Monthly Archives: September 2009

Caprica, like the Japanese, promises sexy robots

SyFy has released draft posters for the upcoming Battlestar prequel series, Caprica. And I hope you all realize that Caprica is giving us a glimpse into our own future here. Keep your eyes on the Japanese and those robots they keep working on. Sure, we say they’re freaky-looking, but on the inside, we’re cheering them on.

You can check out the rest of the posters at io9.

AMC’s The Prisoner

On November 15th, Ian McKellen returns to the role of Gandalf in the strangest reimagining of The Hobbit you’ve ever seen!

(Look, it was either a Hobbit joke, or, “The Prisoner is put on three years’ probation and must enter anger management counseling for assaulting our senses with its awesomeness.” You understand why I had to go with The Hobbit, right?)

The Cleveland Show: And EVEN a bear?

I’m beginning to think The Cleveland Show fits into the same category as Law & Order: Personal Injury Lawyers and CSI: Sacramento. After watching Cleveland and his son, Cleveland Jr. — who looked like this the last time we saw him — reconnect with their roots in Stoolbend, Virginia, I thought to myself, “Wait a second, I don’t give a s**t about Cleveland!” The entire show, which follows the Family Guy formula a little too closely, spent much of its 30-minute premiere making a bunch of bad sex jokes. Don’t they know? Race is the last barrier!

Like I said, the show follows the Family Guy formula almost to the letter. There’s Cleveland, his wife Donna, and three kids. There’s even a little one who runs around and, well, I won’t tell you what he does, but man hehehahahaha…so the entire thing just feels derivative. I’m thinking MacFarlane and friends should have started from scratch and thought up something a little more fresh, but if The Cleveland Show was just screaming to get made, I wish they had taken the characters in different directions.

Cleveland Jr., like Chris Griffin and Steve Smith before him, is a socially awkward, angst-filled teen. Rallo, while a few years older than Stewie, fills the exact same role minus the humor. Donna’s daughter, Roberta, is a nice change of pace. Her personality is a lot different from Meg and Hayley, and that will help bring a different dynamic to the show. The supporting characters may prove to be funnier than they were in the pilot, but again, they really stick to that Family Guy formula. Three guys who hang out with Cleveland at the local bar. There are the talking bears, Tim and Arianna, Holt the hipster, Lester the redneck, and a family from England. There’s potential there, we’ll just have to see if it pays off.

A lot of shows start off shaky, so you can never make any real judgments after only a single episode. Having said that, I feel confident in saying that The Cleveland Show is the worst television show ever made. It really isn’t, but it’s going to have to get a lot better a lot faster to keep me interested.

Animation Domination

If you were Matt Groening, would this picture piss you off?

animation domination

Tonight’s the night.

Jimmy Bing’s Quick Picks

If you’re in the market for a quick, flip-through-it-before-you-go-to-bed number, you should check out Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. It’s big, sprawling, hard science fiction. And at a brisk 576 pages, you’ll have it finished in a month or two.

While excavating the ruins of a million-year old civilization, archaeologist Daniel Sylveste discovers that the catastrophe which killed off the Amarantin may have been engineered to prevent an unstoppable threat from being set loose on the galaxy. Light years away, a ship crewed by the half-cyborg Ultras are seeking Sylveste in an attempt to save their captain, who’s been afflicted with a mysterious disease that infects both biological and technological lifeforms. What the Ultras don’t know is that one among them is an assassin who’s looking for Sylveste not to enlist his help, but to kill him. Exciting!

Before getting rich as a science fiction writer, Reynolds worked for the European Space Agency and his extensive knowledge of physics and astronomy fills his books from start to stop. It’s one of the biggest reasons I was turned on to his stuff. The Star Treks and the Fireflys are great, but if you’re looking for a more realistic approach to science fiction, Reynolds is the man. He’s heavy on plot but doesn’t scrimp on character, and his world-building had me spending my grandmother’s social security money at Barnes & Noble.

Revelation Space is heftier than a lot of the sci-fi out there, but the challenge is why we love to read, amirite? Unless the book’s about sexy vampires, in which case that’s why we love to read.

Grey’s Anatomy is back.

In case you missed Thursday’s episode…

Mmm, unconventional! I can’t wait to see what the season has in store!