shah_of_blah: (mutant enemy)
I finished my angry Lost essay that has been in the works for quite some time.  It's up at Critically Obsessed, but I will post a teaser here.  A very long teaser.  The essay is approximately 2000 words in total.

Disclaimer: If you really like Lost, you might not want to read this essay.

Lost is fundamentally nonsensical )

Read the full essay at Critically Obsessed.
shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
So yesterday I found the BSG bible--a document Ron Moore wrote in 2003 for the writers to use as a basis for the first season (and, you know, the rest of the show except they didn't know they'd get more than one season at the time).  You can download it here.  It's about 50 pages long, and I found it quite interesting.  No matter how I may feel about retcons and character/relationship continuity and plotholes and bizarre storylines, that all came later and this bible--this document of what they wanted to do (whether or not they succeeded)--makes me happy.  it reminds me of how amazing the first two seasons were (although things did get a little rocky at the end of season 2). 

Mission

Our goal is nothing less than the reinvention of the science fiction television series.

We take as a given the idea that the traditional space opera, with its stock characters, techno-double-talk, bumpy-headed aliens, thespian histrionics, and empty heroics has run its course and a new approach is required.  That approach is to introduce realism into what has heretofore been an aggressively unrealistic genre.

Call it "Naturalistic Science Fiction."
 
VERY VERY LONG )
shah_of_blah: (pilots)
I am having an extremely nerdy day.  First of all, my TROY AND ABED IN THE MORNING mug arrived in the mail today.  It is beautiful.

Second, I am reading The Iliad and thinking a bit about Greek mythology which naturally reminds me of BSG.  Where do I begin?  I'm developing this theory.  It's a pretty basic idea; I'm just adding more details to it.  Anyway, if you read 'Portraits' you might have an idea where I'm going with this (but if you didn't, I'm about to say it so that's okay too).  On Kore, Cylon, Hera, Troy, etc. )

Other nerdy things: yesterday I started reading the BSG series bible, and today I found the official map of the Colonies.  Both are very interesting!  I wrote a whole post about the series bible, but it got REALLY LONG so I will post it separately, probably tomorrow.  But I still want to talk about the map.

You can look at the map on io9, and read a brief, interesting (to me!) interview with Kevin Grazier and Jane Espenson: Detailed Map Of Battlestar Galactica's Twelve Colonies.

why this is interesting to me )

ETA: I just remembered something else I wanted to talk about!  In a comment on the io9 article about the series bible, one user said that there was a major shake-up in the writers' room.  I cannot find the comment anymore (urgh), but I believe this shake-up was said to have taken place in the third season.  Anyway, the point is that all of the female writers left except for Jane Espenson.  This is something I have been wondering about for some time: why was she the only woman on the writing staff?  Now I want to know more about these women, what they wrote, and why they left.  Sadly, since I cannot find the comment, I do not remember their names, except that the user cited 'Flesh and Bone' and 'Resistance' as exemplary episodes that they had written.  I agree that these are excellent episodes.  Now, I think I must comb through all of the writing credits to figure out just who the writers were before I started following the series in real-time.  This may be essential to my 'Gender Issues in BSG' essay that I will write after my 'Why I'm Mad at Lost' essay.
shah_of_blah: (doctor who)
Doctor Who fans on my flist, run (do not walk) to [livejournal.com profile] chaila43 's journal to read her excellent piece of meta, The Obligatory River/Eleven Feminist Manifesto.  I'm thinking I need a River Song icon to express my crazy love for her and all that.  Maybe I will trade in my Martha icon even though it is lovely.

I don't have much else to report.  I am working on season 2 of Farscape, and I like it but still have mixed feelings.  Love Aeryn.  Go back and forth on John.  I'm liking Chiana.  I really liked Zan (sp?) before but not so much now.  I don't really care for D'Argo, and I don't see the point of Rigel.  And they could do with some better bad guys.  Ah well, I am enjoying it.

I am also, oddly enough, rewatching The Education of Max Bickford.  I don't even know why (because it's there?) but I still love Nell and mostly enjoy the rest of the show too.  Even if I occasionally fast-forward through the boring bits.

But I keep getting distracted by the genius that is Third Rock from the Sun.  Seriously.  Genius.  I appreciate it so much more now that I am older and actually get the jokes.

I have not been writing anywhere near as much as I should be.  I am filling my summer with fantasy reads though.  To wit, I loved the Lies of Locke Lamora, am not loving The Graveyard Book, and am re-reading The Demon's Covenant AGAIN (oh Nicholas Ryves, why so tempting?).
shah_of_blah: (martha)
So I have written this essay about women in Doctor Who.  Turns out I was angrier than I thought!  Anyway, here's a selection (full text on the blog).

Rose Tyler )
Read the rest here at Critically Obsessed.

And now, a completely unrelated meme.  Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] 10imd .

Comment "I want" and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your LJ with your favorite films of theirs.


meme meme meme )

I'll have you know that I just spent over an hour wrestling with the html over on tumblr.  Not cool.  Going to bed now.
shah_of_blah: (k/l res ship)
I was reading a couple interesting posts about Kara/Sam earlier this week, and of course there were the inevitable comparisons to Kara/Lee.  It got me thinking about my shipping ways, and why I suspect I may be in the minority with this particular approach.

Simply put, I usually don't ship a certain pairing because I think they are in any way superior or better for each other than the competition.  I ship them because I believe they canonically love each other.  And that's it.*

What this means: I don't care if you like Spike better than Angel; Buffy loves Angel, ergo I ship Buffy/Angel.  I don't care if you think Sam's more laidback, accepting attitude is better for Kara than Lee and all the issues that come with him.  I believe that Kara loves Lee more than she will ever love Sam, and that's just the way it is.  I do like Lee more than Sam, but I like Sam too.  And honestly, if canon had ever convinced me that Kara loved Sam and not Lee, I'd be all over that ship since as Kara goes, so goes my nation.

I don't ship one because I have anything against the other.  And after reading those posts the other day, I realized that I don't even see much point in discussing in what ways Lee is superior to Sam or vice versa.  I kind of think it's irrelevant. 

So anyway, that was my fandom/shipping epiphany.

Now, back to my poor, neglected fics...


*The exception being my crazy crossover ships, because how could I possibly believe that Kara genuinely loves Mal when they exist in different universes?  No, when it comes to crossovers I mostly just like to smush my favorite characters together without any rhyme or reason.
shah_of_blah: (bees!)
Last part of the writing meme!

21-30 )


Brief and insubstantial thoughts on the latest Doctor Who episode:
tiny, tiny spoiler )
shah_of_blah: (river)
So I got this writing meme from [livejournal.com profile] ivanolix .  It's super long, so I think I'll be doing it in installments (I'm sure you guys can't wait for my long-winded musings on my own writing...).  The full list of questions is here.

1-10 )

In other news, I finished Community yesterday and am very distressed over the fact that I have to wait now.  Grrr.  Fortunately, Glee is coming back tonight.
shah_of_blah: (kara downfall)
I wrote most of this post about a month ago, and I didn't post it then because I wasn't sure there was a point to making a finale post so long after the finale.  And then stuff happened and I forgot about it until I rediscovered the file on my computer.  This all started when an innocent bystander mentioned the finale and I may have expressed some dissatisfaction with regards to the poof.  When asked to elaborate, well...the end result is that I have written a run-down of the various manifestations of Kara’s Special Destiny and all of the ways it fails in the big picture.

There have also been some rumblings recently of the ‘if you didn’t like the ending just because of what it did to your ship, that means you’re stupid’ variety.  Many people have already posted eloquent, well thought-out rebuttals of this sentiment, so I’ll keep mine brief.  I watched Battlestar Galactica for Kara Thrace.  I didn’t watch for the plot or the themes or its grand message about whatever.  Frankly, I never thought the show did as well with those things as it thought it did.  So I had low expectations on that front and therefore really don’t care that Lee sent all of their ships into the sun.  But regardless, as a writer and a reader/viewer, I’m interested in characters.  A story, for me, is about the people—who, not what.  And this story had some frakking amazing people.

So you know what?  I’m not particularly angry about the finale—what would be the point?  And I still loved a good portion of Daybreak.  But I was disappointed by the one thing that really mattered to me: Kara’s fate.  Here’s why.

The Special Destiny Manifesto )

shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
1) I am still way behind on fic reading, but I am working on my own and I also discovered more Things To Post on my hard drive.  So there will be bsg-related stuff.  When I get around to it.

2) There's a lot of cool stuff over at [livejournal.com profile] karathracelives  (and even more cool prompts just waiting for people to show them some love).  I myself have contributed two ficlets, To Call Your Own and Father's Day.

3) This may be ancient history, but here you can watch Buffy rebuff Edward Cullen.

4) Remix meta!  That I wrote ages ago and have been waiting to post.  This will not make much sense if you haven't read The Other Side (of This Life) or Hic sunt dracones.

read about my process )

shah_of_blah: (bees!)
So I have been finding it difficult to concentrate on non-bsg things and I've been thinking a lot about the finale.  I've read most of my flist's reaction posts, although I freely admit that I skimmed the angrier posts because I have really been trying to think about the good.  I may change my mind about this stuff at some point, but generally I'm hoping to stay positive about the ending.

finale spoilers )

I also just watched 'The Last Frakking Special' and am filled with love for Katee Sackhoff (of course) and also James Callis (because he's hilarious).  I scoffed at a lot of things RDM said though, and EJO too.

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