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The Sci-Fi / AI Edition

It’s been one of those days. I had to leave work early (YAY!) and my boss tried to be funny (“Make sure you remember to have the checks done.”) and failed miserably. I had an appointment with the ophthalmologist, which means having my eyes dilated. Normally, this is a just a nuisance, but when you have to drive home during winter storm #67, dealing with the glare of snow, low visibility and slick roads, NOT FUN! I was thankful I had a pair of sunglasses in the car because after driving without for a couple of minutes, squinting and in pain, I had no clue how I would make it home.

Since I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face when I got home, I opted to eat early, then doze on the couch. Now that I can see clearly, I can update.

elly427 posted a link to Joseph Mallozzi’s latest blog entry earlier today. There are some spoilers in the first couple paragraphs as he discusses beginning to work on the first two eps of the next season of SGA. But what really interested me (and Elly ;) was a deleted scene from this past Friday’s episode, ‘Trio’.


A little chat between Carter and Keller as they are knotting up that rope:

Carter: So…you seeing anyone?
Keller: What?
Carter: Around the base, you seeing anyone?
Keller: I dunno…I had a moment with - with this…guy. He’s not exactly easy to read so…I guess the short answer is “no”. You?
Carter: Well, I’m the boss, so I can’t really…
Keller: Right Anyone back home?
Carter: Uhm…
Keller: Un-huh, I thought so. Give it up.
Carter: Well, it’s complicated.
Keller: Show me a relationship that isn’t.
Carter: He’s in Washington…I’m here.
Keller: Ouch. Long distance relationship.
Carter: He’s going to retire soon, so maybe -
Keller: Really! Retire? So…an older man, huh?
Carter: Not that much older.
Keller: Washington, older man…is he like a Senator or something? Someone famous? Would I know him?
Carter: Probably not.


For the record, I am not what I would consider a shipper when it comes to SG1 or SGA. I’ve never watched an episode anxiously awaiting a kiss or hook up, though I was happy (and shocked) when they made Daniel and Vala an actual couple in the final episode of SG1. (Typically, they had to push the reset button, but it was reality for a brief, shinning moment.) But after eight years of subtle and not-so-subtle hints, failed relationships with other people, AU kisses and marriages, and the fact they finally went fishing together, it seemed ludicrous to me that Sam and Jack weren’t a couple, especially after Jack was no longer a part of SG1. So, in my reality, off screen, Jack and Sam were going at it like bunnies. Now, I can say, I was right! OK, maybe they aren’t going at it like bunnies, but they are a couple. Of course, the one scene that pointedly acknowledges this is left on the cutting room floor. I just don’t get WHY the show cannot commit to having two of it’s characters in a relationship. Especially with one character only making sporadic appearances in the franchise.


For those anxious about Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles renewal prospects I found this bit of info at Mediaweek.com:

Fox’s Prison Break, which always generates interest among adults 18-49, was second in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., with a 5.0/ 8, followed by the renewal worthy Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles at a third-place 5.7/ 9 at 9 p.m. While it may not be 24, Sarah Connor has successfully kept the time period warm.

The CG animated ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ has a home:

Lucasfilm and Turner Broadcasting announced the pickup of the much-anticipated animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will debut on Cartoon Network, with rebroadcasts on TNT, in the fall. The TV series will follow a theatrical release for "Clone Wars" on Aug. 15…..

The CG-animated "Clone Wars" will be set in the time between Episodes II and III of the movie franchise and follow Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala in their struggle to keep the galaxy free. Familiar villains such as the scheming Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous will also be featured, as will new characters including Anakin's padawan, Ahsoka Tano.


OK, I use to be a Bryan Adams fan, but I still have to ask, what the hell is with all the Bryan Adams songs being sung on American Idol tonight? And I think I'm pulling for the guy from Australia. Who cares if it's called American Idol? ;)
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I like the Australian guy too! And not just because he didn't sing Bryan Adams. :) Actually the guy who sang "Heaven" I liked quite a bit. But no one should ever sing "Everything I Do..." cause it's never done right. Except by Bryan Adams himself.
The rendition of 'Heaven' was pretty good, but every year it seems we have someone who insists on doing 'Everything I Do' and butchering it. Lucky us, this year we got a medley of people butchering it!

I really thought the Australian guy was screwed when he said, "I'll be singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'." I didn't see how he could pull that off, but he did! He reminds me a bit of Daughtry, accept less surly. ;)
I just wish they'd left the scene in up until 'the short answer is no'. That would have made a lot more sense.
Yeah, if we had some idea that, for whatever reason, Keller didn't think it would work with Ronon (though I think it could) then her asking Rodney out would have made some sense (though not much)
Okey-dokey, that deleted scene would have been helpful in understanding why Keller asked Rodney to have a drink. I'm sitting there thinking she was just about to lock lips with Ronan and now she's asking Rodney out! Is she the Atlantis whore? But, apparently, it was just because she has no faith in a developing relationship with Ronan. Thanks for the heads up, SGA.

Also, Sam and Jack. Finally. Of course, actually acknowledging it to the audience would be too much to ask. Sigh.
Did I know you watched SGA? I knew you watched SG1, but I thought your interest ended there.

I caught the very end of SGA this past Friday and did a double take when Keller asked Rodney out for a beer. I was hoping I was reading the scene wrong, but the consensus seems to be no. :( Not only do they make Keller look like she'll date any guy who crosses her path (is John next?), but why even have the almost kiss with Ronon if the plan was to blow it off as nothing a few weeks later? To have two characters almost kiss on SGA is like two characters having sex on any other show so it's very hard to buy it was nothing. And why would Keller be so dismissive of Ronon? Are we to believe that because Rodney is the brains he, of course, would be more attractive to Keller? Not only is Ronon hot and a sweetie, he's not a bastion of paranoia, fear, and self-loathing. Sigh.

I do watch SGA. Though at times I wonder why.

To have two characters almost kiss on SGA is like two characters having sex on any other show so it's very hard to buy it was nothing.

Completely agree. To just so utterly ignore that it happened is stupid. Then again, this is SGA so I'm obviously expecting too much.
I don't get why they won't give us acknowledgement in canon since hello, they're the ones that wrote the UST and made us live off of it for years...and years. And a few more years after that.
Because giving us an acknowledgment would make sense and the show stopped doing that a long time ago. :p
Which is pretty much why I stopped watching with the same level of care after RDA left. The night before my wedding back in September 2000, I remember driving like a bat out of hell to get home from my rehersal dinner so I could watch the newest episode on Showtime before bed. I think it's safe to say that I haven't cared that much in years.
Given that it was mid-season 4, which had given me such "recent" wonderful shippy fodder as "Window of Opportunity" and "Beneath the Surface" (still two of my all-time favourites) SG-1 was at its peak of must-see Sci-Fi Friday (back before it was actually on Sciffy). I do think the move to Sci-Fi was the beginning of the end. But that's a rant for another day ;)
I just don’t get WHY the show cannot commit to having two of it’s characters in a relationship. Especially with one character only making sporadic appearances in the franchise.
My guess? Because they want to leave the door open for Carter and [insert appropriate subcharacter here] plotlines in the future :P

TSCC is sounding better and better from what I've heard... I'm tempted to take a few hours out this weekend and watch the episodes so far :)

Does it make me a wimp that I never bothered watching Episode III of the star wars saga because I basically didn't want to see Jedi kidlets getting butchered? Well, and I also didn't care about Anakin, who struck me as not so much a deep and troubled teenager as a ... well, tit, frankly.
But the most appropriate character is Jack! They wrote eight years of the series that way! Sigh.

I'm pretty much sorry I've seen any of the prequels. And I will never, ever forgive Lucas for having Greedo shoot first. I was five when I first saw the film and I got the concept of self defense! Not that I'm bitter...

Back to Episode III, I actually watched part of it the other day. It was on the HBO HD channel, how could I resist? It did look very pretty. I turned the sound way down and just looked at the visuals. The kids dying never affected me, partly because they just looked like they were napping and partly because referring to them as "younglings" is laughable. I wonder if Ewan ever tells his kids they owe him?
But the most appropriate character is Jack! They wrote eight years of the series that way! Sigh.
Aye... but you've got to let the gods of episodic fiction pair your main character up with multiple different people over the story arc. It's one of those cliched spacefilling things. "We've got three more episodes to fill - what do we do?" "I know - love interest for Carter in one episode, usual redshirt number."

I'm pretty much sorry I've seen any of the prequels. And I will never, ever forgive Lucas for having Greedo shoot first. I was five when I first saw the film and I got the concept of self defense! Not that I'm bitter...
You and me both. I much preferred Han without Lucas' retrospective shininess being thrown in. But then I do know of people who've specifically copied their various SW DVDs so that they can have an edited special edition where Han still shoots first...

Back to Episode III, I actually watched part of it the other day. It was on the HBO HD channel, how could I resist? It did look very pretty. I turned the sound way down and just looked at the visuals.
I've seen music vids made around Episode III, and it does look shiny... but Lucas just didn't hold my interest with any of his new films. And I'm someone who grew up actually watching things like the Ewok adventure. I remember seeing the first film the day it premiered, by accident - the papers had been predicting the country grinding to a halt as people ducked out of work to watch it, but I'd taken the afternoon off with my housemate to sign a rental contract on a new place, and as we finished far more quickly than expected we thought we'd do a movie. It was on, so we thought "ok" - expected to find no seats free, and instead ended up sharing a screen large enough for 300 people with an audience of about 6. I remember walking out of it thinking that the original films were aimed at kids but also pretty inclusive for adults, whereas PM seemed to be aimed solely at kids. Nothing I've heard since on the sequels changes my opinion on that. But then, I do have a friend who flew to the US to watch the world premiere, and came back complaining that it was no good because the laser blasts were too fast and the doors too quick.

I wonder if Ewan ever tells his kids they owe him?
How to give your kids problems for the future... point out that you had to suffer through all starring in all three films for their sake. Evil ;)
I just don’t get WHY the show cannot commit to having two of it’s characters in a relationship.

Because then it wouldn't be Stargate, silly. It's what they do. It's how they roll. It's really annoying.
I wonder if brynnmck would give us some time at the Con to discuss this? I need to vent, in person, with a large group of people.