Friday, February 24, 2017

On Movies and Superheroes With a JTID Geek

An Evening at the Oscars with a JTID Geek, this is my Bobby Ghisays moment: One “Yuuge” difference between watching an American movie versus a British/European movie is that 99% of the time in an American movie the hero will save the day. It is so predictable that it is not worth watching at times. We know any second now the hero will overcome whatever challenges he or she is facing and save the day and we know 99% of the time he/she will not only survive but ride off into the sunset.



With British movies you never really know how this movie will end because chances are both the hero and the people he/she was trying to save will end up dead or the world get blown to bits and we all die. Somehow people in Europe and the UK are not too concern with saving the day because the reality is, we cannot win all the time. It got to the point where the British film industry was forced to create alternate happy American endings to some of their movies in order to satisfy the snowflake American market and leave the reality of life ending to mature people who understand that we cannot win all of life's challenges. These days money is winning over creativity and the British are making movies for the American market.


I remember my disappointment after watching “Crimson Tide” with Denzel and Hackman that movie should have ended with the world destroyed instead of the predictable last minute save the world happy ending. It would have had a bigger impact with a more realistic message that one day our luck will run out and we will self-destruct, that this is a possibility. That movie should have ended with the brutal destruction of the world, showing human suffering because of human stupidity.


The movie “28 Days Later” was one of the best zombie movies ever to me because it was the only zombie that scared the hell out of me and I am not afraid to say that. “28 Days Later” had 3 alternate endings one where everyone died, some died and they all lived as they try to please the market.


One of the worst Sci-Fi movie to me was Independence Day. I am a Sci-Fi geek but this movie was an insult to my intelligence from start to finish. The special effect was great but the storyline was terrible and the ending predictable. Will Smith who is a brilliant actor just decided to play Fresh Prince in the movie. But it was the science that was all wrong, are you telling me that those aliens with superior technology had no concept of an anti-virus or that a ship that crash landed on earth decades before still had the same software version as the ship that just arrived decades later and was able to reconnect to the mother-ship without a software upgrade or any identifying login sequence and with the Apple PowerBook 5300 they were able to upload a virus to the mother ship. Then that July 4th speech almost made me puke, it was corny and over the top. I was able to look past the fact that humanity cannot get to our nearest planet but we can beat aliens who traveled between galaxies.


The original “War of the World” was a true classic, humanity failed to defeat the aliens, all seemed lost but in the end they were defeated by germs. I still remember watching that on JBC with my 13 inch black and white Westinghouse TV.


One Sci Fi movie that left a lasting impression was the 1951 black-and-white movie, the original, "The Day the Earth Stood Still". It made me question the future of humanity and this planet at a very young age. I began to see humanity through a microscope like little destructive insects

The First Matrix movie blew me away, the second, Matrix Reloaded was rubbish and should never have been made with elements of that script merged into the third movie, Matrix Revolutions. That was milking a script too far.

The 1970 British Sci-fi show with the groovy music UFO was a must watch for me growing up, “SHADO, the Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation”


And who can forgot the 1975 Space 1999. Not to mention the fashion of the time use to drive a young boy crazy.




Star Trek Next Generation is the best of the Star Trek franchise, followed by Star Trek Enterprise and the Star Trek Voyager. I was not a big fan of Star Trek Deep Space Nine but it comes sixth behind two shows that does not belong to the Star Trek franchise but are top rated by me, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis while Stargate Universe was just rubbish!




I purposely left out Star Trek Original because it is in a class all by itself.











The Christopher Reeve superman movies just did not do it for me, I remember watching the first Christopher Reeve’s movie at the Carib and was excited about it but that quickly wore off. The first one was great but all the others failed, however the line “kneel before zod” will live on forever. Reeve was perfect for the role but the writing, plot and characters were way too weak for a comic head like me. Coupled with directors who ignore decades of comic history and decided to create their own idea of what superman was, the same can be said for some of the old batman movies.


I can sit down and watch the old Star Wars over and over but I cannot sit down and watch the old superman without feeling like throwing something at the screen. The worst one by far was Superman Return, I was not sure what the writers and directors was trying to do but it was an epic failure not worth a second watch and what made it even worst was that the movie had the technology to do whatever it wanted. Henry Cavill Superman, Man of Steel was in my view the best so far.

I think people are either a Superman or a Batman fan, everyone have a preference. I am a Batman person, not that fancy pants version of batman but the Frank Miller, Jeph Loeb type Batman, mean and gritty, the Batman who would not kill you but when he is finished with you, you wished he had, not to mention he carries a piece of Kryptonite with him just in case he needs to whop Superman’s ass.




YOU DON'T GET IT, SON. THIS ISN'T A MUDHOLE. IT'S AN OPERATING TABLE. AND I'M THE SURGEON.

The Vulcan Science Directorate has determined that time travel is impossible.
I frigging wish it was because that is one concept that does my head in. I can handle the simple go back in time shows (Doctor Who) but I refuse to watch shows stuck in time loops with subtle changes between loops. It is lazy television, making 10 minutes of show and loop it for an hour until the end. Then there is the time paradox, a temporal paradox. A causal loop is a paradox of time travel that occurs when a future event is the cause of a past event, which in turn is the cause of the future event. The consistency paradox or grandfather paradox occurs when a future event prevents the occurrence of a past event that was partly or entirely the cause of the future event, thereby preventing the future event from occurring, thus creating a contradiction. Oh dear lord please shoot me now!



Time travel drives me crazy and I can see why the logical Vulcans would say it is not possible, as a way to simply not deal with it, the permutations can drive you crazy.


Colonel Jack O'neill of Stargate SG-1 trapped in a time loop decided to take the loop off, is exactly how I feel about time loops.

Time And Relative Dimension in Space 

However I love Doctor Who because for the most part it is simple time travel.

99% of the movies I watch have nothing to do with reality because I try to disconnect from reality when watching movie. 85% of the movies I watch are Sci-Fi movies with strong story line because the science is not enough. I do not watch movies that stereotype black people as suffering criminals and poor sistas with worthless baby fathers, none of that Boyz n the Hood type rubbish. I feel a lot of these movies are telling kids how they should live and not how they should NOT live. It is a glorification of a dysfunctional lifestyle and does nothing to uplift people. In a large part of the white world their perception of everything different comes from Hollywood and I must say some of us get the perception about ourselves from Hollywood as well.

If all you know about human history comes from Hollywood and the film industry then you do not know history because that industry exist for a different purpose.

AND YOU BETTER KNOW WHO Bobby Ghisays was.


The post Oscar debate is just so amazing
When people from the ethnic minority are omitted no matter how hard they work and how professional they are and when they complain, there are those who tell them to shut up and stop complaining declaring the reason they were omitted was only because they were not good enough to win. As they ask if they think they deserve to be rewarded simply because they are from the ethnic minority or female. That was the debate and defense the last time the Oscar was accused of not recognizing the contribution of people from the ethnic minority.


However when people from the ethnic minority are rewarded for hard work and professionalism. These same people complain that they are only being rewarded because they are ethnic minority or female, again implying that they are not good enough and in their eyes they will never be good enough. With these people, the ethnic minority cannot win, no matter what they do as people like these do not want them to win.


Cancelled Too Soon
I have always said that Sci-Fi shows do not belong on regular network TV because the stations are too fickle to ratings. Over the years, lots off Sci-Fi shows were prematurely cancelled simply because ratings dropped below a certain mark. Many a time you sit and relax waiting for your favorite show to come on only to find out the network cancelled it.

  • Agent Carter
  • FireFly
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Dark Angel
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • V
  • Terra Nova (which reminds me of 100)
  • Constantine
  • Being Human
  • Defiance
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars


Women of Sci-Fi


Zoë Washburne
FireFly Cancelled too Soon

Seven of Nine

Anastasia Dualla

*Melinda May*

Princess Leia Organa

Uhura

T'Pol

Carter
*Samantha Carter*

Guinan

Colonel Samantha Carter

*Uhura*

*Rose Tyler*

*Uhura*

*Kara Thrace*

**Starbuck!**

**Cameron**
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Cancelled Too Soon

Number Six, D'Anna Biers, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii

*River Song*


**Starbuck!**

As much as I disliked the show, I still watched it


**Teyla Emmagan**

**Amelia Pond**

**Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Martha Jones**





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Villains of Sci-Fi 



I do not know what it is about the Weeping Angels from Dr. Who, maybe the fact that they do not move when you are looking at them, the fact that you cannot even blink. They look like ordinary everyday Gothic graveyard statues. They do not talk or have real human like roles in shows, no fluid movements BUT they scare the living daylights out of me. You see them one way and then the light flickers and they appear to change position, facial expressions and locations getting closer and closer until they get you.



Anna
V
Cancelled too Soon!

Borg Queen: 
Human! We used to be exactly like them. Flawed. Weak. Organic. But we evolved to include the synthetic. Now we use both to attain perfection. 

Sontaran


**Anna**



Q - The most lovable Villian

**Apophis**
Extremely powerful Goa'uld System Lord and one of the Best Villains 
Peter Williams (born December 31, 1957) is a Jamaican-born actor currently residing in Canada.
Peter's Blog



Agent Smith: 
I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure. 

Kahn
From Hell's heart I stab at thee. For Hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

Metal

Gul Dukat

Dominion




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