Friday, August 5, 2011

Go Ape!

"Theatre THREE is 'Cowboys and Aliens'? Not Theatre TWO? Damn dirty multiplexes!"
As you may have guessed, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens today.
There's been a goodly amount of 'Net chat about the changes wrought to the storylines of the film franchise, and if this reboot will do for Apes what the "soft reboot" (which deliberately made the new version an "alternate timeline" from the original) of Star Trek did for that equally-long running property.
(Actually, Trek is a couple of years older! "The Cage" was shot in 1964 as opposed to 1967 for the first Apes film. Oh, let my geek flag fly!)
Like the revamp of BattleStar Galactica, which made the Cylons our own creations rather than homicidal alien robots, the new Apes puts the blame for our downfall on human arrogance and greed, rather than time-traveling simians!
Personally, I'm willing to see where it goes.

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