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Battlestar Galactica to Return in January

At least for the moment! I saw the blurb on the LA Times Showtracker blog. SciFi could change their minds, but let's collectively cross our fingers.

Alan Sepinwell reports on the 'Friday Night Lights' press tour. There are some pretty major spoilers included in the article. I'm glad to read that they intend to focus on the characters and relationships rather than stupid plot twists (for those who watched Season 2 you know what I am referring to), but I'm still feeling ambivalent about the upcoming season. I will reserve judgment though. I did love this bit of the Q&A from the tour:

So Dan Fienberg opened the "Friday Night Lights" press tour session by asking Jason Katims whether he would understand why fans of the show who don't have DirecTV -- and therefore will be out of the loop when new episodes begin airing in October (the NBC run won't be until February) -- might feel compelled to illegally download those episodes.

“I would like to think that I would be patient and wait and watch the real version when it was available to you,” Katims told him.

Zach Gilford had a more realistic idea: “If I were such a good fan, I would go ahead and download it, but then in good conscience, turn your TV onto NBC when it comes on."


Zach, I think I love you. :)

I watched Parts 2 and 3 of Dr. Horrible this afternoon and then went back and read your reactions to it. Apparently, I am in a teeny tiny minority with my opinion. I'm debating whether to post my thoughts or just let it go.
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Apparently, I am in a teeny tiny minority with my opinion. I'm debating whether to post my thoughts or just let it go.

I vote you go ahead and post 'em. How else would majority opinions ever get challenged?
Hee. I like that you think I could sway the majority opinion. ;) I'll try to post my thoughts tomorrow. I'm too tired tonight and I want to think about it a bit more.
You're welcome! The age thing is irksome. It was a big deal in the pilot episode that Matt was a sophomore and younger than everyone else, but now he's a senior with everyone else?! I guess they could argue that Riggins had to repeat his senior year ;), but that doesn't explain the rest.

I also like that Katims referred to the NBC broadcast as "the real version". So Direct TV is getting the fake version or a rough cut? ;p
Apparently, I am in a teeny tiny minority with my opinion.

Maybe not ;-) In any case, it's always interesting to read other people's take on it.
I also think you should post your thoughts re: DH. You'll likely provoke a lively debate and who doesn't like that?
I think I provoked "lively debate" on a certain board and we know what happened there! ;p But, yes, I will post my thoughts soonish. :)
Zach, I think I love you. :)

I do too!

But seriously, he's got a good idea: we could all just turn our TVs/DVRs over to NBC when the show is on and...LET THE SHOW PLAY LIVE. Don't pause it, don't FF through commercials...let them count you as a full-on, advert-swilling viewer for the NBC run.

Do it for the team. ;)
I've been known to download shows on occasion, but I also watch them when they air here so Zach is preaching to the choir. ;)
I'm not sure what to think about FNL spoilers I've read so far. While I hate the idea of them never leaving or creating a kind of 90210 world and this is much more realistic, this isn't Law and Order where the story is stronger than the characters. This show IS character development. Then again, maybe Katims is just thinking that each year FNL has made it through by the skin of its teeth. It could be a series finale.

Also? I really dislike Lyla/Tim, though I'm pleased to hear about the developments in the relationships of Landry/Tyra and Landry/Matt.

And huh, just realized i no longer have an FNL icon. They really lost me last season :(

I'm debating whether to post my thoughts or just let it go.

POST!
Maybe FNL is a good example of a show that should be a limited run series. I've been rewatching Season 1 which is darn near perfect, but Season 2? Eh. And I can't just blame the writers strike. That stupid murder plot was not the fault of the strike.

Given where they left Lyla/Tim the idea that they are now a couple leaves me going, "Huh?" And, sorry, while Riggins can be an interesting character and a good friend when he wants to be, Lyla deserves a much better boyfriend.

I was happy to read that they realized they dropped the ball on the Matt/Landry friendship and will be refocusing on that this year. And if Julie can stop being a brat I wouldn't mind seeing her and Matt reunite.

POST!

Hee. I will!
*keeps fingers crossed for BSG!*

As to Dr Horrible, I didn't think it was that awesome. My...comparatively kind and very brief review is up on my LJ. Basically I thought the songs themselves were entertaining and good, but the rest of it was nothing I hadn't seen done elsewhere far better.

And I chose not to go into detail about Penny because through no darned fault of my own it seems everything I love lately (except BSG) has succumbed to falling back on the women in refrigerators thing and I'm at a total loss to explain it. The end result being that I feel I'm becoming utterly one-note on the subject, and figured I'd save my exhaustion and irritation for things I actually like that do that. Especially since the patented response for this will be, "But it's supposed to be a cliche, that's the point, it's comedy." Despite the fact that the whole thing was attempting to be "clever" about the comic book and superhero/villain cliches.

Ahem. Apologies. Apparently I'm one-note about this too.

Hang on: Adama is a git! Karen Traviss shouldn't be allowed to write for Star Wars anymore!

Okay. I feel better. Now I'm three note! :p
You've touched on some of the things that bothered me. I'd elaborate, but then I probably wouldn't feel like doing a post later. ;) I will say that Part 3 and Penny's fate pretty much killed my enthusiasm for the project.
Especially since the patented response for this will be, "But it's supposed to be a cliche, that's the point, it's comedy." Despite the fact that the whole thing was attempting to be "clever" about the comic book and superhero/villain cliches.

I think that response would probably work better as an excuse if killing-the-girl were exclusively a comic-book cliche, but as far as I can tell it's a standard plot device in every form of mainstream entertainment. So using it in a comic-book spoof doesn't seem any more satirical than using in a cop shop, or a crime thriller, or a sci-fi movie, or...

In fact, the ending of Dr. Horrible is an awful lot like the ending of Revenge of the Sith. Except George Lucas gave us the newborn Darth Vader raising his fists to the heavens and bellowing NOOOOOOO!!! and making the whole room explode with his emo pain, which I think works better as a spoof even if Lucas meant it completely seriously. :-)
which I think works better as a spoof even if Lucas meant it completely seriously.

And, sadly, I think we know Lucas meant it to be completely serious. Just like Padme's teeny tiny pregnancy belly popping out two ten pound twins. :p