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What did you watch?
Deadly Secrets by the Lake (LMN) - I watched this Lifetime flick with
Stefanie von Pfetten again because I couldn't remember what happened.
But I got to the end, and remembered why this flick pissed me off so
much! - it basically *doesn't end*. Yeah, they resolve the case of
getting the younger sister cleared of the murder charge - but they don't
resolve *at all* the overarching mystery of her missing high school
bestie. I can't tell if this was a backdoor pilot, or an attempt to set
up a sequel film, but it's a really shitty way to end a flick like this
if you aren't 100% sure the follow-up is going to get made!... >:/
soaps: B&B - OK, *finally*, we actually get new material in this
episode! The non-Sally parts of the episode were boring, but the kooky
adventures of Sally and poor Dr. Penny Escobar as they are "forced" to
kidnap Flo were a hoot! I loved the looks on Dr. Penny's face when Sally
finally revealed what her plan is! I'm guessing this will end with Penny
siding with Flo (that Sally is nuts!!), and freeing Flo.
P.S. I'm betting at least some of these scenes were filmed
pre-lockdown, as the scenes with Steffi and Liam and the kid on the
couch were definitely not following social distancing guidelines!!
DOOL - I was really disappointed that they didn't have Claire just up
and leave town when no one was looking, once she realized that none of
her family has any faith in her (or her sanity) - that still would have
set Claire up as the "main suspect" for the bomb, without being so
utterly (and uninterestinly) ham-fisted about it, and it would have been
a lot more satisfying.
I ended up watching most of "She's the Man" (on HBO Comedy) again,
because it features so many actresses (e.g. Alexandra Breckenridge,
Laura Ramsey, Amanda Crew, Jessica Lucas) in their primes!! I had
forgotten that this was one of Channing Tatum's first starring roles,
and that the (once) ubiquitous Canadian actress Emily Perkins turns up
in this (as does John Pyper-Ferguson!) too. Sidenote: Judging from the
looks of it, Brandon Jay McLaren (who was also seemingly ubiquitous in
the 2000s!) must have played soccer for real!
I vaguely remember when this was released, but I've never seen it before.
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The Man in the High Castle (Prime) - I finished out the series, so ep's
While by far the strongest scenes in this final season are in these
episodes, I agree with Arthur that the way this played out, it felt like
they had intended to do an additional fifth (and likely final) season,
but then were told late in the production of this fourth season that the
show was ending and that they had to wrap it up. As a result, it felt
like they glossed over about a season's worth of plot developments in
the final couple of episodes.
The ending itself was also very, very weak - the fate of the Smiths,
especially, I didn't buy (they didn't even show up what happened to the
daughters!!), I didn't buy the U.S. Reich just falling apart at the end,
and them *not* destorying the gate after all that (and what happened
with the gate) was incredibly hokey.
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In conclusion, I thought the first three seasons of this (esp. season
#1!) were strong, but this fourth season was a letdown for a variety of
Blame (Prime) - This wasn't bad... A clearly independent flick,
inspired(?) by "The Crucible", it focuses on an emotionally damaged and
vulnerable teen (Quinn Shephard, who also wrote, directed, and produced
this flick!) who begins to be attracted to her substitute
literature(/drama?) teacher (Chris Messina), and the jealous damaged
(head?) cheerleader (Nadia Alexander) who wants to destroy the girl.
Definitely an "independent film", but decent, and it kept me interested
throughout. Would have preferred a little stronger ending though...
Recorded for later: Stargirl.
I completely forgot about Stargirl! I just checked my DVR and it wasn't
recorded and it's not scheduled to record next week either. I'm
assuming I can pull it off of OnDemand, but I need to look further into
what's happening with Stargirl. I assume it's an issue with the local
affiliate since it seems to be airing everyone else.
Stargate Atlantis (Season 3 DVD)
I binged on a bunch of episodes. Highlights included:
"Progeny" - Atlantis encounter human form replicators.
"The Real World" - Basically part two of "Progeny" with Dr. Weir's body
being infected with replicator nanites. Not actually a "good" episode,
but O'Neill guess stared.
"McKay and Mrs. Miller" – Using math equations from his sister, McKay
almost destroys an entire universe. Along the way, a McKay from that
parallel universe shows up and turns out to be a nice guy. David
Hewlett’s real-life sisters plays his character's sister. On the
commentary they said in the episode where McKay first said he had a
sister, the script originally said brother but Hewlett asked for the
line to be changed to sister since he had one in real life and she was
also an actor. At the time they didn't think his real-life sister would
ever actually appear on the show.
The Return: Part 1 and 2 - After rescuing an Ancient Warship full of
living Ancients, everyone is kicked off of Atlantis. In their usual
arrogance, the Ancients aren't worried when the human form replicators
attack and are promptly killed off! However Woolsey and General O'Neill
were still in the city at the time so everyone whose name appears in the
opening credits, mount an unauthroized rescue mission to save them.
This was a pretty good two-parter. During the second part there's a
scene where they discuss O'Neill needing to dive into a submerged part
of the city in order to save the day. I thought to myself it would be
really cool if they could actually show O'Neill swimming in submerged
city as an extended underwater action sequence, but there would be no
way on a TV budget to do/show something like that. Then the next scene
was O'Neill swimming in the underwater action sequence I had just ruled
out as being impossible for a show like this to do.
"Tao of Rodney" - McKay accidentally gets "super powers." OK episode.
Merlin (DVD) 1998 NBC miniseries staring Sam Neill as Merlin and Helena
Bonham Carter as Morgan le Fay. Normally I wouldn't go near an old DVD
like this, but between watching the Stargate DVDs, and the other King
Arthur movies recently, I figured why not. Plus I was really in the
mood to revisit it after all of these years. Even though I was by far
more familiar with this movie than I was "Excalibur," watching
"Excalibur" really did help me with following the plot and characters.
I was noticing the differences between this and "Excalibur" and to my
surprise, there were actually things they did in "Excalibur" that I
thought were better. For example, when young King Arthur first gets the
sword and is trying to unite everyone under his rule, he hands an enemy
his sword and offers his head. In "Excalibur" they refuse to follow him
because he's just a squire so he hands an enemy knight his sword and
asks to be knighted. I thought that was much better. This movie also
didn't have any battle between Merlin and Mogan le Fay where she traps
him in ice. Isn't that part of the real legend? In stead of Morgan le
Fay as the main antagonist this movie has Merlin fighting Queen Mab
(Miranda Richardson) who I don't think is actually part of the original
Merlin/King Arthur story. But I could be wrong. One change I did like
was Martin Short as a gnome. He stole every scene he was in. And I
also really liked how the reason no one could pull the sword from the
stone is because it was being held by a rock giant. Overall, it holds
up very well.