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What did you watch?
The Dark (Prime) - Note: This is the 2018 film, not the 2005 film with
Maria Bello and Sean Bean (which I think may have also seen, some time
back...) This was sort of interesting, and I liked where they were
trying to go with it... the problem is that I don't feel like they
*justified* the result.
This stars Nadia Alexander (who was in "Blame" that I watched
yesterday) as a cursed undead teen zombie girl who lives in a forest
searching out human flesh. Unfortunately, the film takes quite a while
to get to her, and starts with an old guy who is apparently a serial
child molester who is trying to escape the authorities. So he heads to a
section of a forest called "Devil's Glen(?)". Of course, there he runs
across the Zombie girl who promptly gets him (justice!!).
But then she discovers the molester's victim (whom the molester has
blinded) in the molester's car. Long-story short: Discovering the abused
boy (he's actually around 13-14 from the looks of it) starts an
existential crisis for the cursed undead zombie girl. (We also start
getting her backstory.)
Anyway, like I said - I kind of like what they were trying to do here
(though this film is very... *deliberative* in its pace), but I don't
feel the events of the film justified the ending - This felt like it
needed a few more passes through the typewriter.
I saw the Sean Bean movie, but I'm not familiar with this. I'm not a
fan of deliberative pace. That's just another way of saying tedious.
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soaps: B&B - Unfortunately, it was mostly stasis in the Sally-Penny-Flo
storyline - while both Penny and Flo realize that Sally, and her plan to
get Wyatt back is *crazy*, Dr. Penny refuses to side with Flo, so Flo
remains tied up. But Flo manages to knock Sally out for a second, and
writes something on Sally's leg - likely some kind of message to Wyatt.
Meanwhile, Steffi mostly whines about Liam and Hope, and then manages to
crash on her motorcycle!
DOOL - This episode was almost entirely HottCiara's and Ben Weston's
wedding, and HottCiara's wedding dress was ridiculous! - showing *that
much cleavage* in a wedding dress is in really poor taste!! Anyway, the
only interesting parts were the side parts with Crazy Claire and her
mother (and they mostly disappear from the second half of the episode) -
Claire admits that she's ready to abandon Salem and go to Hong Kong. But
the bomb goes off at the end of the episode (mostly impacting Ben, which
is ridiculous considering the *size* of the bomb they showed!!), and
Claire will end up being suspect #1.
Vagrant Queen (Spectrum app) - Ep's #1.9 & 1.10, so I finished out the
series. The final two episodes were mostly satisfying (though generally
lacking in the show's usual silly humor), and they mostly wrapped all
storylines... until the very ending when they introduced a very
unwelcome cliffhanger. It's too bad this show wasn't cancelled before
production ended, as all they needed to do is cut, like, the last 30
seconds from this last episode and it would have made for a satisfactory
Agreed. But I can live with the cliffhanger.
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Better Watch Out (Prime) - This 2016 flick is one of the newer
"Christmas horror" flicks, though the Christmas elements are almost
entirely incidental here... This is also maybe a horror "satire" flick
As such, it's actually quite similar in tone with "The Babysitter"
(2017). However, I thought this flick was *much better* than "The
Babysitter" (I never really bought into the latter film). "Better Watch
Out" has a completely unexpected twist 20-30 minutes into the flick
which spins it off into an entirely new direction, and from this point
forward I had no idea how it was going to turn out. Which is a good
thing... Anyway, I liked this all the way up to the ending, which I
quite liked. But they should have cut the "coda" scene - it was
unnecessary, and added nothing to the experience.
Anyway, I'd recommend this to anyone who liked something like "The
I very much agree. I don't remember what the twist is, but I do
remember being caught off guard by it and liking this movie a lot when I
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Recorded for later: Agents of SHIELD!!
I was so wrapped up in Stargate DVDs that I completely forgot about
SHIELD! Then again, I was thinking it aired tonight, so I didn't bother
to check the DVR. Can you confirm, did Stargirl actually air Monday
night? My DVR didn't record it and it's not available on OnDemand. I
have hadn't any luck with my local CW station. I have no idea what's
going on with it.
Stargate Atlantis (season 3 DVD)
"The Game" - The Atlantis gang play their own version of The Sims, only
using real people on a primitive planet. Filler episode.
"The Ark" - The gang find survivors of a dead civilization in storage on
a hollowed out moon and need to save the day. Sounds like a Star Trek
script. Another filler episode.
"Sunday" - The gang take a day off. I knew from the description this was
going to be a filler episode, but for whatever reason I watched it
anyway. Then I was *shocked* when they killed off a regular. I did
*not* see that coming. Had I known, I would have watched the episode
with the commentary track. I wonder why did the actor leave. I sample
a little of the commentary at the end, but they didn't say.
"Submersion" - The gang battle a Wraith Queen in an underwater drilling
platform. I noticed they have been not too subtly changing the design
of the Wraith. In the pilot they were pale white and now they are
closer to neon green.
"Vengeance" – Team Atlantis vs. Aliens, I mean giant bugs, This was a
straight rip off of "Aliens" and once again Michael is back to twist his
mustache and laugh maniacally as he tries to turn Teyla into one of his
The ep guide said to hold here and switch over to SG-1.
Stargate SG-1 (season 10 DVD)
"The Road not taken" – Carter is accidentally transported to an
alternate universe. And in this universe she's married to McKay. The
horror! This was a pretty good one with an abrupt ending.
"The Shroud" - Daniel is finally back, and he's a Prior. Or is he? Not
"Bad Guys" - The team pretend to be terrorist while biding time on an
"Talion" – Teal'c gets his vengeance on. Someone was must have been
channeling Michael Bay for the scene where Teal'c beats up a bad guy
stuffs a bomb inside of him then walks away in slow motion as the bomb
explodes behind him.