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MultiFandom Post--My Thoughts

Okay, so while I have been working on my thesis, I've been in need of a lot of background noise. This noise has taken on the form of TV. Here I will discuss my thoughts and impressions on recent episodes I have watched of shows on the air and off. Included in this post: Smallville, Dr. Who, The X-Files, and Farscape. Stargate SG-1 will not be included this time. That will likely get its own post when I finish up watching Season 6 this week.


Smallville

Okay, so I missed this past week's episode *sigh* because of baseball, but I heard it was soo good. It's too bad Hypnotic couldn't have been.

I hated this episode. I was all excited that Brainiac was going to be in it, but then the episode wasn't really about him or Lex at all. It was about yet another girl after Clark. Getting old...

Granted there were some funny moments. I think that Lois and Chloe always shine. Lex and Lana have great chemistry. But as much as I think TW is hot, I can do without seeing Clark with no clothes all the time.

And what was with Lana and Clark again? I thought they had already broken up for the upteenth time? And now they are back together? Just to break up again? They need to either have Clark with Lana until the show ends and then break it off, or they need to just stop them having a relationship altogether. Because this back and forth nonsense just makes them look bad. And it's always the girl that looks worse.


Dr. Who

Okay, I caught the pilot and while hearing the theme song brought me found memories of being freaked out as a child, the pilot didn't grab me. I don't know. I mean, I know the show is supposed to be weird, but I always saw it as weird outlandish scary not weird outlandish tacky. So, I gave the second episode a try and that was slightly better but still did nothing for me. However, the third episode--the one with the dead people--that is how I remember Doctor Who. Crazy, weird, but still a little creepy. I really enjoyed that episode and how it tangled in with history. Maybe because I am such a history buff. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any other episodes because of my limits on TV


The X-Files

I do have access to a DVD player, though, and so I can watch the DVD's for stuff that has nothing to do with the TV. *pets computer*

So, I popped in this ep from season 3 of The X-Files. I hadn't seen it in forever. As I was watching it, I was thinking, okay this is waaaay cornier than I remembered. I always loved this episode. But as I continued to watch, I suddenly remembered all the little nuances in the episode. It is a carefully crafted work, with parallels and meaning everywhere you look. The reveal is slow--it builds and builds until you reach the end. Plus, you get insight into how people view each other by the conflicting stories being told by people. By the end, you don't know what is true or what is not true, in typical X-Files fashion, but somewhere the tone shifts from funny and wild to sad and poignant. The quote on my sidebar captures the end mood beautifully and to this day I think it is one of the most moving scenes in the series.


Farscape

Phew, well...as I said the other day I am not entirely sold on this show. It has gotten better as the episodes build on each other. But I am hoping for it gel soon. While I admit there are some enjoyable aspects of it, overall I find this shows lacks heart, soul, and that spark of humanity that is a signifier of most scifi.

I am not talking about the "otherness" feel. Lots of shows can have a distinct feel of other, whether scifi or fantasy. I would say shows like Farscape have a definite alien feel, while shows like Stargate SG-1 have a more familiar feel. But the point of scifi is to take something fantastic and make it a reflection of the human condition. I find that, so far, Farscape fails to capture this feel in its totality.

On an individual episode basis, this is not always so. Episodes like They've Got a Secret is a perfect example of how the show is capable of capturing the human condition even through its otherness.

The Premiere was cliche-ridden, as was the premise. Crais is almost as laughable as Apophis (SG-1). I liked Aeryn here and would have liked the show to explore more of this Aeryn. Aeryn, for me, in the episodes I have watched, has had a characterization that has flopped all over the place. She's not very consistently written and it bugs me. She's this strong, hard capable woman who is extremely insecure and vunerable undereath that hard exterior, but often the delivery is stunted. I get this impression that it's not in CB's delivery itself, but in the way her character is written, almost as if the writers weren't sure who she really was. (I recently had a conversation with Isa that somewhat supports my theory here.) Meanwhile, I found that John was somehwat relatable in the first couple of episodes before slipping into this character that kept reminding us everything was foreign, but didn't feel it. Barage after barage of pop culture references was a service to the audience and did not always fit well into the character. Sometimes, it worked and paid off. Other times, it seemed forced. It's bad when Zhaan and D'Argo are easier to relate to than John, the human. Though, he had some great moments that showcased his humanity, too, which I will get to. But I digress...Overall, it didn't make for a bad episode, but it wasn't the strongest pilot I'd ever seen.

I, ET was an improvement. Turning around the us vs them theme has been done before, but it's always a good story to play with. This is still one of the eps that I enjoyed most so far.

A lot of the next few eps sort of blended together for me, so more viewing would be necessary for me to comment on them. I do recall Back and Back and Back to the Future. Even though I didn't care for the alien chick, I enjoyed the concept from this episode. The same goes for Thank God It's Friday...Again. PK Tech Girl bored me.

By this point, I found that Zhaan was a very interesting character and I adored D'Argo. I still adore D'Argo. I find he's one of the best most consistently written character throughout the eps I've seen so far.

That Old Black Magic annoyed me. DNA Mad Scientist was beautiful in showing how desperate and cruel (ex-prisoners) can be, and provided some nice bonding between Pilot and Aeryn. They've Got a Secret is by far my favorite so far, with its layers of emotion. This is followed by Rhapsody in Blue where we get into a lot of psychological bending and mind games.This is one of those eps where I could feel and relate to Crichton.

Most of The Flax annoyed me, though the near end with Aeryn and Critchon was beautiful. I loved the scene where John is dead and running out of time to be revived and Aeryn abandons her work to save him, even though by doing so she dooms herself. That scene was crafted extremely well, music and tone--everything. D'Argo was great as always and Rygel wasn't annoying. And I actually enjoyed Jeremiah Critchon for the fact that John finally snapped after being stuck in foreignness for so long.

So...as of this point, I see some shining examples of a really good show, but lost in a mix of uncertainty and lack of soul. Now, this is the first season and the show might not have found its stride yet. I haven't seen any more eps beyond the ones that I have named and everyone under the sun has told me the end of season one is where things pick up. Maybe my opinion will change for the better or for the worst. But this is how I see it so far.

Good show, but not the best. Like most shows, struggling to find its voice as of season one. We'll see if it pays off in the end :)

Tags: other tv and film, tv: farscape, tv: smallville discussion/meta, tv: x-files
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