decadentdream: (Glance - Zerophillia (Kyle Schmid))
***PUBLIC BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME THAT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THIS***

Can you believe it, but on the day this was getting screened I completely forgot about it. Fortunately [livejournal.com profile] gossy16 reminded me IT’S PILOT TIME (she was watching something else) which gave my brain the poke it needed. Unfortunately I also jumped a little too early in trying to hunt the thing down as it hadn’t even screened in the US when I was looking *headdesk* After much angsting and searching I FINALLY managed to get my hands on the pilot episode of Three Inches.

To give you a bit of background, in September 2010 SyFy got a gangbuster of sci-fi, fantasy & horror tv stars, put them all into a little place called Toronto and filmed a TV show about an underachieveing guy who in a WORST-DAY-OF-MY-LIFE (ala fellow Canadian show Being Erica) scenario gits hit by lightning in which he suddenly obtains superpowers – of the less than fantastic kind (he can telekinetically move things, but only three inches). He’s hunted down by the Charles Xavier of this world (James Marsters) to join a group of equally unimpressive superheroes (apparently akin to the UK show Misfits which I haven’t seen so can’t comment on) to “save the world”. And that’s the episode in a nutshell, of course incorporating the first mission. As far as SyFy are concerned, because they made Alphas at the same time and green lit that one, they didn’t know what to do with this one as they thought it was too similar a show and wanted to change it from a mission based drama to a character based drama, or to a half hour comedy (and now having seen the ep, I can see where these thoughts came from. I’ll elaborate under the cut), but instead decided to shelve the project altogether.

So what I expected was to see MY BOY (yes, I’m claiming him) Kyle Schmid heading up the team without any superpowers (hence why he’s called “Captain Normal”), James Marsters in some kind of role, plus Naoko Mori from Torchwood and, as I found out at T3, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles/Battlestar Galactica star Stephanie Jacobsen as Kyle’s love interest. OH and Brandon Jay McLaren was in there somewhere too which I was pleased about considering he’s been all over my radar the past two years and I’ve loved him in everything I’ve seen him in.

Here’s what I didn’t expect to see – a bunch of Supernatural stars by the name of Alona Tal (Jo in SPN, Lily in this show) and Julian Richings (Death in SPN, Ethan/Insect Man in this show). I also didn’t expect Walter (played by newbie Noah Reid) to be so damn likeable, nor his mother (played by Andrea Martin) to be so damn funny.

Spoilers for the episode, my thoughts and views on where it did & didn’t go well and what I’d have liked to have seen )

Ultimately I really liked it, and so did my mum who I forced to watch with me. I had to break the news that this was the only one. From the online reaction I’ve seen, everyone else had the same view – they liked it and wanted to see more. Most people actually claimed it was a better show than Alphas (which again I haven’t seen so can’t comment). And everyone seems to agree that it is a sad waste of talent to lose a show with so many (and even more than I thought!) cult tv personalities on it.
decadentdream: (Wy energy ball)
LOL I'm slowly trying to catch up. So on the note of falling behind in everything...

I again had to play chauffeur to my brother and his friends (well, now the "new" girlfriend and her sister who he'd known for a while) and ferry everybody to the station to catch a train to Homebush Bay (of course I was left to work out all the finer details *sigh*). So we got as far as the station carpark when my brother asked if I remembered the tickets. Of course I'd forgotten, and it's not like he made the effort to get them beforehand, so I had to speed all the way home and leave them to buy a ticket at the station (cause it was faster with one person than carting all of them). Well I got as far as the opposite end of the carpark upon my return when I heard the train pull in. I dashed all the way across the asphalt running as fast as I could, including up the hill where I had to actually slow to a walk to be able to breathe again, and I saw the train was still sitting there at the station. I thought it was being considerate. So I ran the rest of the way up the hill, pushing myself to run when my legs felt like they were about to buckle beneath me, and I got within 3-4 metres when they closed the doors. Of course my awaiting companions looked at me like I was half crazy and I collapsed rather dramatically onto my knees on the concrete - mainly cause I really couldn't stand anymore, and I definately needed a whole lotta oxygen. So after the "weird family" comment got thrown around, I hauled myself up using the fence and my legs felt like string - completely unsupportive. So I told the others we had to grab a seat and we went around the corner onto the platform and sat down. We were being pestered by a local who nicely informed us we'd be waiting half an hour (like I could help the fact the doors closed on us - did she not see me run & collapse in her lurking?) and, um, well the other lot were all conversing with each other, and I was trying to breathe and get back to some kind of normal state that didn't require inhaling sharply (and thereby texting [livejournal.com profile] original_lie to whine and entertain me).

Anyway it seems that the trains ran more frequently or something at Lidcombe because they not only had the Nickelback concert at the Sydney Superdome, but Telstra Stadium (which was the main stadium for the Olympics) was holding an AFL match - Sydney Swans vs Geelong (um I'll guess Supercats but I'm not sure cause I don't actually follow AFL). Mind you the advantage to this was that there was food located outside the stadium and we hadn't had dinner... but we still didn't eat. We headed straight to the venue only to discover we were having bag checks and you had to throw out all food and drink (yet you could purchase these from INSIDE the venue if you wanted to pay a hefty price and wait in a massive queue for a good hour *rolls eyes*), and of course cameras weren't allowed. Well this proved to be interesting because my brother's friend brought her camera (despite the fact we weren't really sitting that close) so this ended up being stowed away in her younger sister's jacket.

It took forever for Nickelback to come on stage. We were treated to a mass of rock numbers over the loudspeaker (my brother was super excited to hear Audioslave - it was like we were about to watch them LOL, and I was much the same when AC/DC came on but that's sort of because it applies to a few different ppl now). The bass was FAR too loud, it was going right through us and we were towards the back of the venue 2nd row from the back of the first elevation (um, to try and put this into perspective - the venue we were in is where the basketball was held so if u can imagine us being up the other end of the court from the loudspeakers - much like that. Can I also add that the one and only time I was ever in this venue all those years ago I despised it and vowed never to come back? I had to sacrifice that to see Nickelback again, but despite improvements my opinion did not change). The support band was also excessively loud, but that was fine because they were fairly good. They're an unsigned Sydney band called Ultimo. The lead singer was distinctly scottish (well - I actually thought I was listening to Dominic Monaghan and was humouring myself thinking how [livejournal.com profile] canadian_turtle would have loved this and pretending they were Driveshaft). It also had a bit of a new-INXS kind of feel to it to.

So, by about quarter past nine, we finally got the boys onto stage. Firstly can I say how much it is pissing me off lately that we've had to pay so much more for concerts only for them to start later and finish earlier? It's really aggravating, and especially for a band like this who have had multiple albums I don't think it would hurt anyone if they played for 2 hours (as used to be the case) and not just for a little over an hour.

They started with a bang (literally) and opened with "Animals". It was good but now we had some other problems rearing their heads. Well, actually, both the guitarist AND Chad sounded muchly off-key, and all of a sudden the music was not as loud as it had been the rest of the night. But I bit my tongue and waited and hoped that they were just getting settled. This is bound to happen sometimes. And I remember how awesome Nickelback was last time they were out here when I went which was why I was determined to go no matter where they were playing this time. Chad, thankfully, got himself sorted out by halfway through the second song. The guitarist, sadly, did not. And unfortunately this made a bad scenario for "Savin' Me" when the guitarist's microphone was up louder than Chad's. The way they structure some of the songs is have the drummer and the guitarist singing along to Chad for certain lines. Well when an off-key someone (who only successfully pulled off the "Hurry I'm fallin'" part which I'd say is his usual part) was more vocal through the front of house speakers than Chad, it kind of partly ruined the performance. I know I was sitting there saying "Someone needs to turn Chad's mike up" cause we could barely hear him :( You would think the engineers would know who the lead singer is, wouldn't you? *sigh*

There were other problems. Chad kept bitching about the airconditioner not working. He was mocking the venue people saying "Here's an idea. Why don't we let 15000 people FRY?" and then he told everyone to check next to their seats for the on button and was chuckling at himself and imitating people from the crowd checking and going "oh it's not next to me". Sad to say, Chad, whilst you were up there wiping your face, up where we were we were still in jackets. I think the lights were more the problem than the aircon.

The major problem though was the video. The band has a video sequence that runs in the background on the little big screens. Well we could tell before the show even started they were having probs with that. But it lasted 2.5 songs before it died - halfway through "Photograph" :( So all the personal photographs they were sharing to go with the lyrics kind of died, leaving us just to watch their images on the big screen (but, hey, they're spunky rock guys anyway so that was all fine). What I did like though in the video was they had managed to throw down these polaroids with different pictures which was EXACTLY what I had pictured the clip to look like. Unfortunately that's where the video stuffed up so I didn't get to see whether my vision had been broadened. I must applaud the video guys though for going to the greatest effort to make it look like there wasn't a problem. Chad didn't even notice until they wanted to do a tribute for a friend of his who was shot on stage playing his guitar at a concert last year (this is what "Side Of A Bullet" was about, and it made more sense and was far more poignant knowing this). With the lights out, Chad was trying to govern the situation as best he could telling us that it "looks like the video's taken a shit" and saying they'd be able to handle it without the video, and adding because he'd spent this whole time talking to us in the dark: "It'd be good if somebody COULD TURN ON THE LIGHTS!!!" They tried to make up for this by having another round of "Beer O'Clock" which is what my brother and I feared from last time - we had been in the first elevation (in a venue slightly smaller than this one) and they had thrown beer to the 2nd row in front of us. We didn't want to be covered in it, hence why we took seats again. Well we were far out of range this time with the ground floor appearing to be the widest reach that could be thrown there. Mind you I was rather pleased to have predicted this would happen again. They also shot out some "free shit" which [livejournal.com profile] canadian_turtle tells me were t-shirts from these air cannons. Chad said (in view of his complaining about it being so hot in the venue) that next time he was going to bring water cannons or, better yet, beer cannons. LOL

So apart from those little drawbacks it was all good. I was WAY impressed with the drummer (he's the new drummer who they sniped from Three Days Grace) and OMG he was so awesome. Apart from the fact he looked really cute (loved the little grin on his face and when he was singing *dies* I was so not arguing with the frequent camera shots he got), they gave him a drum solo which just went on forever - and I pretty much didn't mind. He is the best drummer in the universe. Seriously. I thought Vince from Invertigo was good - this guy beats him handsdown. He was playing the double-kick so fast that the movement was a blur. He was playing drums and flipping the sticks over the backs of BOTH his hands and, get this, he was doing it so fast they slowed the video down and you still couldn't be sure if you were seeing right because he was so damn fast.

All in all they missed 4 songs off the new album (which was a shame because 2 of those I REALLY love) and a few of the old singles. They did however play the bigger hits and it was nice that they finished with "Figured You Out" which is one of my favourite songs of theirs (And it was actually my favourite prior to this album when I went to the last concert).

Also I have to note in the hilarity of Chad two more things. He walked up the middle of the walkway and picked up a sign from the crowd saying "Now THIS is how you get someone's attention at a rock concert" Holding up the sign it read "TWINS 4 CHAD" and as he walked away he noted "unless that means you want to have my kids, in which case I'm going over here" LOL And secondly he kept proclaiming how they were going to be in Australia for two weeks and he wanted to get thoroughly smashed cause they were on holiday - and was mocking a whole manager/Nickelback convo where he was being told "First you're going to Germany" (to which he slapped a hand over his face and groaned) "then to New Zealand to do a show with the Rolling Stones, and then you're going to Australia" which he was all happy about and then realised what he said and turned around and said "I hope there aren't any Germans here - are there? I can see you all now, phoning the mother country saying 'we're never going to let them back into our country again'" and he laughed (and might I add his accent there sounded more Irish than German LOL).

Okay I think that's enough. Despite the problems in Sydney, it seems that everywhere else enjoyed themselves, and we did too. Ultimately I was thinking "If this band didn't have the songs to hold them up this show would have just died". It certainly tells you what the meaning of rock 'n' roll is really all about - the quality of the songs.
decadentdream: (Disappoint)
Okay so THIS is why I should write my reviews straight away cause the memory tends to fade. But with the utmost pain in my arms atm I will persevere no less with James playing in the background to help remind me of things.

Thursday. One of the most hectic afternoon/nights of my life. I expected it no less. I spent the entire day at work looking for train connections in LA. After that, I went with Helen to the travel agent to pay off my flights and insurance. Following that little adventure, I then had to go down to my brother's work where he was having drinks with his workmates because 2 of them were leaving, and we were having dinner with them also. So within 2 hours we had to get down to Darling Harbour for dinner, order & eat dinner, get across to the other side of Sydney by bus (a half hour trip) and make the James Blunt concert at the Hordern Pavillion by 8pm. Of course that didn't happen. We got to the restaurant just after 6pm. I instantly ordered the quickest thing on the menu. My brother and 90% of the table dallied about it. It then ended up being that we didn't get to order properly until around 6:45pm. I had to replace my order. We didn't actually get our food until 7:20pm. There was no way we were going to be able to eat, rush off and get a bus from 5 streets away in 10 minutes. So we decided that we'd get a cab. Now because my brother had been drinking so much he was a little nutty and I kept having visions of Dean slapping Sam over the back of the head on Supernatural and wanting to re-enact that (me being the older sibling). I also kept telling everyone I expected to be carrying him to the concert the way he was going.

Anyway, we ended up handing a whole bunch of notes to Paul and racing out of there just after 7:30pm. We then took the walk up to where we were supposed to catch the bus from and tried to flag down a taxi on the way. It was only when we were a block away from the buses were we able to get one to pull over, and it was only because he happened to be dropping people off on that corner. We jumped in, requested Fox Studios, and $10 later we were where we needed to be (me telling him to pull over because I didn't want him driving all the way around the block and inside when we knew where to walk it from). They thankfully didn't bag check me cause I really didn't want to stop, we were about 10 minutes late. We got inside and there was a band playing support who sounded a little like Azure Ray but not as good. My slightly intoxicated brother got more sleepy and said the band was going to knock him out with their boring music. Admittedly at one point it sounded like they were playing a song without having even rehearsed it. So we spent the entire support act talking over the band (something I usually never do) and texting our friends whilst sitting near the engineers section. We ended up moving up when they finished so we could watch James.

We had to wait until just after 9:15pm for him to make an appearance. He raced on stage playing a number I did not know, which I thought was rather brave of him. I have to applaud the lighting guys because they did a fantastic job. They only had what appeared to be something like a christmas light decoration background, but it was lit up so amazingly, and the amber coloured lights were just beautiful reflecting back onto the crowd during "High". It felt like we were all under some brilliant beautiful sunset. And the crowd during that song - James let us sing and it was so angelic, like some choral choir from the heavens. I have never heard a crowd sing so beautifully and in key since that very first Savage Garden show I went to. Now the biggest shock of the night to me was the fact that everybody in the crowd seemed to know and love "Billy" and sing and dance along to it. It's one of my least favourite tracks on the album, but I was completely surprised to see how popular it was - as if he HAD released it as a single. I thought it was going to be that way all night, but as soon as James started "Cry" it actually was a lot more silent and I have to admit I was baffled to find that what I liked was so completly left of centre of what everyone else was into.

James kept up a stagnant small peaking progression with the tracks throughout the set, changing up between well known and not-so-known, faster/boppier ones and the slower numbers, piano and guitar tracks. Although I probably would have had my qualms looking at the setlist, it actually worked more in his favour to keep the crowd alive for the entire set so they wouldn't go from one extreme to the other, they just hovered in-between. His first seating at the keyboard (our piano for this tour) he told us that we'd have to be quiet because he was going to play a quiet song. I instantly thought of "Goodbye My Lover" and how Zarina told me that in Canada the crowd had been completely silent. Well apparently Aussies don't know how to shutup. It was indeed that song, and the Aussies indeed wanted to sing along. Thankfully he was hearable over us. Of all things I expected to cry to this song - when he was here for the promo tour he just went on Sunrise and did that number and "You're Beautiful" and they sounded so heavenly that I thought it would resonate as well here but apparently all those extra ppl strip away that raw emotion. He did say, however, when he was here last time he played to only a few hundred ppl and it was nice to see a few more show up. I just had to make the point then that he didn't tell ANYONE he was coming, and he didn't actually do any concerts or anything then so of course nobody was around last November ;) I found myself getting teary, but I didn't cry. I was amazed considering I cry 80% of the time I listen to the track. So it is definately true now that Rob Thomas is the only artist who can make me cry at their concert from the sheer beauty of the music and the raw emotion in their voice.

Preceeding "Tears and Rain" he told us he was going to sing a song that only the girls could sing along to with him because it was so high. He said it was not something to be proud of that he could sing it cause it just meant he was a little girl. He did however invite the boys to feel up the girls next to them in the meantime because it didn't matter if they were friends, it was completely dark and no-one would notice. Other James wisecracks involved his revelation to us that the drummer insisted Sydney was the best looking crowd they'd ever played to. He also invited us to cheer on the keyboard player and he would do a silly dance for us, but warned us not to copy unless we were completely stupid and wanted to hurt ourselves. For one of the new tracks he revealed that he had been having trouble of late remembering the words to it, and that he would get us to sing along but because it was new we didn't know the words so we were "fuck-all help". I am pleased to say, though, that he did not manage to stuff up noticably at all that night. There may have been a line or two in various songs, but at those times I wasn't sure if it was him or me.

He also said "I know you've all come here tonight to have a good time... so I'm going to play you a miserable song" to which he launched into "No Bravery" whilst playing a video on the screen in the background which, I believe and hope I get this correct from what other ppl have been saying, was taken during his time in Kosovo. They also had the dancing monkey logo shimmying its way up the screen for "Out of my Mind" which I kept trying to position the image on his shoulder for when he was singing "monkey on my shoulder". Then once we reached the 2 song encore with "You're Beautiful" we had this flowing imagery on the back of these girls swimming around underwater in colourful flowy dresses. I kept thinking they were mermaids and the thought "oh that's what happened after he jumped off the cliff into the water" kept sticking in my head.

One of the new songs I really loved but *shrug* I can't actually name them anymore or anything. It was a good concert, I survived the entirity without too many probs (well apart from my jacket smelling like alcohol from the amount of times things were spilt on it), and I will say he is good live but he didn't blow me away quite as well as I wanted him to. He was great, the crowd was wonderful, and the lighting awesome, but it's not something I would be wanting to see a billion times.

January 2012

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