The Paralympics came to a close today, ending what was an exciting summer of sport. I'm glad to have watched a lot of the events and amazed by what our world's best athletes are capable of. I hate that sometimes I feel like not doing what everyone's doing, and it helps to have such a positive atmosphere around a shared interest.
Swimming was certainly huge for Canada this year, so I'll be joining the movement. I've never been able to do the butterfly stroke so I'll try to learn. I'll also make sure I get on a horse as soon as possible. I wish we had an equestrian team in the Paralympics, but the Spruce Meadows Masters weekend was a welcome extension to my showjumping viewing.
All in all, our Paralympic Team performed splendidly.
Tatiana Maslany won a well-deserved Emmy for her leading role in Orphan Black! There's not much I can say about this show without spoiling it for those who have never watched it.
If you do not know what this show is about, DO NOT read about it. Just watch the pilot blindly and let the main concept reveal itself to you. I was lucky to have no knowledge of the story when I first watched it, which made the Orphan Black pilot one of the best, most exciting episodes of TV I have ever watched.
Orphan Black airs on Space and has completed four seasons with a fifth coming soon.
The reason I decided to try it out was because the episode's tagline was very intriguing. All it said was: "Sarah, a streetwise hustler on the run from a lifetime of bad decisions, witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her." Space did well to keep this prologue short and sweet.
Interesting enough to warrant a download… everyone loves a feel-good story about someone trying to correct their past mistakes. Maybe poor Sarah is so traumatized that she sees the error in her ways, realizes how precious life is and embarks on an uplifting journey to discover that she is not really an Orphan destined to live in the Blackness of the mean streets…
The problem with joining the viewership of such great shows late in their run is that the networks and companies that produce them cater to their regular viewers first which means that the front pages of their websites, their TV promotions and online viewer comments expose what is happening in the latest episodes. Maybe these companies should stop wasting browser cookies on data mining and put them towards better managing their viewership.
I hate the invasive nature of the internet as it exists today, but I would certainly welcome a system where websites could tell that I have never been exposed to a particular show and "tailor the experience to my preferences" i.e. show me promos from season 1 Episode 1, not Season 6.
Anyway, Congratulations to Tatiana Maslany and everyone involved with Orphan Black. I am way behind in Season 3 so there's a marathon binge-watching session in my near future. Maybe I'll even go back to season 1 and watch it all over again...
I noticed that my X-files "Continue Watching" thumbnail was showing S1E1 instead of my current place in season 3 and it looked a lot sharper than when I first watched it. Netflix has clearly upgraded the series with a widescreen, remastered version that looks as if it was made in the HDTV era!
When I started catching up on Scully and Mulder's adventures, I didn't think the low-res picture quality could be so drastically improved and even the 4:3 aspect ration widened to such effect.
Anyway, I love watching the shows I missed in the nineties and seeing actors I recognize today in their younger bodies. I find myself remarking at how dedicated actors must be to their careers, appearing for a few moments in various shows before commanding whole episodes a decade later.
Some of the actors I was elated to see in the X-Files include:
Ian Tracy and Roger Cross as regular cast members on the same show is a lovely event I am glad to have experienced in my science-fiction TV-watching Continuum.
The excitement of the Olympics has not yet abated and I doubt it will for another few months. There is so much I would like to write about our athletes, especially because they all seem to disappear from daily media coverage once they land back on home soil. I really hope CBC keeps the footage up on their website for a while so I can review the events I missed as well as those I enjoyed.
I am trying to keep up with the US Open tennis but I just haven't been able to sit and enjoy the game in a long while. It was a little disappointing to see Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic eliminated early. I hope they can bounce back and maintain a consistent level of success. Canadian tennis has been exciting to follow since these three athletes started making a big splash at the Grand Slam events so I'd love to see them rise to their potential.
Otherwise, I am glad that Serena Williams does, in-fact, rise to her reputation and is continuing her dominance of the game. I just love this sort of thing. Like how BlackBerry does what they say, it's just impressive to watch Serena demonstrate her mastery of her sport and reach the heights and standards set by her predecessors from a generation gone by. It is a great example to aspire to. I am constantly in awe of the works of the legends in the world of computers, like the creators of unix, qnx… Keep it up Serena.
I really enjoyed Supergirl but was not able to watch the entire first season. With Showcase taking over the show from Global, it does mean that the show will only be available with a subscription to the channel. Fortunately, my basic TV package includes Showcase (a miraculous state of affairs, considering how stingy TV companies can be with basic packages).
The great thing about Showcase is that they seem to have a steady flow of re-runs so I'm hoping they will do the same with season one and allow me to catch up from where I left off… I believe it was when Supergirl and Cat Grant are on the roof… It would be even better if Shomi released the first season so I could binge-watch it! Unfortunately, the show has not been mentioned in their promotions for the fall season.
Anyway, I'm excited for Supergirl.
I am enjoying BlackBerry's expositional articles that shed light on their security practices.
The newest post on their blog describes the services that ensure BlackBerry's position as the premier choice for securing the mobile communications of the US and German governments among other G20 nations.
It is great to see BlackBerry successfully establishing itself as a security services company that also provides the most secure mobile smartphones.t.
Unfortunately, Milos Raonic was upset by Albert Ramos-Vinolas losing 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 in straight sets. I hope this is a short-lived setback. Daniel Nestor and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were also ousted at the third stage, losing 6-7(tiebreak 3-7), 4-6 to Cuevas/Granollers.
Follow the French open at http://www.rolandgarros.com
The tournament will move into the third week with some matches postponed, but of those who played, Venus Williams, for me is a standout. Her resurgence in the last couple of years is inspiring after a long battle to stay at peak health. I love athletes and sports that stand tall above the age-limits imposed by lazy social conventions.
The Stanley Cup final begins on Monday between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.