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Friday, May 27, 2005

The Profile lives!

Updated the profile so that it now actually exists. Check out my fly icon, my sweet interests, and my kickin' audio clip. Seriously, this is Geek Out's theme song. Every time you come here, I want you to play Le Freak by Chic (remember, link provided in the PROFILE) and groove out while you read and chuckle and cavort. Til' next time.

Due to some graphic violence, viewer discretion is advised.

Jack Bauer

Or so they say before each episode of 24. You want to tell me what's wrong with the endless torturing of prisoners and/or innocents, be my guest. 'Cause I don't get it.

So the fourth day of Jack's life...no wait, the fourth bad day of Jack Bauer's life came to a close on Monday. Season 4 of 24 is, I think, the craziest season to date. Just so much bad shit happens to Jack, it's enough to drive a guy crazy. This was the first season I watched on TV and not DVD, so it was an experience. Apparently, I'm impatient enough that I can't wait for season 4 to come out on DVD to watch it, but I'm patient enough that I'm able to wait a week between each episode. It's a weird medium.

I liked the season finale. It was great, as 24 tends to be. What I didn't like was how obvious it was that Tony wasn't dead when they thought he was dead, and that Jack wasn't dead when they thought he was dead. Fool me once, shame on you....even though you didn't even fool me once. But I know people who fell for it with Tony but not with Jack, so I don't think it was very clever to try the same trick twice in two hours. So, the suspense in those sequences was lessened for me, since I knew they weren't dead, but the rest was edge-of-the-seat classic 24 action.

And the crazy chick who likes to be naked (random?) calling Michelle a bitch was funny...if only for how off it sounded. I'd be very interested to see them develop a real sub-plot with this babe that could take the forefront in the last season (if ever there will be one) or a future season. I'd like to think that that's what the writers are doing, since it can't be a coincidence that she's appeared this many times throughout the seasons.

I LOVED the ending. This really sets up the next season of 24 nicely. I can't wait. Could we get a season of Jack away from CTU? How sweet would that be? And yes, they should have played The Incredible Hulk music as Jack walked off into the sunset (that one's for you, Stewie Griffin), but I can let that slide. Everyone thinks Jack's dead! Think of the story possibilities! Friggin' awesome! What I would love to see? Jack's funeral....I wanna see Chase and Kim there, not knowing he's alive, and Tony and Michelle, knowing he's alive...that'd be great.

Here's some 24 season finale trivia, courtesy of TV Tome:

- The finale was followed by a short preview that contained a montage of scene clips from the first four seasons. The announcer said: "On the first day, he saved the President. On the second day, a city. On the third day, a nation. And on the fourth day, the world. But if you think you know what's coming next, you don't know Jack. 24 A new day begins next January, on Fox." This was the first such preview to air after a season finale. So, speculation for season 5: it's Jack Bauer: intergalactic space cop as Jack goes to the next step up from saving the world....SAVING THE GALAXY!!!

- As of this episode, the five people (excluding Jack himself) who know Jack is still alive are: Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, Chloe O'Brien, David Palmer, and Mike Novick (presumably). I would also like to point out that it is only thanks to Mike (without a doubt, the coolest guy on the show) that Jack's still alive. Mike Novick was the real hero of the season. Anyone else wanna smack that Vice Prez?

- This is the first season to not make use of the silent clock. Didn't know that...interesting tidbit.

- This is the first time the Main 24 villian (namely Marwan) has not been shot. In Season 1, the Drazens were shot by Jack Bauer. In Season 2, Kingsley was shot. In Season 3, Stephen Saunders was shot by the CTU agent's widow Heh...that's weird. The Marwan death scene was fanTASTIC, though. Jack trying to save the villain from falling to his death, but the villain is able to stop him by cutting Jack's hand....awesome.

Overall, a great season, can't really say how it ranks among the other seasons until I rewatch it on DVD back-to-back...it certainly wasn't the worst one, though. Kinda funny how Tony is still listed as a "special guest star" even though he's been in like 80% of the season. Also, I'm no longer afraid of an all-new cast next season for two reasons...(1) we were promised an all-new cast, but eventually got all the old gang, and (2) the new characters that were introduced were all great.

Worst part of the season: FOX promises us that 24 WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER...Air Force One gets shot down, and I'm thinking they've delivered! BUT NO! The president is STILL ALIVE!!! Vomit-inducing. It added nothing to the story since he didn't appear once after that. All it did was take away.

Best part of the season: Jack: "I'm calling the only person I can trust..." AND TONY COMES TO THE RESCUE! Absolutely fantastic.

LOST finale report coming soon!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Geek Out Episode I: Episode III

Craaaazy Palpatine
Originally uploaded by pzadvance.
Well, it's a bit late on the update (rhymage, bitch) but I'm finally getting around to giving my impressions of Episode III, for all to hear. Or read. Whatever. First off, I should probably introduce this blog a little bit. As much as I hate the word 'blog,' I think that this page's layout was too damn cool for me to let go to waste. So this is gonna co-exist with my livejournal (check the link...over THERE, BABY-->). I'll write my hardcore nerdy shit on this blog, thus the name...and I'll please my adoring fans on my LJ at the same time. I don't want to say I'm multitalented, but I actually do because I am.

So onto Star Wars. I went to see it opening day right after school along with whole slew of other "Warsies" (why is there a name for Star Trek fans but not for Star Wars fans...wookies? Does that work?). Now, let me preface this by saying that I enjoyed the last two prequels. That probably invalidates my opinion for a whole lot of you out there, but I stand by it, or I "stick to my guns"--as I like to say from time to time, because it just makes me chuckle. So, where was I. Right. Star Wars on Thursday with the Geek Squad. I truly believe that I was the only one there who was uber-pumped to see it, though.

So the lights dim, the movie plays, the credits roll, and I've seen the movie. The last Star Wars movie EVER, if Lucas has anything to say about it (which I'm sure he does). My initial reaction? "Man, that movie kicked ALL kinds of ass!" So I was all pumped to enter full-on geek mode with my buddies and talk for hours about my favorite parts. Turned out, that would be a very short conversation for some of them. I was surprised, I honestly was. Based on the reviews this movie was getting (they're good, in case you didn't know), I expected them all to be jumping up and down with excitement after seeing it, much like I was. And, yeah, a few of them said it was pretty good to good, but none of them thought it was "I-want-to-go-back-in-the-theater-and-wait-until-they-show-it-again" good like I did. And a couple of them outright hated it, the bastards.

I kid, I kid. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion and I'm big on respecting that. But that doesn't mean I can't disagree with it. Revenge of the Sith is a great movie. I mean that, it really is. A perfect movie? Not by a long shot, no. But it's certainly the best of the prequel trilogy, and in all honesty, deep in my heart I feel that this is my second favorite Star Wars film out of them all, following the un-paralleled Empire Strikes Back.

This movie had it all. Action, suspense, emotion, surprises, effects...you name it. And the dialogues and the acting - not nearly as bad as people say it is. I went in there expecting the worst based on everything I had heard, and that's not what I got. I got Hayden Christensen acting like an actual person, I got an emotional (albeit unbelievably uncharacteristic) performance from Natalie Portman, and McGregor and McDiarmad (or as I call them, "the Mac-daddies") were great, as usual. And there was a lot of good writing here too. "So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause" comes to mind.

Then again, there were some few truly terrible scenes. The scene with Anakin watching Padme on the balcony makes you want to scream "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!?" In fact, quite a few of the Anakin/Padme scenes evoked that reaction in me. And Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) has some HORRENDOUS moments during the Palpatine/Mace Windu fight. The faces he makes while he's fighting are so ridiculous (see the pic accompanying this entry) and him screaming "NO...NO...NO" in this goofy voice was just absolutely terrible. But since he's great for the rest of the film, I can basically let this slide. I also didn't like the Darth Vader scene. Badly recorded dialogue by my main man Mufasa, and poor movements by Christensen (honestly, how hard is it to move good?) Something I really don't like is how Padme (such a strong woman in the first two films) is reduced to a whiny housewife in this Episode with little to no backbone.

But the good in this movie definitely outweighs the bad. I loved the space-fighting opening scene, accompanied by the Anakin/Obi-Wan team-up scene, very reminiscent of Qui Gon and Obi-Wan in Episode I. And the final fight scenes are fantastic as well...okay, all of the fight scenes are fantastic. From the moment Anaking burns up in the lava world, this movie is virtually untouchable. It ends on a very high note. The twins are born, Vader is born, Padme dies, Luke and Leia are given to their respective foster homes, and Obi-Wan and Yoda go into exile. Perfect ending (even though I hate the bad cuts, like the obviously missing Qui-Gon scene). The point is, you really feel for the characters in this movie. I don't think that would have been possible without the first two Episodes. I think that if you all really thought about it, you would realize that Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones really add something to the saga and contribute to the connection you fell with these characters.

Okay, it's work-time, so I'll update soon with a full report of the 24 finale. Geek on, fools!