“A colossal dick move”

The writer’s strike in Hollywood is hitting production in TV and film quite hard, with a number of shows, including Battlestar Galactica and the new Bionic Woman (with the utterly gorgeous Michelle Ryan) now having to shut down because they’ve filmed episodes and run out of finished scripts, with no more in the pipeline while the strike continues. Family Guy has been hit by it – writer, creator and actor Seth McFarlane is out on sympathy with the writers – three new season episodes are almost finished but not quite and Fox announced they would just finish them without Seth and put them on air. Seth acknowledges they have the legal right to do it but going past him like this is obviously going to damage the relationship between him and the studio and would be, in his own words, “a colossal dick move.” I love that and I think that’s going to be one of my new phrases for anything spectacularly stupid. On the Family Guy front the special Star Wars episode has to be one of the funniest ones for a while and littered with SF and movie references that makes it Geek Heaven.

Still, it isn’t all bad, this strike – the Beeb reports that a prequel to the god-awful Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, has been hit by it and postponed. Thank smeg for that, the world really doesn’t need any more of that load of recycled conspiracy cobblers – even having the incredibly delectable Audrey Tautou in it wasn’t enough to make it bearable.

And before you say, Joe, stop showing your literary snobbery, lots of folks enjoy the book (and movie), leave it alone, yes, fair point, I know they do, but if a lot of people like something it doesn’t necessarily mean it is good, just that a lot of people can share the same bloody awful taste; it is the same factor boy bands and reality shows exploit to be popular. What I find even more depressing in the case of tosh like the Luigi Load is the number of brain-dead morons who mutter “I know it’s fiction, but I reckon he’s onto something here…” NO HE ISN’T!!! Why does the law prevent me from choking people who say that do death by forcing the smegging book down their throat?