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Silly self-indulgence

Last night the boy was at fight practice and the Duchezz was slinging MickeyD, so I was home alone. Because the male canines require constant monitoring (fleeting nostalgia for dog-free days), I have to stay downstairs, which means I can't work on my computer, can't do some kinds of school prep due to physical constraints.

So, I sat in front of the telly and graded papers. There really wasn't anything good on last night, The Unit included, and NCIS was a rerun, so I popped in the tape I made of Dr. Who when it premiered Friday night on Sci-Fi (Duchezz and I were off doing Eastern Star duty). Morguhn's terse review that night was "Cute; just as campy as ever."


And may I say, "Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

It was exactly what I needed. No, it's not Jon Pertwee, or Tom Baker, or even Peter Davidson (my three favorite Doctors), but it was The Doctor, and I've missed him. And the bimbo sidekick is vintage.

Thank you BBCWales.


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Mar. 22nd, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
I watched the unit last night for the first time and I have to say it sucked. All it was missing was a jessie ventura quote "I ain't got time to bleed" Tough guys with guns and wives who sound just like them. These cartoons of high end "GI joe" opperators have no life or suspension of disbelif.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I can't begin to say how bummed I am that Dennis Haysbert is in such a lame-ass, jingoistic piece of pandering.

Mar. 22nd, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing it.
There's a dearth of real sci-fi on the tube. they're interested in movies or series. you'll never see something like "Rendesvous with Rama" on without lots of folks dying.

The sad part is that too much of what's passing for sci-fi in general is taken over by StarGate/StarTrek/BattleStar Galactica serial books. Last time I went looking for a book in B&N, there wasn't a lot of good SciFi in the pile, much less anything "hard."

Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: I look forward to seeing it.
Lately I've found that the only sci-fi I can stomach is the military sci-fi stuff by Elizabeth Moon and David Weber. I'm a big fan of "Space Opera" style stuff, but it's nowhere to be found, and things like Necromancer are an acquired taste I can't seem to acquire.

Bruce Boxleitner was interviewed in GB recently and he talked about the lack of sci-fi (in any media). It was actually a fairly insightful interview, which surprised me a little (love the characters he's played, but otherwise...). Anyway, his explanation for the dearth/death of the genre was all tied in with the way people feel about space, exploration, terror, etc. Basically that good sci-fi requires a real belief that there are wonders (not necessarily nice ones) out there that we've yet to discover, but that the world we live in now can only accept an "out there" that is based on "down here"--hence the Stargates, Federations, etc. That it's hard to allow for the possibility of extraterrestrial life when the the Mars Rovers (who remind me of Huey, Dewey, and Louie from Silent Running are sending back shots of desert, desert, and more desert.

I tend to think he's right. Most average readers (including a big chunck of sci-fi readers) can't wrap their heads around the fact that there is so much more we don't know about what's out there than we do know. Much though people loved Firefly and Serenity, one of my problems with the series was one of Whedon's fundamental principles: the only life in the galaxy is based on Sol 3: there is no such thing as extraterrestrial life unless we plant it there.

Maybe he's right, I don't know, but I think that attitude is fairly prevalent, and has led to sci-fi that doesn't have the sense of wonder and risk that the best stuff we grew up with did.

Just my opinion; your milage may vary.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I look forward to seeing it.
Necromancer? Who's it by? Haven't read it.

As far as the Mars explorers, we've visited 2 planets, one moon in one star-system. Statistically, there's got to be other planets that are capable of supporting life. The hard part is getting there. Without a "Generation Ship" or Jump/Hyper/Bolognium Drive, we aren't going to get there.

I agree with you about Whedon's "Humans only" fallacy. However, it's much cheaper to do than Farscape was, and more comfortable than spending all that time on prosthesis.

It's unfortunate that the money-men have prevailed over visionaries. Tho the truth is, writers like Asimov and Clarke are far and few between. Authors who have a firm grasp of the physics and science necessary to write believeable, rational, SciFi. SciFi has been equated with fantasy, rather than positing hypothesis.

Mar. 22nd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I look forward to seeing it.
Repost of anonymous post.

My bad--I meant Neuromancer, to wit:

Editorial Reviews
Here is the novel that started it all, launching the cyberpunk generation, and the first novel to win the holy trinity of science fiction: the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. With Neuromancer, William Gibson introduced the world to cyberspace--and science fiction has never been the same.

"Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way--and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a price...."

Neuromancer (Remembering Tomorrow) (Mass Market Paperback)
by William Gibson "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel..." (more)


Necromancer is Gordon Dickson fantasy (though purportedly good).

*Beats head on desk by way of apology.*
Mar. 23rd, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I look forward to seeing it.
Oh, Neuromancer. That's different. That was good. As a matter of fact, I just finished his The Bridge trilogy (Virtual Light, idoru, and All Tomorrow's Parties). Want a copy? I read Pattern Recognition, but I didn't think it was as good as the others. I think that he's moving away from technical, visionary stuff towards things that are more mainstream, because Mainstream America doesn't understand his work. Do you have a DVD reader or just CD? I'll clone my e-library for you. Some titles are well done, some are scans. However, I did dump a 54-book library of Heinlein's titles on 'dicea (or at least, I was supposed to...), for example. And I have a huge pile of gaming books available, as well.

Mar. 24th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: I look forward to seeing it.
DVD--that would be lovely.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
now I want a "Vintage Bimbo Sidekick" t-shirt
Mar. 22nd, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
the next season of dr who premieres on bbc soon and i cant wait - i only hope sci fi will pick up the next season and if it means we are a year behind ... oh well - i mean we were 5 episodes behind on babylon 5 for a long time and i got to see them early * evil grin here
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