Watching The Big Bang Theory

Andy from Chicago has asked an interesting question about a show currently broadcast on the CBS network titled, “The Big Bang Theory.” A question exists about when an individual adopts a new television show. Specifically, should the individual viewer start at the current broadcast point or the very beginning of the show. Currently, the show has started a third broadcast season. Some television broadcasts do not build plot details or iterative themes and require very little effort from the viewer. In this case, a question remains about acquiring the first season of the show. Perhaps somebody with knowledge on the subject would be able to answer the current question.

Maybe somebody knows whether watching “The Big Bang Theory” is worth the time commitment…

  1. The 17 episode first season of “The Big Bang Theory” would cost about $19.99 on Amazon.
  2. Renting the “The Big Bang Theory” from a mail order delivery movie service would take several weeks.
  3. Ignoring the “The Big Bang Theory” would require minimal effort.
  4. Waiting for the box set of “The Big Bang Theory” could take several years, but could reduce the total price of viewership.
  5. Alternatively, CBS might decide to release “The Big Bang Theory” episodes online with commercial interruption.

In any event, selection of one of the previously enumerated options will occur.

Transformers 2 Review

A few notes about Michael Bay’s already financially successful feature film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). This sequel to the blockbuster Transformers (2007) has been in theaters for a few days. In terms of a blockbuster feature film premiering during the summer, the new Transformers film delivers a nearly nonstop string of entertaining moments mixed with computer generated explosions.

Joni thought the computer generated images depicting the transformers between various transformations degraded between the two films. Without question, the initial transformers feature film provided awesome graphics. During one of the special features on the Transformers (2007) DVD a discussion of the robot transformations detailed the efforts put into making them realistic. Unfortunately, the same degree of careful consideration for the computer generated transformations did not occur. Given the two year timeline between the two films, the computer generated images (CGI) should have increased in quality.

In the future, very few people will remember the transformers sequel as a science fiction classic. However, the film works in terms of providing pure entertainment, which is what the movie going experience is supposed to provide. Therefore, anybody interested in the prospect of entertainment in the form of science fiction blockbuster will enjoy Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

Angels & Demons Movie Review

Only 27 days after the opening, Joni authorized a lunchtime trip to the local movie theater to see the Tom Hanks film Angels & Demons. A review of the movie will be forthcoming later today or maybe tomorrow. Expect to see a few initial reactions about the movie on Twitter. Over the years, Tom Hanks has been involved in a very wide range of movie projects. After recently hearing Tom Hanks participate in an excellent radio interview on the Dennis Miller Show, it seemed like a good time to see the movie. Movies only have limited theatrical runs. Movie theaters could make money by showing classic movies on weekdays. A large catalog of movies exists. Based on the total catalog of available movies a classic movie Tuesday format could bring 52 movies a year to life on the big screen.


Angels & Demons Movie Review…

Dan Brown probably should have crafted a stronger novel. Elements of the plot are interesting and could have been the seeds of a strong novel. Overall, some of the plot decisions seriously hampered the development of both characters and readability. Visually, the movie delivers stunning imagery. Tom Hanks worked within the backdrop of history. Tom Hanks delivered a high quality performance that almost overcomes the shortcomings of the novel. All of the artwork, architecture, and stunning background imagery made the movie. For the most part, the last third of the book really begins to unravel.

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Terminator Salvation Tickets

Updated: Nels will be attending a Thursday evening showing of the Terminator Salvation theatrical film at the local movie theater. Nels went to see the theatrical release of Star Trek XI (2009) at 7:30 PM MST on Thursday May 7, 2009. Friday nights seem to be rather busy at the local Cinemark movie theater. Thursday evening movie releases provide access to the same product without the problem of overcrowding. For some reason, movie studios still engage in the limited midnight release of movies. If the movie theater will be playing the film at midnight, then why not just open the release at a reasonable hour. What is the point of limiting access to a product?

In terms of the Terminator franchise, Nels watched every episode of the television series, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Nels has also seen all three theatrical films released as part of the Terminator Franchise. The idea of technology gaining self awareness taking over everything seems unimaginable but also possible.

Nels will rank the Terminator franchise endeavors by personal preference.

  1. The Terminator (1984)
  2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  3. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008 to 2009)
  4. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Where will Terminator Salvation rank within Terminator franchise endeavors?

Outside Improvements

Early today a car ride through Colorado Springs involved a trip to the Home Depot. Joni seems to think the yard would greatly improve with the addition of flowering plants. Instead of thinking about purchasing plants, Nels thinks about dinner. Nels has a gift card from Applebee’s restaurant to purchase dinner. Dinner tonight will include at least one real burger the real fresh real deal burger. After careful reflection, Nels cannot remember eating dinner at an Applebee’s in the State of Colorado. Maybe years ago Nels had dinner at an Applebee’s in the State of Kansas, but never in the State of Colorado.

The movie theater in Colorado Springs sells burgers. With any luck, the real burgers from Applebee’s should be better than movie theater burgers. Joni enjoyed the Star Trek XI (2009) movie. Later this summer, two movies worth seeing will be premiering at the local movie theater. Both Terminator Salvation and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen will probably be major Hollywood blockbusters.

 

Peppercorn the dog outside
Peppercorn the dog outside

Star Trek Review

Full disclosure, Nels has seen every Star Trek movie and every episode of all the Star Trek television series. Nels went to see the theatrical release of Star Trek XI (2009) during the evening on Thursday May 7, 2009. Twitter allows for very short movie reviews. Perhaps in the case of this particular review brevity makes sense, “Star Trek XI was more space cowboy than prime directive.”

Overall, reimaging established franchises seems to be the direction major movie studios are taking. The director and producers present very few utopian futurist promises during the movie. Instead of continuing the franchise by advancing the intellectual legacy of fifteen franchise endeavors, the film endeavors a fundamental intellectual reimaging.

Before seeing the new Star Trek XI film, Nels was concerned the reimaging would abandon the themes, tone, and feel of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The future of the franchise does not appear to focus on producing futurist visions of a better tomorrow.

Clearly, the movie studio intends the reimaging of the franchise to launch a series of future possible films. Will these films focus on the development of a better tomorrow? That possible outcome seems highly unlikely at this point.

Where will Star Trek XI fall within the list of best Star Trek franchise endeavors? Nels will now attempt to rate the best Star Trek franchise endeavors by preference.

Best Star Trek Franchise Endeavors as ranked by Nels’s preference

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994)
  2. Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn (2nd Film, 1982)
  3. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966 – 1969)
  4. Star Trek: The Search for Spock (3rd Film, 1984)
  5. Star Trek: Generations (7th Film, 1991)
  6. Star Trek: XI (11th Film, 2009)
  7. Star Trek: First Contact (8th Film, 1994)
  8. Star Trek: Nemesis (10th Film, 2002)
  9. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 – 1999)
  10. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1st Film, 1979)
  11. Star Trek: The Voyage Home (4th Film, 1986)
  12. Star Trek: The Final Frontier(5th Film, 1989)
  13. Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (6th Film, 1991)
  14. Star Trek: Voyager (1995 – 2001)
  15. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 – 2005)
  16. Star Trek: Insurrection (9th Film, 1998)

Pick your three favorite Star Trek franchise endeavors…

Star Trek Expectations

Nels has Star Trek XI (2009) tickets for tonight. Amazing statistic: Nels has been caffeine free for twenty hours. Officially, movie theaters throughout the country will be showing the new Star Trek XI movie. Reimaging established franchises seems to be the direction major movie studios are taking.

Star Trek has a well established intellectual history. Modern iterations of the Star Trek franchise have abandoned the themes, tone, and feel of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Maybe the writers got tired of producing futurist visions of a better tomorrow.

Given the nature of reimaging an established franchise, the new Star Trek film should probably allow for future movies or television series. Would the movie studio finance and allow a Star Trek film that simply destroyed future possibilities?

Full disclosure, Nels has seen every Star Trek movie and every episode of all the Star Trek television series. Nels will now attempt to rate the best Star Trek franchise endeavors by preference.

Best Star Trek Franchise Endeavors

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994)
  2. Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn (2nd Film, 1982)
  3. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966 – 1969)
  4. Star Trek: The Search for Spock (3rd Film, 1984)
  5. Star Trek: Generations (7th Film, 1991)
  6. Star Trek: First Contact (8th Film, 1994)
  7. Star Trek: Nemesis (10th Film, 2002)
  8. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 – 1999)
  9. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1st Film, 1979)
  10. Star Trek: The Voyage Home (4th Film, 1986)
  11. Star Trek: The Final Frontier(5th Film, 1989)
  12. Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (6th Film, 1991)
  13. Star Trek: Voyager (1995 – 2001)
  14. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 – 2005)
  15. Star Trek: Insurrection (9th Film, 1998)

Where will the Star Trek XI fall within the list of best Star Trek franchise endeavors?

Himalayan Towers Documentary

The satellite dish in the backyard provides access to a television programming package from DirecTV. As a result, Nels now receives the Science Channel in High Definition. Last week Nels watched the Frederique Darragon directed and produced documentary film “Secret Towers of the Himalayas.” According to the information encoded in the broadcast the documentary film first aired on the Science Channel on November 20, 2003. Information about the film presents Frederique Darragon as a French explorer who has spent years studying the remote valleys of Tibet.

In addition to the documentary film, Frederique Darragon published the annotated photography book “The Secret towers of the Himalayas,” sometime around 2005. Several internet searches for the book did not provide any leads for legitimate resellers offering the book on the internet. Honestly, Nels would have probably purchased a reasonably priced eBook copy. No major online bookstores offer any publications from Frederique Darragon. Somewhere on the internet, somebody has a collection of Himalayan tower photographs.

Researchers could spend a lifetime documenting and studying the towers. Initial research presented in the documentary film suggests Tibet has about six hundred towers built between six hundred and one thousand years ago. The story of the Himalayan Towers presents a number of unique questions about history and significance. Strangely, most of the internet search results for the documentary include links to torrents. Perhaps most of the principle research on the Himalayan towers has not been translated into English. Nels will conduct a search for academic articles on the subject at some point in the future.

Theatrical Films Considered

Outside the door, foggy horizons cloud everything. Inside the door, the latest James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” just started playing. Toshiba has successfully developed reasonably high quality digital video upconverting technology that allows video from a standard DVD to play at near HD quality using an HDMI cable. Without question, the video upconverting technology has significantly hampered the development of a standalone Blu-ray disc player market. Accepting the current economic realities should increase the level of consideration given to the video on demand (VOD) and video rental business markets.

After watching the latest James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” one question bubbled to the surface. Are the newest James Bond films ignoring a twenty film legacy in favor of mimicking the stylized action sequences of the Jason Bourne films? The theatrical potential of the Jason Bourne franchise has probably been completely exhausted. The James Bond franchise will probably continue indefinably fulfilling audience desires for action films. At some point, the movie studio will accept the failures of the current James Bond and the series will reboot.

X-Men Origins Wolverine

On May 1, 2009, 20th Centenary Fox will release the theatrical version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine starting Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, the local Colorado Springs Cinemark movie theater complex will not be showing the film in IMAX. This oversight may have to do with the availability of an IMAX version. At this point, any major movie studio production should have an IMAX version. People who still pay for movie tickets expect a certain degree of entertainment value for the money, or they are purchasing movie tickets as some kind of avoidance behavior. The best technology for watching a theatrical release resides within the IMAX movie going environment. Nels will probably be attending the opening weekend release of this film. Nels has a weakness for comic book (graphic novel) inspired movies.