Category Archives: TV

The Librarian

TNT’s original movie The Librarian – Return to King Solomon’s Mines airs Sunday, December 3rd. It’s the sequel to The Librarian – Quest for the Spear that aired back in 2004. I enjoyed it so much, that I had to buy the DVD when I saw it available at Blockbuster.

In Quest for the Spear, Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle) is hired to be the new librarian at the New York Public Library, specifically for a mysterious room full of fantastic artifacts. His qualifications? He holds 12 bachelors, 6 masters, and 4 PhDs in various subjects. He’s a career student in his mid-thirties. Full of humor, action, adventure, and mystery, The Librarian is a swashbuckling comedy and somewhat a spoof of Indiana Jones.

Bob Newhart has a great role as the museum curator and Flynn’s boss. I’m glad to see that he’ll be in the sequel as well. Nicole Noone (played by Sonya Walger) was Flynn’s bodyguard and love interest in the first movie, but it looks like she’ll be replaced by Gabrielle Anwar as his new lady friend. Olympia Dukakis will also be returning as Flynn’s mother, who nags him about settling down.

The Quest for the Spear will air again on Sunday at 1 am on TNT, for those wanting to catch the first tv movie. And Return to King Solomon’s Mines will air several times on Sunday night starting at 8/7 Central.

And check out the Librarian website for info on the movie, a fun look at the Library’s museum artifacts, and a preview of the Librarian comic.

TV Meme

Found this meme at http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/167.

1. How much space is left on your Tivo or DVR box?
Around 45 hours out of 100.

2. Have you ever bought a DVD of a TV series and if so which one?
A lot!
The 4400 (1 & 2, so far)
A-Team (season 2)
Battlestar Galactica (Classic only. And only made one season.)
The Dead Zone (1-4, so far)
Firefly (only made one season)
The Flash (only made one season)
The Greatest American Hero (season 1, autographed by William Katt)
Knight Rider (season 1)
MacGyver (season 1 and 4)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (seasons 1-3)
Moonlighting (1-4, so far)
Quantum Leap (1, 3, & 4 so far)
Remington Steele (all 5 seasons)
Roswell (all 3 seasons)
Simon & Simon (season 1, so far)
Smallville (season 1)
Stargate: SG-1 (season 1-8, so far)
Stargate: Atlantis (season 1, so far)
Wonder Woman (all 3 seasons)

3. What was the last TV show that you all watched before reading this message?
Last night, I watched episodes of Simon & Simon.

4. List 5 shows you won’t miss.
Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The 4400, The Dead Zone, Psych, Heroes, Lost, Smallville… yes, more than 5.

5. Name 3 people to whom you will pass this stick.
Whoever wants it.

Serenity’s Nathan Fillion to Guest Star on Lost!

Serenity star Nathan Fillion guest-stars on the Nov. 8 episode of ABC’s hit series Lost, “I Do,” which also marks the decision by Kate (Evangeline Lilly) to hook up with either Jack (Matthew Fox) or Sawyer (Josh Holloway). Fillion will play a character named Kevin in the episode, which is the last new one for a while as the series takes a 13-week hiatus, returning in February.

In “I Do,” Jack makes a decision regarding Ben’s (Michael Emerson) offer, Kate feels helpless when it looks like an angry Pickett (Michael Bowen) is going to make good on his threat to kill Sawyer, and Locke (Terry O’Quinn) discovers a hidden message that may guide him through the next steps on his journey to unlocking the secrets of the island.

Source: Sci Fi Wire

Heroes 2

Last night’s episode was almost as good as the first.  There was a stronger element of horror this time with the revelation of Patient Zero, Sylar, a super-powered serial killer.  Also introduced was a mind reading LAPD officer. A little “What Women Want” meets “Silence of the Lambs.” I kid.

There were some great revelations and a glimpse 5 weeks into the future… when New York blows up. 

I love the clues in the show, that if you pay attention early on, later on, things become clear. And yet, like Lost, even more questions open up.

And the comic for this week confirmed my suspicion about Hiro’s name.  Did you all guess?

Bonus TV Discussion: What two television shows are your favorite and why?
Stargate SG:1 – It has all my favorite elements: SciFi, sarcastic humor, romance, action, and mystery all wrapped up in each episode.  This show has some of the best writers out there. And the cast has an amazing chemistry.

4400 – Though this might be a close tie with the Dead Zone, airing immediately following. Again, the show is SciFi, but like the show Heroes, all of the 4400 abductees are realizing they have a special power… and are learning how to use it, be it for good or evil. And yet there is real-life drama that comes from it too, revolving around relationships and problems.

Staying Away from Staying Dead

Last week I stopped reading Staying Dead, by Laura Anne Gilman, halfway through the book. Not only was it extremely boring, but full of made-up magical terms with no explanations.

So, I started reading Playing with Fire, by Gena Showalter. This book is a lot more fast-paced, and has a heroin with a sense of humor. And I’m still in the middle of Everybody Comes to the Nightside.

I was hoping I’d get more reading done over the long weekend of recovering from surgery. But no such luck. Anytime I tried to read, I couldn’t concentrate or it made me sleepy.

So I ended up watching a lot of tv and movies. I watched the entire forth season of Moonlighting. Unfortunately, it’s the most boring season concentrating almost solely on relationships instead of actual detective work.

LightspeedI also watched one of the cheesiest, SciFi Channel made-for-tv movies, written by Stan Lee (creator of many great Marvel comics), called Lightspeed. A 40-something, balding, special ops man is exposed to high levels of radiation and discovers he can run at the speed of light. Not only does he not look like the average super hero (see: balding, aging, and not exactly muscular), but the outfit he wears is just laughable. It looked like it belonged in the movie Tron. The only acting worse that the hero’s was the villain, a snake-man, called Viper, who unfortunately had the most screen-time of anyone. In one of the last scenes he screams for about five minutes straight saying the same phrase over and over, “Why’d you make me do it? Why’d you make me kill you?!” What was the plot? I’m not quite sure.
Yeah. My respect for one of the greatest super hero/comic creators of all time just dropped quite a few degrees.

On a side-note, my surgery went well. My doctor found some Endometriosis and was able to clean up most of it. Hopefully, this will take care of it for a while. Thanks for the prayers, everyone!

Heroes

As a total eclipse shadows the earth, a group of seemingly ordinary people begin a journey of shocking discovery that will change their lives – and the world – forever.

NBC has found a rival to Lost.  I had been looking forward to this show since I heard about it last spring.  It was a lot like the movie Unbreakable (Bruce Willis), in that it’s about ordinary people who discover they are not so ordinary. They have been given a special power. It seems these vastly different people are all connected. And they have been given these powers for a purpose.

The characters are all very unique; I can’t wait to see how they develop.  In this first episode, the same day as a solar eclipse, Mohnder Suresh travels to New York to follow his late father’s research into what his father believes are several people who will be the next step in human evolution. There are a few surprises in the first episode that made me gasp, so I’m not mentioning any spoilers yet.

If you missed Heroes last night, be sure to catch the encore presentation tonight!
 
Also, be sure to keep up with the online comic following and intertwined with the show, each week: http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/novels/

Heroes Has Online Comic

 

One of the upcoming fall series that I’m most looking forward to, Heroes, will be incorporating an online comic into the story of the show: 

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the series will be accompanied by a Web comic at NBC.com that will become an integral part of the show itself. “Just to give a little spoiler to everybody, the audience should look for the idea of the comic book to play a huge part internally inside the show,” Kring said in an interview.The weekly Heroes Web comic will run concurrently with the series and will have some relevance to the episode airing that week. “People can log on and view and sort of interact with the online comic book every week in conjunction with the episodes,” Kring said. “And the comic won’t be necessarily about that episode, but it will further enhance your viewing of the show. It will be sometimes an alternative look at what you’ve seen, or the other side of what you’ve seen, or a story that just sort of enhances your appreciation of the characters.”The series has a close connection to the world of comics, with comic-book writer Jeph Loeb on board as a writer and producer and artist Tim Sale providing drawings for one of the characters on the show, an artist who paints images of the future. The two were instrumental in attracting other well-known names to the online comic, including Jim Lee and Michael Turner. The stories will be provided by the show’s writers.

Kring, who is overseeing the online comic and will also be involved in breaking the stories, said that the project has been time-consuming but was always part of the show’s original conception. “We knew that this was coming,” he said. “This show was always sort of going to have a large online and Internet component attached to it. So in the development of the show and preparation for launching the show, we took a lot of that into consideration. So we tried to carve out time and money and personnel to sort of handle that.” Heroes premieres Sept. 25 and will air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Heroes