When There’s Something Female in Your Neighborhood, Who You Gonna Call

It was announced recently that Paul Feig will be making a new Ghostbusters movie and that the new Ghostbusters will be all women. From reading twitter it seems that a lot of people are really upset about this and will not watch a new Ghostbusters if it stars all women.

Personally, if there was going to be a new Ghostbusters, I wish it could have been done before Harold Ramis died and was an actual sequel with all of the originals. I’m not against reboots and remakes like a lot of people, but bringing back the original three would have been great. Obviously, with Ramis dead and Bill Murray not interested anyway, that will not happen. So, if there is to be a Ghostbusters, it will have to be a reboot. Here’s what I think about the reboot and the women issue:

I think the script is much more important than the gender make up of the cast. If you have a bad script, the gender of your cast won’t make a difference. Bad script equals bad movie. Of course, the cast is important and if you have a good script, you need the right cast to make it a good movie. Once again, this is not dependent on gender. I would much rather see a Ghostbusters with women like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Aubrey Plaza, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Mann, Aisha Tyler etc. than a Ghostbusters with less talented male actors. The gender isn’t the issue for me. The talent is and all of those women, plus plenty more, are extremely talented and would make a good movie with the right script.

I assume the people out there who think I am wrong and that an all female Ghotbusters will automatically suck are the morons who believe women can’t be funny. I think Paul Feig is probably ok with them skipping the film.

The Ravens Light Rail Issues

I always take light rail in for the Ravens games because I am cheap and don’t want to pay for parking. Light rail would be nice and convenient if they would fix issues that lead to long waits, crowded trains and irritated people. Here are some ways I think they could fix this.

1. Number of trains – There have been two games this year where the Ravens won big, which means everyone leaves early. In the past, this meant those of us who stayed until the end of the game had no lines for the trains. Unfortunately, this year all of the people who leave early are still there waiting for a train 20-30 minutes later when the game actually ends. Once can only assume that this means they are running fewer trains. I understand that on a typical Sunday, fewer trains makes sense, but not on a game day. If you know the schedule, there should be a way to run trains more frequently on game day. Also, when there is a Sunday night game and service is officially over why not have all of the trains stacked downtown so they can fill up and leave as soon as the game is over? Why have long waits between trains? If it is a money issue, you would think the Ravens make enough money they could chip in to pay for more trains to make the game day experience more pleasurable.

2. Crowd control – This is not an MTA issue. This is a stupid people issue. People get to the platform at the end of the game and stop immediately. There is always room for more people at the end of the platform, but they can’t get there because of all of the people crowded at the very start of the platform. This causes the line to stretch up the ramp unnecessarily and makes loading the train slower. There are plenty of MTA people around. They need to take a more active role in moving people down the platform. Also, once people get on the trains and it is standing room only, people crowd by the doors and won’t move to the middle of the train. This prevents more people from entering the train and causes the lines to remain long. There are plenty of times the trains leave with space for 10-20 more people per car, but they can’t get on because people won’t make the room.\

3. Staff the ticket machines – It was much easier to get tickets and get on a train when you purchased them from a person at the station. The same people who are too stupid to move down the platform are too stupid to buy tickets without help. You can miss several trains waiting in long lines caused by people unable to operate the ticket machines.

4. BWI/Cromwell – I get on the train at North Linthicum and can take either the BWI or the Cromwell trains. There are a large number of people who can’t take the BWI train. Unfortunately, those people are all standing on the platform while those of us who would love to get on the BWI train can’t get to it. I’m sure some BWI trains leave not even close to full because of this. Maybe you can figure out a way to have a BWI only platform area with access from a roped off area?

5. Consistency – At the very least make sure customers know what they are going to get. Yesterday trains were a little closer together(though 20 minutes between trains is still bad) but some days you can stand there for 30 minutes or more waiting for a train. Consistent service, even if not adequate, is better than inadequate, but also inconsistent service.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure anyone with MTA, the Ravens or the city of Baltimore care enough to fix it.

What’s in TV Tonight, September 26, 2014

The good news for boring old people like is that Friday night is no longer a TV wasteland where they send bad shows to die. There is things to watch tonight even with Grimm, Last Man Standing and Whose Line is it Anyway premiering later in the season.

NBC – repeat of Mysteries of Laura, 2 hour Dateline NBC
FOX – Utopia, repeat of Gotham
ABC – 2 hour Shark Tank, 20/20
CBC – Amazing Race, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods
Cable – for the kids, Jessie, Girl Meets World and Dog with a Blog are new on Disney. Syfy has a new episode of Z Nation(Sharknado version of Walking Dead)

Tonight will be all CBS. I’m happy to be able to watch Amazing Race with no football delay. I don’t watch Hawaii 5-0 but others in my house do. I still really like Blue Bloods.

What’s on TV Tonight, September 25, 2014

Another night with not much on that I plan to watch. Looks like as much as I talk about a possible DVR crisis, I won’t watch enough this year to really have one. Last night I did try Black-ish. It seemed OK, but I was half asleep through a good portion of it. I am happy that it seems Survivor will have a strong season this time around. So, on to the list

NBC – Biggest Loser(2 hours), Parenthood
FOX – Bones, repeat of Sleepy Hollow
ABC – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal(Grey’s In the White House), How to Get Way With Murder(Grey’s in law school)
CBS — Thursday Night Football
Cable – Project Runway on Lifetime

The only series premiere tonight is How to Get Away With Murder. Another Shonda Rhimes show, this one about first years law students. If you like Grey’s and/or Scandal you should watch this.

Normally. I would just recommend football, but I have to admit that I am addicted to Grey’s, so I will start football late to watch Grey’s first. I’m also a big fan of Bomes, but we still haven’t watched the end of last season, so I will have to record it. I will also give How to Get Away With Murder a shot at some point. So, my advice, watch Grey’s and then football. Record Bones and Murder for later.

What’s on TV tonight, September 24, 2014

Day three of the new season and I’ve only watched a couple of shows. If this keeps up, I will have a major DVR crisis. I did watch Gotham last night. I liked it, but I’m not a comic book nerd who will get angry about changes to the story. So, tonight..

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura, Law and Order: SUV, Chicago PD
FOX – Hell’s Kitchen, Red Band Society
ABC – The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Black-ish, Nashville
CBS – Survivor, Big Brother
Cable – TNT has Legends and Franklin and Bash

The only new show tonight is Black-ish, a sitcom starring Anthony Anderson as an ad executive who, as the Post puts it, ” upset with his family’s blithe acceptance of the whiteness all around them.” I’ve always liked Anthony Anderson and this was well reviewed, so I will give it a try.

What to watch: watch Survivor live. Always watch Survivor live if possible. Tonight’s episode is 90 minutes, so record The Middle, Modern Family, Black-ish and Red Band Society for after Survivor is over. I’m a big fan of the ABC comedies. I should probably try The Goldbergs as well. I will also record Franklin and Bash for later.

What’s on TV Tonight, September 23, 2014

The first Tuesday of the new season and the first night I will actually be home to watch shows. All I managed to watch last night was Scorpion. It was OK, my family loved it, but not one I would be sad to see canceled early. So, tonight…

NBC – another 2 hours of The Voice followed by Chicago Fire
FOX – Utopia, New Girl, Mindy Project
ABC – Dancing With the Stars, Agents of SHIELD, Forever
CBS – NCIS. NCIS: New Orleans, Person of Interest
I see nothing of note on cable.

The only new show premiering to tonight is The newest edition to the NCIS family that I shall call NCIS: GUMBO. This is NCIS relocated to New Orleans and starring Scott Bakula in the Mark Harmon role. I like Scott Bakula and NCIS isn’t horrible, but I think Dawn will be the only person at our house watching this. If you are a big fan of NCIS you will probably enjoy this.

My suggestion: watch The Voice until 9, switch to Shield and finish The Voice later. I like New Girl, but my DVR can’t record Voice and New Girl while we watch Shield. I should really upgrade to the new one that can. I will also be recording the entire CBS lineup for my wife who is apparently an elderly person with a love for CBS procedurals.

What’s on TV Tonight, September 22, 2014

Tonight the new TV season starts in full with every major network airing premieres. A synopsis of the new shows will be below.

NBC – two hours of The Voice(with new judges Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani) followed by the season premiere of The Blacklist
FOX – series premiere of Gotham, season premiere of Sleepy Hollow
ABC – two hours of Dancing with the Stars, series premiere of Forever
CBS – an hour of Big Bang Theory, series premiere of Scorpion, season finale of Under the Dome
Cable – MNF Chicago @ NY Jets

I work until 9 on Mondays so I watch everything delayed. If I was home, here is what I would watch: record The Voice, watch Gotham, start The Voice late to fast forward over all of the useless filler. If you aren’t old and tired like me, follow that with The Blacklist. Record Scorpion and Under the Dome to watch later.

New shows

Gotham – the Batman prequel. Bruce Wayne is a kid, commissioner Gordon is a rookie detective, the major Batman villains are not yet major villains. I will give it a try, but I’m not sure I will stick with it. Batman without Batman doesn’t sound promising.

Scorpion – What if the nerds from Big Bang Theory were crime fighters? Scorpion is about a group of geniuses who go to work for Homeland Security to use their skills to fight crime. It sounds promising, but is not well reviewed. Destined to become Dawn’s new show I have to record because she likes bland procedurals.

Forever – Ioan Gruffuld(Fantastic Four) is a NYC medical examiner who comes back to life every time he dies. For some reason(excuse to show Gruffuld naked) he comes back to life in a nearby body of water, completely nude. He uses his job to try to figure out why he is immortal. I know if is as immortal I would definitely spend 200 years looking at dead bodies…Well reviewed, but not sure I will watch it.