I should start this post by stating that THIS IS NOT REAL. Sadly, there is no animated Firefly series in production. An artist called Stephen Byrne did it as a labour of love and to generally raise and dash the hopes of Firefly fans everywhere. Which is a shame as this trailer looks great and I want to see it.
I bloody love Firefly and still get annoyed when I see any show I don’t like that has gone to a second series. If it was made now, I suspect it would have survived as special effects are cheaper these days. I say that based on having no idea what I am talking about. If you haven’t seen the original series, unlikely if you are reading this, you are missing out on life.
This has been all over my social media feed but I feel that if enough people witter on about it, then maybe it will happen. Now watch the trailer, weep, then complain loudly all over the internet that it isn’t a thing. Enjoy.
The Syfy channel and Spielberg’s Amblin Television have just announced that they are going to make a TV show based on Aldous Huxley’s superb Brave New World. I have to admit, I have mixed emotions about this – and most of those emotions are negative.
On the one hand, I can’t help but get excited when a novel I like is being turned into a film or TV show. On the other hand, I have been disappointed the vast majority of the time. I know I recently got fairly excited by the prospect of The Expanse coming to TV, but the books are written so visually that I can almost see the TV show in my head. On the third hand, Brave New World is pretty much a novella and short stories can make great TV/films as they can go with the idea and not be too beholden to the source material. On the fourth – alright, bollocks to the whole ‘hand’ thing – another point is the fact that the best novellas are the length they are because they have a precise story in mind that is longer than a short story but has a definite end. A Brave New World has a definite end.
I’m a huge Orwell fan. Animal Farm and 1984 were perfectly complete stories that were far too long for a short story, but not quite book length. They were the length they needed to be for the finite tale they told. The same goes for the perfectly written The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. (All of these have actually translated quite well into films as the novella is perfect film length.)
I just don’t think a Brave New World will translate into great TV. They should make it a movie or fixed-length mini-series. I guess we shall see.
I’m quite excited. The Doctor Who 50 Years trailer is here and it looks cool. It looks even cooler because I am 41 and have watched Doctor Who my entire life so I’m familiar with most of the Doctors. But it should still be fun even if you are quite new to the whole thing. If you are utterly new then I’m afraid it will just be baffling but stick with it, it’s mostly a brilliant show.
The trailer doesn’t actually show all that much except for shots of all the old Doctors with a bit of voice over. Clearly, I’m easily impressed. Enjoy.
It’s unhealthy how much I love zombies and genuinely look forward to the inevitable outbreak. I know it will means huge amounts of death and gore and horror, but on the plus side I won’t have to work or fill out tax forms any more.
The great thing about zombie movies (or triffids or post-apocalypse or whatever) is that they invite thoughts along the lines of ‘What would I do in this situation?’ I suspect a large amount of zombie fans would head for a shopping mall or an island. What is equally fascinating is what happens after the initial survival. What sort of communities would arise and how would they work?
Normally a movie just deals with the first survival bit as there is limited time. What’s cool about a series like The Walking Dead is that there is time to explore the characters and how people survive. And it does this really well.
There’s no real need to talk about the plot as you can guess it. What’s important here is: the script is great and believable, ditto the characters and characterisation. It’s directed by Frank Darabont, the guy who directed The Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile – so no problems there. The cast are all good with the lead being played by the Englishman Andrew Lincoln. If you are English then yes, Egg from This Life. He is surprisingly good as both a tough cop and an American.
Above all The Walking Dead is satisfyingly gory and exciting.
In summary then, this show is fucking brilliant. If it isn’t your thing then I pity you and you aren’t welcome to my post-zombie-apocalypse stronghold. Because we’ll be watching it a lot.