Title: Random, useless thoughts
Posted: March 21, 2011 (04:32 AM)
Sorry, I couldn't help it. Tell me if you get that. Seriously though...
Breakout Kings - I don't really watch new shows when they come out. I've been disappointed far too many times. Happy Town? Gone. Flash Forward? Axed. Sanctuary? Junk ever since they got rid of Emilie Ullerup. Dark Blue? Ripped away. Despite an overwhelming prediction of dread and anticipated angst, I watched the first episode--mainly because I was curious how much it would be like Leverage (which is phenomenal by the way.) A brief overview of the show is this: a group of convicts, all with special skills, are brought together to help the law in capturing prisoners that escape. With every successful nab, they get a month shaved off their sentence. Sounds a lot like Leverage, criminals catching other criminals. I expected that. What I did not expect was how brilliant the show would actually be, and how it would immediately set itself apart from the TNT series, or any show out there. Leverage is more like the Ocean's 11 movies--humorous antics and spy-like feats mixed into occasional drama. Kings is completely different. It's more psychological, more character driven and intense. I've only seen 3 episodes (because there are only 3) but I'm already hooked, and feel a strange attachment and connection with each role. They even have a brilliant, quirky character in the form of an obsessive gambler and for some reason I love those types, like Thomas Jane in The Mentalist or Reed in Criminal Minds. They fascinate me.
Robert Knepper - On the tail of the whole Breakout Kings thought, Knepper was on tonight's episode reprising his role from Prison Break of Theodore Bagwell. He was brilliant on that show, phenomenal in Transporter 3 and sadistically charming on Heroes. He is like Magneto, John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (or Broken Arrow, Swordfish, Pelham 123, Face/Off) or The Joker. A bad guy who's just so...entertaining you can't help but like them. T-Bag was the most despicable of prisoners but he ended up being one of my favorites simply because Knepper is such an incredible actor and he plays that part flawlessly. I recently saw the remake of Nightmare On Elm Street and couldn't help but think that movie would have been a hell of a lot better with him in the lead. He's been in a good many things, but I still can't help but wonder why he's not more famous than he is.
Console Classix.com - Anyone ever heard of or used them? I stumbled onto them searching for El Viento to hold up my end of a bargain (which I couldn't even find on Ebay, and that left me wondering how a game that is supposedly so incredible is harder to find than a sober person at Mardi Gras). They strike me as a GameTap company without all the exposure or the massive budget to make their website look decent. Wondering if they're legit, or just charging people to use an emulator they could get free elsewhere. If you've used them, let me know or if you know of a place I can play El Viento I would greatly appreciate it.
Gardening - I'm gunning for the platinum trophy on The Sims 3 but I don't know if I'll ever get it. I'm close, but no matter what I try I can't grow the perfect plant. Hell, I can't grow any plant at all. Apparently you can choose "plant" when you pick a seed from your inventory but I'm not ever presented with that option. I can't even plant with my cursor. It's starting to get a little annoying. Even the tips I found online (because apparently this is an issue or bug) didn't help. I've started three new games, increased my gardening skill and nothing. Got so desperate I hit Fastkilr up on AIM, wondering if he encountered that same issue (that was me, just in case you were wondering) but he wasn't around. Maybe he'll see this sooner (or others who've had the problem will) and lend me their advice. Just throwing that out there. Heh.
That's it for now. Have a few Name of the Wind thoughts and theological ponders but those are for later.
True Baby out.
Was played on Breakout Kings. Kick ass song by a band that gets better and better with every track I hear.
I'm really done now.
Title: Re: Random, useless thoughts
Posted: March 21, 2011 (12:03 PM)
I'm also enjoying Breakout Kings for basically the same reasons that you are. And I like The Mentalist and Criminal Minds for the same reasons. I think this is the closest we've ever come to complete agreement with one another and now I'm scared.
Title: Re: Random, useless thoughts
Posted: March 21, 2011 (03:06 PM)
...I'm a little scared too.
Over the years, though, I have noticed you and I have very similar taste in shows. Chuck, Dark Blue and now Breakout Kings. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that you like Supernatural for its style and creativity or FlashForward for Deacon Frost. You know, before it was canceled.