Justin Moss

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Season 1

a708_2Saucy, surprising, audacious, personal, tantalising.  Billie Piper’s execution of the role far exceeded my expectations.

fourstar

Buy it Now: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Season 1) DVD *New* – eBay Television Shows, DVDs, Movies, TV Shows, Movies. (end time 11-Jan-09 13:29:41 AEDST).

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Amazon Selling Incomplete Season (as Whole!)

How do Amazon get away with selling “Season 4.0” of Battlestar Gallactica with only half the episodes on it.

bsg40_partAccording to IMDB and the Wikipedia entry, there will be 20 episodes in total when Season 4 is complete.  I realise that Season 4 was carved up due to the Writers Strike, but this shouldn’t afford Amazon a free pass.

Seriously, how do Amazon (or more correctly the producers of the DVD, Scifi.com) get away with advertising half a season as a whole season?!  And how will they market the actual complete Season 4 – “Season 4 Ultimate”?

Update: Amazon replies “after researching the item “Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 (2004)”, I see that this item is complete of 20 episodes onto the DVD.” So, since when has Amazon started selling DVDs of seasons in advance of their completed broadcasts?  According to all sources, only 10 episodes have been aired, and yet, the DVD information  lists “Run time:755 minutes” – and the arithmetic comes out about right: 755mins/38min episodes = 19.8 (let say 20!) episodes.

Mmmm: That’s all good [as I hover over the Buy Now button] but then I find these two comments on the Wikipedia article:

The first set (sometimes referred to as season 4.0) consisted of 10 episodes …

and:

“The second half of season 4 (frequently referred to as season 4.5), consisting of 10 episodes, is scheduled to begin airing on January 16, 2009 …”

The question stands: Is Amazon selling half of Season 4 as “Season 4.0” or all of it (ie., Season 4.0+ Season 4.5)?  In fact, looking at the Wikipedia article closer, I see the first half of Season 2 was sold as “2.0”

The definitive answer: Universal Studios says: “They’ve traveled millions of miles and defied relentless attackers, but nothing will prepare the human race for what lies ahead as Battlestar Galactica 4.0 arrives on DVD! In ten gripping episodes, relive each pivotal moment as the civil war amongst the Cylons escalates and the quest for Earth continues. Loaded with riveting bonus features, this 4-disc set includes the unrated, extended version of Battlestar Galactica: Razor that never aired on television. Presented uninterrupted and in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, it’s the epic phenomenon that critics call “a truly great show!”

Dubious arithmetic, but I am glad that’s over!


A television drama series created by David Simon, The Wire is set in Baltimore, Maryland; each season of the series focuses on a different part of the city. A group of characters, mainly in the Baltimore Police Department, appear in every season.  Quite simply the best police drama on TV.

Season 1 (HBO)

It starts out this way: Homicide detective Jimmy McNulty observes the murder trial of a mid-level drug dealer, D’Angelo Barksdale, and sees the prosecution’s star witness recant her testimony. McNulty recognises drug king-pin Stringer Bell in the court room and believes he has manipulated the proceedings. McNulty circumvents the chain of command by talking to the judge, who then places pressure on the police department over the case … (Ref)

A little dated now (2002), but I think that was intentional at the time – in order to paint the picture of a department and city starved for resources.

Season 2 (HBO)

Now centred on the wharves, but still with an angle of the drug trade in the slums.

It continues: Jimmy McNulty is sidelined to harbor patrol. He discovers a corpse in the harbor and pays back Colonel Rawls by proving City Homicide are responsible for the investigation. Major Valchek feels slighted when the boss of a local stevedore union named Frank Sobotka donates a more impressive gift to a local Polish church. Sobotka meets with other union leaders and learns that a crucial pier is still in a state of disrepair … (Ref)

Put aside a weekend.

Season 3 (HBO)

Why does it have it end!

The season starts .. midway into the Major Case Unit’s unsuccessful investigation into the Barksdale criminal enterprise. With their recent efforts fruitless, ASA Pearlman and Lieutenant Daniels consider dropping the wiretaps, to the dismay of the squad. Meanwhile, Ellis Carver finds himself in command of an incompetent group of policemen in the Western district … (Ref)

Gritty, character driven and harsh.

Season 4 (HBO)

This season focusses on the ailing / flaling Baltimore school system.  Organised crime and the drug trade is a constant thread. 

Four West Baltimore boys wrestle with what to do with the rest of their summer vacation. When unkempt outcast Duquan “Dukie” Weems is beaten up by a neighbouring group of children. Michael Lee is the quiet leader of the group’s retaliation. Randy Wagstaff has the imagination to plan the endeavour. Namond Brice is the most outspoken and the richest of the four … (Ref)

No more needs to be said.

Season 5 (HBO)

Media and media consumption get the spotlight in this season. Whilst some of the subjects covered by The Wire gave me cause for hesitation (disinterest), I have to say that each one was executed with an integrity and level of detail that demanded attention.

It starts: The Stanfield Organization continues to operate despite a year of surveillance by the Major Crimes Unit. Education budget deficits and ambitions to become Governor leave Mayor Carcetti forced to make funding cuts. His broken promises to the police department destroy morale and cause the closure of the Major Crimes Unit. (Ref)

Why only four stars and not five?  Well, it ended! (hmphh!)

Links: IMDB | Amazon | Metacritic



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