I was also feeling my brain was being fried by spending so much time on the net. So, I’ve only been perusing LJ for brief periods (by my standards). I think I’ve managed to not miss any good fic or life altering events. And so this isn’t completely BSG free, there is an interview with Katee, Jamie, and Mary at Out.com It’s the rare spoiler-free interview.
In addition to doing a massive amount of cleaning and laundry and feeling somewhat organized for the first time in what seems like years, I did mange to interact with people. I had a couple lunch dates with friends and Sunday I went to see V for Vendetta with my mother (she *loved* it and wonders what that says about her ;). It was much better than I expected. I always fear the worse when going to a genre film and to compound matters it’s an adaptation of well regarded work. ‘V’ is a rarity for a genre film produced by Hollywood – it’s intelligent, literate, witty, and most significantly, it challenges the audience to think. It’s a film in which you are contemplating what you witnessed long after leaving the theatre. Sure, there are some cool, well choreographed fight sequences and buildings being blown up, but that’s in service to the script as opposed to being the other way around which is generally the case.
I did think some of the socio-political commentary was a little heavy-handed, but I could appreciate what it was trying to say and get its audience to consider. We saw the latest ‘X-Men’ trailer immediately before the film and it struck me that, like this film, why that franchise has been so successful is that it has heart and a story to tell – one that we can identify with. ‘X-Men’ hasn’t forgotten that beneath the latex and cool superpowers these mutants are still human beings struggling with feeling different, being judged, and being accepted. With ‘V’ I don’t think any of us can identify with a terrorist, but we can identify with his anger and belief that things can be better than they are.
Let me not forget the actors. It’s an excellent cast overall, but Hugo Weaving does an exceptional job being largely limited to only his voice to convey his characters emotions, his pain and torment. And Natalie Portman not only proves she can act (though the accent was iffy), but that George Lucas cannot direct. :p The scene where she breaks down crying after she realizes who her torturer is was utterly believable.
I also found the time to finish up watching Ultimate Force. It’s good to know that the Brits can produce shows that suck too. You know those interviews in which Jamie discusses how unhappy he was with the show and how the first chance he got he headed to LA to look for work? I get it now. The show is bad on so many levels. On the other hand, had it not been for the badness of it he wouldn’t be playing Lee Adama right now.
Jamie’s character is named Dotsy. I should have taken that as a sign. I’m still not entirely certain as to what the point of his character was. He was the teams Lieutenant (Or should I say Captain? His rank seemed to change with no explanation.), yet was constantly taking orders from his Sergeant. I could say Dotsy was an ineffectual leader who achieved his rank simply because of book smarts or connections, but we never really got proof of either. All we see is him working the communications equipment, acting as a go between between the team and the higher ups, and being made to look stupid on numerous occasions.
Maybe it’s because I already knew how unhappy Jamie was doing this series, but he actually looks unhappy on screen. He just says his lines without putting any feeling behind him. I’ve seen him in other small roles and he’s always managed to inject some life into them, not so here. On the plus side, I did get to see him in a suit.
I think the two main problems with ‘Ultimate Force’ are that it’s horribly written (in the first episode there is the line, “You stupid, stupid, idiot.” – I kid you not) and that all the characters, accept for perhaps Cpl Jamie Dow, are cliches. Jamie, played by Jamie Draven, is the only character I truly liked and cared a tiny bit about. I give a lot of that credit to the actor, who, like the other Jamie, looks to have quit the show in season 2. (BTW, how do the Jamies make their exits from the show? Does Bamber continue his long tradition of dying on screen???) The team leader, Sgt Garvie doesn’t play by the rules, is dismissive of his superiors (yet never gets in trouble for it) and, of course, is smarter than everyone else and always right. And his team, while highly skilled, also seems to benefit from being surrounded by idiots. Don’t even get me started on how the one female on the show is accepted because, according to Garvie’s rational, deep down she wants to be a guy. And Garvie wants to sleep with her. So what does that say about him? ;p
I finished up watching season 2 of Newsradio. One of he later eps of the season now has an added layer of humor. In the episode where Jimmy loses Bill in a poker game and Lisa tries to win him back, it’s Dave that attempts to explain the rules of poker to her. The same Dave Foley who as host of ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’ doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. ;)
And moving on to another Kid in the Hall, Mark McKinney…. poor Richard, he’s been trying so hard to save the festival and failing so spectacularly. I’m assuming something miraculous is going to happen once ‘Macbeth’ opens to save his job and the festival. I’m also looking forward to seeing what Geoffrey has cooked up for Henry who really needs to be drop kicked on his ass. Ellen annoyed my less this week than last. Maybe because we saw that she was using the poor tax lady as a therapist and outlet for her rage than really attacking her as a person.
Anyone else think the subplot about the disastrous production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a mistake? I’m not finding any connection between that storyline and the one surrounding ‘Macbeth’. No to mention, having had no opportunity to get to know Romeo and Juliet I really don’t care if this is a crushing blow to their careers.
And last, but certainly not least, to lynnb a very, very…
Lynn is one of my very first online friends. And one of the individuals who I could always count on for intelligent, sane reasoning and massive support when things were not going well at the board we shall not speak of. ;) She is witty, wise, cute as a button and one of the most generous and thoughtful souls I know. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with many good things. Sadly, that will not include a present from me because a certain shipper is dragging its feet in getting your prezzie to me. But it shall be forth coming. ::Hugs::