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The show follows a weekend band that plays on weddings and B’nai Mitzvah (that’s the actual plural of Bar Mitzvah, I had to look it up for spelling anyway ) while having “real” jobs during the week. The lead singer Tommy played by Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is a convinced single and he arranges for the band to play at the woman’s wedding “that got away”. Eddie is the lead guitarist and married man with children. The drummer is a Jack Black look-alike named Barry and the “new guy” Stevie is played by Harold Perrineau (LOST).
Director: Peter Winther
Noah Wyle … Flynn Carsen
Sonya Walger … Nicole Noone
Bob Newhart … Judson
Kyle MacLachlan … Edward Wilde
Kelly Hu … Lana
Synopsis: Flynn Carsen is what we call in Germany a “Dauerstudent”, a student who never leaves the comfort of the university – until he’s thrown out. He then gets a mysterious invitation to apply for a job at the library. But not any library, the Library.
The place where they keep the Ark of Covenant, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box – and one third of the Spear of Destiny. Unfortunately that piece is stolen shortly after he started working there and now he has to make sure that the other two thirds that are hidden around the world don’t fall into the hands of the bad guys.
After 9/11 Harold Finch (Michael Emerson, LOST) built a machine that scanned every internet communication, every phone call, every surveillance camera recording for possible threats to the United States. It divides the results into two categories: major casualties and minor casualties. The government was only interested in the list with the major casualties.
The machine cannot foresee accidents or spontaneous acts of violence but it does see planned crimes.
Harold has made it his mission to help those people the government deems of no interest to them. But he has to work in secret, no one can know the machine is giving him information. So the information has to be sparse – only a social security number. And that is not always the victim’s number.
He needs help. Someone who can handle the “hand-to-hand” business. And for this he recruits a former special forces soldier the government thinks is dead (Jim Caviezel, Outlander). They also have the help of two detectives, one straight, one crooked. Together they try to protect people who don’t even know that they’re in danger.
Three years ago I did a survey about what I spend on TV shows. And what that means per hour and per episode.
Since then my collection has been growing continuously if not only for the basic reason that I purchase the shows I liked when I watched them on Torrent TV.
Now I was interested on how the prices have developed.
Thus I give you the updated data of the last ten season boxes* I bought:
|Name||Price||Purchase Country||Running Time in Minutes / Number of Episodes||Price per Hour||Price per Episode|
|The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 1||€10.45 (£7.43)||UK||589 / 25||€1.06||€0.42|
|LOST: Season 6||€17.32 (£12.78)||UK||796 / 18||€1.31||€0.96|
|Supernatural: Season 6||€18.36 (£15.86)||UK||917 / 22||€1.20||€0.83|
|Suits: Season 1||€20.58 (£17.84)||UK||528 / 12||€2.34||€1.72|
|Sherlock: Season 2||€12.24 (£10.39)||UK||266 / 3||€2.76||€4.08|
|Gossip Girl: Season 4||€16.14 (£13.88)||UK||893 / 22||€1.08||€0.73|
|Castle: Season 3||€22.99||DE||985 / 24||€1.40||€0.96|
|Dragon Ball: Season 5||€18.27 ($16.99)||US||751 / 31||€1.46||€0.59|
|Dragon Ball: Season 4||€18.27 ($16.99)||US||726 / 30||€1.51||€0.61|
|Dragon Ball: Season 3||€22.77 ($21.99)||US||751 / 31||€1.82||€0.73|
In march 2009 the average price per hour was €1.43, now it’s €1.59% (+11%). Like 2009 it’s the shorter series that drive the average up – independent from the media type.
The price per episode was €0.97 and is now €1.16 (+20%). This can be explained by two factors. Summer shows like Suits have fewer episodes per season but the episodes themselves are about 10 minutes longer than in the fall season.
And Sherlock has only 3 episodes per season but with a running time of 89 minutes each.
In the end there seems to be a price tunnel in which seasons can be sold that is independent of the actual running time of said season.
But another trend can be seen. Like 2009 there’s once again only one season purchased in Germany. Must be my unwillingness to purchase half-season boxes (euphemistically: Season 1.1 and 1.2) for €29.99 each.
And now my inner statistics freak is satisfied again.
* Note: I left out the purchases which I paid for with Amazon gift certificates because they would have muddied the waters.
Categories: DVD / Blu-ray, Purchase Diary 2012
Tags: Castle · Dragon Ball · Gossip Girl · LOST · Sherlock · Sherlock Holmes · Statistics · Suits · Supernatural · The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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The Blues Brothers (1980)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
02 May – €9.48 (£7.93) @ Amazon.co.uk
Castle: Season 3 (2010 – 2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
02 May – €11.68 (£9.89) @ Amazon.co.uk
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Categories: DVD / Blu-ray, Purchase Diary 2012
Tags: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy · Castle · Chuck · Dragonheart · Eurotrip · Friends With Benefits · From Dusk Till Dawn · Glee · Gossip Girl · Gremlins · Lethal Weapon · LOST · Men in Black · My Mom's New Boyfriend · Poison Ivy · Road Trip · Sherlock · Sherlock Holmes · Smallville · Suits · Supernatural · Tango & Cash · The Blues Brothers · The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air · The Specialist · Thor · Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy · Transformers · Valentine's Day
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Let me start this by saying that it was better than LOST’s ending. But that isn’t saying much…
Smallville has always been an uneven show. It had good years, bad years and worse years. It never had great years. It rarely had great episodes. They were there but there weren’t as many as one would hope in a ten year run with a total of 217 episodes.
And yet: Ten years and 217 episodes. There aren’t that many shows overall and even fewer shows in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre that can bring that much to the table.
For all its faults I love Smallville but I am also at peace with it ending now. I nearly gave up on it after what is commonly referred to as Failsday.
Seasons nine and ten became better again and quite a few episodes of season eight have grown on me.
But season ten and its finale also showed that even though they knew exactly how it was supposed to be ending they didn’t really have a clear idea of how to get there.
Steve McGarrett is a Navy Seal who resigns his offto work as a cop on his home island Hawaii. But just not as any cop and not just for some reason. His father was killed by the man he has been hunting for years and the HPD can’t be trusted to solve this case. His team works under direct authority from the governor and gets way more leeway to solve their cases. He’s supported by a not so ordinary team.
The cast reads intriguing: Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven, The Fast and the Furious), Daniel Dae Kim (LOST), Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), Masi Oka (Heroes) and of course James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville).
The problem for me is that it is a straight-forward cop show like CSI or NCIS. There’s no special element in it. I’m sure it’s a good show that many people will enjoy but it’s just not my kind of show.
It doesn’t help at all that I’m partial towards the supposed baddie (Marsters).
Categories: Short Review, TV Season 2010/2011 Diary
Tags: Battlestar Galactica · Buffy the Vampire Slayer · CSI · Hawaii Five-0 · Heroes · LOST · NCIS · Ocean's Eleven · Smallville · The Fast and the Furious
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There’s another question that has to be asked:
What have Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof done to the mystery genre as such?
Who is ever going to believe the next guy who comes along in fall 2013 claiming to have written THE mystery show and promising that it will all pay off in season five?
Everyone will throw them seven letters into his face: BSG + LOST. And nobody will believe that he can do it – even if he actually could.
Is LOST the “cry wolf” one too many?
Why don’t they hire someone like J. Michael Straczynski who has proven(!) with Babylon 5 that he can keep track of a five season arc and do modifications should the need arise (actor jumps ship, …)?
The Dollhouse is a place where you can rent an actual person which will be imprinted with anything one desires (from being a professional hit man to being an exceptional escort).
When this show went into its last intermission I kinda lost track of it. I always enjoyed it but somehow I never managed to come around and watch the last five or six episodes. Maybe I’ll do it in the summer.
Certain people discover that they have abilities that would be described as “super-human”. They use them to protect us while living in secret.
Once this was a great show (in season one). But ever since then it has been declining and gotten more illogical with every season. I’m not sad that it was discontinued.
The plane Oceanic 815 crashes on a tropical island. The survivors have to fight against the island, a smoke monster, the Others and several other parties. Not only in their own time, but also in the past and in other realities.
“It’s all about the characters.” From now on I will understand this as “We have no plan were we are going and it will make no sense but at least you’ll see the characters in a lot of emotional turmoil.”. The more distance I get from watching the finale the more disappointed I become. I wasn’t too keen on the Battlestar Galactica end either but at least they had a physical voyage that leads them somewhere in the end. And here? We have only vague hints of what would have happened if Smokey had left or if the island had sunk. Where’s the re-watch value? Why bother to look for clues in the early episodes when you know that there won’t be any answers for which the clues could be useful?
In essence, J. Michael Straczynski is still the only person who actually can pull off a five season arc.
Sam and Dean Winchester fight all kinds of supernatural beings that kill or use people in their plans to bring the Apocalypse.
Technically this show isn’t over. There will be a sixth season and maybe more. But the big arc that has driven the show over the last five years is over now and I’m glad I was on board for it, even though my trip was shorter (I watched the pilot merely a year ago).