Yes, it's official, I'm an addict. It wasn't pretty here last night. There was panic, despair, and, finally, anger. I suspected what the problem was and discovered I was correct in my assumption this morning.
See, I get my internet access through work and due to a brief, but very bad, storm last night the office lost power. That fact hit me as I walked into the building this morning - no air conditioning. So, while we were waiting for maintenance to get the AC up and running again, we got to endure 85 degree temps in accounting. Yeah, fun.
My main point in wanting to post last night was to discuss, well, rave about Rescue Me. So far this summer, I've not been impressed by anything in the so-called 'second season' of network and cable programming. The 4400 was better in it's second outing, but still not interesting enough to keep me glued to my seat. Dennis Leary, however, did not disappoint me.
I've always liked the guy. The Ref is an underated gem. The Job, his previous series outing, was one of the funniest shows on the air. But, with just me and the critics watching, it didn't last long. I hope the same fate does not befall his latest effort. Not that the show is perfect - talking to the 'ghosts' of those he couldn't save seems both cliche and distracting - still, it's a great effort balancing both laugh out loud moments with moments that give you a lump in your throat. I know this is a personal effort for Dennis, having lost friends and a cousin on September 11th, just as his character has on the show. Maybe that's why, for the first time, I saw him as a gifted actor, not just a gifted comedian.
The other thing that occupied my viewing last night was Alien3. I had received that Alien Quadrilogy on DVD for Christmas and while I quickly watched the first two films, my interest came to a grinding halt with number three. It's been years since I had seen it and I only recall being horribly depressed and disappointed by it.
I chose to watch the extended version of the film because I had heard it was better. It is, to an extent, but it's still a deeply flawed movie (though, I have to admit, the most visually stunning of the four). More interesting than the actual film are the supplemental materials which explain, in great detail, what could have been and what went wrong. I think I'll do a post on some of what I saw as well as some of my own observations. Not sure if anyone else will care about what I have to say, but, as with Buffy, I need to make sense of it all. ;)
And for those of you looking for some terrific post 'Not Fade Away' fic, I highly recommend fairy_tale_echo's I Sing the Body Electric. It deals with the survivors (yes survivors!) of the Big Battle and how they view Wes' life. Shockingly, it's not Spuffy, I read it, and loved it! Probably because the author sees things as I do. ;-)