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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey – One Word Review: AWESOME December 25, 2012

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Got the chance to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the other day and it was awesome.

Don’t listen to the naysayers that say this movie starts off slow – it doesn’t

Don’t listen to the naysayers that say the 78 fps video will make you sick – it won’t

From the first frame to the last, this movie fully engage the entire ShowMeScifi team ranging in ages from 8 to 84. The visuals are amazing, the acting is superb, the score is mesmerizing and the story is..well we already knew the story was second to none.

Yeaah we were also concerned that breaking the Hobbit up into three movies would make each individual segment drag on…but that’s not the case.

This movie has a logical beginning, middle and end.

Stargate Continuum – REVIEW July 29, 2008

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The one word review of Stargate Continuum – AWESOME

This is what having the power of a movie gives as opposed to just an hour episode.

It gives more of everything that we love (and miss) about Stargate SG-1. Continuum delivers on all levels. It’s got the dry wit of Jack O’ Neil and Teal’c . The villainy of the Gaould and an evil V’alla that is one nasty control freak.

What more could a Stargate fan ask for?

The basics of the story (without giving away spoilers) is that somehow Baal has adjusted the timeline to one in which the gate was never found – making Earth ripe for annihilation by B’all. Simple enough.

But the way in which the writers have blended together the timeline elements is near flawless. The ‘fate’ of all the characters is also something that on first viewing was …well shocking and made for some real drama (when you watch it you’ll see what we mean)>

Doing time travel stuff is nothing new for Stargate but Continuum takes it to a new level- though there is a small problem.

After you’ve watched Continuum yourself, come back and let us know what you think about the final scene with the picture on Col. Mitchell’s locker. Personally I don’t think it quite makes sense. The basic premise is that B’aal altered the timeline and didn’t travel to a different meta-verse. When a timeline changes in the same universe, everything changes (or at least it should) and characters that don’t belong in a given timeline should simply cease to exist. It is a flaw and it’s the only blotch that we found in this movie.

No question Continuum is a vastly superior movie than the Ark of Truth which was lacking many areas. Whether or not it is better than some of the regular SG-1 episodes (I’m thinking of some of the great Season 8 episodes in particular), I’m not so sure.

If you are a Stargate fan, this movie is something you will absolutely love. If you’re not a Stargate fan (who isn’t?) you’ll enjoy this too, it’s that good.

Stargate Continuum Coming July 29th June 27, 2008

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Sure Ark of Truth wasn’t great – but Stargate Continuum looks to make up for that in spades.

No more of that Orii nonsense –

This is humans against Ga’ould as it should be with massive mothership battles, evil Jafaa and all the rest.

Ohh and Vala is a baad ass Ga’ould too.

The plot centers around the exploits of the Ga’ould Baal and his final (?) attempt to stop Earth from ever interfering with the reign of the Ga’ould in the galaxy. He travels through time and takes Earth’s gate, preventing the Giza expedition from ever unearthing it and the Stargate program from ever forming. Somehow, the members of SG-1 are immune to the time distortion and set-off to find T’ealc, who is still the first prime to Apophis. It’s a literal race against time as SG-1 try to discover the location of the gate and restore the timeline to it’s correct state.

Star Wars Legacy of the Force Invincible : REVIEW May 26, 2008

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invincible.jpg*Warning* The following review may contain material that some might consider to spoiler material * Read at your risk*

Star Wars Legacy of the Force started out as one of the best Star Wars series in recent years – and now with Invincible it has apparently come to a conclusion. The only problem is the final resolution (after 7 books of building to it) really doesn’t solve the deep and intricate political problems that this series was originally all about.

Invincible follows , Revelation, Fury, Sacrifice, Exile, Betrayal , Bloodlines and Tempest. That’s a lot of books and a lot of action, drama, intrigue and new developments in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Legacy of the Force started with the split of the Galactic Alliance with the spinoff of the Correllian Confederation. That was an awesome plot line angle and one that carried nicely in every book in this series – EXCEPT FOR THE LAST ONE!. Magically at the end of this one – everything is ok…when the premise of why the Confederation existed in the first place had nothing at all to do with Jacen Solo.

Yes this series from beginning till end was about Jacen Solo – his decent into the dark side, becoming Darth Caedus, becoming the Chief of State, taking out his rival Admiral Niathal, killing his Aunt Mara Jade, and become a hated man by everyone in the Galaxy including his family.

Where was Niathal in Invincible? (he was invisible). Where was Mara Jade (not even a Force Ghost?? come on)

So after all the build up on multiple plot lines – the only one that the final book resolves is the one involving Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus. This series was more intricate than being about just one man or problem. It’s a krifing shame that there weren’t a few extra chapters in this very short book to just even out the ending a bit. Admiral Daala is only mentioned in the third person yet someone she rises to become leader of a new unified Galactic Alliance – HUh? (What about the Senate don’t they get a say??)

But the big plot line – the one that we’ve known about since February of this year is that the Sword of the Jedi would defeat Caedus. And yes I was totally stoked by the kill.

Despite the other issues I have with this book – being the last book of an awesome series that doesn’t do justice by not clearing up plot line development – the end of Caedus was cool.

He let the sentence trail off as the door opened on its own, revealing a dark-uniformed woman with an athletic build and brown, furious eyes.


“Jaina?”

A light saber snap-hissed to life, and suddenly Caedus felt as though he were going to vomit fire….

Jaina came to a knee facing him and knew Caedus was about to die. He had one arm and one good leg, and they were not even on the same side of the body. He could not pivot and he could not retreat.”

How awesome is that?! Sure you could think of it like the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (“It’s only a flesh wound!)..but still kinda cool and solid story telling. Too bad it was not the full story conclusion that this series really deserved.