ER is one of my favourite dramas. I own it all on dvd and rewatch it every other year, or so. True confession — I skip a lot of the back end because by the last couple of seasons I think it was terribly tired and frankly, there were some characters I really couldn’t warm to. But I always watch the ones where Carter is back, because I love that character.
However. There is one episode I won’t rewatch, and that’s Love’s Labor Lost from the first season. Not because it’s terrible. No. Because it’s so good and so harrowing I can’t bear it. I think everyone should watch it once, because it’s some of the best storytelling on tv ever, but I can’t do it twice. Call me pathetic and I won’t argue!
So, for those of you who are ER fans and do remember this episode (and honestly, I can’t imagine anyone ever forgetting it, once seen) here is a fabulous look back on it with much interesting input from the team in front of and behind the camera.
I think this is what those of us who tell stories really hope: that out stories get remembered. Kudos to all the amazing folk who brought us ER.
The world would not be what it is today without Star Trek. The sometimes confronting, sometimes deeply moving, sometimes tragically cheesy ’60s SF show – that wouldn’t have happened without Lucille Ball – transformed so many lives in so many different ways. And probably it wouldn’t have had that amazing impact without the extraordinary character of Mr Spock – and the man who played him, Leonard Nimoy.
83 is a venerable age. And in his 83 years, Nimoy had an impact upon the world at large, upon the hearts and minds and imaginations of countless thousands of people. He was a unique individual whose contributions will live long after those of us who remember him living are gone.
And somewhere in the universe, Spock and Bones McCoy are happily quarrelling again …
Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy. He is a storyteller, a story lover, and finds the self-appointed elite to be obnoxious. Hey! He’s my twin! *g*
Read what he has to say here, and celebrate the megaphone he’s made for himself.
So, I’m still fighting cervical spine issues, which is a real drag. Hopefully, now that the holiday break is over and I’m back at the physio playing Traction Princess, I’ll be back to full speed by the end of the week.
In the meantime, I’m being careful. Playing catch-up with some things that don’t involve me writhing in pain. And watching a disaster flick here and there – my guilty pleasure! Which leads me to something that was in a film I caught on the SyFy channel yesterday. Truly, it was bad. So bad I’m not going to name it, because I don’t want to be mean. Only I have to share this priceless bit of dialogue, because I honestly think it’s the worst -and funniest – I’ve met in a long, long time.
‘This is beyond an extinction-level event! It’s the end of the world!’
Words fail me. Mainly because I’m still laughing myself sick.
What are some great bad lines you recall from the movies?
And here’s the third and final part of my list of favourite SF TV dramas …
Person of Interest is one the smartest, sneakiest SF tv series around. For the longest time you don’t even realise you’re watching SF … that truth sneaks up on you, as stealthy as any of the series’ shadowy characters. At its core, Person of Interest is a show about artificial intelligence, and what happens when you wake up one day to find that the future is here now … and it’s not as cool as you thought it would be.
I have a confession. The first time I tried to watch the show, it didn’t click for me. I don’t know why, it just happens sometimes. With books, on occasion, as well as tv. But a good friend encouraged me to give it a second go … and wow, I am so glad I did.
Here’s why I love this show to pieces …
And here is their take on it!
I’ve watched one trailer for the upcoming Avengers sequel film, and I won’t be watching any more. Trailers these days are crap. They always give away too much. I mean, I basically had the plot of Star Trek: Into Darkness figured after 2 trailers!
Having said that, here is an interview with Joss Whedon as he approaches the finishing line of his next Avengers film. I loved the first one and I’m really looking forward to the next one. The interview is full of interesting, insightful stuff. It’s what I’d call pretty much spoiler free and a great read.
Now, back to the SF TV I love best …
TV has a long, rich history of supporting speculative fiction. Ever since Star Trek (the original series) and Lost In Space debuted way back in the 1960’s, there has been science fiction and fantasy on television. Ranging from the sublime (everything I’m about to mention, which is subjective, I know!) to the ridiculous (let’s hear it for It’s About Time, for starters!) tv producers and writers have thrown their hearts into the fabulous worlds of sword, sorcery and space ships.
Read on to find out which shows (in no particular order of merit) have left an indelible print on this fangirl’s heart … then chime in with comments about your favourite SF tv!
So, I bought some fridge magnets while I was away. They’re a quick, smile worthy reminder of where I’ve been, the things I’ve seen and done on my travels. Some are directly writing-related, like the Tudor portraits or the Viking ship or the picture of Guedelon. Others are entirely frivolous — and of all the frivolous I’ve collected, this one is my current favourite.
If you have to ask why, then I’m afraid I can’t help you. *g*
I love smart commentary about television. I particularly love this essay on the pros and cons of Enterprise, the last of the Star Trek tv series. It makes me sad that Manny Coto wasn’t in charge from the start. If he had been, who knows what they might have achieved?
If you’re a Trek fan, I say go check it out.
So there’s been a bit of stir around teh internetz, with some women declaring their non-interest in feminism, for various reasons. But now I’ve come across a site that’s much more important: Cats Against Feminism.
Go. Look. Laugh yourself stupid.