Monthly Archives: September 2010

Top 5 TV programs.

First up, I am really gutted that Leeds Rhinos season is over now, not much i can say about it just hope next season is better. UPDATE: It was.

Following last months post about my top 5 Sci-fi Books, I thought I would follow it up with another Top  5 this month. So this month is my favorite TV shows past and present.
But before the main list, another list of shows that just missed out on that most important of accolades, my personal top 5.

  • Fringe – A super cool Sci-fi mystery program, the reason it missed out was because there is so far only two seasons. If it keep up the standard in the next few season I could see it sneak in to the top 5.
  • Blackadder – Amazingly funny, well written and witty.
  • Firefly – Another one that came close, if there was just a few more season of it I’m sure it would have made it in. DAM YOU FOX.
  • X-files (seasons 1-5)- Yes another Sci-fi, the reason it’s season 1 to 5 is because I have yet to watch 6 to 9, but i have them on DVD so i will be watching them. A really good program, very solid and similar to Fringe.
  • Rome – Not normally in to the historical drama’s, the HBO style it makes very enjoyable, sexy and violent.
  • Family guy – Do i need to say anything?
  • Heroes – The first season was amazing, it failed to deliver after that.
  • Chuck – Comedy spy program, would recommend to anyone. Easy watching.
  • House – Love Hugh Laurie he really makes this show tick with his fantastic character. Every episode is very enjoyable.
  • True Blood – Not in to the whole twilight and vampire thing,  this show while very graphic is a great drama, another HBO hit.
  • Lie to me – Like House another show that has a British lead and a super character that makes the show.

I think that is everything but I am sure I have missed something out I have watched so many TV shows.

Right on to the list.

5) – Lost

Lost

Bad ending

Was really not sure whether to put lost in my top 5. After the ending which I don’t want to spoil for anybody, I really wanted to forget I ever watched lost. Was it that bad, yes, it was not awful by any means. Just poorly done, it was so predictable. Everybody said it would be something to do with the afterlife (sorry for the spoiler). I bet that after the first season when everybody said it was to do with the afterlife the producers shat themselves, so they say it’s not to do with that and it’s all hunky dory. They should have just kept there mouth shuts. But in fairness to Lost you can’t just judge the whole series on the ending and it was a great program, sure they made the series a little slow paced in season 2 and 3. The show had great mystery, writing, pace (after 2 and 3) and acting. That first season still rates with me as perhaps the greatest first season of any show, i suppose it could only go down from there.

4) – 24

24

He is so cool

Not a super smart spy but fucking cool. Jack Bauer maybe the toughest, bad ass TV character of all time.  The show builds tension like no other. Some shows might never let the hero lose, but 24 never lets the hero win sure he saves the day… some times (Lot of people will die on the way good and bad) but his life is never better for it. He normally has to go in to hiding at the end of every day because he beat the crap out of some witness or politician OR maybe he has to do some bad things to save his family.

One of the unique things about 24 is that it’s in real time 24 episodes, an hour each, all set in the same day. It’s a very clever idea.  My life got a lot less tense when they stopped making 24.

3) – Life on Mars

Life on mars

"You great... soft... sissy... girlie... nancy... french... bender... Man-United supporting POOF!"

The only English entry in to the top 5. Unlike 24 this is a very smart show. The story like Lost introduced a mystery and the ending was very similar but it was done right (Not just given 5 min at the end of 6 seasons :@).  While I was not alive in the 1970’s everybody I have spoken to that was alive during that period, does compliment how accurate it is, while sometime exaggerated. Lots of people credit the show success to Gene Hunt but i think the character of Sam Tyler is more interesting . A very enjoyable show that has given us some amazing quotes, some that I use more than I should.

2) – Farscape

Farscape

Sexy in space

The most obscure show on my list. Anyone that has watched Farscape, will know that there is no other show like it. The show takes a present day human and puts him through a wormhole that takes him across to the other side of the universe where strange looking aliens live and human like aliens but they are cold blooded. You really have to watch the show to get it. It also has a great use of puppets which you expect with it being made the Jim Henson company (Muppet’s fame). A must watch for all Sci-fi fans, and even if your not a Sci-Fi I would still recommend it.

and at number 1 is ………………

1) – The Stargates

Stargate

Universe Just one of the three stargate shows

I have a feeling that to my friends this is not going to be a huge surprise.
I really had to put all three stargate show in to one spot, it would not be fair on the other shows to have the top 3 spots taken up before they even started. It is a show i have watched since i was 7. The first show stargate SG1 took place after that blockbuster movie of the same name staring Kurt Russel. I am not going to go and on (Do i here cheers?) because being honest i’m a heavily biased stargate fan boy, that thinks the show can do no wrong, well it can’t. It really does have a mix of everything comedy (less so in new Stargate universe), action and hard science (more so in stargate Universe). While i am sure not everybody will like it as much as me, I am confident that if you try it you will enjoy it….. honestly.

Be sure to watch the second season of Stargate universe on SKY 1 on Tuesday Oct 5th at 8pm. You can watch the trailer for the second season in my last post.

Now a little quick life update

Looks like I am getting a cold again, most likely from being out in the cold for the Leeds match yesterday. Not been up to loads lately, anybody got any ideas for something to do? I am up for anything. Job Hunt is on going but no luck so far and again I am up for anything.

Stargate universe season 2 trailer

Just a quick post to show you the new trailer for season 2 of SGU (Stargate universe).

These are the premiere dates around the world.

Syfy in the U.S. – Tuesday, September 28 (9 p.m. E/P)

SPACE in Canada – Friday, October 1 (10 p.m. E/P)

SCI FI in Australia – Friday, October 1 (8:30 p.m.)

Sky1 in the U.K. – Tuesday, October 5 (8 p.m.)

Be sure to watch it, it’s an amazing show.

Should have a new blog sometime soon, and its my Top 5 TV show.

A nuclear blog

“Peter Sellers as 3 diffrent characters you could say he was the Eddie Murphy of his day”

Last night I watched the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Stranglove or the full title Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It was the first time I watched the dark comedy about nuclear war and the cold war. Staring Peter Sellers as 3 diffrent characters you could say he was the Eddie Murphy of his day.

Dr Stranglove

A promotional poster for the film.

The subject of nuclear weapons, the destruction that they can cause has always been something that has been in my mind from an early age. As has the nuclear deterrence theory. I would guess this was due to me playing the very anti nuclear weapon video game Metal Gear Solid when I was 7 (bad parents). God i really love that game, I am sure i will talk about it more in a later post.

The film was definitely not a laugh out loud film, in fact for most of the film I was filled with a dread at what nuclear weapons could do the world, I got a feeling at the pit of my stomach, of a deep fear, something which I normally reserve for large spiders and the thought of been abducted by aliens. It’s honestly a real fear i have, I am sure there will be a phobia word for it. God help me if i was alive during the cold war, I doubt i could have never slept at night. The premise of the film is that a mad General decides to take first action against the Russians, he does this by launching his bombers to attack Russia, without the President permission using a loop hole called “plan attack R”. The General thought that by doing this it would force the President in to launching the rest of Americas nuclear weapons before the Russian retaliate. Lots more happen including an unmanned nuclear doomsday weapon that would wipe out all life on earth. This was clearly part the inspiration for Metal gear solid which follows a similar story thread in the game PeaceWalker (which incidentally (more intentionally)includes a character called Dr. Stranglove).
The nuclear deterrence theory is basically like two men holding a knife to the other ones throat, both men could kill each other and if you attacked first you may even have a chance of killing the man before he could attack, you but there was still a very good chance he would react and kill you. So you both stand there knowing the other man could kill you, keeping the weapon in hand.
An unmanned weapon is one hell of a scary thought, something that would take human element out of the deterrence theory, which I suppose is the one week link in it. I very much doubt I would be able to push a button that would destroy the world. But if a machine was in in controlled then there would be no doubt  they would destroyed you if you took action. Even though we are not in the grip of the cold war and the threat of nuclear war has wavered slightly, it is still there. Now the places that I feel would still have the balls or are just that crazy enough to use them have them like N Korea.

Shit i am not going to get sleep tonight am I.

I hope to god that we don’t renew trident the money could be spent in a lot more productive way. Oh and i would recommend that you watch Dr. Stranglove.

My stargate fan videos

When i was around 14/15 i made a habit of making stupid fan videos for stargate and the other night I happened to watch a few of them, so i decided to upload them on to youtube (again they got removed once for violating copyright or something). So i am gonna share a few, I did have a couple more but for some reason youtube won’t let me upload them at the moment.
So without further ado.

The first is a stargate Atlantis video using clips from just the first two seasons.

The next was a video i made when stargate SG1 was canceled, maybe i thought this video would single handedly save the show alas it failed but you can’t be to disappointed with 10 seasons.

The last one that i can show you is a bit of a random one its Leeds rhinos doing there stuff but to the stargate theme tune.

In other news Danny McGuire got the well deserved player of the year award for Leeds Rhinos. You can watch some of McGuire magic on the highlight video here http://www.therhinos.co.uk/news/14859.php

Quick life update

Went to see Muse last night, one of the best live bands I have seen.
Also had some amazing support from Pulled apart by horses, Band of skulls and the superber Editors.

My dogs eye (buster) eye is all gloopy, it happens a lot, think he has twig scrape his eye or something.

Good Leeds win yesterday. Played poor but the win meant they finished 4th. Now the play off’s

Made quite a bit progress on my novel.

That is all.

Post Leeds festival blog

“Having sex with you would be like having sex with a 12 year old” – A friend to me

I am back from my second Leeds festival. A five day experience of camping, music, drink, mates and lack of sleep. This is my review of my 5 day in Bramham park. All photos on this blog are by Jo Threlfall, Mike Kryjak or the BBC website.

Day 1
We started early at 8.00 am was the time we met, we traveled on the 110 bus to Leeds bus station already they was a few festival goers but we were one of the first at the station.  What followed next was a 4 hour wait for the ticket office to open, so we could buy the shuttle tickets to get to the festival. It was a very slow and boring 4 hours. But the queues behind us in the front did soon built up. In hindsight, we got there way to early another hour in bed would have been much appreciated.

me and sam

Me and sam. I look a cock yes.

We picked up the tickets for our large group, then waited more time for the Bus. On the bus we waited some more for the bus to set off, after a while the bus did final set off, but only after letting two bus loads of people who were in the queue behind. After our group arrived at the park, we then had a trek up to the Orange camp site because we like to camp near loud fair ground music, playing till 5 in the morning. Every year i surprise my self , at the level of unfitness I’m at, after lugging our camp load to the chosen site, i was shattered.

Our rubbish camp.

That night was one hell of a boring one, nothing to do just to sleep some drink. I here some of the girls found something to do or someone, but i am not sure what.

Day 2

Another day to me that dragged because of the lack of things to do. Over night the camp area soon filled up. A nice surprise that morning was that I found ride in the fair, called the stargate based on the stargate TV show (my favorite TV show), sadly I never got a chance to ride it.

Tents as far as the eye can see

This day we added more people to our camp bringing our number to a whopping 25 people. Some more drink and a trip to the arena toilets made up the day. Finally at the night we had something to do. The silent disco which is basically a tent with music, but you are listening to the music through head phones, wild right? There was a large queue and a massive amount of people pushing in,  the staff managed to finally stem those pushing in, it only took a balder filled hour to get in. I remember from last year how much fun the disco was, it did not disappoint this year. It is a cool and unique way of listening to music and very funny to see the people all around you when you take the head phones off, we all looked like idiots. We was in there till about half 3 then we decided to call it a night, mainly because of thirst. No Kaiser Chief songs were played either :(.

Day 3

I woke up at about 7 am because of a desperate need for a pee, so I traveled the annoyingly long walk towards the shitty toilets.
By the time I got back people were beginning to wake, so i thought there was not much point in going back to bed. In hindsight I think everyone who was up realized what a bad time to get up that was. Some time later I was ready for the day with some new clothes on and dry shampoo applied to my head, its just a shame it was so early and nothing starts till 12.

One early morning wake up

That morning there were no bands I wanted to see, so I was easy about who I went to see, so with some people I saw 3oh!3 not a fan and the Hadoukens, also not a huge fan but i thought they were pretty good. Later in the day I went to see a couple of bands that I was more interested in, with the Maccabees and the Cribs(who are  from my hometown in Wakefield). I then went back to the camp for a little rest and some food.

That night i saw the band that i was most looking forward to, Arcade fire the main stage headliners. It was just me and my friend Jo, not that many people wanted to go to see them, choosing Pendulum or Ash instead. They did not disappoint I did expect a few more people in the crowd, still there was large amount of people. It was premature at this stage but i was confident that these would be the band of the festival.

Arcade fire

That night i was boring and went back to sleep about 2.00 in the morning.

Day 4

This day I have no idea what time I got up. I just remember going with my friend Rob for a lovely Bacon and egg sandwich, but for the price of just a bacon sandwich SCORE!.
In the morning I had a break from the music with a trip to the alternative stage. The alternative stage for those that don’t know is a stage for comedy, films and some other stuff an alternative to music if you will. So me and a few other decided for a morning of comedy. We found seats right at the front.  First up was a bearded compare whose name I can’t remember, he was the type that would make fun of people in the audiences, mostly from the people sitting in the front row (us) so sat in the front made me feel a little uneasy. We were missed somehow, he soon left and introduced the first comedian was Emo Philips, what a fucking strange little man. I have seen him odd times on the Internet, but it can’t prepare you for been at the front of one of his shows, i felt a little sick after the show. Next up was the turn of Sean Walsh. He was very  funny, He had been on shows like mock the week before, I still surprised how funny he was. A highlight was his jokes about the old video game Streets of rage (I so got it).
Now the reason we was there, Stephen K Amos. I’ve seen him on TV loads and must have know a lot of of the punchlines but that did not stop him been hilariously funny. Never knew he was gay though, after 5 minutes of him talking about the fact he was gay, my friend Jo (who was there) was still shocked when we mentioned it. Sadly it was not all fun and games during the gig, as i was been text the score of the Leeds game at the time and my heart sunk every time i saw it, in case you did not know Leeds lost the final.
After that i had a nice Yorkshire pudding with lots of beef in it and mash potato (wow you all wanted to know that).

Stephen and his security Russ

After the comedy I went back to the camp to chill (I am not normally this obnoxious) a little. I went back to the arena area for Limp Bizkit who was alright, then it was Cypress Hill who i was totally digging as you can see with this photo.

Boyysssss

Then it was Weezer who was great and Rivers Cuomo (what a name) went wild with covers of Teenage dirtbag and Kids/pokerface song he even had a lady gaga wig, of course they did Buddy Holly as well.

Made a W with my finger. Apparently its the in thing with Weezer fans

Weezer

Paramore a band that to be honest I am not bothered about were made less enjoyable by them coming on late and some poor sound systems. Blink was the headliners that night and they did put on a show, which climaxed with a Travis Barker doing an awesome drum solo on a spinning stage that even went upside down!

Back to the camp then and a long night was on for today. Lots of drink and a bit of raving made it a pretty  good night. We tried to get in to the silent disco but it was too late they had closed it to newcomers, even though it was open for another hour and half yet….strange. So i decide to have a roll down a hill, slightly embarrassed about that now. Some time later I slumped in to my tent and had a great night sleep.

Day 5

The last day of the festival but there was no bands I wanted to see in the morning, so lots of us just stayed in camp and chilled (how much of a wanker do i sound). With one brief excursion to see a band called New young poney club, another band I did not know much about, they was okay and then it was back to the camp for a little longer to rest the old feet.With no need to move for a few hours, we drank and talked and then it was time to end the festival with a few hours on the main stage. A nice and relax viewing for Lost prophets yet another band I was not that bothered about, was nice and relaxing. Then we moved closer and met up with so more people to watch the awesome Biffy Clyro.

Biffy Clyro. I love the trousers

Then to one of my favorite band Queens of the stoneage. Some more forward steps closer to see them and we got a good view. I really enjoyed them and they were a great band live, as i knew they would be after seeing Them Crooked Vultures last year.
After they completed the set, the Headliners was on next. Many people left and we was left near the front of the large area that had no people and so we had lots of room. I guess not a lot of people wanted to see Gun’s n Roses. We had heard they was an hour late for Reading (apparently because he over slept), so sitting down on the grass near the front we did expect a delay and we got 40 minuet one. I was surprised  that when they did come out, that they was so good and Axl voice was still so strong. He kept leaving the stage maybe twice a song, we assumed to an oxygen tent, to keep that strong voice of his. They played most of their classics and some of the new songs, that i had no idea about. I found it funny that Guns now have a slash wannabe guitarist, he was still enjoyable to watch,  it just went on a little two long. At the end Axl had a rant at the organizers for not letting him carry on and completing his set, he could of course try and come on stage on time, that might have been too hard for him.

Guns 40 mins late.

Back to the camp for one last night in which in which I went on one of the rides. We left for home at 5.45 in the morning.

All in all a Great festival. If you asked me, did i prefer this year to last? I would have to answer no. Last year it was my first time and was one hell of a experience and there was Kaiser Chiefs that played last year and that was an amazing gig.
I really enjoyed and it was a good way to see some of my friends that I may not see as often now as they are of to university. Sure there some people that I might not be that sad if I don’t see often, but they are few that i will be very sad if I don’t see them often. Whether the group from the last two years will go to Leeds festival again together, remains to be seen it depends on what happens through this next year. I sure hope I stay freinds with a lot of these people for a long time to come.

Muse this Saturday just as my ears recoverd.