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We increased our television channel intake by getting a package deal from Elisa for about a dozen channels. Mainly so that Sari would be able watch Ice Skating (some Championships begin tomorrow). And since they were also very much interested in keeping us happy, they threw in three months worth of MTV3+ channels: Ava, Fakta, Max, This, That - and Scifi.

Which is OK, I guess. We've had it now for a week and during that time I've watched couple of episodes of B5 (yes, really! still not very good), some entertainingly bad direct--to-video films (like Chameleon2), few minutes of Andromeda, some Red Dwarf, couple of episodes of the First Doctor Who (Hartnell!) and the second episode of the Masters of Udder Krap Science Fiction series.

Well worth the price we're paying now, which is obviously €nil at the moment. So NOT worth paying the actual (€20?) list price. OK, you'd get all the Other Great channels they have, like Sub Junior and Leffa and Sarja, but still, no. Though I have to admit that I found an interesting series from Sarja: Reilly - vakoilijaässä (Reilly - Ace of Spies). Loosely based on the life and times of one Sidney Reilly, the world's first superspy. Cracking stuff! The episode I was had Reilly "saving" another spy from German factory, where the huns were making sikrit veapon, just in case there might be need for such a thing (this happened in 1905). Reilly actually goes and steals the blueprints and leaves the other guy (played by young Bill Nighy, as if there actually has ever been a young Bill Nighy!) to die. Realpolitik disguised as spy-stuff. Me liked.

And, no. Not even with Reilly - vakoilijaässä will the MTV3+ channel package be worth twenty åre. Not even with the Formula1 or David Letterman or Secret Army (Maanalainen armeija) or even 'Allo 'Allo (Maanalainen armeija iskee jälleen). Maybe if they would show Survivorman (Selviytyjä) but then again, Discovery is showing that and we got Discovery. What a show! This dude, Les, is dropped in the middle of nowhere, with just some bare essentials and couple of cameras (and some serious batteries!) for seven days, and he has to, well, just survive! Like in the middle of some bigass Ocean with only a rubberboat. Or Antartica, or the Amazon, or... Wherever! Les manages. Today he boiled water in a plastic bottle (his only method of carrying liquids!) with a fire he concoted up from dung, glycerin and potassium permanganate. Which basically meant that he picked up some wilderbeest poo, poured some antiseptics on top of it, which then had a chemical reaction - and hey presto: FIRE! Kool.

Television can be educational.

Date: 2008-03-18 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arye-sarin.livejournal.com
Probably the most difficult tv or film trivia question that I have tried to figure out (nobody asked me that, I just had to find it out) was when I saw "The Little Drummer Girl" (1984) few years ago. A poor film based on excellent novel by Le Carre.
I wondered for ages who was the young(ish) guy playing a minor part in the beginning of the film and finally the skies opened: Bill Nighy.

Or now I suspect it was someone trying to play young Bill Nighy playing a minor character in a poor movie. Not so sure anymore.
Young Nighy...weird idea.

BTW, Reilly series was brilliant when I saw it back then. Sam Neill was the main reason (the best Brian de Bois-Guilbert in any Ivanhoe film or tv-series), but it was good neverthless. Wouldn't mind seeing it again. The series I mean. The man himself can fortunately be still seen in loads of films and series. And age hasn't faded his charisma at all. My Sean Connery. Sort of. Just comparing this to that strange idea that some people think Connery has charisma.

And 'Allo 'Allo is alwys worth a re-run. Like most british comedy series.
Although it should probably be watched very carefully because it will be shown only once. (sorry, I am tired. Thus the lame "jokes" and blabbering).

Date: 2008-03-18 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jukkahoo.livejournal.com
No reason to apologise, it was trés funny.

Good to hear that Reilly has entertained others as well. I'll have to try catch some later episodes. But... Sam Neill has charisma? Sam "Merlin" Neill? :)

Date: 2008-03-20 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arye-sarin.livejournal.com
Every man has made a mistake. Or more. In Neill's case it was Merlin. Allow him that! : )

But one has to remember that it was ages ago when I saw Reilly. I don't know if it's still that good. Some films and tv-series become classics. Most don't. I used to like Loveboat too when I was a kid. ; )

Date: 2008-03-18 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hansutin.livejournal.com
I can get the Mtv3 Scifi for 3 euros per month. So tell me, oh wise one, is it worth that or should I just not bother. I'm thinking 3 euros isn't that much and then I'd have Doctor Who on my TV. Though a penguin would be nice also. As long as it doesn't explode.

I totally forgot the championships are this month when I told what shifts I could do at work. But for once I got lucky, I won't miss anything important. Yay!

Date: 2008-03-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jukkahoo.livejournal.com
For €3/month I'd take MTV3 Scifi. That's cheapo and there *is* sufficiently entertaining programming for that value. And as youse say, you'd have Doctor Who! Whoo-o!

Here the Championships have completely overtaken the stoopidbox. No Doctor Who today then. Unless I would stay awake until 3AM or something. Not going to happen. I wonder if they will show DW repeats the same way as they've shown B5 on weekends?

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