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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ultimate Geek Fu

...and once more, back to the cinematic sausage factory. Predators—the latest sequel/remake/installment in the long-running "Predalien" series, and following hot on the heavily clawed feet of Predator, Predator 2, Aliens Versus Predators, Aliens Versus Predators: Requiem, Aliens and Predators Versus Terminators, Predators, Aliens, and Terminators Versus Wall Street Bankers—debuted last weekend.

Okay, let's have a show of hands. Who saw it? Who wanted to see it? Who really, really, meant to go see it, but instead got sidetracked by something far more exciting—say, oh, changing the air freshener in your car?

I must admit that I liked the original Predator, as being a better-than-average early Schwarzenegger movie, and liked it even more after Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota. Predator 2 was okay, too, in a gonzo over-the-top kind of way, and I've seen AVP more times than I really care to think about, mostly because for some reason The Kid became a Lance Henriksen fan for a while. (I cannot explain that one at all. Then again, I cannot adequately explain why I'm an Al Leong fan, either.)

But, let's be honest with ourselves for just a moment. Does this premise really have any more steam left in it? And if you are one of the fortunate few who saw it in a movie theater in the past few days: on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being "don't miss it right now" and 1 being "don't even bother getting the DVD next winter on dollar night," how do you rate it?

Let the arguments begin.

ULTIMAGE GEEK FU runs every Wednesday. Have a question that's just bugging the heck out of you about Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Gallactica, Farscape, Firefly, Fringe, Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, The X-Files, X-Men, The Man From Atlantis, or pretty much any other SF-flavored media property? Better yet, have you got an idea for a UGF challenge you'd like to see? Send it to slushpile@thefridaychallenge.com with the subject line, "Geek Fu," and we'll stuff it in the queue.
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