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The Daily Show with David Javerbaum at Bard

Last night Susan, Chris, and I headed up to Bard for a lecture / interview / show and tell with David Javerbaum, the head writer and supervising producer for The Daily Show. We did cast the net wider, trying to get other people to join us. No one else was responding to IM during the day, so to all you lamers (you know who you are), it was pretty cool.

The evening was done Inside the Actors Studio style, with one of the Bard faculty that knew David asking the questions. It started off with a lot of questions about how he came to work at The Daily Show, and the process of writing and producing the show in general, and the specifics of what goes into making an episode. They then started playing clips from various parts of the show, and talking about both that act in general, and the specific instances shown. Just about all the clips were from the last 2 weeks.

The moments when David couldn’t keep from busting out laughing were great. 🙂 As was his discussion of the various cast members, and what it’s like writing for them. The Daily Show has seen a lot of turnover in cast as all the reporters are seen for their comic ability, and end up in bigger gigs in Hollywood. David personally writes the toss between John and Steven at the end of the Daily Show, which he did say was the best part of his day, as it’s something small, focused, and he can do anything he wants with it as long as it keeps everyone in character.

Some of the comparisons between The Daily Show, and the Colbert Report at the end were quite interesting. David put it best as:

John comments on the irony; Steven is the irony.

B5 at Scifi Night

Our weekly Scifi Night continued last night with episode 3 of Torchwood, plus episodes 5 & 6 of Babylon 5.

Torchwood… is not doing so well. There didn’t seem to be really a point to the episode last night, it just went around in circles, with an eventual “whadda twist!” at the end. It definitely seemed forced, and there was little that was really keeping any of us interested. Please just start digging into Jack’s background (from the episode guides online now, I know they get there eventually), the rest is pretty uninteresting at this point.

Babylon 5 is starting to pick up steam, which is good, as Mike and I did sell B5 as really awesome, and I had forgotten how uneven the first couple episodes are. I guess it helped that I first started seeing B5 consistently somewhere in Season 2. Favorite quotes of the the night by the room were clearly:

“Do you know what the last Xon said just before he died? [Clutches heart]
*AAAAAAAAAAAARGHHH!!!*”
— Londo in Babylon 5:”The Parliament of Dreams”

 

“With luck, they may never find you, but if they do, you will know pain..”
“..and you will know fear..”
“..and then you will die. Have a pleasant flight.”
— G’Kar & Na’Toth to Tu’Pari in Babylon 5:”The Parliament of Dreams”

I also hadn’t realized that Na’toth and Lenir were both introduced in Parliament of Dreams (it’s been a long time). Bestor, of course, is introduced in Mind War.

I had also forgotten that Mind War threw in the idea of truly old creatures wandering the galaxy that have no awareness of us. Sakai’s acting through all of that could be better, but B5’s strength in acting was never the reason to watch it, it was always about the story and the writing. As of Parliament of dreams, both Londo and G’Kar’s characters really fleshed out, the actors are definitely comfortable in those roles, and are currently carrying some of the weaker actors through the force of their personalities.

All in all, I think B5 is going over quite well, which makes me quite happy.

Babylon 5… from the beginning

We begun watching Babylon 5 from the beginning on Sci-Fi night at my place, which I’m quite excited about. It’s been 8 years since B5 went off the air, and I really can’t wait to get through the entire story arc again. After watching the pilot, and episode 1, I went out looking for B5 quote lists again, and figured I’d share a few from season 1. As some of the folks watching B5 for the first time read this, I’ve kept everything pretty spoiler free.

“Now, landing thrusters.. landing thrusters, hmm. Now if I were a landing thruster, which one of these would I be?”

— Londo in Babylon 5:”A Voice in the Wilderness #2″

 

“And Vir!”
“Yes, sir?”
“Don’t give away the homeworld.”

— Londo and Vir in Babylon 5:”Born to the Purple”

If we end up watching 2 eps a week (skipping thanksgiving for obvious reasons), we’ll get to “Signs and Portents” on Dec 20th. I can’t wait.

Carter spotting!

I was just watching How I Met Your Mother, and as the paramedics ran in for the first scene, I realized one of them looked freakily familiar.

… Damn, that’s Carter! and, wait, the other one is Craig!

Granted it is their show, but none the less, it was cool regardless. 🙂

The Tick… edited

Toon Disney has been playing The Tick recently, which is great, and it has been lots of fun rewatching the show. However, any time you air a mid 90s cartoon on current TV in syndication, you end up loosing a couple of minutes of content in the process (which is why I can’t wait for The Tick on DVD, oh please, oh please.)

Having quoted the Tick a lot in college, there are a few places where I’ve noticed the cuts. One was tonight, when the interview sequence was cut from “Can you destroy the earth with your mind?” to “Can you destroy the earth?”. You loose a little bit of Edlund in that edit, but it’s bearable. However, in the first episode they actually completely remove the scene with Bi-Polar Bear. Yes, I know it wouldn’t be politically correct now, but it wasn’t back then either, during the heart of political correctness. 🙂

Please… The Tick on DVD, then I’ll be able to see all the old eps in their true glory.

Brisco County Jr on DVD

Brisco County Jr has finally made it to preorder status on Amazon. We’ve been watching digital transfers of really old VHS recordings of this recently, and I can’t wait to buy the series with a real video transfer. 🙂

For those unfamiliar, Brisco County Jr was a year long series on network TV with Bruce Campell years ago. It is a Western, that takes a lot of liberty with historical elements at the turn of the 20th century, and has a sci-fi story arc going on at the same time. Basically all the cheese you’d expect from Campell, but probably some of the best bits of TV he’s ever done. If you like Army of Darkness, you’ll like this.

Adam West comes full circle

I noticed that there is a new The Batman animated series on the WB, so I promptly TiVoed it to see if it was any good.

I was most amused that the first voice actor I saw was Adam West as the Mayor of Gotham. I guess the death of irony was proclaimed a little too soon.

Adam West has had a revival in the past few years, as a voice actor, first, playing himself as Mayor Adam West on Family. I also noticed him on The Boondocks in the Trial of R Kelly episode.