A Frakin Domain!

31 Mar

Yep, I went ahead and went with my own domain.  So hop on over and start following at frakinspoilers.com!

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The Wolverine International Trailer

29 Mar

I tend to not keep up with what is coming out when and I don’t recall hearing about a new Wolverine movie (but I had heard about other X-men movies in the works). The first Wolverine movie was okay, but not what I had hoped it to me. From the trailer, this one looks a little more interesting.

(Again, I am not a comic book reader, so I can’t look at it from that lens or know what to expect based on the comic story line.)

The Voice – The Blind Auditions Premiere (Part 1)

29 Mar

I know I know… all of these singing competitions are cheesy, but I can’t help it.  I really like The Voice.  However, it is a bit different from other things like American Idol and it isn’t all about crappy pop music.  I do have mixed feelings about this season since two of the coaches have been replaced as the show will now have Shakira and Usher.  I do have to admit that Usher is better to look at than Celo.  The blind auditions are my favorite part of the show, particularly since I know how it feels to be judged by your outer appearance.  The last two seasons the level of talent has been unbelievable, so I am looking forward to seeing and hearing new people.  Since the first episode is over an hour long I decided to split the episode into two posts.  This post covers the first half of the episode.

They start off mentioning that there will be the “biggest shock in the history of The Voice” to get you interested in watching and then have a performance by all four coaches.  They sing “Come Together” by The Beetles.  I am not a huge Beetles fan, but this was an interesting way to do it because all four artists are very unique musically and vocally and it was cool to see bits of them all in the song.

The first set is a pair of twins, The Morgan Twins.  They do not seem completely identical, but they did not say other wise and they look quite similar.  They sing “Fallin” and almost immediately Usher and Blake turn around.  They are quite good and sing well together, though they sound very similar.  After listening a bit, Adam turns around and finally Shakira turns around after what appears to be a lot of debate.  Blake has some usual horn dog comments, though I don’t mind them, he’s funny about it.  My prediction was that they would pick Usher, since they had said they wanted him to turn around, but surprisingly they go with Blake.

 The next contestant is Jessica, who has a sad back story (alcoholic mother, etc) and music got her through so much (*gag*, it’s too over done).  She sings “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” and Shakira and Usher turn around quickly and are the only two to turn around.  However, I do not care for her arrangement of it.  It’s funny to watch the new coaches banter, especially with the two old coaches.  She decides to go with Usher.

Next artist!  A decently attractive guy, Mark currently works for his family roofing houses, but not something he wants to do for the rest of his life (duh?).  He talks about some family that ends up making him cry (oh how sensitive!).  He sing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.  Adam turns around fairly quickly.  His voice is okay, but a little odd and not my favorite.  Shakira also turns around shortly after Adam, but they are the only two.  I am enjoying watching Shakira because she is very animated.  He ends up going with Shakira.

The next artist has an interesting name, Janetza.  She says she might work a bird call into the song, so I don’t know how that is going to play out… She is a Latin singer, so she is very nervous about Shakira being there.  Janetza sings Titanium and it seems very forced, especially on the lower end and seems a tad pitchy (if I can tell, she probably is pretty off).  I predicted that no coaches would pick her and was correct.  First artist of the night (at least shown on the show) that is not picked.  But hey, she at least got a hug from Adam and some advise from all the coaches.

Danielle is the next contestant and she seems very young (she is 16), but has a cute, naive country girl look.  She is extremely nervous, but also very excited.  She sings a Taylor Swift song “Mean”.  She has a very sweet and smooth voice.  Blake and Usher turn around decently quickly and you can hear her performance get stronger.  Adam also turns around before the end.  I like Danielle’s voice much more than Taylor Swift.  I felt that she would want to go with Blake, because she is quite country.  Adam tries to argue that Taylor Swift is not solely country and Blake says they do take ownership of her.  Usher brings up Justin Bieber (ugh).  Thankfully she goes with Blake!

The last artist I will cover for tonight is Vedo who will be singing Boyfriend by Bieber and of course, he wants Usher.  I don’t think trying to be like Bieber will impress him, he already has a Bieber.  He does have a sad story because his mother was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer with two months to live.  This story actually got to me because I have lost family to cancer.  It would be especially heart wrenching if he gets through and she passes.  On to the singing, he does at least have a unique take on the song and Usher does turn around.  Usher is the only one that turns, so it makes Usher’s first contestant and neither are disappointed.

That is all for now… to be continued!

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Take the Human Test (Volume 2)

28 Mar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_487542&feature=iv&src_vid=sMkTeHAorY8&v=-kRPlbFeask

Of course, there is a second volume to the human test, just in case you did not pass the first one.  You gotta be sure right?  For this one, it says that if you answer “yes” to 7 or more questions you are human. Here are my answers for Volume 2:

  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • No

Again, I just hit the mark at 7.  It also says if you do not have 7, the results are inconclusive and more tests are needed.  I am looking forward to see if there are more of these in the future.

Bones – The Blood from the Stones

28 Mar

Whether or not it is “real to life”, Bones is by far one of my favorite shows and I look forward to watching it every week.  I am not a follower from the beginning  having only seen a few episodes here and there, but I had gone back and watched every episode before catching up with the current seasons.  The combination of science-y stuff and characters that I love and can relate to just makes it a great show for me.  Plus… David Boreanaz, need I say more?

The crime the team is investigating in this episode involves a somewhat petrified body found in a car.  Of course, they quickly determine that he was murdered and they’re off to the lab to determine who, how, and why.  The one side bit to this episode is that there is a guy video taping the team work in order to get donations for the Jeffersonian.  However, they get Dr. Edison to help with the case, even though he is not part of the crime unit anymore, because he is viewed as more camera friendly and relatable.  Through-out the episode, the camera guy is wandering around which causes Bones to try to compete with Dr. Edison to be more likable.  Bones struggles throughout the episode with the idea that maybe she is “stern and imperious” and maybe even mean or rude.  She talks with Booth at the end to ask if she is always like this and he comforts her to say she is nice and not always like she was on the footage.

Back to the murder, the victim was determined to be an undercover cop, but there is some suspicion that he has gone dirty, since he had swallowed a bag of diamonds before he left.  Bones and Booth meet with the cop, Dinco, who knew the details about the victim’s undercover work.  He was very upset over the suggestion that the victim may have been dirty and he quite upset and passionate, though a little anxious, about wanting to work on the case and does not stir up any suspicion.  That is until the victim’s wife says that it would be his fault, even if he didn’t pull the trigger.

Based on some of the particulates and such on the bullet, they determine where the victim was shot.  While there find a foot that was most likely left by whoever shot the victim in the first place.  Meanwhile, Angela is able to perform some of her technological magic and trace the ATM robberies to a house that is rented by two students.  They suspect that the female student just may be missing a foot.  Booth and Bones go to check it out and they find the female in the bed with her leg starting to gangrene.  Booth questions her before letting the rescue team to the hospital.  Shortly after that, they are able to catch up with the other student and bring him in for questioning, but only after he was roughed up by Dinco.  The kid admits that they were going to buy the diamonds, but the undercover cop took their money and shot his girlfriend.  By this point, they also know that the gun used to kill the victim was one issued by the DC police, so the kids did not kill him.  That turns the gaze on Dinco as the murderer, but that does not last long when Hodges finds particulates of leather, alcohol, and jasmine on some of the gun powder in the bones.

 They bring the victim’s wife in to question her and she finally admits that she killed him because she wanted the money to herself.  She had shot him with his own gun through her leather purse and had broken a bottle of perfume she in there in the process, hence the particulates.

I was a little disappointed that the rest of the team are not in the episode much.  I love Angela, but she was only in the show for a short time.  Even the rest of the team, Sweets and Hodges, were not main characters in this episode.  I do prefer episodes where the whole team gets very involved   Especially where Hodges does experiments!

Overall, I didn’t find this to be one of the best episodes, but it was still good.  The case they were involved in wasn’t as interested and didn’t seem as detailed as others in the past, probably because of the elements of the documentary and such.  I give it 7 bones out of 10.

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Doctorin’ the Tardis

27 Mar

I was wandering GoodWill yesterday searching for items to cosplay as Jayne for the upcoming con I am going to.  I was browsing through clothes when this song came on the radio.  For a while, I thought I was going crazy and imaging things because the lyrics seemed to be “Doctor Whooooo, the Tardis”.  I had talked myself out of it, thinking I was just hearing things when the Doctor Who theme music can on in the song as part of the song.  I stopped in my tracks and was quite confused.  Why in the hell was this playing in, of all places, a Good Will?  Maybe someone snuck in and changed the station or plugged in their iPod?  The song afterwards was “What if God Was One of Us”, so I think it was just a regular station. Don’t get me wrong, it amused the hell out, but it also weirded me out and made me think I was imagining it for a while.

The song itself is called “Doctorin’ the Tardis” and was made by The Timelords (their only song) in 1988.  It seems odd, that such an old song would be on a somewhat poppy/modern station.  Perhaps it is a sign that geeks are taking over the world?

Beauty and the Beast – On Thin Ice

27 Mar

Yes… I know… this is by no means a great show, but hey, it is exactly what you would expect from the CW.  I started watching it with the hope that it would be a clever retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  It is definitely an interesting modification (the “beast” is a genetically engineering soldier who beasts out when he gets mad), but the main focus seems to be the romantic relationship between Vincent (the beast) and Catherine (the beauty).

Honest I have gotten a tad behind in this episode, so I was trying to recall what had happened in the previous one.  I don’t recall the details (it’s so memorable huh?), but Catherine had gotten shot and she is not recovering.  Part of her recovery is talking with a shrink during which she realize and admits that she is in love with Vincent (shocker!).  But for the time being, she has still not been authorized to start working again.  Because she cannot work, she is going crazy and keeps bugging her partner Tess to let her help with a case.  She does end up sneaking around and helping some with the case, but it was not a major part of the episode by any means.  Generally the cases get Vincent involved, but this one was fairly open and shut and completely not interesting.  I think if they were going to have her sneak around, it could have at least been an interesting case like usual.

The other major plot line in this episode is Vincent is seeing his ex-fiance Alex.  She has been stealing supplies from the hospital she works at and is helping at a clinic for people who cannot afford treatment.  She brings Vincent with her and he helps with some of the patients (of course Mr. strong, dark and handsome ex-military is also a sweet and compassionate doctor!).  She tells him that they could run away together in a group that does medical treatment in various villages in Africa (or something to that effect).  After they finish at the clinic they sneak into an ice skating rink that they used to get into and get caught.  Since Vincent has no ID and cannot reveal his true identity (since he is technically dead), he calls in Catherine who reluctantly gets him out of trouble by lying to the police that caught them.  At the end of the episode, he tells her that Alex is willing to run away with him and if she would be willing to do the same, but she asks if she would still be willing to do so if she knew the full truth.  Given that it is a romantic “sci-fi” type show, it’s pretty easy to tell that he will end up with Catherine, that’s just how it has to be.

The other minor point in the episode is that J.T. is now working with Evan on the trans-genetic DNA, which is really Vincent’s DNA that has been found on various crime scenes. Evan wants to be able to understand this create and capture it and possibly cure it.  Just when it looks like they are about to have enough evidence to go to the police chief (and J.T. is freaking out about it) the samples show as corrupted.  The last scene of the episode shows Evan’s girlfriend (Claire) meeting up with Dr. Sorenson saying that she had corrupted the samples and that they would get to Vincent first.  I believe that Dr. Sorenson is one of the bad guys from earlier in the episode that wanted to capture Vincent to study him, he looked familiar.

One thing I wanted to mention was the “lab work” they were doing to look at the DNA.  Determining if the trans-genetic DNA was a match took only a few minutes and just came up on the screen saying it was a match and had two DNA strands on the screen.  Then all of a sudden a big flashing “SAMPLES CORRUPTED” came up on the screen.  Because… ya know… science totally works like that.

Overall, it’s a silly show.  I will probably continue to watch it, but it’s low on the totem pole of what I want to watch.  I only watched it now because it was easier to find than some of the episodes of The Walking Dead that I have missed.  I give it 5 DNA strands out of 10.

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Family Guy – Chris Cross

26 Mar

I loved Family Guy when it first came out.  Since it’s return, it has good episodes and some are just… ehh… If you watch I’m sure you know what I mean.  I’ve apparently gotten a bit behind on Family Guy.

In general, I tend to like episodes more when they do not focus on Peter.  Let’s face it, Peter is a moron and, while he does have a few funny moments, is generally just annoying.  Based on the name of the episode, it seems like it’s going to be another episode focusing on Chris.  I did enjoy the episode where he went to space camp, so I had decent hopes for this one.

The main story line for this episode is that Chris gets made fun of because he is wearing lame shoes.  He asks his parents for money, but they refuse, so he sneaks in their room when they are gone and steals some money.  Meg sees him and blackmails him into doing things for her, in typical Meg fashion.  She has him watch An Officer and a Gentleman (I’m assuming it’s some romance movie, I have never seen it) and at the end she has him say “That’s going to be you someday Meg”.  The creepiest part was she wanted him to help put contacts in and her eyes rolled up into her head.  Finally Chris cannot take it anymore so he runs away from home.

I was pleasantly surprised that he runs away and ends up staying with Mr. Herbert (that creepy old man that has a crush on Chris).  I love Mr. Herbert, he adds that necessary creepy feel that is just hilarious.  This was one of the better episodes for him.  My favorite scene is when Chris and Mr. Herbert are going to bed, they are both in individual twin size beds that are decently far apart.  Chris keeps turning the light off, then back on to ask a question and the beds keep getting closer and closer.  Chris farts and turns the light back on and Mr. Herbert is back where he started and said that’s one way to waist a Cialis (erection pills for those that are too innocent to know what that is).  Eventually Chris gets so annoying that Mr. Herbert kicks him out.  Meg had ended up looking for him and finally found him and convinced him to come back home.

The other story line for this episode is between Stewie and Brian.  Stewie discover Anne Murray and loves his music.  Brian thinks he’s full of shit, but after Stewie sings to him, he has the same weird visions to the music that Stewie does.  They end up later arguing over a song and go to see her to ask what it really means.  It is here that Stewie finds out that she didn’t actually write the songs so he ties her up.  There was no real end to that story line.

There were two random scenes in the episode that stood out to me too.  One is when Stewie mentioned Buzz Lightyear not showing up and it cuts to Buzz at a scene trying to pick up some girls with the pickup line “Want to go to my apartment? And beyond?”  I thought that was pretty good.  The other was Peter being out on a date with Lois but had forgotten his wallet.  He ran to the payphone to make a call, but it cuts to a live action clip from probably the 80s.  It may have been funny if I had known what the original clip was from, but I just didn’t get it.

Overall, it was a decent episode.  I love Mr. Herbert being all creepy and I was amused by the fact that he eventually got tired of Chris.  At the end, it showed Mr. Herbert arriving at a cabin (that he had planned on going to with Chris) to meet with another guy and his small child/boyfriend crying that they had broken up.  I give it 7 evil monkeys out of 10.

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Whitney – Crazy, Stupid, Words

26 Mar

Whitney is another one of the shows that is more of a guilty pleasure, and not so geeky.  The geekiest part of the show is Whitney’s husband/boyfriend Alex who is a bit of a nerd and created and sold a website for a good deal of money.  While he is a geek, he is also a bit of a hipster looking guy, though I suppose the two “types” can often merge.

The theme behind this weeks episode is trust in couples and couples sneaking in and reading each others email.  It starts off by talking about it while watching a couple at a restaurant fight about it.  Later, they go to Marks bar where they are talking about trigger words (a word that upsets you due to a past experience) and it progresses to Whitney taking a picture of her butt as a funny photo with her friends, which upsets Alex because that is *his* butt and only *he* should get to see it…  Right.  That part irked me a bit because it came off much too controlling than I felt the situation needed to be.  It honestly made me like Alex less as a character because it made him much more close minded than the hipstery nerd I saw him as. Moving along… after fighting, Alex decided to take a picture of his junk and of course at that moment Roxanne and Lily walk in to see him in all of his glory and he proceeds to slam the laptop shut… on his dick.

Once you are done cringing at the thought of that, it moves on to Whitney joking with her friends about the situation and Alex sneaking onto her email to read it (Who saw that coming? Oh wait… everyone).  After a bit of fighting, they finally sit down and discuss it like adults and they both discuss their trigger words and explain why they are triggers.

Overall, not one of the stronger episodes and there have been some that are quite funny, but this one just didn’t push that boundary for me, though the part of Alex being controlling and acting like he owns Whitney did push it down a bit as well.  I give it 4 nerd glasses out of 10.

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Firefly – Serenity (Rewatch)

25 Mar

It has been a while since I have watched Firefly, at least in it’s entirety and I will admit, I have only seen it all the way through once.  I am usually late to the cool shows and it took several people pressuring me to watch it before I did.  I decided to work on re-watching it, not only because it is great show, but I am going to cosplay as Jayne at an upcoming con (RavenCon if anyone is going!), so I thought a re-watch could not hurt.

The first episode (in the proper order that is) is Serenity and starts off in a battle.  Having seen it all before, I already knew that this is where Captain Malcolm Reynolds is forced to surrender.  He does have a good quote in telling one of his men that “we are just too pretty for God to let us die.”  That is the one thing that I have forgotten, or I suppose just not realizing, but how many good quotes there are in this series.  It is here we are also introduced to Zoe and the relationship between Mal and Zoe as browncoats is a lasting one through out the series.

After the surrender, we meet up with the crew six years later as they are breaking into a ship to steal some goods.  We are introduced to Wash, Jayne, and Kaylee and Wash is at the helm playing with his dinosaurs (“Curse you sudden bu inevitable betrayal!”).  An Alliance cruiser comes along and the crew is able to distract them long enough to grab the goods and run.  We find out later that the goods they nabbed are for a character named Badger.  They stash the goods and head for Persephone to finish the deal with Badger.

As soon as I saw Badger, I realized that this is where I knew the actor from.  Mark Sheppard, who plays Badger, also played Romo in Battlestar Galactica and some characters in Doctor Who and Supernatural.  Seeing him here, I realized that is why I kept feeling like he was a sleezebag in Battlestar, because he really is here.  Badger refuses to pay Mal or even accept the goods, which leaves them in a bit of a rut.  Trying to decide what to do with it, Mal suggests going to Patience on Whitefall.  Zoe reminds Mal that she shot him the last time they met and he said that it was kind of a legitimate reason.

During this, Kaylee is looking for passengers and it is here that we meet Shepherd Book and Simon.  Inara also rejoins the crew and her profession becomes clear when Mal introduces her as a whore.   Later at dinner (with real food!) Simon is asking a lot of questions.  This was not something that stood out in my memory and it makes him seem very suspicious.  Knowing why he is there and what is in his crate, this seems like a poor move on his part.  Smuggling a family member seems like the best time to keep your mouth shut.  It’s also here that Kaylee starts to become interested in Simon.

Mal is washing up from dinner when Wash calls him, saying that he had stopped a hail from inside the ship for an Alliance cruiser.  Given his suspicious behavior at dinner, Mal assumes it is Simon, when really it was the thus far unnamed third passenger (his name ended up being Lawrence, if you were curious).  The spy tries to take over and Kaylee ends up getting shot just as the Alliance ship is ordering them to release the wanted prisoners.  Simon rushes to help her then backs away, threatening to let her die if they do not run, so they hightail it out of there and Simon patches up Kaylee.  I kind of think if Kaylee was very aware of his actions, she may not have liked him quite as much later on.  After Kaylee is stable, Mal charges out to see what Simon has in storage only to discover River.  This is where Simon explains his story and why the Alliance are after him and his sister.

As they approach Whitefall, Patience talks to them and agrees to deal.  However, Mal thinks she’s not actually going to pay him and will probably shoot him again, so they prepare to be screwed over.  They meet with Patience and she does try to take the money and the goods and a gun fight breaks out.  Zoe is shot, but we find later she was wearing armor that protected her.  Patience is the only one left standing on her side and Mal takes the money from her.  About that time, Jayne comes running in because the Reavers had followed them.  They rush back to the ship and Mal shoots the Alliance spy (who had escaped and was holding River hostage) and they take off.  Trying to outrun the Reavers, Jayne and Shepherd get Kaylee to the engine room and she gives them orders on what to do.  Wash say they are going to pull a Crazy Ivan (which is apparently an actual military thing relating to submarines).  With a Firefly class ship though, it’s having one engine forward and another in reverse to quickly spin around.  The Crazy Ivan was successful and allowed them to escape from the Reavers (after which lead to Zoe stating that she needed Wash to tear all her clothes off).

After the dust settles, so to speak, Mal allows Jayne to interrogate the Alliance spy.  It is here that the spy offers Jayne money to turn River in along with the rest of the crew.  At the end of the episode, Mal asked why Jayne didn’t turn on him to which Jayne replied that the money wasn’t good enough.  Mal then asked what would happen when it was and Jayne said it would be an interesting day.  In my first watch of the show, I never really questioned Jayne’s loyalty to Mal, but it does make me wonder if the money could ever be good enough.

Simon comes up to talk to Mal, who out of no where asks him to join the crew.  The best place for Simon and River to be is on the run, plus they could use a medic.  Simon’s concern is that Mal will try to kill him in his sleep to which Mal says that if he was going to kill him he’d be awake, looking at him, and armed.

During the episode, Shepherd and Inara have a few conversations.  During the first one Shepherd brings her dinner and she expects him to lecture her about her sinful ways.  However, they end up discussing Mal and mention how loyal he is to his own crew.  The second conversation is after they have escaped the Reavers, gotten their payment, and gotten rid of the Alliance mole.  Shepherd talks about how he has only been out of the abbey for two days and how he was not sure he was on the right ship.  His major dilemma is that Mal shot the mole and he was not sure that he could say that it was wrong.  Looking back on it, this shows a lot of his character and I think by the end, it will really show how his morality as a Shepherd and a member of the crew will evolve.

Overall, there was a lot of character building done in this episode, which makes it interesting that this was actually the 11th episode when it aired on TV originally (way to go FOX).  I never really paid much attention to how characters are set up, but the values and thoughts of the characters is definitely set up well for the rest of the series.  I give this episode 9 Serenitys out of 10.

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