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Sam TylerFirst off, I have to disclaim that I didn't bother watching the US version of Life on Mars.  I saw a clip of it, and it made me cringe.  I've seen the original (even did a review here) and the clip was a near shot for shot remake of the original's scene.  The last time I saw this done was with Coupling (again, reviewed here) and it didn't work.  It would have worked if they had kept in the interesting bits, but in the need for commercial time and broad American appeal (ie, relatively clean content) they were edited out.  So, coupled with this painful clip that ABC put out, and the fact that every episode will have to be neutered by 25%, I avoided it.

Quark is coming to DVD!!!

I remember watching this silly Sci-Fi show back in the 70s, at the height of Star Wars mania (actually the pilot was aired before Star Wars came out) came the adventures of Adam Quark (most likely a pun for Atom Quark...) and his crew of misfits - the logical alien plant/animal named Ficus, the gender challenged Gene/Jean, the Betty clones, and Andy the Android.

Created by Buck Henry, who was one of the co-conspirators behind the highly popular Get Smart, this sereis only managed to last 8 episodes.  For many years, collectors traded videos (sometimes many generations down) just to watch these episodes. Sometime in the 90s the Sci-Fi channel repeated the episodes, but some how the series still failed to get any release on video or later on DVD.

The really funny thing is that in the next issue of Raspberry World, I had contributed to an article of what DVDs I like to see released in the US.  Number one on my list was Quark, and now it's coming out.  Oddly enough, I was also going to include Birds of Prey as well - and that was released as I was putting together the article (though it didn't take 30 years to come out...)

Story of Stuff

 

This is the story of where our stuff comes from and where it goes to when we are done with it.  It's not a happy tale, but a cautionary one.  Watch it, and absorb the information. (click the logo to watch it...)

Jackson-FlashOk, I kind of have a vested interest in this recent ruling regarding the FCC's fining of Viacom for the wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl half time show (being in the broadcasting industry, as it were.)  The court decided that the FCC had not warned broadcasters of a change in policy regarding "fleeting" instances, and suddenly fining them for such an istance - when the precedent from the commission was not to do so - was wrong. 
 
Now I wrote about this after it first happened (click here to read it) and I still contend that the program that this show was part of is something that children shouldn't be watching.  (American) football is a violent sport, and is not something that children should be exposed to.  Whereas a breast is something that children should have been intamately aware of, being the number one source for sustinance for many children in their formative years.
 
But I should also point out something semantically - the FCC's own rules on indecency:

Now that all the awards have been given out, I suppose it is time for me to review this year's awards.

HyperdriveOk... This new science fiction comedy from the BBC looks great on paper: Written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley (both have done Black Books and Big Train, and Andy has done the wonderfully twisted "Book of Bunny Suicides" books.) It stars Nick Frost (Spaced and Shaun of the Dead) and Kevin Eldon (Big Train), and was produced by Jon Plowman (producer of far too many good programs to list - chances are you've seen at least one or two.) My point is that there's all this great talent here, so how could you have such a dismal, boring, stinking turd like Hyperdrive putter onto the airwaves.

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DCI Sam Tyler is pursuing a murder case and has just lost his chief suspect. His partner (and girlfriend) Maya Roy goes off on a hunch, and is abducted. Sam, after visiting the scene of the abduction, drives off in an emotional state and nearly has an accident. While recovering form the incident, he decides to step outside his car, where he is promptly run down. When Sam awakes he finds himself lying in the mud, by another car, dazed and confused, and in 1973. Is someone playing an elaborate trick on him? Is he dreaming of a Manchester from when he was only four? And why is he suddenly involved in a case eerily similar to the one he was working on - down to the very fibers under the fingernails of the victim?

Maybe it's the summer, but I seem to be watching things I never thought I'd watch.

In my world the regular television season is over (I'm sure there's other shows on for the next week, but I don't watch those...) With Friends and Frasier the ends, no matter how surprised many people seemed to be, were predictable. The season enders of most of my regular programs were good (except for ER - what's up with that!?!) Kind of upset that one of my other regulars was cancelled on a cliffhanger (I'm With Her.)

First out of the gate is the Friends finale. Staring off with a clip show (to end all clip shows? - but that's what they said about the first world war...) then the big finale - plus endless hours of "news" programs and the Tonight show (I'm surprised they weren't scheduled to be on E.R. as well!) This has been the most anticipated finale since they said that the 9th season would be the last (and for those of you not paying attention - this was the tenth.)

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