Review and Commentary: SpikeTV’s Blade: House of Cthon

I was always a fan of the Blade movies. I even had the musical score. So when I heard that good old SpikeTV was running a new series about the vampire killer – one that was made by one of the guys largely responsible for the movies to boot – I had big hopes.

I’d like to think that I’m not one of those genre geeks who gets overly sentimental about TV shows and that I can be pretty objective. Even if I think a show will absolutely stink, I will quickly admit it if I’m wrong. Well, despite having everything going for it, the tv series of Blade was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t awful, but it was definitely weak.

First, most of the acting was pretty uninspired. This, combined with the mediocre special effects and stunt work gave it a really B-movie feel. Kirk Jones just wasn’t right playing Blade. Jill Wagner was supposed to be the major babe of the series as Krista Star. But her delivery was so flat that she’s doing car commercials now. Speaking of flat, her greatest asset was whatever they were using to simulate major boobage beneath her wardrobe. Nice job. Except for the scenes where she wore stuff too slinky for the “augmentation” to work. And yes, I noticed! I’m a guy. Come on. Still, they were nice to gawk at. Note that, according to Wikipedia, the production team had tried to get Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel on the show but couldn’t, so the money for the show was scaled back from their original plans. This could explain some of the shows problems.

Blade’s partner, Chen (Nelson Lee) was probably the best actor of the cast. Totally believable. Neil Jackson was good as Marcus Van Sciver. So was Jessica Gower as the blond and bejugged Chase. Some will disagree on the last two, but they were basically playing over-the-top vampires, so you really have to grade them on a curve.

On the plus side, SpikeTV’s censors are more relaxed than most other network’s. If you’re a free speech nut like me, that’s a good thing. Or even if you just like gritty realism in your entertainment.

At any rate, this first DVD only has the pilot. You’ll probably want to wait for the whole series to come out … unless you can’t wait to stare at Gower’s and Wagner’s hotness. But you’ll get more of that when the whole series comes out, which most likely will include the pilot as well. Still, if you can’t wait, here’s the link.

-the Atheist Geek-

Review and Commentary: Pilot Episode of “Bionic Woman”

Despite our impending marriage (still waiting to hear back from Michelle Ryan as noted in the bottom left of my old web site) I have to mark the pilot for Bionic Woman as good, but not super. I still think the show has a lot of potential and that further episodes will make me totally subservient to Michelle’s talent as well as her hotness. The thing is that Bionic Woman’s first episode was a little slow as many TV pilots tend to be. I also had a little trouble swallowing the idea that she was made bionic just ’cause her boyfriend wanted to give her implants to save her life. (Most guys think about doing this to their girlfriends, but for different reasons) I get the feeling that Bionic Woman would have been better served by a two hour premier that would have let them go nuts instead of just the one hour deal they gave us. But, you take what you can get.

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Review and Commentary: Reaper

The cast of NBC's Reaper

Thanks to my local affiliates, who refuse to allow Dish Network or DirecTV to broadcast most network channels in my area, I was forced to view CW’s “Reaper” on someone else’s TV. (Dirty rotten %@&#$!!!) If you want to know what Reaper is all about, try to imagine a cross between Chuck on NBC and Fox’s Brimstone. Now imagine something that’s a good deal funnier than Chuck and better made than Brimstone with perhaps a touch of Employee of the Month thrown in for good measure. There, now you’re starting to get the right idea.

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TV Review: Battlestar Galactica Razor

It was shows like Battlestar Galactica that taught me how much of a let down Star Trek really was. Farscape, Firefly, Galactica … all of them made Star Trek feel like it was standing still. I still like Star Trek, but when compared to these other creations, it feels light weight. Of them all, only Battlestar Galactica survives. After a disappointing third season of Galactica (for me, at least) I was starting to worry. Then BSG “Razor” rears its ugly head and I’m all smiles again.

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