Friday, March 17, 2006

But It Comes With a Free Frogurt!

I have such a love-hate relationship with the Sci-Fi Channel. They'll do something that really pisses me off, then they'll do something else that wins back a lot of points from me, and then they'll piss me off again. I still haven't forgiven them for cancelling Farscape, even if the miniseries mollified me quite a bit. But they've really done right by Battlestar Galactica: promoting it well, using the web to excellent effect, giving it a 90-minute slot for this year's season finale (which I really don't think would have worked if reduced down to an hour). But then there's their highly problematic scheduling, with the awkward mid-season hiatuses and the incredibly long waits between the end of one season and the start of the next, which both annoys regular viewers and gives casual ones far too much opportunity to simply forget about the show and stop watching. Grrr.

I was, for a while, deeply annoyed that they'd declined to pick up the new Doctor Who. Then I was greatly pleased to hear they were finally going to be showing it after all. Then I was mildly unhappy with the promos they were doing for it, which I don't think actually represent the show's sensibilities very well. And then I was pleased again to hear that when it airs tonight, they're going to be showing the first two episodes back to back, as I think that's likely to be a much better hook for new viewers than the first episode alone would be.

I'm now feeling very, very nervous about what they're going to mess up next.

(What can I say? I love Doctor Who with a scary sort of love, and when you love something, you want to see it do well, especially in your own home country.)

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