An afternote: When the goofy Harrison Wells went out in public, because Harrison Wells was branded a criminal, at first he needed to wear a face-altering device. Then that disappeared. The new (second) Harrison Wells doesn't appear to worry about this. Remember, though, it was the first Harrison Wells who triggered the explosion that caused all the metahumans and all of the problems. All in all, the series is all too whiny, none of the characters are really adults, including Joe. If humanity needed to depend on these clowns, we would all be doomed. Sorry, but the writing is just mediocre at best. Compare it to the writing for Game of Thrones or Outlander, Orphan Black, Humans, Rome, Battlestar Galactica... This is a kids show at best. A union card does not a writer make.
Characters have been distorted from the comic books. Snapper Carr in the comic books was a teenager. Dick Malvern was Linda Lee's (later Linda Lee Danvers) boyfriend. Now, he became a villain. Lena Luthor, because of the disgrace to her parents by Lex, had their names changed to Thorul, and Lena, who had not a bad bone in her BLONDE head, had ESP resultant from one of her brother's experiments. Kara was not older than Superman, but was born more than a decade later, her parents having survived Krypton's explosion by having had their city blown away in one large chunk with the fortune of having a dome to preserve the air, though lead sheets had to be spread to protect the inhabitants of Argo City from the ground, which had been turned into kryptonite. When Supergirl was 15, a meteor storm punctured the dome and the lead, and so her parents sent her to earth, then projected themselves into the Survival Zone, similar to the Phantom Zone, where they later appeared to Supergirl as ghosts, and made her think she was going insane. Linda Lee Danvers parents were both good. No one was a secret agent. Kara had a good relationship with Superman, who insisted that she be trained before her presence was made public. This went on for several years. Linda Lee Danvers never wore glasses. Instead she wore a brown wig to conceal her identity. She also owned an orange cat with a lightning bolt across its body, that became super from an experiment, and which she named Streaky. Additionally, she had a brief romance with a man, who turned out to be a centaur from ancient Greece that could turn human only while a certain comet was near. Supergirl, trying to let him remain him, gave him a potion, though, as it turned out, the wrong one, which turned him into a horse forever. Thus, Comet, the Superhorse was born. Comet, which could communicated telepathically, still had the mind of a man, but later joined the Legion of Super Pets, which included Superman's dog, Krypto, Streaky and Super Monkey, who had acquired his powers as a test animal in space. Meanwhile J'onn J'onzz in the comic books, was a changeling Martian, accidentally teleported to by a dying scientist, who left him stranded to join the police force as a detective named John Jones, whose one vulnerability was fire.
Anyway, I decided to watch last night's episode, Midvale, and was pleasantly surprised by the Nancy Drew/No Aliens episode that starred Izabela Vidovic as young Kara and Olivia Nikkanen as young, not yet lesbian, Alex. Great casting on both roles. If only the other episodes could match this one. Alas.
No 1. In the beginning, Kyle Reese, the apparent narrator, says that he was born after Judgment Day. Yet it was clearly established in the Sarah Connor Chronicles that Kyle Reese was about nine or ten when Judgment Day occurred. Now there are those who will contend that by sending Reese back in time, it postponed Judgment Day, but if that were the case and John Connor is the son of Kyle Reese...oh, this is giving me a headache.
No. 2. If everything went the same as in the original Terminator movie, who sent back a reprogrammed Terminator to rescue Sarah Connor and where did Skynet get another time machine and why wouldn't it have followed the original protocol in Terminator 2?
No. 3 The creation of a human being is based upon one egg united with one sperm. Every time a man ejaculates, there are billions of sperm. The odds of the same egg and sperm uniting with all the changes in time are uncounted trillions to one. John Connor would have been erased from the moment Sarah's life was interfered with as a child.
No. 4. It was established that John Connor was compromised the moment Kyle Reese was sent back. So, who sent "Pops" back in time to save Sarah? And how did Skynet, on the brink of destruction have time to create a liquid metal T-1000, and why the hell would Skynet even bother to give its cyborgs human designations? Wouldn't it just be assigned some binary code?
No. 5. But now that John Connor has become the worst person in human existence, why did anyone bother to try and save him in the first place? The resistance would have been better off had he never existed.
No. 6. This version of Sarah Connor is a whole lot weaker and stupider than any of the others. Why would either she have any feelings for John Connor? She never gave birth to him; never met him. It's like someone telling you that Adolf Hitler is going to be your son and you hesitate for a moment not killing him? She should have had no ties to him whatsoever. She's also younger than Linda Hamilton
As for the casting, John Clarke is awful. First off, he doesn't look like a john Connor, but rather like Conan O'Brien. He most certainly doesn't look anything like his supposed parents and he doesn't have the likability that Edward Furlong did or Thomas Dekker. Nor does he have the commanding presence of Christian Bale. Jai Courtney in about as lifeless as he was in A Good Day to Die Hard, which was a yawn and a half in and of itself.
That being said, I still liked Emilia Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who looks much better with silver gray hair than with the dyed reddish brown mop he normally sports. And J.K. Simmons was good as well. But I would have preferred them to have brought Robert Patrick back, at least through CGI than the T-1000 that replaced him.
In the end, both Sarah and Kyle give young Kyle things to remember, but since the time line has now been altered, none of that matters. And you would think that Kyle would have wanted to tell his parents who he really is. Martin Sloan tried in the Twilight Zone episode, "Walking Distance." In fact that was the first thing he did.
All in all, T-5 is a predictable, poorly written, poorly cast film that is entertaining, but hurts your head when you try to make sense of it all. They would have been better off if they had picked up where the Sarah Connor Chronicles left off. But then, where would Ahhhnold have been?
Gunga Din (pronounced Gunga Deen) is a story of camaraderie, not war. Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. were huge box office draws back then (yes, boys and girls, even bigger than Leonardo DiCaprio) and people went to their movies to see them. Back then, people didn't go to the cinema to be educated, to watch Lincoln or Silkwood. They didn't want the reality of Transformers. They wanted to get away from reality. They got all the reality they needed from the newsreels that came after the cartoons. They were about to enter World War II. More than half of the men would be shipped overseas to fight Hitler and many would never return.
Gunga Din was a fun picture. It didn't matter if was sent in India or Brazil. As with the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, it was about the lives of the main stars and how they interacted with each other. Watching it, I could only feel saddened by the thought that everyone involved in that film is now dead. Joan Fontaine was the last survivor. Cary Grant was simply stand out. He always was. I mourn the loss of all of them, even the bad guys. And I thank them for the legacy they left, which became a stepping stone for future film makers and actors to build upon.
Meanwhile, the pilot seemed to launch the character in a more human direction. The story arc with her sister never really sent anywhere, so why bother giving her a sister at all? The same happened with Nikita, which became a total bore after the first season. Alias went a similar route, as did 24. All action. Nothing and no one to care about. The best part was Katee Sackhoff as the bad ass villain, who had a reason. And again, her character was short-lived, as was the series. I don't think that many will miss this show, because the show really missed its mark.
2. When he loses his healing ability and he extends his claws on the train, then retracts them, why do his knuckles instantly heal?
3. After Logan is shot several times in the chest, wouldn't the last thing he would want to do is go chop apart a huge fallen tree? Wouldn't his wounds open up and cause him to bleed to death?
4. It is very convenient that is Prometheus there was an alien removal machine and in Wolverine there was a color x-ray machine, but how could Logan operate on himself and reach to his heart to get the parasite? Beyond the fact that it would be awkward, beyond the fact that heart surgeons have to crack apart the ribs and then use a rib spreader, beyond the fact that his ribcage is saturated with adamantine, wouldn't the pain have caused him to black out?
5. If all Shingen had to do to get Logan's healing ability, wouldn't it have been easier for him to have drilled into his claws when he had him trapped in the chair, rather than building an adamantine transformer?
6. If Professor X found the ability to reintegrate his molecules like Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen, why didn't he fix his spine so that he didn't have to use the wheelchair anymore? And grow some hair on his head? (eh, you even gotta wonder why in the 24th Century, Jon Luc Picard never heard about Rogaine)
7. If only part of Logan's adamantine claws were chopped off, why do complete bone ones grow back? What happened to the partial metal ones?
The movie was far too long on ninja fight scenes. I was beginning to fall asleep. Sad that the bad guy turned out to be someone whose life he saved. The Viper character was just creepy without any definable reason for why he was even there.
All in all, it was a waste of bad popcorn.
The rest of the acting was stilted and wooden. Years later would fine Arnold running for governor of California with more disastrous results. The direction by Paul Michael Glazer only proved that most actors should stick to acting. Production values were even less than television quality. What in 1987 was released as a sci-fi action thriller, today reflects more as a low budget comedy. I find it incredible that the same man, who wrote both Die Hard and Die Hard 2, wrote this. Guaranteed that if this had come out after DH, Arnold would have spouted yippee-ki-yay, mother f**ker as Dawson sped towards his doom.
1. John McClane goes to Moscow to search for his son, and finds him in two minutes.
2. Apparently there are no cops in Moscow while guns are blazing and a kajillion cars are being destroyed by John McClane.
3. The bad guys get their hands on an advanced military helicopter exactly how?
4. The CIA plans a three-year mission based on bad information.
5. The Soviet and Russian governments conveniently abandon for decades tons of refined bomb- grade Uranium 235 for anyone to walk away with.
6. McClane, Jr. gets run through by bar steel, but when it's pulled out from his gut, he doesn't even need a bandage.
7. In real life, actor Kevin Smith (Aries in Xena/Hercules) fell off a stage and died from the fall. Here, MeClane and son both jump from a tall building twice with barely a scratch.
8 The bad buy dies the same way Hans Gruber died in Die Hard 1 with the exact same falling shot.
9. And what was up with the back side of the guy to the left of the screen in the opening shot. Bad direction.
10. When it finally ended, my thoughts were, "That's it?" Yep. Two hours of my life gone forever.
Yippee ki yay my a**!
Don't get me wrong. I love the Lord of the Rings. I own it on blu-ray. I guess I'm just not a creature of hobbit. Blech!
Oh, and the other two films I walked out on—What Lies Beneath and Signs.
Rejected by her husband, Julia must thwart off the affections of the man once married to the woman, whose body she now inhabits, and convince his children that she is not their mother. Throughout her life, Julie held everyone's attention. Now, she must struggle for it. No longer beautiful, she must come to grips with whom she really is.
The plot foreshadows John Woo's Face Off with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta (though there is no telling if that is where he got the idea), where the faces and identities of two men, one good, one bad, are exchanged.
Ultimately, Julia learns that much of what she believed to be love was based upon how she looked, and not upon who she was inside. The viewer must, of course, give license to the fact that no one has ever successfully transplanted a brain (George Bush grants proof to that) and Julia might have experienced the same dilemma had she been scarred by fire or lost all of her limbs. This was just a less lurid way of putting forth the idea that sometimes love is an illusion; that marriages often fail, not because they grow cold, but because people grow old and the sexual attraction that was the basis of it is now gone.
This is not a great movie, in that it was made for television on a modest budget, but it gives one pause to consider how others might treat us if suddenly we became outwardly different in a not so pleasant way.
Then there are the discrepancies: in X-Men 1 and 2, Xaviar describes Magneto as an old friend, but in this prequel, they barely knew each other. Nor in those first two films did Mystique even seem to know Xaviar, when here she apparently spent two decades with him growing up. And while plot holes abound, a decent rewrite of the script could have solved most of them. But apparently, the script went through three rewrites, which is in and of itself a bad sign.
Worst line in the film: towards the end, Xaviar says something like, "What worse can happen? I'll probably become bald." The writers probably could have gotten more laughs from him saying "Beam me up," but the film takes place two years prior to Star Trek being aired.
As far as comic books to films go, it was all right. It just wasn't X-cellent.
I don't know why there are so many tears of joy in the board threads about the killing of JD. Wasn't it bad enough he got eaten by zombies in Dawn of the Dead? Give the poor guy a break!