01 March 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Home (2x06-07)

After 19 episodes, Helo finally makes it back to the fleet, though his pregnant Cylon sidekick isn't as well received, but she does promise to lead Roslin and Co. to the Tomb of Athena which will point the way to Earth.

Meanwhile, Adama is coping with the betrayal of Roslin and little Lee. He describes the feeling as a snake tightening around his chest. Finally, he decides to forgive all and to bring "the family" back together. This is a popular idea. He catches up with the landing party, and they find the Tomb, just as described in the scriptures. To the Lagoon nebula they will go.

This was a pretty good and believable resolution to the arc. The fleet has finally come together in realizing that they really need to find a home, and Roslin was right to put that as the top priority. This begins a new stage of the show evolving from escape and survival to having a real goal and destination in mind. 4 out of 5 tombs of Athena.

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - The Farm (2x05)

Starbuck gets shot and wakes up in a hospital. But it turns out, Mr Doctor is Cylon #5 - Simon. He steals Starbuck's ovary. The Cylons love doing experiments on reproduction to fulfill God's commandment to multiply. She kills Simon, blows up the farm, and is rescued by the resistance with the help of nice Boomer. They escape in a Cylon heavy raider and promise to return with a rescue party... which they do in about 15 episodes.

Also, Roslin sends out a message and 1/3 of the fleet follow her to Kobol. Adama dioesn't like that.

This one was Ok, but without the shock that the doc is a Cylon, the episode is kinda slow. Maybe if Simple Simon Cylon ever did anything, he would be more interesting. He sure bled a lot though. 3 out of 5 Cylon farmers.

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Terry McGinnis

Terry McGinnis is Batman. Well, the Batman of the future at least. He was created in 1999 for the animated series Batman Beyond, and has also appeared in Justice League Unlimited, and even more recently has been seen in the comic continuity. He also has a pretty nice costume. At one point, a live-action Batman Beyond film was in consideration, but it got shelved for our beloved Batman Begins.

Terry was born in Gotham City on August 18, 2023, to Warren and Mary McGinnis. By his own admission, he was once a "bad kid." A member of a street gang run by youthful racketeer Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow, Terry has his fair share of run-ins with the Gotham City Police while in his early teens, even serving a three-month stint in juvenile hall. Years after Batman is last seen, he finds himself on the run from another street gang, the Jokerz, who model themselves after the deceased Clown Prince of Crime. Terry flees onto the grounds of Wayne Manor, where an aged Bruce Wayne comes to his defense. The strain of the fight places substantial stress on Bruce's heart, and he collapses. Terry helps Bruce into the mansion and gets him his medication; Bruce proceeds to fall asleep afterwards. Before leaving, Terry notices a bat stuck inside a grandfather clock. As he tries to free it he stumbles upon the entrance to the Batcave.

After Bruce kicks him out, Terry returns home to find his father murdered, and later discovers that Derek Powers --- who has assumed leadership of a merged Wayne-Powers — is responsible. He seeks Bruce's assistance in bringing Powers down, but despite Terry's insistence, Bruce, still shaken from an ordeal years earlier of having relied on a gun for self-defense, maintains that he has given up the cowl. Terry takes matters into his own hands and steals the latest incarnation of the Batsuit. Bruce admonishes him through the suit's communicator, and even shuts down the suit, leaving Terry paralyzed in a fight. Terry, however, is able to convince Bruce to help him confront Powers, who ordered Warren's death after the latter discovered Powers' plan to mass-produce biological weapons. In the end, Powers, who has been exposed to his own hazardous chemicals, experiences the onset of his mutation into Blight.

Convinced that there is still a need for a Batman, Bruce hires Terry as his "personal assistant" and begins secretly training him for his new role as Batman. In addition, Bruce assists Terry in the field primarily by keeping in continual contact with the boy at the Batcave.

After Powers' criminal identity is revealed to the public and he finally brings retribution to his father's killers, Terry decides to continue his role as Batman to make up for his past sins, in hope that his heroic role is his chance at redemption. As a student, he aspires of being a doctor, but his past always comes into his mind. Even though Bruce decides to fight crime after his parents were murdered, Terry has a different reason to continue; before Warren was murdered, Terry always felt guilty about letting his family and friends down because of his past as a juvenile delinquent. Because of this, he always tries to find a way to make up for what he's done – trying his best at school, joining athletic teams, and helping others, in the hope that someday people will see him differently. Terry originally assumed the role of Batman for his father, but eventually sees it as a chance to help people and to look like a worthwhile human being again, in his own eyes if in no one else's.

The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" reveals that Terry is Bruce's biological son due to Amanda Waller's "Batman Beyond" project. The project caused Terry's father to have his reproductive DNA overwritten and made Bruce's reproductive DNA dominant when Warren McGinnis took a fake flu shot. This makes Bruce the biological father of both Terry and his brother Matt, even if Warren McGinnis raised them.

The Dark Knight returns in 139 days!

29 February 2008

What the Frak Recap

Catch up on BSG in just 8 minutes.

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Resistance (2x04)

Tigh continues to botch things. He uses troops to force resupplies of Galactica, and since troops are few, he enlists pilots. Things get out of control, and some civilians get shot, Kent State style.

Roslin can't take it any more, and she and Apollo bust out of jail and hide in the fleet. Just as Tigh's wife is railing on Tigh for not shooting down Lee Adama, the COmmander walks in. He is back, and just in time!

Meanwhile, Tyrol is interrogated because of his love realtions with Boomer, but is absoved. Boomer is shot Jack Ruby style, and is on Galactica no more. She will return later as a "loving" Cylon master.

Back on Caprica, Starbuck and Helo find a resistance movement run by professional athletes including Anders, who will be very important in the episodes to come.

Lots happened in the episode, but the best moment was seeing Adama awake, and realizing that the fleet was really lucky that he had been in charge. Go Adama! Another 4 out of 5 jail breaks. Don't worry, these high scores won't last forever.

28 February 2008

He is Iron Man



Justice League: New Frontier is here! Up next is Batman: Gotham Knight, an anime prequel to The Dark Knight boasting 6 vignettes by different teams. Sounds pretty cool, and check out these designs. The last one terrified my daughter. Well done bats.

Oh, and thanks ign.com.

27 February 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Fragged (2x03)

The Colonel Tigh dictatorship begins. Tigh's wife tells him that Roslin is crazy, and she was due to withdrawal from her cancer drug. So, Mr Tigh invites the Quorum of Twelve (Senate) to see for themselves. Unfortunately, in the interim, she obtains some medicine and not olnly appears sane, she reveals herself as the prophetic "dying leader" destined to lead humanity to Earth. Tigh looks like a douche bag, and declares marshal law. This is not taken well, but at least his wife is happy with her powerful hubby.

Meanwhile, on Kobol, Crashdown hatches an idiotic plan to take out the Cylons laying in wait for a rescue party. It involves one of the mechanics running in front of the "toasters" to draw fire. She refuses. Crashdown threatens to kill her if she doesn't obey orders, so Baltar kills him. They narrowly escape death and are rescued. Phew.

Tigh really has an Okay heart, and he is loyal to Adama, but this arc shows that he is a nightmare as a leader, and his alcohol and wife are terrible for him. Sadly, things only get worse before they get better. During this time, it may have been better to have been stationed on Pegasus. 4 out of 5 one-eyed dictators.

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Valley of Darkness (2x02)

This was a fraktastic episode, and reminiscient of the sci-fi classic Alien. In spce, no one can hear you scream! The Cylons that boarded Galactica in the last episode are running amok, and threaten to take over the ship, then destroy the fleet. The power is out, the halls are dark, and the Cylons are mean. Also, Adama continues to wait for real medical attention.

Meanwhile, things on Kobol aren't getting any better. This isn't a complex episode, but it is very visceral. 5 out of 5 airlocks.

The Oscars I Cared About

For someone like me who hasn't seen There Will Be Blood, the Oscars were a tad dull. There were however a couple of highlights. Good to see Pixar back on top with Ratatouille after being upset by the lame Happy Feet last year. The real surprise was The Golden Compass winning best Effects. I saw all three of the nominees, and let me assure you Pirates 3 and Transformers were both much better in the effects category than Compass. Say what you want about the Transformers overall, the effects were amazing. Anyways, Golden Compass deserved to do better, so maybe this will soothe the pain a little bit.

24 February 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Scattered (2x01)

After being shot by Boomer, Adama is wheeled off to surgery awaiting the arrival of the doc from the fleet. Boomer claims she has no memory of the incident and is hauled of to the brig. Things for her won't ever really improve from here on out. A Cylon basestar arrives coinciding with Adama's smackdown, and the fleet is forced to jump.

Then Gaeta makes a rare but huge frak-up. He forgets to send updated coordinates to the fleet, so when Galactica jumps, its is all alone. To find the fleet, they have to jump back, fend off attack, and network the computers to calculate where the fleet jumped with old data. They do it, but in the melee, are boarded by a ship of shiny metal warriors that will dominate the next episode.

Meanwhile, on Kobol, Lt. Crashdown turns out to be a pretty bad leader as his crew start getting picked off one by one. Back on Caprica, Starbuck and Helo catch up on old times, while Sharon (soon to be called Athena) steals the raider and strands them.

This was a good start to season 2, and really feels like part 3 of 8 more than it feels like a stand alone episode. So many plots are going on at the same time, but they are all interesting and have time to breathe without having to wrap up at the end of each episode.
If I haven't convinced you by now, you should be eatching this show! This is another strong 4 out of 5 downed Cylon Raiders.

Here is a good video of the aerial combat from the episode, just ignore the Pirate music: