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l’azile » television

July 30, 2008

no captioning for deaf perverts and preschoolers

catherine @ 6:45 pm

I read this morning that Vidéotron has asked the CRTC for a change in the license for its illico video-on-demand system (via Fagstein). Vidéotron wants to exclude adult movies and programs for preschool children with regards to the requirement of closed-captioning 90% of all programming during the broadcast day.

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November 24, 2007

what the frak ?! (bis)

catherine @ 8:42 pm

In a few minutes, I will be settling comfortably before the tv to watch the much hyped BSG prequel Razor (yes, I am a nerd but also hey, Steve Bacic! need I say more?). And I hope it is worth it because, as I found out tonight (what can I say, “late to the party” is my middle name), the last season of BSG will not start airing until April 2008! What?! Almost a full year after airing the last episode of season 3? Have they no compassion?

Update: Well, what can I say? A lot of stuff I liked, actually, most of it and a few things I did not like, namely the fact that they unceremoniously killed off Steve Bacic’s character in what?, the first half hour? Seems like a big waste of talent, not to mention eye-candy, to me.

Anyway, I am not going to write a long geeky review but I will mention a few things:

  • I liked the back-and-forth between the three time frames. I thought this made the pace more interesting and, despite what I have been reading in some of the reviews, it was not confusing at all. Use yor brain, people.
  • I love Michelle Forbes and although 87 minutes was really not enough time to get to know her character beyond what we already knew, we did get a few insights, like why she hated that cylon prisoner so much. I mean, wouldn’t you be beside yourself with rage if you found out that the super-babe you have been sleeping with is actually a toaster?
  • That girl playing fleet officer Kendra Shaw had a really nice accent.
  • I am really sick of reading these things where BSG is actually just an allegory for the Irak war. When I watch BSG, the war in Irak is the last thing on my mind. And besides, just in case y’all forgot, there are other conflicts going on all over the world.

So basically, this was a nice little interlude in the meantime but it definitely does not make up for the fact that it will be another five months before we see a new episode.

So say me all!

September 16, 2007

a new television channel for the blind and visually-impaired

catherine @ 3:38 pm

I have been meaning to write about this but stuff got in the way. I read on the Fagstein blog a couple of weeks ago that there will be a new television channel in Canada: The Accessible Channel. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will require that the new channel, which should be launched in April 2008, be carried in all packages by cable and satellite providers and it will mean a very slight increase in fees for subscribers (2.40$ a year). An article on VoicePrint explains:

(…) the recent approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for The Accessible Channel, a national, English-language digital specialty service that will feature only “described” as well as “closed-captioned” programming, is a major breakthrough for Canadians with diminished vision or hearing.

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May 7, 2007


catherine @ 12:47 am

I watched the Amazing Race All-Stars finale tonight and I am pretty bummed out that Charla and Mirna did not come in first :( They totally deserved it. They worked so hard against such crazy odds. And they were hilarious. I am so proud of them, they rocked, but I am still bummed out they did not win. My only consolation is that at least those two blond girls did not win.

I am also kind of bummed out that the whole season was so great but the finish was such an anti-climax. I know I was probably just looking forward to it too much but whatever. And I was actually surprised that it did not last 2 hours. I mean, bang!, they went from one airplane to the next, some big shipwreck in Hawaii and bang!, finish line. Oh and that vault challenge. That was actually cool in an unexpected kind of way.

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October 9, 2006

what the frak ?!

catherine @ 2:26 pm

Ok, so it is incredibly nerdy of me to be blogging about BattleStar Galactica but as I often say, I was a nerd before it was cool.

Anyway, I spent too much time this afternoon checking out what the word on the Net is and so far, everything I have read is very positive. So of course, I have to step a little to the side on this one and say, euh, yeah, ok, I guess but…

I watched it Saturday on Space channel and to be fair, I may have been anticipating it a little too much. So, in an effort to be objective, I watched it again yesterday (Space was re-airing it just in case someone out there did not get enough the first time) and I still felt the same way, which was basically like the show was trying to hit me over the head with a 50-ton baseball bat.

The two-hour season premier was dark, ultra-violent, depressing, disturbing and at times thoroughly disgusting. And of course it had to be, this is BSG after all, but wowee !, they crammed as much violence, insanity, treason, hopelessness and bodily harm as they possibly could into two hours (including commercials).

And I felt that they were really pushing the controversy element. Suicide bombings ? Sex-crazed priests ? Unlawful detention ? Torture ? Supposed beefcakes turned just plain beefy ? Gee, could you be any less subtle ?

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