Monday, February 27, 2006

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One for the geeks:

Sol Legion Clan � Forums � Insomnia and the Strange things you find on the net � Starbuck: Lost in Castration: "'Re-imagining', they call it. 'un-imagining' is more accurate. To
take what once was and twist it into what never was intended. So that
a television show based on hope, spiritual faith, and family is
unimagined and regurgitated as a show of despair, sexual violence and
family dysfunction. To better reflect the times of ambiguous morality
in which we live, one would assume. A show in which the aliens
(Cylons) are justified in their desire to destroy our civilisation. "

Dirk Benedict on the new BSG sounding like the earth-2 supes in "infinite crisis"...

echoes of fanboyism
ripples and waves
and regret

Is it only natural that we remake the stories we heard as children into stories that speak to us now?
where does that leave kids today?
with their own stories.
I like my Batman a little tortured and crazy,
my Wonder Woman a warrior, and my Green Lantern a mass murderer - o.k. that last one is a joke, although I do still have some issues with Hal Jordan being back,
and I grew up with Hal Jordan and Barry Allen...
I had DC ship me "Green Lantern" and "Flash" every month. They weren't bagged in mylar and backed with acid free cardboard. They came in brown paper, in the regular mail, and they were magic. Green Lantern was a grand space opera, Hal Jordan a man without fear. After the original crisis I guess I stopped really paying attention, and somewhere down the line I think they made Hal an alcoholic, and then they had him go nuts...and he killed alot of people...800 and something , sacrificed his life eventually to save the world, did some time as the spectre, and now he's back. Shouldn't he get credit for saving the world? Shouldn't that wipe out all the bad stuff? No. That's what superheroes do. They save the world. That's the job.
Anyway, GL is just one of the titles/family of titles that just got more or less rebooted (Titans, Outsiders, Legion, etc.) and now we're about to pick up "one year later" after the new crisis... It looks like there really will be some major changes in the primary DC universe, if they do go back to the "multi-verse" (which I'm not convinced is happening), but I really have no idea what they could be. It could go in pretty much any direction from what we've seen so far.

I really dig the new Battlestar Galactica,
and I have high hopes for the new DC Universe.
The Crisis and all it's tie-ins are being as well written and nicely handled as any of these big events ever are...
much better than "House of M/Decimation" over at Marvel.
I did enjoy "The Other" in the Spiderman books,
and I'm curious about "Civil War" but generally
I think I'm more interested in Marvel movies,
and DC books these days.

But of course the best realization of the DC Universe is, hands down, the animated DCU of "Justice League Unlimited" and all the precursors to it - an amazing amount of continuity, great takes on the characters (visually and otherwise), it pretty much has it all...
Really. Any of you who are or once were DC fanboys should seek out the DVD's of any of the animated DCU stuff from recent years. I'm worried about the animated DCU now too though. Apparently "JLU" is over, and if "The Batman" is the new direction they are going in (c'mon man, the penguin doing kung-fu?) I'm not terribly excited...

anyway, how's that for a ramble?

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the most interesting things I learned here is that Dirk Benedict is kind of a jerk and that he gets be a "cancer survivor" after being diagnosed by a psychic and and healing himself through a macrobiotic diet.

The voices in my head told me I had ebola,
but I cured it with 8 glasses of water a day.
Can I call myself an ebola survivor now?

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"The Love God Loves No More... "

I was a HUGE Don Knotts fan as a kid...
The Incredible Mr. Limpitt, his movies with Tim Conway...

It's sad.
I've had flashing moments of Barney Fife in at least a couple of characters I've played...
In certain situations
it's just hard
not to think
of a man
with a gun
and one bullet
in his pocket.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Uncle Vanya

so, I know I bug you a lot about shows,
and probably you either just ignore me
now, or ya don't, and it doesn't matter much
what I'm gonna say,
but I'm gonna say it anyway...
this is a beautiful show.
there are amazing things happening -
character to character, actor to actor, actor to audience,
and every possible permutation thereof, it's beautiful...
it's also sad, and funny, and and all that other messy human stuff...
It's about regret, and change, and midlife crises, and unrequited love, and loveless marriage, and getting old, and all that...
is it perfect?
no, if it were perfect it wouldn't be beautiful,
it'd be dead.
but it's not,
it's alive -
every night...
got interrupted by someone coming by,
and had to go do the show...
afterwards, someone said to me,
"well, you have to like russian literature..."
and of course you do, so this play is perfect
for you, right?
anyway, come see "Uncle Vanya" -
you won't be disappointed.