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Basement Matinee - The SAW Franchise

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The SAW Franchise certainly made it's money... but is it something I enjoyed?

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From 2004 to 2010, the SAW Franchise held a strangle hold on late October with 7 films that had a combined gross of over $870 Million dollars, with the stimated cost of each film being a total of about $65 Million... so to say the films made serious 'bank' is of course an understatement. And I'm all for people making money. And I understand the series has its fan-base, and they are excited for 'Saw: Legacy'

The thing is... I don't consider SAW to be a horror franchise, because for me, it is a constant example and reminder of the low standards I had when it comes to movie. With the exception of the first film, which is more of a psychological thriller that I do consider a classic, the remaining films rely on shock kills, and over the top antics, that have basically earned SAW the nickname of torture porn, relying on shock, and basically a 'can we top t…

Lets Play Star Trek Online: All That Glitters

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Are you familiar with Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram? He's quite unique, even for an old EMH Mark I. Now he holds rank in Starfleet in his own right! We've received a message that the Doctor requires assistance to deal with a medical situation on an Ocampa freighter in the Shenda system. He is currently en route in one of Voyager's shuttles. Normally I would send a medical Vessel, but we have seen a spike in Vaadwaur attacks and I want to make sure he has all the resources he will need. Could you go to the Shenda system and assist the Doctor?



So we're back to the actual story, and as you can tell by the mission intro, we have a special guest for this mission, The Doctor, voiced by Robert Picardo, who played the character for seven seasons on Star Trek: Voyager. Much like Ethan Phillips as Neelix, Picardo steps seamlessly back into a role. The voice work is rather solid, in my opinion.

Now this mission itself, is rather well balanced, opening in space, beam…

Nosalgia Trip - Quantum Leap

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This week's Nostalgia Trip is a quite a 'Quantum Leap'

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BLOG VERSIONTheorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator - and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap... will be the leap home.

That my friends, is the opening narration, or one of them, for Quantum Leap, one of the most unique televised sci-fi series of all time.

Created by Donald P Bellsario... the guy behind other shows like Magnum PI, Airworlf, JAG and NCIS (Wouldn't that be a hell of…