Persons Unknown: TV Show Review

I’m gonna do a TV show review of Persons Unknown today! I selected this show for the following reasons, which make it perfect to conduct a review for. First of all, I’m watching the show right now, and it’s pretty addicting. And, it lasted for exactly one season, so it lends itself to a review of succinct nature.

Persons Unknown is a show about a group of strangers that find themselves mysteriously kidnapped and trapped in a eerie facsimile of a charming small town city block. After discovering the situation, the characters try to wander out of the isolated block, only to find that their exit is blocked by an invisible fence of terrifying power.

Through some investigating and plenty of feuding, the characters find out that they are constantly being watched everywhere that they go, and that there is a sinister  overarching plan for all of them. Tension mounts, and alliances are formed as the people try to find out the truth of their situation and escape alive.

Persons Unknown is something that is both exciting and new, yet instantly familiar, due to it being an interesting combination of 10 Little Indians and LOST, with a bit of (wait for it) Star Trek TNG thrown in. Blended of course with “The Most Dangerous Game”.

It’s a creepy and eerie show that lends itself well to established themes that cover the “human experiment” side well. the pacing and setting are good, as are the interactions of the less than perfect prisoners trying to survive the experience of the town and the intentions of each other.

It’s obvious upon watching where the creators of the show got the bulk of their inspiration from “coughcoughLOSTcough*, but they took the intriguing and spooky parts of LOST and turned it into a good premise that was thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

If you like suspense and the drama of seeing normal people with secret pasts trapped together with a hefty dose of Orwellian intrigue thrown in, I highly recommend the single season of Persons Unknown.

Transformers 3 Is Out Next Week… Wheeeee.

Alright! Transformers 3 is out next week! Rather than building hype or coming up with a snarky list of probable events in the movie, I’m simply gonna lay out how it will be.

It will be more of the same, but probably with more explosions, and probably more disappointments. You see, the first Transformers was fun because it energized a concept and rebooted a franchise, and it did it in a big and fun and booming way. At it’s heart, the movie was about the assorted Transformers and Decepticons duking it out, with Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox acting as the human element and romantic subplot.

The first movie was good because it was fairly simple and was a new surprise to behold. It’s wasn’t exactly fine cinema, but it was definitely cool and fun.

The second movie was awful, to contrast. See, Michael Bay took the success of the first movie and decided to amplify things by ten, while adding a whole slew of completely dumb additions to it. The second movie was loud and obnoxious in the worst way possible, while demonstrating just how grating Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox are.

The action was difficult to follow, the plot was pretty dumb even from a cartoon standpoint, and the women were sexualized to the point of laughability. Not to mention the obnoxiously racist depictions of two “black” Transformers, the sheer amount of bodily humor and anatomical jokes, the death of basic geography, and the rehashing of old concepts.

And that’s not even to mention the denseness of humanity’s battle plan in that movie. I mean, I know it’s fiction. But, sending in a few hundred troops to get squashed by robots and then following up with heavy artillery and tanks once the battle is over is DUMB, people.

/rant

I dunno. Maybe I’ve become slightly cynical with Michael Bay. The man likes himself, that’s for sure.

I know what to expect. I fact, I know exactly what I’ll be getting.

Calling it now. Transformers 3 will be a loud, obnoxious, scattered mess of a film that features good looking women, robots, and explosions. It will be fun, and it will be brainless entertainment that I enjoy throughout, but I will promptly start ripping it apart the second I leave the theater. I just hope that everyone learned from the stupidity of the second one and choose to focus on the ROBOTS throughout.

Getting Sucked into TVtropes

While I was looking on the Internets last night for the full extent of “The Cosby Show “doorbell joke” (I was bored, don’t ask), I stumbled upon TVtropes. It was a fascinating database full of information about TV shows and movies, and the themes that they employ. And it was awesome. Now, I know what you all are thinking thinking.

You’re thinking, “Huh. Seems mildly amusing. Kind of a waste of time, but interesting.” Which is exactly what I thought last night, until I looked at the clock and realized it was 3:00 in the morning and that I had been idly looking through stuff for 3 hours.


I realized then that TVtropes isn’t just a database of thematic knowledge. It’s an insane database of thematic knowledge that goes on forever. Anything that you care to think of, TVtropes has categories showing the tendencies of the show, as well as its strong suits and the influences it pulled from. It helps you realize how weird and wonderful and cliche everything we watch truly is!

And the extensive categorization! OMG! Cross linking between every TV show and mvoie you care to look at! I didn’t even care that Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond and The Cosby Show shared the “Henpecked Husband” theme, but I sure do now!

I did not fully realize how many plot holes and cliches existed in 24, but I sure do now!

All in all, finding TVtropes last night was a fascinating way to be amused by all of the cliches we fill TV and film with, and to find out interesting things about all of my favorite shows. For a TV fiend like me, it was a hilarious and insightful look into the stuff I watch.

Here’s the link. Check it out.

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