Review: Orphan Black

Hey Geeks. Looking for a decent Sci-Fi fix without the usual two dimensional characters? something that doesn't sacrifice characterisation and plot for million dollar cheese ball special effects? then check this out because im giving this series 5.5 kumara out of 6. yup thats 3.5 kumara more than I gave the Hobbit. 

The story moves quickly, is thrilling at every turn and has surprisingly solid acting on every level offset by some nice comedic turns. OK a spoiler. its got clones. and clones who try and pretend to be other clones. all played by one actress. Tatiana Maslany who stars with herself. And herself. And herself as Sarah, a streetwise hustler who decides to steal the identity of a suicidal woman who looks like her. Little does she know that her doppelganger, Beth, is not her long-lost twin, but her exact clone ( holy Gattaca batman ). Supported by her foster brother Felix. fellow hustler and confident. Played by Jordan Garvais he steals many of the scenes and gets some of the best lines in the series. like that character.

The question of what makes us who we are is at the core of this series. How much does our genetic material impact upon our personal, social and intellectual development? What are the moral and ethical considerations? How does all of this shape ones identity? This is the type of series that as soon as an episode ends you want to immediately watch the next one. I would have probably have felt the same way about Game of Thrones if I hadnt read all the books first.   If the Emmys didnt hate Sci-Fi shows so much they would have given her a nomination. Just sayin

Adios dragsters!

Movie Review - The Hobbit

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug. 

I enjoyed the LOTR trilogy so with the enthusiasm of an overpaid Movie exec who just got a tax cut  and then stuck it to the little guy, I was looking forward for the return trip to Middle Earth.

This return trip was noticeably more arcade gameish than the original series ( see drawn out goblin battle scene - I was waiting for Bilbo to Level up! ) and struggled with a narrative that seemed to boxed in the more adult original LOTR that it lost the original charm the Hobbit had as a children's book. Sure its toned down from Jacksons earlier fare see Braindead and Bad Taste it still I think got waylaid in trying to be something it originally wasn't. The screen play and framing of the movie needed to be more Gaimanish ( did I just coin a new term ) - that is told true to its subject matter and original audience in this case children yet allowing a subtext underneath that can aimed at the adult audience emphasising the more violent and darker themes inherent in LOTR.

There are some nice touches though, Brett Mackenzie makes an appearance and my favourite character Radagast the Brown who looked like he just rolled in from the Luminate Festival on just the right amount of magic mushrooms to the amusement of the rest of the party goers. (although he isnt really major in the hobbit book ) Oh and it would be cool az to get on the plonk with some of those dwarves.

By the way has anyone else notice how all the 'races' of Middle Earth' are white? Also notice how all the Hobbits and Dwarves have either scottish, welsh or working class accents? classist much?

score 2.5 / 6 kumara