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Rob Babcock

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  1. Is the the classic lineup? I'll be on the lookout for it!
  2. Sorry to hear things are so rough right now. Do you have any family in your area? Are you open to relocating to somewhere with more opportunities?
  3. 44 myself. Somedays I feel like 64. Generally I act more like 4.
  4. Been digging up a lot of "new to me" stuff lately, btw. For the longest time I thought metal had died...turns out it just moved to Europe! I've been listening to quite a bit of Tony Harnell's stuff (just found Westworld's 'Skin' on ebay for a good price), a lot of Michael Kiske's stuff (Avantasia, guest stuff for Edguy, Masterplan, etc). Really liking The Codex. Lots of good stuff being released again.
  5. It's been a long time since I've been 'round HH, probably no one here remembers me, but I wanted to say HELLO! I joined waaaaay back when but kind of drifted off. The usual, got busy with work, then school, then just kind of didn't get around to coming back. I was searching for something on Google and HH came up...nice blast from the past! Hope everyone is well. Hopefully I'll stop in from time to time. Rob
  6. What a shame. Looks like it's truly the end of the line for one of the greatest bands in metal history.
  7. Tears of the Sun & 8 Below. I thought both were pretty good.
  8. I for one can hardly wait! I loved Firefly and really wish it wouldn't have gotten the axe.
  9. I just saw Sideways last night, and it was fantastic. One of the best flicks I've seen all year so far.
  10. God, I'm glad they didn't simply set it 50 years after the original series. Don't you remember they reached Earth? Surely you remember Wolfman Jack and the Cylon! NO, IMOHO they did the right thing by "reimagining" it. It's not perfect- having Starbuck be a chick is bad enough, but the actress they got to play her is notably lame. But she's the only real lamo of the group. I wish the Galactica looked a tad more like it did in the original series, and the Vipers & Raiders are pretty dorky looking. But I like the fact that they went for serious and dramatic instead of silly and campy. And I like that Boomer is now a hottie instead of some dude!
  11. Firefly was a fantatic show. I didn't see it for the first time til I watched it on DVD. I regret missing it on TV, but it didn't last long enough to find an audience. There is a Firefly movie coming in May called "Serenity," which I'm anxious for. As cheap as it is, the Firefly DVD set is a no brainer. Lots of humor, Joss Whenan style, with some of the best characters of any TV show I've watched, sci fi or not. Super casting, and extremely high production values. The effects are probably second only Farscape, and it had a very unique visual style. Definately a keeper. With any luck, the movie could be successful enough to resurrect the series in some form.
  12. I also have to give the "thumbs up" to the new BSG. But- I have a few complaints. The new mechanical cylons suck. Yeah, I get that they want more menace, less camp, and that's cool. But the new robots are just too cheesey. What's with the flip-up arm guns? Looks like a new George Lucas reject. And the Raider ships BLOW! Okay, they wouldn't be so bad if the old ones weren't so much cooler. Ditto for the Vipers- very gay compared to the originals. I like the more realistic physics (er, somewhat more realistic, anyway- the old "turbo boost" was hilarious!), but the look is "wrong" somehow. The Mk II's are better, but still not right. There's a "sea shell" look to the shape, and it's sorta "art deco-y" in a yucky way. My brother is indignant (livid is perhaps a better word) that they made "Starbuck" a woman. Well, I agree that wasn't a great move, but I was mostly disturbed that Katee Sackhoff isn't at all hot. And a young woman smoking a fat cigar- maybe that should be hot in a Freudian way, but to me it's just nauseating. Now, the good: I also love the grittier feel of the new BSG. "33" was tense and ominous, very nicely done. "Water" did build some tension, and I like that the little uber-hottie "Boomer" (played by Grace Park) is just starting to realize she's a Cylon. And speaking of Cylons, it was a superb idea to create a new breed that looks human. The casting is mostly good. I originally thought that Edward James Almos was a bizarre choice as "Adama"- well, I still think so, but it looks like he'll be just fine. I don't recall the name of the guy that plays the XO, but I like him. His alcoholism might be a bit cliched, but I like the fact that the characters have flaws and foibles that make them more complex and real. The casting of Mary McDonnel raised my eyebrows; she's been in a few turkeys, but I still think of her as an Oscar-caliber actress. At first glance she appears to be slummin' it in a series made for SciFi. I don't care much for her character, but she's a class act and I imagine I'll warm up the her "President Laura". Kudos for casting super hot Grace Park & Tricia Helfer. That oughta sex up the show a bit. And the new "Gias Baltar" looks to be a highlight of the show. Lastly, I think the effects are super, much better than I'm used to on the Sci Fi channel. Not quite up to the level of Farscape, but excellent, probably the best of anything on right now. They do blatantly rip off Joss Whedan's tragically-overlooked Firefly; the out of focus shots, the zooms, the pans, the "camera hanging in space"- all are blatant ripoffs of the the production values of Ff. Oh, well. At least they're pinching something good. So far the writing looks up to par, too. Instead of just retelling the old stories, I like that they've got their own feel and style. They're taking pains to create a real character driven story that doesn't simply rely on stock SciFi conventions. That's another similarity with Farscape, and I mean that as a compliment. I wonder- are there real humans that the 12 Models of Cylons are based on? Is the Boomer back on Caprica a real human or another Cylon? I'm anxious to find out.
  13. Star Knight, actually, but yeah a total pos.
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