I wrote a while ago about how my television became deaf-mute, or it thinks I’m deaf-mute. Random closed captioning, teletext narration and so on. Then a few weeks ago, it decided that every channel should be… Space Channel. Pick any number. Guaranteed TNG rerun. But it fixed itself except for the closed captioning stuff so I went on as usual.
Then 2 nights ago, it committed itself. Absolutely, Space Channel only. And the weird part of it is that the last channel I was watching before universal Space Channel was NOT the Space Channel, so this is something that the tv CHOSE FOR ITSELF.
Now, I’m all for the Buffy reruns (6pm ET), and I can even put up with Stargate for brief periods of time. But a girl also needs some house porn from time, or you know, my Time Team.
Now that the thing is sentient, I’m loathe to put it to the curb for being monomaniacal in its viewing choices, but ssshhhh, I’m research LCD flat screens as we speak.
An old-skool arcade geeks battled it out in the middle of Buy-More with a secret code embedded in Tom Sawyer. Eating a urinal puck in a showdown of dare. Using a borrowed down payment for an apartment on a 1982 Delorean. A wedding started with Mr Roboto and ended with Kung Fu (in sneakers).
I know I’ve been writing a lot about television shows lately but here’s one more post anyway.
Sublime first: BSG is back! I’m totally sucked in again. There was so much revealed in the history of the cylons this last ep, and now that I’m over the idea of Ellen being the final cylon, I’m warming to her being the “mother” of it all. She’s very leader-y as well, which we didn’t get to see so much when she was with Tigh this last time around since she was drunk and/or lecherous for most of it.
Anders’ bullet-triggered flashbacks are giving more “human” layers to the skin-jobs — I think we have a hard time not empathising with them when they clearly have a history of loss and gain and trying to do the right thing same as some of the tribes (and they refer to themselves as “people”). I’m sure Dr John Hodgman is not the cause of the flatline we saw at the end. I think it’s that nasty nurse, as Maggie says. The metaphorical and literal disintegration of the ship is a great sub-plot as well – not only because it is a valid reason for cylon technology to be used in the fleet (after the rebellion and all), but also because I love the idea of the biotechnology (kinda like Moya!). Anyway, I’m back on the BSG train and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
But perhaps I’ve become a bit too enamoured. I was listening to the iPod today on shuffle and Boney M’s “Rivers of Babylon” came on and instead of “Zion” I kept hearing “Cylon”, but in a weird way, it works…
(Boney M are Johnny Cash are about the only musicians from whom I can stand songs on a spiritual theme).
Sublime Second: Ru-Paul’s Drag Race. Seriously, bitches. Cross Project Runway with America’s Top Model at a Karaoke gay bar and the result is fabulous entertainment. Some of these girls are drop-dead gorgeous and some leave a bit too much testosterone tart on the floor. It also features the most honest reality show imprecation ever uttered: “Don’t fuck it up “. Melissa passed along this link to Tom & Lorenzo’s blow by blow on the episodes so far. Ru-Paul has some of the funniest lines going. I’ll definitely be watching this one again.
As soon as Dollhouse came on the screen, I raised a glass of scotch in salutation and possibly as a gift to the gods that all would go well. It was definitely a thrill just to see the name “Joss Whedon” again on the screen (and the Mutant Enemy at the end made me all happy inside).
However, the middle part was, well, not awesome. I think Eliza showed more than what I was expecting and her range will have to get even bigger as the show progresses. I’m not loving Fred yet–in fact, her first line (I think it was a rhyming saying like okey-dokey) was pure Fred and that was a bit disjarring. The tech guy (Topher?) is rather annoying, and the main plot–the kidnapping–well, I’m just going to say it: I think it could have been on CSI Miami.
There are flashes, though, of what might be awesome. Boyd has some philosophical drive that will definitely continue to clash with the business cool of Adelle (whom I quite liked), and Tahmoh already seems more fully developed than just about anyone else on the show (though the fight scene felt like it was plucked from one of the other versions of the opening ep and plopped in the middle of his FBI raking-over-the-coals).
It’s just so weird to have an overlay of popular television on the writing world of someone who is better than that. I’m hoping that the veneer will be allowed to be sanded away so that we can get to the true grain. Joss says around episode 3 it starts to get good, and I’ll definitely be along for the ride, but I wasn’t jumping up and down at the end.
Without spoilerage, that was one of the darkest, grittiest and human tv episodes I’ve seen. When she hums and then she takes off her jewelry and then she… holy cow!
And hang on to your hats with the Cylon timelines. Already there is much speculation about the reveal at the end – is it true? Well, this great interview that Maggie linked to pretty much confirms that it is (do not read unless you’ve seen the ep already).
As for Kara, the big money seems to be that she is the first hybrid. All I know is that I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.