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I really am a geek

Posted in Scifi, TV with tags , , on July 3, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

So for the past few days I’ve been rewatching the first season of Orphan Black.  There’s a perhaps not entirely reputable website I know that has the episodes.  They’re not the highest quality, but they’re good enough.

Anyway, I just finished watching the episode “Unconscious Selection.” About halfway through I almost cried out when I saw this scene:


In case you don’t get it immediately, there’s a swan!  I don’t know if it was in early episodes – it probably was – but this was the first time I noticed it.

You have to love shows that put little touches like that in.


Things that needed to be said

Posted in Humor, Rant, Religion, TV on December 7, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

Since I couldn’t get the damn thing to embed, here are Parts One and Two.


Terra Nova Review

Posted in Rant, TV on September 28, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

I found the premier episode unimpressive and rather bland.  If it isn’t cancelled early, I predict it only has one, or maybe two seasons in it.  As it stands, I see no reason to continue watching this show.  I may watch another episode or two just to fuel my rage at stupid TV, but that’s the only reason I can think of to watch it.  I don’t even remember what the names of the characters are, and I don’t feel looking them up.

Here are some of the issues I had with it:

Why – unless it changes and they didn’t want to add even more exposition in the first episode – is the portal so far away from the fort?

If nobody is accustomed to the bright sunlight, why don’t they wear sunglasses?

Why are there trees growing right outside the fort?  If you’re concerned with terrorists infiltrating your camp, you would clear the area around the fort so they couldn’t sneak up.  While it is a fast growing jungle, you would certainly cut down any nearby trees, so there shouldn’t be any plant eaters munching on trees right outside the walls.  You also wouldn’t want plant eaters right outside because plant eaters are followed by meat eaters.

Speaking of meat eaters, how was that stupid girl able to elude them?  You would think that an unarmed, wounded, little morsel of meat staggering along would not last long around a pack of hungry meat eaters.  Unless they read the script and knew she had to survive.

Why would a doctor walk away to have a little chat with her husband about their son while her patient – who almost certainly is going into shock – lies on the ground bleeding and in need of surgery?

Of course, this is the same doctor who when she sees a giant leech on a guy’s back just pulls it off without – apparently – knowing if that is the best procedure for Cretaceous leeches.  It’s my understanding that if you just pull leeches off their heads could break off and stay in your skin causing problems.  But if you put salt on them or burn them with a cigarette, they’ll detach and fall off on their own.  Plus, if it only takes five seconds to pull this thing off, why did the guy have to sit there for, what was it, half-an-hour?  I’ve never had a giant leech stuck to my back, but if I knew the procedure to remove it was to just yank it off, I’d contort myself until I could get a hold of the thing and rip it off myself.

In a society that can produce miniature lasers that can cut through metal cups, and which you would think they could beef up into laser rifles that could slice dinosaurs with ease, do they stick with guns that fire bullets?

How was the Sixer prisoner able to escape without the guard raising an alarm?

And wasn’t it convenient that the Sixer prisoner just happened to walk by the former police officer who noticed something wasn’t right about him?

Of course, that was just one in a long line of happy coincidences.  Like when the main character just happened to walk by his son when his son was skipping orientation.  Like when the two guys climb a mountain to overlook the fort and they just happen to see the Sixers coming.  And then they were able to make it down the mountain and back to the fort, just in time.  And when the Sixers leave, they just happen – naturally – to find the rover of the kids.  And once they strip it they just happen to be attacked by the Slashers.  Who manage to damage the Sixer rover.  Who don’t attack – at first – the kids when they are right out in the open.  And then the stupid girl runs off into the dinosaur filled jungle, only to almost be run over by the rescue team.  And of course, the old cliché, of everything is okay, get down, there’s a dinosaur behind you!  I count that as a coincidence in that this interaction occurred between two of the main characters instead of a couple of unnamed extras.

So there is some conspiracy going on.  Okay, but either it will be this grand conspiracy that only grows in depth and complexity never to be solved and just annoying the viewers, or it will be solved and then … well, then what?  What will be the driving point of the show if the conspiracy is gone?

They’re Americans!

Posted in Humor, TV on April 24, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

I admit I laughed at the end of this scene, but part of me wonders if I should have been offended.

I’m writing Doctor Who!?

Posted in Humor, TV, Writing on March 17, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

I saw this on Wikipedia today:

I better get my butt in gear. 😀

Aliens make more sense

Posted in Humor, Odds, Religion, TV on February 5, 2011 by The Prince of Pithy

As part of my writing groups, I’ve had to critique works by these “one with the universe” people. Usually, I just grit my teeth and focus on stuff like grammar, and just ignore what they’re saying because to me it’s all gobbledygook. But recently as I read though one of these works, there were phrases that reminded me of scenes from Babylon 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation. This got me thinking, and I realized that if a person had walked up to me and said this:

I’d walk away from them, and hope that they would get the counseling or medication they needed. But since it’s an alien saying it, it almost makes sense.

Bugged by prophecy

Posted in Books, Movies, Rant, Science, TV, Writing on November 6, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

There has been an issue that has been bugging me for some time. Usually, it has just been a slight buzz in the back of my mind, but several incidents in TV shows and books have brought it to the front. The issue is prophecy, premonitions, ESP, all that gobbledygook, mumbo-jumbo being treated as a real thing. As a skeptic, I know that if a person makes 100 predictions (by whatever means they wish) and one – by chance – comes “true,” they will focus on that one and ignore the 99 failures. But what do we see in TV and movies and in books? A character has a premonition or a prophetic dream and not only does the premonition or dream come true, it’s a key plot point. Have you ever seen a character’s premonition or dream not come true? And I’m not talking about the psychic the main characters make fun of because their predictions are wacky only to have one come “true” so that everybody becomes a believer. About a month or so ago there was an episode of Castle about a psychic. I believe at one point Beckett points out all the time that is wasted by the police following psychic “leads” that are just gobbledygook mumbo-jumbo. That’s true. But did they leave it there in the world of reality, or did they leave it on a “it just may be possible” ending? I know, I know, it’s fantasy, it’s escapism, but shouldn’t art try to imitate life?

I’ll end this with a great quote from the Babylon 5 episode “The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari.” This was what Vir’s image in Londo’s prophetic dream told him: “Prophecy is a guess that comes true. When it doesn’t, it’s a metaphor.”