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Lemurized Review: Almost Human

167 views    posted 20 Nov 2013, 09:00    
'Almost Human' recently premiered on FOX.

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- s01e01:
- s01e02:

Genre: Sci-Fi, Crime, Drama

Sustainability: Debuted with strong ratings

Who's It Likely to Appeal to? If you liked Dollhouse, IRobot, Terminator, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Total Recall, Judge Dredd, this show is for you.

Note: Contains Spoilers

'The series is set thirty-five years in the future when humans in the Los Angeles Police Department are paired up with lifelike androids; a detective who has a dislike for robot partners is paired up with an android capable of emotion.' - Wikipedia
Tech has got out of control, and to fight the criminals of the future, androids are needed.

My Thoughts Before Watching the Show
…And his name [the android] was Sonny. Let’s hope this isn't really a sorry excuse for another crime procedural.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, an unstrung harp, a croaking bull frog, or a quavering violin, the first batch of debuts this season has not been a proudest epoch of TV history. To date, I have only picked up The Blacklist, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (which kinda doesn't count as a spin-off), and Almost Human.

So relatively speaking, Almost Human is in a rather elite group of shows - one of three shows on which I have conferred a Lemurized endorsement.

'Why', you may be wont to ask, 'does Almost Human make the cut'? Well, that's a very good question, although you might have asked it with a little more deference.

An excellent place to start is the high production quality. Almost Human (AH) is not a cheap bastard (I loathe bastards, which is why I made the effort and took my girl friend to McCafe, because she's just a little bit fancy). Anyhoo, the near future is well-financed, with plenty of well-shot action scenes, convincing looking backgrounds, and advanced tech.

The show is based on the buddy cop archetype, but with a twist. A human detective, Kennex (Karl Urban), is paired with Dorion (Michael Ealy), an android. Kennex has been through the ringer, so has issues, thus in one sense not fulfilling his full human potential, while Dorian by design and will aspires to be human, but is obviously not. Dun dun dun. Both charaters are 'Almost Human.'

The two have what we will term a 'rat tat tat'; they play off each other well. Even though Urban is the lead, I would venture to say Ealy is the one who really shines in his role. His portrayal of the android is conterminously mechanical and enigmatic, bringing an engaging tension to his performance.

The show still retains a procedural format, and looks set to pursue a case of the week format, but as the pilot enumerates, their is an ongoing mystery to be solved; viz an ambush by a crime syndicate Kennex walked into in the shows opening scene. Its implied there was more to those events than met the eye.

My concerns of an overly procedural emphasis were assuaged; there's no compromise on the sci-fi element, or an attempt to utilize it merely as an excuse for another crime procedural that's not qualitatively different from [Insert Mindless Cop Show Name Here]

On the downside, the script writing shows promise, but can be a little clunky. The supporting characters have yet to be developed adequately also. Nevertheless, the fundamentals are right, and there's ample room for an effective development of both plot and characters.

Out of Five

The Bottom Line
Watch, if humanly possible.

- mental lemur -

Guy Fawkes Station 2013 - Questions, Pictures, and Playlist

183 views    posted 31 Oct 2013, 07:54    
On the 5th of November, we celebrate the greatest day of the year, Guy Fawkes!

On the 5/11, it will be time to 'ignite the light', as Katy Perry once said (or was it Sun Tzu?)
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I, for one, am going to set the earth afire.

You're going to 'hear me roar' (definitely Sun Tzu, who made the first firework ever)

My Dream Firework

So, I have some Guy Fawkes questions for you:
- What did/do you like about Guy Fawkes (or Independence Day) best?
- What are you favorite things to do with fireworks? For instance, I like to throw those spinning ground bloom flowers. This year, I'm going to experiment shooting Roman Candles at balloons.
- Any other suggestions for a good fireworks night?

Check out my EXplode Playlist for Guy Fawkes 2013 -

Lemurized Review: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

114 views    posted 12 Oct 2013, 04:12    
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland recently premiered on ABC.





Genre: Mystery, Romance, Fantasy, Drama

Sustainability: Limited run series; storyline will resolve itself in about 18 episodes.

Who's it likely to appeal to? If you like the parent series, Once Upon a Time.

Note: Contains Spoilers

"In Victorian London, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this girl must be insane. Her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her – especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever, the handsome and mysterious Cyrus – but deep down she knows this world is real. Just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the irrepressible White Rabbit save her from a doomed fate. Now Alice is determined to find Cyrus while evading the plots of Jafar and the Red Queen." - Wikipedia

My Thoughts Before Watching the Show
"I liked the original Once, so this should be good too. Pity the mad hatter from Once couldn't be in it."

Well, you kats are in for a real treat. For the second time in just a few weeks, you can read another Lemurized Review. Do you know how rare those things are? As rare as hen's teeth! Once again, dear reader, you are one of the lucky few who get to enjoy my imperious pomposity. However, I don't mean to denigrate those who didn't read or enjoy this, but if you are one of those people, I will point out to you 'denigrate' means 'put down'.

Truly, the Fall TV season has presented us with some of the weakest shows ever broadcast. The Tomorrow People, Hello Ladies, Hostages, Sleepy Hollow have all fallen rather flat. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will be the only show I have picked up so far this season, other than The Blacklist. Since Flashpoint concluded last year, and I have dropped Homeland because I resent Imperious Pomposity in anything but myself; I have not made a net gain in shows. But, I digress.

Our story starts with Alice's first adventures down the Fabulous Long Drop (aka Rabbit Hole) into pre-curse Wonderland. There she meets a fast talking Genie (Cyrus), falls in love,

travels the world and the seven seas
and finds the Red Queen threw her boyfriend in [one of the seven] seas.

This Red Queen isn't to be confused with Once Upon a Time's Queen of Tarts, although she is both a queen and tarty.

Back in Victorian England, Alice's Da-da chucks her in the Loony Bin to cure her delusions. The Knave of Hearts and the Rabbit rescue her from the nuthouse. Back in Post-curse Wonderland, Alice searches for Cyrus. After a run in with the Cheshire Cat, who has a thing for peppering young ladies and eating them; she finds Cyrus's love locket - a sign he's a alive. But the Red Queen, backed by Jafar, and a duplicitous rabbit, are arrayed against her.

Wonderland requires rather a lot of CGI, and elements of it are pretty tacky. Wonderland is rather a tacky place though, even in Carroll's book, so that's not too much of a problem. There's also a sense the storyline is a little overstuffed, and ill-contrived ('How many lovable Disney characters can we weave into this tale?'). Nonetheless, Alice is well acted, and has good chemistry with the knave. In fact, all the characters are well-cast, except a rather lackluster Red Queen. The story enjoys itself, and embarks upon its course with a sense of gusto and fun. Plus, there's the Cheshire cat.

Really, if you watch Once Upon a Time, you HAVE to watch Wonderland because the two shows will both crossover with each other. Indeed, we've already seen the knave in Storybrooke with Cinderella and Grumpy.

At the end of the day, I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever's going on in this iteration of wonderland.

Lemur over and out!

Out of 5

The Bottom Line
Curiouser and curiouser

Lemurized Review: The Blacklist

290 views    posted 24 Sep 2013, 08:32    
The Blacklist recently premiered on NBC.





Sustainability: Good critical reviews, episodic/serialized balance

Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller

Who's it likely to appeal to? Those who like The Mentalist, or any other shows which places a twist on the police procedural format.


Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. Reddington will co-operate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. Keen questions Reddington's sudden interest in her, though he claims that Keen is very special. After the FBI brings down a terrorist he provided information on, Reddington reveals that the terrorist is only just the first of many. In the last two decades, he's made a list of criminals and terrorists he believes the FBI cannot find because they did not know they exist and that they matter the most. Reddington calls it "The Blacklist" - Wikipedia

My Thoughts Before Watching the Show
'Exciting times'

I TheLemur (trademark), not wanting to be a Downer, Parade Rainer, Piss-Ant, or General Misery Guts; have refrained from reviewing this season's series premiers so far owing to their appalling quality. Of course, poor quality is the hallmark of American television, so this comes as no surprise. Such an enduring circumstance gave rise to the formidable initialism 'TLIRNGNIRSRBT' (TheLemurs Initiative to Reduce Net Global Negativity by Ignoring Reality Specifically the Reality of Bad Television)

So far, the initiative has worked great. I did not even notice (for instance) Sleepy Hollow was a supercilious affair that implausibly intersected an inherently comedic legend (albeit darkly so) with a dramatic reality. Someone really lost their heads writing that script (Haw haw haw). Likewise, Brooklyn Nine-Nine assumes an audience so stupid no nuanced characterization was at all necessary. Plus, they basically ripped off Castle.

Occasionally a well-conceived show does make to air, nonetheless; The Blacklist being the case in point. James Spader plays the lead, master criminal Raymond Reddington. Everybody Does Not Love Raymond, especially the FBI. But Red, ostensibly, likes the Feds, since he surrenders to them in the episodes first scene.

Just a few minutes into the show, Spader has established his superlative acting chops. Mengan Boone, the Lady Lead, really has to kick off her high heels and run to remain even moderately competitive in the acting department. It's not she's a bad actress, its that Spader is so good. There's been little opportunity for character development yet, so she may grow into the series. She doesn't field the same amount of charisma, though, as say Robin Tunney's Agent Lisbon over on The Mentalist.

The first mystery is quite forcefully thrust at us. Why is Red so obsessed with Boone's Lizzie Keen? Well, she is his daughter, I have no doubt. Lest you think the plot is a little one dimensional, never fear. I believe the reveal will aim to facilitate a deeper, more multi-dimensional cop/consultant relationship, rather than thrills. There's plenty of plot development potential left over:

- Why does RED really want to help the FBI? 'Aligned interests', his explanation to date, is a little glib.

- What's the story with the husband, who isn't who he's portrayed himself as to Liz?

- If Liz is Red's daughter, why did he abandon her?

- Why did RED come to the FBI when he did?

- Why did Red reject a career as Admiral in the US Navy for that of a criminal?

- Why does he wish to turn on his former associates?

- Won't they be pissed?

- What if Obama is on the Blacklist? ohhhhhhh. Awkward.

In short, The Blacklist delivers a thought-out, well acted, well characterized, drama thriller within the parameters of mainstream expectations.

Out of Five


The Bottom Line


Hmmm...too much eye liner


A First Attempt at Songwriting

152 views    posted 22 Sep 2013, 11:12    
Fingers of Light

I set sail on the galleon of time
Set sail without reason, without rhyme
Yet I found in the maze
Of buffeting waves
A hand so much stronger than mine

Because I know that I know
And I know that it’s true
For fingers of light touch my way.

And if we should run this race to be run
Through war, peace, earth, sea and sky
Though doom would shadow
The gloom in our marrow
The light splits asunder the lies.

Because I know that I know
And I know that it’s true
For fingers of light touch our way.

Far from the east, far from the west
On shores hung between space and time
The brightness will beckon
A thousand years and a second
The souls from the marches of time.

Because I know that I know
And I know that it’s true
For fingers of light touch The Way.

Once Upon a Time: A Lemurized Tail

0 views    posted 28 Jul 2013, 13:28    
Our story begins one beautiful day in Tongan cyberspace, where the members of KAT were going about their wholesome business. ScubaLoo, for instance, had to see a man about a a gorilla bird. ausy was flakking. Zombie Queen was looking for funny lemurized comments to thumb up. Benjamin Swift was cogitating over whether there would be a Dexter spin-off. CindyKAT was wondering if she could surpass the cuteness already extant in her avatar. SirSeedsAlot was spreading his seed (upping torrents, that is). The staff were basking in their self-referential glory. The Mods were bathing in their derived glory. Yes, life was good. 'Everything in its right place', crooned Thom Yorke over KATradio. Everything was in its right place, until a strident, silly, yet vaguely menacing voice crackled though the binary code:

"The time has come", TheLemur howled
For shameless advertising to abound"


A shocked silence fell. Everybody ceased their activity and stared at the Lemur. In all the history of KAT-er-space, no user (especially a proletariat VUL) had ever embarked upon such a brazen course of self-promotion. (Well, that is, with the exception of nearly everybody.)

'Stufu', someone yelled. It was probably Pringlescan, but no one could be sure. A few other users went to find some flamethrowers (stored in Geo's basement).

TheLemur's Super Massive Lemurized Cognition (SMLC) began to tick over. A puff of steam hissed from one ear. Things weren't going as he had so fondly imagined. Suddenly, a crafty smile spread across his face. "Ha", he thought. "I'll win these suckers over with a few kitten picks. That'll shut them up."


"OMG OMG OMG", said the girls. "It's he just the cutest?" A few of the guys allowed themselves a manly chuckle. ScubaLoo liked a 'bit'.

TheLemur sealed the deal with a Platypus.


Now TheLemur entered his element. He had them entranced. His Extreme Lemurized Ego (ELE) attained peak revs per minute. Mounting the step to a small podium, which had the word 'SOAP' clearly visible in big block capitals, Brer Lemur turned to face the crowd. In a pin-drop silence, he cleared his throat. "Ahhhuuuhemmm-HAW", he rasped.


"As some of my faithful downloaders know", he began, "(such as the loverly allison_, and other parties), many of my uploads deal with the realm of social psychology, personal development of mental acuity, negotiation, and power (in the form of academica on politics, the study of power)." "LOL", whispered Eccles to George, "allison_ and Lemur in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." A side door opened, and a detachment of King Julian First Infantry Brigade trooped out. Their leaders pointed. Seamlessly the two dissidents were escorted from the room.

Without turning even a whisker, TheLemur continued. "Such uploads bespeak my interest in these topics. And I have, over the course of my readings, compiled a summary - nay a guide - a heuristical blueprint" (TheLemur gave himself a mental self-congratulatory pat on the back for his surpurlative eloquence). "It has now reached an informational level which would make keeping it sequestered from the internet incompatible with the fundamental property of data - the inherent imperative for unrestricted distribution. So I am pleased to announce I have just placed it here, for your convenience."

Effective, Personal, Internal and External Interaction - An Ultimate Guide by Undisclosed Industries

CaeSarcasm, in a brief moment of temerity, put his hand up. TheLemur eyed him unblinkingly. "Yes?" said he, as the clock on the wall picked up a few seconds and threw them into the past. "Mr Lemur", CaeSarcasm quavered, "Have you considered the possibility not everyone is interested in this stuff? Isn't it a bit manipulative? Isn't somewhat self-indulgent? Maybe even Machiavellian?" The Lemur stiffened as the 'M' word was uttered. "We all have to play the game, whether we admit to it or not", he said. So its not optional knowing this stuff. You might as well play the game effectively. Let me share with you a quote by Ehsan Honary:

‘Of all the skills that one can learn that improve life, there is one that stands out significantly from the rest: how to effectively interact with others. Effective interaction is the art of getting the most and losing the least in any given situation. Hence, effective interaction encompasses a large number of fields such as psychology, diplomacy, politics, communication skills, body language, negotiation, and many others’.

Plus," he added', many sections deal with what I call internal interaction - a subject area aimed at improvement without direct reference to others. Let me show you the Table of Summaries to date."

Mental Acuity
You Can Have Amazing Memory (Dominic O’Brian)

Lateral Thinking
The Power of Creative Intelligence (Tony Buzan)
The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped Potential (Tony Buzan, Barry Buzan)

Critical Thinking
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic (Madsen Pirie)



Social Perspicacity
How to Have a Beautiful Mind (Edward de Bono)
The Power of Social Intelligence (Tony Buzan)
How to Be a People Magnet: Finding Friends and Lovers and Keeping Them for Life (Leil Lowndes)

Influence and Power
How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
Total Diplomacy: The Art of Winning Risk (Ehsan Honary)
How to Make People like You in 90 Seconds or Less (Nicholas Boothman)
Mastering Relationships (Bart A. Baggett)
The 48 Laws of Power (Robert Greene)
The 33 Strategies of War (Robert Greene)
How to Instantly Connect with Anyone (Leil Lowndes)
How to Use Power Phrases: To Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say & and Get What You Want (Meryl Runion)

‘Rules for Negotiation in Everyday Life’ (from How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better Looking Than Your Parents) (Zac Bissonnette)

Human Analysis
Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage (Paul Ekman)

How to Make Girls Chase You: Every Tactic and Technique You Need To Get the Girl(s) Of Your Dream (Chase Amante)
How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You (Leil Lowndes)
The Dating Black Book (Carlos Xuma)
How to Meet and Connect with Women (Wayne Elise)
Make Women Laugh (Martin Merril)
The Body Language Project (Christopher Phillip)
Kissing 101 (Michelle Penney)
Texting Girls (Various)

Academic Techniques
How to Write Undergraduate Essays (Undisclosed Industries)

Professional Techniques

Verbal Intelligence
The Power of Verbal Intelligence (Tony Buzan)
Language Lists (Undisclosed Industries)

Spiritual Considerations

Brain Trust (Gareth Sundem)

An ascentive murmur rippled through the crowd. But CaeSarcasm wasn't finished. "I say...some of your main subject headings have nothing under them", he observed. "I'm glad you asked", responded everyone's favourite Lemur (TheLemur), "You see, Effective, Personal Internal and External Interaction (EPIEI) is a work in progress. This release marks the first iteration. Whenever I have completed adding five summaries to the document, I will release the next edition. But look, let's get back to the real issue here: how great my doc is and how much you need it." The Lemur fossicked around for his flashdrive and activated a PowerPoint presentation. "Look at the recommendations from these eminently famous people", he lied shamelessly as obsequious endorsements cooked up not half an hour previously appeared on the screen.

EPIEI contains all the heuristics necessary for maximising your life's utility in relation to yourself, and others - Winston Churchill

Don't have time to read all the 'how to' books in this subject sphere? No problem. All you need is EPIEI - Eppo

EPIEI is written according to the precept of the holistic approach. The essence from every book is extracted and ranged next to similar titles and similar topics - The Purple Tellytubby.

"My sainted aunt", said all the Brits. "This could make the Empire glorious once again. It will definitely help Britannica wave the rules". The other ethnic groups uttered similarly stereotypical comments.

"By damn, your right!" TheLemur screamed above the clamour. "Ya'll better leech and seed this like *************."

And with that, the Lemur clicked his heels, executed a graceful pirouette, and marched off the stage.


TheLemur's chief Aide de Camp had a parting word. "Don't forget, by Executive Lemurized Orders (ELO), you are to check out TheLemur's Kindred Spirit, uploader of fine academic works on politics, survival, and security: blackatk "


"Goodnight, and Goodluck". Upon the words, the whole Lemur crew sprang upon their Harley Davidsons, speeding away into the velvet night. And the silence, surged, softly backwards, after the roaring engines were gone.



Question #46-A

0 views    posted 23 Jul 2013, 15:43    
I'm going to keep this very simple.

Is Nicolas Cage the greatest human being to have ever lived?

[excluding Jesus, who's a special case]


But seriously now, this prank raises an interesting philosophical proposition:
If you decide to wage a war for the total triumph of your individuality, you must begin by inexorably destroying those who have the greatest affinity with you. - Salvador Dali


75 Bands

0 views    posted 08 Jul 2013, 14:27    

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How many can you find?

Don't cheat with Google ;)

The Lemurized Circle of Sound

0 views    posted 04 Jul 2013, 10:57    
The meaning of musical genres has become rather diffuse in latter years. Terms like 'alternative rock', 'indie', 'rock', and 'experimental' have become so inclusive and generalized they don't really mean much at all.

For instance, when I think of alternative rock, I think of Coldplay, but others would say they are just a mainstream sellout and cite bands that live farther from the popular eye such as Bullet for My Valentine.

The situation arises because terms, and they things to which they apply, evolve in a haphazard manner.

So by my lemurized reasoning, the human race (and lemurs) need a new method of identifying which music the one person likes the other person will like.

Since we cannot use terms (as these things mean different things to different people), I propose we use circles of sound to figure out if we like the same things, and what things we should recommend to each other.

This is how it works - the concept is simple, but like most images, it takes a few words to explain.

The Circle of Sound

Imagine standing at the centre of the circle. The centre represents your main, preferred, taste in music - in other words, your subjective conception of optimal music.

So, at the centre of my circle, I would place a few bands - U2, Muse, Coldplay, One Republic, The Killers, Snow Patrol.

Now lets imagine walking around the outside of your circle - which is a circular continuum. If you place a band on the circle's edge, that means it is the maximum acceptable 'sonic distance' you are prepared to go from your centre.

Returning to my centre, how might we sum up the kind of music I like? It tends to the melodic, the contemplative, flowing tone, evocative lyricism, guitar/drum based and definitive structure. My favourite music will always have most of these qualities. But this does't mean I don't enjoy other styles of music so long as a critical mass of my centre's qualities are retained.

That means a band on my circles edge retains the minimum acceptable amount (in my opinion) of the qualities at the centre of a my circle.

Let's take a the genre 'soul' music. As a genre, does it sound like something I would like? No. In general, it doesn't exhibit many of the qualities I said I liked (apart from evocative lyricism and contemplation - not enough in itself). But I happen to like Duffy. She is clearly a soul singer, but many of her songs happen to have, in addition, many of my centre's qualities. So Duffy marks how far I am prepared to move into Soul territory from my centre.

Now consider a roughly opposite genre to soul - screamo. If Duffy is at one point of the circle, screamo would be 180 degrees opposite. Screamo is generally at odds with my circle's centre, however, some bands tone it down with the qualities I like. I would say Linkin Park's early albums represent how far I'm prepared to move toward screamo/heavy metal.

Music which isn't at the centre and isn't on the edge of the circle obviously falls between the centre and a certain point on the circle. Evanescence probably falls somewhere between my centre and the extreme of early Lincoln Park. If you can't think of any extreme progressions of a band which isn't at the centre of your musical milieu, then just think of in terms of the distance you would place it from the centre.

Close to my centre, I would place bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Breaking Benjamin, etc.

The point then, is to respond by describing your circle, if you think a significant portion of it would overlap with mine (like a Venn diagram). That way, we can both find new music that we will actually like.

So, at the risk of repeating myself, let me outline my circle in full.

My Circle
Bands representing my circles centre: U2, Muse, Coldplay, Lifehouse, One Republic, Snow Patrol [This means I like music the aggregate sound of which is melodic, the contemplative, flowing tone, evocative lyricism, guitar/drum based and definitive structure]

Pop - Marron 5, Kelly Clarkson, Robbie Williams, Stan Walker, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, The Script (first album), Taio Cruz

Soul - Duffy

Old pop/rock - Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Extreme, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Sir Howard Morrison

Electronic - Robert Miles, Jasper Forks, songs like Castles in the Sky, Sunshine OST

Rap - Eminem (latter songs)

Folk Rock - Mumford and Sons

Electronica/House - Empire of the Sun (NOT MGMT)

Old style electronica/trip-hop - Faithless, and songs like Risingson my Massive Attack

Ambient - Solar Fields

Ambient/ethereal/experimental - Sigur Ros

My Morning Jacket - a band that defies genre, but is probably has a sound as close I can tolerate to Country (which I dislike)

R&B - songs like Moving Mountains, Girl on Fire, No One, Forever,

Synthpop - Hurts

Screamo/heavy metal - early Lincoln Park

Symphonic Metal, Death Metal - Nightwish (Wish I had an Angel), A Lake of Tears - So fell Autumn Rain [only a very few songs in this extremity]

Classical, Neo-Classical - Legends of the Fall OST, Il Divo, Crimson Tide OST, the Village OST, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, X-Ray Dog

Artists close to my circle's centre: Foo fighters, The Killers, Augustana, Trading Yesterday, Aqualung, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, RED, The Rasmus, Pink Floyd, 30 Seconds to Mars, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Crowded House, Daughtry, Doves, Echo and the Bunnymen, Elbow, Keane, Evanescence, Glasvegas, Greenday, Gun 'n' Roses, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon, Lifehouse, The Verve, Within Temptation, Manic Street Preachers (latter songs), My Chemical Romance, R.E.M., latter Lincoln Park, Remy Zero, Live

Let me know what you think...

And...If you would like to share your own 'circle', why not do it here in the thread I set up where it will be more permanent?


"A Lemur that is not manifestly awesome, seems to be no lemur at all" - Sir Thomas Aquinas quoting Augustine

Lemurized Review: Siberia

0 views    posted 27 Jun 2013, 04:51    
Siberia recently debuted on NBC.




Sustainability: 'NBC immediately saw the potential in 'Siberia' and this acquisition truly exemplifies the quality of this groundbreaking series. We are excited to bring it to their viewers' said executive producer Chris Philip [so nothing concrete, just propaganda]. Based on similarly filmed and themed shows like Cult and The River, its prospects aren't good.

Genre: Faux-reality, horror, mystery, drama

Who's it likely to appeal to? Those who liked LOST and/or Survivor

Note: Contains Spoilers

Siberia takes place more than 100 years after a meteor hits the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska in 1908. Sixteen contestants descend on Tunguska not knowing the land's mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, the contestants realize that strange occurrences are not part of the reality show. With their safety threatened, the contestants are forced to work together to survive. - Sidereel

My Thoughts Before Watching the Show
"Interesting concept. Let’s hope the execution doesn't suck like Cult, Zero Hour, or Do No Harm."Of all upcoming summer/fall shows, classified it in the 'potentially good' category (as opposed to 'maybe' and 'bad')

LOST and Survivor had a love child, and it was called Siberia. If you want to know exactly what this show is like without watching it, imagine if LOST was filmed reality tv style. The only difference is the characters are willingly stranded (there's 500 k at stake), and the location is less than tropical.

In the first episode, the faux reality tv show drops off a bunch of people at Tunguska in Siberia, the location of a catastrophic meteor hit a century before. They really are a diverse lot, hailing from Iceland to South Carolina. Fortunately for the group, there are no French (jk). The first half hour slides by predictably enough, but nonetheless holds your attention. There's the initial characterizations in the form of 'interviews'. There's the biarches and the cowboys, the leaders and the followers, the power struggles and the eliminations. Yes, two contestants are eliminated in the first episode for being last to camp. Both were hot, so I'm thinking its not like shows to waste telegenic material like that. It opens up the interesting possibility they may effect a deus ex marchia return.

Anyway, toward the end of the episode, mysterious noises are heard, one of the contestants is killed by an unseen force, and a cameraman has his head ripped open. The episode closes with the smooth talking host offering them the chance to evacuate or continue.

So its a Lord of the Flies situation, except this time the 'beasties' may be real. There's even a character with glasses...

Thus far, its been a tight concept well executed. It grabbed my interest and makes me keen for the next installment. But, my continuing interest will depend upon the depth of the mystery. If it descends into cheap 'horror' thrills territory, I'm out. In other words, the mystery must have substance attached to it, not just the fear of the unknown. This element will make or break the show.

My Rating out of Five

The Bottom Line
Give it a provisional go

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