Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Really good television

I'm enjoying the opportunity to watch a lot of TV on DVD while it lasts... and it lasts until the spring semester really gets going, which isn't long from now. Some thoughts on what I've been watching lately...

I have seen the four hour season premiere of 24, and I have this to say: it rocks. The sixth season's premiere is better than the one for the fifth, and that was a nice bit of television — I'd never seen any episode of 24 before last season's premiere, and it convinced me to keep watching even though I was totally ignorant of the backstory. ¡Viva Jack Bauer! 24 is great, and it's even more enjoyable when one watches it with friends who like the show. Luckily for me, there's no shortage of those around here.

I succeeded in getting my boyfriend to read the Harry Potter books and Orson Scott Card's Shadow series (among other things), and he in turn has gotten me addicted to Battlestar Galactica. Battlestar Galactica is a truly amazing show. The miniseries (it aired in 2003) is fantastic, and things get progressively better in the first and second seasons. I'm at the halfway point in the second season right now. My favorite subgenre of science fiction in any format is military SF,* particuarly the kind set in space, but I don't think I'd ever watched a TV show that qualified as military SF, so I am especially appreciating Battlestar Galactica. I should note that the only other science fiction TV show set in space that I've watched is Firefly — which I adore — but Firefly is definitely not military SF. And unlike most people in my generation, I have yet to see a single episode of Star Trek.

I'm still not totally finished with the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or the first season of Angel. I believe I have two episodes to go in each, but the two friends with whom I watch Buffy and Angel (and who own the Buffy DVDs) went and got married (to each other)... so I need to be patient until they get back from their honeymoon. Then, we can further admire the genius of Joss Whedon...

*A few novels in this subgenre that I've read include OSC's Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, and Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi.

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