Eurovision Revisited

The Eurovision final should have taken place this weekend (stupid virus), so it’s time to revisit the best performance the competition has ever seen: Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka in 2007!

As I say every year, I’m a dot in the video. I was travelling with my brother at the time, and I think we were the only people in Finland who were accidentally in Helsinki on Eurovision weekend!

Dark Angel’s 19th Anniversary

Anybody remember television show Dark Angel Because not only is today the nineteenth anniversary of its premiere, but the show was set in the future post-apocalyptic 2019 Jessica Alba James Cameron

Anybody remember television show Dark Angel? Because not only is today the nineteenth anniversary of its premiere, but the show was set in “the future”: post-apocalyptic 2019!

The late-Nineties and early 2000s were full of female-led shows, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias etc. I feel like we were doing a better job in general with female characters back then than we are now that people are more outspoken about feminism. What happened?

(Though I could also argue that these days we’re fighting the idea women have to be fighters in order to be strong characters.)

Dark Angel premiered on the 3rd of October, 2000. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Dark Angel is an American cyberpunk television series that premiered on the Fox network on October 3, 2000. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, it starred Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. Set in 2019, the series chronicles the life of Max Guevara (Alba), a genetically enhanced super-soldier who escapes from a covert military facility as a child. In a post-apocalyptic Seattle, she tries to lead a normal life while eluding capture by government agents and searching for her brothers and sisters scattered in the aftermath of their escape. Dark Angel was the first and only series produced by the company Cameron/Eglee Productions, and was filmed in Vancouver at Lions Gate Studios.

A Roswell Remake?

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In the late-1990s and early 2000s, there was a cult television show about teens in Roswell, New Mexico, USA – the home of the alleged UFO crash in 1947. (Episode One is HERE.)

The show – based on a series of young adult books – was about a group of high schoolers, half of them regular teens, and half aliens from the crash, masquerading as teens to stay safe.

The basic plotline of the first Twilight book was taken from Roswell. In both stories the hero uses his powers to save the heroine’s life, therefore revealing his true identity to her. In both stories hero and heroine are biology lab partners and she has to cover up the fact he isn’t human. Etc. Only, this heroine is SO much stronger, and this hero is NOT a creepy stalker.

Now? They’re remaking Roswell, due out in 2019. You can see the new cast HERE.

I’m not sure I want to see this remake. Recently Hollywood hasn’t met an old show they don’t want to do a remake of. I wish they’d let cult shows be cult shows, and come up with something new!

A side note: I used to take ballet classes with one of the stars of the original Roswell TV series, so I feel a little protective of it!

Just Because

The world has been revolting this week. I was supposed to finish and review a couple of books yesterday – I didn’t. So, instead, here is the ten-year (sort of) anniversary of Ukraine’s fantastically crazy 2007 Eurovision performance.

Fun fact: I was in Helsinki in Finland that year, attending Eurovision! You can actually see me standing with my brother in the live broadcast (not this video; we were up close in the telecast that ran that night.).