I spent the majority of my day today watching Taken, the Spielberg-produced miniseries on the Sci-Fi channel. I’ve heard a number of different—and mostly varied—opinions on it, but enough of them were positive (and from people who have taste) that I decided to watch the encore today and tomorrow.
I watched the first four parts, and it was okay. It started off slow in the first hour, then picked up through the second hour and through the second and third parts, but the fourth part was fairly boring. I got sick of watching it, so I’m taping the rest and I guess I’ll finish watching it when I have time during the holiday break.
Slashdot posted an editorial about it shortly after I stopped watching, strangely enough. Basically, they (the person who wrote the editorial and the comments from users) said the first five episodes are terrific, and the last five episodes are just awful. Now, considering I’d gauge the first four at “slightly above mediocre,” suddenly it makes me fear the last six episodes. I guess if it really starts to suck it up, I probably won’t bother finishing it.
In other news, I started playing through GTA3 again. I started playing on Thursday, and I’ve got 55% completed so far. I don’t know what it is about this game that makes me come back to it even though I’ve got half a dozen other brand new games I have yet to finish—I haven’t even finished Mario Sunshine yet because of this game! And yet I’ve played GTA3 through about five times.
And then I started comparing it to Vice City (one of the games I have yet to finish…), and that’s when things got strange. Vice City is, in many ways, a superior game…it has many improvements to the engine, it has a kick-ass storyline, and the asset purchasing system is the game’s masterstroke, but somehow, it doesn’t seem nearly as accessible to me as GTA3. I can’t figure out why. Oh well.