Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth To Sci-Fi Fanatic, Come In Fanatic

My Saul Tigh life!

Man! I have really checked out for awhile. It's been nice though not having to keep up with a writing schedule. Still, as much as I step away from this place the writing muse is always yearning, calling me back. Well, here I am. I hope to kick things into gear a bit more regularly.

So what the heck is going on? What have I been up to? Well, I started waxing nostalgic and began viewing Lost In Space. I was immediately enjoying the less than challenging entertainment value of that wonderful series. It was taking me back in time. I found myself amused by the inconsistencies and general lack of concern for detail that would get me laughing. I enjoyed it so much I had to begin writing about it so I suspended my Lost In Space viewing.
Beer and Bill Adama. This is the life! The High Life!
I turned my attention to other random, assorted items. Of course, as I mentioned, work and other things were certainly distracting me and I was definitely feeling a bit run down. I exercise too, but it wasn't helping me on that front. So I just figured I needed to rest a bit. Baseball is starting and my responsibilities as a coach are going to keep me busy until July, but I'll adapt.

So anyway I decided to plunge into Battlestar Galactica purely for escapist purposes. I was blown away. I am headlong into Season Three. Without having to write it's alot easier to plow through science fiction for fun and that was kind of where I wanted to be for awhile. Anyway, I really love that series. I know I listed a Top 100 science-fiction on the blog here not too long ago and it mentioned Battlestar Galactica as number two on that list behind Star Trek: The Original Series. Folks, now I know why. It's simply brilliant. It is a rush night after night. There is much excitement coupled with great writing. I wonder if the J. Michael Straczynski fans out there are also fans of Ronald Moore or if there is a divide out there. The One To Be Pitied finds them both rediculous. Poor thing. She simply doesn't understand. Still, watching Babylon 5 after watching Battlestar Galactica is a bit like watching science fiction in slow motion. I certain mean no offense, but it is just that much more exciting to watch the new Battlestar Galactica. I know it benefits from some of the new technologies, but I also love the camera work and style of that show. Babylon 5 is definitely a more literary work in approach.

So, that's where I have been. I'm still enjoying Battlestar Galactica but I'll be getting back to Babylon 5 soon. I also need to keep the different styles and the fact they were released at very different times with different ideas in perspective so I'm not too hard on Babylon 5 during my analysis of its final season. I also cannot bring myself to write about a different series without finishing Babylon 5. I owe it to you and myself to finish it.
I'm not sure what I'll look at next when it comes to writing, but I may need to approach something like Battlestar Galactica with a less extensive review and more of an analysis of my favorite moment per episode. It would certainly be far less daunting to write for the blog if I rethink how I will handle my approach on other topics.
Nevertheless, I do want to finish my Babylon 5 journey the way I began it and I will continue to write about each episode in a way reminiscent of the Jane Killick summaries but with audio/video accompaniment. I simply cannot change tactics. It was good stepping away for a bit though my friends. Perhaps I was suffering from Babylon 5 or writer's fatigue.
On a personal note, I went on a plane ride the other day. It was a seven-seater and my kids came with me and I actually flew the plane. That was an unforgettable experience. A good friend of mine pilots and asked us to join him and his kids and we had such a good time. It makes you appreciate life a bit stepping away from the routines and taking risks outside your comfort zone. It was an adventure. It was like flying a Colonial Viper and I was a young William Adama. : ) My sincere appreciation for having friends like that.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic is coming in for a landing friends. Clear the decks!


Havremunken said...

Good to see you back on the sci fi path! ;)

I saw most of the first season of the new Battlestar Galactica, and enjoyed it, but for entirely unrelated reasons didn't manage to keep up with it. Now that it's all over there is a certain possibility that I have to get the complete DVD set and start watching. I get 6 weeks (!) of paternity leave when the baby comes and I guess I'll have to do something... ;)

The only thing I got a little bit tired of in BSG eventually, was in external shots where they completely overdid the "home camera" look where they panned and then quickly zoomed in on something. It gives the shot a more "real" feel, and was used to great effect in both Cloverfield and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, but you know, too much of a good thing... :)

Great to have you back!

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Thanks for the greetings Havremunken!

I love the whole style going on for Galactica. I do know what you mean about the camera work. I'm a fan of it so it doesn't bother me at all. Still, I loved Season One and Two and I can't say enough good about this show. You need to take your paternity leave and watch it between bottle feedings. If breasts are involved, even better. Ha Seriously. You will love this show!

I just finished an episode called Unfinished Business and they have a 25 minute extra Extended Director's Cut and it is truly a beautiful piece. Loads of boxing which was kind of cool.

By the way, I want 6 weeks paternity leave. Talk 2 you soon.

erin-anderson said...

Good to have ya back! Glad to see you're enjoying BSG. I agree with you on it being a whole different animal than B5. B5 remains a fave for me, because I definitely enjoy the literary approach, but BSG definitely has a feel all to it's own, it sucks you and makes you a believer awful darn fast. Unfinished Business is one of my favorite episodes of that series, you definitely won't be disappointed with the rest of the episodes, they get awfully good, especially in season 4.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Hey Erin! Cool. I really am so excited to watch the remaining episodes. It is amazing. Unfinished Business blew me away. I had to watch it again just momemnts ago. I loved it. I loved when the two were wrapped up and bloodied after boxing and she says "I Missed You" and he whispers "I missed you." It was beautifully done. The One To Be Pitied says "dumb" but I say beautiful and a love story told in such a unique and special way. I loved it. I suspect many tangles to come as a result.

So nice to hear from you Erin too!

Anonymous said...

BSG is a great show without question. In its own way it is just as good as B5.

Not sure whether you're aware that there was a UN panel about BSG in March. You can watch the video of the entire 2 hour panel here:


The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Thanks for that link M.

I'd say on some level, for me , BG is better than B5, but they are different. They have similiarities in their serialized nature and strong writing but I love the adrenaline rush of BG.

Good 2 hear from u.