Channel 4 has cancelled Utopia. Mr. Rabbit refuses to comment.

You know Utopia, that wonderfully original British TV show everyone loves?

Utopia.

Yeah, that one.

 

Well, according to Den of Geek, C4 isn’t renewing it for a third season. This is what I have to say on the matter:

I’m pretty sure the storyline will continue in some form or another, most likely a comic book series or graphic novel as that would be exactly as meta as a IP as Utopia should be, but I have to admit I’m quite saddened with this piece of news.

I follow and watch around a dozen TV Shows (at least), but there are only a handful of them that I truly consider myself a fan of. Utopia is, sorry, was, one of them. 

Here’s to hoping Amazon, Netflix, or some other platform picks up on it and keeps the story going. *Wink**Wink**Nudge**Nudge*

 

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Better Sing Saul – Saul Goodman’s first trailer is spot on

I was (am) a huge fan of Breaking Bad (I even own one of those hipster trendy Heisenberg t-shirts) and, like every one else, I loved the character of Saul Goodman, Walter’s more-than-shady lawyer.

However, when I heard a spin-off was coming along I wasn’t immediately on-board with the whole idea. I like shows that end and stay ended, and Breaking Bad’s finale was a remarkable achievement considering all the hype and pressure around it. I never felt I needed more Breaking Bad and certainly not more Saul Goodman.

However, the show’s brilliant marketing campaign is gradually selling me on the spin-off. I might not need it, but I can sure as hell enjoy it. I mean, have you seen the fauxdvertising billboards?

Better Call Saul

If that doesn’t make you want to watch the show, maybe the first trailer for the show – a music video called Better Call Saul performed by the deep rumbling voice and mad guitar skills of Junior Brown – will. Check it out:

The lyrics are clever and the music is spot on. If the show is half as good as its promotion, it’ll be damn great. 

Videogames are awesome (and infuriatingly frustrating).

I like videogames. A lot. Really, quite a lot.

But sometimes, more often than I’d like to admit, they drive me completely bonkers with frustration.

Now BuzzFeedPop has boiled down some of these infuriating moments in an awesome video aptly titled “The 50 Most Frustrating Moments In Videogames” and I have to say, I’ve been through A LOT of them.

It’s an amusing little video and it sure brings out some cherished, and not so cherished, memories.

So, if you’re a videogame nut like me, watch it, like it, share it.

The Internet is full of wonderful things

If you don’t believe me, just dedicate three and a half minutes of your life to this video.

I’m not the emotional type. Not by a long shot. And I don’t usually fall for this type of heart-warming artsy videos. They’re just not my cup of tea. But the sheer honesty and simplicity, as well as the technical prowess, of Tatia Pilieva’s First Kiss completely got to me.

Also, I’m pretty sure some of these couples went straight home after the shoot. Or at least I like to think they did.

Definitive proof that beards are awesome

By now everyone should know that beards are awesome and if you think otherwise, you’re wrong. 

This is photographer Ben Garvin having some serious and artistic fun with his own beard (and its eventual demise) in a stop-motion short that is only possible due to the immense power of his Magic Beard. 

I’m a fan of both beards (as you can see here) and stop-motion so I might be a bit biased, but I’d say this particular short stands out from the crowd for its sheer inventiveness and flawless execution, specially if you take into account it was done using only an iPhone 5, a small tripod and the Stop Motion Studio app.

Furthermore, the ending is absolutely brilliant so don’t give up half way through. The video is only 2 minutes long and if this beard isn’t worthy of your attention, I don’t know what is. 

Samsung’s new wristwatch-phone-thingy’s vintage ad reminds us the future is already here.

With the claim “The Next Big Thing” Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is, at its core, a bluetooth peripheral that allows you to operate, manage and access your Samsung smartphone (only the Galaxy Note 3 for now) from your wrist.

However, like all the other wristwatch-phone-thingies (or smart watches as the industry insists on calling them) looming around the corner on Kickstarter and such, its appeal goes way beyond that and boils down to one simple truth: you can talk into your watch! 

This immediately takes us into the world of superspies, sci-fi and pulp fiction and the latest ad for the Galaxy Gear straightforwardly acknowledges that:

One can claim that using pop culture as blatantly as this to promote a product feels like cheating but, I for one, absolutely love it. 

The references are perfectly picked, ranging from the universally known (Star Trek, The Jetsons, Predator, Get Smart) to the quite obscure  (so obscure I can’t even name them here), the pace is steady and the closing is simple yet effective. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear might have a million applications but, in the end, it’s a watch you can talk to. How cool is that?

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Saying a lot has changed since I last posted on this blog would be quite the understatement.

I’ve changed homes.
I’ve changed countries.
I’ve actually changed continents, as I left Portugal and moved (with my wife, kid and 2 dogs) to Montevideo, Uruguay.

changes

Obviously, I’ve also changed jobs. I left Proximity_DIGITAL in Lisbon and joined Cero Negativo as Creative Director for Uruguay. So you’ll excuse me for the lack of consistent posting in the last month or so as, as you can imagine, I’ve been quite the busy bee.

This is a challenging and exciting time for me and I’ll be hard pressed to find time to dedicate to the blog, but I’ll do my best to keep it up to date and keep babbling on about the things I love in completely subjective and biased terms. I’ll start writing more posts in both Portuguese and Spanish, talking about subjects particular to both Portugal and the Spanish-Speaking world, mainly Uruguay, the country I now call home.

As always, on can follow me on Twitter and basically every social network ever. :)

Thank you for sticking around.