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Stargate Atlantis Legacy Books

I’ve finally finished reading the 8 book series Stargate Atlantis: Legacy, chronicling the events taking place after the series finale “Enemy At The Gate”.  The eight books are just as good as everyone has been saying they are! In many ways I think they surpass the tv series itself, going in depth into issues that interest me such as Teyla’s Wraith inheritance and the Wraith society and the retrovirus and what it means to be Wraith. I also loved that Ronon got to do stuff he never got to do on the series and be more than just the muscle. I’ve never been fan of Sheppard or McKay, so I was happy to find that other characters get a lot screentime as well, such as Zelenka, more so than in the series IMHO.

Also read The Lost Queen, by one of the authors of Legacy and takes place in that same universe, which was all about the mystery of a disappeared Wraith Queen and even though Sheppard etc. are there too, it was all from the point of view of the Wraith.

A word of caution – I suggest getting all the books before starting, and definitely read them in order – most of them end in a middle of a story, and you’ll be left hanging if you don’t have the next one ready to go! Indeed, I thought that first five or so books would’ve worked even better as a one book instead of five.

These are probably the best tv tie-ins I’ve read since the Star Trek novels published in 1970s through mid-1990s, and I enjoyed them very much. I’ll definitely be checking out these authors’ other Stargate books as well!

Categories TV & Movie Thoughts

The Walking Dead: Negan Is Ruining The Show

I can’t stand Negan and this write up by forbes.com sums up all the reasons why.

I’ve always enjoyed TWD, even the not-so-good seasons had bits and pieces I liked but the current season and all the characters are in every way so tied up with Negan that the whole show is getting ruined. All the eps with Negan have been a chore to get through, and I’m having problems with this last one. For the first time ever I’m tempted to to just drop it, especially now that I just read that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has confirmed that Negan will be appearing in the next season too :/

I’m just so sad that TPTB had to go and ruin a good show 🙁 I’ll miss the characters (who are not Negan) and the world if I give up on it, but Negan annoys me so much.

Categories TV & Movie Thoughts

Thoughts On “Stitchers”

Oded Fehr’s going to be on Stitchers, as a regular/semi-regular/recurring is my impression. So I watched first two episodes and here are my thoughts. No spoilers.

 

The premise is interesting if not entirely original (Tru Calling came right to mind) and right up my alley… but everything else so far sucks IMHO. I’m not sure whether it’s trying to be a comedy or a drama, the main character is unrelatable and cold, no one can act (especially the guest stars on episode 2) except maybe the girl who plays the room mate (I’d have loved for her to play the main character) and it’s like everyone is rushing through their lines/scenes in an effort to create a feeling of excitement and urgency.

I think I read somewhere that Oded will appear first in episode 9 (I could be wrong) and frankly, I’ll be surprised if the show makes it that far. If things don’t get better, Oded will elevate the show by about 150% simply by sharing space with the other actors – he won’t even have to say anything! If things don’t improve, in my book, this is the second worst thing Oded’s been in; only Drool is worse (I never did make it through that one). I’m actually kind of surprised that he signed on, but maybe the project looked different on page…

In a weird way, it overall reminds me of those sort of campy 1990s scifi tv shows like Sliders and The Sentinel, with the exception that those had their own brand of charm which isn’t a bad thing because I very much enjoyed them. Just that I don’t really see much charm in this one. Had this been made in the 1990s I think I would’ve been completely happy with it. But a decade of shows like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, The 100, Fringe… I expect more.

… Just my .02 cents.

Categories The Originals

Loosing Interest In “The Originals”

Seems I’ve pretty much lost interest in The Originals, starting with the first episode after Claire Holt’s last :/ I haven’t been able to watch 1×17 to the end, just not interested, and not particularly curious – even in general terms – about what’s been going on since Rebecca’s departure. She was a much needed counterpoint to all the male main characters, and the other female characters are either boring or annoying or not important enough to step into her shoes… they’re just not memorable, IMO. They’re so unmemorable I always had trouble remembering there even are other female characters on the show in addition to Rebecca in the first place. I really, really want to like Hayley but she has so little to do or whatever, that makes it seem like she’s an after thought whenever she’s on screen and serves only the male characters’ stories. Even though she’s supposed to be a main one herself 🙁

I also kind of like Genevieve. But she’s not a main character, and I just keep expecting/have a feeling she’ll be killed off sooner rather than later.

I don’t know yet what to do about http://www.the-originals.info Haven’t been working on it much since the hospital, and even less since Rebecca’s departure.

Categories Fansite news Health Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Newest Hospital News

I’m still in the hospital, and don’t know when I’ll be released.

I can now confirm, that the big thing was/is my liver accompanied by a few other smaller things. Seems I’ve started recovering now though because my liver vitals improved a lot over the weekend.

There are still some liver related tests and biopsy results pending, and I guess they want to wait for those because the usual things that they look for first came up all clear, and now checking for other possible causes. So there’s no diagnosis yet.

So, heading to right direction at the moment but not out of the woods yet.

Categories Star Trek

Star Trek Makes Yle News!

I can’t bloody believe it! The one time I miss Yle’s Six O’clock news, Star Trek makes the news in Finland *headdesk* This is history, man!

Namely, the Destination Star Trek convention in London and a brief interview with William Shatner. This is one of the very few times (the first? the only?) outside of new movie announcements in movie news (which doesn’t count) Star Trek makes any kind of news in Finland, much less one of the main news broadcasts and I miss it?! Praise be to my Mom and Yle Areena – at least I got to see it there if not live! 

Categories TV & Movie Thoughts

Goodbye, Law & Order

Today is the day: no more new original Law & Order episodes are left to show. TV2 aired the series finale today.

I have loved or at least enjoyed the show from the very start. It’s been the (almost) weekly staple of my tv week for 21 years, especially the last 5 years or so that I’ve been watching less and less tv on tv because of repeats and re-repeats and re-re-repeats and tv series that get dropped without showing all of it so that it feels like if that if I want to see anything new and/or all of it, I need to get it online instead of watching it on tv. Law & Order has been the one exception to that – it was one tv series I was pretty sure would be shown to the end instead of just dropped in the middle. And they did 🙂

When they started showing it here back in 1991, I was just 17. I grew up with it. It’s one I’ve always made sure to never miss, and one I used to loyally tape on VHS back in the early seasons. If some day I can afford them, I’m going to buy the season 1-5 DVDs (my favorite era) but I have a long wishlist, and they’re not a high priority. Just a “would be nice to own ’cause I love them” 🙂

Feels unreal and weird, not having the original Law & Order on next week, or to look forward to after it’s been on a break – it’s always been there. I thought there was a decline in story quality some seasons back, but the last few seasons, I enjoyed the stories and characters again so I’m sad to see it go, I think it still had a lot of life in it left 🙁

Goodbye, Law & Order, I’m going to miss you! 🙁

Categories TV & Movie Thoughts

Supernatural Season 7 Thoughts

So something weird’s been going on with season 7 of Supernatural. Except for the season premiere, all the episodes have been missing some integral part that make them, I don’t know, feel “real” and “Supernatural” to me. For nearly all of the eps, I have felt like the season big bad and huge problem, Leviathans, are ignored. Like they created such a huge threat that they don’t want to deal with it and are doing everything they can to side step around the issue. But because Crawley keeps the demons away from the brothers, there’s nothing really interesting going on anymore and we get things like the mentalists and deranged fangirls marrying Sam. And even though everything written and acted well enough and there’s is absolotely nothing that I can point to and say “that is badly done”, there’s some critical component missing that I cannot identify, and it is that missing element that makes it seem not real to me. So much so that I’ve been starting to wonder about not watching the show anymore and I don’t want that because it only one of its kind. So I have persevered. And was rewarded…

Just finished watching Supernatural episode 7.15 Repo Man right now, and it’s like this is the first real episode since The Girl Next Door! 😀 And it was better than any previous S7 episode, even the premiere! I enjoyed it a lot! 😀 It felt like watching a season 2 or 3 episode 😀 I hope this is a mark of things to come, and not just an aberration in the season. I felt like I had my show back! I really, really want to enjoy the rest of the season just like this episode!