Scott would like to apologize that this is a day late. He thought he had set it to auto-post and was too busy yesterday to check. So sorry for the delay! He’d also like to state that COLUMBO is an awesome show and can be watched on Netflix or Sunday nights if you get MeTV. ~STH
A new recap site for these reviews:
I hadn’t linked to this one before because it does several episodes at once, in this case the link is to a review of episodes 1-8. Always good to get another point of view with even more screenshots from the episodes. I’ll include this site when the last of the episodes for each review in their group reviews is being covered.
These review sites are also useful, especially for those of you who can’t or don’t have time to access the video streams as there’s plenty of screen images from the episodes.
Also before the main event, a feature I’m going to make a part of this feature is things to do to help fill in any leftover time between Exiern pages. This week’s suggestion is the movie “Predestination”. Based on the short story by famous sci-fi author Robert Heinlein “All You Zombies,” it’s an excellent movie which really brings the story to life with some exceptional retro-future visuals and doesn’t feel it’s necessary to pad the story out unnecessarily, either. The cast is all exceptional. Ethan Hawke as always you can depend on but its effective co-star Sarah Snook who’s in great danger of stealing the show from him.
Not a completely random selection for readers of Exiern here, you should seek this out. You might think you know why from the trailers but don’t worry, there’s so much more going on that you might, and it’s not even close to giving it all away.
Best to go in blind, so I’d recommend reading the short story it’s based on afterwards. It’s very good but webcomics are a lot to do with visuals and you usually can only be completely surprised the first time and this is one of those times that a film that lives up to its source material. “By His Bootstraps” is another excellent time travelling short story by Robert Heinlein, if you like that sort of thing it’s worth looking for. Not surprisingly, this is where we got the name of the bootstrap paradox from.
This movie is not a completely random selection either. Firstly, the obvious commonality between this show and this movie is the time travel element. You should also seek this out if you just generally like an intricately plotted story whose parts all fit together very cleverly by the end. With any luck, there’s going to be a time travel feature covering many more films and other media like this. There’s also reasons this particular film is aimed at readers of Exiern. You might think you know why but don’t worry, there’s so much more going on than all the promotional material might seem to suggest.
Seriously, look it up. It’s very good and the time you spend watching it is less time to the Exiern page by the time it’s finished. Don’t say we never did anything for you.
OK, on to this week’s episode coverage. Now, I’ve as of yet never seen Game of Thrones but I imagine it could be a bit like this week’s episode. Read on to see how I think how and feel free to sound off in the comments if I’m off base. Or just sound off about anything else about the show or Exiern if you like. It’s all good.
Picking up from last week, for someone who appeared to have no essential skills for the apocalypse (or even the more minor inconvenience of a power outage) in the present day as well as being someone no-one would miss then either (and probably aren’t), Zhang Peng seems to have been at least using some of his time wisely in learning to ride a horse (so not just flower arranging then). Unless of course, it was his ex-girlfriend from the first episode that was speeding towards the party he was at on a horse to teach him a lesson that had shown him how to do so. I guess I can’t rule it out. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…