Category: TV

Chasing UFOs review

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Update
I do have to give credit to Ben however, he has a blog that goes into way more detail than the actual show. The show is short and has an air of sensationalism – but I guess that is to be expexted with the attention span of most viewers today.

My initial review
Just watched the first two episodes of National Geographics “Chasing UFOs”. Man, what a disappointment. Another poorly scripted show with retarded, unwarranted night time “investigations” with FLIR and IR cameras.

They go into a deep mountain that has access to a hydro electric plant and get a hit on the geiger counter, gee I wonder why when you have a couple of thousand tons of rock above you.

They get chased by wild boar – or as it sounded to me – a disgruntled cow, they shoot a very inconclusive video of a round thing flashing (looks like it could a be a transformator pole or just a lens flare) Sure would have been interesting to see how that spot looked..I don’t know..during DAYTIME?

The icing on the cake is when they “investigate” Fresno freaking airport during night in the second episode. Ryder climbes a fence with a flashlight and they act surprised they get a military chopper interested in them

I was a little taken back by the fact that James Fox is a part of the show or that it is being aired by National Geographic. Fox has previously made the brilliant “Out of the blue” documentary.

Anyway, it’s fun that there is at least something UFO related on TV and it will fall into my guilty pleasure category of entertainment on the tube.. but I really hope they improve the quality of their show and tone down the sensationalism. Less monster hunt and more science, thanks!

Stargate Universe Rocks

I’m really digging the new Stargate franchise. Looks like they took a cue from Battlestar Galactica when it comes to FX and mood. Watching this made me want to finally finish of SG-1 (got a couple of seasons left on it) and watch Atlantis (which I only watched a few eps from).

Great to have a new Sci Fi series to watch! Good job SyFy!

Add TV Shows to Google Calendar

Ahh..bliss…first of all, visit this site, CAT that has TV Calendars. Sign up, select your shows and then just add the ICAl file to your Google Calendar (oh, and if you’re a Swede like me, set your time-zone) – voila! Now you can check when your favorite shows airs in your favorite calendar!

Panasonic PV60 set default input to HDMI

I finally found way down in a forum thread howto change the default input on my PV60. Walk up to the TV and hold down the volume/change channel button. While you hold it down hit the TV/AV button three times on the remote, the “hotel menu” will then appear which will allow you to set the default input to HDMI 1 or 2. Juicy!

TV4 web-TV and replay sucks

Yesterday me and Linda was going to watch the replay of Robinson using the new service from TV4 called TV4 Replay. This is a service where you for a week can watch TV4 programming replays online.

I had a hunch from the get-go that it would be a problem to find the entrance to the replay of Robinsson WITHOUT getting to know the ending of the actual episode. This, of course, turned out to be absolutely true.

I first tried to Google “TV4 Replay Robinson” and I got into some sort of page and some clip started but it was not presented clear enough so you were left wondering if this indeed was the episode or just some random clip. Then I prepared myself for getting to know the ending and entered Tv4.se and – of course – they spoiled the ending on the mainpage. Here we did find the entrance to the replay of the episode and it turned out to be the clip we first found.

The presentation is PISS POOR and their whole web-tv isn’t very well thought out. Their fullscreen mode is also buggy and keeps showing an annoying border in the bottom while running Windows XP (browser doesn’t matter) – my only option to go around this will be going into Mac OS and zooming in a little bit to prevent burn in.

Please, pretty please, make a clear DISTINCTION between your main site and your web-TV site. With this I mean that, yeah sure, I should be able to enter into web-TV from your main site but if I NEED to be able to enter your web-tv section separately and while I’m there you need to NOT HAVE SPOILERS.

Update: Started watching the show after zooming in a little on Mac OS X. Guess what happens after 10 minutes? Shit starts to stutter and then it exists fullscreen with the error message “movie failed”. Pathetic. F*cking pathetic. Why don’t you just publish a torrent instead? If you gotta do streaming make sure it works PERFECTLY.

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The Beast is crap

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Seriously weak show. I just stopped thinking about something else after 15 minutes. Flimsy direction. Patrick does a good job of course but it just can’t help a weak script and weak direction. Lousy. 2/10