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1. Star Wars (all)
2. The Fifth Emelent
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
2. Captain Jack Sparrow
1. Stargate SG-1
1. Dr. Daniel Jackson
2. The Doctor
The Borgias: The Poisoned Chalice (2011)
The best of the new season so far!
Loved it! Everyone seemed to think it would be along the lines of The Tudors, likely because they are both Showtime, and because The Borgias takes place only about 50 years before The Tudors. But I found it to really be more similar in feel to Rome with a touch of NBC's Kings, two great shows. I love shows that feature a lot of conspiracies, betrayal, intrigue, and suspense. I have heard some were disappointed with the premiere because it did not feature as much sex and murder as they had hoped. I am not a fan of those unless they are necessitated by the story. And although I thought it had a fair amount of sex and murder, it was not gratuitous, so I am pleased. Of the three big shows that premiered recently, The Borgias, Camelot, and The Killing, this is so far my favourite.
I suspect only until Game of Thrones premieres. :P
A excellent start!
Day One: This started off great! It got right into things. So suspenseful I had goosebumps through most of it. The characters are brilliant as usual and light up every scene. I'll never get sick of the leads.
At first, it seemed that they were gonna have Dr. Rupesh Patanjali replace Owen, and I was really surprised when he turned out to be bad. Although I don't know how he knew he would meet Torchwood. Maybe the hitchhiker was a coincidence, and he was originally planning to use the missing bodies to draw them to him. They still might have Lois Habiba replace Tosh. The show really needs more than 3 main characters.
I'm not a huge Ianto fan, and felt that Jack was wasted on him, especially when there was Gwen. But, I'm really not a fan of breaking up marriages, especially now that Gwen is pregnant, so Jack is good with Ianto now. And I'm really glad they didn't have any Jack and Gwen longing scenes, maybe just a tinsy bit when she told him she was pregnant, because that's just really inappropriate when they are both with someone else. Even if its just silent moments and no real actions that could be considered unfaithful, I'm not a fan of that sort of storyline, especially not in a sci-fi series. They're still two awesome characters who have really great scenes together and I look forward to more.
There was also some great added storyline involving the government. Torchwood (the series) usually doesn't expand beyond Torchwood (the team) :P. I was very glad to see a lot more of what was going on and other people's knowledge of the situation. I guess that's to give it more of a mini-series or movie feel rather than TV series, and it's working. And I am sure there is much more to comes, as we saw in the preview for Day Two (the government working for the aliens?).
The whole ending scenes was awesome, when Jack put his hand on the scanner and found out there was a bomb in him. I love how neither Ianto or Gwen wanted to leave him, but he talked them into it. "I'll come back. I always do." It was extremely dramatic and exciting at the same time. I'm just sad we didn't see what happened to Ianto after the explosion. Its too bad it was the end of the episode. I could watch the whole thing as a 5 hr movie.
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (2007)
I think this should have been advertised as two episodes on a disc, not a movie, so it wouldn't have been as disappointing.
As far as episodes go, I found them very average, but I preferred the first one. At first I really didn't like it, I thought it didn't have a place in sci-fi (being a supernatural/religious story). But in the end I found it intriguing, trying to figure out what was going on and why. Somewhat of a mind game episode, reminded me of 'Comes The Inquisitor'.
The second storyline I found rather boring, and a very poor use of Galen's character, although his accent was still the best part of the second half. Nothing happened at all. A lot of talking between Sheridan and Galen, a little bit of flying around (and not even action, just joy riding), then the final decision to do nothing.
I guess still a a must-see if you are a hard-core Babylon 5.
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
My summary/review, because the show speaks for itself. Only one minor plot point revealed.
SG-1 is more than a personal favourite. It is, in every way, the best show that has ever been or ever will. It is brilliant. Absolutely captivating. The best writing ever seen on TV. It is amazing how such an unordinary and extraordinary story was put in the present world, in the lives of American Air Force personnel. It is our world as we know it, but with a big secret. The biggest twists on our reality. With bad guys, allies, and heroes like none other. In this world, but like nothing that has ever been seen.
Oh, there are bad guys, but they are not simply bad guys, because that would not be great enough. Goa'ulds. Evil beyond evil and uncompassionate beyond uncompassionate. They are a species like none other that have been seen in the genre, stealing people, and their lives, and their minds. Ra, Anubis, Apophis, and Baal, all real enemies, with incredible powers not of this world, ruling through fear that survived the thousands of years since Ra was chased from this world. With the support of a galaxy of Jaffa who now blindly fight for these false gods, it is not an easy battle for our heroes, but they vow to free the galaxy of oppression. They fight to protect the weak and the unaware; they fight in the name of the truth they know.
But there are allies, little grey men with incredible knowledge and power, but, most importantly, an unbreakable loyalty to the people of Jack O'Neill. The Asgard will forever stand by the side of humanity against its enemies, even when the enemies come from within (i.e. "Disclosure"). They are valued friends, and although our heroes have inferior firepower they helped defend the Asgard with all their strength and courage, against their enemy, the Replicators.
SG-1, our eclectic group of heroes are led by their fearless leader, Colonel (more recently know as General) Jack O'Neill, with reckless courage and an infinite sense of humor. Typical? Jack O'Neill is anything but typical. "How 'bout a bake sale?" And Major/Captain/Col. Samantha Carter, a lovely astrophysicist. A woman who was sold for the price of ten women on Simarka, but beat the chief, winning back her freedom. This cannot be said of many women. Teal'c, strong and noble. A Jaffa, a former enemy with vital intell on weaknesses, strengths, and strategies of the Goa'ulds. But again, with unwavering loyalty and friendship with earth. He has pledged allegiance to the planet, to assist in destroying his former oppressors, and with a vision that one day his people will be free. Dr. Daniel Jackson. The nerd, yes, but still in no way stereotypical. Archaeologist, linguist, and anthropologist, he is their expert, incredibly knowledgeable in the history, mythology, people, culture and language of almost every civilization that ever was on earth, and many that were not. He is a significant asset when traveling in a reality as this. A reality where all mythology is real; the legend of Merlin and Avalon, Atlantis, Thor.
There is nothing ordinary about this show, nothing that is not splendid. It is in every way original, unique, and distinctive. It is a show that can make you feel as if you have an emotional attachment to the characters, characters that you greatly care for. And nothing could be as captivating as the worlds that you will visit and the adventures that ensue.