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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Random Blatherings about the Gen-X pilot

One of the things I like to do, which should come as little surprise to anyone who reads this blog, is watch adaptations of comic books on the television or movie screen.

The more dubious the quality the better. (That JLA pilot is a thing of wonder)

So when my roommate managed to track down a copy of that reputedly god-awful Generation X pilot. You know I had to watch.

My Reactions/Opinions. In no particular order:

--First, Banshee was hot. Incredibly hot. Sure he didn't look anything like the comic version. I don't care. He was hot.

--Screaming power always looks cool. It's been cool since Catalina on Space Cases. If I had a mutant power, that'd be what I'd want.

--His "accent", however, made my ears bleed.

--Emma's accent was horrid as well, but I will hear no ill word against Finola Hughes. As she is Teh Awesome.

--That wig was pretty bad though.

--Jubilee really should have been asian. You can't tell me they couldn't find some half-talented Chinese-American (or Chinese-Canadian as the case may be) actress to play her.

--I want to slap Skin. Angsty tool.

--I'm also disturbed by the way a supposed hero was perfectly okay with the fact that the girl he's dating was basically brainwashed into liking him.

--I really want to slap Skin.

--Mondo was funny though.

--I get why they couldn't use Husk or Chamber, given how high-budget the effects for their powers would be. But did they have to make the Husk-stand-in so bland?

--I liked the Chamber stand-in though.

--Emma and Banshee had a nice rapport though. It was kind of hot. I always regretted that their relationship didn't last.

--The villain was colorful and over the top, a good thing, but in general I thought the dreamscape plot was really freaking lame.

--And I'm someone who actually *liked* the JLA "Weatherman" plot.

--I really really liked their take on M. She was incredibly amusing. Too bad she didn't get to do much.

--So WHY did Emma keep the dream chair at the mansion?

--In the end though, it was STILL better than Mutant X.

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  • At October 26, 2006 9:19 AM, Anonymous green with wheelpower said…

    She actually found it, COOL!

    I really liked Frost & Banshee (I'm irish though so I'm biased:))

    Refresh my memory, outside the advertisements where was the brainwashibg?

    Mondo& Buff were damn cool! They made fun of Hootie & The Blowfish, a favorite band cooler!

    And yes it was CAMPY AS HELL!)

    The dreamchair was around because1) mad sceintists always keep their stuff 2 just in case... &3 deux ex machina!:)

  • At October 26, 2006 11:46 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    I think I saw the promo for this, but missed it. But yeah, Emma and Sean, DID have a little thing going on for a while. Before that, she was kind of having a fling with Bobby Drake of all people. Emma is certainly rather catholic in her taste in men.

  • At October 26, 2006 11:54 AM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    The trouble with the Gen-X pilot was, IIRC, that Matt Frewer's villain took up too much screen time and dominated the story. Frewer's a terrific actor, so that wasn't that bad, but still.

    Banshee and Emma came off the best. Who doesn't like Finola Hughes? COMMUNISTS, that's who.

    I, too, was bothered by the fact that Jubilee was played by a non-Asian, but on the other hand, Heather McComb is a very good actress. Fun fact: She's Mrs. James Van Der Beek.

    Aside from McComb, I only remember seeing Suzanne "Buff" Davis on Undressed, as an amateur sex therapist who used sock puppets. That doesn't have much to do with anything, I just think a woman asking her boyfriend for sex using a sock puppet is funny.

  • At October 26, 2006 12:21 PM, Blogger Marionette said…

    I just think a woman asking her boyfriend for sex using a sock puppet is funny.

    It's a hard point to argue with.

  • At October 26, 2006 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The actor who plays Banshee is in "Cold Case" right now. Big difference. A cautionary tale for me.

  • At October 26, 2006 4:25 PM, Anonymous Lyle said…

    I just think a woman asking her boyfriend for sex using a sock puppet is funny.

    "Honey, you should create an alias and post comments on your porn blog about how cool you are!"

    That's where my mind is, anyway.

    I love Finola Hughes but there was something there that just didn't bring the Emma-ness for me. I mostly watched the pilot (when it aired on TV) for Emma Frost on TV and wasn't satisfied in that regard. I think part of it was the wig, since my idea of Emma always had that medium-length haircut that accented an evil glare so well.

    Then again, maybe it was a lack of glaring at people... which probably means that if I were to cast Emma Frost today, I'd cheer for Footballers' Wives' Zoe Lucker.

  • At October 26, 2006 8:38 PM, Anonymous Vincent J. Murphy said…

    Anything with Finola Hughes is good in my book. I don't remember anything else about the show, though. Except that it was pretty bad. Not JLA bad, but still...

  • At October 27, 2006 12:31 AM, Blogger Bhotanni said…

    You of course know my opinion on Mutant X and thus that comment will cost you :P

    For some reason Kurt reminds me of Callum Keith Rennie. There's something out but the cheekbones and the blond hair that made me go. "You know? If this show actually got off the ground, You'd make an OK Cyclopsian replacement. Nominal field commander, no one listens to you, and you probably even have a weird family tree that somehow inverts without incest."

    OK that last bit made no sense, but then again I'm not usually up this late.

  • At October 27, 2006 12:36 AM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Marionette: And the funny part is, he refused because he was intimidated by her. And they broke up!

  • At October 27, 2006 8:14 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    green: Next time you come over we'll watch!

    sally: Heh. Catholic. *snerk*

    Sorry I'm twelve. :-)

    Dan: Frewer! I KNEW he looked familiar.

    I did like Jubilee's actress. But I wish she'd been cast as someone else. There are so few good roles for Asian-Americans out there, it sucks that this one was arbitrarily cast as white. It's similar to my feelings about the Earthsea movie actually.

    I can understand a little leeway, a brown-haired Banshee for example. But I think Jubilee should still be Asian.

    Marionette: Indeed.

    Anonymous: Oh? Cool!

    ...pun unintended.

    lyle: I wonder why they bothered with the wig at all. I mean. It'd be hard to get used to a not blond Emma. But it'd have been better than the wig.

    Glaring more is good too.

    Vincent: I actually liked JLA better. I can't explain why. The story was silly but had more oomph somehow than a dreamscape one.

    And in general, barring Hughes, it had better actors.

    bhotanni: Good thing I'm visiting my folks and can hide!


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