“Babylon 5” (Season 4)


Some excellent material in the beginning and end, but the middle of this season feels anticlimactic.

*** SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING SEASON 4*** Continue reading ““Babylon 5” (Season 4)”


Very Merry Unspoilers: Unfinished Hobbit Business

A great overview of some of the plot holes and lingering questions in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy…

The Oddest Inkling

Today and the rest of this week I am participating in The Battle of the Five Blogs about the new Hobbit movie. It’s not really a battle, of course: merely a chance to share ideas in a kind of Round Robin of blogging. Here are the other bloggers:

Brenton Dickieson of A Pilgrim in Narnia
Crystal Hurd

Matthew Rettino at The Vinciolo Journal
James Moffett is of A Tolkienist’s Perspective
Kat Sas of Raving Sanity

(Please don’t point out that makes SIX blogs. I’m an English teacher; I don’t need to know how to count.)

hobbitSince I have already written my official review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for Christianity Today Movies, this is not a review. It’s a list as long as Bilbo’s contract: a list of Items of Unfinished Business. As I wrote in my review:

There are many pieces of unfinished…

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“Red Mars” coming to TV!

M1_Red_MarsOver 20 years after its publication, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars remains the most convincing depiction of mankind’s colonization of Mars. There had been several attempts to bring Red Mars to TV, but all had failed. Now, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has announced that he plans to adapt Red Mars as a five-episode TV miniseries on Spike TV.  As I’ve noted in my Babylon 5 reviews, JMS is a serious writer who knows how to bring complex characters to life.

I am a bit concerned that the current plans only include Red Mars, not Robinson’s two sequels, Green Mars and Blue Mars. Red Mars is not exactly a standalone novel. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s fair to say that Robinson write the books as a trilogy. I’d be interested to see if JMS tries to wrap up the entire story at the end of the miniseries or deliberately leaves it open-ended.

“The Hobbit” fan edit

In my review of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, I commented that I’d love to see a fan edit that removes some of the most egregious deviations from the book. There’s a lot of good material in Jackson’s trilogy, but large parts of it simply undercut the story. Well, my wish has been granted! The Tolkien Editor has recut all three Jackson films into a single 4-hour film. It’s not perfect, but it’s a much more faithful and watchable adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. You can watch the whole movie here.

Note that the edit does not include footage from the extended editions. The Tolkien Editor suggests he might release a new version after The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition comes out in November.

“The Man in the High Castle” TV show!

Wow, this one almost slipped by me. Amazon is releasing TV miniseries adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. The book is essentially an alternate history of America during the 1960s had World War II ended with an Axis victory. It won the Hugo Award for “Best Novel” in 1963 and is widely considered PKD’s best novel. If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch it here right now!

EW on the 10th Anniversary of “Battlestar Galactica”

Entertainment Weekly has an article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first proper episode of Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot. Simply titled “33,” this episode introduced the incredible drama, philosophical commentary, and storytelling that would mark the rest of the series. In this era of half-baked hollywood reboots and remakes, “33” also shows how a different artist can actually enrich upon the themes and story of an older work of art. Read the full article here if you’re feeling nostalgic for the show (warning: it contains spoilers). And if you haven’t yet watched BSG… what the frak are you waiting for?