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DVD Releases: July 28, 2009

Out this week we have seven DVDs to feature:  Dollhouse: Season One, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, Torchwood: Children of Earth, Knight Rider, Green Lantern: First Flight, Dragonball: Evolution, Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5.

  • Dollhouse: Season One:  This is a great show, Joss Whedon does it again.  It received mixed view based on the first few episodes which are not the best but that is due to Fox forcing rewrites and re-shoots on Joss' vision.  The fans have lovingly come to refer to those episodes as Fox's Dollhouse and the rest of the show as Joss' Dollhouse.  After about episode five this show really opens up and develops.  This set includes the original pilot episode plus the episode Epitaph One. A must own!
  • Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead: a special episode of David Tennant Doctor Who when the Doctor and his fellow passengers are mysteriously transported through a wormhole to a planet inhabited by an endangered anthropomorphic species.  It's on the top of my Netflix que if not an owner unseen.

  • Torchwood: Children of Earth: I love this series, this is a five episode mini-series picking up for season three of Torchwood.  It's on the top of my Netflix que if not an owner unseen.

  • Knight Rider: This was a light, fun show with fast changing cars and action.  It started with some promise of having substance with gay characters and interesting subplots it just unfortunately suffered from too much studio tampering and test audience death and lost it's substance.  Watch it here on Hulu.
  • Green Lantern: First Flight: another DC Comics animated project bringing us the Hal Jordan Green Lantern.  It's on the top of my Net Flix que and almost an owner unwatched because of how good the past animated DC projects are.

  • Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5:  The conclusion of season four and the Battlestar Galactica show.  I really liked how this show grew into it's own and tackled some interesting topics.  I wished it had been bolder with some of the social and philosophical topics addressed.  My issue with this product is it's an overpriced 1/2 of a season set.

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Optimus Prime is K.A.R.R.!

CARWow, I was watching Knight Rider: Knight to King's Pawn and could not believe my eyes when they merged this with Transformers. K.A.R.R. is the evil version of K.I.T.T the talking car.  Apparently K.A.R.R. can transform from a car into a robot just like an Autobot.  To make it even more interesting they used Peter Cullen for the voice of K.A.R.R.  He is the voice actor who does the voice of optimus prime.

At first glance this is the stupidest thing ever… I was totally wrong, it was so awesome!!!  Recipe for a fun time =

  • Talking sweet looking cars
  • Transformers
  • Voice of optimus prime
  • Copious explosions

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IDIC: Knight Rider & Sanctuary, where's the diversity?

Idic I stirred up a bit of controversy at this years GLBT panel (listen here) when I mentioned that I didn't think we could get a show like Torchwood made in the United States by a major studio or network.

I stand by what I said. The America media is way behind the curve when it comes to any form of minority representation in the lead and leading roles on Television and in the Movies. There are still no Asian leads unless the film involves martial arts or unless they are the villain. African-American and GLBT characters are still relegated to the realm of the sidekick, supporting role, villain, or the character the character will fall in love with only to have them die.

A show like Torchwood features a prominent Bisexual lead character, and it is hard to point to a character that is not Bi. While the American studios have dabbled with GLBT characters, they are normally relegated to secondary roles.

Nup 114576 0090The new Knight Rider is a good example of what I am saying.

Knight Rider's executive producer Gary Scott Thompson indicated that the show's bisexual female character might not be as bisexual in the series as she was in the TV movie (After Elton).

Oh, she was bisexual... Stupid me, I thought she was a lesbian. Whatever she was, it looks like we are not going to see much of her with a love interest that is not a man.

Well, they are at least offering a substitute:

Malinda Lo:: So do you think that other characters might be gay?

Gary Scott Thompson: Well, we talked about KITT (After Elton).

What? Well we can only hope that KITT will have the same sense of humor that 790 had. That is a fair trade right? (sigh) Alas, that is usually how these things go.

What about Caprica or Santuary? Nope.

So what can we do?

With NBC:

  • Use there feedback system: Our only hope here is volume. Hopefully we can get enough people into the system to show them our numbers.
  • Send them a letter:

NBCUNI.COM FEEDBACK

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

With the Scifi Channel:

  • email them: feedback@scifi.com
  • call them: 212-664-3571
  • BTW they are an NBC Universal company, so the above address is good too.

NBC and Scifi Channel have taken down there links on how to pitch ideas to them, or I would give them too.

I will be posting more on this topic. I agree with all of you that it is important. We have to make our voices heard. We are the market they are trying to sell to. Together we can make them change.