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Bits and Bobs

Yup. Meant It. Bits and Bobs.
     I have a "Resistance is Futile" meme response pending for aibhinn , and it's going to happen Real Soon Now. (No, seriously; probably within the next couple of days.) But right now, I need to get back in the habit of posting things. 
     Not smart things necessarily, just things that have verbs and subjects in more or less the generally accepted order, and which don't libel any established folk heroes.  
     I'm looking at this sentence to start:
     "Rhinos ate my nose."
     Subject, verb, no libel.
     We have lift-off!!!

Well, then. We're set and, in no particular order:
  • I don't really care what critics (even the ones I like, like Mo Ryan) or Stargate (small-u) universe fans think of Stargate: Universe. I like it. Took me a while to decide, but tonight's episode cemented it for me. What?
  • I am altogether too fond of Criminal Minds. But, having run into the first paragraph of a Morgan-Reed slashfic and decided to run away from the second, third and fourth paragraphs, not to mention any or all thereafter, I can safely say I may stick to the show for now until I'm a bit braver. And possibly to TWoP motivators.
  • Putney Swope is one surreal movie.
  • My car still smells funny, by which I mean it still stinks of fuel. That can't be good. I'm not even going to mention the flat tire leading to the almost-suspect diagnosis of diseased shocks and leprous rocker arms. Nope. Not gonna. Wouldn't be prudent.
  • My three cats have all received their flea drops. Alex and Phil were creampuffs about it. It took us three days to get Opie's onto him - and I actually played no part in that, because I am Made of Cat-chasin', Flea-findin' Fail - but BB did it, braving a tired and unhappy cat's stream of protest. Yeah, the protest landed on his shirt, and made us feel like crap. Which landed on our carpet. Which was good, because when I cleared it up, I noticed the worms. Yeah, the ones we took them all up to the vets a few months ago to treat. The hell of it is, that these are indoor cats, damnit.  Or two of them were, until we brought the inadvertent outdoor cat in, to save his life. Ah, Phil, you bring so much into our lives. Sigh.
  • My muse, obviously disgusted by either automotive or feline health glitches, has up and went. And I have a fic to complete before the end of the month. No, wait; two. This, like the fuel smell in the car, is not good.
  • Not to mention the other fic that sits, inert and sullen, in the corner, gazing at me with silent and accusative eyes. Stop looking at me!!
  • I'm not completely despondent; after all, I finally got the Plant Dad Tour '09 pictures to all the pinpointed relatives.
  • will, damnit.
     That went well (a phrase most critics seem to think is overused in scripts these days, but which I still enjoy.)
     We'll try for coherence tomorrow, neh?


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Nov. 7th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I have learned to drink lukewarm and cold coffee. Saves money on useless devices designed to keep coffee lukewarm for hours in warm environments.

Nov. 7th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Yeah, I drink lukewarm and cold coffee, but, after having had a carafe that kept my coffee reasonably warm for 24 hours, (which we had to get rid of because it finally got so old we couldn't adequately clean it) I've been spoiled. It's also the principle of the thing, since the Stanley specifically promised, right there on the packaging, to do something which it most definitely did not do.
Nov. 8th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Don't sweat it — it's “holographic”.
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: coherence
You mean I'm so three-dimensional as to almost seem real?
Nov. 10th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm still undecided on SGU. Which possibly is not the best response. I mean, I certainly don't hate it like the majority of the TWoP thread. But I don't love it either and I find my attention wandering far more than it should - and boredom is a far worse crime in my book than just Bad TV. I don't know. There are elements I like a lot. I like TJ the medic and I like Greer the Angry Black Soldier. I hate the silliness of the love triangles - both the Chloe/Scott/Eli one and the impending Young/Talford/Ex-Mrs. Young one. I feel like the stones themselves are a complete cheat but I acutally enjoyed the Chloe and Eli out at a club scenes. I think there's more subtle characterization going on than posters are giving them credit for: for instance, it seems that Chloe is a big ole lush and I'm hoping for some DTs or something soon. I can't get a bead on Rush's character. I'm disappointed that TJ and Young had a past fling because that seems too easy. The effects are amazing and THEY FLEW THROUGH THE SUN. Twice. On paper I'm sold but in execution I still don't feel quite connected. Still watching though...
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad to know someone else is giving it a chance. I understand that the producers are dicks (Wright sent a snippy and uncalled for note to Mo Ryan, and her response was perfectly called for), and a couple of posters' posing the question "is it rape to use someone else's body to make love to your wife? Is it essentially rape to use someone else's body to get drunk in a club?" have made me rethink my attitude towards their attitude towards the stones (even though I laughed at some of the unexpected body switches last week, to my shame.) But I do like a bunch of the characters, even some of the background scientist characters. I love Rush and Eli, really like Greer and the young Lieutenant, and Young is growing on me quite unexpectedly. The actress playing TJ (who was in Painkiller Jane, as Jane's ex police partner, by the way, playing her as brunette) hasn't shown me enough of TJ's character. I actually like the other female lieutenant, and I'm not hating Chloe (I agree with you about the potential lush. Saw it in her mother, and Chloe's comment about she never gets drunk reflects a hallmark of alcoholic habituation) and Ming Na does more with her few lines than a lot of the male actors. Having said that, I agree that the way the women are written could be upgraded.

Still ... Robert Carlyle! And they flew through the sun!!

Edited at 2009-11-10 07:05 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I think “they flew through the sun!” should be the rallying cry for those of us still with the show for more than just Hate. Heh.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to check out the thread yet since Friday. Have you been keeping up with the spoilers? I have (another reason I’m undecided: if I cared more I’d want to stay unspoiled) and…yeah. I am expecting a lot of black bars. I also chuckled at a couple of moments during the switching and felt bad about it. I just read through your epic Rape Rules post so now I’m trying to parse your previous sentence about your attitude/their attitude. I personally think that the stones are a crutch. I hate that they just move one actor into the other scene instead of making the actors portray the other character. I used to agree that it was cheap to not allow them to stay cut off from Earth but I’ve recently changed my mind on that topic. I think it’s much worse to be able to touch/taste/see/hear but not actually go home. And I hope they mine that for the angst inherent instead of just use it for Seckshul Hijinxs.

I do like Ming Na but she hasn’t done anything yet and that’s frustrating. I like TJ’s mature look; she seems her actual age, which is rare these days.

Ultimately, the writers can bite my shiny metal ass. I’m gonna have to suck it up and go into the thread and see what they said to Mo Ryan this time. *sigh*
Nov. 10th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sentence wasn't written really well, was it? I meant to say I was trying to figure out a couple of things. Firstly, how attuned the writers currently are to some of the unpleasant nuances that can be attached to stone use - most specifically the idea that using someone's body to do specific things, especially sex or mild-altering substances without their specific permission could validly be considered rape. Did they even think of it? If not, did they think of it when it was brought up? Did they take the concern seriously, or did they respond like Malozzi and Wright appear to have reacted to criticism in general? Secondly, I was trying to figure out my own attitude towards the writers, because I feel, like you, that there has been some lazy writing, and that's sad.

Yeah, the SGU TWoP thread is pretty toxic right now; not a lot of folks posting who like it, a lot who are saying "OK, I'm done." Some are done, they say, because of disappointment that seems pretty valid. Others are done because it's not like SGA or SG1 and there's no Jack, Daniel, or McKay. Wherez the lulz?
(Yeah, I'm being just a little harsh. I always thought SGA after the first season was a waste, and I think that even more after I learned about Torri Higginson being fired essentially for being a pushy female and demanding more of a role. I loved SG1 even up and through its final season because of the relationships and the comic flair of the actors. But in neither case will I pretend they were anything but enjoyable meat and potatoes skiffy.
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, considering their reaction to allegations of date rape with the Lucius story, I highly doubt that they a) noticed any issues while coming up with the switching concepts or b) stopped to think of how it might look on the outside once they got called out on spoilers by the Gate fandom at large.

I know some people are upset that “it’s not like the other ones” but that’s not what bothers me. I like lots of different kinds of science fiction and while I thoroughly enjoyed the lighter tone of the original flavor and its Pegasus cousin, I don’t expect them to have to follow that same formula if they want to try to mix it up. But I feel like the writers needed to step farther away from the franchise than just “changing the rules” within their same playground. Take Star Trek. The duo known as “Bermaga” needed desperately to leave the franchise and instead started Enterprise. The first two seasons were…not a success and by the fourth there was a new show helmer in Manny Coto who reinvigorated the whole series but alas, it was too late to save it from cancellation. Now, both Coto and Braga have migrated over to 24 and I am pleased to say, theirs were the episodes I enjoyed most last season. Berman is one of the driving forces behind FlashForward which is hands down my favorite new show this season. Bermaga are not bad writers or bad show runners but they needed a change of venue. Everyone behind the scenes at Stargate needs a change of venue.

I think Atlantis was disappointing to me because of the failure to live up to its potential. I watched every episode hoping that it would become the Gate equivalent of Deep Space Nine. All the ingredients were there. But instead of using them, they turned it into the Rodney McKay Hour.
Nov. 15th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Everyone behind the scenes at Stargate needs a change of venue.

You're absolutely right, and I'm not sure whether that will happen. I'm told the last season of Enterprise was pretty good, but a case of too little, too late, which is a shame.

But instead of using them, they turned it into the Rodney McKay Hour.

Yeah, much as I appreciated Rodney, he was best taken in smaller doses than they were willing to give us. But I think one of the problems is that the other characters were written so blandly, and the actors were either just not up to getting 'round the writing, or they were, but were directed badly. David whatsisname who played Rodney was the only one who made his character stand out, so, instead of working on making the rest of the cast equally real, they ignored them all.
Nov. 15th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
I love watching this show for the pretty (like flying into the photosphere of a star!) and the writing is the sort of edgy they did on BSG but I'm liking it more here.
Nov. 15th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hey there, great to see you - your icon is particularly cool!

The pretty is definitely there, and, particularly with the most recent episode, the writing is getting better, but they still have a lot of problems with lazy writing. For instance, you don't introduce time travel quite as casually as they did Friday unless you can do it as organically as possible, and they didn't manage to do that in my own writerly opinion. It ends up cheapening the goings on, and that's a shame because the situations themselves were handled really quite well.

I think they've got a ways to go before the writing reaches the maturity of BSG, but I'm willing to believe they're able to do it, and I'm hoping that they reach that quality benchmark. In the meantime, I'll still watch.

And if that all made sense, I'm more recovered from my taste of Windycon than I thought I was. Heh.
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