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The top 10 things we’re looking forward to in 2009 – bloginhood

January 8, 2009

Last week was about looking back fondly on the old year, this week’s list is about anticipating the new. And there’s so much to look forward to that we each had to do our own list!

Bloginhood’s Top 10 Anticipated for 2009:

10) Star Trek XI
Part of me’s looking forward to seeing what Abrams is going to do with the franchise, but I’m pretty uneasy about it being so warped that it won’t resemble Trek anymore. While reimagining works sometimes, as in the case of BSG, other times, well, you get “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, which was a complete waste of time and money. I’m trying to stay positive.

9) Caprica
Here’s another one where I’m a little trepiditious despite being interested. Some of the early comments about the show being a sort of “Dallas” in the 12 Colonies (or, at least on one of them) soured me on the show a little – I kept getting visions of a season finale cliffhanger of “Who Shot Adama?!” On the other hand, BSG turned out to be such a great show, I’m really hoping this one flies too.

8 ) Fanboys
The first time I read the buzz on this flick I was dead set on seeing it. As the months dragged on though, and the release date kept getting pushed back, and word leaked about story changes and various and sundry putting their hands into the production, I grew more disappointed. But I’m still hoping that there will be enough of a good story in there that the Force will be strong with this movie (or, at least tolerably present) when it’s released next month (unless it gets delayed again).

7) More episodes of Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I was surprised how much I’ve enjoyed this show since its debut. Despite the repetitive stalk and shoot Terminator elements of the plot and the somewhat predictable relationship developments, the story has, for the most part, remained consistently entertaining. Not a perfect show by any means, but certainly worth making time to watch. I’m interested to see how Summer Glau’s little killing machine continues to evolve toward humanity in the coming episodes.

6) More episodes of Reaper
Another show that, despite the predictable (and unoriginal) general premise of a guy who has to hunt supernatural baddies for the devil, has turned out to be really, really good. The writers have done a nice job of bringing Sam and Andi’s relationship to fruition without stretching out the “will they or won’t they” too long, as well as teasing the nature of the bargain with the devil, the surprise with Sam’s parents, and, of course, allowing Sock (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Sock is Jay and Silent Bob’s secret love child) to be consistently hilarious and steal scenes without remorse. I got the first season collection on DVD for Christmas and we spent a few days rewatching it, and it’s still as funny as the first time.

5) Anticipation – the 67th Worldcon
Montreal’s going to be a lot of fun this summer. I’ve had my ticket for a while now and I’m in the middle of giving some thought to how I’m going to vote for the Auroras and the Hugos. Initially, I’ll admit I had worries of stumbling along in broken highschool French like the Tick when he was turned into a two-headed blue bird, but then I remembered it’s Montreal, and they’re cool enough to speak to geeks in any language.

4) Watchmen
I haven’t read the graphic novel – yet (it’s sitting in my in-box), but I’m familiar with the premise and it sounds smart and the early buzz says the movie won’t disappoint. The only problem is this dust-up between the studios. Fans can only hope they settle this pissing match so that the flick can actually hit the sreens in 2009 as intended – or ever, for that matter.

3) The Wise Man’s Fear – book 2 in Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle
I just got finished reading The Name of the Wind a little while ago and it impressed the hell outta me. Intelligent and believable fantasy. Rothfuss is definitely an author to keep an eye on.

2) A Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons
Yes, I know this was released in 2008, but I’ve had it on order for a few weeks and it hasn’t arrived yet, so, obviously, I’m now looking forward to it in 2009. Because I’m a huge Simmons fan, and his stories have yet to disappoint, this is one of the foreseeable reading highlights of the year.

1) Battlestar Galactica – the final episodes of Season 4
BSG is one of the best shows on television. Ever. I’m still right pissed off that Season 4 got split in two and we’ve had to wait so long for the back half to hit the air. But that being said, better late than never, ’cause some great SF shows, like Firefly, never get the chance to come into their own. I’ll be spending this weekend watching the webisodes as a warmup, and next week, when the beginning of the end kicks off, it’ll be sweet indeed.

Over to you, harrysaxon!

And how about everyone else? What are all of you looking forward to in SF in 2009?

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In honour of World Toilet Day: Top 5 SF movies with toilet scenes

November 19, 2008

We found it difficult to believe too, but yes, it appears there is a World Toilet Day. Like a trainwreck, we couldn’t turn away from the awful possibility of working this scatalogical subject into Not A Planet Anymore, especially since the astronomical body this blog was inspired by is at the ass-end of the solar system, and, correspondingly, some have suggested this blog is at the ass-end of the ‘net. But we’ve never claimed to be totally highbrow here – at least, not all the time. So we sat and thought, ’cause toilets are good for that, and we’ve plunged the depths of our memories to flush out a list that is somehow relevant. And so, we give to you (you may have to jiggle the handle a bit):

The Top 5 SF Movies with Toilet Scenes

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Of all the speculation that goes on in the Potter books and films about the afterlife, the haunting of one of the girls’ washrooms at Hogwarts by Moaning Myrtle has to be one of the more unpleasant, if not actually horrific, possibilities. Imagine dying, only to find yourself lurking in the plumbing, spending the hours looking at soap rings around the bathtubs and becoming an expert on the cleanliness of the cans? Having the scene up on screen with Myrtle splashing in and out of the toilets was just plain uncomfortable to watch and downright depressing.

4. Sin City
And speaking of splashing around in the toilets, this graphic novel and film took the torture of waterboarding to disgusting new lows when Marv decides to find out who’s behind the murder of his lovely ladyfriend. But one sequence of bobbing for something decidely other than apples isn’t enough for this flick. Nope. It needed the follow-up by Dwight showing Jackie Boy just what should happen to someone who beats up their squeeze.

3. Dogma
And from  splashing to downright erupting, the appearance (or is that excrescence?) of the Golgothan in the john at a stripjoint has to be the worst cinematic abuse of a toilet. Lucky for the Last Zion though, Silent Bob comes prepared to deal with any situation, or, for that matter, any chief assassin of hell.

2. 2001 – A Space Odyssey
Please: no jokes here about Number Two.
Credit here to harrysaxon for steering the list towards something a little more meaningful and a lot less revolting. “[It’s] always stuck with me when Floyd is headed to the bathroom on the shuttle to the Moon, and is confronted with a list of instructions akin to building a nuclear bomb from Japanese instructions.” Not only did Kubrick and Clarke present a realistic scene of going to take a leak in zero-g, but they did so at a time when that sort of thing just wasn’t discussed, let alone shown, in polite society (years later the sitcom “All in the Family” made history with a flush during primetime, though not in space).

1. Jurassic Park
Again, no jokes about Number One, please.
Bad enough that a guy’s sent to ensure an amusement park investment isn’t a total washout, but the weather sucks, the car breaks down, and instead of being the hero he’s trying to be, he’s chased by a T-Rex. And, to add insult to injury, when he’s on the can – the place where a man should be safest – the roof is torn off and said prehistoric predator eats him. It had to be the lawyer too. That alone catapults this flim to the top of a list that’s truly at the bottom.

Honourable Mentions:

Ghoulies – How many people saw that flick purely on the strength of the little monster thing popping up out of the john in the TV ad campaign?

The Tick (live action series) – Okay, this one’s from TV, rather than the movies, but you’ve gotta give credit to a series where the hero, The Tick, is so utterly stupid that he spends most of an episode closeted in the, er, watercloset, trying to argue with the toilet – and by argue, we don’t mean vomit, either – no, The Tick is actually trying to browbeat and reason with the plumbing. But to no effect. The toilet was cold to The Tick’s rhetoric. Warburton was a genius in that series.

Having completed this list, we’ll now attempt to rise out of the sewer to a higher level of discourse – the gutter, where we belong.

Remember to flush.