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Let the Uprising Begin

What do you get when you take the frame story behind Batman Beyond, blend it with the Tron universe, fill it with a veritable star-studded geekfest cast of voice talent including Elijah Wood, Fred Tatasciore, Lance Henriksen, and Emmanuelle Chriqui, up the production values beyond what is usually associated with television animation, include tons of action and a halfway intelligently written script, and bring in Bruce Boxleitner to reprise his role as the titular, Tron? Well what are you still reading this shit for, when the answer awaits you in the first full episode of Tron: Uprising embedded below.



Home of the Future

I am seriously surprised no one has been discussing this television program. I have been watching Home of the Future for the past five weeks, and this is a techie/gamer/gadget-guru’s wet dream come to life.

The basic premise of Home of the Future: they have taken an average family (three generations living under one roof), completely gutted their home turning it into an ultra-modern smart home, with damned near all the latest gadgets and technology one can imagine, then shove the family back in the home, and film their experiences.

Kinect 2.0. Siri For Everyone Else? Possibly.

Kinect. Poor Man's Prototype For the Future

You know I was watching this ad for Siri (posted after the break) just now, and got to thinking how much Siri reminded me of what I envisioned Kinect For Mobile would be like.

Microsoft has spoken several times since even before Kinect launched last autumn, about bringing the concept to mobile. Initially, I had not given it much thought – almost laughed at the idea at one point. But back during the spring, the idea lodged in my mind, and I began to think about it a bit, and came up with this concept of how it would work. And what I came up with, was pretty much Siri with a hi-def, 3D camera . . . of course this was before I had heard of Siri. But after seeing the Kinect portion of Microsoft’s E3 2011 press event, you kind of get the feeling that everything they are doing with Kinect on Xbox right now, is a poor mans’ prototype for what they intend to do with mobile and PC in 2012, with near simultaneous launches of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. (more…)

The Worst, Best Show On Television

Online Pass MonopolyFinally got around to watching the season two premier of AMC’s, The Walking Dead, and within minutes (literally less than six minutes into the episode), was reminded why I hated the show so much – it’s full of the dumbest, fucking stupidest people you could ever have the misfortune of surviving any apocalypse, much less an undead apocalypse with.

I know, I know. The series is supposed to be an instant classic, and the best comic to anything ever created in the history of – everything. And it’s based on the classic comic series (which I have not read, nor ever intend to, if it is as dumb as the TV show) by famed comic team, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. And these reasons alone, is supposed to make it something that everyone is supposed to be madly and unreservedly in love with it. And AMC has most certainly seen to it that the hype machine surrounding the show, will insure an undying legion of fans mindlessly flock to it without thought. Which is a hugely ironic, considering the program’s subject matter. (more…)

The Fades

The Fades

The Fades on BBC 3Been keeping an eye on The Fades, a BBC 3 dark fantasy series centering around a young geek named Paul, who can see the dead (the titular, Fades), and is having unexplained visions about the end of the world. I’m up to episode three currently, with episode four broadcasting Wednesday. The show overall, started out kind of darkly whimsical, but is really turning into something special – which seems to be the trend with many of the short UK series.

It’s a shame the series is only six episodes long, as I’m beginning to really fall for it. But I guess it is what it is; part of the reason so much of UK television is so good, is because of the brevity of most of the series.

Anyway, the end of the world appears to be coming along nicely, and even I’m beginning to doubt that protagpnist Paul, will be able to save it in just three more episodes – definitely not at the rate he is going by the end of episode three. (more…)

Some Freaky Ass Shit

Almost a week late, just finally caught the pilot for American Horror Story. Equal parts sexy and horrifying, this show freaked me the hell out; it really gets inside and skullfucks your head from the inside. American Horror Story has a way of making you feel horny and scared shitless all in one go. And those kinds of diametrically opposed, conflicting emotions, are a perfect storm in a good horror. Going by what I saw in the pilot, the only way this show could get any better, is if it were on paid cable; paid cable would allow it to have certain creative liberties that basic cable can only go so far in exploring.

The Harmon family are so completely screwed. Everyone in that poor, messed up family, is as good as dead (or worse) by the end of the season. If you missed the pilot, you should be able to (for a while at least) catch it on the official American Horror Story Facebook profile.

Trailers and media, after the break. (more…)