Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Suddenly Megan Fox seems really bright.

Update: Shia Lebeouf is officially a douche bag. How is it really relevant if he hooked up with Megan Fox on the set of Transformers? Who was it who said “A gentlemen never kisses and tells”? Well anyway. Shia LeDouche it is.

I’ve seen a few clips from Michael Bay’s Latest “Transformers: “Dark of the Moon” featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Whiteley replaces former female lead Megan Fox as a newly introduced character, “Carly”.

Maybe Megan Fox was impossible to work with but Whiteley was so stiff and vacant in her scenes it was difficult to watch. Rosie’s an underwear model. I’ not talking about Hanes Her Way here people. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a Victoria’s Secret model. Middle aged men do bad things while looking at Victoria’s Secret catalogs. Gross.

Anyway, do you remember that scene in the first Transformers movie where Megan Fox props open the hood of the yellow Camero? Of course you do. All of America pretty much decided that Megan Fox was the hottest thing on the planet right then and there and all she exposed was her midriff. So okay, in the time since that scene first hit the big screen we’ve all begun to have some serious doubts about Megan’s sanity but that’s really beside the point.

Wait. I think I was going somewhere with this but I seem to have been derailed by some lingerie models. Oh I remember. Michael bay replaced Megan Fox with a girl who probably spends the majority of her work day wearing little more than a lacy thong. Yet somehow he still managed to come up empty. Maybe there’s more to the blockbuster formula than finding a random “hot chick”. You can’t put someone who is about as articulate as beef jerky in a film and expect her ass, no matter how firm and round said posterior may be, to carry the film.

I’m not suggesting that Megan Fox was a particularly great actor but she did manage to bring a shred of credibly to the role of Mikaela Banes. Fox delivered a certain complexity to that character; brooding with an inner darkness and not at self obsessed with her own physical appearance (despite the attention of the cool boys in her school).   Considering the movie in question that wasn’t a bad piece of work. Besides, you only get to do “nerdy kid gets the girl” once with a given set of characters. You can’t continue to portray Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) as being clueless about women.

On a side note Michael bay must have a serious obsession with Linkin Park as the band makes their third soundtrack contribution to the Transformers franchise. Considering how terrible their past two studio albums have been, maybe they should be thankful for the work.

Terra Nova – New sci-fi series on FOX this fall

Update: Shia Lebeouf is officially a douche bag. How is it really relevant if he hooked up with Megan Fox on the set of Transformers? Who was it who said “A gentlemen never kisses and tells”? Well anyway. Shia LeDouche it is.

Terra Nova looks to be one of the most interesting new titles slated for fall premier. In order To save mankind people are transported millions of years into the past. Some people are already saying this could be the new “LOST”.  As long as the visual effects are good and the characters are compelling, Terra Nova could be HUGE.

Here’s a summary from Wikipedia because this honestly took me completely by surprise and I don’t have much more to tell you about it.

The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a portal allowing travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs.

As much as I criticize FOX for pulling the plug on some of my favorite shows I really have to give them credit for taking chances on some really risky concepts. Think about some of the sci-fi series which FOX took a chance on. Some worked out while others … not so much.

  • The X-files
  • Fringe
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Firefly
  • DollHouse
  • Earth 2
  • Space: Above and beyond

As far as Terra Nova goes, if it has  temporal doorways and dinosaurs,   I’m already looking forward to it.

“Red Faction Origins” A SyFy original Movie

Now that Stargate Universe is over and there aren’t many other science fiction programs to watch, maybe I’ll actually have to watch some of those SyFy Channel original movies.

The latest, titled “Red Faction: Origins” actually looks interesting. The movie is a tie-in to the popular Red Faction video game series by THQ and coincidentally debuts on the same day as the latest chapter in the game franchise “Red Faction: Armageddon”.

The film stars Brian J Smith from Stargate Universe, Kate Vernon from Battlestar Galactica, and Robert Patrick who you may remember as the T 1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day … and the last two regrettable seasons of the X-Files.

Many of the Syfy original movies are so campy as to be laughable. Do you remember mega python versus Gatoroid? (yes, I know I’ve mentioned that one before.) Given that it starred Deborah Gibson and Tiffany, two pop singers from the 80’s, you almost had to assume it would be a comedy. Red faction looks to be a much more sincere effort but then again it is Syfy so you just never really know.Maybe the new Battle Star Galactica series “Blood and Chrome” will actually bear some resemblance to the BSG that we all knew and loved; not another “Caprica”. I’m going to use Red Faction as an  barometer for the future direction of Syfy original programming. If this movie is any good  then maybe there is still hope for new programs in development or production.

In the meantime be sure to check out the Red Faction: Origins site over at Syfy dot com. The movie as well as the next chapter in the video game franchise both are scheduled to be released on June 7.

Stargate Universe the Final Episode

I can hardly believe SGU is ending. This is the final episode chronicling the journey aboard the ancient starship known as ‘Destiny’ by the survivors of Icarus base.

I remember the beginning of the series when Eli Wallace was recruited to solve the “9th cheveron” problem because of a challenge he overcame in a videogame. It as like a little nod to The Last Starfigher. I knew immediately that I was going to enjoy SGU.

It’s been two very interesting seasons although it seems more like three due to the extended mid season breaks. The series actually spans three years 2009 – 2011. While SGU was never on par with Battlestar Galactica, this was by far the best of the Stargate television series. I know people who were rabid fans of SG-1, but both it and Stargate: Atlantis both seemed kind of campy to me. The interjection of Ben Browder and Claudia black only seemed like a desperate attempt to interest some Farscape fans in the Stargate franchise.

SGU gave us memorable characters like Eli and Dr. Rush. We also saw some very interesting interpersonal conflicts along the way. Rarely “space opera” been as dramatic as the moment when Col. Young stranded Dr. rush on the desolate alien world at the end of season one. Some characters died while others, like Sgt. Greer and the former Lucian Alliance soldier Varro, found a whole new life. In the end I would say that where SGU has been most successful is character development. There were very few flat, two dimensional characters aboard the destiny. It’s been said that “we like people because of their virtues but we love them for their flaws”. The crew of the Destiny has certainly been an example of both human virtue and fallibility.

Goodbye SGU. I’ll miss you. Say Hello to Starbuck for me.

Update: I noticed another blog that mentioned SGU while looking over the WordPress.com homepage.:

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/may-12-2011-stargate-universe-beyond-season-2-what-might-have-been/

“The Day We Died” Fringe 3.22

Season 3, Episode 22: “The Day We Died”. In the the season three finale, Peter has activated the ancient machine. we see now a vision of the world ravaged by temporal rifts fifteen years in the future. The alternate universe has been completely destroyed but our own universe is rapidly decaying. Massive vortexes have opened and Fringe Division struggles to seal them with amber. Peter is a fringe agent (no longer a consultant to the FBI).

Most of the Fringe team is where you might expect them to be in the future:

  • Olivia is the director of Fringe Division.
  • Peter and olivia are married.
  • Olivia’s niece is fringe agent.
  • Broyles is now a US Senator.
  • Walter is sent to prison for crimes against the universe.
  • Astrid will get a new hairstyle, trading cute and curly for sleek and sexy.

Walternate, traveled to our universe on a mission of mercy to save his people only to be trapped here when his home universe is ultimately destroyed. He is secretly working with a terrorist group using devices to trigger vortexes in locations known to be “soft spots”.

Walternate leaves a clue for Peter during the fringe investigation of Moreaux, the scientist turned terrorist. Peter confronts Walternate who threatens to take from him “someone that her loves”. Walternate then proceeds to shoots Olivia.

in the wake of Olivia’s death Walter realizes that it was he who buried the ancient machine. Using a vortex which passes not only through space but also through time. Walter is able to bury the machine in pre-history. He tells peter that everything can be different, he only has to make a different choice.

The Present:
Peter regains consciousness in the machine and realizes Walter’s warning from the future. He then uses the machine to connect the two universes. Our Fringe team now comes face to face with their alternate universe doppelgangers.

Peter attempts to explain what he has learned as the two Fringe teams begin to accuse one another of destroying the universe but then suddenly… Peter blinks out of existence. The observers um .. observe that nobody remembers Peter Bishop. After all, Peter never really existed.

I’ll see you for Season Four.