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Out of the Blue

Last night turned out to be a mini-nightmare for Hudson the wonder dog. I've mentioned before how my brave Airedale's fear of thunder and explosions also applies to the chirp of a smoke alarm that needs new batteries. This turned into a problem when one of the plotlines in last night's episode of Modern Family involved being unable to locate a smoke detector making such a chirp, so the episode featured the sound throughout, which freaked her out more each time it happened, even after turning the volume way down. If the episode had gone any longer than it did we would have just given up and shut it off. Luckily we don't generally watch reruns.

Chirping Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez and Acleacius.
Play: Missing Mechanism.
Nuclearoids.
AVOIDAL.
Links: 8 Rare Sequels That Destroy Their Originals. GB&TU is a prequel (and doesn't destroy its forebears).
Neatolicious Fun Facts: Marbles.
Harry Potter blamed for India's owl crisis. Thanks Slashdot.
Stories: Enter the all-analog coffee, hand-brewed by the cup.
Paris girl 'survives six-storey fall unharmed'. Thanks Neatorama.
Science: New Findings on PTSD and Brain Activity.
Images: Retro Video Game Vehicle Posters.
Media: The Troll Hunter Official trailer. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Sim's Night Out. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.
Introducing Jackie Chiles: For the People.
Auction: Have lunch with Expendables'' Eric Roberts. Thanks ASLayerAODsk.
The Funnies: Brevity.
Follow-up: This Saturday We're Going 'Back To The Future' Again.
Cop Flipper-Offer, Settles First Amendment Lawsuit for $4,000. Thanks nin.
The remaining episodes of "Caprica" will air on Canada's Space channel.

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2010, 16:05 Kxmode
 
My list of sequels that destroyed their originals:

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Because George Lucas didn't have much input in the making of this film it meant this film was made by people who actually know their craft.

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
I know some say Mad Max 2 is better but to be honest I don't remember Mad Max 2. I do, however, remember Beyond Thunderdome. There were many memorable characters and plenty of quotable lines. And then there's that Tina Turner song!

Toy Story 2
Pixar builds upon the first and makes the second even better. The introduction of Jessie as an abandoned toy added a level of sadness I hadn't felt for toys before. I actually went home and played with my toys after seeing this film.

X2: X-Men United
Better performances and a better story. The performance by Brian Cox as Styrker is perfect; I understood his pain and what drove him. For the first time we get to see Wolverine really unleash his fury on those soldiers with his claws!

Aliens
Do I even need to say why this is better? But it is safe to say this movie has a certain dollar value attached to it.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
KKKKHHHHHHAAAAAAAANNNNNN Shakefist

Superman II
Much better than the first! Krypton criminals General Zod, Ursa and Non are sentenced by Jor-El for banishment into the Phantom Zone. They somehow manage to escape their confinement and immediately cause havoc on earth. Of course General Zod continues his Kyptonian rebellion by demanding obedience and servitude from humans. Meanwhile Clark Kent loses his powers and gets to experience what life is like as a normal human. The high point is the climactic battle between Superman and the Krypton badasses!

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
While not as deep as the book the film does delved more into the lore of LOTR. The pacing was much better too. Fellowship suffered from too many slow moments. The Helms Deep battle was the first of its kind too. I don't think I've ever seen that many CG orcs on screen!

Spider-Man 2
Peter Parker continues his struggle to maintain a relationship with Mary Jane, juggling his studies, holding down a job, and fighting crime as Spiderman. You insert Doctor Octavius (who isn't exactly a bad guy but a misguided soul consumed by his passions) and Peter's best friend Harry (who is descending into madness and the role his evil father held) and all these plots are organically weaved together to make the pacing a much better viewing experience than the first.

Terminator 2
Nuff said.

The Dark Knight
This film stands apart from all other superhero films. It's not a superhero film but something more. This is a crime drama. And then there's Heath Ledger.

The Karate Kid Part II
I liked this film more than the first. The relationship between Daniel and Yukie felt wooden but thankfully their screen time together was very limited. I liked that this film goes deeper into the main characters. I also like that it literally picks up where the first left off. We can see John Kreese's reaction to losing his trophy and how Mr. Miyagi handles it. We travel to Okinawa and see Mr. Miyagi's family and land. We even learn that fighting in Okinawa is "for real." The fight scene at the end is much more intense than the first film.

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