Another prequel/reboot. This one takes place when Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos, Lorne Green) is a young, hot shot pilot in his twenties during the first Cyclon war.
The previous reboot’s first couple of seasons made for great television. Unfortunately, as the series progressed, you could sense Bush Derangement Syndrome setting in. What had been a smart, complicated series about duty and self-sacrifice headed by a patriarch who epitomized those values frequently devolved into moral equivalency.
In many ways, it reminded me of what happened to “24” and “Law and Order.” Apparently, the biggest mistake a conservative can make is openly enjoying a television program they find in line with their beliefs. As a result, the network suits freak out and make a lot of bad decisions to correct that error.
Which brings me to what is sure to be very bad news…
This ran in the The Foreigner late last month:
The write-up by American critic John Nolte describes Lilyhammer as being “an absolute breath of politically incorrect air”.
He says, “according to the show, the country of Norway is a Leftist’s wet dream. There’s national healthcare, and everything from hunting to building to creating a new business to getting a driver’s license is over-regulated to the point of absurdity.”
“Worse still, the men have mostly been emasculated into snivelling, helpless do-gooders who believe in “conflict resolution,” the church of trash separation, and accepting the unacceptable when it comes to bureaucratic rules.”
All good, until….
Lilyhammer producer Lasse Hallberg told Aftenposten that criticism of Norway’s Left Wing was not the intention, however.
“We fell about laughing here in the office when we became aware of the review. I never imagined we would be embraced by the Tea Party Movement in this way.”
Yeah, they’re going to muck it up now. They almost have to. The word “oops” must now go forth.
Sorry about that, everyone. I should’ve kept my mouth shut.
Warner Bros. has been great about helping us get this feature up and running, so hopefully there will be more in the future.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Choosing our winners was much harder than expected.
Morrissey is right that the timing for this story couldn’t be better. You can’t literally compare Barack Obama’s political assault on the Catholic Church to the violence that occurred in Mexico in the early part of the 20th Century at the hands of President Calles (a socialist who attempted to eradicate the church). Thematically, however, the issue could hit home for anyone concerned with this President’s unforgivable push to trump the First Amendment with a non-existent right to free birth control.
Calles attempted to enforce the anti-clerical laws put into Mexico’s 1917 socialist Constitution by demanding the expulsion of foreign priests, banning public demonstrations of faith (including the wearing of clerical garb), and making criticism of the government by priests punishable by five years in prison. A boycott organized by the Catholic Church prompted Calles to get even tougher, and open war broke out. Enrique Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), a general who had fought for the winning side in the revolution, chose to lead the Cristero rebellion, and the film focuses mainly on Gorostieta, two of his lieutenants, and a young boy named Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was later beatified by the Catholic Church.
It’s been exciting to see how much has changed over the past few years–how films like this are now getting produced.
As Glenn Reynolds might say: faster, please.
The British really have this all figured out. Here in the States, the one-hour network drama is expected to pound out 20 to 24 episodes a year. That’s the equivalent of ten feature films, and quality is bound to suffers as many of the shows devolve into formulaic plots. From what my wife has discovered via Netflix Streaming, our friends over in England put quality over quantity with much fewer episodes.
Look at what fewer episodes per season has done for American television, as well. Everything from “The Sopranos” to “The Closer” to “Mad Men” comes in at right around 13 episodes a year and I would argue that has a lot to do with why those shows are so good. Stretched out to nearly double that, there’s just no way the shows could maintain the quality.
I loved “Lost” but am positive fewer episodes per year would’ve made for a much, much better series overall.
Screw you, bundled cable!
I move across the country from Hollywood to North Carolina and look what happens. They keep pulling me back in!
Talk about a Sophie’s choice.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
The Killing (Season One) – Yeah, this is starting to peter out some now that I’m through episode 10. And I very much resent the politically correct lies surrounding the story’s fictional Muslim community. Americans do not deface mosques and we do not create an environment where Muslims are afraid to leave their homes.
Go to hell, Hollywood.
COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO
HOP arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/23/12.
Check out this new “sneak peep” of the HOP Blu-ray and DVD bonus feature “Phil’s Dance Party,” voiced by Jim Cummings and David Mallow. It’s an all-new mini-movie starring fan-favorite chicks Phil and Carlos. Phil’s enthusiastic dance moves are a knock out in more ways than one! The clip can be seen here. Additional film clips available here.
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR
CLASSIC PICK FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 22
7:15 AM: Boomerang (1947) — A prosecutor fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent. Dir: Elia Kazan Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb . BW-88 mins, TV-PG, CC.
An absolute can’t-miss. An amazing cast and an even more amazing director. You will never forget the opening scene. Stop reading this and set your DVR.
DO IT NOW!
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