AMC Tackles Inuit Mythology

AMC Tackles Inuit Mythology

 [wdgkt_img source=”http://geekyandgenki.imaginaryexercise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/02/TheTerror.jpg” thumb=”http://geekyandgenki.imaginaryexercise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/02/TheTerror-194×300.jpg” align=”right” width=”” height=”” alttext=””] [/wdgkt_img] Well, I’m happier than a hippie at a farmers’ market. AMC (which has made some pretty decent TV recently- I’ve never seen The Walking Dead but I liked Hell on Wheels) is making a series based on my favorite Dan Simmons novel, The Terror. The Terror chronicles the last days of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage (which actually didn’t exist until recently, when climate change melted a bunch of ice up there). The expedition vanished along with all hands and both ships; the Terror and the Erebus, and to this day their fate has never been exactly determined. Simmons, of course, fills us in (hint: slaughtered by a monster, I can’t say more than for fear of spoilers). The book is a tome, but if you have a couple weeks or so it’s worth every minute. There are some truly terrifying scenes- including a massacre during a Poe-themed ships’ party that kept me up nights- and the minute details of 19th century exploration are fascinating. I can see how AMC could stretch it into a 10 episode series, but no longer than that, I think. Deadline Article Keep your fingers crossed friends, if this is terrible I will be...
Johnny Five is Alive!

Johnny Five is Alive!

The new commercial from GE is a bit of a love letter to the SF robots we all know. Robots on the Move Except…the only ones I recognize are Robbie, KITT, Johnny Five and Data (I squealed when I saw Johnny Five. Short Circuit was one of my favorite movies as a kid). So, who are the other robots? And do I need to turn in my Geek Card now?  ...
AnaKhouri’s 25 Favorite X-Files Episodes, Volume 2

AnaKhouri’s 25 Favorite X-Files Episodes, Volume 2

As promised, here is part two just one week after part one. I am actually on time with a post for once, which I think is the surest sign yet that the Mayans/survivalists are right and the world will end in about two months! Without further ado: 12 more of the best episodes of The X-Files, plus a bonus movie! Eve Kids are naturally creepy. I don’t even like being around them, except for my own, and one day he told me that ghosts whisper to him all night, so… A little girl named Teena is found outside by neighbors, who discover her father has been exsanguinated to death in the backyard (basically, he’s devoid of blood). Across the country, another little girl named Cindy loses her father the same way. When Mulder and Scully visit both girls, they find that the kids look exactly alike; there’s no possible answer but that they are identical twins. Turns out both girls were conceived via in vitro by the same doctor, who was fired for playing eugenics games at a former lab (and who is played by a lady who was later in Frasierfor a few episodes; that was weird, let me tell you). Mulder gets some insider info from Deep Throat (his doomed informant) on a genetic modification program created by the government to produce supersoldiers- kids called ‘Adam’ or ‘Eve’ based on gender. He sends the agents to meet a former subject, Eve 6, who is batshit crazy, since all the kids created by the program ended up going violently insane. Surprise, she looks just like eugenics doctor! Eugenics...
Best of “The X-Files”, Volume 1

Best of “The X-Files”, Volume 1

The other day I was at the grocery store and on the overhead they played the theme song to The X-Files (it must be ‘Halloween music’ or something). Instantly I was yanked back to Sunday (later Friday) nights throughout my high school and college years, cuddled up in a blanket on the couch with the lights off. No party on Earth could have tempted me from a new episode. Oh yes, I was THAT fan. So I got a wild hair to write up my top ten favorite episodes that I think everyone should watch. I started making a list, and suddenly my post went from top ten episodes to top 34 episodes…I decided to compromise. 2 posts, 25 episodes and the first movie as a bonus (FIRST. Not the second one, dear God I can’t believe we paid to see that in a theater). Now a disclaimer. I am not including any episodes from the replacement agent season (sorry Robert Patrick) because I hated them, and I didn’t watch any of the last season, preferring to remember the show from season seven and cutting out the alien-messiah-baby bullshit. Also, these are not in chronological or any other kind of order; I just wrote them up as I remembered them. And now without further ado…the episodes I think you should see! Home All right, let’s get this over with. Home is probably the most notorious (and perversely popular) episode of The X-Files. But despite the luridness of the story, with its themes of backwoods incest, Home is a really good, tense, disturbing episode, from the shocking opening to the...

Daniel-san Learns to Dance, But Not From Mr. Miyagi

I’ve never seen an episode of Dancing with the (Washed-Up) Stars, because reality TV doesn’t interest me in the least since Pimp My Ride went off the air (“Yo dawg we heard you like to drive…”). But I saw on CNN that Ralph Macchio, star of the essential ’80’s martial arts flick The Karate Kid, is on the season, and apparently he can dance OK (shouldn’t be a shock, I mean the guy can catch flies in chopsticks), which he obviously owes to the tutelage of Pat Morita. I’m still not going to watch the show, it was just nice to see that Ralph Macchio is actually still alive. All the other people in this clip are annoying though....

R.I.P. The Brigadier

Nicholas Courtney, best known as the brusque, lovable Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has passed away. Article In affectionate tribute, here is my favorite extra from the Doctor Who DVDs: Unite with...