A Strange Little Show – Persons Unknown

A friend of mine recommended watching a show that aired on NBC back in the summer of 2010 called Persons Unknown. I really wanted to like the show, and I did like the premise of it. The story could have done a whole lot more than it did – honestly, I spent a large portion of each episode asking myself, “What in the heck is going on here? Why are these people here? (That one got worse after the last couple of episodes where the writers revealed a whole lot of ideas that went no where!) Will they get out? What is the overall purpose of this ‘Program’? There were a couple of actors that I knew by face and name and a remaining cast that are all probably really talented actors, but largely unknown to me until I looked at the IMDB page for the show and looked at some of the other work they’ve done. Sometimes the acting felt forced or low budget, and after looking at a little about the show itself, it was done in different locations and had several episodes made before the initial pitching of the show to Fox. There is also somewhat of a ‘controversy’ surrounding the end of the show. During the original airing in 2010, there was confusion as to whether it would return, and when revealed it would not – all promotional material for the show indicated there would be no unanswered questions left hanging in oblivion. Well, they lied about that and did so knowingly. There is an interview with the shows producer Remi Aubuchon that intimates the frustration felt by him and other cast members when they saw these false promises of answers from the bigwigs running the show. The interview can be found at CliqueClack TV, and does reveal the direction they were planning on going with the show. Overall, I would give the show a 3 out of 5 stars – the idea was interesting (though confusing) and the situations the characters face are mind boggling, chilling, insane…The one and only season is available on Netflix. The season contained 13 episodes, each running approximately 43 minutes and originally aired July – August 2010. NBC describes the series as follows: “While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent “security” cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seem to derive from mysterious forces. At every turn, these strangers-turned-comrades are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally…” Have you watched it? What did you think? Any chance you would recommend it to someone and why? Sound off folks – would LOVE to hear from...

Katy Perry’s ROAR Contest Was Brilliant

Katy Perry announced several weeks ago a Lip-Dub contest for high schools students across the United States and territories. They got thousands of videos and I have to say I watched the entire time. I loved watching the five finalists and felt some hometown pride in a way when Lakewood High School from Lakewood,CO won. I was born and raised down the road a ways in Colorado Springs, and yes, I was biased the entire time hoping they would win. Their video was awesome, if you didn’t see it check it out here! And an interesting point  to the video – they filmed it following, what I think was the last round of massive flooding that hit the area just to the south (where I grew up); best part – the entire school worked together and filmed it all in a single go. Kudos guys! And Katy Perry – I will admit (I’m not a teen anymore lol) I’ve followed your music since the “I Kissed A Girl” phase and find you to be an artist who is growing not only in sound and art itself but also as a wonderful marketing direction and I see you moving to bigger and better things. And to GMA (I’m hooked, I watch every morning and DVR in case I miss it by sleeping lol) thanks again for bringing a contest to motivate kids to work together – you guys Rock! DirectLyrics has covered the entire morning’s event of the concert at Lakewood High School in Colorado for your viewing pleasure.  Don’t forget to ROAR before you start your day, it may just change your attitude...

42

09/10/13  I am watching 42, the movie about Jackie Robinson and his historical significance in baseball. I have always heard of him but no one ever shared the details of what an amazing man he was. I also have to say, I’ve seen many familiar faces sprinkled throughout the cast with a supersize kudo to Harrison Ford for his role. If you haven’t seen it, baseball fan or not, I recommend watching!

Saints Row IV

08/27/13  So, on Monday (I think) I got the latest Saints Row IV and have played a ton, amongst all the other stuff I have crammed into my days.  So, overall initial feeling for the game — I hate to say this, because I love the Saints Row franchise — but, it feels like Volition just threw some new mini games and such over The Third platform. I like the super powers and stuff, but I really think they just HAD to beat GTA V off the store shelves. That said, I have managed to pass through fairly quickly and was 85% complete within the first week. (I know, many had it beat in first 24 – but I have to manage to fit a lot of other things into a...

Zero Hour

08/15/13 Okay, I saw an ad for the show Zero Hour with Anthony Edwards (GOOSE! Top Gun ;D ) and decided I would check it out. I know a lot of people were saying it wasn’t that great, but I have to say I am hooked and very sad that there were only 13 episodes (as of now). I find the material beyond interesting and I love the chase, as it were, to find the answers. If you haven’t checked it out, I can recommend it! You may love it, you may hate it – but I would be willing to bet, it gets the mind gears a...

Alexander Calder

08/07/13  I was perusing the iTunes U app for interesting educational podcasts and found a collection of American artists from the 18-20th century. I got to learn about a very interesting depression era artist/sculptor named Alexander Calder and specifically his sculpture ‘The Brass Family’. His story as an artist deserves a ‘Google’ as it is very interesting; or better still, if you happen to be in New York visit The Whitney Museum Of American...