changed and audience in this part of the world doesn't have to wait 3, 5 or 10
years before being able to watch first episode of popular TV show that have
premiered in USA.
version of Battlestar Galactica is a
notable exception, because Croatian state television (HRT) aired it only
recently, three years after its premiere.
to watch only first part of the original-miniseries, but I must say that I am
generally pleased with the show. The creators made useful compromises between
being faithful to the original show and exploring new directions.
also benefited from the plot opening being very much like certain traumatic
events from recent history.
other hand, I wasn't that thrilled with Michael Rymer's direction and
steadycams, which looked more suitable for nitty-gritty cop shows like Homicide: Life on the Street than space
introduce femme fatale ginecoid was justified in new Battlestar Galactica. Tricia Helfer not only looks great, but also
gives a breath of originality to the old science fiction cliché.
And, since the last post addressed differing perceptions of
history, this blog will stay on that topic for a little longer. I recommend
this Randy McDonald and his brilliant essay on evolving
perceptions of Nazi Germany in alternative history literature.
Matthew Yglesias offers very interesting explanation
for the American public’s dislike of the romance between Tom Cruise and Katie
I must admit that I’m also troubled with the whole affair,
although for the different reasons. I’ve never been Dawson Creek fan and I was
introduced to the talents of charming Ms. Holmes through films, including the
famous “opposite of Holocaust” performance in Gift.
What I find troubling is the fact that the romance – real or
marketing ploy – is so relentlessly promoted before the premiere of War of the
Worlds. And that leaves more than few doubts in the film’s quality, because if
the film is good and able to attract audience by its own merit, all this
brouhaha wouldn’t be employed.
And this isn’t happening to some “high concept” star vehicle
or just another summer blockbuster. War of the Worlds is supposed to be
prestigious adaptation of science fiction classic and another potential
masterpiece by top American filmmaker.
And with big possibility Katie Holmes’ fans boycotting the
film just to force the end to what they see as “abomination”, War of the Worlds
might turn into commercial disaster, ruin of many promising careers and global
past few weeks I didn’t pay too much attention to Star Wars related articles in
blogosphere, but I still couldn’t ignore an article mocking Orson Scott Card
and his – let’s say revisionist – view on Jedis
in George Lucas’ universe. Some left-wing, liberal and anti-war bloggers mocked
this article as a lame reaction to Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster being
perceived as not so subtle criticism of George W. Bush and his policies.
or not, the article makes some interesting points and makes good argument
against the conventional view of Jedi being the force of absolute Good.
article is, however, not the first to express such revisionist views. This
little gem by Alison Brooks
and David Flin defended the Empire with much more style and success.
Mini-series was more faithful, which is hardly surprising, considering that four and half hours leaves much more space to develop plot and characters than in two hours of Lynch's version, chopped up by producer Dino de Laurentiis. New version should be recommended to all fans of the novel. Scenery and special effects might look cheap, but the real magic of Dune is in the plot and characters. Real Dune fans would disregard cheap scenery in the same manner of trekkies who don't mind poor 1960s special effects of The Original Series.
Airing of Dune was also good reminder for all us Europeans that the censorship standards are still much laxer on this side of Big Pond - mini-series features couple of scenes with male and female nudity, unlike version for American television.
First episode of Enterprise has just been aired on Croatian state television.
I must say that I wasn't particularly impressed. Then again, I don't remember being particularly enthusiastic about first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Only time will tell whether Enterprise is really as bad as its reputation.