Up, up, and away!

Look!  Up in the Sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  Okay first of all that’s ridiculous.  No one has ever said look up in the sky at a bird.  Maybe if it were a hawk or something.  Or a condor.   And I only say look up in the sky at a plane to my daughters if the plane is really close.  If you run around yelling to look up in the sky, people are going to make sure to walk on the other side of the street to avoid you.

Anyway, I was not all that excited to watch the new Supergirl show.  The trailers made it look just awful.  This is our third attempt at Supergirl, and the other two have a very special place in my heart.  If you’ve never seen the original Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater, do it.  Sure, it only has a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean anything.  This was followed up by Kara being portrayed on Smallville by Laura Vandervoort.  I didn’t watch Smallville from the beginning.  I started watching when the Green Arrow was added.  I was a big fan of Smallville.  I wish I had watched from the beginning.

So why would this be any different?  The show was created by Greg Berlanti, who created my favorite show, Arrow.  Also he created The Flash, which I…don’t hate.  So apparently this is his new wheelhouse.  Superman in movies has been horrendous.  From Superman Returns, to Man of Steel, everything DC puts on the big screen that involves the Man of Tomorrow is not worthy of a second viewing.  Barely worth a single viewing.  The only reason I have interest in seeing Batman Vs. Superman is because of the Batfleck.  It also looks horrible.  On TV however, Superman is done pretty well.  Like I said, I enjoyed Smallville.  I also remember liking Lois and Clark.  But that was a lifetime ago.  I may have to rewatch that series to confirm.  Two other things this series has going for it… Helen Slater from Supergirl, and Dean Cain who was Superman in Lois and Clark.  They are Kara’s adoptive parents on Earth, and they had a very small cameo so far.  But it was a neat tip of the cap to fans of the old shows and movies.

Kara was sent to Earth, like her cousin Kal-El, to avoid the destruction of their home planet, Krypton.  She was a teenager, and was sent to protect Kal while he grew up, since he was still a baby.  She was thrown off course and was sent to the Phantom Zone for 24 years while her cousin grew up.  When she finally arrived on Earth, he no longer needed her protection.  She went on to be an assistant at the media powerhouse CatCo.  She has never used her powers, until one day the plane her sister is on is about to crash.  James Olsen has left his job at the Daily Planet in Metropolis to come to work with Kara.  At the end of the episode, he reveals that he has known who she was the whole time because “he” told James where to find her.  I’m not positive, but I don’t think they mentioned Superman by name the entire show.  It was wierd.  Maybe they aren’t allowed to?  Maybe I missed it.

After watching it, the show wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated.  Melissa Benoist so far plays a better Kara Danvers than she does a Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.  Which makes sense.  She’s spent the last 24 years being Danvers and hiding Supergirl.  It will take some time for her to get used to being two different people.  So I guess in that sense, I think she did a great job!!  This show, like most shows isn’t firing on all cylinders after one episode.  The one problem I do have, is that it already is following a very familiar superhero show playbook.  Rule 1: Make sure you have a computer expert who knows your secret and can work with you behind the scenes.  Works on Arrow, worked on Smallville.  They even used this all the way back in 2002 for the Birds of Prey series.  But that was great because it was built in with Barbara Gordon as Oracle.  Awesome show.

Apparently the show got massive ratings.  So it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  I just don’t know how long I’m going to stick with it.  I will give it a shot.  I gave up on Gotham after about half a season.  And it has taken about 3 seasons (I think) to finally be over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I have 4 episodes sitting in my DVR, and I’m just about to delete them.  I have a feeling at the end of season 1, this will end up in that group, and not the Arrow group.  But, to say that I think I could watch through season 1 is a positive sign, because I didn’t think I would make it through EPISODE 1.

Star Wars

Dear Kathleen Kennedy, LucasFilm, and Disney:

Here’s my money.  Just take it.  Take all of it.  You think I’M excited??!?  THIS IS THE STAR OF YOUR MOVIE!!!  How am I not supposed to go see it a gajillion times when the girl who knows what’s going to happen cries during the trailer?!?!  You win.  Just promise to spoon me after you’re done with me.

Oh and in case you’re not one of the people who’s viewed the new trailer 36 MILLION TIMES SINCE MONDAY NIGHT, here it is.  I think I’ll watch it again a few more times.

October 21, 2015

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  It’s been 30 years since Back to the Future was released. And 10/21/2015 is the date that Marty and Doc go forward to in Back to the Future Part 2.  Well, Since BTTF is my favorite movie ever, what better way to spend my night than watching the entire trilogy on the big screen!  Isn’t it crazy that we are as far away from the first movie as Marty was from when we went into the past?  (1985-2015, 1955-1985).  For some reason I find that incredible.

I’ve never seen any of the films in the theater.  The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was Major League. I was 11, so I’m sure there were movies before that. But this is the first one I remember.

About a week ago, I saw tickets go on sale for the movie so I popped over to the local theater to get mine. The conversation between me and the lady selling tickets went like this:

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Me: “One for BTTF on the 21st.”

Her: “They remade that?!  We are showing it?!”

Me: “No.. (Explains what’s going on).”

Her: “Oh you’ll see me there!”

Me: “I hope so!”

Because what’s better than enjoying a great movie when the theater is full?  Tell everyone!!

So, I’m meeting my wife at the theater, trading cars so she can bring the girls home and feed them (even though our oldest daughter stops whatever she is doing to watch BTTF everytime it’s on TV now), and I will be watching all three movies!  I tried to bring my niece, but she has class at 6:30 tomorrow morning. What college has class at 6:30?!?  Ridiculous.

Anyway, I’m gonna update this between films and post one long post with my thoughts and feelings.  If anyone needs me between 5-1130ish tonight, I’m unavailable.

4:20pm – Just got into the theater. There are 10ish people here before me.

My wife text me and asked how many people. I told her. She says: Good thing you got there so early, whew!!

Me: I thought there were more dorks like me!!

I think I got a solid seat. Middle of the upper level, right in the middle of the screen.  This is me taking a picture with the poster. As you can tell, the movies will start at 5, 7:15, and 9:30. Getting excited.

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Also, if you are wondering on tonights t-shirt selection, I was hoping to wear this, but my birthday is next month and I wasn’t allowed to buy it yet. So I went with a shirt from Mystery Science Theater 3000. And if you know and like that show, we can absolutely be friends.

4:40pm – Super pissed!  I decided to go get popcorn and a soda cause I’m gonna be here a while. There’s no one to save my seat. So I’m second in line. The dad and his 2 sons in front of my ordered TEN items.  And half have to be cooked, but they don’t put them out of the way to let other people order.  So of course people are filing in and I’ve lost my seat. I left before I got popcorn. Gonna have to leave at some point. I’ll have to be creative on how to save my seat next time.

4:55pm – just saw my new favorite commercial.  Damn that is awesome.

5pm – Here we go!!  Shhh!  Leave me alone!  It’s starting!!

7pm – Great scott!  That was amazing. Not ashamed to admit that I cried when Marty’s parents kissed for the first time. I’m misty in all the right places. Seeing it on the big screen was the way to go!!  It’s a whole new experience.

7:10ish – Round 2!!  It’s today on screen!!!

8:52pm – Wow I barely made it through without tinkling in my shorts. I drink a lot of water during the day, leave me alone. Plus I had a large Coke. Yeah. Pepsi sucks.  There’s not much that I actively rant about. Coke vs. Pepsi is one of them.

It was pretty cool, when Doc Brown announces they’ve arrived in the future on Wednesday October 21, 2015, the whole audience cheered. That was a neat moment.

9pm – Part 3!  Last one!!  Most people have cleared out. People left during part 2. Why?  Leave before or after. What was the point of that?

11:10pm – Wow. That was so worth it.  I’m home now. I’ve looked forward to this day all year long.  When you look forward to something for that long, it’s hard to live up to your expectations. But that was incredible.

Of course, I went out the wrong door and ended up on the exact oposite side of the theater I needed to be on. And there were three movies, and I had four different seats. The one before part 1, and a different seat for each of the actual films. More and more people left after each movie so I kept moving closer to center.

It’s been a while since I pulled a triple feature. Like college probably. And it probably won’t happen again. I may be a huge doorknob, but that was a special night for me and something I won’t ever forget.

Your friend in time,

Eric