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As usual it is my fault. Normally I like to thank my guest bloggers right after their post goes live. That of course is Sunday. I also like to include a black and white image of my guests so you can see the author in the flesh, so to speak. I neglected to ask Saber early enough for a photo so the thank you was delayed.
Either way, Ms. Saber, thank you very much for the time and effort you gave to my readers. It truly means a lot to me that somebody (you) would sacrifice and give attention to somebody elses blog often at the expense of their own. You chose a humorous subject and it worked out well.
Saber Hodson, used with permission
As of this moment, I do not have a guest for the month of July. If there is anyone within the sound of my keyboard, I am requesting a volunteer for July 2, 2011. I have nothing to offer in return for your guest post expect eternal gratitude. So just think about it. Let it stew on the mind for a tad and get back to me if you decide to. Thank you.
I have been considering ending the guest posts. Don’t get me wrong; I love them and you know I appreciate the guests. People are really busy these days and have a multitude of priorities and responsibilities, including their own blogs. I feel bad that more people don’t leave comments and visit the blogs of the guests. We’ll see. Anybody want to give a word of advice?
Introducing Rosemary Jean-Louis from Digital Media Geek
Please welcome Rosemary Jean-Louis, to Morning Erection. Rosemary Jean-Louis is another one of my guest bloggers who was more than willing to do so. Rosemary considers herself to be a geek, a sexy geek no less. Her site, The Sexy Geek Files is officially being retired today and her new blog, Digital Media Geek is being launched. I would suggest visiting her sexy files in addition to her new blog! As always, it is a great honor for me to be able to have a guest blogger. As a favor to me please show Rosemary the courtesy of leaving a comment and do yourself a favor and visit her newest site. Thank you very much.
By the time you read this post, I will have seen Thor in 3D Imax. I’m hoping its quality won’t cause me to hurl a hammer in disappointment. (Read my review in Digital Media Geek on Sunday May 8. If you’ve seen the movie tell me what you thought!)
Truth be told, I was straddling the fence about seeing it. I was getting tired of the glut of comic book films on the big screen because they could be hits or misses. (Iron Man 1 HIT!! Iron Man 2 – uh not so much.)
But then I saw the Thor trailer. And I my appetite was sufficiently whetted. Anthony Hopkins cheesy Odin eye patch aside, it was pretty incredible!
That’s the power of a movie trailer. Like a good striptease, it’s supposed to leave you wanting more. Based on their sizzling trailers, here are four comic book movies that are worth high tailing to the movie theater for stat!
1.) Green Lantern – I like Ryan Reynolds. But he seemed a bit of a stretch to play the slightly cocky all American blond haired Hal Jordan. But once you see the breathtaking sequences of planet Oa and the Lantern Corps cheering, you’ll suspend your belief pretty fast. This is also in 3-D. Triple the Brightest Day and Blackest Night. Watch the trailer.
2.) Cowboys and Aliens – Based on the graphic novel, the title is a no brainer and the trailer in many ways gives it all away. Amnesiac cowboy played by Daniel Craig stumbles into town. Everyone including Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde wants to string him up – that is until he starts shooting those mysterious alien baddies that come out at night with an equally mysterious laser wristband that comes alive when they fly around. Craig leads the forces, Olivia gets naked; Olivia and Craig make out. Yada Yada. Yada. Just to see that wrist band take aliens out alone is worth moseying over to the theaters for. Plus you know, it’s Daniel Craig.
3.) Captain America – When it was announced that Chris Evans would throw Captain America’s mighty shield, I immediately thought to skip this one. He was the Human Torch of course. Why throw him yet another comic book role? What will they do when that Avengers Fantastic Four Team Up movie idea that’s in my head gets funded? (Hey it could happen!)
I became somewhat of a believer after seeing the trailer. Evans goes from scrawny to hunky in a few short scenes thanks to the power of CGI. If they could do that with his body, it’s worth seeing the other feats of fantasy conducted on the other characters – like the marvelous Hugo Weaving who plays the Red Skull. Watch the trailer.
4.) X-Men: The New Class – This is the movie with the wimpiest trailer. But it was an obligatory add because the X-Men are so iconic. Just for the record, the X-Men franchise died a painful death a few years back when they tackled the dark Phoenix saga and failed miserably. (They couldn’t get any of the characters right!) And we won’t mention the first Wolverine spin-off movie. Considering the subject matter, the trailer is lightweight on the FX and action. It’s the chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender that makes this worth a peek. Watch the trailer.
Introducing Chris Ferrell from Nerds of The Round Table
Our first guest blogger is Chris Ferrell. When you are finished reading his tribute to one of the great science fiction shows of our generation, Battlestar Galactica; click on over to his site and read more exciting posts. In addition, it would be a great gesture if you left comments below. His guest post is a sacrifice for him and a great honor for me to be able to have a guest blogger. As a favor to me show Chris the courtesy you might want shown to you if you were a guest writer on someone else’s blog. Thanks.
If you guys have seen my site, you’ve probably realized that I am a huge fan of the re-make of Battlestar Galactica that launched in 2003. But in all fairness, it took a while for this show to catch on with me. I remember back in 2002 when I heard about the upcoming relaunch of Battlestar Galactica, the first thing that went through my head was, ‘Oh this is going to be just as lame as the original. Why are they even bothering.’ For that reason I didn’t watch the mini-series or season one when they first aired. Yes, you read that right, I was not originally on the Battlestar Galactica bandwagon.
I was home on summer vacation from my freshman year of college when I finally gave the show a try. My Dad had watched the mini-series and season one and was telling me how great the show was. Since I was unemployed for a good deal of that summer I gave it a chance. The mini-series was slow burning but at the end I was having a lot of fun.
What really got me hooked though was the first episode of season one entitled 33. The basic gist of this episode was the the remnants of humanity had escaped the Cylon massacre but they were running for their lives as the Cylons attacked them every 33 minutes. I thought this episode was brilliant with edge of the seat excitement and trying to figure out if humanity would escape. At the same time this episode really highlighted one the main differences between humanity and the Cylons. The Cylons had no breaking point; as machines they could just keep coming while humans gradually began to weaken and fall apart. 33 was a great episode for getting hooked on the show.
From that point on I was hooked. I watched all of season 1 in about 1.5 days. Now here is where you might need to beware if you haven’t seen the show I’m going to talk about a couple of the cliffhangers. The season 1 finale was hell on me. William Adama has been my favorite character in the series and to see him betrayed, shot, and at death’s door made for a cliffhanger that was ridiculously intense for me. Luckily, I only had a few months before my favorite show would return to TV. Battlestar Galactica became famous for me with its mid-season and end of season finales. They always had big cliffhangers. And of course the then SciFi channel would put the show on break for a minimum of 6 months before the next episode would air. It was like a punch in the gut at the end of season 2 when the Cylons invaded New Caprica, and it was a long 12 months trying to figure out what would happen to the remnants of humanity.
Season 3 was probably worse in the cliffhanger factor. Not only had 4 of the final 5 Cylons been revealed but the fleet was trapped in nebula and somehow Starbuck had returned from the dead! I had another almost year to sit there and wonder how all this had happened. What was the significance, had I missed the clues that hinted that Chief Tyrol was a Cylon? How was it possible that Saul Tigh the biggest toaster hater in the fleet was a Cylon? And also, how the hell could Kara Thrace return from the dead, was she the 5th and final Cylon?
And if you thought that was bad, they really ramped it up for the season 4 mid-season finale. After years of looking for Earth, humanity and the Cylons put aside their differences to avert another Armageddon. In doing so they find the way to Earth courtesy of Starbuck and her Viper. Its a joyous moment and you’re left thinking everything is coming to a good close. Finally the remnants of the 12 Colonies will have a home. The crew is celebrating and the ‘Old Man,’ Admiral Bill Adama, is able to recover from the sense of betrayal he has received after discovering his best friend is a Cylon.
Then, the remnants of humanity land of the surface and find a devastated nuclear wasteland. The supposed paradise of Earth is instead a death sentence to anyone who would dare settle on the planet. At humanity’s landing site there are shattered buildings and broken bridges. The cityscape is eerily similar the cityscape of New York City and in fact the broken bridge looked strangely like the Brooklyn Bridge. Had the crew of Galactica found our Earth after a nuclear disaster? We were left with this cliffhanger for a year before some of the answers started to trickle in. And even then we were left with a good deal of questions.
When Battlestar Galactica returned again, I was excited. This was going to be the end, according to the promos during the course of the season “all would be revealed.” The writers had done a great job of seeding little bits of the plot throughout the series that would finally be answered. An example being the Opera House vision shared by Caprica 6, Roslin, and Athena. The meaning behind that and the explanation of why Hera was so special would be coming soon. But before that could happen the end of the world had to happen again.
After finding a nuclear devastated Earth all hope was lost within the fleet. Even the strong willed Bill Adama was lost. The combination of the destroyed Earth and the betrayal of his best friend had shattered him. On board Galactica the military discipline that had been so rigidly in place vanished with the hope of the Old Man. Not only that but Starbuck finds her own dead body on the surface of Earth leading the viewers to ask, what the frak is she? Needless to say when Battlestar Galactica returned it came back with a bang.
Despite President Laura Roslin’s absence as the president the fleet is able to continue forward in hopes of finding a new home. It is at this point that tensions with the allied Cylons reach a boiling point. Some of the humans within the fleet will not abide the Cylon presence anymore. The Vice President of the Colonies, Tom Zarek, with assistance from Lt. Gaeta on Galactica stages a coup to overthrow the government. Admiral Adama is forcibly removed from command and the Quorum of 12, Battlestar Galactica’s version of the Senate, is executed. Bear in mind, this is happening in the midway point of the 2nd half of season 4. Needless to say this kind of action was incredible to watch despite it’s stretching over a few episodes. Eventually Adama regains command of his ship, and executes the leaders of the coup before imprisoning the other military members who participated.
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