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Memorial Weekend Update

I watched 'X-Men', the one that started it all, last night. I know my opinion of the 'The Last Stand' has been more positive than many people, but I think all three hold together fairly well as a trilogy. I can't wait until the DVD release to do a marathon.

Speaking of 'X', I have created a monster with my mother. I've lost count of how many phone calls I've received regarding her questions, theories and updates on box office totals. And she tries to argue her points with me. For example (non-spoilery version):

Mom: Maybe that was...
Me: No, it wasn't.
Mom: Why not?
Me: They don't have that power.
Mom: Are you sure?

Am *I* sure??? OK, maybe I don't want her to start watch 'Galactica' because things could get ugly.

Speaking of 'Galactica' (don't you love all the segues ;), I appear to be at the tweaking stage of my Lee/Laura Fixathon story. Which would put me, the great procrastinator, about three weeks ahead of schedule. It seems what inspires me most is fear. See, both me and my beta have vacations scheduled over the next three weeks, so it was get it done now or have a panic attack on June 16th.

This afternoon I *finally* cracked open my 'Hornblower' boxed set and watched the first two films, The Duel and The Fire Ships. I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone that when I first watched the films my focus was on Archie Kennedy. Now, watching the films for every aspect (I have some fic ideas and this is, in part, research), I found myself liking Horatio a lot more. Not that I disliked him, but I seem to have a growing affection for characters who beat themselves up, often undeservedly. Of course, I do have a hard time buying Horatio's one incredible success after another, but, hey, it's television. ;)

When I originally watched 'Mutiny' I had several issues with Horatio's choices, but when I get to that film again I'm going to keep Captain Keane's advice to Horatio in mind, "Obey orders, do your duty, and no harm will come to you." Being so young, impressionable, and placing so much trust in his superiors I have to believe these words stuck with him and, in some part, always played a role in later choices he made.

I think inlovewithnight has covered the WTF? moments in these films as well as anyone possibly could, but a few things in particular bug me in 'The Duel'. First, there is the infamous Simpson confrontation with Archie right before they leave to attack the French ship. Right before. So why the heck does it look like Simpson has every intention of starting his abuse of Archie again then and there? Did he think the jolly boat would just sit there and wait for them to show up?

I'm also still having trouble accepting that Simpson had the kind of power he did over them all while on the Justinian. It would have been six or seven against one people!

And in Simpson's final scene he says to Horatio, "I'm going to kill you like I did Clayton and your little pal Archie." To which Horatio replies, "Kennedy?" Was there another Archie? And why is he so shocked by Simpson's statement? I was under the impression he already believed Simpson was responsible for Archie being set adrift. Or when Simpson uses the word "kill" in context with Archie does he now think that he murdered him before cutting the boat loose?

Considering 'The Fire Ships' is Bamberless, I'm surprised that I enjoy this film as much as I do. Maybe, as lynnb mentioned to me, it's because we get so much focus on Horatio's character and you can see how much he's grown and matured between the two films. He's much more at ease with himself and comfortable with command. Compare how much more assured he is taking command here (and speaking back to a superior officers) than when he was given command of the supply ship in 'The Duel'. He's gotten so good in fact, he can suddenly speak and read French! ;)

We also see a more humorous side to Horatio, not counting the straw hat :p, when he says one of my favorite lines to Mr Tappling, "I would consider it my duty to help speed your release from this world."

If you noticed I did not post about this week's Doctor Who that should tell you something. I've seen people comment that they liked Rose this week, but I still had some major issues with her. First off, if you suspect the TV is playing a part in the disfigurement, then don't stare at it! And, secondly, I don't agree with her telling Tommy to go after his father. The guy was as an abusive jerk. Rose imposed her issues in telling the boy what to do. All she saw was *a* father. Pete's dead, move on already!

And The Wire annoyed the hell out of me. The whole "I'm hungry!" and "Feed me!" was done on 'Farscape' but much subtler and to sympathetic effect.
Tags: doctor who s2, horatio_hornblower

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