zustifer: (Robocop: Dick Jones)
Runaway (1984), Michael Crichton. August 16, 8pm. View count: One.

Well! This is a winner. Tom Selleck and his moustache are a cop specializing in shooting the hell out of rogue robots, which are called 'runaways' for no good reason. They usually have claws. It's the 80s, and nothing makes much sense (least of all the technology), but Gene Simmons is the bad guy, and Kirstie Alley is the, uh, Kirstie Alley.
It's pretty amazing if you're in the right frame of mind, don't mind taking in some serious cliches, and are okay with the fact that Westworld is a lot better, really.

Also Watched a lot of Dragnet episodes I got for 99c at a Cracker Barrel. You know what? That shit is dark. Threatened, molested, and dead kids. Con men who prey on the recently bereaved. Downtrodden old filmmakers who just want the glory days of studio westerns back, but instead peddle dirty magazines to junior high schoolers. Long, unflinching shots of grieving parents. And Joe Friday gutshoots a guy who's a chronic escapee from prison. I think he's an android who has a perfectly binary view of humanity.
zustifer: (Klaus Nomi)
Somehow, I had forgotten that Andrew Robinson was the fellow playing the excellent Garak on DS9. He's the guy who played the serial killer in Dirty Harry, and also the evil father in Hellraiser; he seems to get a lot of 'affable and functional --> dangerous crazypants' roles, and DS9 does not go against this trend.
In the relatively sterile world of Star Trek, the Cardassians as a race are a brilliant invention; fascist military fanatics with lots of clandestine spying and backstabbing. They are sort of what the Romulans wanted to be, only better fleshed-out and more solid. I thought Gul Dukat was fun as a Starfleet foil until Garak came along and showed us all how it should be done. (The episode we're up to is The Wire, but that's not even his best.)

zustifer: (Goggalor)
Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), 1974. (Wikipedia link)

We've been watching the original series for a little while, and only about halfway through it do I really feel like I have seen enough of the characters to draw any of them. I swear, the first five episodes or so consisted entirely of either lovingly animated explosions or the same four cycles reused for pretty much everything. (I have lots of vague memories from childhood, when I watched the hell out of the american dub (Star Blazers), and I'm amused to find that I still remember people's american names sometimes, but it's not the same as having seen it recently.) Because of this childhood exposure, I was worried that the series wouldn't hold up, but I think I underestimated my ability to enjoy things. Well, maybe not that, but it is actually an interesting series. Our heroes and their ship are at a constant technological disadvantage (er, usually), often getting the crap beaten out of them in skirmishes with the Gamila(n)s. It seems, although I haven't seen it mentioned (I also haven't looked that hard), that the crew is composed entirely of punk kids and marginally qualified adults. Presumably this is due to harsh wartime conditions, but it's really not made much of, for whatever reason.

The series displays a hoary old anime trope, the slow build-up, both in macro and micro ways. The ship makes its way past each planet in the solar system, marking out the time the human race has to survive (as arbitrarily as possible). There's lots of attention paid to process, and journeys within the larger one, as well.

Well, anyhow, here's a couple of characters.



(Side note: I just found out that those Daft Punk videos were actually done by Matsumoto himself; I'd thought they were a pastiche! What a freakout.)

jerkin

Feb. 1st, 2008 03:04 pm
zustifer: (Boring)


(I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills, Showdown at Cremation Creek 1&2)
They dropped the ball on Bowie's nose.
zustifer: (lemon chiffon directions)
At Home Dad, Episodes 1 and 2.

This is a show I found when I was downloading Lunch Queen, thanks to the fansub group SARS (no really) doing both. It's pretty cute so far, with stereotypes galore and wacky coincidences. It is about a very traditional-gender-roles family whose breadwinner loses his job, and the wife is simultaneously offered a graphic design job by a friend who used to work with her. This forces the husband to fuck up a lot while he attempts to keep house.
This is exactly the kind of show that would be unimaginably terrible if it were american, but the added layer of cultural assumptions and language barrier make for actual amusement.
Here are the major players:



I think my crummy felt-brush pen is crapping out.
zustifer: (Krell door)
Doctor Who, season 13, episodes 5-9: Planet of Evil. (BBC).

The Doctor and Sarah Jane land on some planet, where there's a scientific investigation of some sort of energy source (which turns out to be ANTIMATTER!). People die mysteriously. The planet is pretty nice-looking, for once.

Sarah Jane is surprised. She is wearing an outfit that I can imagine my mother making me wear at about age seven.


A professor is 'possessed' by 'antimatter' and kills a lot of guys by draining their precious moisture.


I am increasingly convinced that this is in part a homage to Forbidden Planet.


(the monster is done in a blue-screen find-edges version of the invisible-but-outlined Monster from the Id, and the sound effects are awfully reminiscent of the thereminny score. There is no Dr. Morbius, Krell, or Altaira though.)


Aquabats - Anti-Matter
zustifer: (meary inhaler)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 24: Preemptive Strike (Memory Alpha)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 25: All Good Things (Memory Alpha)

Oh, the end, the end!

Preemptive Strike brought back Ensign Ro, who'd been promoted I think to Lieutenant. It is clear that she wants to kick some ass, but she is thrown into a weird undercover mission where she can make friends with the people she's supposed to betray.


All Good Things was actually a fair bit of fun, with an actual audience-soluble 'mystery', Picard unstuck in time (and totally without credibility)


and, finally, some Q.


This episode was actually well-paced,for once. Also got to see juxtaposed three generations worth of Starfleet uniforms and ship designs, which was a plus.

Goodbye, Next Generation! Goodbyyyyeeee! We'll have to watch something else now!
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: television static)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 24: Emergence (Memory Alpha)

This one had some fun elements: the holodeck train populated by representations of the Enterprise's systems (although these were never all spelled out... who were the flappers? Presumably the lawman was the command control, having been taken away from the human crew...), a 'sentient' Enterprise, for goodness' sake. Albeit a transiently sentient Enterprise, because I guess going two more episodes with a ship with a mind of its own was too much?


It was actually sort of interesting, but I don't have to make a big deal about it, do I?

Hilariously, Worf had to shovel coal while all the fun stuff was going on. He must be such a resentful guy.
zustifer: (Baby Cakes with Viking helmet)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 22: Bloodlines (Memory Alpha)

In this episode, Picard tries to interest his fake son, who looks unpleasantly and smugly like a Sears model, in some kind of alien stick.


(I thought it was a flute, but Memory Alpha says it was a 'prayer stick.' Sigh.)
zustifer: (1 of 11)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 21: Firstborn (Memory Alpha)

At the beginning, Picard expressed a wish to see some ruins.


This is completely forgotten about. I figure he wandered around for the rest of the episode wondering if it was time to look at ruins yet.


A guy whose name sounds like 'Chimchar' is rude to Riker. Worf is upset about it.


The Duras sisters display their traditional Klingon boobwindows. It's a proud culture, that venerates its Psychlo boots and eyebrow wax.

There is also some crap about Alexander. Eh.
zustifer: (Goggalor)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 18: Genesis. (Memory Alpha)

ST:TNG Season 7, episode 19: Journey's End. (Memory Alpha)

'Genesis' is the one in which everyone devolves in hilarious ways. Worf spits acid on Beverly's face. Troi has a terrific fishlike expression in one shot (intentionally!) that was about the only thing I remembered from this episode. Except for Spot turning into an iguana.


Actual quote!


Not an actual quote! Should have been though. (That is one of those data pad things. I don't actually know what they look like in any specific way. Whoops.)

'Journey's End' is the one in which Wesley is contacted by the Traveller again, this time on an american indian colony.
First, Wesley is a jerk:


Then he is in a special, mysteriously drug-free trance that does not look like this:


Then his mom tells him to dress warmly when on other planes of existence. Everyone looks at their feet in embarrassment.
zustifer: (Ubik)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 18: Eye of the Beholder. (Memory Alpha)

This episode had sort of a cute concept, but it failed to be a satisfying episode. Mostly this was due to the lack of skill in showing Troi's internal visions in relation to reality. I'm not a fan of the 'it was all a psychic projection!' school of writing.
The high point was probably Worf (in Troi's head, I guess) trying to ask Riker if it was okay for him to date her.




Troi is really starting to look skull-like. And I guess she has the hots for Worf, since this is the second time it's been brought up in the series. Yawn.
zustifer: (comics: Karma)
ST:TOS: season 1, episode 17: Shore Leave. (Memory Alpha).

Good old Shore Leave! So very many stereotypes. I'd like to note that this episode specifically determines Kirk's age to be 35 (the academy was fifteen years ago, and the fake Irish rival guy says that he's still twenty years old). This makes him hitting on the nineteen-year-old murderer's daughter in Conscience of the King just extra super ungood.

Anyhow, planet manifests nice things:


(Kirk did not agree, even when Sulu explained that it fired metal pellets via combustion.)


planet manifests bad things:


(Even when he's being heroic there're undertones of unpleasantness! Or at least there are now!)


everything works out in the end. I guess.

zustifer: (Krell door)
ST:TOS: season 1, episode 13:The Conscience of the King. (Memory Alpha).

Chmmr is Away On Business and so I decided to watch me some Old Trek. I happened to pick the episode where everyone says 'Kodos' a lot, which is its own reward. Shatner lotharios it up in the face of social cues to the contrary. It's the Original Series, all right.



Did you get my clever show-convention visual reference? DID YOU?
What I forgot to put in was that while this 'hey baby' sequence was happening, there was a LOUNGE VERSION of the main Star Trek theme playing. Oh. Oh it was so great.

And, an extra-special always-appropriate fed-up Spock.




AND, as a bonus on top of the bonus, a Spocky-Spock for even you! )

Moussaka?

Jan. 8th, 2008 09:44 pm
zustifer: (comics: Karma)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 17: Masks. (Memory Alpha)

Another pretty lame one. According to Memory Alpha, it's Michael Dorn's least favorite episode! Data got to conceptually crossdress (again), but he also got to do his I'm Acting! Lore-ish bit, which I could really do without. It's got hilarious masks, but it's also got way too much time dithering around and watching art class with Troi not being helpful. Pfuh.



zustifer: (Boring)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 16: Thine Own Self. (Memory Alpha)

This one was rather arbitrary, with the A plot being Data with no memory on some planet saving the locals from radiation poisoning, and the B plot being Troi learning how she has to behave so that she can pass the Be A Commander test (which they gave her some pretty lame reasons for caring about).


This is completely true to the episode; she had to sacrifice simulation-Geordi (almost immediately, too) in order to save the simulation-Enterprise. Riker was smug throughout.

I have a couple of other character doodles, but since the scanner is, uh, someplace, and since the photo I took wasn't great, this is it for now.
zustifer: (lady of your acquaintance: embarrassed)
ST:TNG Season 7, episode 14: Sub Rosa. (Memory Alpha)

ST:TNG Season 7, episode 15: Lower Decks. (Memory Alpha)

'Sub Rosa' was just awful, to the extent that it even has an Agony Booth entry. The best thing that can be said for it is that it supplies a possible techno sample of Picard saying 'vigorous libido.' It's an embarrassing story about Dr. Crusher and her terrible Harlequin ghost romance. So I, uh, focussed on something stupider.


(This was a quip that chmmr made. I believe it is an accurate summation of the setup.)

(I also made this, but I think it may be the worst image I have ever made.)


'Lower Decks' was somewhat better, but still not terribly exciting. It was trying to show the lives of the lesser officers, but it was mostly just their sad jockeying for promotions and then one of them (Wesley's old crony from the episode where he and his friends accidentally blow up a guy) gets shot up by Cardassians.

zustifer: (Krell door)
ST:TNG season 7, episode 13: Homeward. (Memory-Alpha link)

This is a pretty goofy episode where there's not-very-well-thought-out Prime Directive dilemma-ing. A culture's historical record is simultaneously acknowledged as important and treated as worthless.
Worf spends the whole episode totally put out.

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