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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.

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minniethemoocha
May. 27th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
picspam
This one would be great for "WRONG!!!"

fenriss
May. 27th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: picspam
OK... I am a doofus, but I don't quite think I get it. Am I absurdly out of the loop?

Thanks for contributing to the my image-collection effort!
minniethemoocha
May. 27th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: picspam
Oh, that's John MacLaughlin holding a Barbie doll. He hosts The MacLauglin Group, a Battling Pundit Freeforall that has been on NBC every week for something like 25 or 30 years. There used to be a SNL sketch making fun of the show, and the guy (can't picture who it was) who imitated Mac Laughlin would frequently interrupt the person who answered his questions with the interjection, "WRONG!!! Next issue!" I thought it was funny :-) Oh, well, maybe I will make an icon out of it!

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