19 April 2008

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Crossroads (3x19-20)

Woah! 4 of the final five are revealed as our beloved one-eyed Tigh, Tori, Anders, and Tyrol. They discover who they are while tuning in to a mysterious remake of Bob Dylan's All along the Watchtower (seriously). Baltar is acquitted. Turns out his only crime was cowardice. He really did cause the annihilation of his race during the initial attack, but it was inadvertent and there was no charge on that or proof of it. The blanket pardon issued after New Caprica pretty much assured his release. And Adama was the swing vote. Oh, and Starbuck returns!

Lots of revelations and shocks. Season 4 is going to be great.

5 out of 5 shocking revelations.

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - The Son Also Rises (3x18)

The trial of Gaius Baltar has arrived. Someone doesnt like that and has taken to planting bombs to kill his lawyers. Apollo is tasked with protecting the newest lawyer, one Romo Lampkin, a shrewd and cleptomaniacal guy.

Not too much happens here other than Apollo realizing he would rather be a politician than pilot. Its a good lead in for the season finale. 3 out of 5 dead lawyers.

Radar Blips - Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Year: 1981

The Players: Han Solo, Big George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

The Take: $242 million

Is this about Noah?: No silly. Its about the Ark of the Covenant, a Bible relic that allowed Israel to win in battle... Something the Nazi's wanted to do too.

Why you should see it: If you havent seen this movie yet, you must be like 5 years old or from another planet. The first sequence alone, Indy navigating South American traps to get a golden idol, is worth the price of admission. Other fantastic scenes are Indy's single handed take over of a truck filled with soldiers, a snake pit, and the opening of the ark. Not sure if Indy 4 will live up to this one, but hopefully it gives us some memorable moments as well.

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Penguin

One of the lamest "Supervillains" happens to be one of Batman's best known - The Penguin. This tuxedo and umbrella loving goon has been in the live action Batman TV series, Batman Returns the movie, Batman: The Animated Series, and The Batman animated show. He even appeared in a crossover of Scooby Doo. If he ever appears again, I just hope he doesn't utter his trademark "quack."

Born Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, the Penguin is bullied as a child for his short stature, obesity, and beak-like nose. These traits make him an outcast in his rich, high society family; their rejection drives him to become a criminal. In keeping with his family's tradition of wealth, the Penguin lives a life of crime, yet executes it with his own self-proclaimed class and style.

Unlike most of the Batman villains, the Penguin is a gentleman villain, in control of his own actions and perfectly sane, features that serve to maintain a unique relationship with his archenemy, Batman. This has extended into the current situation with the Penguin ceasing his direct involvement in crime, instead running a nightclub that is popular with the underworld. As such, he is an excellent source of information on crime, so Batman grudgingly tolerates his operations. However, the entrepreneurial Penguin is often fencing stolen property or arranging early furloughs for incarcerated former criminal associates - for a hefty fee, of course - on the side. During the storyline "No Man's Land", when Gotham City is nearly leveled by an earthquake, he stays behind when the US government shuts down and blockades the city. He becomes one of the major players in the mostly-abandoned and lawless city, using his connections to profit. One of these connections is discovered to be Lex Luthor and his company.

The Dark Knight returns in 90 days!

A Galactic(a) Endeavor - Maelstrom (3x17)

Bye bye Starbuck (just kidding). An interesting episode that made us ask what was so special about Starbuck, but c'mon did anyone really believe she was really dead?

4 out of 5 fake outs.