The Maze Runner

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Think of this movie as the opposite of what Peter Jackson did to the Hobbit .  Instead of stretching things out, adding extraneous material and unnecessary new characters with absolutely no regard for the author’s original intent, this film of The Maze Runner apparently took the title too literally because it is like watching the book in fast forward.  Hurry hurry hurry, we don’t have time for character building, so we barely learn a smattering a few names and thus care absolutely not one whit when uh, that one, dies.  Nope, no time for all the little details that made the maze so freaky, no time to build up the suspense around the Grievers before you actually see one, no time to understand the society structure the boys established in The Glade, no time for Thomas to figure out the intricate code embedded in the maps made by all the other Maze Runners and definitely no time to show Teresa and Thomas can speak to one another telepathically (which to be honest would have taken absolutely no time at all.)

Now I realize a lot of you are going to say “gee, another bad review because the movie wasn’t exactly like the book,” and you do have a bit of a point.  However, it is worth noting that at no point will you be saying “hey, that wasn’t in the book”, except possibly when huge story arcs are condensed into a few seconds for convenience and to keep the speed of the story going because if it ever goes under 60 mph it will explode.  (Note:  in case it wasn’t obvious, that was not a spoiler but rather a reference to the movie Speed.)

I originally wanted to see The Maze Runner because Dylan O’Brien plays Thomas, and I love him in Teen Wolf.  I immediately bought the books and thoroughly enjoyed them.  The plot is an interesting one.  Thomas arrives via “The Box” into an idyllic green world called The Glade, surrounded on all sides by a gargantuan maze, with no memory of who he is except his name.  We soon find out that all the boys who populate The Glade arrived in similar fashion and have hammered out a working society of sorts.  Everyone has assigned tasks to ensure their survival, but the main goal is figuring out the maze in order to find a way out.  This is a tough job, as the doors to the maze close every night and the whole thing proceeds to change shape, plus it is guarded by the Grievers – giant bio-mechanical spider thingies that go around moaning when not trying to kill and/or sting one of the Gladers.  The main plot points are all present in the movie, but the book had a beautiful pace to it, with attention to detail and fabulous characterizations while still maintaining a headlong tumble towards the inevitable but surprising conclusion.  I don’t know why the movie feels so rushed, as the run time isn’t particularly short.  If you must watch this, I highly recommend you do what I did and heavily imbibe.  It gets much better then!  – BETHANY

For more on this unfortunate movie version of a great book, visit The Internet Movie Database

http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/mazerunner/images/9/96/2014-Movie-The-Maze-Runner-HD-Wallpaper.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20141108193427Gally, Minho, Thomas, Teresa and Newt.  But the important thing in the picture is the Maze.  It looks cool, but unfortunately contradicts not only the book but the movie itself, as a character says “the ivy doesn’t go all the way to the top”.  Even worse, it is botanically incorrect, as ivy will not grow on moving walls.  Hmmmm.  For the extensive list of all the differences between the movie and the book, plus quite a lot of factual errors, visit the Trivia and Goofs sections on IMDB.

The precious few characters actually named in the film.  Left to right:  Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Alby (Aml Ameen), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Gally (Will Poulter) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster).  And one more below:

                                                                  Chuck (Blake Cooper), who stands like this in most every shot of him.

“It’s a girl.  I think she’s dead!”

How very Lord of the Flies.

Thomas and Teresa sittin’ in a tree …

A Griever in the film.  To see a bunch of other concept art that wasn’t used, visit this FilmSketchr page.

                                  Duh!

                                                                         There is no actual swearing in the book.

                                                                          Some of the excellent slang invented by author James Dashner, of which only one or two are used in the film.

 

(The trailer and the gag reel might be better than the actual movie)

Warning:  these hilarious bits from YouTube Screen Junkies, CinemaSins and How It Should Have Ended contain a lot of spoilers and poor language choices, but are extremely funny.  Probably best not to watch these unless you have already read the books.

 

Photos courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Gotham Group,  Temple Hill Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, Dayday Films and Ingenious Media (unless otherwise noted in clickable form)

 

Defiance

Defiance

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I wasn’t sure about this series at first but I’m glad I gave it the benefit of the doubt and kept watching. This is a sub-genre of science fiction that feels like a Western. If you liked Firefly (and frankly who didn’t? Well, obviously not the network that cancelled it) you’ll probably enjoy this one too as it has a gritty gunslinger vibe to it. The premise is quite unique and complex but I’ll try to break it down for you. A group of aliens, made up of a bunch of different races but collectively called the Votans, invaded earth and began terraforming it to suit their needs (for help sorting all of this out in detail, consult http://en.defiance-wiki.com/wiki/Defiance_Wiki). Humanity fought back and eventually a wary peace allowed humans and aliens to live together on a world that is largely unrecognizable as Earth. Defiance, née St. Louis, is the setting for the show and is absolutely bursting at the seams with aliens of all sorts as well as humans. It’s kind of Casablanca but with extra-terrestrials added into the mix, or the Cantina scene at Mos Eisley Spaceport from Star Wars: A New Hope made into its own TV show.  An ex-military drifter named Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter, Irisa, land in Defiance where Nolan takes the job of Lawkeeper. It’s a rough town with all kinds of problems but the mayor, played by Julie Benz, is determined to make it work. The different alien races are very well done, each with their own language and culture. Datak Tarr (Tony Curran), a ruthless Castithan with less-than-legal businesses is interesting, but his wife Stahma is the real puppet master. She speaks softly and seems subservient and dutiful but she’s more than just a pretty face. Actually, most all the characters are not what they seem, which is always entertaining. Extremely creative with great writing, this is a wonderful and incredibly complicated show that appeals on many levels. There are mysteries all over the place which keep your interest, much like Lost in that respect. I have come to really care about these characters and it’s fascinating to watch them build a whole new society that fits their new reality. Full of ethical dilemmas, interpersonal relationships, romance and less than savory elements, this is really good sci-fi. – BETHANY

If you know you’ve seen one of these faces somewhere else but can’t think here, visit IMDB before your brain overheats, trying in vain to remember: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2189221/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Left to right: Datak and Stahma Tarr, Amanda and Kenya Rosewater, Joshua Nolan, Irisa Nolan, and Rafe McCawley

Stahma Tarr, played by Jaime Murray (Photo courtesy of Defiance: Behind the Makeup, http://www.denofgeek.us)

                          The cross-species Romeo and Juliet, Christie McCawley (Nicole Muñoz) and Alak Tarr (Jesse Rath).

                         Kenya Rosewater (Mia Kirshner), proprietor of the Need/Want, a bar/brothel.

   Linda Hamilton and if I tell you her character’s name, it would be a spoiler.

Jessica Rainier (Anna Hopkins), nicknamed “Berlin” because she makes propaganda videos for the Earth Republic, and Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler).

https://reviewsbymarika.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/photo-5-2.pngAlak and Stahma Tarr.  Castithans have interesting bathing rituals (women wear costumes!) and it is deemed unseemly for a person to do so alone.

Doc Yewll, an Indogene doctor and the actress (Trenna Keating) without the makeup. (Photo courtesy of Defiance: Behind the Makeup, http://www.denofgeek.us)

Defiance Irisa Nolan Stephanie LeonidasIrisa Nolan, played by Stephanie Leonidas  (Photo courtesy of Defiance: Behind the Makeup, http://www.denofgeek.us)

Defiance Datak Tarr Tony CurranDatak Tarr, played by Tony Curran  (Photo courtesy of Defiance: Behind the Makeup, http://www.denofgeek.us)

Irisa has a thing with knives and may or may not have some mystical power.

Pompous Niles Pottinger (James Murray) and his Bioman bodyguard.

Destroyed spaceships still in orbit, pieces of which sometimes fall to Earth.

Photos courtesy of Five & Dime Productions, Universal Cable Productions, NBCUniversal Television and Syfy

Primeval

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Ridiculous fun, I discovered this sci-fi adventure show on this site and proceeded to binge watch all five seasons. The premise is simple, with “anomalies” opening up around England, serving as doorways to Earth both past and future. But the long-term ramifications are incredibly complex, making this about much more than dinosaurs causing mayhem in the modern world. Brilliantly creative while also being quietly educational, I absolutely fell in love with the show and its oddball array of characters. Funny, clever, thought-provoking and incredibly entertaining, every episode was a must-not-miss thrill ride, beautifully balancing the “anomaly of the week” with long story arcs that slowly develop over time. Characters come and go, often in gut-wrenching ways, but everything feels organic rather than done just for shock value. Gorgeous special effects and imaginative creatures underpinned by solid science, the show was also incredibly funny in that dry British way I love so much. I’ve got to acknowledge an underrated actor (Ben Miller) playing the often-overlooked character of James Lester, admittedly a bit of a stuffed shirt bureaucrat who’d pretty much rather die than let you know he cares, but who also exemplifies the quintessential unflappable Brit in a natty suit, always quick with a scathing witticism delivered with impeccable timing. My only complaint is that there weren’t more seasons (there were at least five though), but hopefully the continuing popularity of the original Primeval online will spark the interest of another network.  There was a short lived Canadian version entitled Primeval: New World, but it didn’t hold a candle to this one and was cancelled quickly.  – BETHANY

To help sort out the characters, actors and various whatnots comprising this show, consult IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808096/?ref_=nv_sr_1                                                                                                                     and this rather brilliant Wiki site:  http://primeval.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Behold an anomaly, which looks much cooler in the show, as all the glass-like shards spin.  Two things NOT to do with anomalies.  #1 If one of these opens up in your London flat and you don’t know what it is, maybe don’t go through it?

And #2  Don’t get between a huge dinosaur and the anomaly, which is its way home.  It never turns out well.

           Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt) and Rex, a coelurosauravus who didn’t want to go back to his Permian home.

                           Abby, Connor Temple (Andrew Lee Potts) and a rambunctious pair of Diictodons named Sid and Nancy.

                               Why, hello Mr. Giganotosaurus.  Is this your piece of the tarmac?  Then I’ll be moving along then.  Immediately.

                 Stephen Hart (James Murray) and a Gorgonopsid.  Note the amusing juxtaposition between the horrific creature and the cutesy mural behind it.

                        Terror birds take on Danny Quinn (Jason Flemyng).  Don’t worry, they’ll wish they hadn’t.

                                      A medieval knight (Tony Curran) slaying a Dracorex, which naturally must needs be a dragon.  The poor thing is a gentle herbivore, but when it looks like that, how was he to know?

Velociraptors show up in a thankfully closed for the night mall when an anomaly opens in a bowling alley.

A Smilodon roams around an amusement park.  What could possibly go wrong?

                             Yup, these things happened.  I won’t even bother telling you what they are because it is unimportant.  How the people working in the office building reacted was the fun part.

A Columbian Mammoth loose on the M25 motorway.

James Lester (Ben Miller), a representative of the Home Office, a ministerial department of the government that handles threats, among other things.

Abby, Connor, Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) and Stephen, facing aquatic mammals from the future.

Lady Emily Merchant (Ruth Bradley) and excessively nasty husband, Lord Merchant (Stephen Hogan).  When an anomaly opens up to Victorian London, the team discusses whether to lock it for security purposes.  Connor speaks up, inquiring what they think will come through, “Oliver Twist-osaurus”?

Photos courtesy of ITV Studios, ProSieben, Impossible Pictures, Treasure Entertainment, M6 Films, Watch and BBC Worldwide

The Last Ship

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Thus far, this show has all the hallmarks of a Michael Bay summer blockbuster; exciting, full of explosions and very entertaining. I’ll admit the premise does have quite a few plot holes, but I was enjoying myself so much that I told my brain to shut up and quit trying to apply logic where it wasn’t wanted. Eric Dane does a great job being the stoic commander of the naval destroyer USS Nathan James, as does Adam Baldwin, the XO, who seems to thrive in military tough-guy roles. Rhona Mitra is excellent as a virologist who hopefully will have more luck than the one in World War Z and Sam Spruell, playing her associate Quincy, is thankfully no longer sporting the dire blonde paigeboy haircut inflicted on us in Snow White & The Huntsman.

It would be very easy to pick apart the plot of The Last Ship (a “primordial strain” of the virus frozen in the Arctic ice? Really? And how is this the last ship? What about naval aircraft carriers that can and do stay at sea for up to 5 years at a time, and what would be the point of weaponizing a virus already spreading out of control? Has the virus reached McMurdo air force base in Antarctica and if so, how? Because otherwise that would be a great base of operations), but even I have to acknowledge that if you’ve studied anything about the really virulent viruses out there like Ebola, Hantavirus, various hemorrhagic fevers, etc., there is absolutely no good reason why they haven’t already wiped out humanity. No cure, no vaccine, close to a 100% fatality rate, why do pandemics eventually stop? Perhaps it is only a matter of time until one comes around that won’t stop, which is why I think I’m going to like this show. Just realistic enough to enjoy but not weighed down by unnecessary technical and logistical details, I’m already itching for the next episode. Oh no, was itching one of the symptoms …? – BETHANY

Have you ever thought to yourself “Hey, I’ve seen that actor somewhere before” but you can’t remember where?  Rather than wrack your brains trying to think of the answer, just look it up on the Internet Movie Database

Because this is a Michael Bay production: helicopters and pyrotechnics.

Super hot paleomicrobiologist (is that a real thing?) Dr. Rachel Scott, played by Rhona Mitra.

                               Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin).  Snazzy fake uniforms, guys!

                                                                Quincy Tophet, another of those paleomicrobiologists (seriously?  A real thing?), played by Sam Spruell

                        See?  Told you it was a dire hairdo.  Creepy!  (Sam Spruell in Snow White and the Huntsman –  photo courtesy of Roth Films and Universal Pictures)

          Lt. Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle – and yes, I’m sure he’s heard all the jokes) and Captain Chandler.  In this case, he is referred to as ‘Captain’ as a courtesy because he is the Commanding Officer of USS Nathan James.

Biohazard suits because hey, there’s a virus loose and stuff!

Tex, a private security contractor (John Pyper-Ferguson) and I won’t tell you anything else about him because that would be a spoiler.

Nice beauty shot, no?

Photos courtesy of Channel Road Productions, Platinum Dunes, TNT Original Production and Warner Bros. Television (unless otherwise noted)

Divergent

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There has been much ado about this movie and while I enjoyed it, its Young Adult origins are quite obvious. There’s nothing wrong with the message about non-conformity but I found it to be just a tad simplistic. The underlying premise of this dystopian future Chicago is a little hard to swallow – who thinks it’s a great idea to pigeonhole each person based on a single characteristic? At least the system of government in The Hunger Games made sense in a Roman sort of way. Bread and circuses and the huge gulf dividing the wealthy elite in the Capitol from the downtrodden working classes in the 12 districts, etc. But other than my difficulties with the structure of their society I really did like the movie. I loved the sequences of Dauntless initiates doing increasingly wild and crazy stunts and the soundtrack was amazing. Kate Winslet is an ice queen, the super-slick leader of Erudite who obviously feels her faction is meant for greater things, but I’m not sure Shailene Woodley was right for the part of Tris as I had difficulty connecting with her character. Perhaps it’s the same problem Jennifer Lawrence had playing Katniss Everdeen, as much of the characterization in the book is of an internal nature and thus nearly impossible to film, but I think Lawrence managed to pull it off. Can I also just ask who thought it was a great idea to cast two actors who have played Shailene Woodley’s love interests in two other recent movies? Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now (2013) and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars, (2014).  And to make it even worse in Divergent, now Elgort is supposed to be her brother and Teller is an antagonist. Awkward!  Did nobody think this through? I thought perhaps the books would be better but after reading all three, I was bitterly disappointed. Not only was the author in love with the word mammoth, and used it so many times it made me want to scream, but the story itself was just a mediocre blender of Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Gattaca, plus a little Nazi pride, with endless levels of conspiracies, revolutions and pointless ideologies, not to mention an extreme deficiency of logic. Juvenile drivel trying to be deep philosophy. *snore* – BETHANY

If you just know you’ve seen one of the faces in this movie somewhere before, look it up on IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1840309/?ref_=nv_sr_1

                              Now if she only had the intelligence to use that gun …

I’ll bet he’ll regret getting those tattoos in 20 years.  They look hot now, but later?  Not so much.

I could post a bunch of other pictures with snarky comments, but I don’t think I can do better than this ‘Honest Trailer’ made by the Screen Junkies on YouTube.  It’s a trifle vulgar, but very funny.

And if you don’t mind spoilers or bleeped foul language, watch ‘Everything Wrong With Divergent in 18 minutes or Less’ – it’s long because there’s a LOT of stuff wrong with this movie:

Photos courtesy of Red Wagon Entertainment, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate

The Giver

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“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.” The idea that the government knows best is not a new one, a.k.a. The Nanny State. This one’s bright idea of “fixing” humanity was to create a super-regimented, highly regulated, advanced technological and micro-managed community, devoid of diversity, color (a nifty trick!), emotion and things like adventure and genuine pleasure. Sameness becomes the goal but equality, taken to such extremes, becomes a great evil rather than a virtue. This might be the ultimate example of throwing out the baby with the bathwater in that by ridding people of the bad, they also strip them of the things that make life worth living. You know it’s bad when someone says something like “The Elders are never wrong.” Dum-duh-dum-dum!  Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonas, who is chosen (in a ceremony a LOT like the ones in Harry Potter, Divergent and The Hunger Games) to become apprentice to The Receiver of Memory (Jeff Bridges).  It is his lot to retain memories of the world as it was before.  They can never be shared with anyone else except an apprentice, but he does offer advice based on his broader knowledge to the leaders of The Community.  Since Jonas is to be the Receiver of Memory, the two of them decide to call the previous one “the Giver”.  Taylor Swift plays the part of a previous apprentice, Rosemary, who mysteriously didn’t work out and subsequently disappeared.  The trouble really begins when Jonas starts illicitly sharing what he’s learned with his friend Fiona (Odeya Rush), and generally starting to behave contrary to the rules of The Community.

While I appreciate a lot about this movie, I’ve got to wonder if there’s an assembly line somewhere churning out scripts about future dystopian societies where one or two characters just don’t quite fit in, i.e. the Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Island, etc., although this one puts a creepy Pleasantville spin on the theme. There are some great sequences illustrating the joys as well as the horrors of life, and it’s always a pleasure to see Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman!! from True Blood). But while I have a feeling the book is probably more interesting and quite profound, the movie left much to be desired. The prologue says there are no losers or winners, but one of the first lines is “I win,” regarding the competitive sport of baby weighing. “Some people have it, some people don’t.” Right from the beginning, the script violates its own basic tenet, with a character crying “That’s just not fair!”. I liked the subtle use of color shading throughout, but unfortunately an emotionless society makes for a boring movie. With no real resolution other than a nice montage encapsulating the full human experience, it was too oversimplified for my taste.  I hear there are several other books by the same author set in this world, but if any of them get made into movies I can’t say I’m looking forward to it.  – BETHANY

For more on this movie, visit the Internet Movie Database

This apple turns red just like the one in Pleasantville poor Eve, she’ll never live it down …

The Community – anywhere else is known somewhat vapidly as “Elsewhere”.

A ceremony in The Community.  Such straight lines!

Jonas’ family, Father (Alexander Skarsgård), his sister and Mother (Katie Holmes).

Learning about music from the Giver.

Receiving memory from the Giver, who lives on the edge of The Community.

Jonas and friends Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan).

      Taylor Swift as Rosemary.

Meryl Streep as The Chief Elder and Jeff Bridges as the Giver.

Photos courtesy of Asis Productions, Tonik Productions, Walden Media and The Weinstein Company (unless otherwise credited in clickable form)

The 100

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This is what you get when the CW tackles the science fiction sub-genre of a post apocalyptic future. The premise is Earth has been destroyed by a nuclear event, rendering it largely uninhabitable.  A group of survivors took refuge on  a bunch of orbiting space stations, which then banded together to form The Ark.  Three generations later, with supplies growing low, Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington) decides to send 100 young adults currently imprisoned for various infractions to the ground.  Quite good thus far, this show is very much in the same vein as Battlestar Galactica, complete with the 12 colonies in space, but in a way the Earth itself is the enemy instead of the Cylons. The comparison is apropos, as there are two Battlestar alums on the show – Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Felix Gaeta) and Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh). We’ve also got Henri Ian Cusick (Desmond from Lost) as a complicated and somewhat nefarious character and one of my personal favorite underrated actresses, Paige Turco, whom I absolutely love in Person of Interest. But so far, the driving force of the story is with the 100 young adults who were sent down to Earth to see if it was survivable. Their story is a bit like Lord of the Flies, as heroes and villains emerge, the inevitable power struggles ensue and the 100 learn there is more to existence than just surviving. The narrative explores the structure of civilization, the ethics of people put under pressure and the human will to live, along with the CW’s patented young adult drama/romance. The 100 discover they are not alone on Earth’s surface, there are “Grounders”, or those who have survived the apocalypse somehow and now live in a primitive tribal-type society. Their fearsome leader is played by Dichen Lachman (Sierra from Dollhouse), and her exotic looks (plus a wicked cool makeup job) actually make her more than a little scary. I’m greatly enjoying the character development of Clarke, Bellamy, Finn, Octavia, Jasper and Monty, as well as some other well-drawn personalities. Dark, creative, dramatic and compelling, I will be very interested to see where this show goes, but it will be tough to fail, stacked as it is with so much talent. [Addendum: Season 1 was only an appetizer to Season 2’s main course – this has developed into a rich and highly complex show and has been renewed for a third season.] – BETHANY

For any and all information on this outrageously complicated and densely populated show, visit IMDB.com

The Ark, made up of 12 separate space station that joined together.  Convenient, that is.  Oh, sorry, wrong Sci-Fi reference.

https://i0.wp.com/oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2014/06/HU113a_0136b.c.jpgThe 100 have a pow-wow, or possibly a riot.  Hard to tell with this group.

The famous shot of the two-headed deer, courtesy of lots of radiation.

Finn (Thomas McDonell) and Clarke (Eliza Taylor).

Wells Jaha (Eli Goree), son of the Chancellor.

Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) having a sibling disagreement.

Finn, Clarke, Monty (Christopher Larkin) and Jasper (Devon Bostick).  The Earth is full of surprises.

                                                                     Highly unpleasant character Murphy (Richard Harmon).

                                                                 Hot native, Lincoln (Ricky Whittle).

Anya, leader of the Grounders (Dichen Lachman).

         Key players on the Ark: Marcus Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) Dr. Abby Griffin (Paige Turco) and Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington).

Battlestar Galactica alum Alessandro Juliani playing Sinclair.

                                                                                  Another Battlestar alum Kate Vernon playing Diana Sydney).

                             Raven (Lindsey Morgan).

 

 

Photos courtesy of Alloy Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, Warner Bros. Television and The CW (unless otherwise credited in clickable form)

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

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When I learned the Syfy channel was going to air a TV series based on the amazing Terry Gilliam movie and monster cult hit 12 Monkeys, I thought it would either be really good or really bad. I gamely gave this a shot and to my surprise, it was downright fair-to-middling mediocre. The premise is undeniably interesting but the project is at a disadvantage to begin with, trying to follow Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt’s epic performances. I think a mistake was made in taking a page out of the CW’s book and casting young, beautiful actors in what looks like an attempt to make the show more appealing to hipsters. I had difficulty connecting with the two leads, as the roles seemed just too big for them, and I really missed the crazy accordion music from the movie that highlighted the bizarre nature of the story. This lacked the grit and urgency of the original, perhaps due to some fundamental changes in the plot, which I will naturally not reveal here. The show is also missing the unique brand of humor that made the movie so unforgettable (Que Christopher Plummer saying in withering tones: “Women Psychiatrists…”). It does have potential, much to recommend it and and all the assemblage of ingredients necessary to become a decently good show. I’m just not holding my breath and will not likely invest my time in order to find out whether it succeeds or falls flat. Evidently the Syfy channel thinks it’s a hit, as they’ve renewed it for a second season, but since this is the network that canceled incredible shows like CrusadeCapricaAlphas and Eureka and yet invests millions in ridiculous creature feature mash-ups like Sharktopus vs Pteracuda, I don’t think I’ll put much stock in their judgement.  I thought maybe I could hate-watch their version of 12 Monkeys and make snarky comments, but drat if it isn’t bad enough for that! Undeniable conclusion: Meh. – BETHANY

For more on this mediocre show, visit the Internet Movie Database

James Cole, Dr. Cassandra Railly, and Jennifer Goines

Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), James Cole (Aaron Stanford)

Project Splinter

Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire)

José Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) and Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa)

 

Photos courtesy of Alcon Television, The Sean Daniel Company, NBCUniversal Television Distribution, Legendary Global TV Distribution and the Syfy channel