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LJ Anniversary and Fandom Stuff

Today is my mother’s 64th birthday as well as my four year LJ anniversary. Why I started an LJ on my mother’s birthday I do not know. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years. Yet, it also seems like it’s been much longer. Maybe it’s because so many of you are such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine a time without you. Without you there would have been no encouragement to write that first fic. No SciFi Friday (now Mountie Friday ;) chats. No fanning the flames of the Bamber obsession. No conversion to the merits of slash. No place to rant and rave and have someone listen. So thank you all for a great four years and for showing me there was life, a much better life, beyond The Board That Shall Not Be Named.

The weather forecasters turned out to be right and we got a foot of snow and subzero temperatures this weekend. That forced me to stay in. The good news is I’m very pleased with how my apartment looks right now. It’s all clean, reasonably tidy and instead of mound of dirty laundry I have clean clothes waiting to be folded. The bad news is the list of things I needed to do this weekend has barely been touched. That included starting my ShAgathon story. I was going to do that earlier today, but I ran into a slight glitch when I realized that I had the timing of some events wrong and I try to work with canon as much as possible. I think I can work around it, I just need to come up with a way to work around it.

I also planned to rewatch ‘Taking a Break from All Your Worries’ because I never did do a post regarding the entire episode. Plus I had some additional thoughts about the Lee. But I kept putting that off because I really don’t feel like rewatching the episode. Maybe the mood will strike me this week.

I did end up watching some SG1 and Season 3 of Slings & Arrows. S&A may be the only flawless series I have ever watched. Not a single misstep. Though, to be fair to every other series I have ever watched they weren’t limited to three seasons of six episodes. I’m betting a lot more shows could be amazing if they only had to write six scripts per season and had a year to do so. And had a kick ass cast. I know most of you probably haven’t seen the series, so my ramblings are for sdwolfpup and brynnmck.

I’ve never read King Lear so I am sure some subtleties were lost on me. However, Charles becoming Lear is well established moments after we meet him and William Hutt as Charles as Lear was incredible. When he finally got to perform the role in front of an audience I was as mesmerized as they were. The only thing that took my attention away from him was Paul Gross. As Geoffrey/Kent is helping Charles/Lear to his feet there is this look on Paul’s face that goes beyond what is scripted and being performed, you see his admiration and wonder and empathy for his co-star and, for a moment, he is us.

The series came to a bittersweet ending which I suppose was fitting. After all, we’re dealing with Shakespeare. Geoffrey is fired after putting everything on the line for a dying man’s final wish. Not exactly undeserved since he was playing with other people’s careers and money. There had to be consequences for his actions.

But while out of a job, Geoffrey at last finds some peace. He comes to terms with and is able to let go of Oliver and vice versa. How brilliant was it to put them in couple’s therapy? (With a therapist who is a minister no less. Nice nod to Shakespeare in which the priest often also served as confessor and confidant.) brynnmck made a comment in her post on season 1 that Oliver was perhaps a little bit in love with Geoffrey. I agreed with her and I felt it was confirmed during their final, heated exchange. Oliver tells Geoffrey that he broke his heart after he walked off stage and didn’t speak to him for seven years. It’s always been clear that the professional rivalry and antagonism they shared was a big part of their relationship and their troubles. But this was the first time I recalled the not speaking and Geoffrey simply not being a part of Oliver’s life being made an issue. And it was when Oliver was at his lowest and loneliest that he tried to reach out to Geoffrey before getting hit by that pig truck.

Can I put a plug in for therapy here? Because Geoffrey needed someone not familiar with him (other than the swan incident) and his insanity and his talking to dead people to get an unbiased perspective on what he is dealing with.

Charles seeing Oliver made him real; I often wondered if was just a creation of Geoffrey’s mind. This being seen convinces Oliver that his mission is to help Charles. Yet, I think it’s Charles who helps Oliver and Geoffrey. They worked together to see Charles through to his final performance and, in the process, Oliver managed to coax a terrified Geoffrey back on stage. And even though he was doubled over in agony back stage, when he was on stage his joy at being part of that performance came through. Geoffrey may have convinced himself he was granting a dying man his last wish, but there was more to it. After his breakdown, he gave up what he loved and here was a man so passionate about his craft that he was willing to sacrifice whatever time he had left for it.

I wanted to strangle Ellen throughout much of this season. When that harpy Barbara told her to stand up for herself I actually said out loud, “Yeah, and start by kicking Barbara’s ass to the curb!” I’m not saying letting Barbara come in to her life and take it over was OOC, we’ve seen her be dominated by those with stronger personalities or more power than her, but it was infuriating especially when it came to picking her best friend (who is a classic example of ‘with friends like these…’) over the man she loves.

One thing that really bugged me about the Ellen storyline that had nothing to do with Ellen was the writers choosing for her to sell out and do something beneath her talent by having her agree to do a sci-fi series. If it was 1970 I may have laughed at the jokes, but we currently have an Oscar nominated actress on a critically acclaimed sci-fi series. And ‘Stargate’, ‘Farscape’, ‘Firefly’, ‘Babylon 5”…I could go on, are all highly regarded sci-fi shows. It just seemed like they were going for an easy laugh and are out of the loop.

Geoffrey and Ellen get hitched and head off to Montreal to start over. It’s the first time in a very long time that his personal life is (relatively) stable and happy and he has a clear idea of where he wants to go professionally. All the pain and misery he has gone through at the New Burbage has been worth it because it has brought him to the place he is now.

As for some of the other characters…loved, loved, loved Anna especially in her final scene with Richard and finally having enough of all the crap she’s put up with. I really had high hopes for Richard. We got to see him grow from his joy at seeing ‘Hamlet’ performed to struggling to keep the theatre afloat to finally being given a chance to be part of something he loves – musical theatre. He got to live his dream and he was successful at it. As Anna put it so well, he was so close to finding his soul. He was trying to embrace everything good about the theatre and what it means to be an artist, but he let a little success go to his head and reverted to the bottom line guy. I even hoped Geoffrey’s termination would be a wake up call, he seemed genuinely outraged… until he was promised complete control over the festival which, depressingly, now seems more likely to put on a production on ‘Kiss Me Kate’ than ‘Taming of the Shrew’.

And while I like Sarah Polley and thought she did a good job as Sophie, her Cordelia failed to move me. I think she’s proof that you can be a good actress, but that doesn’t mean you are cut out to do Shakespeare.

And now for something completely different…

I really enjoyed this episode, but I was also disappointed by it. The disappointment may be my own fault because of assumptions I had made. I was spoiled for Daniel becoming a prior and I had this impression that he would be one for several episodes and that the team would be forced to fight him as they were fighting the rest of the Ori. Silly me thought they may be forced to make some hard choices. Instead, we are introduced to Prior Daniel and about thirty seconds later are told he’s faking it. So much for drama. Yeah, hearing Daniel try to convince them for most of the episode that he’s really Daniel and this is all part of some brilliant, convoluted plan got old. And in the end we learn that, once again, they may have done more harm then good.

It dawned on me today that the problem I’m having with the Ori storyline is not that they are rather boring villains or that they do best SG1 on a fairly regular basis (I like the idea that our heroes can sometimes fail), but that the Ori are the only storyline we are dealing with. In their heyday the Goa’uld weren’t the focus of every single episode. What happened to discovering new cultures or dealing with the crisis of the week?

What did I like about the episode? RDA could have put a bit more effort into it, but I really did like the Jack/Daniel banter (and it did make sense to call in Jack here, it wasn’t just a glorified cameo) and Daniel’s increasing frustration with no one trusting him. Vala sitting on Daniel’s lap was cute without being too cute. And Cam and Vala working together was great because it meant Ben and Claudia got some alone time. ;)

Double Jeopardy: Some nice continuity with the hairstyles reflecting what the SG1 team looked like when they were copied. And the clones visiting a planet that SG1 had already visited, but is again under Goa’uld rule raises an interesting question - do they bother to check back with the people they supposedly liberate? Oh, this was directed by Michael Shanks, hence his head getting blown off so early. Cronos may be the scariest looking system lord yet. He looks like a cross between a Viking and the lead singer of a metal band. Jack vs Jack is hilarious and proof that he can’t even get along with himself. ;) Favorite line: “Is this the first time you’ve ever lied to yourself?”

Exodus: Methos! I mean, Tanith. I have no clue who this guy is since SciFi skipped some eps. The thing I found most interesting here was the discussion between Jack and Jacob in regards to who has the better plan to fight the Goa’uld. Jacob makes a good point that since earth and SG1 in particular have entered the fight they have taken to killing system lords, causing power to become consolidated, and thus making system lords harder to fight. But Jack makes an interesting point, what have the Tok’ra accomplished in their 2,000 years? I understand the theory that if you keep the system lords fighting each other they’ll be depleting their resources making them easier to defeat, but when? Jacob admits they are still working on their plan.

Enemies: When did Jack get so flippant? He use to be a little bit serious when they were, oh, facing death, but now everything is a joke to Jack. And while I think Jack has a certain amount of respect for Jacob as a person, especially since he’s Sam’s father, there seems to be a lot of animosity between the two. I like that Daniel couldn’t fly the ship on his own. Most series by this point make their heroes good at everything and I like that Daniel still doesn’t know how to do certain things or that Jack can’t understand Goa’uld. Please tell me that Apophis is really dead. PLEASE.

Threshold: Nice that we get a back story on how Teal’c came to no longer believe that the Goa’uld were gods. It was also great to see Chris Judge have something to do. My biggest complaint of Season 10 is that the guy has nothing to do but sit in a chair or get tortured or shoot at stuff.

Ascension: OK, Orlin is creepy stalker guy and Sam should be a lot more freaked out. And while Sam is a great gal, I’m not really buying his seeing her and falling in love. Though, given how long he was alone any woman may have looked good to him. Is this the first time we here about ascension and ascended beings? The team seems rather casual about the revelation so I’m guessing they don’t really know the significance of what Orlin is telling him and how it’s going to give them many headaches in the future.

The Fifth Man: Who didn’t know Taylor wasn’t one of them thirty seconds after meeting him? Totally predictable episode done better on ST:TNG, probably because that plant turned out to be evil and not a goody two shoes alien.

And HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!! to joools and soundingsea. I'll say I hope you all had great days, but you are all trapped in the frozen tundras like me. ;-)
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Winter is my favorite season, so actually it was awesome! :)

Happy LJversary! Good to have you. :)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. SDW and I just watched the last episode of S&A today, and OMG. I cried through almost the entire thing. You're right, the series as a whole is flawless; it's hands-down the best TV show I have ever seen. Unbelievable. I'm still pretty incoherent and need time to digest, but I loved how so many things came full-circle; I was watching S1 with Mr. McK yesterday and I commented that it made me sad that Geoffrey never acts again, because I thought that was important to his journey--I was assuming he wouldn't end up playing Lear, and it never occurred to me that he could play a different character. And to have him play Kent, specifically, when one of my favorite things about Geoffrey is his willingness to serve other people (despite his own selfishness, which is certainly not insignificant)... I loved that more than I can say. And Paul Gross was amazing; the way he looked at Charles/Lear just took my breath away. And Oliver directing him, and finding his own peace through Charles' performance (just like Geoffrey gets his catharsis through Jack's performance in S1), and both of them standing backstage, realizing that all the world's a stage and it isn't about them, it's about what they do for others. So beautiful.

And William Hutt was amazing. Oh my god. I couldn't look away when he was on screen, and in that final performance? One of the most riveting things I've ever seen on TV.

And Ellen. Ellen, Ellen, Ellen. She was so awesome at the beginning of S2 that it carried me through all my frustration with her in the ensuing episodes; she's so flawed (I had the same reaction you did to the "stand up for yourself" comment), she's so susceptible to flattery and vanity, but she has a good heart, and she does the right thing in the end. I think, in S3 particularly, almost all the characters were tied to the central play--they were all Lear, in one way or another, including Barbara, and Barbara's drunken ramblings about her fear of her own failure and insignificance made it possible for me to forgive her and be happy that she and Ellen had reconciled by the end.

I see your point about the bad TV sci-fi series, but I'm choosing to interpret it as just that--a bad sci-fi series. Ellen wasn't on Farscape, she was on, like, Andromeda or something. Hee.

And Anna was unfailingly awesome--incandescently awesome, such that I wanted her to be happy more than any of the other characters--and, like you, SDW and I were both very sorry that Richard couldn't be saved. He came so close, and it was sad to see him let himself be seduced by all the wrong things about his success. But I guess that's real, too, just like it's real that you can't hold on to a moment forever, that the series ends with life going on for all the characters, for better and for worse. I actually kind of love Geoffrey and Ellen leaving the festival; they made their peace with it, and it was right for the final production to be so simple, just the bare bones and beating heart of theater, and it seemed right to me that Geoffrey should go resurrect his theater somewhere else. (Darren being the new artistic director, OTOH? Wrong on so many levels. Heh.)

And I loved that it ended with a wedding, just like all of Shakespeare's comedies do, that final affirmation of life. It was just unbelievably well-constructed, all the little pieces that came together so perfectly. It was everything I could have asked for and more. It's like life, distilled into 18 hours, and it's exhausting and overwhelming but it's so damn beautiful. Amazing, amazing show. I want to watch it all again. :)
And a very happy LJ-versary to you; you have been such a fantastic part of my online experience. Here's to many more posts, fics, ruminations, Sci-Fi/Mountie Friday chats, and the occasional road trip. ;)
Awwwww, thanks. And you have helped make it such a fantastic experience. :)
You know I watched this weekend just so you and SDW wouldn't get ahead of me! ;-)

Part of me wondered if Geoffrey was going to step in and play Lear himself instead of scrapping a second opening night, but that seemed so wrong to me (and not even because he is far too young for the role.) Because I'm not as familiar with 'Lear' I missed the significance of him playing Kent, but it makes perfect sense now. He was supporting Charles all along off stage and it's fitting that he do so on stage as well. And I loved Oliver's argument to keep him from bolting - that he'd be failing Charles. Geoffrey can wreak havoc on his own career, but not others and he wouldn't have been able to live with himself if he ruined Charles last great performance.

Anna deserves some happiness and I can soooo see her organizing the rebels in Bolivia. ;)

(Darren being the new artistic director, OTOH? Wrong on so many levels. Heh.)

And you just know that won't last. He'll either have a big blow out with Richard or, more likely, will grow bored and will head out to mount a revival of 'Cats' using actual cats or something.

I can't wait to read your thoughts. I struggled to come up with anything of substance to say partly because it didn't have my 100% attention (see above mention of clean apartment) and partly because I, too, am still processing. Ideally I'd like to take a weekend and watch all 18 episodes in a row.
Happy LJ-iversary!

Re: "The Shroud," I thought that was a pretty egregious waste of an angsty setup even for Stargate. I wasn't expecting them to take it to the wall like Farscape would have, but I expected them to do something with it.

I pretty much loved Robot SG-1 and was sad when they were killed, though yes, the problems a rogue SG-1 unit running around carrying out missions presents are enormous.

They skipped the Tanith episode? There was this whole drama with Teal'c's old girlfriend Sho'nac (who was played by Musetta Vander, the preying mantis in BtVS "Teacher's Pet"); Tanith killed her and Teal'c had to pretend he didn't know because the Tok'ra knew Tanith was a spy and were using him to feed false information to Apophis. That's why Teal'c keeps glaring at him.

And while I think Jack has a certain amount of respect for Jacob as a person, especially since he’s Sam’s father, there seems to be a lot of animosity between the two.

Once again, Jack has serious problems with the Tok'ra, both because he doesn't trust the host/symbiote relationship and because he doesn't trust the Tok'ra to be truly good faith allies and not have their own agenda. And he's not completely wrong. Unfortunately, though I think you're hitting the point in the show where Jack becomes suddenly very dumb and can't understand anything Sam tells him, despite the fact that he used to be an amateur astronomer.

Orlin is creepy stalker guy and Sam should be a lot more freaked out. And while Sam is a great gal, I’m not really buying his seeing her and falling in love.

Sam is a stalker magnet. She has no boundaries.

Please tell me that Apophis is really dead. PLEASE.

Heh, it's sci fi. Even if he is dead, that doesn't stop Peter Williams from re-appearing many more times!!
I thought that was a pretty egregious waste of an angsty setup even for Stargate.

I think you put it better. :) Like you, I didn't expect them to push the envelope with Daniel becoming a prior, but could they at least have opened it? As soon as he was beamed up to the ship and the first thing out of his mouth was 'What took you so long?' I thought "Well, so much for conflict!" I just think they shafted the cast and the audience. We could have had an hour of Jack trying to reach Daniel and Vala refusing to give up on him and Cam beating himself up because he felt responsible for this happening to Daniel. But, no, we get exposition followed by more exposition and Boom! Daniel is normal again.

Robot SG1 was pretty awesome. It's a shame they had to die, but they really had to. You know they wouldn't have stayed on their own planet and would have continued to find ways to explore the galaxy because, like they people they are copied from, they just can't give up.

Please tell me that Apophis is really dead. PLEASE.


Oh, for the love of...he was surrounded by replicators! And his ship was on fire! AND IT CRASHED INTO A PLANET! Let me guess, he hopped into the sarcophagus right before the ship crashed and that saved him. Good grief. He and Baltar should start the Lucky Bastards Club.
Hey, that might have been the one that took. They've already gone to hell and back, right?

BTW, Peter Williams plays a wacky Jamaican cab driver in due South's "Chicago Holiday" 2-parter and it is UNBELIEVABLY BIZARRE. Though maybe not as bizarre as seeing Apophis date George's mom.

Like you, I didn't expect them to push the envelope with Daniel becoming a prior, but could they at least have opened it?

At least when Daniel was kicked out of Heaven de-ascended and lost his memory, it looked like he was going to reject his old life because he couldn't remember who he was for a good ten minutes there.
Well, happy LJversary to you!

I've been meaning to watch S&A, simply because it seems like half the people on my flist love it. (Plus, Paul Gross, hello.) I'm a little wrapped up in my dS-fest, though; I have two more seasons to go through, then I'll start on S&A. If I don't immediately start re-watching dS again, that is. ;)
I think you would love S&A and you can watch it all in one weekend! But, yeah, I get wanting to complete one series first before moving on. And if you watch S&A and feel inspired to do some icons, we wouldn't be displeased. ;)

And Thanks! :)
happy anniversary! and happy b-day to your mom. :)

i have to say i really loved the characters stuff in the new sg1 ep. i loved daniel/vala, daniel/jack and vala/cam stuff. it was just nice. :)
The character moments and interactions were great. I loved seeing Jack and Daniel fall into old patterns. If only they hadn't blown the idea of turning Daniel into a Prior. :/

And thank you. :)
Happy Anniversary, Kitten! I should probably look myself to see how long I've been on LJ because it occurs to me that I have no idea beyond the fact that I was already on LJ when pregnant with Abbey, which would put it at 2003 at least.
The only reason I remembered it was my anniversary is because I looked it up this summer and saw that it was also my mother's birthday. And since I'm unlikely to forget my mother's birthday, the LJ Anniversary will stick with me. :)
S&A and Jamie Bamber goodness
Glad you ended up enjoying the last season of S&A -- I agree that they did a terrific job. I hope the series ends up getting released as a box set, so more people get a chance to see it.

BTW, I stumbled across some amazing pics of Jamie Bamber and immediately thought of you!
Re: S&A and Jamie Bamber goodness
I want to go back and watch all of S&A now, but, of course, I have no time to do that!

And thanks for the link! It's nice to see so many pretty pictures of him in one place. And you know I had to contribute. ;)
Ack, I meant to respond to this days ago.

First - happy belated LJversary. :) I'm very glad I've gotten to know you, and I can't wait to see you at DragonCon!

I haven't read King Lear either, but I was also blown away by William Hutt's performance. I'll carry that in the back of my mind when I do read KL, because now I want to.

there is this look on Paul’s face that goes beyond what is scripted and being performed, you see his admiration and wonder and empathy for his co-star and, for a moment, he is us

Yes! That is possibly the most amazing moment in the series. And I also agree that being fired was actually a good thing for Geoffrey. He cut his last ties to the things that had caused him pain for seven years: not being with Ellen; angst over Oliver; not being able to act; and ultimately the theater where all of these things had happened.

Anna was the dictionary definition of AWESOME, and I was incredibly disappointed that Richard turned out the way he did. So, so disappointed. I had thought his story would end better.
Ack, I meant to respond to this days ago.

Heh. I understand. I've been days behind in commenting myself lately. And I still have a butt load of your vids to watch!

And I also agree that being fired was actually a good thing for Geoffrey. He cut his last ties to the things that had caused him pain for seven years: not being with Ellen; angst over Oliver; not being able to act; and ultimately the theater where all of these things had happened.

Yeah, he was finally able to put in the past a really painful time in his life and start fresh with Ellen. Actually, being fired was the best and healthiest thing that could have happened to him. I'm not certain he would have left otherwise.

and I was incredibly disappointed that Richard turned out the way he did. So, so disappointed. I had thought his story would end better.

Me too. At first I was surprised that things ended with him the way that they did. But then I realized just because I had certain expectations and, more significantly, hope that his story would end differently doesn't mean it doesn't make sense or isn't the right ending for him and the show.