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 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 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 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!

Supernatural To End After 15 Seasons

The CW has canceled Supernatural. It is truly the end of an era. But fans of the series will get one more season before saying goodbye to the boys forever. After fifteen years on the air, Supernatural will end on The CW after Season 15, which series star Jensen Ackles promises “will be the big, grand finale of an institution” in a farewell video. Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins came together to announce the news in an emotional video on social media today. “We just told the crew that though we’re very, very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last,” says Ackles. “We wanted you to hear from us.”

Supernatural is currently in the midst of its fourteenth season, which saw the milestone 300th episode and the long-awaited return of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Winchester patriarch, John Winchester. Season 14 will wrap up on April 25, and Season 15 will follow with 20 new final episodes. It’s honestly kind of shocking that The CW finally pulled the plug on the long-running series. CW President Mark Pedowitz has always said that Ackles and Padalecki would be the ones to decide when they were done with the show, though when we caught up with the cast for their 300th episode celebration in November, Ackles had a very quick answer when he was asked how he envisioned the show ending: “I don’t!”

Fourteen seasons in, Supernatural continues to be a potent ratings performer, ranking as the CW second most watched and highest rated among adults 18-49 series in Live+Same Day only behind The Flash.

Crafting Your Perfect Digital Entertainment Center

Movies are a wonderful thing to keep up with, as are television shows, video games, the latest excellent albums and a range of other content you might be into. They are cultural artifacts, but also mediums that can inspire us and spurn our own creativity. It might be that you adore experiencing these forms of art so much that you wish to enjoy them in the very best method you can muster. For this, you deserve no less than a perfect digital entertainment center.

Of course, it might be that you haven’t the home space arranged for such a task. Therefore, perhaps the first option you decide to utilize is that of a professional home construction and remodeling contractor, as these experts can often help you work within the constraints of your home and find that which could be considered the most effective use of your space. The moment they begin work is where the real fun begins, and in the meantime you may decide to consider what digital options you will consider to enjoy this process. With our advice, you’ll likely have no problem doing so:

The Stock

It’s important to consider what will hold your stock of collectibles. You may possess many games consoles, a range of digital devices, or need places to handily store your VR equipment. This is where the stand is important to consider. A large wooden option with many enveloped places for storage, enough surface area for a television or perhaps to store your collectible figurines can help you add some pop-culture pizzazz to the place, and it’s not hard to see how enjoyable that could be to implement. Also, consider your walls. Perhaps some framed movie posters with backlighting could help your room truly pop, and help it seem like a hall of celebration for your historical cinematic or video game interests.

A Comfy Couch

It’s hard to overstate just how important a comfortable couch is for any form of media centre. You need to feel supported, to feel like you could sleep on this implement, but also that it will support you during long sessions of viewing. Perhaps it’s also important not to choose an overly expensive material or something that could easily stain, because it’s not uncommon for media centres to be a place of true snack-eating, snack-eating as if it was an art. Finding a comfortable couch could be achieved through second hand sales, or reupholstering an old unit you haven’t gotten rid of yet. However, if purchasing new, ensure there’s enough space for you and other viewers, or potential place two side by side. The best media is only the best when it’s shared, after all.

The Television

An important screen or set of screens is important to view your content. We would recommend a color-accurate 4K model, because you can often get them quite cheaply if you shop around effectively. A curved model can be great for viewing angles, and we’d always recommend pixels per inch over just pure size, but a large model can be great. Couple that with 5.1 speakers and perhaps a cloud based server such as Plex, and before you know it you have many options for viewing around the house, or transferring movies from your home office to your entertainment centre.

With these implements, you’re sure to craft your perfect digital entertainment center.

CW’s Arrow Is Ending Next Year

It’s the end of an era as Arrow was just announced that they will be ending their run with an 8th & final shorter season that will air late in the year. The final season of the Stephen Amell starrer will consist of only 10 episodes. Arrow, the first of the network’s current roster of DC Comics dramas, will end with its previously announced eighth season. The final season of the Stephen Amell-led drama from executive producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV will consist of a reduced order of 10 episodes and air in the fall. The final season will air during the 2019-2020 broadcast calendar.

The decision to wrap the series arrives as CW president Mark Pedowitz was open about needing to make way for a possible second phase of DC Comics-inspired series on the network. The success of the comic book drama led to offshoots including The Flash, Legends payday loans on line of Tomorrow and Supergirl. (Black Lightning, while still a DC Comics drama, exists outside the so-called Arrow-verse.)

The decision came in part from none other than Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell. As he revealed in a Facebook video, he approached series showrunner Greg Berlanti towards the end of the sixth season and felt it best to move on due to his contract soon ending. Though he’d hoped the show could live without him and even tried to advocate for it, the showrunners and the network came to the mutual decision to end the show. As a result, the final season will get a limited run, with only 10 episodes instead of the normal 22.

Berlanti, who executive produces all the DC series, is teaming with showrunner Caroline Dries for a Ruby Rose-led Batwoman. The pilot is currently in production, and the project is fully expected to be picked up to series. The final season of Arrow can only increase Batwoman‘s chances to make it to air. Batwoman is considered the first comic book show to feature an openly gay leading character.

What’s To Blame For Your Netflix Neglect?

In case you haven’t noticed, Netflix is a pretty big deal nowadays. It’s more likely for a household to stream their shows than to watch live television. This streaming platform now enjoys upwards of 150 million subscribers. And, that’s a number which only looks set to rise in coming years. For most of us, a subscription isn’t even a question. Netflix has become second nature and a monthly charge which we don’t even consider.

But, when you think how a Netflix subscription adds up, it’s worth stepping back sometimes. If we’re honest with ourselves, many of us would admit to not using this platform enough to justify the cost. If that’s the case, the good news is that it’s easy enough to turn Netflix off at short notice and pick up your subscription again later.

Of course, that does mean leaving yourself a little out of the loop. The latest Netflix shows do, after all, cause quite the stir and become everyday conversation starters.If you’re worried that you’re wasting money but don’t want to quit altogether, then, you aren’t alone. In truth, many of us neglect our Netflix subscriptions. To help you overcome this problem, we’re going to look at a few of the reasons why you’re falling foul, and what you can do about them.

You’re spending more than you’re watching

Spending more than you’re watching is, by far, the most common Netflix problem. When you first sign up to stream, you may find that there are endless shows you want to get to. But, you’re now at the stage where you probably only stream one or two things a month. If this is the case, it can soon start to feel like you’re paying more than your subscription is worth. This is especially the case when platforms like Amazon offer one-off watching experiences. To get around this, it’s worth working out how much you would need to watch to justify the monthly cost. You don’t need to be exact with this. Still, comparing the value of films or series you watch to prices elsewhere could help you out. The chances are that, even if you think you’re paying over the odds, you’re still saving money with Netflix. That’s because even a box set elsewhere would probably cost more than that subscription fee. When you break things down, you may find that even watching one or two things is worth your while. If you’ve gone a few months without watching anything, you might just need to work to get into the habit. At the very worst, you could pause your subscription until something interesting comes around.

Your internet isn’t up to streaming

There’s nothing more irritating than a buffer symbol on the screen every few seconds. The chances are that this alone stops you from using Netflix as much as you might like. You can’t exactly get into those shows when the action stops every few seconds, can you? The good news is that the buffering circle of doom is usually a sign that your internet isn’t up to streaming. That’s an easy enough issue to fix. All you would need to do is turn to alternatives from companies like Optimum, who offer higher speeds than other internet providers, and get the Netflix seal of approval. This could mean forking out a little extra upfront, but that cost still saves you wasting the money you’re already spending. The moment you take care of this, after all, you can start watching any show you fancy without any buffering in sight. This doesn’t just benefit your Netflix binges, either. Faster internet can help every aspect of your online life, so what are you waiting for?

Your recommendations never appeal

Most of us choose our next shows based off the recommendations Netflix offers. These are supposedly tailored to our tastes to ensure we can always find something else to watch. The trouble is, many people find that their recommendations never appeal. In that case, you’re more liable to switch Netflix off and not look at it again for months. In reality, though, you have more control over your recommendations than you might realize. By rating shows and tailoring your preferences, you pretty much guarantee that Netflix always selects winners. Fail to do these simple things, and you’re never going to get the most for your money. You certainly won’t be able to find shows you love without searching through the back catalog. But, the moment you tell Netflix what you do and don’t like, you could start to find winning watches without any work on your part.

You spend too long listening to Netflix hype

As we mentioned at the start of this post, Netflix shows are now a pretty common conversation go-to. Some options, like Stranger Things, get all the hype. We hear such good things about shows like these that we all head home and start watching. But, as you can guess, these options aren’t going to be to everyone’s tastes. If you only ever take the time to try those hyped shows, then, it’s no wonder that you’re struggling to make the most of Netflix. Admittedly, the hype will sometimes hit the spot for you. More often than not, though, you should block it out and trust your gut. If a show doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, it probably won’t be. Instead of wasting time and money watching, turn to those tailored recommendations from the pointer above.

Netflix and other streaming platforms like it can be a fantastic way to tailor your watching experience. They can also become a wasteful drain on your resources if you aren’t careful. For the most part, taking steps like those above is the best way to get the most for your money. If you’re still finding that Netflix doesn’t suit, though, it might be time to call it quits and try one of the many other options out there. They do say, after all, that variety is the spice of life.

RIP Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale. He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement. The family has not provided additional details at this time.

Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported. In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”. Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances. Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element. His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father and had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal MindsLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitThe Simpsons, and Will & Grace.

A TV Show I’d Love To See Get Made

Write about a TV show or documentary you’d love to see get made.

It’s no secret that I love Star Trek. You just have to look at my posts here, on Facebook etc to know that I love this franchise and wish that I was living in a futuristic era based on Star Trek and beyond. I want more Star Trek in my life. I know that Discovery is on but the fanbase is divided on the show.

We have a new Jean-Luc Picard show coming up and maybe a Section 31 show as well from the franchise. While the Picard show is something that I am looking forward to but I want more. What I really want is a show set much out more in the future. The reason is we can do a lot more in terms of special effects and making the technology of the show’s timeline look a lot of fantastical since the early 2000s. Hence, we should forget about the 24th century era where Nemesis ended and move on to 100 years past it or more.

Bring in a new cast and crew and create new ideas and show more exciting things that are rooted in scientific possibilities. Get some good science fiction writers & actual scientists to boost the future tech and otherworldly science credibility and get some good stories out there. Explore what we can see and beyond. I want a show in the vein of The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine. And give the show’s producers more money.

What A Trek!

In 1986-87 there was a payday loan shop short lived sitcom called What A Country which was a Mind Your Language ripoff. But the show had a Star Trek connection as the cast included former tennis player Vijay Amitraj who had a cameo in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) as a starship captain Joel Randolph, the late George Murdock who was “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and as Admiral Hanson in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Best of Both Worlds (as well as a recurring character Dr. Salik in Battlestar Galactica) and Ada Maris who played Captain Erika Hernandez in Star Trek Enterprise.

RIP Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano, who appeared in HUNDREDS of TV shows and movies and was most known for his recurring role as Jacob Carter/Selmak on the long running sci-fi show Stargate SG-1 during his 50-years in showbiz, dies aged 75. Representatives have not yet revealed Argenziano’s cause of death. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Argenziano appeared in many TV series during his five-decade career, including stints on hit shows Columbo, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Melrose Place, House, and CSI: NY. He played General Jacob Carter get a house loan with bad credit on Stargate SG-1 from 1998 to 2005. He also had a lengthy movie career, appearing in films including the Godfather II, where he played Michael’s second buttonman, as well as Broken Arrow, Gone in 60 Seconds, Angels & loans in Demons and Stand and Deliver.  Overall, Argenziano had more than 220 credits in TV shows and movies.

Argenziano was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Sharpsville, the son of parents of Italian descent, Elizabeth Stella (née Falvo) and Joseph Guy Argenziano, who was a restaurateur. He has three children: two sons and a step-daughter.