Stargate SG-1 Online

Stargate SG-1 is the first TV series (among three) about the stargate. Funny thing is we watched ‘Stargate Atlantis’ first, then SG-1.

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Me and my son have just completed watching the whole of the Stargate Atlantis series. I’ve posted about this in ‘Star gate Atlantis Episode Online‘. Like I said in that post, I realized only later, when we were somewhere around the 3rd Season, that there are 3 Stargate TV series shows and the proper order is:

  1. SG-1
  2. Stargate Atlantis
  3. Stargate Universe

We should have watched the shows in that order, but since we were already in the middle of SGA, we decided to go ahead and complete it before backtracking to SG-1. Well, we’re now unwillingly leaving SGA behind as we began the first of the SG-1 series.

The first episode of SG-1, ‘The Torment of Tantalos‘ found us adjusting and getting to know the new characters. After watching this episode, we talked about the characters in terms of ‘the McKay equivalent’ or the ‘the Shepard equivalent’ inasmuch as we haven’t memorized their names yet. While my son, by the way, thought that the main character in SGA was Shepard, I sometimes think it’s actually McKay, inasmuch as he’s the one with the most exposure, the most dialogue, the most brilliant mind. He talks so much there are moments where I feel like I’ve had enough of his chatter. But I found that you can’t really hate him.

In ‘The Torment of Tantalos, I think we had a glimpse of the young Dr. Carson Becket. I haven’t researched about it so we thought that either the character was someone who looked like him or was actually Paul McGillion when he was still so young and cool. His accent however was kinda different. Yeah, it’s weird watching a “prequel“. Fills you with aha’s and confusion.

I continue to be amazed at the genius of the show’s producers/writers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper. I am not much into writing so I couldn’t begin to judge how they fare in this area. But one thing I know is that I am and continue to be entertained by their work. Such gifted people.

For those who want to watch Stargate SG-1 online, please check out my earlier post, Star gate Atlantis Episodes Online, and follow the method I chose to watch all the episodes. If you’re into sci-fi, you’ll find yourself quickly becoming a fan, I promise.

Star gate Atlantis Episodes Online

You can watch Stargate Atlantis episodes online. I’ve just discovered this and have enjoyed every episode of it.

When Studio 23 started announcing and showing teasers of a tv series called Star gate Atlantis sometime ago, I got so excited I can’t wait for it to start. I have watched the very first Stargate movie back in the stone age – around 1994. I remember my favorite character being that of Daniel Jackson, played by James Spader. So, the prospect of watching a tv series that runs on the same vein as that movie was like, wow, cool.

I didn’t know then about the facts behind the tv series. I thought it was a new series. So, I watched Star gate Atlantis dutifully one episode at a time on tv. Then, my son, who happens to like the same type of sci fi shows that I like, started to become impatient and tried googling about it. He soon discovered sites like letmewatchthis.com that listed in exact order the Star gate Atlantis episodes and seasons. He also found out we could actually watch each episode online. However, the sites sometimes applied filters and allow only US based viewers. If not, they force you to download some application in order to view the episodes. Having experienced the effects of viruses and trojans (that comes with executables) before, I am now wary about installing new applications and so I shied away from these sites.

I soon found out that Stargate Atlantis is actually an old tv series. The first series about Stargate was SG-1 which was developed by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright in 1997 when they decided to continue the story started by the Stargate movie. After SG-1 came Stargate Atlantis in 2004. The latest follow up to Stargate Atlantis was Stargate Universe.

Watch Star gate Atlantis Episodes Online

Me and my son are presently into Episode 11 Season 4 of Stargate Atlantis. What we did is use the lists on letmewatchthis.com to guide us on the episode and season order. Then, we go to youtube and search using the phrase ‘stargate atlantis’ and the episode title. Yes, all the episodes are on youtube. All you need is a series guide so you’ll know the proper order and sequence to watch. Each episode is divided into 4 youtube movies. Actually, the ordered list in letmewatchthis are links which you can click to watch directly. But like I said earlier, it’s limited for US based viewers only. Thus, we have to make do with the youtube versions, which resolutions by the way are surprisingly good enough even for full screen viewing.

Here’s a little teaser for those who are still on the other side of the galaxy.

The official site, by the way, of Stargate is stargate.mgm.com/.

You can find on sale VIDEOS (complete series collection or individual seasons/episodes) and Other Paraphernalia of Stargate Atlantis through this link: Stargate Atlantis

Training Dragons

Watching the movie ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ was really one cool event I had with my son.

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Me and my son again shared another wonderful movie called ‘How to Train your Dragon’ yesterday. It was one good movie that wouldn’t fail to make you feel good even hours afterwards. It would have been best if my wife and daughter could come with us but my daughter is not old enough yet to watch it in the movie theater.

Like a lot of movies about an underdog character rising to become a hero, the movie features Hiccup, a young Viking that unfortunately doesn’t possess any attribute of a Viking as he is thin, weak, and gangly. His father who happens to be the head of their tribe is one giant mammoth of a Viking, and is very disappointed at his son that he assigns him as a helper to a blacksmith.

What Hiccup lacks physically he more than made up however mentally as he is well endowed with thinking and creativity, all of which are not appreciated in the tribe as all that matters to them is to kill dragons.

I certainly recommend you watch this computer-animated movie or buy a dvd and watch it at home by yourself or with the whole family. You can however get the gist of the story by going to the Wikipedia entry about the movie, or a cinemablend review here.

My son, throughout the movie, keeps remarking that the dragon looks like a pokemon monster. He even made sounds like ‘pica pica picacho’. He says, had the night fury type dragon called Toothless that Hiccup befriended been yellow, he’d be picacho.

This is definitely another cool masterpiece of Dreamworks not only because the movie was good but also because it gave me and my son another one of those father-son bonding moments where we think and feel and react as one. I’m really cherishing these moments because he’s growing up really fast. Pretty soon, he’ll not be asking me to go to the movies with him anymore because he’ll be asking some other person…his girlfriend.

How to Train a Dragon

Smallville Theme Song: Somebody Save Me

Video and lyrics of Smallville’s theme song ‘Somebody Save Me’.

Somebody Save Me‘ is the title of the theme song for the TV series ‘Smallville‘.

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For those who have not heard of Smallville, it is a tv series chronicling the life and upbringing of Clark Kent before he debuted as the red-caped superhero in blue tights. The series covers his story from the moment he crash-landed on earth to his teenage pre-superman years.

"Somebody save me
	let your warm hands break right through me
Somebody save me
	I don't care how you do it
Just stay, stay
	C'mon, I've been waiting for you"

Smallville’s theme song is sung by (the group) Remy Zero. It has never really risen to household fame level/status, thus an average Smallville fan only gets to be familiar with, at most, 3 lines of the song’s chorus as it is the only portion played in an average episode. I eventually developed a liking to that portion of the song such that everytime the it is played, I always sing along with it. My son would get wide-eyed (and melo-dramatically ask ‘You ok dad?’) if I forget to sing along with it. So, a few days ago, my curiosity got the best of me (or perhaps my laziness level temporarily dropped to a record low) and I finally alloted time to search for the complete song. Not only was I able to hear the whole song but I found a video of the song performed by Remy Zero themselves and with lyrics shown as the song played.

On first hearing it I admit being mildly disappointed probably because I had higher expectations. I thought the other parts of the song did not do justice to the parts played on Smallville. I also thought the vocals is a little too tinny and without much power and timbre behind it. But then there are songs that blow you away at first acquaintance and there are songs that you grow a liking to the more you listen to it. The latter applies to ‘Somebody Save Me‘.

Somebody Save Me Video

Somebody Save Me Lyrics

Somebody Save Me

I feel my wings have broken in your hands
I feel the words unspoken inside

When they pull you under
And I would give you anything you want
Well all I wanted
All my dreams have fallen down
Crawling around somebody save me
Let your warm hands break right through me
Somebody save me
I don’t care how you do it
Just stay, stay
Come on, I’ve been waiting for you

I see the world has folded in your heart
I feel the waves crash down inside

And they pull me under
I would give you anything you want
Well all I wanted
And all my dreams have fallen down
Crawling around somebody save me
And two warm hands break right through me
Somebody save me
I don’t care how you do it
Just stay, stay
Come on, I’ve been waiting for you

And all my dreams are on the ground

Crawling around somebody save me
And two warm hands break right through me
Somebody save me
I don’t care how you do it
Just save me

I’ve made this whole world shine for you
Just stay, stay
Come on, I’m still waiting for you

Next thing I want to do perhaps is to find a videoke version of this song.

Get your complete DVD collection here: Sale on Smallville

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

I finally finished reading the fourth book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, the Breaking Dawn.

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Prior to New Year’s eve, I finished reading the last book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn. The Twilight Saga consists of 4 books.

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
  2. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
  3. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
  4. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

I have earlier written something about the New Moon movie or my anticipation of it a few months before it was released. I can’t help it, I just find stories of this type interesting. Several years back, I have watched ‘Interview with a Vampire’ and thereafter have read all of Anne Rice’s series-novels about the life of vampires. Then 2009 brought my attention to Stephinie Meyer’s Twilight saga.

A few months ago, New Moon was released as a movie starring, of course, the same actors who played the characters in ‘Twilight’. One thing I noticed with the ‘New Moon‘ movie is that there were relevant parts which were left out in the movie, which, like I said in my earlier post is understandable in that it is not easy to condense a story spanning months or years into a 2-hour movie. So, I feel that in order to appreciate and understand the movie to the fullest, it’s good to have read the book beforehand. Also, while I thought that Kristen Stewart was just perfect for the role of Bella in ‘Twilight’, I find that her acting is wanting in ‘New Moon‘. I wonder how she’s gonna handle ‘Eclipse‘ and most especially ‘Breaking Dawn‘ which I believe should require a lot from her.

In Eclipse, I was sort of disappointed because I thought she’d undergo the ritual of change from mortal to immortal in this book. She didn’t. Nevertheless, Eclipse, when it comes to real vampire action and fight scenes, proved to be the best among the 4 books. It is here where the unlikely alliance of vampires and werewolves (or should I rather say ‘shape shifters’) were dramatically played out. After visualizing Eclipse‘s action highlights, I was anticipating more of the same (or even better) in ‘Breaking Dawn‘. The anticipation was ‘mouth watering’ (I also remember James saying that to Bella). But my mouth watering

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anticipation was never consummated fully. Of course, it was foolish of me to expect the actual downfall of the Volturi. How else could Stephenie Meyer add a possible ‘unexpected, due to public demand’ 5th book to the Twilight saga if Aro, Caius or sadistic but cute Jane is gone? Until another coven to coven encounter happens, someone like Jane, or Aro (and Caius most especially) could not rest until they could assert once more the superiority they used to believe was theirs.

If you want to get the gist of the whole Twilight Saga, you can also go to TwilightSaga-Wikia. Or, for the really serious fanatics of Twilight saga, take peep at this site.

Now 2012

Here’s my take on the movie 2012 after watching it the first time. Yes, I just might watch it a second time, when the dvd copy is released.

(If you haven’t watched the movie 2012 yet, check out my earlier post ‘Wow 2012‘ and see the featured videos.)

I thought the movie 2012 is going to be released sometime after November so I was surprised when we saw it in the ‘Now Showing’ billboard in the mall last night. Luckily we came just early enough to catch the last full show.

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The movie was entertaining enough and afterwards, even hours after watching it, I caught myself every now and then reflecting on the possibilities of it actually occuring. If I watch more youtube videos and reading 2012 articles by doomsday sayers, I’d probably cross the line from casual observer to actually believing in this. If that happens, I’d probably become one of those people walking the streets with placards saying ‘Repent! The end is near!’

I found myself funnily engrossed while watching it. I was more ‘scared’ at the preliminary stages of the cataclysm (the cracking of the streets) than the really violent parts where nature unleashed its fury without restraint. It’s because those early parts were more believable. Besides, the earth’s violence was sort of pushed in the background as the focus was on the emotions and actions of the five people in the car as they scramble and dashed and maneuvered through the carnage. That part was more amusing than scary, although you can’t help but take a big breath of relief afterward. And oh, I can’t believe the ‘professional’ movie makers behind the movie can make a slip by showing that really lazily created/editted and ‘unprofessional’ scene at the Vatican where the falling down of the structure on the mass of people was so deafeningly amateur.

I got a feeling that the casting and the movie directors may have spent some time debating whether to let John Cussack play the scientist hero or the divorced dad. He could play any of those roles convincingly I suppose. But of course had he played the role of scientist, some revisions on the scripts would have to be made so that he still could play the part where he dove underwater to untangle the stucked gears of the ark’s gate. No one should do that heroic part but him.

I also found it hard to believe that the movie makers didn’t entertain the idea of giving cameo roles to either Donald Trump or Bill Gates especially since Bill’s name was mentioned there. Richard Branson would look good parachuting his way into the ark while flashing his 1 Billion dollar ticket. (Hmmm… I think Emmerich should call me when he brainstorms for ideas next time.)

Some sources I’ve read said science is beginning to give the Mayans credit for their precise predictions and calendar. Does that mean that after going through the Y2K technical headache, we now are faced with another task of resetting our computer’s clocks (after 2012) to 0001 instead of allowing it to tick on to 2013?

Wow 2012!

The 2012 movie I’m pretty sure is gonna be one big hit of a movie, that is if it can maintain the same excitement I had when I watched its 3-minute trailer. This movie is based on some Mayan prediction about the end times, which are also being backed by some scientific circles.


I watched the trailer for the movie 2012 again today and found the cinematic effects nothing less than amazing. John Cusack plays the title role here and the trailer shows him and his family as they raced against angry nature’s violent upheaval. I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat as the trailer played on a miniscule youtube window. This must be one helluva movie to watch on the real big screen.

I also found that the thrill could be enhanced even further if (before watching the trailer) you watch at least 2 videos of scientists’ discussions about 2012. Here science and the Mayans seems to agree together on a date made even scarier by its precision: December 21, 2012.

After watching the trailer, I found another video, among several, that serves to at least calm the nerves and allay your fears.

Try to watch the following videos in the order they are presented.

Everything 2012 Part 1

Everything 2012 Part 2

2012 Movie Trailer

Makes you pause for a moment and reflect, didn’t it? Sure made me want to take a huge break to visit places on the opposite side of world, like say, France, so I would recognize it when parts of it lands on my backyard a couple of years from now. Or, perhaps my house would happen to be relocated on top of the Eiffel Tower. Hmmmn… also makes you smile when you think of your outstanding mortgage payables. But hey, before you go and apply for a new car loan, watch this next video first.

2012 Debunking

Whew!

Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon

New Moon is a continuation of the story of Bella and Edward in Twilight. Another riveting work of Stephenie Meyer, this one will keep you breathless throughout high school.

The movie ‘New Moon‘ written by Stephenie Meyer is yet to come, so I of course am not gonna ruin anybody’s forthcoming movie experience by telling the story here. The novel was published way back in 2006, so a lot of people definitely have read it already. When my wife handed me a paperback edition of ‘New Moon‘ a few days ago, I debated with myself whether to read it or not. But November (the New Moon’s scheduled movie release) is still way too far in the future and the temptation to read is overwhelming. I yielded on the second day. I can imagine Carlisle shaking his head in dismay; but I can also see Jasper smiling in understanding.

After reading the book, I went back to view the teaser clip in youtube. Of course, like most movie versions of any story, they have to make little revisions to some portions that could be made more dramatic. And it is evident in this particular New Moon clip. I like the revision in the scene where Bella (Edward’s beloved human) was about to be Laurent’s dinner. I have yet to see the rest of the movie, so I could not tell how the revelation of Jacob’s new secret to Bella was handled. The clip implied that it was revealed to Bella just a little too early (or was it?). Then again, you can’t blame the director or the scriptwriter for that. After all, it’s not easy to condense a story that spans senior high school into a mere 2 audio-visual hours.

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Inspite of the almost always overcast weather of Forks, Washington, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight did not fully whet my appetite for a regular vampire movie setting. I have seen and read all of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and also seen the Underworld saga series. So henceforth, for every vampire movie I watch, I always expect to see at least a few scenes of the cold, ancient, grim and dark interiors of vampire abodes. Twilight did not offer such a scene. But considering that this vampire family is not the regular human-blood-sucking type, it’s understandable and proper that they should live in a modern and all too regular human-architectured residence.

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In New Moon, however, Stephenie Meyer finally shows us some old school vampire scenes and I am itching to see how the director and his designers will render a ‘regular vampire abode’ and how the ancient ones would look. Darn, I can’t wait. Can they possible hurry it up a bit and release it sooner?

Some sources in the internet say that digital versions of Stephenie Meyer’s novels are available. This saga is told in 4 books in the following order:

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
  2. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
  3. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
  4. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Even if I get signed copies of ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ from Stephenie Meyer herself right now, I vow to never touch them until after I’ve seen ‘New Moon’. How’s that for self control Dr. Cullen?

The Official New Moon Trailer: