We were Battle Star Gallactica fans (I loved both the original show and the new show). When Caprica came on air as a prequel to BSG we gave it a whirl. We tried mightily to like it, but it seemed to drag on and it was way too dark (both visually and story-wise) and deep for us. After missing parts of episodes because of VCR (aka VCR programmer) troubles, I finally just quit recording it.
Now there is news of the demise of Caprica, and the rise of a new BSG show - Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Don't see that it has actually been filmed yet, so it will be a while before it comes out, but I will certainly be checking it out when it makes it to SyFy.
I made enough from my side jobs to replace the dead TV - no more watching the 17" TV! We picked out a Samsung 46" wall-mounted (flat screen) TV. The wall mounting allows options when it comes to the furniture placement by freeing up our second longest wall. However, the best part is the crystal clear picture - as shown by this shot of watching the Belmont Stakes:
The two stereo cabinets fit underneath the TV, located on the shortest wall, so WS could get his chair away from the woodstove.
Ignore the shoes, boots and work stuff, Just imagine that this wall was completely taken up by the TV stand and two stereo cabinets - now it holds a whole lot of other stuff and the area that WS chair came from looks like this:
Oh, and the bookcase behind the chair in the WS Chair pic is new, to hold all the stuff tat used to be on top of the stereo cabinets.
I like the wall mount that gives us more flexibility, I love the picture on the TV, I'll just have to get a real guest chair now that we have room.
We finally watched the Transformers movie last night. Actually, that was good for us; we watched it the same year that we got it. While looking deciding what to watch, we came across stuff I bought a couple of years ago (and even longer). In fact, we came across Matrix 3, which we had tried to watch a year ago when we discovered that our DVD player was obsolete. We still haven't watched it.
Although the storyline was very predictable (boy meets girl blah, blah, blah, world is threatened by aliens, young people know all the answers while the older people are idiots, good aliens vs bad aliens etc.), the main reason I got the movie was for the special effects.
They. Did. Not. Disappoint!
Bonus - lots of humor; "I bought a car. Turned out to be an alien robot. Who knew?"
If we stay on schedule, we should watch another movie sometime in late January or early February. Only time will tell if it is an "old" movie or a newer movie.
The Iditarod has won an Emmy Award! More precicely, a documentery, Iditarod2006: Mother Nature's Turn to Dance won. The sad part? I have the video but haven't had time to watch it - guess I really need to make the time huh?
We have a real struggle going on in the Bogie household. We are mightily trying not to get too far behind, but the struggle is almost overwhelming.
We go to bed early enough that everything we watch on TV is taped for later viewing. There are 3 shows that we watch; 24, CSI (the original) and Battlestar Galactica. Our struggle is trying to keep the amount of tapes used to a minimum (thus our confusion as to which tape has the next episode of what we want to watch be kept to a minimum also).
See, we really only watch TV at dinner. Dinner is usually served somewhere between 7 and 8. I go to bed somewhere between 8 and 8:30. If we eat closer to 7, we have time to watch a taped show. If we eat closer to 8, we don't so we either turn to the Man channel and "watch" re-runs of CSI or go to the History channel and watch whatever is on.
Wednesday night we finally watched the Battlestar Galactica from 2 weeks ago, last week's is still on tape. Monday, we watched 24 from 2 weeks ago - another episode was taped that same night. Last night we got thru CSI from last week (only because I failed to turn off the VCR a couple of Thursdays ago, so the CSI from 2 weeks ago did not get taped), but last night it taped another episode.
We have 3 tapes going to date and the only reason that they are segregated by show is that we are only one week behind on everything. one tape held Battlestar Galactica, wth CSI next, then Battlestar Galactica again We got the first 2 shows watched, and that tape now resides above the machine for future watching.
Every new season is like this - our watching season doesn't end for at least a month after the shows have gone to reruns.
Movies haven't fared any better - I don't believe we have watched a movie since Thanksgiving when we watched Ice Age 2 over at Jimmy's. We have movies on DVD (we only watch 3-5 movies a year, so I am really picky about what I pick up), we have the Earth 2 DVD's (we loved that when it was on), we have 2 more seasons of 24 to catch up on (season's 3 and 4). At the rate we watch stuff, we will be retired before we actually see some of the stuff on that list.
We can't imagine how others manage to spend as much time in front of the tube as statistics say they do (and apparently, someone is making up for the time we don't spend watching).
We have found out that our DVD player is obsolete. We have had that thing for some time (7 or 8 years). We bought one shortly after they first came out as affordable electronics - WS got it as either my Birthday or Christmas present.
This thing is an early model that has to stop and think every 20 minutes or so. So while watching a movie, there is a sudden freeze up of the frame - then about 5 seconds later it catches up and starts playing again. Knowing that the newer models don't do that, I've thought about getting a new player but have never justified getting one to myself for just that little fault.
Now we have a new problem; some DVDs won't play on it. If we watched movies closer to the time I buy them, we would have caught this fact sooner. We tried to watch the 3rd Matrix movie last week, but the DVD player kept saying "no disc". I figured the disc was messed up so I was going to exchange it (having bought it 6-12 months ago, I no longer have the reciept, so an exchange is the best that I could hope for).
Last night I decided to try it on my little TV in the workout room (it is a cheepie TV that has both DVD and VCR player built in) - and the DVD played fine in there. So, the format that the disc was created in is new enough, and different enough, that our DVD player doesn't recognize it at all - it's not a bad disc.
I wonder how many other movies are sitting there waiting for us to discover that we can't watch them!
Get over here and check out StarWreck. The trailer is a couple of minutes long. It is subtitled in English (but turn on your speakers anyway) so you may want to watch it a couple of times to see everything.
I may just have to download the whole thing - it is free and the trailer is intriguing.