"Alternate routes" will continue shortly. We now pause for a brief rant and some advice.
So, I just got my hands on "Ultimates" volume three. I LOVED Mark Millar's Ultimates volume one and two. So... just... Oh my God... so GOOD! I was very excited to find Ultimates volume three.
I opened it up to see that Jeff Lobe (intentionally misspelled) was the writer. "Well, this will be crap" I thought. And I was right. Considering all the success "Jeff" has had, I think he can take a little bashing and I'm sorry for saying such things about another human being.
Honestly, how does this guy get work? How does he continue working? I can't name a single story this guy has ever written that I enjoyed in thirty years of comic reading. Look, this is the guy who wrote "Commando" and "Teen-Wolf." I frikkin hate this guy's writing, and yet not only does he continue to have success writing comics (and by success I mean never actually winning an award for anything, but continuing to churn out crap and get paid for it year after year) but he's also a consultant on Smallville (which is why the early seasons didn't follow any sort of continuity and sucked so much, not that I'm bitter) and also a a consultant/producer on Heroes, which also follows no logic what-so-ever. Yes that was a long run on sentence- sue me.
Seriously, how is it that Peter Petrelli can't beat Syler? Peter Petrelli only has to be NEAR someone to absorb their powers. Syler has to open their head up and examine their brain. Peter Petrelli can stop time, has super-strength, can fly, super healing ala Wolverine, and explode like a nuclear bomb. How exactly is Syler, hell, screw that, how in Hell could even Superman beat him? No one can beat a guy that can stop time and has all those other abilities. PLUS he can absorb all of Syler's abilities the second he comes within ten feet of him! A five year old can see the holes in logic there and yet, mister comic book guy executive producer just lets this stuff happen without blinking an eye.
Look, I can suspend my disbelief and believe in a world that has superheroes. But if you make the rules, you can't break them. The rules for the world exist, I follow them, I understand them, no problem. Break those rules and you've lost me. Heroes broke those rules too many times for me to continue watching.
Anyway, Ultimates volume three sucked. Period.
I have been hearing that Joss Weadon's new series "Dollhouse" is not living up to expectations. Ergo, I have not been watching it. But, he recently said that episode six and seven will really show people what he wants to do with the series. So, we started watching it from the begining.
Episode six was awesome. Loved it. Episode seven was only fair. A few of the previous episodes were also amazing. We both loved the camping trip episode.
I am curious to know how he is going to maintain an audience for this. Considering the main character gets her memory wiped every single episode, how are we supposed to care for her? She's a new person every week. And looking at past shows successes, I don't understand how he can make us care for the characters. The secret to success for many, many shows is the premise that all of the characters are friends. They care about each other. They work together to solve problems. Sometimes they have romances.
Star Trek : Next Generation.
All shows about people who love each other and form bonds.
You know why Star Trek : Deep Space Nine sucked? No friends. No working towards a common cause. Everyone fighting all the time. At odds with each other and each had their own separate goals. That's not something you want to watch. That's like a bad marriage you're forced to tune into each week.
Wendy and I are really liking Dollhouse so far, but with each characters memory being erased each week, I wonder where Joss can go with this.
My housemate and long time friend Doug saved us a new series called "Lie to Me" and wanted to show it to us when we got home. Honestly, I was not impressed with the premise. We watched it mostly to respeect Doug's opinion.
This is the kind of writing that makes me jealous. I want to write this well.
It doesn't even matter what the show is about because the writing, directing and production are so great it could be about fixing busted RV's and I'd watch it. It is just superb. Please, trust me on this, it is magnificent.
My highest praise to this show. Watch it.