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Bill Hicks on Hey Hey It’s Saturday

Everyone needs to see this. Bill Hicks, if you don’t know, is probably one of the best comedians ever to grace this Earth before his early demise. Sometimes I wish he was still here, I would of loved to have heard his thought on the latest Bush Administration and what they got into. I just know he would of been one of the first to speak out. Listening to some of his comedy routines you’d be surprised to know he’s actually talking about Bush Senior..

Anyways, he was known for his non-censorship. He liked to swear, he liked to say his mind which makes one of his last stand ups wasn’t even aired on Letterman’s show, it left some bad feelings between the two, who were mates as far as i can tell with what I read online.

I suppose this is what makes this clip online even more amusing. For the overseas people, the show “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” started as a early morning kids tv show. Eventually throughout the years before its cancellation it became prime time’s family friendly lite entertainment variety hour (actually couple of hours at it’s height). I remember reading somewhere (I think it was Helen Razor’s book) that the host Daryl Somers told the audience not to clap after UK’s Reef demolished the set after a particularly excited performance of one of their songs. (he said “don’t clap at them. they are on drugs.” or something to that effect) You can tell why I find Bill’s appearance on this show all the more amusing. You have to say though, even not swearing the man is funny.

Dollhouse – Ghost (A review)

Joss Whedon (if you don’t know who that is, seriously. Come on. Wiki and enjoy the good TV :P) this week released his new television show on Fox, the same TV station that screwed him over with Firefly, believe it or not.

This evening I got my junk food, sat down and watched the pilot episode, and enjoyed it.

Yeah, I’m not a Joss nut. I enjoyed Firefly immensely, Buffy and Angel were fun but it’s not essential TV viewing for me. This show I’m not exactly too sure with yet.

Eliza Dushku plays a down on her luck girl who has obviously run into some trouble in her life. She finds the illegal and highly mysterious “Dollhouse” and offers to work for them for five years, where she becomes “Echo”. The catch? She exists in a simple, mind wiped state until she is needed – when they implant her with any personality the company needs her for. The rich and important hire her for a night out where she will genuinely fall in love with you, next day she’s a hostage negotiator. Everything she experiences is then wiped and she’s back to her clean slate for the next day. But can you really wipe a soul?

That’s the story that Joss is going for here. Slowly in her wiped state she begins to click, form bonds with the other actives. We don’t see much of that in the first episode, but we do discover that the memory implants aren’t exactly perfect – the negotiator profile of the real person who it was copied happened to have been tortured as a little girl and the kidnapper of the case she is working on happens to be the same man, so she has to deal with these brand new fears implanted into her.

While most police and the general public think that the Dollhouse is a myth, one cop disagrees and continues to hunt for these people, even interfering with proper police cases and getting himself into trouble.

Unlike most other Joss stories, there’s not a whole lot of mystery to start off with. In the opening episode of Firefly we were wondering who all these characters are and where do they come from (and still do today). Apart from Echo’s seedy past, there’s not much else to go with. I have faith that there’s more to this story, I’m guessing it will be a slow reveal. Let’s hope not too slow. And it’s not as humorous as Joss’s previous work. All of his other stuff has had some great moments you can’t help but giggle at, even though it’s not meant to be a comedy piece. Having Joss in this serious mode is a little unusual..

The acting is pretty good too. Eliza does a great job playing a different characters this week. One moment a happy go lucky 20 something to a serious “don’t mess with me” woman who sorts out hostage negotiations..

So far I like but not overly impressed. I’ll keep watching for the moment. Hopefully things will slowly unravel and I will be able to smile in acknowledgement as I rewatch it much later on down the track.

Timelash, Part 1

Tonight I watched “Timelash”, a rather maligned episode of the original series of Doctor Who, and twittered Episode 1 while I watched it. It took longer than expected, but I thought I’d add it here if anyone’s interested.

  • Watching “Time Lash” for the first time ever. Even the DVD extras warn me that this ep of Dr. Who is a turkey. May comment during…
  • First up, Doctor and Peri bickering. Typical. I like how Peri’s not digging the recommendation of the Eye of Orion…
  • Rebels hiding. “They’ll throw us in the Time Lash!” Maybe it’s the 80s, but that doesn’t sound frightening in the way they wanted
  • “That is a Time Corridor” No, THAT is some bad Amiga graphics that make Windows 95 look good.
  • Well, there’s Colin Baker’s first over the top loud expression. “Bad? BAD!!!!!!”
  • Back on future world, and it’s an Andorian whose lost his Antennae. And bad laser effects that looked better 5 years ago. WTF?
  • And now we have a redesigned set from Vengeance on Varos. It’s the same big TV screen from that episode.
  • A rebel slave with lipstick. And an evil man of mystery on a chair studded with diamonds. What are they trying to say?
  • I can tell you that in the distant future we will all evolve into people with upper class English accents.
  • “The Borat has promised…” THE BORAT!?!?!?!? *checks*, No, The Borad. Shame.
  • Oh The Bandrils. So THIS is where that nerdy Dr. Who injoke comes from..
  • The Andorian’s assistant has a haircut like one of the ABBA blokes. Geez, Andromeda in the future is regressing..
  • Mygod! The guards are wearing Bee veils! Are the Bandrils some sort of insect menace or is this bad BBC costuming??
  • The Timelash. Death by bad BBC fx. *shudder*
  • Boring plot development. Andorian sounds like Robbie the Robot. TARDIS is broken again.
  • “Cure your future wife, my daughter of her stubbornness” Oh, the wonderful 80s and their views.
  • Power mad leader going out of control, check. Not a lot of Dr/Peri in this ep.
  • Hah. Android/Andorian 2 has yellow hair/black skin instead of white hair/blue skin. Same actor. HOW CLEVER!!!
  • Belt up for Time Corridor. Cause the last couple of times involved sideways camera work, I mean turbulance.
  • Hahah. Aging death ray turns you into cheap fake skeleton you find in science labs.
  • Woops. Think Android is the same one. Hah. Turbulance in TARDIS means bad camera shots and chipmunk voices
  • Oh, Borat has met The Doctor before. Of course, not in an actual episode of the show…
  • Dr’s landed, necklaces of Peri’s are being stolen… The Doc’s not too happy on their progress. They know Time Lords here, though.
  • BWHAHAHAHA! The Bandrils! They look ridiculous! I bet they were expensive at the time too..
  • Poor Peri. She may have been annoying at times, but she put up with a lot with Doc 6.
  • And then she sticks her tongue out at alien plant life. Well done. Oh, there’s a kidnapping on the way…
  • Have to admit, the underground sets don’t look that bad, although you can hear the bang as Peri walks into styrofoam
  • Oh special effects of a self moving glass on a self made ojiga board, however you spell it. We’re finally back in time
  • Oh Peri, fear the plastic snake alien creature. It could of eaten you by the time help is on its way.
  • Oh! These people have a photo of Jo Grant! Nice old school reference!
  • “Herbert” thinks the lady from the future is a spirit. He’s not sure whether she is angel or demon, but is still looking after her.
  • Hahaha. Herbert’s answer to warding off the TARDIS is a crucifix and a bible.
  • Hahaha. “Herbert” (historical celebrity not revealed as yet) snuck into the TARDIS. Doc’s expression is priceless…
  • Hah. The Doctor in the “Timelash” as a cliffhanger. Surely a Time Lord can handle something like this
  • And that’s it. Must sleep now. Sorry for taking over the timeline…. Night night…

Well, that’s Part 1. I’ll try Part 2 tomorrow night with a little more alcohol cause I think I’m going to need it. Night all.

Two TV shows and a funeral

First, the funeral. Yes, It was sad but done in a nice way. The family didn’t want everyone bawling all day so my uncle got a nice send off. A few stories, even a few swear words let slip during the eulogies. That’s Australia for you. Thanks everybody for all your support either through twitter, FB or whatever. It means a lot.

Been home for the day. Apart from the general chaotic shambles of getting everything back into swing with work and the Mildura life, I managed to watch two episodes of TV tonight. Geez I’m pretty far behind. There’s Eureka, Heroes has just restarted, Fringe is keeping me interested and I just found out through a few peoples blogs that the new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures started again! I missed that one. Bad Terry!

I got to watch –

Rush

Despite its identical name, this is nothing like that black and white TV show The Late Show took the piss out of back in the 90s. This is a new cop show on Channel 10. And, I have to say I like it. There’s not much depth to it, but it’s gritty, the tech seems to be up to date and there’s a few actors from Underbelly on this as well. The first episode consisted of one of the cops beating up a father for attempting to drive his children over a cliff because he lost custody. Instead of say, getting the nasty father causing problems, he and the children are forgotten about and it focuses on the police and the new police officer sent down to take over. The lady is more “by the book” than the rest of them and of course there’s clashes.

There doesn’t seem to be much of a continuing plot from week to week, well, after the pilot anyway. I do like the action scenes. There’s a great attempt at the beginning of the episode that remind me of the “jumping” scene during Casino Royal that would of taken them quite a while. There’s also the little things – the computer whizz who is always on hand to check facts and details and monitors them constantly through a small camera every cop wears (I wonder if that part is true?? interesting if it is..) It was well written enough to keep me watching. Can it hold out week after week though? Not just for the acting – the reason I enjoyed East West 101 was also the sub-plots involving the characters pasts. I’d like to see them do something like that. Still, early days.

Kyle XY

It’s very family friendly. The ABC Family logo makes that very apparent, but it’s not that bad. The idea of this genius kid with absolutely NO memory and coming into a family reminded me a little of a tamer, family version of John From Cincinnati (jeez I wish that wasn’t cancelled…) but it’s not too bad at all. At it’s always good to see Teryl from Stargate in another show. And you can tell from the get go, there’s something fishy going on. Just hope it’s not too wussy and teenage as it goes on.

Doctor Who – Journey’s End

Martha. Rose. Sarah Jane. Every other character who is available? Check.

Russell T Davies crams as much as he can for the two part finale. He may not be leaving for another year, but I think this the concluding chapter to his four years on the show. And it’s a pretty good one too. I wouldn’t say it was prefect, but getting all the characters from the spin offs together, throwing out so many references to past stories – It’s all here. Even a second Doctor! I didn’t see that coming. I knew the regeneration would be quickly brushed off but didn’t expect that.

However, Rose continues to annoy me. Here we are, trying to be told that Rose has grown up, she doesn’t need the Doctor any more. Part One all she does is pine for him (although their initial meet up before the cliffhanger was a great moment) and when she finally gets back, she turns into child mode again. Not any more mature, still pining after the Doctor, so much so she’s given a spare Doctor. That was “interesting”, to say the least. Here’s a question, he’s meant to be an identical copy, if a little more angrier, slightly human. You think he’d like to be stuck on one planet? Living a normal life? Don’t think so. And what about Mickey? He doesn’t even get a farewell scene with Rose, I thought that was interesting. His scene with Jackie was probably the sweetest moment – “I’m going to miss you the most”. Awww. At least the rumours of a Torchwood with Martha and Mickey are probably true. We may see these two in the Whoniverse again, but I think that’s the end of the Tylers. Sad, really. I thought Rose would get a better send off than that. I was expecting her death actually.

Donna is the hero in this piece. Her DoctorDonna link was clever, and it was brilliant seeing her becoming more like him. The end with her back to the way she used to be was a little sad. I would of liked to have seen a little moment with maybe not her remembering anything, but a glimpse at her slightly changed for the better. Doctor’s moment with her grandfather was great. Shame we won’t see him again. And his moment with her mum – “try telling her that once in a while” – great to see that my main criticism of Turn Left was addressed.

Davros wasn’t that bad. Still the same old madman, although the weapon reminded me a little of the universe killer from the Big Finish Dalek Empire episode, which name completely escapes me. I think laughing Dalek Caan and his twist to the good side at the end was the best. Seeing what the Daleks really were was a top moment. And no reset switch! Thank god for that!!!

I have to give this episode 4 out of 5. I really think this episode could of done with another five or so minutes, it was very fast. That moment where all the companions all around the TARDIS saving the day was one of the best scenes from the series so far. Well done Russell. You may have had your weak moments and I am looking forward to Stephen Moffatt, but you started a show we thought long gone and made it a success again.

Homes, phones and cars..

Life at the moment is having it’s ups and downs. Feeling kinda invisible at the moment, in life and online, but what can you do. People have their things, I get that. I can’t wait to go back for my weekend home. If only to see the family, should be a good time to get away from it all. Thinking holiday planning needs happening soon.

Better news however, got a phone call from the boss today. As well as a pay rise, we’re also getting new phones. We’ve had these LG CU500s for as long as the Telstra fools changed over from CDMA to 3G here in Australia. 1.2 megapixel camera, lousy battery life, a ringtone that starts soft and gets louder (and rings 5 times if your lucky). Terrible phone that I wouldnt wish upon my enemies. Dad calls me and says “I’m sorry, but the best I could do was a N95. It’ll have to do…”

Yes, he was serious. He really had no idea.

We’ll all probably have to get bluetooth earpieces for the time being, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I like the things, just my last one either hated this phone (which wouldn’t surprise me) or just a dodgy cheapo.

I also had a workmate here the other night, a quick stay on his way to Melbourne for training. Great guy, but very quiet. Difficult trying to start a conversation with the guy sometimes, he’s into classical music, chess and linux systems I’ve never even heard of. I mean, I’m geeky but this is beyond my knowledge. Luckily we both agreed on a show to watch that we both liked (and being free to air, not a lot that is good as well) – Top Gear.

I’ve grown up in a family of rev-heads. My father used to be into rally driving. My uncle and cousin have collector cars that are worth a mint. I have another uncle who only just finished working at the local Holden dealership in my home town. I mean, I like a nice car, but I’ve never been into them. And yet, I really really enjoy this show. Mainly because it’s not just about fast and beautiful cars. There’s a lot of humour in the show, whether it’s some bizarre competition across Botswana or the many strange introductions for the Stig, even watching the celebrities destroying their reasonably priced car. It looks like they have a lot of fun and it makes the show even more enjoyable. I’m currently watching the new episodes from the UK and the ones showing in Australia which are a year old. I’m not too sure if the Australian version will work though. Sure, it will be about local cars and they might have a decent budget but if it’s not as fun, it’s just another car show. And the presenters are unknowns to me. I was really hoping they’d get at least one moderately known celeb for the show. Someone with a bit of car knowledge, of course. There’s gotta be a few out of job presenters presently that love their cars, don’t you think?

Doctor Who – Midnight

You know, It doesn’t feel right not posting about last weeks Who. By this point, everyone’s debated, discussed and fought over it on the many forums. Hey, it wouldn’t be fandom without it.

Well, Midnight.

Rule one – This isn’t just for Dr. Who. This is TV, movie, life rule. Never NEVER say “What could go wrong?” This is the only time bad luck is guaranteed to happen. My father curses me whenever I say it. 😛

This was a pretty decent standalone episode. Having the two main characters absent from each others episodes works cleverly (I do like these special one off episodes, but why don’t they just add more time to the filming schedule?) and this one was probably the cheapest the show has done. A shuttle that noone can see outside of, it even looks like they just remade the old shuttle from Gridlock, I’m not sure.

As for the story? I did like it, but will it be as fondly remembered as Blink? Sadly, I don’t think so. I have to say, it’s probably Russell’s best episode in a long while. It did remind me a little of an episode of the Twilight Zone starring a very young and thin William Shatner called “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. I like how you never see the bad guy in this, although I would of like more emphasis on the suspense, not actually ever knowing whether a monster gets in or not. Having everyone turn on the Doctor is an interesting change – He has noone to back him up, Donna’s soaking up the (extonic) rays klicks and klicks away. The supporting characters though, meh. It’s like Russell was deliberately trying to get all the cliches he could in an episode. And I didn’t pick until after the episode that the old man is in fact The Second Doctor’s sun. Wow. Shows you how much of a fan I am! 😛

I really wish I had more to say. I didn’t LOVE this episode, but I wasn’t bored with it either. Finally we get onto the meatier side of the series, and we start to figure out what the hell is actually going on this year!!! Three out of Five this week.