No Place Like Melrose

March 24, 2009 at 11:27 AM | Posted in TV | 2 Comments
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I cannot believe they are remaking Melrose Place. First they remade Beverly Hills 90210 and now this. Truth be told, I loved Melrose Place and the original BH 90210. But I am disappointed with the remake of 90210. It just doesn’t come at par with the original. The cast is uninteresting and that actress (I forgot the name) playing Naomi looks too old for this kind of show. To me, the sub-plots of the new 90210 resemble a lot like Gossip Girl. Even when Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty are in the show, it just doesn’t hold for me anymore. This is why I’m very much against the Melrose Place remake. I fear that they are going to ruin it like they ruined BH 90210.

Melrose Place was my guilty pleasure back in the day. It was the only American soap opera I loved to watch. I cannot imagine any other actress who will play Amanda Woodward. With the remake, how are they going to make the stories as intriguing and at-the-edge-of-your-seat interesting as the original? Judging from the fiasco that the new 90210 is, I bet it won’t be as good as the first one. Just like the now confirmed plans to make a sequel of the Sex and the City movie, remaking Melrose Place is UNNECESSARY. It’s better to leave Melrose as it was. As the saying goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

SciFi Channel now on C/S Origin?!

March 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM | Posted in TV | 1 Comment
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I got the surprise of my life last night while I was watching TV. It seems that SciFi channel is now available on C/S Origin, which is an exclusive Solar Entertainment channel. I was channel surfing last night, looking for any good show to watch. I just finished watching an episode of Heroes season 3 when I stumbled upon the SciFi channel. To my surprise and delight, it’s being shown on C/S Origin. I didn’t know they’re airing it since as far as I knew, SciFi channel was not available in my local cable TV.

But I’m so glad that they’re now airing it. This is one of those channels I really wanted to have in my cable. Now I can watch the old and new sci-fi and fantasy shows I love on this channel. The thing is, I think C/S Origin is only airing this late at night. I just hope Solar Entertainment will continue airing this and improve its schedule because this is a really good channel.

Kicked It in the Ass

March 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM | Posted in Fandom, Lifestyle, TV | Leave a comment
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It has been months since the last TV marathon and I’m so glad that my social group, the Pinoy X-Philes, held another one last weekend. When we heard the sad news several weeks ago that Kim Manners had passed away, it was decided that we hold the next marathon in his honor. Kim Manners did an amazing and extensive work on The X-Files as director and/or producer. Most of my well-loved episodes were either directed or produced by him.  So we picked selected episodes directed by him to be shown at the marathon.

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

Pinoy X-Philes marathon

One of our members, Sam volunteered to hold the marathon at his place, which was in Malate. We set up his place to look like Mulder’s apartment/X-Files basement office. And for the first time in PXP history, we used a projector and a white screen for viewing instead of the regular large-screen TV. There were X-Files posters and fan art placed on the walls too. We also brought food and ordered takeout pizza for everyone. Sam invited some friends from his other group, Arkham Philippines, to join us and we were happy to share with them our love for the show.

As always, the Pinoy X-Philes marathon was fun and memorable. We started it by watching the Pilot episode even though it was not directed/produced by Kim Manners as some non-members who were only casual viewers of The X-Files requested to watch the show from its early beginnings. We were glad to do so since we also wanted to introduce them to the basic plot of the show and how the story started.  It was a different experience using a projector during the marathon. It felt like we were watching a drive-in movie because of the width of the screen.

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

Watching the episode "The Rain King"

We managed to watch at least four episodes through the night — “Humbug, “Home,” “Folie a Deux,” and the Pilot as most of my groupmates and Sam’s friends left early (around 11:30 p.m.). But I was pleased to see that most of the non-members who joined us enjoyed watching the episodes. Sometime after they left, only a few us remained to watch more episodes. In the wee hours of the next morning, Lily, Sam and I were the only ones left still standing. We later retired and dozed off on the couch for a few hours after which Lily and I left Sam’s place.

I didn’t get enough sleep that night (or should I say morning) but it was all right. Marathons in our group don’t happen often and staying up late til morning was all worth it. I got to spend a great time with friends watching the episodes we love.

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