Out of the Blue

Yesterday's trip to introduce Gunnar to his Uncle Sparky went great, everybody got along famously, and by the end 14-year-old Sparky was horsing around with the youngsters like he was a puppy himself. Gunnar did leave a submarine-sized turd in the bedroom, but it cleaned up pretty readily, and he was forgiven for his toilet training shortcomings. This morning, however, Hudson the wonder dog resumed her recent spate of picking on the other dogs in her trail-running pack, focusing on large males and unfamiliar faces, as she seems quite determined to exert her dominance over the group as alpha dog... if this continues as it is, I may actually have to stop taking her out to run with this crowd, which would be a shame.

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Hoo-ray!
May 2, 2005, 11:13
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Hoo-ray! May 2, 2005, 11:13
May 2, 2005, 11:13
 
I was counting on a doggy post this morning, but the doggy-turd inclusion is a surprise bonus!

Thanks, Blue!

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No subject
May 2, 2005, 11:17
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May 2, 2005, 11:17
 
I dont know if Trek needs a rest or not... but that last couple of shows with the evil mirror universe were bad as a motherfucker - especially the theme music

it really sucks that the show is going off the air... seems like every good sci-fi show has got shot down in the last few years

i think the only thing that put SG-1 where it is now is that they were able to take all the fans from the X-files when it was over... i couldnt see it being as successful as it is if it hadnt been at the right place at the right time...

of course now its so locked in, you can expect some kind of Stargate show to be on for a very long time

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Re: No subject
May 2, 2005, 11:26
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May 2, 2005, 11:26
 
Well, Battlestar Galactica is great. But it's on SciFi so a lot of people can't watch it.

Personally I liked parts of the recent "Dark Universe" episodes, but it was mostly nastalgia. Seeing the set for an old ToS style bridge was a hoot as was the old uniforms. Kind of like "Trials and Tribulations" was one of my favorite DS9 episodes.

SG-1 is getting pretty stale. It has its moments but I think they should just cancel it. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the series and have a couple of seasons on DVD box sets but sometimes I feel like they're dragging it on too far (like the X-Files were).

Atlantis will probably last around 3 or 4 seasons, and while nowhere near as good as SG-1 was in its prime it's "decent" SciFi for now. But I don't think it has the "staying power" SG-1 had so I don't think it will hit as many seasons.

We need some GOOD SciFi shows on the air besides Galactica. Firefly was great but it's long-since dead (and some didn't think it was Sci-Fi enough). Ironically, the one network that should provide more and better SciFi series isn't doing its job. It's providing us dreck tv films like "Mansquito" and "Man-Thing" and ignoring series (except for their precious StarGate fanchise).

I miss Showtime's SciFi shows. They were great. They had SG-1, Odysee 5, Jerimaih (sort of SciFi).


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-Fry, Futurama
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Re: No subject
May 2, 2005, 11:27
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May 2, 2005, 11:27
DDI
 
Good? Enterprise was the worst so far in a line of steadily declining Star Trek franchises. It deserved to be put down.

Battlestar Galactica is the best sci fi show out right now.

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May 2, 2005, 11:31
nin
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May 2, 2005, 11:31
nin
 
Gunnar did leave a submarine-sized turd in the bedroom, but it cleaned up pretty readily, and he was forgiven for his toilet training shortcomings.


Little too much information there, Blue.

edit:
Berman: Trek needs a rest.
Trek: Needs a rest from Berman.


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May 2, 2005, 11:37
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May 2, 2005, 11:37
 
Enterprise was horrible, but this season they went back to their roots. They got someone else in charge of most of the show (instead of Berman) and it was doing alright.

But then they hit us with a 1-2-3 punch of dreck.
1) Archer gets a trio of Orion Slave Women who take over the ship
2) Dark Universe pt 1
3) Dark Universe pt 2

Unfortunately it's HORRIBLE first and second seasons sealed the deal. I really have NO idea what they were thinking, basing the series on the worst of plot premises of all time (Temporal Cold War and then a cool-looking Death Star). IF the whole series had been like this season it would have had a chance. But unfortunately...

Yeh, Galactica kicks serious scifi booty.


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May 2, 2005, 11:38
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May 2, 2005, 11:38
 
On an unrelated topic...

Blue,

When will post-editing come back ?


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Re: No subject
May 2, 2005, 11:50
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May 2, 2005, 11:50
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What's wrong with post editing?

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Re: No subject
May 2, 2005, 11:51
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May 2, 2005, 11:51
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oh, that's wrong with post editing.

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Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:15
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Attention Rick Berman May 2, 2005, 12:15
May 2, 2005, 12:15
 
You are a fucking idiot. Trek does not "need a rest", it needs a GOOD FUCKING SERIES.
People didn't watch Enterprise not because they were tired of Trek, they didn't watch it because it FUCKING SUCKED.
The last good series was DSN9, which ended a decade ago. Since then, you've seen fit to foist Janeway, Harry Kim, Neelix, and the totally absurd captain Archer and his Merry Band of Retards on us.

Create another DS9, or TNG, and Star Trek would EASILY regain its former ratings.

But no, it's far better to just let the franchise die, right?
Fuck, why do the best franchises always wind up in the hands of total utter morons??



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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:23
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Re: Attention Rick Berman May 2, 2005, 12:23
May 2, 2005, 12:23
 
Create another DS9, or TNG, and Star Trek would EASILY regain its former ratings.

I think it's a combination of the 2 phenomenon. The problem is that Voyager was garbage (or below-average at best) and Enterprise was horrible up until recently. Even if they managed to come up with a kick-ass new show a lot of people will just be turned off due to the last two shows. They'll think it's not worth it anymore.

Let's look at an example. I've been going to a restaurant on-and-off for a few years now. Their service was great, their food wonderful, and the price was acceptable. They had my favorite dish of ALL TIME, prepared just the way I like it.

Then something changed, I can only assume it is under new management. The food isn't as good, in fact my favorite dish is friggin horrible now. It's messier and unorganized. They raised the prices. In all it turned into a real dive, and I've since given up on the place especially after I think it made me sick once.

Even if a friend came up to me and told me the restaurant cleaned up it's act I'd probably never go there again. They've lost me as a customer, which I can only assume has happened with a lot of casual 'Trek viewers.

There's little else in the world more dissapointing than experiencing your favorite dish turn to utter garbage. The same can be said for television shows.



"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama
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"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:26
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May 2, 2005, 12:26
 
There's little else in the world then experiencing your favorite dish turn to utter garbage. The same can be said for television shows.

D'oh. Dang edit button.

Meant to say There's little else in the world more dissapointing than experiencing your favorite dish turn to utter garbage. The same can be said for television shows.


"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:29
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May 2, 2005, 12:29
 
I like Voyager and I like Enterprise. Most criticism of Enterprise I have seen was based on nothing - feeding on the vague pre-existing notion that "everyone" hates Enterprise, or stuff like knee-jerking in reaction to the intro song (which I didn't mind, either). That's not to say there aren't some people who genuinely have things about Enterprise which stop them from enjoying it.
Not all Enterprise episodes were great - for instance, I thought the inclusion of the Nazis was really over the top, but then again, the same is true for all sci-fi series I know: SG1 certainly has a lot of stunningly bad episodes, and so do TNG and DS9 or the original series for that matter. It's just fairly easy to ignore the bad episodes in retrospect.

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Puppy Poo
May 2, 2005, 12:33
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May 2, 2005, 12:33
 
Last week I avoided a nasty situation. My roomates new puppy decided to drop a log right in front of my bedroom door, thankfully he found it before I went surfing on the poo.
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May 2, 2005, 12:39
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May 2, 2005, 12:39
 
oh, that's wrong with post editing.

Still trying to get this worked out, but as I've stated before, it's nothing hitting reload won't fix. Watch...

Edit: See?


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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:48
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May 2, 2005, 12:48
 
I like Voyager and I like Enterprise. Most criticism of Enterprise I have seen was based on nothing

Actually, I think if someone doesn't like the show, it doesn't matter what he/she bases it on. The fact is, they DON'T like it.
And since viewer ratings for Enterprise were plain awful, I think there were a lot of people who just didn't like it.

My biggest beef with Enterprise was the entire idea of it being a prequel in the first place. We've just watched 24 seasons of Star Trek in which NO MENTION is ever made of Captain Archer and staff, and 21 seasons in which everyone relates to James T Kirk as being the pioneer of the federation, the hero of the galaxy etc.
And then all of a sudden, we create a series with Cpt Archer and Co who save the universe 837000 times. And yet nobody knows about them.
Ehh, okay.
And the whole "watch them rub gel into each other eight times per season" got really old after the first time. If I really want to watch some skinny chick having crap rubbed on her, I'll Google it.

For 21 years, they built the continuity of the Star Trek universe, making sweeping changes to the relations between the races (the Federation/Klingon/Romulan alliance, for example), setting up the stage for a grand epic show, and then they shove it all under the rug, and we go to the delta quadrant and the Pre-Federation. WHAT THE FUCK??

Trek has always suffered from the "bad few seasons" syndrome. Even TNG's first and second season weren't that great. It just makes you wonder why it always seems to take Trek's writers three seasons to finally come up with some good plotlines.
DS9 was bloody AWFUL in its first two years, but after season three, it became by far the best Trek series.
Voyager was "jab-pencil-in-eyeball" kind of bad in the first seasons, but the last couple of seasons were pretty good. Same for TNG.
So why couldn't Enterprise recover? Well, maybe because the premise of the show really wasn't all that interesting to begin with. (and maybe because several of the 'actors' in the group were Harry Kim / Neelix / Wesley Crusher combined.)

They need some new writers, and they need them bad. They also need to do something more involved than Voyager or Enterprise. We have this whole universe to play with, so PLAY with it. We had a brilliant setup after DS9, only to have nothing done with it for a full decade.

Have more far reaching consequences. Stop resetting the clock after every episode. Instead of proclaiming "Nobody in the Galaxy can go faster than Warp Speed 5", and just leaving it like that, give us a few episodes where we see what that decision means for the galaxy, woven into the normal storyline where characters yap against each other.
The reruns are still getting good enough ratings, so there's definitely a demand for more Trek. Resting the show for half a decade really isn't going to bring back more viewers, if it ever comes back.

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May 2, 2005, 12:49
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May 2, 2005, 12:49
 
Still trying to get this worked out, but as I've stated before, it's nothing hitting reload won't fix. Watch...

Ah, got it to work. Thanks.

Part of my problem is on my end. At work our Internet proxy doesn't allow us to refresh whenever we want. Heck, sometimes it even rolls back, so refreshing Slashdot will show me yesterday's headlines. So it takes several "F5" presses before I can see new content.


"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:50
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May 2, 2005, 12:50
 
Enterprise was (still is) a very good Star Trek series (IMO THE best) and I am very sad that it stops now. They should filmed at least another season to complete the plot.
FINALLY episodes are linked together, they even made a whole big story for season 3, which was pretty neat. That alone would be good enough, but it also surpasses anything (except maybe Galactica) out there quality wise (acting, effects, scripts). Also the actors are not some dumb idiots now anymore who just do what they are told to and have no deep personality at all. Enterprise finally managed to give each actor his own unique personality, which evolves every episode and makes you want to know how it continues next episode, Ive never watched a SciFi Series for the characters before!
As every series it also had its bad episodes. The one with the green slave females for example. The last 2 sucked too, seems to me as if they wanted to try something completely different and see if people like it more. if they just had choosen to show klingons do all that in the normal universe, it wouldnt have seemed that extremely pathetic. I heard the last 3 episodes are going to be as pathetic last-minute-crap.

SG1 good? lol? are you guys serious? sg1 sucked from the very beginning and only very few episodes were worth watching. The acting was and still is horrible as if the actors were just picked up from the street. Even Mr. Macgyver acts like a 6 year old child, not to mention all the others. ALL of them! Only FarScape, Andromeda, Lexx, etc is worse than SG1.

Atlantis on the other hand is an awesome and completely different series. I hope it stays for a long time. The story alone is very interesting and makes you forget/ignore a few flaws here and there.

Galactica was very nice while it lasted. Too bad its over now. Hopefully they decide to make a 2nd season, because the end was very unsatisfying.
But I think it was never meant to be a big series with multiple seasons. Just like Band of Brothers.

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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:56
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May 2, 2005, 12:56
 
Enterprise was (still is) a very good Star Trek series (IMO THE best) and I am very sad that it stops now. They should filmed at least another season to complete the plot.
FINALLY episodes are linked together, they even made a whole big story for season 3, which was pretty neat.

Yeh. I like how we're seeing Earth working with the other races and starting to form a little coalition (beginnings of the Federation). I loved it the 2 or 3 parter involving Andoria; finally getting to see their planet and what-not. Then the ending where they've essentially made some major allies.

Seriously, I'd have no problem if the show stayed on the air and started following this trend. They got rid of the temporal cold wars, got passed the whole Xindi plot, and are moving to more "Trek-like" stories. Culture-clashing, diplomacy, and the occasional threat to peace.

ALL of them! Only FarScape, Andromeda, Lexx, etc is worse than SG1.

As for Farscape, I think the first season rocked. The second one was alright but it got really bad really fast. I loved how in the beginning Crichton was acting like a normal guy facing all of this crazy sh!t and reacting like I would. Then he became this uber-Captain guy with the knowledge of the universe.

But I can't argue that Andromeda and Lexx are probably the worst shows out there.



"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurmama
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"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Re: Attention Rick Berman
May 2, 2005, 12:57
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May 2, 2005, 12:57
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Galactica was very nice while it lasted. Too bad its over now. Hopefully they decide to make a 2nd season, because the end was very unsatisfying.
But I think it was never meant to be a big series with multiple seasons. Just like Band of Brothers.

They already signed up for season 2. It's one of SciFi's biggest shows.


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