This weeks episode of Terra Nova was called Now You See Me, but I feel that a more appropriate title would have been, cheese. Everything cool or interesting in this episode was very close to being completely ruined by this shows cheesiness. I feel like this has become a recurring event in Terra Nova. They have to have some type of event going on, usually involving Zoe and dinosaurs, that is nothing but pure cheese. It’s stupid, has nothing to do with anything else in the show and feels completely out of place. I am just down right sick and tired of these moments and they seem to be in practically every episode. They are always at the end of the episode too which is even worse because it leaves me with this pissed off feeling that makes completely forget about anything else that happened in the episode that actually was kind of cool or at least interesting. Like I said though, the cheesiness almost ruined this episode but thankfully there was still plenty of action, and it was awesome to learn Mira’s background. [Read more...]
First off I feel like I should apologize for this write up being posted on here so late in the week. I had an eventful week to say the least, I just started a new job and this was the week of thanksgiving after all. Thankfully my new job did not require me to be at work today, black Friday, so here I am finally doing my write up on the Terra Nova episode from Monday. Speaking of thanksgiving, Terra Nova had their own celebration this week called the harvest festival. I assume this was their attempt to have something similar to thanksgiving but not quite. There was no big feast but there was a play, where they reenact the first pilgrimage into Terra Nova that was lead by none other than Commander Nathaniel Taylor. Zoe Shannon has been selected to play the lead role of Commander Taylor, and in the play Jim finds the answer he has been trying to find from the moment Boylan tells him about the body. [Read more...]
Terra Nova has developed into a surprisingly good show. I must admit, I was extremely skeptical when this series first premiered and it got off to a very slow start. The last several episodes have been fantastic and this weeks episode entitled “Proof” was no different. There were essentially three separate story lines running through this episode. There was Maddy Shannon who was trying to find out why her hero Ken Horton was acting so strange, and couldn’t seem to remember jokes and from his own writings. There was also Captain Taylor helping out Curran, the soldier he banished from Terra Nova, and finally there was Josh stealing what he thought was medicine for the Sixers. Josh’s story was obviously the only one that progressed the main plot, but all of these events tied together perfectly to make what has been the most entertaining episode of Terra Nova so far this season. [Read more...]
So first off I have to say that I missed last week’s episode (episode three) of Terra Nova thanks to the ALCS. I have to work Monday nights so I record each episode on my DVR but thanks to the ALCS going to extra innings last Monday, all I recorded was the last two innings of the game and about 7 minutes of Terra Nova. [Read more...]
The second episode of Fox’s new series Terra Nova aired tonight. While tonight’s episode wasn’t as exciting as last week, it still had plenty of action to hold your attention. The excitement focused more on the characters and the drama between them than hostility inside Terra Nova, but that hostility was certainly not absent. It turns out that Terra Nova is not only surrounded by a treacherous jungle full of prehistoric and downright terrifying creatures, but it is also the breeding ground for one of these creatures, one with wings. Despite everything happening with these winged monsters, personal drama still took the main focus of the episode. [Read more...]
Last night was the series premiere of Fox’s brand new original series, Terra Nova. Whenever Fox releases a new television series people, myself included, are often skeptical because they seem to have a strange habit of cancelling shows that have incredible potential (Arrested Development, Undeclared, The Tick, the list seriously just keeps going) and giving seasons to shows that are down right terrible (Titus, The Cleveland Show). Unfortunately for Terra Nova, Fox has an even worse habit of cancelling new a series that is in Sci Fi genre, but all that aside Terra Nova does seem to be relatively promising. [Read more...]
Avatar is currently the odds on favorite to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Almost everyone enjoyed this film, but does it deserve to win Best Picture?
My expectations for Avatar were hindered from the beginning. Avatar’s various previews accurately depict its recycled plot and clichéd theme of the noble savage. I immediately dubbed the film ‘Dances with Wolves meets Fern Gully meets Aliens.’ I wasn’t even aware that Sigourney Weaver was in the film! Despite my hesitations, I was flat-out entertained when I eventually saw the film. The enthralling nature of the film can best be explained by Cameron’s storytelling abilities combined with the new technologies at his disposal. The facial motion capture far exceeded my expectations and Cameron’s new brand of 3D filming enhanced the experience. Sam Worthington’s acting is solid, but he and everyone else are overshadowed by the performance of Zoe Saldana. Zoe’s performance as Neytiri sells the film. Avatar is 162 minutes long but given its positive qualities the film never drags and seems much shorter.
I will admit it, I was one of those people who was more than skeptical about how much I was going to like this film after first seeing the trailer a while back. I just didn’t think I was going to relate to the plight of some blue, anorexic looking humanoids. And frankly, I was a little concerned about some roundabout cross-species love. But you know what they say about books and their covers.
James Cameron’s Avatar has been a long time coming, but the end product clearly shows that this time was used wisely. During this time, Cameron constructed a story of two conflicting species, the Na’vi who inhabit the planet Pandora, and the humans encroaching on their home in the hopes of harvesting a valuable mineral from beneath the tree they inhabit. Though the humans have tried negotiating with the Na’vi to gain control of the land, it is clear that patience is growing thin with trying to appease this “lesser” species and the military forces brought to the planet are more than willing to take a less subtle approach in order to complete the objective. With one last attempt at keeping consciences clean, Jake Sully, a paraplegic soldier, and many members of the science team are given avatars made to look and move like the Na’vi in the hopes of helping to bring the negotiations to an end.
James Cameron’s Avatar is finally here and not only does it deliver the visuals effects we were promised, which are quite possibly the best ever put on film, but the story is engaging and entertaining, if familiar, with a third act that must be seen to believe.
In Avatar, James Cameron has literally created an entire world in Pandora that feels like we barely even break the surface of what Cameron has in his imagination for this expansive and deep universe. What is Pandora and why should we care about it? Pandora is a planet that earthlings have discovered contains an element that is valuable in its resource abilities back on Earth. The problem is Pandora is populated by a number of dangerous indigenous creatures and a humanoid race of people known to humans as the Na’vi. The project has been on going for years as the humans try to co-exist and mine for minerals while the Na’vi resist the encroaching on their land. Enter Jake Sully, a paralyzed marine who is recruited to replace his twin brother who was part of a program that trained humans to control a Na’vi avatar to help research the moon and work towards a peaceful resolution with the Na’vi to mine the minerals of Pandora. Unfortunately when Jake arrives tensions are at an all time high and the two species are on the brink of war and Jake’s path unknowingly will intertwine with the fate of the Na’vi. [Read more...]