Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

April 2, 2008

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I was pointed to a short lived British tv series a few days ago and really enjoyed it.  Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace only lasted six episodes but apparently it has became more popular since.  It has an odd style to it which makes it look like a cheezy 1980’s sitcom.  There is intentionally bad dialogue, jokes, editing and other jokes which make it so over the top yet enjoyable.

While there were only a few episodes I think this might have been a good thing as they might have tried too hard and ruined the series by continuing with the gag. 

Here’s a clip of the first episode.  If you enjoy it, you will probably be able to find the rest on YouTube.

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Every South Park Episode Online

April 1, 2008

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Every South Park episode is now online and legal for people to watch (here’s the article).  I’m a huge fan of the show even though I have only like one episode from this season so far.  Who can’t like a reference to the 1981 film “Heavy Metal” or saying you can get high off cat piss?

I was disappointed when I went to the official site that has every episode online as you can not watch them in Canada.  However this site also seems to have every episode online and you can watch them regardless of your country. 


Carnivale

March 19, 2008

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I have started watching the tv show Carnivale after I found the first season on DVD for cheap.  What is with HBO and making great tv shows (such as Oz and Lucky Louie)?  I almost feel bad for bitching about them producing the shit bomb “Sex and the City”, but not quite.

The show takes place during the 1930’s depression in the southern United States.  A carnivale goes from town to town but some of the characters have special powers such as being able to heal, see the past or future and to see into dreams.   It has a gothic feel to it and an intriguing and captivating story line.  In this way it reminds me of arguably my favorite tv series of all time “Twin Peaks“.

The only actor on the show I recognized was Michael J. Anderson who is a dwarf actor.  This is kind of weird because I recognize him from the show Twin Peaks and Carnivale kind of reminds me of this show. 


South Park

March 11, 2008

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South Park Season 12 begins on March 12, 2008.  It is one of the few shows that has had a long run on television that I still watch.  I use to be a huge fan of The Simpsons but for some reason, it doesn’t interest me as much anymore.  The writing and plots aren’t bad they just seem too generic in a sense.  As for Family Guy, well if you ever saw the episode of South Park where they make fun of Family Guy, that’s what it has become. 

I realized during the writing of this blog that I have no way of watching the new South Park other than downloading it.  Although I do have cable and access to other television shows I tend to download tv episodes more than I watch them on television.  I don’t really know the reason why I do this either.  Maybe because there isn’t commercials in tv shows that are downloaded and/or the ability to play/pause them and watch them whenever I want. 

This led me to think about if something is eventually going to happen to combat this downloading of television shows.  I don’t mean legal action as I believe the stopping of downloading television shows will never completely occur.  A large portion of revenue for television networks comes from commercials and with these downloaded shows the commercials are cut out.  Instead I was thinking if television networks would end up trying to make revenue through the use of product placements in popular television shows.  It has already occured but I am wondering if it will amped up a bit and reach a point of ridiculousness.


Real Life “Iceman”

March 7, 2008

I’m in a hurry to do some things today so I will leave you with this interesting article I was sent today.  Basically it is about this guy who can do things at extremely low temperatures that would probably kill other people:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Story?id=4393377&page=1


Yacht Rock!

March 6, 2008

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Yesterday I was given a link to an online comedy series called Yacht Rock.  It is a comedy show that involves the music scene from the 70s and 80s with an emphasis on soft rockers.  These soft rockers are referred to as belong to “Yacht Rock” and include such artists as Doobie Brothers, Christopher Cross, Steely Dan and Toto.  Unfortunately only eleven episodes of this show were made though. 

If you know a decent amount of music history from this era the show is awesome.  Here is the website where you can find ten of the episodes.  The eleventh episode is on YouTube.  Be warned that there is vulgar language on this show which may offend some people.


Oz

February 7, 2008

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I just finished watching the HBO series “Oz” a few days ago.  While it aired on HBO for six seasons (1997-2003) I did not watch it until it came out to dvd and I saw it on sale for cheap a few months ago.  Once I finished the first season I was hooked and it was all I watched for two months.  I would finish a season, go out and buy the next, until I finished it.  While it did air for six years the series was fairly short with 56 episodes made.  Compare this to a tv show like NYPD Blue which ran for twice as long (12 seasons) but has 261 episodes.  Then again it is common for HBO to have seasons of tv shows with fewer episodes.

I had a friend who raved about the show and initially I was skeptical of it.  Although the show gained lots of attention from the media for the male nudity in it, I’ll admit that I thought that this was an excuse for the show to gain attention.  Sort of like a “shocking” thing to do but didn’t add to the plot.  Once again, the media over hyped this aspect of the show.  Most of the time the nudity that occurs is when a prisoner is thrown into the “hole” and it is not sexual at all.

Towards the end of its run, the show did seem to have some ideas that were a bit unrealistic.  I admit that it is a tv show and not real life but it seemed like the writers may have been running out of ideas (kind of like how The Simpsons have been lately).  However the last season of the show, specifically the last 4 episodes, are amazing and make it worth watching the few unrealistic episodes worthwhile.

Also to anyone who has seen Oz then Juno, was it weird for them to see J.K. Simmons (Vern Schillinger on Oz and less noticable as J.J. Jameson on Spiderman) in the movie?  I know it’s just a role but I got so accustomed to his using of racial slurs in Oz that it was weird seeing him in Juno and not uttering an ethnic slur in every sentence.