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The Alpha and the Omega

This is it!  The beginning and the end of a era.  Now begins the new.  It is the alpha and the omega.  It’s Skeletor in a bad He-Man.  It is all of those things and many, many more.  You are witness to the greatest moment in human history!  OK, so I’m being melodramatic!  So what, I’m freaking excited!

I had originally thought that it would take months of hard, laborous effort to develope the new site, but I was wrong.  the new Geek Emporium site is up and ready to receive new updates very soon.  So, the tentative plan is for the effective change to take place early Saturday morning.  Here is the basic schedule, just so everyone knows what’s going on:

Tomorrow’s posts will go up as normal.  The only exception is that tomorrow night’s post will be the last on this site, and will probably be the about being the last on this site.  If you receive feeds from us, then you’ll want to update your feeds.  The new site can be found here.

Other than that, the weekend will operate just as normal from your ends if you update feeds.  This is a big deal for me, and the whole Geek Emporium organization (man that feels wierd to type).  I’m hopeful that this will be a huge success.

Cliff jumping is never easy, so here’s hoping things go along well!  Wish me luck! 😉

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September 11, 2008 Posted by | Movies, RPG, Television | 2 Comments

The Fringe of Cool

When I saw that J.J. Abrams had a new show out, and watched the trailer for it, I couldn’t help but think Lost meets X-Files with a bit of Millenium thrown in for good measure.  Boy was I wrong, and frankly I’m pretty happy with being wrong for once.

What Fringe is about is probably a question that I’m not ready to answer.  In the 95 minutes I spent in front of the television, all I saw was the set-up for the rest of the season.  And boy what a season it looks like is coming.  First, there is a strange form of biological attack onboard a plane.  Thanks to a new autopilot system, it lands safely, but there are no signs of life.  All the passengers are dead due to this odd circumstance.

What follows starts off very X-Filesish before taking a hard left at the corner of Cool and Awesome.  The main character is Special Agent Olivia Dunham, who must uncover the source of this attack (yes, the FBI quickly decides it’s bioterrorism).  During her investigation, she finds similarities between the disease and the work of scientist Dr. William Bishop, who has been incarcerated in a mental institution for the last 17 years (I guess his work as Denethor in Return of the King typecast him ;)).  To access him, Agent Dunham must recruit the assistance of Bishop’s wayward but brilliant son Peter.

What follows is a wild ride to the truth, only to find more layers to the secret.  It’s very clear that Abrams is following the formula he’s ridden to success with Lost.  A tragedy occurs.  A secret is shown to exist.  Now, the characters must uncover that secret.  However, that’s where similarities with Lost really must come to an end (although I really had to wonder when the tragedy was on board an airplane again).  In this one, Abrams takes this formula into a new direction where despite access to all the wonders of the modern world, the characters are still on an island…this time metaphorical.

The actors delivered strong performances, but the stand out to me was Joshua Jackson’s job with Peter.  He comes across as brilliant, snarky, and a bit cynical for his age.  All these actually fit what back story was shared, and create a character that is at once likeable and annoying.  Jackson gets into the role with gusto that I haven’t seen in him before.  Joining him in the “strong performance” category is Anna Torv with her role as Agent Dunham.  I’ve never seen her work before, but I will be looking forward to more.

Next Tuesday, Fringe will be on at it’s regular time of 9:00 Eastern time.  I was ready to never watch another episode again before this came on.  Instead, I know where I’ll be next week…in front of the TV watching Fringe!

September 9, 2008 Posted by | Television | | 3 Comments

Review: The Sarah Conner Chronicles

After missing the first couple of minutes of the show due to circumstances beyond my control (read as my son’s cub scout meeting), I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give a good review of the season premire of the Fox TV series.  Unfortunately, I’m afraid that I actually can.

First, let me tell you that I’m a big fan of the Terminator series of films.  The upcoming one with Christian Bale as John Conner has gotten me excited in a way that few movies can.  So, when Fox announced the show’s premire last season, I was happy.  When I found out that Summer Glau was staring as the terminator sent to protect John Conner, I was stoked!  Come on!  River Tam with an endoskeleton!  What’s not to like.  I watched a few episodes last season, and liked what I saw, but things came up and I stopped watching.

After tonight’s episode, I’ll stop watching again.  The only scene with any quality acting was Glau’s character begging for her life, while Sarah and John’s performers were less than stellar.  One surprise was the quality of Brian Austin Green’s performance.  Generally, I tend to frown whenever a former star from Beverly Hills, 90210 comes on the screen, but Green’s hardass portrayal of Kyle Reese’s (played by Michael Biehn in the original film) brother Derek has been a real bright spot on this less than stellar show.  In truth, I found him far more interesting than Dekker’s John Conner or Headey’s Sarah Conner.  Unfortunately, Fox hasn’t expressed any interest in giving him his own show.

While the episode may not be indicitive of the season as a whole, I wouldn’t devote time on a Monday night to watch it if you have something better today.  Luckily, Fox has full episodes available for viewing on it’s website instead.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Television | | 2 Comments

The Latest News

Here’s the latest news on the transition over to the new Geek Emporium.   Starting this week, with the new fall television season, I’ll begin reviewing geek oriented TV premieres.  Currently, I’ve got Terminator and Fringe on Fox set to review, and that was just what was advertised during the Atlanta/Detroit NFL game this afternoon.  A quick check later will garner a more structured review schedule for the week.

The reason this is listed as news on the new site is that television reviews will be just one of the new features that The Geek Emporium will be having each week.  Granted, I suspect I’m going to become one of the Tivo crowd after this, but that’s OK.  It’s what I do for my readers 😉

Tentatively, the plan is to have reviews for Terminator and Fringe up by midnight the night of the premiere.  Unfortunately, we don’t garner advanced viewings just yet, so midnight is about as good as it gets.  For those who find us through the RPG Bloggers Network, these will not show up in that feed.  Simply put, these aren’t RPG blog posts, and don’t belong there.  However, by subscribing to my feed directly, or just checking out the site by clicking the main link on the RPG Bloggers Network, you’ll be able to find the reviews in all their glory!

So stop by tomorrow night by and check out what we’ve got to say, then share your own opinions as well!  That’s the great thing about blogs.  Everyone has a voice here!

September 7, 2008 Posted by | RPG, Television | , | Leave a comment