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Young Hercules

Posted by BenSpark on March 12, 2008

Another Hulu.com discovery. The spinoff origin show from Hercules with Kevin Sorbo was called Young Hercules and starred a young Ryan Gosslin. There are 1/2 hour episodes online already. I am not sure how many there were in total but I really liked this show. It was cute, it was funny and it had that distinct Sam Raimi style.

I just watched the pilot episode and it starts off with Ares, the god of War sparring an invisible opponent and going on about what it is to be a god. His nephew Strife is lamenting being in the shadow of other gods. They hatch a plan to kill Hercules and avoid Zeus’ wrath. That is the trouble when you are a half-god, you have to fight for your place.

Here is the 1st episode. Check it out as there are 49 more on Hulu.com.

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There goes the rest of my free time…

Posted by BenSpark on March 12, 2008

Hulu.com opened their virtual doors to the public today. Haven’t heard of Hulu.com? I am surprised that I missed it too but not anymore. I signed up first thing this morning and now hundreds of TV shows are online for me to watch. Some shows have the full seasons up and some only a few episodes. I wonder why Chuck only has 4 episodes up.

From the About page.

“Hulu was founded in March 2007 and is a joint venture owned by NBC Universal and News Corp. In addition, Hulu has closed a $100 million investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.”

So since Hulu.com is an NBC property then why isn’t a new NBC show like Chuck fully supported with episodes? I want my Chuck people.

A great thing that you can do with Hulu is embed TV shows in your blog posts so when I post a review about tv shows I can embed the episode so you can watch for yourself. That is sweet. Oh and there are full length movies on Hulu.com as well. Who needs a DVD player.

Here is the a clip from SNL.

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Ringing off the hook

Posted by BenSpark on March 12, 2008

Now that Hulu.com is open to all I wonder how they are going to handle the load. Being able to watch not only your favorite shows from today but being able to watch shows like Sliders, Jack of All Trades and the lesser known Team Knight Rider. Well with that many options I am sure that the folks at Hulu.com are going to need small business phone systems to handle the calls they are going to get from fans of different TV shows and movies. I have a bunch of suggestions myself that I would like to give them.

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When will my shows return

Posted by BenSpark on March 11, 2008

So, with the writer’s strike over, when will the shows that I care about return. Some as early as Monday… Yeah!!! There is a complete list at Entertainment Weekly.com

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
RETURNS March 17
EPISODES TO AIR 9

BONES (Fox)
RETURNS April 14
EPISODES TO AIR 4+
INSIDE SCOOP Four eps are in the can, and Bones will shoot at least six more; the extra episodes have yet to be scheduled.

COLD CASE (CBS)
RETURNS March 30
EPISODES TO AIR 5

CSI (CBS)
RETURNS April 3
EPISODES TO AIR 6

CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
RETURNS March 24
EPISODES TO AIR 8

HEROES (NBC)
RETURNS Fall 2008
EPISODES TO AIR 22+
INSIDE SCOOP Heroes plans to resume production in April; extra episodes could air next season. Story focus: supervillains on the loose!

That is a ways to wait for new Heroes but I do have Rising Stars to finsh reading, that should tide me over.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
RETURNS March 17
EPISODES TO AIR 9

LOST (ABC)
CURRENTLY AIRING For 10 episodes
INSIDE SCOOP Lost will take a break in mid-March before resuming the next month; the 16-episode season arc will be told in 13 episodes.

What kind of crap is that. So now not only are we getting a hiatus break but we are also losing 3 episodes this season. Damn you writers!!!

MOONLIGHT (CBS)
RETURNS April 11
EPISODES TO AIR 4

MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
RETURNS April 3
EPISODES TO AIR 8+
INSIDE SCOOP On Earl’s list: Atone for his absence. There’s talk of expanding some of these eight episodes into hour-long affairs.

That is great news.

THE OFFICE (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 5 or 6

SCRUBS (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 5, may shoot 4 more

Well at least we will get an ending to this show, unless it moves to another network.

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Media Center, you failed me…

Posted by BenSpark on March 11, 2008

I went away for two weeks on vacation. I put my trust in our new Media center set up to make sure that all of our shows were recorded. While we were gone the Internet connection at the house went down. This happened during the last part of the vacation. The media guide was not able to update and the media center did not ‘know’ that New Amsterdam needed to be recorded on Tuesday AND Thursday last week. So I have episode #1 and #3. I also missed out on one episode of Transformers Animated. And I can’t find either of these shows online by any legal means. Not yet at least. I am hoping to be able to find them soon. I really need some low vision aids because I continue to miss the very fine print with my tech.

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Hulu for all

Posted by BenSpark on March 11, 2008

You may have noticed on some of my reviews of the the Sarah Connor Chronicles there are videos attached. Those videos are of the full episode and they come from Hulu.com. Hulu has been in closed private beta for some time but tomorrow March 12, 2008 Hulu.com becomes available to the masses. This is an awesome thing because you can watch all your favorite TV shows online so if you media center screws up while you are on vacation you can catch back up.

I tried to get invites to Hulu.com but missed out now I will be able to go and get all the videos I want and embed them on the reviews of the shows that I’ve been blogging about this past year. Sweet.

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VH1 – you suck too.

Posted by BenSpark on March 11, 2008

For years people have asked MTV where the music videos went. So people moved over to VH1 to watch videos. Now the videos are missing from VH1. VH1 stands for Video Hits 1. I have not seen a video on that station for years. It started with a couple of shows. Then the whole reality show thing happened. VH1 is now the home of celeb-reality. That is what they call it. They had it started with the Surreal Life and for the 1st seasons it was okay. Now they seem to have been using that show as a casting call for their latest show Celebrity Rehab.

Celebrity Rehab is about a bunch of washed up celebs who are in drug rehabilitation. It is really pathetic. I can’t stand watching that whole station even though I still like the Best Week Ever and if I remember to watch it on my ipod, I also like the Best night ever. Make that a show and stop these other crappy ones.

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Lost: The Other Woman

Posted by BenSpark on March 7, 2008

Spoilers ahead – You have been warned.

Last night’s episode of LOST was an okay one where we actually get back to flashbacks. This was one focused on Juliette. The begining of the episode made you feel like it was a flash forward and we were learning about another member of the Oceanic 6. However the feelings that Juliette was expressing were because of her ‘celebrity’ status on the island.

This had to be some of the most chilling episodes of seeing into the mind of Benjamin Linus. He is such a master manipulator. Not only does he convince Locke to Free him but in the flashbacks we learn that Ben is so taken with Juliette that he would send people on suicide missions.

Ben also had some funny moments in the episode as well. “That bunny didn’t have a number on it did it?” and “I taped over the game” But the episode was about Juliette. There was one point where she says something about, “you wouldn’t want to see my file.” Really, what were all the terrible things that Juliette did? She had an affair with her horrible therapist’s husband, yes that was wrong but not amazingly shocking.

Juliette and Goodwin became lovers, Ben in his jealousy sent Goodwin to the Taillies and he was killed. Then in a very sick manipulative way that only Ben can do, he brings Juliette to see Goodwin’s dead body. Then he explodes with rage and tells Juliette that she is his. Really? This master manipulator is reduced to the level of a possessive cowardly boyfriend. A sad turn.

We know that Ben gets off the island so I guess his running around the island isn’t that shocking. I just don’t see how his very small amount of manipulation is so easy. Locke is again reduced to an idiot in this season and I hate that. Locke was the man, then a crazy man, then the man again, now he is crazy and impotent as a leader. How soon do you think Ben is going to easily turn on everyone. He has secrets cached all over the island and as he said, he always has a plan.

While Juliette’s backstory was the focus of this episode it wasn’t that important or compelling. However there was one interesting moment where Barbara (Goodwin’s wife and bitchy therapist played by Denis Leary’s on screen wife from Rescue Me Andrea Roth) she appears through the whispers and confronts Juliette, however Jack sees her before she up and disappears. Is Barbara with the rest of the group at the temple or tempest? Where are the rest of Ben’s people?

And what is the obsession with places in Florida. Why not Branson, MO or somewhere else. The show seems to really not like Florida. Bad people come from Tallahassee like Locke’s father and what not. Tonight Ben tells Locke that in Gainesville, FL the Virgin Mary appeared in mold on the side of a building and thousands of people showed up. What would happen if they heard of Locke’s miracle?

The big question tonight that we will find out next week is who is the man on the inside, the man on the boat, Ben’s man. Who could it possibly be? I don’t believe that I hadn’t figured this out before but the man on the ship in my opinion is Michael. Why, because he is the only person to leave the island and not be dead. It won’t be any of the dead people it is gonna be Michael. That is my prediction.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: What He Beheld

Posted by BenSpark on March 4, 2008

As Always Spoilers.

The second hour of the two hour finale was the better hour, however it was just not enough to make it a season finale. And on that I agree with TV Squad. Sure there are tons of unanswered questions. There are also some cliffhangers but I really was hoping for something more. I am just not sure what it was that I was hoping for.

I loved the use of Johnny Cash’s When the Man Comes Around in this episode. I thought to myself when Agent Ellison was quoting to Charlie Dixon that the Johnny Cash song would fit very well in this episode. I was not disappointed. Judgment Day is Armageddon and it just figures that a song about Armageddon would eventually make its way onto the show.

In this episode we did not get comic relief in the form of Derek brushing his teeth. That was a pretty good part of last episode that I should have mentioned in the last post. I love that sort of humor, very subtle.

In this episode we get way more questions. The biggest one for me is why Cromartie did not kill Agent Ellison when he had him point blank at the end of the battle. It was eerie as swat team member after swat team member landed in the pool and a wisp of blood was seen. There must have been about 10 or so that went into the pool. And in the end Cromartie was let standing and so was Agent Ellison. Agent Ellison is reloading his gun and Cromartie aims his gun at Agent Ellison. And then does not kill him. So the obvious answer to this is that Ellison has something to do with the creation of Skynet.

Throughout the episode Sarah is trying to get the Turk from a man who has killed the gang that was run by Enrique’s nephew. It seems that all were killed except for the girl who kept watch. She seems so cold that I wonder if she is a terminator as well. However Cameron gives her a gun and asks her, “Do I have to kill you now?” I wonder if that was a threat to tell the girl to kill herself or keep quiet? Very odd exchange.

One very interesting part of the episode was the revelation that Derek knew that John was his nephew. And that Derek was the older Reese Brother. I really thought that he was the younger one. Derek takes John to the park and he sees his father as a boy. Young Kyle and Derek Reese are playing baseball in the park. I immediately know who they were because of an earlier flashback of Derek’s. This moment that the two men shared together was very moving. However Derek’s words were chilling and I thought that he was going to do something to either the earlier versions of himself and his brother. The episode ends where Derek is still at the park so I wonder if that is still a possibility.

The crew eventually tracks down the man who killed Enrique’s nephew’s gang. Derek kills him with a single shot in front of a small child. He covers her eyes but still did it in front of her, she heard the shot. However, that was not her father and that man was not the one who had the Turk. Another man did and he rigged a bomb in the jeep that exploded with Cameron inside. While that explosion was not enough to kill Cameron, it probably singed off her human skin leaving the shiny metal finish.

So I wonder if the show will return so we can have our questions answered. We shall see.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Vick’s Chip

Posted by BenSpark on March 4, 2008

TV Squad treated the two hours of the finale as two separate episodes. Me, I saw them as one. One pretty long and uneventful season finale. However I am long winded so I will break this into two posts. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the show and wish it well in FOX hell. I just don’t see much chance for it because, it has decent ratings, a fair following and a great story. This usually adds up to FOX flubbing the whole thing and canceling it before its time.

The first hour was about Cromartie searching for John Connor. Cromartie goes in search of John Connor by getting information about new students in the school district. The district won’t release the information but Cromartie gets it his own way.

Derek has searched Cameron’s room and finds the chip from Vick, the T-888. Cameron kept it for her own reasons. She also tells John that she lies, all the time.

John gets his first taste of hacking the Terminator chip. He is the one who reprogrammed the terminator in T2 to come back protect him. I would think that John is smart enough to program skynet himself. He’s a pretty good hacker after being away from computers for 8 years of development.

We see many flashes of images from the T-888’s perspective. He was married to a woman who created A.R.T.T.I.E. This was a system that controls all the traffic cameras and lights in the city. They say in the show that if the chip is the brain then the A.R.T.T.I.E. is the eyes and ears of Skynet.

John keeps trying to get close to Sherrie, a girl who may or may not be from Kansas. I think that she is a terminator like Cameron. Will we ever find that out? Will the show be picked back up?

The rest of the episode John learns more and more from Vick’s chip. They find a woman who was opposing the A.R.T.T.I.E. project and who was killed by Vick. Sarah and Derek go to plant a virus in the A.R.T.T.I.E. however it was blocked by the system itself. So instead they try and hack the system using Cameron’s chip. So Cameron was deactivated, her chip removed and then used to hack into A.R.T.T.I.E. from a traffic light. Cameron shuts down the system but has it affected her in some way? Will we find out?

When Derek asks who Jessica Peck was Cameron says, “A Threat to Skynet” How did she know that? Why didn’t anyone ask that question? Cameron knows so much about A.R.T.T.I.E. too. It looks like she may know way more than what they are asking. So I think that next season, if there is a next season they had better start asking her questions because, unless they ask Cameron will not tell them. You can’t get information from a computer unless you ask.

I was really wondering if Cameron was going to go bad after the chip was re-implanted in her head.

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