RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 140,070
Posts: 5,432,253
Members: 24,926
Currently online: 582
Newest member: wod_freak

TrekToday headlines

The Red Shirt Diaries #8
By: T'Bonz on Oct 20

IDW Publishing January Comics
By: T'Bonz on Oct 20

Retro Review: Chrysalis
By: Michelle on Oct 18

The Next Generation Season Seven Blu-ray Details
By: T'Bonz on Oct 17

CBS Launches Streaming Service
By: T'Bonz on Oct 17

Yelchin In New Indie Thriller
By: T'Bonz on Oct 17

Saldana In The Book of Life
By: T'Bonz on Oct 17

Cracked’s New Sci-Fi Satire
By: T'Bonz on Oct 16

Beltran Introduces Shakespeare To Theater Group
By: T'Bonz on Oct 16

Burton To Be Honored at Facets Boo! Bash
By: T'Bonz on Oct 16


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Science Fiction & Fantasy

Science Fiction & Fantasy Farscape, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Firefly, vampires, genre books and film.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 14 2014, 08:33 PM   #121
OmahaStar
Disrespectful of his betters
 
OmahaStar's Avatar
 
Location: OmahaStar
View OmahaStar's Twitter Profile Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to OmahaStar Send a message via Yahoo to OmahaStar
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Oh, if you're having this much trouble with a little bit of "other religions" mixed in there, I can't wait to see your reaction to the Santa Claus episode.
__________________
"Sorry. Wrong movie, buddy."
OmahaStar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 14 2014, 08:52 PM   #122
Timewalker
Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady
 
Timewalker's Avatar
 
Location: In many different universes, simultaneously.
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

kirk55555 wrote: View Post
Altared states (Xena) - Screw this episode. Its very concept is stupid. We know the greek gods exist, we've been seeing them since the first TV movie. Using the Isaac/Abraham story is just freaking idiotic. I swear, if Xena rescues a carpenter named "Esus" from being crucified in a later episode, I'll just turn the show off. Not because of being offended (I'm not atheist or agnostic, but I'm not anywhere near religious enough to get offended by jokes or stories using characters from christianity/the bible), but because this whole thing is stupid and not why I'm watching the show. Its supposed to haveGREEK MYTHOLOGY. I don't know if they just like taking potshots at modern religion or what, but its super distracting and doesn't fit with the show. I'm trying to watch some people go on adventures and kick the bad guys butt, not "Oh, look at what the stupid/evil religious people who totally aren't christians are doing now". I'm hoping it doesn't come up again, but I've been mildly spoilered enough to know it does. I have the first 3 seasons of Xena, and I'll just skip any if they try to do something like this again.

Also, while I was looking up info on this episode, I ended up exploring the Xena wiki enough to (accidentally) learn about Eve. Well, its a good thing I've already decided to not waste money on Xena once Orci/Kurtzman started working on it, otherwise I might have accidentally bought season 5 eventually and completely lost my mind I'm liking the show right now, and I think it will get better in the next two seasons I have, but it really seems like it just jumps the shark eventually.
We are in complete agreement about the Abraham/Isaac episode. I found that one stupid.

As for Eve and the other religious stuff, the only way I kept myself watching was to remind myself, "It's just another mythology they're exploring," and ignore all the ravings of how 'wonderful' it was from my friends who were also watching.

kirk55555 wrote: View Post
Forbin wrote: View Post
Xena jumps the shark every other week!!

I wouldn't skip whole seasons. There are lots of gems throughout the whole series.
Well, I don't plan to skip seasons, I plan to (at most) only go to season 4, then stop. I don't intend to see the Orci/Kurtzman era of the show, which happens to start at season 5. The fact that the show seems to jump the shark (while also starting to pound you over the head with "subtext" based off of things I've read about the last two seasons ) are just more reasons to support a decision I already made as soon as I learned the Transformers 2 writers basically take over Xena (and Hercules I think)

Now, if Xena (in the next 2 seasons) becomes a show I absolutely love and can't get enough of (as opposed to just being an enjoyable adventure show that I like), I might change that decision, but the show is really going to have to make me a super fan to change my mind about the last two seasons.
There are some good episodes in the last two seasons, especially those with Ares and Aphrodite. But there are also some awful ones (I realize we may disagree on which of them are awful ).
__________________
"Let's give it to Riker. He'll eat anything!"

For some great Original Series fanfic, check out the Valjiir Continuum!
Timewalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 14 2014, 10:30 PM   #123
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

OmahaStar wrote: View Post
Oh, if you're having this much trouble with a little bit of "other religions" mixed in there, I can't wait to see your reaction to the Santa Claus episode.
Well, that sounds weird, but I really like watching versions of A Christmas Carol, so I'm sure I'll end up watching A Solstice Carol. I don't have a problem with them taking stuff from books and stuff like that.

Honestly, what bothered me the most about Altared States was that it was irritating, in combination with adapting the story they did and trying to blatantly bring the christian god into Xena, a show in a universe with a bunch of interesting gods and goddesses already. I actually really liked the ending of The Royal Couple of Thieves, where we find out that the weapon Xena is trying to get back is the Arc of the Covenant. So, i'm not against various modern religious stuff in the show, its more about how its done.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2014, 03:20 AM   #124
JanewayRulz!
Vice Admiral
 
JanewayRulz!'s Avatar
 
Location: North America
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Its supposed to have GREEK MYTHOLOGY. I don't know if they just like taking potshots at modern religion or what, but its super distracting and doesn't fit with the show.
But Isaac and Abraham aren't a Christian story, their's is an Old Testament / Jewish story and consistent with the people you met in "Royal Couple of Thieves".

The Mediterranean Sea was a cross "roads" of different cultures and religions, and this show will depict many of them through its 6 year run. Are you assuming that "just" because you've seen of Gods of Olympus in this show, that they are the Alpha and Omega of all the deities in the universe?

I think the very point of "Altered States" is to remind "we the audience" that assuming "Olympus Rules" all will lead to our downfall.

As for watching a show about women who kick butts while having adventures... tell me you didn't like that "fish fight" from the teaser?

Heck I love the ep just for the "drunk" Gabrielle.

By the way, did you recognize the very young Dr. Leonard McCoy from the rebooted Star Trek franchise?

As for "The Prodigal", you missed out on meeting an interesting character that will be the center of attention in a season 2 ep.
__________________
"But life is a battle: may we all be enabled to fight it well!" Charlotte Bronte
JanewayRulz! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 15 2014, 04:32 AM   #125
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

JanewayRulz! wrote: View Post
Its supposed to have GREEK MYTHOLOGY. I don't know if they just like taking potshots at modern religion or what, but its super distracting and doesn't fit with the show.
But Isaac and Abraham aren't a Christian story, their's is an Old Testament / Jewish story and consistent with the people you met in "Royal Couple of Thieves".

The Mediterranean Sea was a cross "roads" of different cultures and religions, and this show will depict many of them through its 6 year run. Are you assuming that "just" because you've seen of Gods of Olympus in this show, that they are the Alpha and Omega of all the deities in the universe?

I think the very point of "Altered States" is to remind "we the audience" that assuming "Olympus Rules" all will lead to our downfall.

As for watching a show about women who kick butts while having adventures... tell me you didn't like that "fish fight" from the teaser?
Oh, I despised that stupid scene. I was livid as soon as I realized they were swimming naked, and I knew something annoying was going to happen. I've heard about Xena's "subtext", and I just know its going to get more annoying as the show goes on

As for abraham/Issac, that one did confuse me a bit. I knew it was old testament, but some places say Christians use the whole old testament, just like jewish people do, and some say christianity just cherry picked it. Regardless, it was very distracting, and the effect was still the same regardless of whether its a strictly jewish story or not.

JanewayRulz! wrote: View Post
Heck I love the ep just for the "drunk" Gabrielle.

By the way, did you recognize the very young Dr. Leonard McCoy from the rebooted Star Trek franchise?
Yep. He did as good as could be expected, but his character was horrible.

JanewayRulz! wrote: View Post
As for "The Prodigal", you missed out on meeting an interesting character that will be the center of attention in a season 2 ep.
Well, if they don't want me to miss something, they shouldn't give Gabrielle an episode and remove Xena from the majority of it. No one introduced in a Gabrielle only episode is someone I care about, anyway.

Last edited by kirk55555; August 15 2014 at 06:01 AM.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 18 2014, 06:00 AM   #126
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Ties that Bind (Xena) - Ares pretends to be Xena's father in an attempt to win her back to his side. She almost does, but Gabrielle saves her. I think Ares brainwashes her at one point, because she reverts to evil Xena way too quickly to just be angry at her "Dad" getting hurt/killed. She was trying to get an army to murder innocent people The whole episode was executed poorly, and overall it wasn't very good.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 18 2014, 10:33 PM   #127
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

The Greater Good (Xena) - Xena gets poisoned, Gabrielle has to pretend to be her and does a horrible job at it. Even salmoneus couldn't save this from being an extremely mediocre and forgettable episode.

Callisto (Xena) - This episode was infuriating. From beginning to end, it was one huge cliché. It starts with Xena being framed for murdering a village, and gets worse from there. During the episode, we meet a comedy relief character so bad he makes me want to apologize for being mean to early season 1 Gabrielle. At least she had some point, even at her worse. Joxer did literally nothing but take up space. We also get a talk about the power of love and friendship (presumably because the writer had been binge-watching shows like Captain Planet and care Bears at the time).

Callisto herself was horrible, and a complete missed opportunity. The idea for the character was great, a person Xena had wronged turning into something resembling evil Xena and wanting revenge. The problem? The character needs some redeeming factor to have sympathy, but Callisto has none. Her family was killed by Xena, so she...goes around murdering women and children? It totally ruins the ability to feel sympathy for the character, so she just becomes another warlord of the week, with a slim connection to Xena. Callisto can't even be a threatening psycho villain, because the actress is about as threatening as your average kitten. She looks like she'd get her butt handed to her by Salmoneus or even that idiot Joxer. Lucy Lawless does such a great job of being threatening and badass on a regular basis that it just makes Callisto's actress's performance even more pathetic. Honestly, I don't think anyone could have made the part work, but hiring someone who looks/acts like they'd be playing the generic spoiled rich brat in a normal TV show didn't help. Gabrielle would be a more threatening villain.

So, overall, this episode took a great idea for a character, gave it to a completely miscast actress, and then put her into an episode that was probably written by a brain damaged jellyfish that had just discovered a copy of "Overused Cliches for Dummies". The worst thing about this is that I know Callisto comes back in the other Xena seasons I have (Seasons 2 and 3). Also, according to the xena wiki Joxer appears in 42 episodes of Xena They have out Jar Jar'd George Lucas, who at least stopped using Jar Jar in the movies after it became clear the character was despised. But, this made more sense when I looked Joxer's actor up on Wikipedia and iMDB. Apparently, he got 42 episodes because of nepotism. You know, I like Sam Raimi, but if he needed to shove his brother down everyone's throats using the show he was producing at the time, he could have at least have had the courtesy of having the writers come up with a good character for his brother to play So, now I can't even skip Joxer episodes without basically just not watching the show. Well, at least Callisto's Season 2/3 episodes will be easier to skip. She's in a lot less, although still way too many for such a crappy character. I may have to watch more of Xena's Jar jar, but I'll be damned if I'm watching any more episodes focusing on the love child of Paris Hilton and a s%^&*y version of The Joker.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 19 2014, 01:43 AM   #128
Timewalker
Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady
 
Timewalker's Avatar
 
Location: In many different universes, simultaneously.
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

I will say these two things:

1. Joxer improves between now and the end of the series.

2. If you skip Callisto episodes, you will miss ones that are critical to the greater overall story arcs.
__________________
"Let's give it to Riker. He'll eat anything!"

For some great Original Series fanfic, check out the Valjiir Continuum!
Timewalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 19 2014, 01:48 AM   #129
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Timewalker wrote: View Post
I will say these two things:

1. Joxer improves between now and the end of the series.

2. If you skip Callisto episodes, you will miss ones that are critical to the greater overall story arcs.
Well, I'd hope he improves if he gets to be in 42 episodes, he probably can't get any worse.

As for Callisto, I'm willing to make the sacrifice. I can read the Xena wiki to get decent summaries of episodes I skip, so I won't get lost if a Callisto episode happens to have something halfway important happen in it.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 01:34 PM   #130
Forbin
Admiral
 
Forbin's Avatar
 
Location: I said out, dammit!
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

For the loves of gods, keep watching the Callisto episodes, even the ones that crossover to/from Hercules. Callisto becomes, IMHO, the greatest, most complex villain in syndicated fantasy TV show history (I know, not a broad catagory, but still...). Hudson Leick's performance, as the character grows and changes, is one of the great delights of the whole series - she has such a lot of FUN being evil! And Callisto's character arc has got to hold some kind of record for its scope.

It's kind of odd though that she was created as a foil for Xena, but a couple of her greatest character development moments are in her Herc episodes. I had to buy 2 seasons of Herc just to get those eps for my home-made Callisto boxed set.
Forbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 04:07 PM   #131
DWF
Vice Admiral
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

kirk55555 wrote: View Post
Timewalker wrote: View Post
I will say these two things:

1. Joxer improves between now and the end of the series.

2. If you skip Callisto episodes, you will miss ones that are critical to the greater overall story arcs.
Well, I'd hope he improves if he gets to be in 42 episodes, he probably can't get any worse.

As for Callisto, I'm willing to make the sacrifice. I can read the Xena wiki to get decent summaries of episodes I skip, so I won't get lost if a Callisto episode happens to have something halfway important happen in it.
Joxer's alot of fun over the years especially in Xena's Groundhog Day ep. And Callisto goes though some surprising changes herself over the years.
__________________
The greatest science fiction series of all time is
Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one
or all in a bunch to back it up!"
--- Harlan Ellison, from his introduction
to the PINNACLE series of Doctor Who books
DWF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 05:09 PM   #132
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Forbin wrote: View Post
For the loves of gods, keep watching the Callisto episodes, even the ones that crossover to/from Hercules. Callisto becomes, IMHO, the greatest, most complex villain in syndicated fantasy TV show history (I know, not a broad catagory, but still...). Hudson Leick's performance, as the character grows and changes, is one of the great delights of the whole series - she has such a lot of FUN being evil! And Callisto's character arc has got to hold some kind of record for its scope.

It's kind of odd though that she was created as a foil for Xena, but a couple of her greatest character development moments are in her Herc episodes. I had to buy 2 seasons of Herc just to get those eps for my home-made Callisto boxed set.
I might give her second episode a chance. If she can become even the least bit threatening, and be more rational than her really bad female Joker thing she did in episode 1, I might change my mind about her episodes. But, she's going to have to change as a character completely in the next episode, and the performance is going to have to be a lot better. If its the same "crazy paris hilton" type character as her first episode, then I'll definitely not watch an episode with her in it again.

She was a complete waste of a good idea in her first appearance, so she's basically going to have to be completely different in her next episode for me to bother to waste time watching her. I hated her in Callisto, and she has a very big uphill battle to make me waste my time. I don't like poorly done crazy characters, and wasting the idea of one of Xena's victims becoming an enemy on a generic, poorly written crazy woman is probably one of the biggest mistakes of season 1. So, if the next episode can completely turn the character around, I might bother with more episodes with her. But, I really don't see that happening.
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 05:33 PM   #133
DWF
Vice Admiral
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

kirk55555 wrote: View Post
Forbin wrote: View Post
For the loves of gods, keep watching the Callisto episodes, even the ones that crossover to/from Hercules. Callisto becomes, IMHO, the greatest, most complex villain in syndicated fantasy TV show history (I know, not a broad catagory, but still...). Hudson Leick's performance, as the character grows and changes, is one of the great delights of the whole series - she has such a lot of FUN being evil! And Callisto's character arc has got to hold some kind of record for its scope.

It's kind of odd though that she was created as a foil for Xena, but a couple of her greatest character development moments are in her Herc episodes. I had to buy 2 seasons of Herc just to get those eps for my home-made Callisto boxed set.
I might give her second episode a chance. If she can become even the least bit threatening, and be more rational than her really bad female Joker thing she did in episode 1, I might change my mind about her episodes. But, she's going to have to change as a character completely in the next episode, and the performance is going to have to be a lot better. If its the same "crazy paris hilton" type character as her first episode, then I'll definitely not watch an episode with her in it again.

She was a complete waste of a good idea in her first appearance, so she's basically going to have to be completely different in her next episode for me to bother to waste time watching her. I hated her in Callisto, and she has a very big uphill battle to make me waste my time. I don't like poorly done crazy characters, and wasting the idea of one of Xena's victims becoming an enemy on a generic, poorly written crazy woman is probably one of the biggest mistakes of season 1. So, if the next episode can completely turn the character around, I might bother with more episodes with her. But, I really don't see that happening.
Callisto isn't going to be completely different in her next outing, but changes do happen and it does take some time. Personally though I loved the ladder fight in her first ep.
__________________
The greatest science fiction series of all time is
Doctor Who! And I'll take you all on, one-by-one
or all in a bunch to back it up!"
--- Harlan Ellison, from his introduction
to the PINNACLE series of Doctor Who books
DWF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 05:39 PM   #134
Forbin
Admiral
 
Forbin's Avatar
 
Location: I said out, dammit!
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Trust me, while she remains a crazy character, the LAST thing she is is a poorly done crazy character!
Forbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20 2014, 05:41 PM   #135
kirk55555
Fleet Captain
 
kirk55555's Avatar
 
Re: Hercules/Xena (Spoilers)

Well, I'm not wasting my time on the same character from the first episode. I'll give her next episode a try (probably only about 10 minutes unless it really grabs me) and then leave the spoiled brat of the Xena world alone. I really despised her in the first episode, so if she doesn't have an immediate change then she's the same poorly written, poorly acted, poorly conceived person that should never have been more than a one shot character. Unless the next episode involves her getting brutally murdered as an excuse as to why she's the same character, I have no desire to see a repeat of her first episode, or to see that character ever again.

Then again, even if she was killed she'd probably just come back because the Xena writers, just based on season one, seem to hate their audience. They have a great main character, and a tolerable sidekick at the end, but they still turn out crap like Callisto and apparently allow Sam Raimi to turn the show into his own personal family employment center. Next thing you know, Xena will be revealed to actually be Mary from the Bible, Gabrielle will go back and time to become Xena's grandmother and Callisto will kill Zeus and take his place
kirk55555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.