Friday, February 13, 2015

Rewatch: The Dead Zone

I'd just finished The X-Files and needed something else to watch. I've kind of decided to do a rewatch of a show and then also watch a new-to-me show in my down time. And by down time I mean while I'm not watching currently airing shows. Did I mention I'm lacking in a life? So again it was a "hey I wanna watch the pilot" moment that turned into watching the entire series. When I was into the third season I realized I had yet to purchase the final season, so I promptly rectified that situation so I wouldn't have to halt my watching.

I do have to mention I feel like I may have some kind of super power here. So far a good amount of the shows I've chosen to rewatch have resulted in having a cast member from that show attend the Salt Lake Comic Con or FanX Experience. Two years ago I did a rewatch of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (I didn't do a post because I rewatch this one a lot) and Dean Cain attended the first SLCC, then last year I rewatched Smallville and Michael Rosenbaum attended SLCC. And then I rewatched The X-Files and Laurie Holden attended this year's FanX (and as a bonus there very well may be a reboot coming), as well as Anthony Michael Hall, of which I'm convinced is because I rewatched The Dead Zone. I tell you, it's a super power. So let me know if I should rewatch a show for someone that you would like to have attend if you're in the area.

Now onto the main event, my rewatch feels for The Dead Zone:

This show is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. There also happens to be a 1980's movie starring Christopher Walken based on the novel as well. For me when the show first aired, I got a bit excited. I love Stephen King, and the movie wasn't half bad. Also this isn't like a lot of Stephen King novels to me, so that interested me as well to see where a TV series could take the story. And let me tell you, we got six great seasons before USA abruptly canceled the show leaving us without a true ending that wrapped up the six season long arc. I feel that was a bit of a dickish move on USA's part, but the show did it's best to wrap up what they could with the short notice they had, and even though I have a lot of questions, I'm still ok with the ending for the most part.

I would like to know what happens to Stillson, because that was kind of left up in the air in the final episode. I mean up until that point, Johnny was still seeing Armageddon when he touched him, and so was JJ! And what happened to Johnny's father? We just found out he was alive, and then it looked like he was poisoned, but nothing was really said on whether he actually died or not. The only thing I would like to think had a clear answer was if Johnny and Sara end up together again finally. And I think the answer is a definitive yes.

With the rewatch I was reminded of how they changed the actor playing JJ three times. The first time was understandable, the kid just wasn't the right fit. The second kid was on the show for the majority of the series, and then in the final season they change the kid up again. Now my thought on this is because it took nearly two years for the final season to air, and I think the actor was either not available any longer, or just no longer interested. The kid they replaced him with I do have to admit was the best actor out of the three. It's just like with any show that replaces a character, you wonder if they think the audience is dumb or unobservant.

Also in the final episode I noticed how not great Sean Patrick Flanery looked. I don't know what he did in that two year break, but man. He looked better when he starred on Dexter a few years later, but not much. I think a little too much on the botox or something there. He just looks puffier and it could totally be me, but I don't think so.

And it's always bothered me that Dana Bright was kind of just phased out of the show without much explanation. I get that she needed to not be an obstacle for Johnny anymore so they could move forward with the Johnny/Sara thing, but I would have liked to see her say goodbye or something. It's just me wanting more closure.

And then in the final season Bruce left us. And that made me really sad because I love Bruce. He was Johnny's wing-man for everything and Bruce not being in the final season left a bit of a hole. It didn't hurt that he was good to look at either, and I missed that too.

Overall, I enjoyed my rewatch. I have to admit I've seen the first few seasons several times, it used to be a favorite of mine to watch over and over, but the later seasons I'd only seen once so that was nice to rewatch those and see how the story flowed.

The icing on the cake was having the chance to see Anthony Michael Hall this past January and getting to ask him a question related to the show. And to have him look at me directly the entire time he answered my question. That's some class from a very classy guy. And if you're curious as to what my questions was... I asked him "With all of these past shows returning, do you see The Dead Zone coming back and wrapping up the story line?", to which he answered, "I'm not sure, I know a lot of fans were upset at the cancellation and we did our best to tie up loose ends the best we could, but if given the chance it would be nice to finish the story." So with that I feel like AMH would be on board should the opportunity come, but don't quote me on that. I'll share one here, but check out my upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con Fan X post for some pics of AMH and all the other fun I had.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rewatch: The X-Files

So on a whim while looking for something to watch on Netflix, I decided I would watch the pilot of The X-Files. I hadn't seen it since it originally aired, and thought it would be fun. Well if you know me, I can never just watch the pilot of a series, so of course it turned into a rewatch of the entire series. I may have not realized at the time that the show went for nine seasons and two movies, and didn't want to look until about season four how far I still had to go. It took me a little over four months to watch the entire series, which if you think about it, is a lifetime for me! Remember back when I watched all ten seasons of Smallville in a month? Yeah I did that twice. So taking four months to watch this series was unheard of for me.

While watching I realized a few things:

The show is so very 90's. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but man the shoulder pads, winged hairstyle, and pant suits were a plenty. And it was amazing.

The story lines gradually grew better, and then didn't. The first couple seasons were a little shaky for me. I think it was mainly the cinematography and directing of the episodes, but also the acting was only ok. By the third season they had developed a solid story line and the acting was better. Even with monotone Duchovny.

Sorry no picture for this one. Just my boring words.

I didn't much care for the final two seasons of the series, mainly because it lacked Mulder. The X-Files just isn't The X-Files without Mulder. And you could tell even the show makers knew that. The stories just weren't as good. Although the Spender shocker did throw me. I will give them that.

I kind of wish that at the end of Season Five they could have thrown in a little warning saying "hey! watch the first movie now, then start Season Six".  It's all good though, luckily Season Six starts with "previously on The X-Files" so I was able to stop and watch the movie and then continue.

I think anyone who has watched The X-Files vividly remembers the inbred family episode. I was pretty excited to see that one again and see if it was as crazy as I remember. It pretty much was. I was just as disturbed, if not more this second time around.

And can we talk about the episode that was in black and white and totally weird. Like really really weird. But gave us one sweet moment at the end with Mulder and Scully. We also got a fake Cher singing Walking in Memphis.

Or the Brady Bunch house episode with Bud from Married with Children? 

The more they played the "will they, won't they" with Mulder and Scully, the more I really wanted it to happen. And then once it did, it was awkward. I don't know why, but I just felt like it took so long for it to happen that when it finally did, I was over it. I mean they make an attractive couple, but I don't know if it's the writing, or their characters, but something just didn't seem to click for me. Which is funny because it took just as long for Brennan and Booth on Bones to get together and that wasn't weird. And it's taken as long for Lisbon and Jane to get together on The Mentalist, and it's a little weird. Maybe some just work better in theory.

So there you have it. Rewatching the series really was fun, and made me see just how odd the show really was, but innovative at the same time. And guys. We got Vince Gilligan out of it. I'm also convinced that it's how we got most of the Breaking Bad cast too.

2014 Ended Like This (Belated Post)

So we're in the middle of the second month of a new year, and here I am realizing I haven't posted since September, and I wish I had a better excuse than laziness, but I don't. A lot happened since then, but also nothing happened. Things made me happy, things made me sad, things made me complacent, and things made me apprehensive. So I thought I would wrap up the final months of last year in pictures. It's really the best way.

He started the bike himself. He's a born rider

X-Files Re-watch. Forthcoming post!

Best moments are snuggling with this sleeping boy

She wasn't happy I was leaving for the night

Work retreat. Best date ever right here.

Halloween. I went for fun, wifey went for scary. See below.

A slight vacuum obsession. Could be worse.

A true act of love right here

Saying goodbye to the Paper Moon

This is typical. He strips down and destroys the house. Good
thing I love him to pieces.

Planetarium time!

Took a trip to Mars

Participated in a campaign and got a kickass shirt out of it

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SLC Comic Con Chaotic Fun 2014

The second annual Salt Lake Comic Con happened a week ago, and I'm still having withdrawals. This year was filled with so many great things, and I have so many memories to hold onto. I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, because I spent most of my time waiting in lines for photo ops and attending panels. Next year I think I will balance my time better and walk the floor more and capture all of the cosplays that catch my eye. Nevertheless I had an amazing time, saw a few really great cosplays, went to some awesome panels and met a couple really nice celebrities. For me that's a win-win.

The panels I attended were all great. Some were better than others, and one in particular won out as the best, with another in close second. My sister whom I took with me this year fell in love with a particular celebrity after attending his panel, and for me that meant the world. So below I share with you my experience at this year's comic con:

So Thursday was a crazy beginning to the con, we had to wait in line for about an hour, which honestly wasn't bad compared to those that had to wait 4 hours. So no real complaints there. My main concern was getting in before the Doctor Who panel started. And thankfully we did. So to make sure we would get a seat, we went into the Cary Elwes panel which was right before the Doctor Who panel. Turns out I'm glad we went. He was so charming, sweet and funny. He even ran lines with a disabled fan.

Next up was the Doctor Who panel, which I had been looking forward to. We had two Doctors! Colin Baker and Paul McGann. It was a fun panel, we got some behind the scenes nuggets and they were really great about the questions. Even the dumb ones. Rumors were put to rest, which made us sad, but not for long because I had a photo op with them a couple hours later, so we headed over to find the photo op area, and spy on the celebs there signing autographs. You know as you do.

The amazing photo op was not only my first one ever, but the first one of the Con as well, and both men were so nice and sweet during the photo. Colin Baker even commented on my blue hair. He totally got it! It was blue to represent the TARDIS. It made me feel good.

After the photo op we decided to walk the floor and check out the booths. There were so many more booths this year compared to last, and we had a blast walking around and checking out all the nerdy merchandise. We then went and checked out a ghost stories panel before calling it a day.

Day two consisted of us getting up early and then waiting in line for two and half hours before they opened the floor. Once in, we headed straight to the photo ops area because I had my photo with Michael Rosenbaum first thing. And damn is he adorable. He did a little dance as I walked toward him and it may have melted my heart a bit. My picture didn't turn out the greatest, because they rush you in those things, so I was still working on the smile when I heard "click". Oh well. I still have a photo with him and that's what matters.

We then walked the floor a little more, met up with my friend Doxey for a minute and then went and chilled with Gus Fring aka Giancarlo Esposito. And I have to say he was great! He would be perfect as a motivational speaker, and thankfully he's not as intimidating as his alias Gus. I really enjoyed his panel and he was great with all of the questions about Breaking Bad and Once Upon a Time.

Up next was Michael Rosenbaum's panel. And let me tell you this man was a riot! He was all over the place, never stayed up on the stage and genuinely looked like he was having a great time. We learned he loves to make people uncomfortable and converse with babies. He had no problem poking fun at himself, the fans, or his co-stars. At that time his panel was the best one I'd ever been to. I think I can speak for everyone there when I say, we had a blast.

We decided we would call it a day early this time and go home to catch up on rest before hitting day three, so we hitched a ride on the train and crashed not long after getting home.

Day three started out well, we had planned to go to two panels that were back to back, but knew they would be hard to get into, so we decided to hit up the panel before the two, and it was a win. The panel was great with Simon Helberg and he was very sweet to the fans. The panel was packed, and honestly I don't think it was really all for him. I initially hadn't planned to go, and hearing from others they ended up doing the same thing I did. Regardless, I am glad I attended his panel.

Next up was one I had been waiting for since it was announced he would be attending the Con. Stephen Amell. And man was I excited to see him. Slowly over the past couple years since Arrow has been airing, I have developed a crush on him. And for those that know me, I don't do blondes, but man he won me over. So as soon as he walked out on stage, I fangirled a little and basically watched him up on stage with swoony eyes. He was so cute and sweet to everyone (something I'm aware I've said about every celebrity so far), and even attempted to give us the "Arrow Intro" with assistance from the audience. It was a good time for all. I've included the entire panel because of amazing people recording it and uploading it to YouTube. Enjoy!

Up next was John Barrowman, obviously the one most had been waiting for. I have since been told that not even half the people that waited in line for him got in. So my strategy worked perfectly. I just had to glue my butt to a chair for two hours in order to see him. Which really wasn't all that bad. John himself was amazing in every sense of the word. His panel was by far the best one I went to, and I have never had so much fun in a panel. The man didn't sit still for a second, was full of energy, dirty jokes, great stories, and motivational moments. I loved every minute of his panel, and he won himself a new fan in my sister who had no clue who he was before that panel (Torchwood here we come!). I've included a video of him serenading us at the end of his panel. It was adorable.

And I've included a link to almost the entire panel if you'd like to go view it. I can't seem to upload it on here from YouTube. Thanks again to another amazing person that recorded it. (Click Here)

Right after Barroman(!) we changed rooms and attended Eve Myles' panel. She is adorable! She started crying when she walked out on stage. It was a modest attendance, but to her it meant the world. I teared up a bit myself for her. She was so cute, and told some great stories about Barrowman that would make anyone blush. It was a great panel for what I gathered being her first solo panel. I'm so glad I opted to check it out.

Once we finally finished all of our panels, it was time for me to head over to the photo ops area because I was getting my picture taken with two very attractive men. First up was John Barrowman who surprised me when I walked in with a hug, so my picture is of me with this super surprised cheesy grin. I was kind of upset at first, but now I'm gonna own it, and relish in the fact that he hugged me. My next photo op was with Stephen Amell, and oh my god. He is even more gorgeous up close. I was a bit intimidated as I walked up to him for my two second picture moment, but he put his arm around me, our picture turned out perfect, and I was able to freak out after the picture and out of his view. It was honestly one of the best moments of the Con, and a great way to end the day. We were so tired by that time that we didn't walk the booths like we had planned, and instead headed for the train home. I did catch me a picture of a weeping angel on the way out, and managed to finally get me a picture of my outfit for the day. So for as long as we sat in lines, we had a successful day.

Overall I had the best time, and I think it's safe to say my sister enjoyed her first Comic Con. I can't wait for next year!