“Raumschiff Orion”

by Rob on

Somewhere last week at work my colleague Andreas, who is from German origin, mentioned that the ring tone of his mobile phone was of an old German SF series. Well, if I have to think of an old German SF series then directly “Raumschiff Orion” (“Spaceship Orion”) comes to mind. And I was right, he was referring to this series.

I can remember this series from the time that I was a young lad. We were living close to the German border and we could receive all German TV channels (over then all was still broadcasted through the air). The original title of the TV series was “Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion” (“Space patrol – The fantastic adventures of spaceship Orion”). There have been made 7 episodes, started on September 17, 1966.
The series were broadcasted on on the Dutch TV in 1967. I think it is not that I can remember the series from that. I mean, I was 5 years old that time. So I assume that it has been broadcasted some years later on a German channel again and that I can remember the series from that.

Somehow this series must have made a deep impression on me that I still can remember it.

The story plays in the year 3000, the earth is one big nation. The human race travelled into space and has now colonies on different places in the galaxy. And then that happens what no one ever had expected: An attack by aliens. The crew of the space ship Orion is confronted with these brutal aliens and has to save the human race.

Well, my colleague told my that the series of “Raumschiff Orion” is available on DVD these days. Guess what, I had to check that out. Turns out that the company where I buy many of my DVD’s and BluRays had it even on stock. So right now in front me is this DVD set laying on my desk. But first I have to finish season 2 of Grimm :-).

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When I was a young boy I already loved science fiction a lot. It must have been somewhere around 1979 that I watched the first season of the science fiction series “Blake’s 7”.

The series is set in a future age of interstellar travel and follows the exploits of a group of renegades and convicted criminals. Roj Blake, a political dissident who is arrested, tried and convicted on false charges, and then deported from Earth to a prison planet. He and two fellow prisoners, treated as expendable, are sent to board and investigate an abandoned alien spacecraft. They get the ship working, commandeer it, rescue two more prisoners, and are joined by an alien guerrilla with telepathic abilities.

I’m happy that I have seen all 4 seasons now, but I have to the first season was the best in my opinion. Blake, who was the main character of the series, disappears somewhere in season 2 to only be back at the very last episode of season 4. Only Vila and Avon appear in all the four seasons.
Season 3 and 4 are disappointing. They stay in the shadows of the first seasons… sadly.

But as said, I loved watch all seasons. It took me back to the days that I as a boy was bound to the TV when Blake’s 7 was one…

Point of interest: It seems that SyFy-channel is working on a remake of Blake’s 7… now I am curious… very curious… :-)

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Today I heard the news that on the age of 60 Silvia Kristel passed away and I must admit that it made feel a bit sad.

Of course Silvia Kristel was well known of the Emmanuelle-movies that were consider back at that time as highly shocking, but would be nowadays not much more as slightly erotic.

If I remember right the first more or less erotic movie I ever saw, was one of the Emmanuelle-movies and at the age I was at that time, it made really a deep impression on me. Not very surprising of course.

But she also did movies as “Pastorale 1943”, which was about the resistance during World War II. A very good movie in my opinion.

What can I say? The world has lost another icon today…

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Yesterday I watched the last episode of Stargate SG1 season 10… and season 10 was the last episode that was made of this TV series. And yes, as can be seen on the picture above I own all seasons on DvD. Sadly two seasons are from a different publication. There were long delivery times for those two seasons in the other publication and I didn’t want to wait that long. But most important is of course that the content is the same.

So what is this Stargate SG1 about anyway???? Well, Wikipedia learns us:
“Stargate SG-1 is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is based on the 1994 feature film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The television series was filmed in and around the city of Vancouver, Canada. In the United States, Showtime broadcast the first five seasons, from 1997 to 2002, and then the series moved to the Sci Fi Channel for its last five seasons, from 2002 to 2007. The final episode premiered on Sky1 in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2007, three months before its United States premiere. With ten seasons and 214 episodes, Stargate SG-1 surpassed The X-Files in 2007 as the longest-running North American science fiction series on television.”

In Stargate SG-1 a woman discovers in Egypt during a excavations a big circle made of an unknown metal with unknown symbols (chevrons) on it. By studying ancient writings she learns that this circle is some kind of gate that can be used to travel to other planets. The only thing needed is that the other planet also has a Stargate. In the beginning they known very little about the makers of these Stargate, only that they call themselves the Ancients en that there are millions of planets with a stargate.
Of course this means that humanity gets in contact with other races throughout the universe and this leads to all kinds of exciting adventures with some very good plots. And luckily there is still enough room for humor, so there is also enough to laugh about.

The Wikipedia has an astonishing article on the Stargate. I never realized there was so much information available about it.

On the picture below the original SG1 team…

Major Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping, one of my favorite actresses), Colonel Jack O’Niel (Richard Dean Anderson), Teal’c (Christopher Judge), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and Major General George Hammond (Don S. Davis):

And so… what now? Errmm… Continuing with Stargate Atlantis :-)

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John Carter of Mars

by Rob on

This evening I have been watching the movie “John Carter of Mars”.

It was already the plan to go to see this movie with some colleagues, but not a date was set. So last Wednesday I said if this week no date was set I would go see the movie this weekend. This because I really wanted to see this movie in the cinema. No final date was set, so as said I went tonight to see the movie…

I loved the movie. Great story-line. Awesome special effects. And enough humour to keep it entertaining. And of course is Lynn Collins (who plays Dejah Thoris) a lady that pleases the eye very well.

Now I have to admit that I read the books of John Carter a very long time ago, but as far as my memory allows me, I see great differences between the books and the movie. Not that this is something bad, just something to notice and nothing more than that.

That brings me to the most stupid comment made about this movie (as I already posted on Facebook before): “This story of this movie depends so on Star Wars and Avatar!”. The person who said this has no idea what he/she was talking about. The book “John Carter of Mars” was written in 1911/1912… Get it?

The book was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also created Tarzan of the Apes.

At the cinema I noticed that there are some very interesting movies coming our way…. Battleship (from the people behind The Transformers), The Avengers, Men in Black 3 and The Wrath of The Titans. So I think I will visit the cinema quite often the coming time. But the next times I hope to go together with Marion. Yes, for a good movie I will go alone. But with someone close it is so much better!!!

And yes, it is very nice to have a good cinema so close by (10 minutes on a bicycle).

Edit: Already some people pointed out to me that this movie is a flop. As far as I can see it is only a financial flop and that says nothing about the quality of the movie. And yes, the movie got rather some bad reviews. But there is one thing I am 100% convinced of, these reviews are way from objective. This is the world of the big money and the lobbies. And that has its effect on reviews given.
I said it before and I will say it again: If a movie got real bad reviews I have to see the movie. Big change that is a wonderful movie!

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Today I prepared tenderloin (“varkenshaas”) for Marion and me. I tried something new and it worked out well (Miranda, thank you for making my idea complete).

I prepared a marinade of peanut oil (“arachide olie”). I mixed the oil with black pepper, salt, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. I placed the tenderloin for hour in the marinade, turning it every now and around.
I heated a little olive oil and baked the tenderloin. First on a high fire, later on a low fire. Next I wrapped the tenderloin in aluminium foil for around 10 minutes.
When placing the tenderloin on the dish I smeared some goat cheese on top of it. You could watch it melt. After the cheese was nice melted I spread some caraway over it.

I wok-baked leek, red onion, parsley and chestnut mushrooms in olive oil. After all was mixed up and nice on temperature I added a home-made teriyaki sauce (rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, bouillon and olive oil).

I serviced some fruit compote (apple and pear) along with it. On the compote as spread some cinnamon.

I know, my dishes could be decorated much nicer. But somehow that is not important for me (although I can understand that for a professional as Miranda it is very important). For me the taste counts… but then again, I am not a professional :).

It all tasted wonderful again. but I do admit that I used a little too much olive oil for the teriyaki sauce.

After we cleaned up the kitchen we both just wanted to lean back and relax for the last evening of the weekend. And how to do this better then watching a nice movie? So while I was looking through my DvD’s and BluRay’s I picked up “The Blue Brothers” DvD. It was a long time ago I watched that movie. I showed the movie to Marion and she agreed that was a good movie to watch.
But there was something I really never noticed before…

The Blues Brothers DvD I have is not normal one, it is the 25 year anniversary DvD! And today I noticed something I never noticed before. The package holds 2 DvD’s… and on the second DvD is the extended theatrical version of the movie! Marion adn I agreed on watching that one…

And oh, what a movie… lots of extreme good music… and so much humour!!!

Anyone who hasn’t seen The Blues Brothers???? Be ashamed…. be very ashamed!!!!

“And this one is for Wilson Pickett…”

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Yesterday after we battled a huge mountain of spare ribs we wanted to watch a movie together. Together on the couch, something nice to drink and relaxed watching something together.

I am happy that in some ways Marion and I like the same kind of movies. Sure, science fiction and fantasy movies are not on the top of the list of Marion. But she likes them way enough to watch them together with me.
And yes, I am always open to suggestions of movies she likes to see.

So a few days ago I ordered the BluRay with the movie “Thor”…

Of course this movie goes about Thor, the Scandinavian god.. Son of Odin.

In the movie Thor (Chris Hemsworth) gets banned to earth for irresponsible behaviour. Separated from his mighty hammer Mjöllnir he is really nothing more than a well-trained and strong man.
During his time on earth he falls in love with Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). By the betrayal of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) all there is seems to be endangered. But without Mjöllnir Thor is almost helpless and there is nothing he can do…. (no, I won’t place here real spoilers).

I like this kind of movies where legends and myths are linked to the world of today. Nice aspect in this movie is that the residents of Asgard are an alien race.

Great are the sounds effects in this movie and I am really happy that my equipment can play DTS-HD. The visual and special effects are also awesome.

So all with all, I liked this movie. It was fun to watch and I am curious if there will be a sequel.

After the watching the movie Marion and I went for a walk. Sure, it was late. But some fresh air before going to sleep is always a good thing.

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Life can be so enjoyable

by Rob on

It is easy how an evening can become an enjoyable evening. This evening Marion and I spend together watching a movie.

And the movie? A thriller this time. “Edge of Darkness” is the title..

The movie is about a police agent whose daughter gets shot right before his eyes. At first they think that he was meant to be shot and not is daughter. But slowly it starts to show that this is not the case and that they were really after his daughter. And then starts to show how big companies are involved in things that cannot stand the daylight and how they do everything to cover that up.

A limited edition… A BluRay in a metal case. Nice, but the thing I really love about BluRays is the high quality of video and audio… if you have a system that really supports it and my media centre does.

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