May 27th, 2005

brainy sam

Mine is the light-saber that says "Bad Mutha Fucka" on it

Just let me ask you this; are you able to envision that little Christiansen twerp fighting Samuel L. Jackson and winning?

Me neither. Nevertheless, I'm gonna go see the thing. I'm helpless.

It's recently been brought to my attention that both the original Star Trek and Star Wars are pretty much crap. I never claimed that the dialog was stellar or that the acting was remarkable. It's just that they were science fiction, and at their time, they were the only game in town. SF in print was already well established, of course, and of much higher quality. But if you wanted visual spectacles and things blowing up (and I have always been a fan of the BFE*) where else were you gonna go? What can I say. I am in many ways a 14-year-old boy.

It's also been noted that Stargate SG-1 has a lot in common with Star Wars. Perhaps not the least of these similarities is the way the SG-1 Powers That Be heavily cut their "meaningful dialog" budget, and pass the savings along to their special effects department. A Wheadon joint it ain't, I'll confess. Which is probably why I read a lot of SG fanfic, and not much Buffy fanfic. Buffy doesn't need the "plot spackle**" to fill in the gaps where the profound personal moments should be. Everything I wanted to see was right there on the screen.

None of this explains why I consistently prefer the strictly explody, Big Cool Spaceship SF shows to the ones like Farscape, which has actual character arcs and believable relationships. In addition to Big Cool Spaceships. I'm starting to think that I don’t want much depth with my SF. Real interpersonal stuff is messy and sometimes ugly. I'd guess I'd rather keep it kind of shallow.

Er. Yeah. Anyway, sorry to ramble. And thanks very much to those of you who picspammed me yesterday. Anyone who has nifty images is still encouraged to post 'em or email them to me. I will make you an icon! I'll be your friend forever!

*for the uninitiated, that's Big Fucking Explosion
**props to E for this eminently useful term.

GIP! (also, yaaar!)

Hee! I hurt myself laughing at the source pic for this icon. That little girl ain't afraid of no dumb donkey. It goes on the list of things that make me feel better no matter how depressed I get. Along with "Jump in da Line" and Indian mango pickle.

For the record, E believes he stole it from Kangal's LJ, but can't recall the ultimate source. Just stating that up front.

Tomorrow, I have to go pretend to be a pirate. I need to be careful not to over use my "avasts" and "belikes" and "ye scurvy dogs". For awhile there, I was thinking of asking mirandakali to take my place for me, so I could just hide in the corner and drink banana rum. She's a real pirate. But then I found my pirate hat (the one with all the lace and stuff, that kitteblue made for me) and E and I started making funny props, which resulted in some hilarity, and I've decided I want to be a pirate after all.

I know nobody reads LJ on the weekend, so you probably won't see this until Tuesday. But nevertheless, I hope y'all have a fantastic summer kick-off this weekend!