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Stargate and Movies and Jamie, oh my!

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I've been working on my Lee Adama epiphany post (not it's official title). It looks like a rambly mess to me right now, but I should know better than to write with a headache. I'll give it a polish tomorrow and then post after the ep airs. I'll save my praise/bitching for the bulk of the ep for a separate post.

I meant to post last weekend about Pan's Labyrinth which is just a stunning, brilliant, thought-provoking, disturbing, painful, joyful movie to watch. Even though it is often times bleak and violent (I am not squeemish, but had to cover my eyes several times), I took away from it a sense of hope. While there is evil in the world, there is good. And as horrific as life can be, it goes on.

Today I saw The Painted Veil. Two things stuck out in my mind - gorgeous scenery and Naomi Watts and Edward Norton are two of our finest actors and why don't they win more awards? Oh, right, they aren't flashy actors. They don't chew scenery or try to upstage their co-star. They don't have catch phrases. (Yes, I am still bitter that Cuba Gooding won an Oscar for Jerry Maguire the same year that Edward was nominated for Primal Fear.) Both actors can convey more just by being then by reading a page of dialogue.

And now for something not quite so deep...



Yet another sign that danceswithwords has gotten her hooks into me I was far happier than I ever could have imagined at seeing Don Davis back. I don’t think I was really able to appreciate General Hammond and what he contributed to the show until recently.

Has SG-1 set a record for AU storylines? I’m thinking yes. But since I’m a sucker for ‘what if’ possibilities I generally enjoy these outings. Here things seem to have largely gone off the rails after the Stargate’s existence was revealed. And much of what they established happened to the characters makes sense. Carter would stay with the program, continuing to focus on defeating the Ori. With a world at war, they would need Hammond’s experience and stability at Stargate headquarters. No longer exploring the galaxy or interested in the fate of other civilizations, Teal’c would return to his people. Vala must have slipped through the Gate right before they shut it down and, yeah, they'd jail her. And Daniel suffers the same fate thanks to MS’s paternity leave. ;) One curious absence was Jack. While I didn’t expect RDA to make an appearance here, I find it very strange Sam didn’t ask about him considering he’s a key link to her past. Even if they had said he died in a tragic fishing accident I would have been OK with it, but no mention?

Seeing how Cameron Mitchell ended up without the Stargate program is devastating. Even if there was no President Landry and fascist regime in place, it occurred to me that the show has established that Cameron really needs to be a part of SG-1. He was desperate at the start of season 9 to get the team back together. That was born of wanting to work with the best of the best, but it seems to me without those people and the mission to focus on Cameron Mitchell would be a very different person. Not an embittered alcoholic stuck in a wheelchair, but certainly not the man we know now.

I’ve never had feelings one way or another about General Landry, he’s just there. I really hated President Landry. I don’t know if I should fault the writing or Beau Bridges, but I didn’t feel he regretted all that much what he had become and what he was doing to the country and the world.

I'm not sure if it’s because of BSG or ‘24’ or any other show tackling current events at the moment, but SG-1 seems to be making a greater effort to have the show reflect the world we live in. I applaud the effort, however, they aren’t quite hitting the mark. Last week they raised some interesting ideas about religion, but took the quick and easy way out, as they are prone to do. And this week I felt the topics of presidential power, governmental control, and self interest were at times handled with the subtly of a charging rhino.

So Rodney and Sam were married. Huh. I don’t quite see that ever happening, but I enjoyed seeing Sam play into Rodney’s ego and that was a really nice reaction by DH at finding out *his* Sam was dead. And if anyone could drive Landry to clean up his act and right the wrongs he has committed it is probably Rodney.

The ending was great, showing how much a family, even the relative newbies, they all have become. I have one tiny quibble which I'm sure most will disagree with me on and that's Vala's hug. It's not the hug itself, it just seems to me that at times they are making Vala too cute in her actions.
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Totally agree about Edward Norton. Have you seen him in 25th Hour (directed by Spike Lee)? I know some people who are very "meh" about it, but I beg to differ. E.Norton plays a drug dealer who has 24hrs until he goes to prison. Also, it's one of the first films featuring NYC after 9/11.
I have seen 25th Hour. He is probably one of the few actors who could make me sympathize so much with a drug dealer. He was excellent and I think the second half of the film was better than the first as it dealt more with the realities of prison and he contemplated what his life could be if he made a different choice.
I'm not sure if it’s because of BSG or ‘24’ or any other show tackling current events at the moment, but SG-1 seems to be making a greater effort to have the show reflect the world we live in. I applaud the effort, however, they aren’t quite hitting the mark. Last week they raised some interesting ideas about religion, but took the quick and easy way out, as they are prone to do. And this week I felt the topics of presidential power, governmental control, and self interest were at times handled with the subtly of a charging rhino.

erm yeah! i don't think i could have phrased that better. it was rather unsubtle, and, again, i was left with the feeling that it meant nothing in the end, because it was a parallel world. i think these statements (i'm including the one about religion) would be much more powerful if they were made about the "real world", the SG1 world, and not other ppl (ie, the evil guys) or some stupid parallel universe. it's like they're copping out on us or something. and yeah, a little subtelty wouldn't hurt: showing us instead of telling us.

vala IS cute, damn it! :D i probably has to do with my undying love for claudia black, but i enjoy vala like whoa! she is cutsey at times, too cutsey when you consider that she's a liar, a thief and a smuggler, but maybe that's part of the appeal for me. i'm not contradicting you, i'm just saying i can't help love cute!vala. :D
a little subtelty wouldn't hurt: showing us instead of telling us.

Yeah. It almost seems lke they wre giving us a grocery list of how bad Landry was. And maybe I'm being a little naive, but while I think the U.S. has stepped on some civil liberties, no way is Congress going to allow the president to suspend elections.

I love Vala too and some of her quirky/cute behavior seems in character to me. Like I can see her talking to an empty room just in case Sam can hear her. She cares deeply about people, that's obvious. But the running back to hug her seemed like too much. And the more I think about it, it seemed too child-like.
You absolutely should call it the Lee Adama Epiphany Post. *g* Which I can't wait to read, by the way.
I really loved both of those movies. When seeing Pan's Labyrinth, I just could not stop thinking about that movie. It was violent, disturbing, and wonderful. How often can you say that?
And you are so right about The Painted Veil, it was beautifully shot. The acting was great. I loved this movie as well. We saw both of these last Sunday during our "movie day". We really picked two great ones. How often can you say that? ;)
Of the two, I probably liked Pan's Labyrinth more just because it's so hard to do fantasy right and everything they set out to convey with that film they achieved. But both are great films for different reasons.
EXACTLY.....I liked Pan's Labyrith more too. I really agree, they did fantasy the right way. "A fairytale for adults".
General Hammond! General Hammond is the man. He doesn't really do that much, so it kind of sneaks up to you, and then suddenly you realize you're ready to rip Kinsey's lungs out for threatening his granddaughters.

I have a somewhat different take on the show tackling politics, which is that it doesn't tend to do these things very well, and sometimes does them very painfully, and should stick to what it's best at. But better the show take on politics than gender issues, at which it truly sucks mightily.

Even if there was no President Landry and fascist regime in place, it occurred to me that the show has established that Cameron really needs to be a part of SG-1.

I thought that was a really gorgeous piece of characterization. The hope of leading SG-1 was the thing that motivated Cameron through a very painful physical recovery, and his role as team leader has been the thing he built his life around since then, and he needs that kind of unifying force in his life to keep himself together.
But better the show take on politics than gender issues, at which it truly sucks mightily.

Which makes me really nervous about Sam going to SGA - the series that showed that drugging women and making them sex slaves is funny! Sigh.

You caught the promo monkey saying Amanda too! I was in the kitchen during the commercial and wondered if I heard the announcer correctly then saw it again later and, yep, I heard right. How can they make that kind of mistake?

I think the episode had a lot of potential, but once they went the 'OMG THE GOVERNMENT IS EVIL!' route and Sam had to duck the quasi men in black to get back to her own world it all kind of unraveled. And let us not even talk about how after 9 and a half seasons suddenly the writers decided to spotlight Amanda's breasts. I hate to break it to them, but women watch this show too.

danceswithwords mentioned in her post yesterday that it seems that Jack cannot be mentioned unless RDA is guest starring which is bizzare. Hell, even 'The X-Files' mentioned Mulder regularly after he was MIA and DD was suing FOX and Chris Carter at one point. It just made no sense that she wouldn't ask them to call Jack.

I will agree with you that Ben's hair was scary. It seems that the SciFi shows spend all their money on CGI and have to cut corners elsewhere, hence the plethora of bad wigs and Jamie wearing Grace Park's/Sharon's pregnancy belly at the beginning of this season of BSG.

I'll be curious to read your thoughts on this weeks ep. It's one that I thought had some missed opportunities as well.