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Apr. 7th, 2002

Edited three hours later because I just read the entry and thought "Good grief, K. would you please just SHUT UP about the monarchy and the Middle East. You know NOTHING". So. *g*

Sunday, and I am faced with the ultimate video scheduling dilemma -- because I have cable TV, I can only set the video for programmes on one channel. This means I cannot tape BBC2 *and* Channel 4 the same night. And XF is on BBC2 and West Wing is on Channel 4 and I've never seen either episode.

I missed the second ep of ITSOTG last week and verily there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land of EastLunnon. And while I know, *objectively* that season two West Wing is a series on fire and Season 8 XF is, well ... not so much on fire, this ceased to be objective for me about five years ago. So.

Hmmm. I can either buy season eight on video, or wait for West Wing to come out on DVD. Because I am borrowing five grand for home improvements and my home would be mightily improved by a DVD player. Although getting some furniture should probably be my first move.

[edit: I taped West Wing. Hope to get home in time to tape XF]

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Good grief, it's nice to be able to speak about Farscape, finally. The episode that aired on Friday in the US was my least favourite of the final four, largely because it feels inconsequential in the light of what's about to happen but also because I would have been quite happy for a large meteorite to fall down and squish the yipping blue buggers within about five minutes of them appearing on the screen.

There were treasures amid the sea of what was, by FS standards though not by those of other SF series, mediocrity. Rygel and Scorpius's manoeuvring was a joy to behold, although I do think that Rygel is showing worrying signs of becoming less self-centred. I like him selfish and rude. I very much look forward to hearing the howls coming in the next couple of weeks when the two-parter appears.

I was also very fond of the way that the cafe owner and his girlfriend were more than just props. One had the sense of a real backstory there. In action stories, these characters are living wallpaper for the heroes and it was not so here.

I always loved Douglas Adams' take on that. He was appalled by the way that people were carelessly killed in series such as Starsky and Hutch -- even the killing of The Girlfriend Of The Week would only merit one episode's grief and emoting, so he made it his business to make people care about a whale and a bowl of petunias then killed them off.

Apparently Radio 4 Had Letters About It (this is a bad thing in the BBC *g*) which proved his point. He called the insane and stupid cops in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Shooty and BangBang, which put across the remainder of his point.

Douglas Adams had a majestic way of naming his characters. He tried to make their names sound as filthy as possible, hence Majikthise and Vroomfondel. Apparently Slartibartfast started out as Phartifuckborlz and Adams changed the syllables until he got something that could be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the 1970s.

(Sideways book rec: If you've read all of Adams' other stuff, which tends to be funny but scattershot, try "Last Chance to See" which he wrote with Mark Carwardine. It's about species extinction and ecology and it's funny but very angry.)

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cazling
Apr. 7th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)
Sunday, and I am faced with the ultimate video scheduling dilemma -- because I have cable TV, I can only set the video for programmes on one channel. This means I cannot tape BBC2 *and* Channel 4 the same night. And XF is on BBC2 and West Wing is on Channel 4 and I've never seen either episode.

Isn't that sort of thing piss-annoying? I'm okay when it's two terrestrial channels up against each other, because James has a TV with a VCR built into it (muttermumbleluckyforsomemutter) so he can be wheedled into permitting that to be used. The most annoying thing, I find, is when the cable channels schedule things up against each other, because you can't have one cable channel on and tape the other. This is infrequent due to the huge signal to noise ratio of programme content on channels like Sky 1, but sometimes it happens - new ER versus Storyville's 'Down from the Mountain' documentary on the 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?' music, f'r'instance. In my dad's scheme of things, ER and West Wing fall into a very narrow category of 'Things You Don't Fuck With', so it wasn't any use appealing on the basis that ER'd be on again on Sunday.Bah. And yet, he pays the license fees, so I submit.

I'd offer you ITSOTG II on tape, as I'm sure we have it from either last week or the E4 run - Dad tapes WW religiously and *keeps the tapes*, which I've never known him do with any other show, not even in the glory days of ER - but Dad would notice that one of his precious Wing-tapes was gone. Sigh. It's very odd when your otherwise sensible, 50-year old father suddenly starts approaching your own heights of fannish obsession.

Have to tape WW on Ch 4 tonight for my parents...cannot decide whether to tape that and watch 'The Forsyte Saga', tape WW on James's TV, or just say sod 'The Forsyte Saga' despite yummy Ioan Gruffud and Damian Lewis. Decisions, decisions...

And I miss Douglas Adams. Le sigh.
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 7th, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
No worries, I suspect they will be out on DVD soon and then there will be purchasing, oh yes.

I wish Channel 4 would do the late-night repeat of WW like they sometimes did with ER and *do* do with Black Books (current object of my sitcom-lurve) And at least with BBC4, you know that they will definitely repeat the Storyvilles soon.

I don't want to pay more money, dammit, but I am on the brink of getting E4 just so I can see the new series of Sex and the City and tape Smallville. And I know this is v. sad.

As for The Forsyte Saga, I was impressed by Ioan Gruffudd until I saw "Man and Boy" and Lord, he was wooden. Perhaps only swashbuckling is his thing
leiliaxf
Apr. 7th, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm bummed out...
I adore your ramblings about the monarchy--reminds me of some of my more lefty Welsh relatives (isn't lefty and Welsh a bit repetitive?)...

Anyway...I love rants. Do continue :)
infinitemonkeys
Apr. 7th, 2002 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm bummed out...
isn't lefty and Welsh a bit repetitive?

I think lefty and Welsh are mutually reinforcing *g*
cazling
Apr. 7th, 2002 11:47 am (UTC)
Yes, Yummy Ioan was pants in 'Man and Boy'. So wooden you could've made a decent garden shed out of him. It was a rather pants drama all round, with the exception of the little moppet, who was very sweet. I'm hoping he'll be better in TFS since, as I understand it, all he really has to do is be brooding and seductive in period costume. A kind of tamer version of naval period swashbuckling, perhaps.

E4 is the only other channel I watch with any regularity on digital, although I live in hope of BBC 4 showing things I want to watch at a time that doesn't clash with other things someday. All I really watch on it is 'Friends', ER and 'The West Wing', but really, that's about all I watch at all anymore apart from 'Buffy' (which I typed several times as 'Buggy' there before getting it right *sigh*) and ST: VOY, to which I appear to be becoming addicted, in a worrying turn of events. It *is* nice to get those sooner than we would if we didn't have digital, although we've been waiting so long now for the third season of WW that suddenly it doesn't seem to offer such a great advantage *sigh*, and I'm noticing that they're running the new ER eps really close behind the E4 schedules on terrestrial anyway now...
minnow1212
Apr. 7th, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC)
>Sideways book rec: If you've read all of Adams' other stuff, which tends to be funny but scattershot, try "Last Chance to See" which he wrote with Mark Carwardine. It's about species extinction and ecology and it's funny but very angry<

Yes yes yes yes! I love this book and my copy is tattered because I've pushed it on many friends.
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