Murfins and Burgalinks

17 Jan
  • 270308030337_flight-of-the-conchords-detAlan Sepinwall discusses the first few episodes of the new season of Flight of the Conchords. His verdict: the comedy is still strong, but the songs are taking a back-seat. I can’t say I’m surprised, considering how much everyone talked about how they exhausted their song catalog with the first season, but I’m still kinda bummed. I’ve only seen the first episode, but there was only one musical moment in there (Jemaine singing a brief little bit about how some women like men, and some do… not), but the songs felt distinctly wanting and overly “kooky.”  Considering that the first season started out with “The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room” and went on to have just absolute killer songs for the first six episodes, that’s kinda a disappointment.  Here’s hoping they step it up – they’re at their best when they’re being faux-lotharios, and I have a hard time believing that they could really be out of song ideas.  I mean, they have, like, fifteen songs or something.
  • Joe R runs a stat sheet of the Golden Globes. Hilarious.  I didn’t watch, but did think that a lot of the awards were deserved, and that the Mad Men/30 Rock to Everything Else ratio was about right.
  • ZP’s review of Tomb Raider: Underworld (or, as he calls it, “Trunderworld,” hee), is pretty scathing.  And while I acknowledge that yes, it hasn’t changed the core dynamics of a game that’s over ten years old, I still have been enjoying it.  Full disclosure: my roommate works for Crystal Dynamics and let me play his copy, so that could have something to do with why I like it so much.  But hey, it takes me back to playing the first TR game on PC, and that’s always fun.  The main thing that Yahtzee nails is that Lara Croft kind of… sucks as a person.  I mean, she’s a billionaire heiress who spends all her time going around destroying priceless relics and wrecking tombs, all while using her huge aresnal to kill anyone in her way, including big tigers and panthers.  Hmm.  It’s getting harder to root for her.  But she’s “hot,” and the puzzles are cool, so, I still like the game.
  • My New Plaid Pants’s “Golden Trouser” awards are really great, and good for anyone who wants to read a lot of very particular opinions about film.  In particular, I like how he really likes Funny Games, though I have absolutely no intention of seeing that movie ever.
  • The Secretary of the Arts Petition is at 135,000 names and climbing. Go sign up!
  • Insult Swordfighting’s got a Gamestop User-Submitted Preview of Skate 2. I’m not sure if he does this for every game, but oh, man, these are killing me.  I gotta say that the weirdest part about coming back around to games after a few years off was the absolute insanity that is the gaming community’s message boards.  It’s like a flame war on top of a volcano on the surface of the sun.  In the middle of a forest fire.  For some reason, reprinting the things these people write as legitimate a legitimate source of preview information seems fitting.  I haven’t yet had a chance to try the demo of this game, but I hear it’s pretty cool, so I’ll give it a shot.
  • In case you missed it, Bono wrote the most meandering, self-congratulatory, badly in-need-of-editing column I’ve ever seen for the New York Times.  It contains references to the nature of “Jazz.” Yikes. It’s nice to see that he’s not awesome at everything.  Or, depending on your view of Bono, it’s nice to see that he really does suck at everything.
  • Apparently, Andrew Lloyd Webber is going to make some sort of music game.  I just choked on my spit-take.  Everyone seems quick to mock the man, and then they remember Jesus Christ Superstar, and… yeah.  They remember that that musical was the fucking shit, so they back the hell off, because ALW rules.  A game based on his material?  Maybe not so much.  Penny Arcade has an interesting prediction.
  • Bear McCreary posts a detailed (and spoiler-ridden) bit on his music for the premiere of the end run of Battlestar Galactica.  I haven’t even read this, and haven’t yet seen the episode, but in my dedication to post all things Bear- and Battlestar-related, I thought I’d share it.
  • And last but not least, my favorite internet aggregator Nate Silver has turned his sights on the stances of the nation’s preeminent economists re: The Stimulus.  A very iluminating breakdown, and a great primer if you’re going to be attending a cocktail party with any actual adults in the coming weeks.
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