Deep Space Nine Leaves Me Shattered…Again!

That’s it. Just finished watching the series finale of Star Trek Deep Space Nine and I am a crying, emotional mess. Why did it have to end that way? Now I can’t go to work my evening shift.

Me: Boss, I can’t come in to work today.

Boss : Why such short notice?

Me : It’s not my fault. The war is over, the battle is won and the treaty is signed. But Worf is going away to be the Federation ambassador to the Klingons and joins Martok, Miles is off to earth to teach at the academy, and has taken Keiko, Molly & Yoshi with him, Odo has joined the great link and it looks like it was a final goodbye between him and Kira and that is just heart breaking and then….SIsko is with those stupid wormhole aliens who now want him there for who know how long, leaving a pregnant Cassidy and his son Jake behind in DS9. Rom already left for Ferenginar. And yeah Ezri & Julian have become a couple and the station is in good hands with Kira but to see Jake & Kira stare out from the station looking at the stars and wondering if we will ever see Odo & Benjamin again and then the sad version of the theme music plays and I….I….I….I…???

Boss: Ok. These are friends of yours? Or family?

Me: ???

Boss: Ok leave granted!

The Worst Alien Soldiers Ever

So V is one of the biggest tv shows of my pre-teen years and continuing on to my teenage years, I rewatched that many, many times on VHS tapes that we recorded onto when it was shown on tv. For many years from the age of 17 till my mid 30s I didn’t watch the show – that’s a long, long time! Then with the help of the internet I downloaded bootleg versions of the two mini-series and the single season of the regular tv series and I have watched it twice before my current rewatching of the show. That started on Sunday with the original mini-series and yesterday I was watching the 3 part The Final Battle.

What has always struck me as funny is, as much as they have such snazzy uniforms with that dark red outfit made even more awesome with the black sleeveless leather jacket, the Visitor troopers have got to be the most useless kind of soldiers in all of science fiction! I mean the Storm Troopers in Star Wars come to mind as do the enemy Jaffa soldiers of the evil Go’auld from Stargate SG-1 but these guys have got to take the undisputed number 1 spot.

They almost never hit their target, unless the plot wants them to ofcourse, and they are so easy to kill! A squad of visitor troopers will hit the wall, the door, the building 3 blocks away when the humans they are chasing are just 10 feet in front of them. Yet when the human resistance members shoot in any direction, down goes the soldiers. A grenade thrown in one direction will kill many soldiers several feet away. What’s more, when you shoot a visitor, he does this amazing gymnastic routine and somersaults from a height onto the floor – and in my mind, I keep seeing Olympic judges holding up a 10! Haha, just so funny! Still, I love this show.

Netflix Addicts: Here’s Why You’re In Love With TV

Netflix has become a force of nature in recent years, with the era of the subscription going from magazines and pink boxes to television series and movies that we now can’t live without. The list of TV series we each have backed up on our Netflix watchlists is insane, and the local stores are stocked with those TV series’ immortalised on DVD. There have been huge leaps and bounds in television series’, with plenty of development going on. We’ve gone from advert-ridden TV episodes following storylines of comedic duos, to fully immersive experiences that get the watcher going when they’re in front of the screen.  It’s like the TV world is experiencing a third Golden Age, and we are LOVING it.

We have coined the phrase “Netflix and chill” and we make a point of settling in front of Netflix with a pizza at least once a week. We broke through the TV monotony with the quality of the programs that are released in quick succession and we are falling in love with more shows than ever. But why? What is it about Netflix and similar TV subscriptions that have us on the edge of our seats? It’s all about that immersive experience, so let’s talk about that!

We are living in an age of experience. We want more from everything; developing virtual reality and combining our TV and gaming experiences with artificial intelligence. Experience is doing more than information is right now, which is why we are a generation of watchers. Bloggers get fewer views than vloggers. Companies with videos on their websites are doing better than those who don’t. So, it makes sense that we want a more immersive and all-encompassing experience!

We want to dive in and feel the show and the characters every emotion. It’s why immersive theatre is on the rise, and it’s filtered down to our TV viewing pleasure. Immersive theatre is where the audience becomes part of the performance, where the sets are elaborate, and the costumes by Akua Murray Adoboe are exciting and captivating. The result of all of this has filtered to horror movies and TV series like Game of Thrones that bring us all in and make us fall in love, cry, feel the fear – it’s all a part of the experience. Here are some of the reasons we crave more experiences in our TV shows:

Escape

We jump out of our extended hours at work and straight into our Netflix TV list. We put everything else out of the room, and we watch our characters like they’re our best friends and worst enemies, and we do it with our hands clasping our cheeks. The way that we press ourselves into the TV shows that we love pulls us out of our everyday lives and into something entirely different.

Imagination

When you watch some films, you can immediately appreciate the technology and level of detail that has gone into it. Think about the way we respond to Game of Thrones or Stranger Things: we question everything, we enjoy the thrill of exploring a world that has been created entirely with CGI. It gives us the chance to imagine the experience of the actors who had to pretend they flew dragons and slew aliens – but really they were looking at a green screen and an orange on a stick! You can transport yourself to another world with the click of a button

Excitement

More than anything else, we seek excitement, and we want to feel something deep inside. Our love of being overstimulated filters down through every avenue in life, and we want to feel confused, scared, overjoyed. We even want to sob hard with a good weepy to reach the emotions usually numbed down by work!

So, Why Do We Love TV So Much?

Well, there are a lot of answers to this question more than the reasons we love an immersive experience. TV is something so different from what we had in front of us for years, and today, the leading TV shows that really make us binge watch are those that are aimed at a very small target audience. It used to be that TV show writers would write their shows to appeal to a broad audience – well, everyone – but now it’s not the case. Game of Thrones isn’t for everyone (those who don’t like it are wrong), but it’s not written for everyone, which is why it’s so popular! We enjoy the quality and the picture that we get on the wider screen TVs that we buy.

As well as all this, we all love that TV series is now on par with the movies that come out every week. They’re as deep, as exciting and as gripping as the blockbusters, and the number of viewers that TV series now get is proof of how much people fall in love with the experience that TV now offers. We mentioned earlier that this could be a third Golden Age of TV, and here were the first two:

  • 1940 – 1955: I Love Lucy & Perry Mason dominated our TV screens and made us all fall in love with cheeky, comedic characters.
  • 1990-2000: We love the 90s, and the series like NYPD Blue, Moonlighting, and Northern Exposure all dominated the screens.
  • Now: Now? Now we have Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The West Wing and we are loving.

The 1970s have always been cited as a low point in TV history, and it’s the shows of the Golden Ages that we remember the most. You may not be addicted to the blue-screen technology pushed out by your TV screen, but you would be addicted to the qualities of the shows that you see and fall for. Rustle up the popcorn and order in; TV shows are getting better and better.

Malayalam Reality Song Contests

I’ve never been much for Malayalam music & songs for the most part. Throughout my years I’ve liked and loved quite a few songs but I am a rock guy and from my childhood the songs that have stayed with me are mostly not Indian/Malayalam.

While I am not that big on the talent based reality shows that are made around the world I do find the odd one or two that I really like. The Malayalam ones – here’s the problem: It’s like a singing school. There’s not much room or actually none really for improvisation, for singing your own version, making the song your own. If you change even a note while singing, the judges then decend upon you and it become a “class” led by a teacher. They want it note for note and will not adjust for changes. That’s not what music is about for me.

Music is about creativity and emotion. It’s about individuality and the best singers & musicians can take a great song and put their stamp on it, make it their own but yet pay respects to the original singers & musicians. That is usually what draws people to songs or atleast me and others who like the music that I like. There seems to be no room for that here in these contests and therefore, I have no time for them.

Have Mercy!

Having bitten the bullet and now continuing with Netflix, despite earlier not wanting tp pay Rs.500 every month for subscribing to them, I am kinda watching Netflix every day now. It’s so easy to get into it.

I always pick a sitcom to watch after I get back from work on the regular days when I work either a 6:30 to 3:30 am or a 7:30 to 4:30 am. I find it a great way to unwind and relax and finally go to sleep with a smile on my face. So it was Frasier, Corner Gas, Friends and Seinfeld that I would turn too. This past few days it has been Full House.

Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles the events of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D.J., middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes. I used to watch this on reruns back in the early to mid 90s but only once in it’s tv run. I hadn’t seen anything from Full House since 2006. And yet I find myself oddly giddy with glee when the time comes for me to play a couple of episode from this fun show. It’s cheesy and corny and probably meant for kids (not really) but it’s innocent fun with a lot of “aww” moments, especially with Stephanie & Michelle, and it’s a payday loans on line big nostalgic ride.

Netflix Binging

Netflix is not good for me man! It’s so fucking addictive that I feel exactly like a junkie now. It’s so easy when you have a complete show uploaded on there and you can stream it so easily and just chill out on your couch, or as in my case, the bed and watch episode after episode.

Now it wouldn’t be the same for a show that I have already seen once or more than once. Since I already know what happens I would not have the same urge, no matter how much I love the show. But when it is a new show or a show / season that I have never seen before and I like it, then I want to watch the whole thing as quickly as I can. When it is a serial type show in which each episode just continues from where the previous one left off and it has a mystery or “who dun it” style storyline, fuck I just want to binge watch it and stay in bed until I finish it.

That is not good for me or anyone. I need to be careful or I will just let the day or days go by. I understand that this is appeal of Netflix but still I need some space. I just binged watched an 8 episode show, 4 episodes last night at 1:30am and then 4 today. Yikes! I need to go to work and back to the land of the living.

What Are Your TV Habits?

What Are Your TV Habits?

I do not watch tv in the traditional sense anyway. No channels or cable tv. And that has been the case since 2010. Cable tv in general has been a big letdown for a long time. Plus with the way it is now, you really have to hunt for your favourite shows and which channels they are on now. I also didn’t watch anything on a tv for a long time and only bought my own tv back in October end of last year. I used to watch everything on my laptop.

So, now I loans in have HotStar an app from Star Tv which lets you stream sports, movies and tv shows. No ads in between the show. I have Amazon Prime, for the past two years. I have also taken Netflix on occasion plus a couple of services that I get free for a while as part of the offer / deal when I bought my tv. Which I only watch intermittently. For most of the rest of my movies and tv shows I am dependent on torrents and my dvds. The newest realeses are through torrent unless I can find it on a streaming service but usually I do not get it. Then it’s dvd.

On a day that I am off from work I usually end up watching 1-3 movies unless there are good football matches live on tv for which I use HotStar. And I try to catch up on my tv shows as much as I can.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Extinction (2018)

Extinction is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Ben Young and written by Spenser Cohen and Brad Kane. The film is about a father who has a recurring dream/vision about the loss of his family while witnessing a force bent on destruction. The film stars Lizzy Caplan, Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lilly Aspell, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, and Lex Shrapnel. It was released on Netflix on July 27, 2018.

Peter, an engineer working in a large factory, is suffering from nightmares and visions of an alien invasion in which he sees a lot of people being gunned down on the streets as several small spaceships descend upon the city. His work life and family life is being affected so on the suggestion of his wife, Alice, he visits a hospital for psychiatric help. However while waiting a fellow visitor tells him of very similar visions, which makes Peter leave before he can see a doctor. Later after a dinner party at their swanky apartment, Peter sees the same ships descending and then the attack begins.

Alien soldiers, from the ships, in black rubber suits with green glowing patches and blackened out full face helmets start attacking the people on the street killing several. The soldiers start storming the buildings in search of people. Peter & Alice  manage to barricade their apartment after telling their two young daughters to stay in the room. A soldier barges in and is about to shoot Peter when their youngest daughter distracts the soldier enough for Peter & Alice to get the upper hand. The family of four escape down the stairs and head to the underground tunnel and decide to go to Peter’s factory which is where he seems himself in the dreams. Alice though is injured by a blast and the solder catches up to them. Peter fights him off but to his shock, the soldier removes his helmet and appears human. Peter forces the soldier to carry Alice to the factory. There, his boss, David, explains that the invasion has been expected for many years.

A medic examines Alice but informs Peter that he cannot save her. As David’s men drag the invading soldier off to execute him, he yells to Peter that he can save Alice. Peter agrees to stay with the soldier to save Alice; David will evacuate their children to a subway station where a transport train awaits to take them all to an offsite base. The soldier surprises Peter by revealing that Alice is a synthetic (AI). To save Alice, she needs an alternate source of power: Peter himself. At the soldier’s guidance, Peter cuts open his own chest with a pocket knife, confirming that he is also a synthetic. The soldier connects a cable between the two androids and Peter passes out, experiencing in detail what he had thought were visions of the future but are actually memories of a past war. Fearing that android workers (synthetics) might rise up against humans, the military attack unarmed synthetics. The synthetics fight back and eventually drive all humans off the planet.

To deal with the guilt of what they have done and prevent themselves from living in fear of a reprisal from humans, the synthetics have wiped their memories and lived as humans, unaware of their nature or history. Peter wakes up and the soldier, Miles, explains that humans have been living on Mars for 50 years. He had expected the synths to be monsters, not families with children. Peter and Alice part amicably with Miles to find their daughters as humans breach the roof of the factory. As they all depart on the train, David explains that he and a handful of other synthetics kept their memories to stay prepared for the inevitable return of the humans. Peter suggests that some day there could be peace between humans and synthetics.

The storyline reminded me a lot of Skyline and the reboot tv series Battlestar Galactica. It is at best a B movie get a house loan with bad credit and not that entertaining or memorable. At best it can rival the best of SyFy films and it has similar production values. A 6.5 outta 10!