I thought I was going to have a nice, relaxing TV season. No new Buffy. No new Angel. The Farscape mini is over. Sure, there is Alias, but that's not airing until next year. That left me with nothing to obsess over in 2004. Now, as I had hoped, Lost reeled me in from the first episode. This was a good thing because I wanted something to look forward to every week and to be able to discuss with co-workers, RL and online friends.
It seemed fairly obvious to me from the pilot that Kate and Jack were suppose to be THE couple. Eh. They ain't really doing it for me. "Great" I think that means I'm free to just enjoy the entire show instead of focusing on that one special couple.
Then I saw it and began to worry. The chemistry between Charlie and Clair. No. No, this can't be happening again. Asta, you're just imagining things, focus on the rotting corpses.
Then there was this weeks episode and the talking and the worrying and Charlie calling her "love".
This morning I was looking for some Lost sites. No, I don't want to be spoiled but I've seen some icons of the characters taken from scenes we have not seen yet. I come across this site which has promo pics. Now, anything officialy released by the network I do not consider spoilage (and, really, they aren't - they tell nothing of the plot). So, I look and I see these pics. OMG, how adorable are they?! My couple. ::weeps:: Yes, my couple. ::weeps some more:: Damn it, I'm shipping *another* couple. What is wrong with me, have I learned nothing from my years in fandom? Why do I do this to myself? Sigh.
Really, I have to get a life.
In case you haven't already noticed, since 'The Peacekeeper wars' aired I have had a renewed interest in Farscape. I'm even planning to start rewatching from the beginning. It will be nice. I haven't seen many of the eps for quite some time and I can avoid all the angst because I know how it all ends. Plus, several folks on my Flist are just getting hooked on the show so it shall be good to have some fresh discussions.
But, to broaden the field of discussion, I've been taking a peak around LJ looking for other Farscape fans. In doing so, I've noticed how the fandom (as intelligent and intensely loyal as the Buffy fandom) is different then what I've grown accustomed to.
I'm just not seeing the in-depth discussions as I did with Buffy. When I look at LJs or boards for Farscape I tend to find more straightforward, surfacy discussion. That's not a slam or even a criticism. Farscape just doesn't have the myth and metaphor Buffy does. On the flipside, Farscape can kick ME's ass when it comes to continuity. It's utterly amazing to me how some teeny tiny moment in season 1 can have, not a ripple, but a tidal wave effect throughout the rest of the series.
As for characters and characterization, I can put both shows on pretty equal footing. Farscape probably did more justice to it's supporting players. Chiana and D'Argo didn't seem to stagnate as Xander did. And while both John and Spike went through major changes, John just didn't seem to have the character growth that Spike did (btw, I'm not counting Spike's stint on Angel for this point). Both couples had amazing chemistry making both their arcs successful, in my humble opinion.
The LJs I'm most interested in checking out further are from people who seem to enjoy the fandoms equally. Others seem to either focus on the minutia or technical aspects of the eps or simply squee over every moment. Hey, I'm as shallow as the next person and I can completely jump on board with admiring Ben and his leather pants, but I'm not going to go on about it for an entire paragraph.
I know this is like comparing apples and oranges. Maybe because Farscape, when it originally aired, didn't elicit the same type of discussions as Buffy is the reason I never got into the fandom. It's not for lack of love for the show. Same goes with Alias. Or maybe it's my mind protecting me from fandom overload. Putting all my focus into one show is a lot less stressful than trying to keep up with two or more so religiously.
Not sure if there was a point to any of this other than me rambling on to clear my head.
Oh, and Happy Birthday to elisi - long time lurker, new LJer. Hope you are having a great day. :)