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Raising the Bar - TV Shows
Looks like TNT also decided to move on. After two seasons and 25 episodes, TNT declined to renew Raising the Bar for a third season. After four months of airing no new episodes at all, TNT aired the last three episodes of the second season in a mini-marathon on Christmas Eve night, 2009. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on March 3, 2010, 1:40 pm

Major League - Movie Series
This is yet another example of a movie that should never have become a series. When I first saw Major League II, I smelled trouble as soon as I noticed the absence of Wesley Snipes' name in the opening credits, and then smelled rotting fish when they unveiled the plotline of Charlie Sheen's "Wild Thing" character having gotten a clean-cut makeover during the off-season, under pressure by his publicist. ML2 tries really hard, and actually comes pretty close, but still can't quite measure up to the first movie. The ending is pretty good, but considering how much ML2 drags for most of the movie, it's hard to justify waiting for it. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 19, 2010, 2:04 pm

Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Movie Series
Almost every time Disney makes a DTV sequel, somewhere there's a fish with unspeakable things happening to it. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 19, 2010, 1:52 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
timdub asked: "What next, a Twilight-con?" It's already happened. There was a TwiCon in Seattle in January, and there are events scheduled for Ottawa and Vegas this summer. Residents of the latter two areas, take note. You have four and five months (respectively) to make plans to flee for the weekend! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 19, 2010, 12:39 pm

Deadliest Catch - TV Shows
Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie passed away yesterday, apparently due to complications from a stroke. Rest in peace and rock on, Captain Phil. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on February 10, 2010, 7:24 am

Emergency! - TV Shows
I'm not saying Dawn Lyn didn't suck. I AM saying that just because she makes a guest appearance (or two, in Emergency's case) does NOT automatically frappin' guarantee a fish-boning. Emergency was too good a show for Dawn Lyn to single-handedly kill it just by doing a couple of guest spots. To say that she did is severely disrepecting the show, which doesn't deserve it. And it's also giving Dawn Lyn too much credit, which she also doesn't deserve. All I'm asking is take off the "I Hate Dawn Lyn" goggles and evaluate the show on its own merits, not on Ms. Lyn's failings, and THEN decide whether it sucked. It's not fair to diss a show just because Dan Lyn showed her face on it a time or two. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 22, 2010, 11:05 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
JamesO: Twilight author Stephanie Meyer actually had an answer that made a lot of sense, when she was addressing a similar question (along the lines of why doesn't Edward go berserk with blood lust/thirst when it's Bella's time of the month). Meyer's answer was that vampires can only take nourishment from "live" blood, and the monthly supply you referred to isn't alive -- it's essentially dead debris being discarded, and therefore of no nutritional value (or culinary interest) to a vampire. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 8, 2010, 11:47 am

Twilight - Movie Series
PRLrulz: Blade's already been nominated as someone we'd like to see visit the "Twi-verse," along with Buffy and Van Helsing, and my vote's for Blade (as I suspect yours is). But I don't think the glittery emo crew could stand up to ANY vampire slayer we could think of from comics, TV, movies, or books. To add another candidate, Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett's character from 30 Days of Night) could kick some serious butt in the Twi-verse. In fact, I'd be inclined to question whether the emo vamps could even survive a visit from Charley Brewster ("Fright Night"). -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 8, 2010, 11:38 am

King Kong - Movie Series
King Kong boned the fish with the 2005 remake - why did it have to be so darn long, especially in the beginning? In the theatre, my girlfriend fell asleep during the trip to the island, and I didn't wake her until 45 minutes later when they FINALLY got to the island. She asked if she missed anything, and I said not much. On the flip side, the action scenes on the island and back in NYC were awesome, albeit still a bit long. I had the impression that Peter Jackson used his "influence capital" from the LOTR movies to get the Director's Cut straight to the screen - there was quite a lot that could have waited to be put on the DVD as deleted scenes. Don't get me wrong: King Kong is a GREAT story; I just don't think it's got enough to make a decent three-hour film. Merian C. Cooper did just fine with 105 minutes, but when Peter Jackson went for three hours, he bloated it into a fish-boner. I'm not buying this one on DVD until they come out with a Special CONDENSED Edition. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 8, 2010, 11:17 am

New Coke - Random Topics
The **Diet** New Coke was actually pretty good, and an improvement on the old diet formula ... Diet New Coke had a cinnamon taste to it, so it didn't taste nearly as much like diet soda as Diet Coke did before. Messing with Classic Coke (as it's called now) was a colossal blunder, but they were onto something with the Diet New formula. I wouldn't mind seeing **that** one come back. (Ditto for Diet Coke with lemon.) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 8, 2010, 11:05 am

Star Trek: The Animated Series - TV Shows
Still rocks! The animated series reaped the benefits of some great writing and a creative team that took full advantage of working in animation vs. live action. With the animated series, we get a hint of what the original series would have been like if NBC hadn't given it a premature death. All hail Filmation! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 1, 2010, 12:56 am

Star Trek - TV Shows
Still rocks, always will, and never boned, in spite of some eminently forgettable third-season episodes. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on January 1, 2010, 12:49 am

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - TV Shows
I agree with the "What makeover?" reason. They're not making over the existing house; they're knocking it down and starting all over. More importantly, though, the new houses are so fancy one wonders how the families can afford the upkeep. When I started seeing stories online about "makeover" families losing their new houses because they were unaffordable (NOT because of questionable financial decisions like putting the new home up as collateral for a loan), that put the show on the "BTF Watchlist" as far as I was concerned. (Definition: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/watchlist) However, the jury is still out on whether this issue makes the show go BTF. I've heard that they're supposed to be dialing back how snazzy the new homes are, and making efforts to make them more sustainable, but I really haven't noticed it on any episodes I've seen recently (which isn't all that many). All the same, the show remains on the watchlist. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 31, 2009, 10:49 am

Y2K Bug, The - Random Topics
The Y2K issue was real, but ridiculously overhyped with the "Millenium Bug" angle. That's ludicrous for two reasons: 1) Because the calendar started with Year 1 (not zero), the third millenium didn't begin until Jan. 1, 2001 -- NOT Jan. 1, 2000. 2) The issue with the last two digits of the year would have occurred at the end of ANY century, not just at the end of the 1900s. If computers had been around in the 1800s, the same problem would have existed as 1900 approached; similarly, if they hadn't been invented until the 21st century, the same problem would have existed as 2100 approached. So, strictly speaking, it was a Century Bug, not a "Millenium Bug." People just got uppity because four numbers were changing! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 24, 2009, 1:05 pm

IT Department At Any Company, The - Random Topics
Actually, diezman, the bad English skills aren't a knock against the IT people, but against the management fools that decided to outsource the IT functions to someplace like India ... forcing customers to cope with subpar language skills when they need assistance, and also forcing IT people in the good ol' US of A out of work. I would like to see corporations' tax breaks tied to the percentage of their employees who actually work in the US, but that's another topic and another can of worms. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 24, 2009, 12:41 pm

Nadya "Octomom" Suleman - Celebrities
@meQal: Decent idea, but in addition to telling her, maybe she needs to write it on the blackboard a few hundred times a la Bart Simpson: "MY VAGINA IS NOT A CLOWN CAR." -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 22, 2009, 6:21 pm

Twilight - Movie Series
Barlow, hell -- IMO what the "Twi-verse" needs is a visit from Van Helsing, Blade, or even Buffy. "Sucked from the start" is my vote for Twilight, but it's as much because of the obsessed and irrational fanbase as it is because of the movie's shortcomings. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 14, 2009, 2:07 pm

Star Wars - Movie Series
My take on "whiny emo" Anakin: We've known ever since Jedi in 1983 that Anakin was seduced into the Dark Side. My impression was that Anakin's whininess made it easier for Palpatine/Sidious to find a weakness, exploit it, and ultimately succeed in turning Anakin into Darth Vader. So Anakin's whiny emo demeanor, annoying as it is, actually fits right in with how the story unfolds. And, regarding the movie series' BTF moment, my take is that it boned big time with the first two prequels, but Revenge of the Sith was more than good enough to make up for Phantom and Clones - redeeming the series from the Dark-Boned Side, as it were. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 8, 2009, 9:10 am

Mac vs. PC Commercials - Random Topics
I **am** a Windows person (got the tech support resume to prove it), and I think the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials totally rock. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on November 7, 2009, 9:48 pm

Star Trek - Movie Series
Tanlee - You can explain why Star Trek V sucked with two words: "William" and "Shatner." If Shatner never sits in a director's chair again, that's just fine by me! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on October 28, 2009, 9:40 pm


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