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Star Trek: First Contact - Ronald D. Moore's fingerprints are all over this, now that BSG has taught me to recognize them. Great, great Star Trek movie. Knocks my socks off.

Babylon 5, tail end of Season 2 - Wow. I had borrowed season 2 from friends for a very long time, and decided it was time to return the discs, since I watched the first few episodes a few months back, and never quite got into the swing of watching... but then I said "ok, I'll just watch another episode or two first" and got caught up in watching the end of the show. "Comes the Inquisitor" and "The Fall of Night" still hit me like a brick.

Battlestar Galactica - I'm not sure if I'm disappointed or relieved by recent developments. Either way, the heavy-handed allegory to modern times can please stop soon, maybe.

Doctor Who - the most recent episode (The Girl in the Fireplace) was a good tight bit of sci-fi writing that I enjoyed. I'm impressed with the tenth Doctor, so far; as impressed as I was with #9.

Star Trek, "So How Much For Just The Planet?" - very, very unimpressive. A big steaming pile of fanfic in published form. I wonder what it looked like when read in its actual context.

"Singularity Sky" - neat sci-fi, excellent use of actual physics. Good characters, mostly, though given the implied universe that existed "out there" having the story stuck where it was felt kind of like we were missing out on the best possibilities. I hear there's a sequel; I hope to read it at some point.

Current reading: "Family Tree," Sheri S. Tepper.


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Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Forgive my denseness, but to which heavy-handed allegory are you referring?
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
I think he meant the "insurgency", "suicide bombers", the intractibility of making peace with the "other side".

ie - New Capica == Iraq
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Iraq and not Palestine?
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Ah. I feel that heavy-handed allegory to modern times is a prerogative of the science fiction writer, however. Getting up on your alien-painted soapbox and holding forth, through whatever rhetoric you prefer, is an act I'll happily sit through, because I guess I'm used to it.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Not to mention...
...Battlestar Galactica has got nothing on the original Star Trek when it comes to heavy handed allegories.
Oct. 24th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: Not to mention...
Oh, absolutely. "He is white on the right side and black on the left! I am black on the left side and white on the right! Anybody can see that he is clearly the inferior being!"

... or something like that.
Oct. 24th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: Not to mention...
Amusingly, that was the first episode that popped into my head too.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
To elaborate...
While I can see those themes being applicable to Iraq, they are not new or unique to Iraq. That sort of thing has been going on in the middle east for a long, long time, and ditto for Ireland, and no doubt lots of other places with which I am less familiar. Certainly the next episode which appears to deal with collaborators makes me think of Ireland were the worst punishments were often reserved for "Informers."

(and I am not meaning to pick on you, tirianmal, I actually only just noticed that it was not crs who responded to ilhander :)
Oct. 23rd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Sure. Heavy-handed allegory is just fine... it was all right for two or three episodes, and now, we can maybe move on to something new. A different heavy-handed allegory would be fine, even.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I guess I neither found it to be particularly heavy handed, nor an allegory. :)
Oct. 24th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
It was making me remember that BSG is actually a British-produced series, where opposition to the Iraq war is even stronger than in the USA.

Still, having finally watched Friday's episode tonight, it looks like that particular allegory has run its course.
Oct. 24th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was trying to say that part without coming out and *saying* it. You know, for the readers who still haven't watched.
Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
I really liked that Dr Who episode, too.
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're being a little harsh on HMfJtP. It is exactly what it set out to be: ST meets G&S. If that's not your thing, I also recommend avoiding Ishmael.
Oct. 24th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's funny, I was so royally upset and disappointed leaving the theater after seeing First Contact. But in the years since, as I've rewatched it many times, it's really grown on me. I don't know how I missed it that first time, but it really is an outstanding movie.

I'm working my way through S3 of B5 right now. I'd say somewhere in the middle of season 2 is when the show really hooked me.
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