The MDA marathon holds an interesting spot in my heart. When I was a kid, for some odd reason I often found myself awake through the night what seems like every single labor day. I found myself awake the entire night not because I wanted to watch the marathon, but because I was having bleeding issues thanks to Hemophilia.
I don’t really know why always on Labor Day. These days school starts after labor day, but in those days it started a week or two before labor day. So it is entirely possible that I was not used to the work that classes put on my body and my body reacted in a negative fashion, conveniently in time for the MDA Marathon.
I would never in a million years consider the Marathon to be Grade A quality television. However, in those days, even the few cable networks that existed tended to put paid advertisements or rat races on. There was very little else to watch on television so the marathon was a welcome relief from my nightly pains. There would be a number of interesting talent and singing acts, it was like watching America’s Got Talent all night long, except the talent was actually good and worth watching from time to time.
When I was a kid, my mom told me that the MDA gave money to Hemophiliacs. I honestly can’t figure out if she was telling me the truth or lying in order to give me a better connection to the marathon and all the kids with MD. To make me feel more special. What I do know is that they don’t support Hemophilia anymore, whether they did or not in the first place. Continue reading
I’ve been re-watching all the Star Trek series over the past year or two when I can. I’ve been doing it in a different way though. Instead of watching from original on, I’ve been going through the series backwards. I started with Enterprise, moved on to Voyager, then DS9 and now I am watching The Next Generation. Continue reading
Kotaku recently published an article talking about how he thought that the death of television is eminent. The base premise of his argument was that he no longer watched shows on television, instead choosing his iPhone, iPad, PSP Vita or 3DS for all of his entertainment needs. I think he is in an extreme minority in this sort of mentality though. Continue reading
Hulu recently made their much awaited announcement of a subscription based plan which allows you to pay for Hulu. Why would you pay for a free service? Well that has always been the question that buggers free services. Hulu’s answer for Plus was to provide full current seasons of new shows, full seasons from old shows, higher resolution, and the ability to watch it on different platforms such as your TV if you happen to own a TV that supports it.
After many years of relenting that I didn’t need an HDTV, my roommate and I finally caved and bought one. Our selling point wasn’t the slightly nicer picture or the generally larger screens, but rather the thiner screen that is somewhat less obtrusive in the apartment. This want of ours to have a more slimming television and the fact that both my roommate and I came upon a little extra cash, we decided to treat ourselves to a really nice quality television.
I usually put up my thoughts of the new sci-fi season a little earlier than this, but life has been busy and so I have been neglecting my blogal duties. This reprieve has given me ample time to watch the various science fiction television series that have come out this fall though to give it an honest review, not just of one episode of each series, but on most of them I have seen a few.
This last friday, the long awaited new Stargate series of Stargate: Universe premiered on the SyFy network (still trying to figure out why this isn’t SciFi network anymore but I digress). I have been looking forward to SGU for a very long time, really I’ve been looking forward to a follow-up of SG1 since about the seventh season of SG1.
If you haven’t been following the sci-fi television series Dollhouse by Joss Whedon, I would suggest that you give episode 5 a shot. The show really has been starting to come into its own and I hear episode 6 is going to be the best one of the season to date. Eliza Dushku still is a liability more than an asset to the show but it is still worth watching and even following.
Like many others, I have been really excited over Joss Whedan’s newest television show Dollhouse. After Firefly it is hard not to be hugely excited as that show as just so good. So last night, I happily sat down and watched the new show in hopes that it would be able to fulfill some of the scifi goodness that I so desire later in the week.
I am more than a little annoyed by this Digital Television switch. For some reason, I doubt that I am alone. You see, I like millions of Americans have decided to bow out of the monopoly that cable television brings to the table and have decided that my money is best spent on other things and thus I watch TV over the antenna, like my forefathers did. And while politicians and businessmen who all seem to benefit from the switch go on and on about how it doesn’t even affect most Americans, it does affect me.