Initial Opinion on the Berlanti-Verse Crossover

Does anyone else remember the days when the networks treated us to special mini-series shows? Epic examples of this would be Centennial, North & South, The Blue & The Gray, and The Thorn Birds. In most recent years, we had the mini-series that began the revision of Battlestar Galactica. Although this is much shorter than the three epic series mentioned.

These shows were short run special events. Some of them ran consecutive nights; some ran only on Sunday nights. Either or, each segment ran for about 2 hours. The stories were continuous from night to night. What I mean by this is that each episode continued from the previous ones. Basically, they’re made-for-TV movies that span more than 2 hours in their entirety.

So, where am I going with this stroll down memory lane? It’s simple, after having watched the first two segments of Invasion my impression was just this. They should have made the crossover into a special 2 or 3-night event. Give us 4 or even 6 hours in a one-off special instead of making each segment part of the individual shows. With the storyline, make it flow like one single story instead of each show handling a different scenario. In short, treat the fans to a made-for-TV event. It doesn’t have to be epic like the ones mentioned (epic as in length of time) but I’m sure the fans would enjoy it. I can say this with conviction because I am a fan.

Just to note- Run Times: (thanks, Amazon.com)

Centennial: 1,254 minutes = 20 hrs : 54 mins
North & South 1,392 minutes = 23 hrs : 12 mins
The Blue & The Gray 296 minutes = 4 hrs : 56 mins
The Thorn Birds 666 minutes = 11 hrs : 6 mins
Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries) 183 minutes = 3 hrs : 3 mins

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the crossover should go 20+ hours. These are just examples. However, it would be nice if they did an event like this that was a special event, which was more than 4 hours, and outside the normal run of each show. Then, box it and sell it as a movie tie-in to all the series. We’ve seen this before. The makers of the revision for BSG did this with The Mini-Series, Razor, and The Plan, and then they gave us Blood and Chrome. I’m just saying, it’s an option, it’d be a nice one too.

Debt Tracker Update

Yup, it’s that time of year again. For those tracking with me, while I won’t my $$ goal this year (for the first time) I have reached my goal of paying off 10 debts. With only $ 570.99 paid off this year so far, I don’t know where I’ll top out this year but the big debts are behind me and I am now officially below $ 5,000 on my debts. Who would have thought that it would be the small debts that are the hardest to pay off. The reason being is that, and this is a switch, I have to track them down.

I started this back in 2007, almost 10 years later I have paid off $ 28,648.46. This total doesn’t include my student loans. this does include credit cards with small limits and high interest rates, new debt, and what I call stupid debt- which are debts accrued via stupid means- like that new debt. Now, I didn’t go out and buy a car or a $200 pair of riding boots. No, this stupid debt was accumulated from spending a little more here and a little bit there- on things I didn’t need and ending up with a few overdraft or stop check fees. Then there were months when I slacked on watching my spending and oops. Yeah, that hurt and set me back.

Lessons have been learned, so hopefully by sharing my experiences someone else will avoid my pitfalls. Someone well will stay away from those high interest credit cards that promise a savings break on the interest if a charge is paid in full within so many months. Take it from me, someone who walked that path, if you go passed the time limit they will hit your account with the interest going back to the initial month of that charge. Also, avoid having multiple cards. This is another area where people get in trouble. Guess what- if a place accepts Visa, chances are they’ll also take Mastercard.

Also, avoid having multiple cards. This is another area where people get in trouble. Guess what- if a place accepts Visa, chances are they’ll also take Mastercard. These days, I have one of each. My Visa is my debit card, zero interest. My Mastercard is reserved for large purchases or emergencies. I stopped nickel and dime charging to the interest card. That’s another way people get in trouble with cards. $5 at fast food places, a few more here and there- places you forget what you bought etc. If you find that you can’t break yourself of the chump change spending, use your debit card for it- there are no interest fees.

 

The Berlenti-Verse

Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti

Yup, that’s what they’re calling it. The CW’s cash cow that is Greg Berlanti and his merry crew. Let’s face it, we’re losing a lot of Hollywood’s best creative producers: Glenn Larson, Gene Roddenberry, Jim Hensen. That’s just to name those off the top of my head. Strazynski, Lucas, and Spielberg aren’t getting younger. We’ve lost so many more and there are few rising to take the mantel and few with equal talent. I’m not going to drop the names but we know who is rising up and frankly, we are disappointed in what they’ve given us. Enter Greg Berlanti and the Berlanti-Verse.

So, The Tomorrow People didn’t do as well as hoped, we can forgive Greg for this because of his current run of successful shows. This season we’re spoiled with the likes of a nightly Berlanti show (well almost nightly- should be nightly) Supergirl (Mon), Flash (Tues), Arrow (Wed), and Legends of Tomorrow (Thurs). And that’s just on The CW.

This is where I’m going with this post. What’s next? Now that Clark / Superman has been cast- is there any chance we’ll see a new Superman show? How about a hero for Coast or was that Coastal City? We’ve seen in both Flash and Arrow mentions of this place. ‘The best pizza in the world” I believe Barry had said in one episode of Flash. So, who watches over this city? And did Black Lightning get the green light?

With Fox’s show Gotham, I’m not holding to chance (or my breath) that we’ll see a Berlanti version. However, in looking at his IMDB profile (if this site is still to be trusted) he has some new projects in the works: Greg Berlanti

I took a look at the page for the new listing Freedom Fighters: The Ray. This looks promising.

As far as I’m concerned Greg Berlanti is one Gen-Xer who’s not only risen but keeps rising. He’s proven and keeps proving his worth of the mantel left by previous visionaries of screen and television. I believe he’s found a niche in serving us heroes and superheroes. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just a fan with a healthy appetite for good TV shows, Berlanti is the man now. Keep serving up the shows Mr. Berlanti, your fans are waiting.

Pondering- would CBS ever let him try his hand on NCIS or Criminal Minds? Yes, they’re a different genre but the man’s a genius and clearly knows what he’s doing.

First Interview Published!

Not to long ago I was asked to be interviewed on a writer’s forum. Today I learned that a portion of which published in the sites digital magazine. Here’s a link to get a copy of the magazine followed by a link to the full interview on the website http://www.writingforums.com/

Enjoy!

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