Battlestar Galactica: Litmus

After a Doral sneaks aboard the Galactica and blows some people up, Adama gives a sergeant unlimited powers in her investigation, where she makes some shocking and uncomfortable conclusions for the commander. Chief and Boomer break up; Helo rescues not-Boomer from her fake captivity.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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Year One

A while back, I wrote about the hope I held for “Year One,” that the film would be a good kind of stupid that’s fun to watch and not something that needs to be endured.

For the most part, I think the film delivered.

“Year One” starts off with our two cavemen heroes, Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera), trying to get two cavewomen babes, Eema (Juno Temple) and Maya (June Diane Raphael) to notice them. After an unfortunate series of events (Zed eats the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge), our heroes are kicked out of the village and must fend for themselves in the unknown world beyond.

They wander about, running into various Biblical characters (David Cross as Cain is a real treat), but once they discover that their loves have been sold into slavery in Sodom, they bravely (and foolishly) venture into the fortified city to save them.

For about an hour, this film really had me in its corner. It’s nothing special or extraordinary, but Black and Cera have comic stylings that I didn’t expect to work together but do. A lot of the Judd Apatow players show up and you can tell that they are all having a good time of this little distraction.

But that’s only the first hour of the movie. As my movie buddy pointed out (hi Jim!), the movie really slowed down once the plot kicked in.

Not too many movies will earn that criticism, but “Year One” would have been much better if it had stuck to its sketch-comedy roots and left the dumb (although at times funny) political-machinations plot to another movie.

Not unlike last week’s “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” more is less here; the last 30 minutes aren’t as painful as that movie’s third act, but I’m sure there was a better way to wrap the film up.

Better luck next time guys.

Want a different take? Check out Jim’s review.

“Year One”

Directed by Harold Ramis

Written by Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg  

Starring: Michael Cera (Ooh)

Jack Black (Zed)

David Cross (Cain)

Battlestar Galactica: You Can’t Go Home Again

Continuing from last week, Starbuck is stranded on a planet and must find her way back to Galactica. On the other side, the Adamas go to extraordinary (and dangerous) lengths to find her. On Caprica, Helo and not-Boomer are attacked by Centurions, and not-Boomer is MIA.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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Battlestar Galactica: Act of Contrition

After an accident kills 13 of Galactica’s pilots, Starbuck is put in charge of training the replacements, which brings up painful memories of Commander Adama’s other son Zack.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

Readers, I have a confession to make; for about ten years, I’ve had a deep affection for Adam Sandler movies.

I once watched “The Waterboy” on a particularly awful day, and it made me feel better, and ever since then, I’ve never looked down on the guy. He’s funny, and while he does make crap movies, they are funny when done right (“Happy Gilmore” and “The Waterboy” being two stupid-fun highlights).

So, when I wanted a movie that was funny and stupid (and “Year One” wasn’t available), I turned to “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.”

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Battlestar Galactica: Bastille Day

With the water shortage solved, the fleet needs workers to go and get it. The prisoners aboard the Astral Queen, after being asked to volunteer to go get it, get a little feisty, which has some interesting results. Helo and not-Boomer run around some more. Starbuck and Tigh fight, kind of makeup, but then think better of it.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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Stargate: Continuum

I never felt the need to get into the Stargate franchise. Some 14 years ago, I watched the movie with Kurt Russell and James Spader, and I forgot most of it, but I remembered enough to know that I didn’t want to go back.

However, a few weeks, one of my geeky pursuits decided to cover various Stargate storylines, and in a spirit of community, I checked it out (if you’re interested, the entire series is available on Hulu).

So far, I’ve seen two episodes that I thought were good, but they didn’t convince me to obsessively watch the rest of the show, but because one podcast was devoted exclusively to “Stargate: Continuum,” I gave the show another look.

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Battlestar Galactica: Water

Galactica’s sleeper agent is up to no good and causes the fleet to lose a good chunk of water reserves. The crisis brings together our military and civilian leaders, along with a truck load of friction between the two. Chief Tyrol and Boomer conceal her involvement in the sabotage; Helo and not-Boomer run around on Caprica and try not to flirt too much. 

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

(Don’t worry, more movie reviews coming later this week)

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Battlestar Galactica: 33

My beloved series begins properly, with the humans on the run and the Cylons running after them, showing up every 33 minutes.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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