Posts Tagged ‘Jericho’
State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States. Via @mikemccaffrey.
The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.
* We finally saw Up! tonight. All I can say is if the first ten minutes don’t break your heart you have no soul.
* Blackwater founder Erik Prince has apparently been implicated in a huge swath of crimes by a former employee and a Marine working with the company, ranging from tax evasion and money laundering to weapons smuggling to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence to crimes of war and even to the murder of federal informants. (See MetaFilter for more.) My now-incredibly-timely review of Master of War is getting bumped up accordingly and will probably be online (updated) at Independent Weekly in a day or so. This is all pretty shocking, even by Blackwater standards.
* More on the Olbermann/O’Reilly saga from Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, and David Sirota. While I appreciate that he finds himself in a tough spot here, Olbermann is not doing himself any favors with his behavior; making one type of statement on-the-air and another off makes it very clear what is going on, and makes him look like a fool.
* The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies. Outraged to see Galaxy Quest only squeaking by at #95. And 12 Monkeys quietly buried in the 80s? Nonsense.
Friday afternoon linkblogging!
* 28% of Republicans claim to believe Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and another 30% “aren’t sure.” Results for the South are even worse. So it’s official: our national discourse is completely broken.
* Vanity Fair has your sketchbook history of the drug war.
* Jericho may be returning once again as a TV movie to wrap up loose plot points. My recollection of the finale was that there weren’t very many loose plot points left, but your memory may vary.
* And Scientific American explores the quiet end of the Neanderthals.
I know I said I was going to cut back on link dumps, but in my defense I have been busy. I’m likely remain fairly busy (and therefore link dumping) until I get back from the inauguration, at which time I’ll be able to devote more time and energy to blogging. In theory, anyway.
Anyway, the link dump.
* Bastard Tetris: the version of Tetris that does openly what all the others just do secretly. (Thanks Jacob!)
* Another call for a Bush administration truth and reconciliation commission. Via Yglesias, who has more on the subject, as does Steve Benen.
* Big ups to Will Wheaton, who Twittered yesterday: Best thing I’ve heard all day: “We’re in the final 100 hours of the Bush administration.”
* Douglas Wolk has Watchmen for dummies.
* What’s in the stimulus for higher education? I could use a second yacht.
* Name your child “Adolf Hitler” and you’re labeled a prat, and that’s the game.
* And they’re going to make a movie out of Jericho. (Failed-)TV-show-to-movie is officially the latest trend—things used to run the other way.
I did see with some excitement at io9 that Jericho comes back this week, so my own hypocrisy on this point should not go unnoted. And I did skip down to “O” on that long TV Guide list to see when The Office will be back, too. I’m not made of stone.
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
The last few weeks we’ve been Netflixing Jericho, the canceled / saved / soon-to-be-canceled-again post-apocalyptic drama from CBS. Like Lost and Heroes before it, the show functions in many ways as a testament to the greatness of HBO—what would have been a fantastic twelve-episode cable series is merely pleasantly diverting on a network. After a few episodes, the diminished production values, a lot of filler, and the necessity to always hew as close as possible to dramatic convention really began to weigh on me. (Things do pick up again a bit by the final third of the season, and by the end I was actually rather fond of the show—but it’s definitely a guilty pleasure.)
I mean, it’s pretty good for the networks—about as good/bad as a typical season of 24—and I’ll definitely check out the second season, but despite all this Jericho just doesn’t do what it set out to do. Which is really too bad, because by the end of the fourth episode I was pretty sure I was watching the best network TV show ever.