Random Dr. Who Love and Imminent Battlestar withdrawal
Now, I don't have television service, so Masheka and I generally only watch TV via DVDs or Hulu, etc. For the past 6 months we worked our way through The Wire (so good!), got started with Buffy (we're on the sixth season now, and I have to thank Barry for getting me addicted to this show) and segued into Angel (on Season 2 now). I watched a bit of Weeds but lost interest partly into Season 1. Anyway, I want to give random shoutouts to some of the things that kept me really entertained while I was horizontal:
- Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books (aka the Southern Vampire Mysteries). I ripped through all eight books available so far in about a week, half via paperback and half via Audible.com download. The audiobooks were particularly great, as the actress who reads them does the perfect Southern accent and pacing for the stories. They're fun and inventive and smart and good stuff like that. Anyway, immediately after finishing the books I watched Season 1 of True Blood, which is also fantastic but not identical to the books (a good thing, as there were still surprises).
- Veronica Mars, Seasons 1 and 2. Again, totally addictive fun with a smart and kickass heroine. (Although, as when watching Buffy, I kept wishing the star actress would eat a few sandwiches.)
- Doctor Who Seasons 1-3 (the new ones): I have to admit I was skeptical. I used to watch Dr. Who with my dad and didn't really get it at the time--I had vague memories of scantily clad women and men in scarves bumping into badly-put-together sets and not-so-convincingly scary aliens. And the first few episodes didn't really grab me. But by half-way through Season 1 I was sold, and I was way MORE sold when the bisexual immortal Captain Jack showed up and the Doctor regenerated into the fabulous David Tennant. I still think Daleks are ridiculous, but I think that's part of the fun. I plan to check out Torchwood as well. I also didn't realize when I first started watching the new Doctor Who that it was spearheaded by Russell T. Davies, the writer of the wonderful British TV series Queer as Folk.
- I also reread some old sci-fi favorites, including Octavia Butler's Fledgling and Marge Piercy's He, She and It.
Finally, I just have to say that the last episodes of Battlestar Galactica have been great so far, especially the premiere! I am going to mourn that show in a serious way when it ends.
OK, back to your regularly scheduled political cartooning...