Considering the rampant obesity in the U.S. the reality show The Biggest Loser is very timely. My family watches the Tim Allen comedy series Home Improvement and I have to laugh whenever he gives his co-host Al a hard time about being overweight. Compared to the average person today, Al is positively slim. Matt, the winner of this season's show lost 157lbs and dropped from 40% body fat to less than 3%. It was a rough ride and at some points it seemed like he wasn't going to make it.
In a recent interview with Star Trek Magazine, Brannon Braga once again raised the mysterious disease known as "Star Trek Fatigue" which he and Rick Berman believe has infected millions of Star Trek fans.
"Each one of them had an explosively popular pilot episode and then the ratings steadily went down. We have this charted out. Each show got a little less ratings than the show before it. What can you attribute that to? Is it the quality of the shows? I don't think so."Is there some rare form of myopia that only affects those in the TV and movie industry? Let me break it down:
Ah, the Fall TV season is on it's way... being more of a TV than movie watcher I'll have more to write about once again. Season 4 of The Apprentice will soon be upon us, and in view of last seasons lower ratings, Donald Trump has decided to step up and act like a CEO in regards to production. Apparently last season Trump had made some suggestions as to who should be considered as candidates and ALL of his suggestions where disregarded. He ended up with a bunch of candidates that he wouldn't want working for him. Although the idea of college vs. non-degreed seemed like a good idea (and one I suggested a couple of years ago), in reality (no pun) it didn't work out quite so well. In season 3 it seemed like part of the degree requirement at college was a course taught by "Miss Manners". For the most part the non-degreed folks came across as childish and foul-mouthed, while the college grads came across as much more sophisticated.
If find it sad to report that the awesome and amazing television show known as Stargate SG-1 has left the building. Oh sure, there's still a show filling the time slot with the same name, but Stargate SG-1 it ain't, and my entire family is in mourning. :-( The first sign of Sci Fi channel trying to milk the Stargate cow dry was last season's premiere of Stargate: Atlantis. It's not bad, per se, but the only character that's really captured me and become a favorite is Dr. Rodney McKay (played by David Hewlett). Other than that, eh. And now that it's looking like they're going to try to hook up Col. Sheppard with Dr. Weir instead of Teyla, I'm going to start to get annoyed with the show. With this season of SG-1 there is more milking evident. Richard Dean Anderson has left the show (for the record I commend the man for dropping out to spend time with his family), Amanda Tapping is yet to be seen beyond a brief video-monitor cameo in the season opener, a younger replacement for O'Neil has been brought in who is (who would have guessed) also irreverent and to the point. There's also a new female character whose name escapes me but is infinitely annoying, and one of the Bridges' brothers as the new general. And oh yes, those great opening credits and music have been cut down to just 10 seconds in order to make more time for... extra commercials.
Scotty has beamed up to that big starship in the sky. James Doohan passed away today at age 85 from pneumonia and alzheimers. From everything I've read and heard he was as beloved off-screen as he was on. It amazes me how the death of someone I've never met can hit me... I had the same feeling when DeForest Kelley (who I'm sure you know played Dr. McCoy in the original Star Trek series) died. Although you never physically meet some people, you can have them in your life for decades and come to feel as if you know them personally.
Thanks to my bud over at Filmrot I found a link that I thought was worth sharing with you. It's a tribute to the on-screen incarnations of Superman, and it's really well done. It's a Quicktime video (available in a variety of sizes) set to the theme of the Smallville series. You can get there by either clicking on the image on the left or on the link below:
J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the Sci Fi series Babylon 5, stated during a panel at Wizard World in Philadelphia that he would love to develop a Star Trek series, and did in fact pitch an idea to Paramount. Straczynski said:
"They're driving that franchise into the ground because they don't understand what it is,"Straczynski, who is a big fan of the original (classic) Star Trek series also said that Parmount's reply was that they wanted Trek to sit on the shelf for a couple of years. In reference to that, he said:
"When the door is open again, I'll be there."What are the chances Paramount will let him in the door? Source: Comics Continuum
Wow, this guy just makes it harder and harder to not bash on him. I have to say that the level of denial (or perhaps more accurately, hubris) displayed by Rick Berman in regards to the demise of Star Trek: Enterprise is truly mind-boggling.