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#948: Whither Battlestar Galactica?

I just spun through the satellite listings for the weekend, into Monday, and it's just not there. I thought it was supposed to start new episodes March 9. Maybe I mis-remembered.

2 AM Saturday there's a Dresden Files marathon, or movie, or something, so I'll probably--if I remember--throw a disk or tape in and record it. The TV series was so-so, particularly compared to the books, but what the hey, it costs me little or nothing to record it.

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I'm getting pretty tired of the Smallville reruns. Next week they have new eps again, but for how long?

Remember when TV series started in autumn and ran new episodes uninterrupted until May? (Except for the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years?) Of course, back then, 99.997% of TV was horrifying dreck. For putting up with the "approximately at random" showings we get now, at least we get some stories worth watching.

But now that I think about it, I realize that none of the shows I like come from networks which existed "back then". Smallville comes from "the WB" and is broadcast on WGN, which was a local station mostly known for its syndicated series. House, MD (when I'm not sleeping through it) comes to us via Fox, which didn't exist before 1987. Battlestar Galactica is produced by and for the SciFi Channel.

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Probe was a genuinely good series, but suffered from being a network show in 1988. The main character, Austin James, was a genius--arrogantly so--and his uneducated-but-not-totally-stupid secretary sidekick provided the perfect "Watson" to James' "Holmes". (Yes, it was a "mystery of the week" series. No, Austin James was not a cop or a detective.) A two-hour pilot and five episodes were made and broadcast.

I don't know if it suffered from being too "intelligent" for the "average viewer", or what. I just know I liked it and was disappointed when it was canceled.

Another show that shouldn't have been canceled was Do Over. It was a regressive time-travel story; a guy gets shocked with a defibrillator by his sister, and when he wakes up, he's 13 and it's 1981 again.

I started watching it because at the time it was on I was working on a novel with pretty much the same premise--30-something guy wakes up and it's suddenly 1982 and he's 15 again--and I was worried about "overlap". I needn't have been, it turned out, but I got interested in the series because it was a different take on the same problems and situations I was writing about. Of course, just as it was finding its legs, it got canceled.

Not even going to comment on Joan of Arcadia here, save to note (again) that I haven't tuned in CBS since the last ep was broadcast.

Enterprise was the first new take on the Star Trek franchise since Deep Space Nine, and they killed it. I don't know what Trekkers-Trekkies-WTF-ever didn't like about the series; I thought it was fricking awesome. Having a hot Vulcan bridge bunny didn't hurt, and there was nothing wrong with the hot asian communications specialist, either.

I guess part of it is that this was the first series to go backward to a time of lower technology. It made the writers generate shows in which the characters had to think their way out of problems--rather than having someone save the day by cross-connecting the replicators to the deflector dish, thus constructing a weapon capable of turning that incoming comet into a gigantic cherry Slurpee and saving the inhabitants of Goojooze XIV from both the unpleasantness of a cometary impact and their raging thirst for a sugary slurried beverage product. (That's about 90% of the plots for Voyager right there, I might add.)

My complaints about Star Trek: Voyager are legion. Don't get me started on that one.

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Of course, these days I watch more anime than anything else.

Bamboo Blade is impressive. The characters are nicely complex without being overwrought. (I want more Saya-chan, though. She's my favorite.)

Blue Drop is fantastic, and I consistently find myself firing up the surround system to watch it. I don't know what it is about the opening theme that seems to demand it. The artwork--I want to study the bridge of the Blue, because if the glimpses of it that I've seen are any indication at all it would make perfect sense to me after some study.

The only thing that bothers me about it is that the ship was "walk until you want to float" gravity: the characters can float around approximately at will, but everything behaves like it's in a gravity field even when the character is floating. The ship obviously comes from a technologically advanced civilization--and I mean highly advanced, hovering somewhere near the "indistinguishable from magic" threshold--but it's obviously not magic, and so it should make some kind of sense.

And since the ship spends--at least as far as ep 8--99.997% of its time under water--under the surface of Earth's oceans--it's in a gravity field. So WTF.

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Speaking of "indistinguishable from magic", Nanoha A's is perking along merrily. I'm starting to have some interesting thoughts on the entire series, most of which surround the mythical world of "Al Hazard" that gets mentioned every so often in the various series.

Yeah. It makes me think that the Nanoha universe is connected with the El Hazard universe, and the way that both series are constructed I think I could make a pretty good case for it. But such a case would be laden with spoilers, and I don't care to sling spoilers around. Anyway, it's nothing as obvious as Ifurita showing up and blasting away, anyway; it's just little things here and there--a design of a spell effect; a montage showing an ancient war happening on a city with architecture reminiscent of El Hazard; a discussion about the fabled land, etc, etc.

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In Pretty Cure, villain that I thought had been vaporized has come back. *sigh* But I imagined the following exchange:

Uraganos: Baldez! What happened to you?
Baldez: You moron! Pretty Cure hit me so hard it knocked me into next season!

...which is basically what appears to have happened. Damn it, it's not like the old days. It used to be that when you vaporized a bad guy, the son of a bitch stayed vaporized!

(Actually, no, it didn't. The "bad guy comes back, seemingly from the dead" schtick is as old as storytelling.)

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The stupidest "Chuck Norris fact" which made me laugh out loud:

"How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could Chuck Norris? All of it!"
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