time this happened was with Cabin Fever and I wanted to get all the sleep that I had lost back after seeing that movie cause I thought it was bad. Last night, I ended up watching Prom Night. Yeah, not my kind of movie at all as I'm just not into horror movies. This one wasn't really gory or anything like that so that was a nice change. This was more of a thriller than anything I thought where it was more of a mentally scary movie. The movie stars Brittany Snow of American Dreams fame. It's funny cause a friend of mine asked me at the time of release if I was going to watch the movie or not since I was a fan of that show knowing that I'm not into those kind of movies. I said no way. Yet here I am years later talking about watching it. LOL. Speaking of shows I like, there was Jessica Stroup from 90210 starring in it as well. Anyway, Brittany's character, Donna, is taking part in her prom night living with her aunt and uncle which takes place three years after her parents were murdered and she was there when it happened. The guy that did it was a teacher of hers named Richard who became obsessed with her and writing letters to her. Well, he was arrested for the murder and she ID’d him as the murderer. The guy escapes from prison and one clue on where he goes after getting out. Yep, he goes looking for her. So, the prom night turns into a battle of the police trying to catch the killer and while trying to protect her. I find it funny with these kind of movies where you'll say try to predict things. I bet this happens, bet he's in the closet, and things like that trying to predict stuff. Overall, I thought the movie was good and a simple kind of story. This is coming from someone that really has no interest in scary movies as I just kind of grew out of watching those sort of movies many years ago.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Where The Wild Things Are - $32.6 million. 2. Law Abiding Citizen - $21 million. 3. Paranormal Activity - $19.6 million. 4. Couples Retreat - $17.2 million. 5. The Stepfather - $11.5 million. 6. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs - $8 million. 7. Zombieland - $7.6 million. 8. Toy Story - $3 million. 9. Surrogates - $1.91 million. 10. The Invention Of Lying - $1.90 million.

Big moment for You Tube this weekend. They will be streaming the U2 concert live from The Rose Bowl on the website. The time to tune in is Sunday, October 25 at 8:30pm pacific time.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, October 27. The Fugitive (Season Three - Volume One), The Guardian (Season One).

TV Line Of The Week: From 90210
“I am not getting caught climbing into the window, Katie Holmes style.”
Sasha to Dixon talking about their sneaking around kind of relationship.

Twitter Update Of The Week: Felicia Day
@feliciaday "My Halloween costume strategy: Wait until 4pm on Oct 31, go to costume kids section and wear whatever's left (How I went as Zack Efron 1yr)"

You Tube Video Of The Week: Incredible costume of Bumblebee that does indeed transform. Incredible work on that costume.

Wishing all of you a great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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