Sunday, June 19, 2011

Falling Skies Premier Season 1 Episodes 1 and 2 Live and Learn/The Armory

i'd already marked it on my calendar, but in the days preceding it's premier, i received an invitation from the social network aggregate KLOUT, to watch TNT's Falling Skies. Very glad i followed through with my plan to check it out.

Unlike the frustration that was ABC's FlashForward, TNT's Steven Spielberg produced Falling Skies does not disappoint. Great scripts, special effects, and characters. One stand-out is Will Patton as Capt.Weaver [sci-fi fans will remember him from Costner's The Postman].

A little backstory: the earth has been invaded by E.T.s but they are not cute & cuddly glowing index finger types. They are Skitters. Tough, agile, arachnid-like and as large as an SUV. The Skitters manufactured Mechs [as in mechanisms] to act as their soldiers. Metal behemoths, Mechs make the Skitters look tiny by comparison. The Skitters are also equipped with hybrid bio-robotic parasites that look like scorpions on steroids and feed on human spinal fluid.

The story kicks off 6 months after the alien invasion and the human resistance fighters are trying to survive and reclaim the planet. To that end there are 3 key questions about the Skitters that must be addressed---Why are they here? What do they want? Can they be stopped?

The primary setting is Massachusetts, but the opening scenes with the children reminded me very much of what was happening in NYC with grade school kids in the days following 9/11. There's a feeling of even if the little ones can't fully comprehend what has happened---they know that life as they knew it has changed and will never be the same.

The resistance fighter's underground lodgings have a Battlestar Galactica feel to them which for me is a good thing.

The premier had a 2hr running time. Justified's show runner Graham Yost's fingerprints were all over Falling Skies 2nd hr [and yes that's a good thing].

There were many noteworthy lines but two of my favs were "If they're wolves we gotta be porcupines" in reference to humans defending themselves from mechs and "Any of you a board certified micro surgeon?" asked by anti-hero [and my fav character] John Pope in need of medical attention for his brother. Pope [played by Colin Cunningham] has kidnapped good guy Tom Mason [played by Noah Wyle] and his rag-tag squad who've stumbled upon Pope's hideout. Not your garden variety thug, Pope is literate, a naturally good hunter of skitters, a good strategist, and he's funny.

My fav scenes are widower Tom [his wife was killed in the initial attack] talking with the eldest of his 3 sons about strategy as he's giving him an ammo clip. The son teases his dad about things he was restricted from doing before the invasion and wryly remarks "things change". As he turns to leave his dad says "some things don't" and the son walks back to give his dad a hug. Enjoyed all the scenes with Tom and his youngest son as he tries to maintain some normalcy in his life in the midst of chaos. Tom's middle child has been enslaved by the mechs.

As i was watching the show i met some new tweeps on Twitter s/o to @2ndmass @ScienceFiction @Redone68 @FallingSkiesTNT @tntweknowdrama.

This show is so entertaining i think even those who would not think of themselves as liking sci-fi will find much to get hooked on here. Premier night ratings back me up---Falling Skies drew more than 5.9 million viewers and now ranks as cable's #1 new series launch of 2011-to-date.

Falling Skies airs Sundays at 10:00pm with repeat airings at Midnight on TNT. Please check your local listings.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Gaga Awarded 2011 CFDA Fashion Icon Of The Year

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Gaga 2011 CFDA Fashion Icon Of The Year Photo by WireImage

Council Of Fashion Designers Of America Fashion Icon Award
"Awarded to an individual whose signature style has had a profound influence on fashion."

On Monday June 6th 2011 the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America held their 10th annual awards event. The venue was NYC's Lincoln Center. Many fashion luminaries were in attendance, the highlight of the evening being the Fashion Icon Of The Year Award presented to Lady Gaga.

About the CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 370 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities.

The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

HBO ~ TrueBlood Season 4 Episode 1 She's Not There

HBO's TrueBlood seasons 1,2, and 3 had telepaths, vampires, shapeshifters, fire & brimstone zealots, demons, werewolves, shamans, fairies---and now season 4 brings us necromancing witches---oh my!

It's been several months since we've seen the denizens of Bon Temps Louisiana, so to get everyone up to speed HBO will air True Blood: Digging Up Season 3, a recap of True Blood's third season. The recap will initially air on Tuesday June 7th at 8:30pm with repeat airings leading to the TrueBlood Season 4 premiere on Sunday June 26th at 9:00pm. Please check your local listings.

HBO Recap of TrueBlood's Third Season: Digging Up Season 3

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Thanks to TrueBloodSource on YouTube for HBOGO TrueBlood Season 4 Teaser

Saturday, June 04, 2011

FX' Wilfred

i first heard about FX' Wilfred 5 months ago. At last it's debut month is here. How could i not want to see this show? It has Elijah Wood, absurd adult humor, an Aussie, and dogs. Originally produced in Australia, Wilfred is about a suicidal man [Ryan] who perceives his neighbor's dog as a human. Well a human in a dog suit.

Think Harvey, only instead of a 6'tall talking rabbit the main character imagines he's interacting with a 6'tall talking dog. A beer guzzling, pot smoking, common sense advice giving, mischievious, incorrigible, lecherous dog.

Co-executive producer Jason Gann reprises his role as Wilfred the dog. The show has been tweaked for an American audience but hasn't lost it's edge. And if you think for 1 minute that you are not going to love Wilfred, then as Ryan's sister Kristen advises "you've just got to change the way you're seeing things".

Wilfred premieres Thursday June 23rd at 10:00pm on FX. Please check your local listings.