Friday, November 2, 2007

16, 10, 7, 6... What Up For November?

FREEZE! You're under arrest! You have the right to the remains of a silent attorney! If you cannot afford one... tough noogies! You can make ONE phone call! I recommend Trixie: 976-Triple 5-LOVE. Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you?! Well do ya, PUNK? No? Then I can't arrest you!


Well, NaNoWriMo is well underway, and my wordcount is up to a MIGHTY.... four (4) words. Fear me, Stephen King... I've got you in my sights! RAWR!

Now, a lot of my on-line time recently has been tied up arguing about the three epic sci-fi series of our time... Farscape, Firefly, Babylon 5. Which is better overall, which has better writing, which has better production values, which is more interesting, which has better characters, etc etc etc. Unfortunately, most people are of the incorrect opinion that Farscape isn't the best, and they won't listen to me when I try to correct them! Why would that be? I'm just trying to educate them, and they ignore me... *sigh* Now I know how high school teachers feel.

Ok, but seriously, Farscape only slightly edges out Firefly, and Firefly edges out Bab 5. They're all pretty close. Imaging, though, what Firefly could have done if it had been allowed to reach 88 episodes like Farscape, or over 100 like Bab5? As it was, it died at 13 episodes, and despite the truly GAWDLIKE feature film (Serenity), the story was not epic. It was character driven, and episodic, and the finale approached epicosity, but the story never had time to bloom. Bab 5 bloomed, and despite some dragging and irritation, was an excellent and incredible story. "Get the hell out of our Galaxy!" may be one of the best parting lines ever.

But they still can't touch Farscape... and I just hope someday to get someone to see it the way I do.

But, to all the people who never will, here's Wash, in all his goofy glory.


Blair Mitchelmore said...

I love all three shows but I'm of the opinion that prospective awesomeness doesn't matter. So that disqualifies Firefly, despite my inappropriate man-crush on Joss Whedon.

Now, as for Babylon 5 vs Farscape, I've had many years to grow into Babylon 5 and I only watched Farscape in its entirety six months ago but they are definitely both excellent shows. Ultimately though, Babylon 5 wins (in my mind) for its epic scale and the ideas it introduced me to. I can honestly say that watching Babylon 5 changed so much about who I am and how I feel about the world. Farscape was exceedingly entertaining and was one of the better shows to feature serialized storytelling I've ever watched, but it wasn't an epiphanic (to coin a word) event.

lostdwarf said...

Ah Wash. That last scene in Serenity just killed me.