The third season of the Cartoon Network hit Star Wars: The Clone Wars, started out way below light speed for me. After about three decent episodes, packed with clone training and droid blasting, the seasons momentum crashed with a few stagnant weeks of political intrigue. Two of these episodes focusing almost solely on the Mandalorians and their pacifist [Ed: Lame] ideals.
Eventually though, after an agonizing break in episodes, it started to pick up with the introduction of Savage Oppress. (Terrible name, I know. Grievous, Whorm Loathsom. Savage Oppress. See the pattern?) Savage Oppress is Count Dooku’s newest Sith apprentice, and he’s kicking all sorts of sphincter.
That was followed up then by the ‘Mortis trilogy’. Although ultimately a bit unnecessary, it kept me interested with Liam Neeson reprising his role as Qui Gon Jinn.
Now with ‘The Citadel’ episodes they have brought in the future Grand Moff Tarkin, who was portrayed in A New Hope by the legendary Peter Cushing. It is interesting to see the interactions between him and Anakin, seeing as how they will most definitely be colleagues in the near future.
Now as much as I enjoyed seeing young Boba Fett last season, and the introductions of Greedo and Tarkin this season, nothing really compares to how excited I am to see the next big return: Chewbacca. The legendary wookie is set to grace the screen once more in the two-part finale of season 3. Check out the video below to see him in action.
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So get ready for some good ole’ Chewie, Padawans and Trandoshan slavers to wrap things up on April Fools Day! I can’t wait.
It was just 2 days ago I had a conversation about had Firefly aired a couple of years later the Syfy channel might have bought it off of FOX like they did with Stargate SG-1. Then yesterday news breaks that Syfy has in fact acquired the syndication rights to the cult hit.
Upon news of the purchase Nathan Fillion was contacted by Inside TV, and he answered a few questions…
[quote] EW: What was the best part about playing the character? NATHAN FILLION: It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.
If Castle had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: “We screwed up, let’s try doing Firefly again.” Would you do it? Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.
What’s the most common thing Firefly fans say to you? No. 1, “Is there going to be more?” No. 2, “Why was it canceled?”
Why do you think the show has had such an enduring appeal? It’s a great question. We’re the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that’s what Joss has mastered.
Do you ever watch the show nowadays or is that just weird? It’s not weird. I haven’t watched it in a long, long time and I would like to revisit it. [/quote]
Syfy will air the series in its entirety, plus some new extras. They will wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts. Firefly premieres on Syfy March 6th at 8 p.m., with the two-hour pilot, followed by the first episode at 10 p.m. Following that, Firefly episodes will air every Sunday, in their original intended order and upgraded to high-definition.
Wow. So that’s all good news, and I’m thrilled that’s it on TV again, but as far as Fillion’s comments, it’s just another actor spewing fan-speak right? Well that’s the question being asked by Syfy.
After Nathan Fillion announced he’d love to step into the role of Capt. “Mal” Reynolds again, a couple of Firefly writers chimed in to say they’d also climb on board as well.
First, Jose Molina, who produces Castle, wrote 23 episodes of Dark Angel, and wrote the Firefly episodes “Trash” and “Ariel,” tweeted:
Replying to Molina, Jane Espenson, who wrote 23 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as a couple The Batman cartoons, and the “Shindig” episode of Firefly, added:
Could FOX actually be convinced to pick up the series again? It’s doubtful, but we can hope. As far as the chances of Fillion actually buying the rights to the show in order to create new episodes, a fan campaign has already started over at ‘Help Nathan Buy Firefly‘ and Facebook to try to raise the big bucks needed. Unlike the Robocop Statue, no donation center has been setup yet, but I wont be surprised if one pops up soon…
“I said stay off the crack, and I still think that’s pretty good advice, unless you can manage it socially. If you can manage it socially, then go for it, but not a lot of people can, you know?”
There you go America. That’s the star of your “#1 Show on Television”. I am in no way surprised that the star of TWO AND A HALF MEN, which I consider to be the worst scripted show on television, (though I’m sure MTV probably has something that could compete for the title) is a self promoting crack-head.
It happened on NBC, September 8th, 1966. The world was introduced Captain James T. Kirk and his starship “Enterprise”. His mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before…into the bed of a bunch of alien broads.
We all have a few shows we watch that could be deemed ‘guilty pleasures,’ because they suck. Maybe we know they suck, but we still watch because of an actor we like. Or maybe the show used to be good, has run its course, and we can’t let go. Or maybe you don’t know it sucks cause I haven’t told you yet. That’s why we’re here now.
Before we move forward there is a pop-culture term called “Jumping the Shark” which refers to an episode of Happy Days where The Fonz literally jumped a shark on water skis. The idea is that when an event so monumentally stupid occurs on a show, said show can never recover. The show may continue on for years after, but it will never be able to regain the quality of product it produced prior. It is forever tarnished. I want you to know this because it will come up…
So, continuing on my rant about TV, I have decided to compile a list of THE 10 BEST SEASONS OF TELEVISION (in my lifetime). This is not the best shows, but single seasons that rung loud and delivered a lasting effect.
These are single seasons, out of longer runs. So shows that only ran for one season (Firefly, Terriers, Freaks And Geeks) wont be included. This is more where shows hit their peaks and why… Some possible spoilers ahead.
CBS has a business model that works. Produce mindless, run of the mill, cookie cutter TV shows and dominate the ratings. The scripts are like those Mad-Lib books where you just fill in the nouns and what not.
The other sure-fire way to the heart of the American viewer is to take Has-Been, semi-celebs and make them do physical challenges, like dancing.
I fear for the worst. Despite my repeated e-mails to FX, it seems as though they may have already given up on Terriers.
During last night’s 90-minute season finale of Sons of Anarchy, which is sure to be FX’s highest-rated show of the winter, they found time for only one Terriers ad. I saw no less than seven commercials for the return of Archer, which is still more than a month away, but only one for Terriers which is on tonight.
We live in a world where the TV landscape is dominated by trite garbage like (insert CBS Show here), but there are a couple of basic cable channels fighting against the storm of mediocrity, and attempting to produce quality programming. The first of the two is AMC. With award winners like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, they’ve earned a reputation for excellence, and they have the Emmys that go along with it. Now that they’ve added The Walking Dead to the mix, they’ve cemented their batting average with Hall of Fame like numbers in quality and production value. The second channel I refer to is FX. While their constant onslaught of movies like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Little Nicky never seem to stop polluting the cable stream, they do get credit for being chance takers. That makes me want to give them some slack for their regrettable decision to put Two and a Half Men on about 1000 times a day. The fact of the matter though is, their original programming is unsurpassed.