Saturday, July 23, 2005

Sci Fi Friday

I'm still really enjoying Battlestar Galactica. It's not, admittedly, one of those shows where the characters spring to spontaneous life of their own inside my head and try to take over my brain even when the TV's off. (Which, yes, is something some shows do, and other equally good shows don't, and I've never entirely understood what it is that makes the difference.) But it's an extremely worthwhile hour a week of TV, and I've been very impressed with season 2 so far. It's featured some of the most realistic-feeling combat I've ever seen on TV, and there was a moment in last night's episode that actually brought tears to my eyes. Which, as I've said before, makes me feel like kind of a sap, usually, but which I also regard as a hallmark of quality television.

I also happened, largely by chance, to catch bits and pieces of Stargate SG-1, even though it's not a show I've ever really watched. Actually, I think I've seen it three times, and two of those times (including tonight), it happened to be part two of a two-parter. What is it with that? Anyway, I wasn't really following most of it, as I just sort of had it on while I was wandering around the house doing some cleaning, but it was good to see Ben Browder and Claudia Black back together and doin' the science fiction thing again. One of these days, I really need to borrow the DVDs and try watching that series through from the beginning. From what little I've seen of the show, I haven't been moved to feel much of anything about it one way or the other, but friends assure me that it's a lot of fun, if you give it a chance. Of course, given my DVD backlog, I suppose the odds of my ever actually getting around to it are low...

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