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Broken Bow, Part 1 & 2
Broken Bow, Part 1 & 2
DVD
Price: $1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review, October 29, 2014
There is a lot of debate as to why this series didn't fair as well as others in the franchise. The die hard trekkies will nit pick out details or argue over minutia that many of us could care less about. The reality is that this series was very entertaining and it only got better season after season. What people have to appreciate is that this was the LAST TV series in the Star Trek franchise AND is a prequel even set before The Original Series. So the writers had to intricately weave in numerous events that would lay the foundation for the other franchises for continuity purposes.

The characters and actors are superb. The character development throughout the four seasons is fantastic and you feel like you are growing and learning with them as they better define their roles. Captain Archer is pushed to the limits and breaks rules and challenges morality better than any Captain in the franchise. There is no Prime Directive, no Federation. It's like the wild wild west.

The plots are on par with the franchised TV series. Some of them are even better in my opinion that other franchises. For example, I think the idea of a temporal war which drags Earth into the conflict was entertaining. I also like the uniqueness of the species encountered in this series. Again, this series can stand on par with the best of the franchise:

1. Excellent acting and character development
2. Consistent writing to maintain the events that led to the foundation of the Federation, TNG, TOS, etc.
3. Great sets and uniformity with what a prequel would look like taking into account it must fit the time and still have plausible paths to the other franchises.
4. Plots are on par with and at times better than other series.
5. Bonus: special guest stars from others in the series make it a treat (for example, Brent Spiner as the father of the Augments which lays the foundation for the future Data)
6. Elegantly deals with societal issues that involve morality, racism, polygamy, religion, politics, etc. as good as any of the other series and in some cases even better.
7. It's great entertainment and I wish it had more seasons.

The Bad:

1. The theme song. Yes, I know you're going to think this is a grip but this is truly where the series failed. The theme song did not fit the attitude of the show whatsoever. In fact it is so bad, and so off the mark, I skip it every time because it just reminds me how they probably turned off many viewers with the theme song alone. This is the opening symphony to each episode and it should have been theme music instead of a song with lyrics. The producers broke with successful formulas from previous franchises and the opening song with lyrics was a risky bet that just did not pay off. I don't know what they were thinking. Songs are wildly subjective as opposed to a theme which people may not have strong feelings about one way or another. I truly feel the series had trouble because the opening of each episode (except two) used the title song and if you hated it, then you really had to make yourself want to continue watching.

Besides that no other bad for me anyway.

Great series, wish it had lasted longer, and in fact is one of my favorites in the franchise.
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District B13 (English Subtitled)
District B13 (English Subtitled)
DVD
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMENESS., December 25, 2013
Genuine action flick without a bunch of special effects. Actors are excellent for this kind of film, they clearly ARE doing their own stunts. It was non-stop action too with thrilling stunts. Many American made action flicks rely too much on stupid one liners, ridiculous special effects that defy physics, but this film is wickedly choreographed that makes the martial art like scenes appear like a Russian ballet going 100 miles per hour on the back of a freight train with a bomb on it. This is pure action at its finest and even the English dubb is to be commended. Seriously, if you like movies where the stunt guys are the actors, this is the one for you. Pure fun!


A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $5.70

5.0 out of 5 stars History in the making, September 22, 2013
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Ive no doubt that this series will become legendary in the world of literature and the world at large. Much like how we today cherish the work of authors like Tolkein (The Hobbit , lord of the rings), this series will be studied and debated in the ivory towers of academia, loved by the public, and withstand the future cultural swings and fads to transcend into a timeless masterpiece. You are lucky to be a part this of history.


Pilot [HD]
Pilot [HD]
DVD

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LMFAO!, April 25, 2013
This is like the best show ever! It reminds me of arrested development combined with naked gun combined with a good joint yeah. Yeah yeah this is a really good show to watch when you're right in the mind of state that you need to be In wow yeah you know you can laugh a lot just a lot if you watch the show I labs a lot of you oh my God especially at the end so hilarious man want to show you have got to keep this going I'll fund this bitch if Amazon doesn't call my accountant Siri make me food find some crazy porn in outer space without monkeys this time please Why are you typing everything I am saying Siri why don't you just do it Siri like this what's happening right now the purple keeps moving up every time I talk on the little microphone on the iPad oh wow Lou Lou get me the


Asphalt 7: Heat (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Asphalt 7: Heat (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Price: $4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars SOLD!, October 3, 2012
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Ok people, I'm back. Here goes.

So I finished the Career section of the game. WHAT A BLAST! Definitely challenging and doable without spending any more cash to get more "stars" to unlock more features. You will spend hours trying to get to the Championship Cup on all stages.

The random play section is also fun. The BEST way I found to play the game is to change the default controls from tilting your device to the left/right screen split with the brakes and nitro button on each side. Using these settings totally made the game seriously playable if you want to tackle all the Cups.

Music, sound effects, graphics, controls, and the entire user experience is well worth the money for the hours and hours I spent and still spend playing this game.

If you like racing games, I don't think there is a better alternative to this for the Kindle Fire.

The one thing I will say is that at times (not often) it seemed to "drag" and get choppy. I don't know if this was on my end if I had other things going on in the background, like music, or if it was just because this is a processor intense game. I would expect this game to not have those issues on more powerful tablets. Also, the sound controls are somehow tied into the main control for the Kindle Fire so you can't just mute the music, keep sound effects, and adjust your own music volume through the native Kindle volume control. Meaning, if I'm listening to Gangnam Style vs Barney the Purple Child Eating Dino Remix.mp3 and try to turn off the in-game music, and then adjust the volume of my mp3 song, the mp3 song is waayy too loud and if I try to adjust it, then all sounds are at the same level regardless of in-game settings. This and the choppiness at infrequent times are the reason why I've given it 4 instead of 5 stars.

Any game that makes me waste hours and hours consistently is a great game in my mind. The thing I love about this is that the race tracks are only like a few minutes long or so. This is great cuz if I am on the throne, I can play a round and race a track while I'm carpet bombing.

I haven't tried the multiplayer aspect of this, so I can't rate it on that. But as a single player game, totally rocks and I hope they come out with another version soon. I'll be eagerly waiting.

Hope this helps!


E.T.
E.T.
Price: $1.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK GOD NO KANYE!, August 19, 2012
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I've always hated it when talented singers like Katy Perry have their songs literally ruined by some idiot rapper who for whatever reason thinks he is all that. Most of the songs where rap is inserted just flat out ruins the song. Kanye has no talent at all. Blows my mind this guy is even on the air. Katy is talented, she can sing, and she likes to write music. I really wish the real artists would stop allowing the pathetic pretentious artists (like Kanye) ruin their music. And yeh, I can judge Kanye. My accomplishments to date surpass his over and over and over and over. In fact, I saw a two kids selling kool-aid last month from their front yard and their accomplishments are far better than what this mule has done. Katy and to the other artists out there, some advice: Don't let morons like this ruin what you have done. Take control of your music and your music and fans will be better for it.


Quell
Quell
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars whats not to love?, December 25, 2011
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This review is from: Quell (App)
interface reminds me of a game called Myst from the early 90s. very nice and elegant. its a deceivingly simple game that quickly challenges you. I love thought process building games and this is a very pleasant game to pass the ti
e. well worth the dollar.


Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st)
Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st)
134 used & new from $53.25

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it's supposed to do!, December 12, 2011
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I don't know why so many people try to compare this to an iPad. It's not an iPad folks. It's an Amazon branded tablet that gives you access to the Amazon market. That is its beauty. I pre-ordered 4 of these, one for me, the others for my kids. I installed everything on theirs that they would need, and I turn off wifi so they don't buy everything on Amazon. And they love it. They have all their games and books and if I want to add something else, boom it's on all three. People need to get over this whole iPad vs Everything else mentality. The Fir is great for reading, watching movies, and surfing. It's not a personal computer, it's not a business tablet, it's an entertainment device and if that is what you want, it's 200 dollars well spent. I LOVE MY KINDLE FIRE!


The Illusion of Time
The Illusion of Time
DVD
Price: $1.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time..., November 11, 2011
I was at a bar a few years ago in New Orleans and I asked my friend "So, what is time?" She told me what time it was but this was not what I meant of course. After I asked again, she thought about it and then said "Are you trying to make me look stupid?" I laughed and said genuinely, "No! I think it's a very fascinating question. Haven't you ever thought about this?" She looked at me and shrugged.

But I am so glad Brian Greene has tackled this very interesting and complex question that would make even the most accomplished physicist feel, well, a little insecure.

This is the second episode in the series entitled "The Fabric of the Cosmos" which is based on the book of the same name. In this episode, Brian once again takes an exceedingly complicated topic and tries to let the viewer see this question from tangible experiences of our world. He begins by showing us the historical references that led to the modern synchronization of time pieces which then leads to the really difficult question of "what exactly is time?" We know how to measure it but what exactly is it?

From Newtonian physics to Einstein to modern theoretical physics Brian and colleagues take us step by step through the nature of space-time itself and how motion (or velocity) affects our human perception of time. Cleverly done with stunning computer generated graphics, it allows the non-physicist to grasp important concepts that leave the viewer wondering about their own past, present, and future. Is the future predetermined? Can we go back in time and change events? Do the current laws of physics allow us to theoretically do these things? And how will the universe itself look hundreds of billions of years form now if it is indeed expanding....over time?

Fun stuff and great viewing for adults and the high school student who wants to truly have their mind stimulated.

Once again, thank you Brian Greene, colleagues, and PBS for such a thought provoking series.


What Is Space?
What Is Space?
DVD
Price: $1.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing For Everyone, November 5, 2011
This is the first of a four part series on the universe narrated and essentially created by Brian Greene. I've been a fan of his books because he is very good at explaining complex concepts in a very simple and tangible way. This first episode is an engaging one hour full with historical references that Brian is able to tie into the modern age of theoretical physics. The special effects are worth a thousand words alone because they are able to convey what would be otherwise very complex ideas into something the viewer can comprehend. As an adult I found The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space to be very engaging and I think a high school student who has an interest in physics and science would also find it amazing. I am looking forward to purchasing the other episodes in this series. Why didn't we have stuff like this when I was in school?!

Please keep up the good work at PBS. It's works like this that inspire.
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