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Now that the kids are more independent and easier to care for, Sweety and I find that we sometimes have an entire hour and a half of time before bedtime in which we can get stuff done or goof off. Sci-Fi's Friday lineup gives us enough fodder to do a bit of each for an entire weekend.

Sarah Jane Adventures


I think this show is rather sweet. I'm a little mystified by the villainous Slitheen--I thought the evil ones we saw were criminals?--but it's amusing to see a Slitheen child. Maria and Luke don't grate on me like many child characters. But does anyone else think that Elisabeth Sladen and Mary McDonnell are identical cousins?

Doctor Who


I was a little worried about the whole "new attitude" commercial. I liked the old attitude. This was a fun episode (Christmas special, I'm sure). And hey, Street Fighter wasn't Kylie Minogue's finest moment as an actor!

Battlestar Galactica


Well, you can't say things aren't going anywhere any more.

Does anyone else think it's weird that Starbuck has so many other major characters with her? How the heck could they spare that many pilots? And so many of them are high-profile, too. I mean, Athena the Cylon gets to go along? No wonder everyone wants to know what's up with this supposedly secret mission.

I'm disappointed with Tori's new role. Not the "I am a nasty Cylon" part, but the "I get to be the one hitting on or screwing someone different every week" part. It can almost hear someone saying in a meeting "Starbuck's not going to have sex with anyone but Sam on that garbage scow! Gehta's gay, and Helo's monogamous! Who else can we have take off her shirt--well, okay, strip down to a lacy camisole?"

Isn't it interesting that Tori has been at ground zero for a kidnapping of both of the Cylon children? Only she and the president knew where Maya was with Hera, but Maya was killed and Hera taken away. Now Tori has Nicholas. Hmm.

I feel bad for Cally. I never hated her as much as other fans did. She was just a slightly slow person who got stuck in the wrong places. Of course I'm glad she didn't succeed in killing her child, which is just plain wrong on so many levels it's not worth discussing.

The thing is, this episode with Cally kind of resonated with me. I can see how that would be, being essentially a single parent to a small child who sleeps in your room. That's enough to make you depressed and jumpy even if you're not already stressed out and using the world's most overstimulating nightlight. Although Nicky is a toddler, a lot of Cally's issues were very common new-mother issues: exhaustion, worry, concern that she can't calm the child, fear her husband won't find her attractive, feeling overwhelmed, etc. She got into a paranoid space and didn't know who was human any more, didn't know who she could trust. I'm surprised they didn't do anything with the feeling that her weepy child was a monster; that's something a lot of parents feel after a bad night.

I'm kind of surprised Cally lasted as long as she did. She's been in a lot of dangerous situations, and she always was, shall we say, a bit low on mental resources. But I'm glad that the writers/producers stuck by her and gave her a useful exit instead of just writing her out sooner due to fan hatred. Unlike Kat's stupid "I have a backstory now that I'm about to die" episode, this one was pretty solid. RIP, Cally. May whatever god or gods you meet judge you kindly.

Date: 2008-04-21 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whatifoundthere.livejournal.com
I'm really loving the fourth season of BSG so far. Watching the Cylons experience the same horror at their creations that the humans did at the very beginning of the show has been exhilarating.

I feel the need to report that 4.03 had both the hottest sex scene and the creepiest kiss there's been in the series so far. (Of course, the sex scene didn't have a whole lot of competition. Starbuck + Baltar = distinctly unhot, Baltar + Tori = even unhotter, and... um, have there even been any others? And I still haven't figured out WTF was up with Starbuck and Baltar way back then.)

Does anyone else think it's weird that Starbuck has so many other major characters with her?

Haha, when the camera zoomed in on smiling Gaeta I had this brief moment of panic thinking that Starbuck had been captured and that we were looking on the face of the twelfth Cylon. In fact, even after it was clear that they were just hanging out on the garbage ship, I half-expected the camera to zoom in on another Gaeta back on Galactica.

To answer your question: yeah, that did seem really weird. But now I'm obsessing over when Gaeta's going to get laid.

Of course I'm glad she didn't succeed in killing her child, which is just plain wrong on so many levels it's not worth discussing.

Is it really not worth discussing? Her plan to murder the child made a lot of sense to me: she thought it was half-Cylon, and her desire to kill it arose quite naturally out of the attempt to kill her husband. I also thought the drug-induced fuzziness of the scene was really, really powerful.

Maybe you said this because you find infanticide such a horrific crime that it's not worth bringing into a show even for the sake of the issues that BSG is trying to address. I remember feeling literally sick for days after watching a vampire movie which turned the traditional blood-of-virgins thing into a subplot where a farmhand "saves" an adolescent girl from vampires by raping her. Intellectually, I guess it's an interesting issue (is rape ever actually better than something else?), but I couldn't actually bear watching it onscreen. That said, the vampire movie dealt with the scene distinctly less tactfully than BSG would have, even if Cally had gone through with it.

I never hated Cally, and I didn't even think she was that dumb. She was unlucky and unhappy, and I had some sympathy for her throughout the series.

Unlike Kat's stupid "I have a backstory now that I'm about to die" episode

I read this and I was all, "Who?" I refreshed my memory by looking her up on the wiki, and I still only half-remember her. There's some amazing characterization there!

Date: 2008-04-21 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
There was a lot of Starbuck and Sam for a while there. And there was Starbuck and Apollo. And Apollo and Siobhan, the prostitute. And Ellen and Cavil. And Six and Baltar. And Six and Three and Baltar. And Helo and Athena. And I guess there must have been Cally and The Chief, but I don't remember it.

Boomer + Cavil = EW EW EW EW EW EW EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

>To answer your question: yeah, that did seem really weird. But now I'm obsessing >over when Gaeta's going to get laid.

Sometime, I hope. I think he's one of the most decent guys in the fleet. He would be my type if he didn't have that angry, unresolved crush on Baltar.

>Is it really not worth discussing? Her plan to murder the child made a lot of >sense to me: she thought it was half-Cylon, and her desire to kill it arose quite >naturally out of the attempt to kill her husband. I also thought the drug-induced >fuzziness of the scene was really, really powerful.
>
>Maybe you said this because you find infanticide such a horrific crime that it's >not worth bringing into a show even for the sake of the issues that BSG is trying >to address.

I do think that BSG goes for the easy version of the high road sometimes (remember the black-market-and-underage-sex-slave episode?). But I probably said that because I didn't want to discuss it. The idea of killing one's own children is especially horrible now that I have some of my own. I think they missed some opportunities in exploring why Cally was doing that, but I can see why they did it that way. It had to happen quickly for Cally to be unhinged enough to do it, and once Tori showed up, it was all about Tori.

That vampire movie sounds yucky.

I'm glad somebody else didn't hate Cally. I think a lot of fans hated her because she married the chief, who is sort of a nerd heartthrob despite not being remotely good-looking.

Kat was okay until they started trying to make her a hotshot pilot (breaking Starbuck's records--yeah, right). Her last episode suddenly gave her a backstory, a sex scene, an apology from Starbuck (!), and Adama at her deathbed essentially saying she was like a daughter to him. It was a dumb and pointless episode, especially coming from Jane Espenson, who wrote a lot of the better Buffy episodes.

Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-21 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clair-de-lalune.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed the episode, too! Did the Doctor's attitude seem any different to you? It didn't seem so to me ... I thought I read that Kylie Minogue was written into the episode because her agent (or manager?) is a Doctor Who fan and they killed her off so it wouldn't happen again. *lol*

You're right about the previous Slitheen being criminals, but chances are a planet can support more than one crime family? I see what you mean about Elisabeth Sladen and Mary McDonnell!

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-21 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
No, the doctor's attitude didn't seem different to me at all. I was relieved. What a funny story about Kylie Minogue!

I guess the thing that seemed weird to me about the Slitheen was that they were calling for revenge. I don't know why they'd do that. Crime family allies? Embarrassed that Earth was the scene of Slitheen defeat? It just seems odd. I've never been a big fan of the "Species X is all like this" idea, so I noticed when they seemed to retreat into it.

Can you believe Elisabeth Sladen is 60? SIXTY. I should look so good when I'm sixty. Or maybe now.

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-22 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clair-de-lalune.livejournal.com
She definitely looks good for 60. But, what are you talking about? You look great! (Or, at least you did last September. ;-) )

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-22 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
You are kind. But I am no Elisabeth Sladen. But maybe when I'm sixty, I will be!

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-30 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clair-de-lalune.livejournal.com
--I guess the thing that seemed weird to me about the Slitheen was that they were calling for revenge. I don't know why they'd do that. Crime family allies? Embarrassed that Earth was the scene of Slitheen defeat? It just seems odd. I've never been a big fan of the "Species X is all like this" idea, so I noticed when they seemed to retreat into it.--

I just watched "Aliens of London" and "World War Three" (both from Doctor Who, series 1) with [livejournal.com profile] cynodd and, although I'd forgotten, the Slitheen was the name of the crime family, not the race. So, if they actually identified themselves as "Slitheen" in the Sarah Jane episode (I don't recall), their evil plans don't have anything to do with them being from Raxacoricofallapatorius. *geek* :-D

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-04-30 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That explains everything. Thank you!

Re: Doctor Who & Sarah Jane

Date: 2008-05-01 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clair-de-lalune.livejournal.com
You're welcome! :)

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