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November 14 2010

(SPOILER) interviews Eric Balfour. Discusses/teases Skyline and Haven Season 2.

Columnist mentions Buffy among his list of credits, but doesn't bring it up to Balfour.

No clue what Haven is, saw (and enjoyed, for the most part, despite its flaws) Skyline last Friday.

He's excellent in Haven and oddly, plays a somewhat similar character as in Buffy. He's cocky and sure of himself. But not as successful as he would like to be or claims he is.
Haven is awesome. It's too bad Jose Molina won't be with it next season.
Watched the first 5 ish episodes of 'Haven' and felt like that was enough (cue ravening hordes telling me how fantastic it became after 5 ish episodes ;) but he was fine in it.

Started reading this but stopped when I got to the first of what i'd call a spoiler for 'Skyline'. My fault, had my suspicions but didn't listen to them but personally i'd spoiler tag it. YMMV ;).
It did get pretty crazy toward the end, Saje. ;)
Back horde, back I tell you ! ;)
I've gotta say, Eric Balfour has never really done anything for me. I don't dislike the guy personally or anything like that, his acting has just never hit any of my buttons. Which is a bit annoying seeing as he's in absolutely everything.
I liked the Haven Pilot but that's all i've seen, however Skyline was terrible.
I liked him a lot in "Six Feet Under."
Yeah, he was great in Six Feet Under. Really believable and vulnerable as Gabe.
Haven is fun. SyFy seems to be remaking the same show with different colored's Eureka with Horror! It's Warehouse 13 with less steampunk! I'm not complaining because I'm enjoying the show every time they do it (Warehouse 13 is my favorite though), and I expect Haven will improve like most shows do. Mr. Balfour is good in the show, and most of the cast seems pretty understated, which I think is a good thing.
Oddly enough (given the point of 'Haven' is weird stuff occurring), one thing I had issues with was the Sheriff's congenital analgia being treated almost like a superpower (rather than a debilitating disease, sufferers of which often don't make it past their 30s). Maybe they explained it later though.

I agree that it's like another instance of the class "Eureka" and since I already watch that I don't really feel like I need another one ('Warehouse 13' started off not great and from the single season 2 episode i've seen - the one with Sean and Jewel in it - got worse as it went on IMO so I don't feel like i'm missing much there. Mileage varies, course ;).
I'm not a fan of Warehouse 13 and I've never watched Eureka, but I fell for Haven. It's by no means perfect, but it hits the right spot for me. I care about the characters and am actually interested in the mythology.
You could be the most civilized horde i've ever come across ;).
I could eat your brains if you like.
Very decent of you to offer (See ? Civilised ;) but i'm actually trying to quit having my brains eaten by ravening hordes at the moment (or at least cut down).
Balfour's a capable actor when he's given decent writing. Gabe in Six Feet Under was one of his best roles, whereas his character arc as Milo in Season 6 of 24 didn't amount to much (and he was just a background tech with some lines in Season 1).

There was some cring-worthy dialogue in Skyline, in places. Starting to think that the only reason I enjoy David Zayas quite a bit as Angel on Dexter is because he was a cop in real life before pursuing acting. I can't really remember if his role as inmate Morales on Oz was good or bad, I think he was a passable thug.

There was one scene straight out of War of the Worlds that didn't do anything new.

The effects were real nice, I liked that most of it happened during the day (was getting tired of invasion movies taking place mostly at night, 'cause then you barely see anything, or it's annoyingly murky in some films). Although one significant plot development seemed to come outta nowhere (and it is a little bit technobabble-convenient, without the expository technobabble), I think some complaints about it are coming from those who were unsatisfied with the visual cues and the one line hinting toward it. The movie was light on plot for sure, but it also didn't attempt to spoonfeed the viewers any explanations, which was kind of a refreshing change. You can figure out a decent reason for the aliens' motivations just by paying attention to [] creature design and a bit of fanwankery/fan-theorizing.

I also appreciated how awesomely .

Fair or unfair to the theatre-goer, a lot kinda hinges on the already-announced sequel. They need to hire new writers (or at least let a quality script doctor give a final pass), but I saw a lot of potential in the film. A quality sequel could be sprung from the set-up of the mediocre first film (like X-Men 2 was to the first X-Men. Or, in many folks' opinions, what T2 was to the first Terminator--like the original a lot, personally, but you get the idea. I dunno, what're some other examples of sequels improving and/or greatly building on their originators? Non-genre examples aren't coming to mind).
'Beverly Hills Cop II' maybe ? Or 'The Bourne Supremacy' ? 'Back to the Future II' is worse IMO, 'Aliens' is as good but totally different (T2 is kind of 'Aliens' to 'The Terminator's 'Alien' - both excellent, just different), 'Mad Max II' is better but anyway, all three are genre. That said, what's the incidence of non-genre sequels ? Way lower than for genre films I bet.

I think i'm probably going to see 'Skyline' anyway but reviews have been decidedly mixed. Part of it is, I just want to see what they do with the (limited) money. David Zayas is a bonus though, very likeable performer IMO.

(agreed about the daytime sci-fi BTW, makes it feel fresh, even though I think it's just a function of effects technology catching up with what filmmakers want to do. 'The Fifth Element' was probably the first big sci-fi film largely set in daylight, I remember at the time reviews saying it was like Bladerunner during the day)
hacksaway, seriously, best laugh of the week so far.

*wipes eyes*
I don't wanna be too harsh on Zayas. He was fine in his villainous role in The Expendables too. Okay, I blame Skyline's poor writing and its directors for some of his lines and delivery then.

True, less non-genre sequels = less opportunities to see instances of straight up dramas improving on originals (comedies seem to receive almost the same rate of sequel-granting as sci-fi/fantasy/horror does). Haven't seen 'em, but there's Before Sunset and After Sunrise (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy--I think they're directed by Richard Linklater), the Godfather trilogy (is #2 better than #1 ?)...Hmm, Wall Street ? (seen the original, but not the new one)

Gooood point re: technology being the reason for more daytime-set sci-fi. I was thinking night-set stories were made that way mostly for suspense and to occasionally mash the sci-fi with horror.

Post about the film here or on .org after you've seen it, wanna see your reaction to the ending(s).

Another reason folks may not be all that into it is that most of the characters are rich, vapid, film biz LA denizens (not a spoiler, you meet them after the opening teaser). I rarely have the "I-need-a-relatable-character/someone-I-geuinely-wanna-root-for" issue (though I did root for a plane and a character or two).

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