I knew a guy who was a virgin and didn’t know what the big deal about sex was. Then he had sex. Then he wanted to have sex all the time. I’ve watched a few episodes of Doctor Who but I admit while I liked it I didn’t know what the big deal was. Now I know what the big deal is. So maybe it’s like the person who has had sex but has never had the sort of mind blowing sex that makes you realize what sex is all about. (Pause while I consider my mother reads this blog then move along because writing.)
This episode was amazing. And that’s kind of annoying because I was pretty content not being a raving Whovian. I mean already with the Classic Star Trek teen years, Buffy, Firefly, Supernatural. I’m becoming a walking billboard for the borderland between fandom and resisting fandom.
Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
It should be noted that while I watched the first season of Game of Thrones I did stop watching it some time ago. The reason is very similar to something a coworker said today about not watching movies, “It just doesn’t seem like a good use of my time.” Now, this shouldn’t imply that I make the best of every moment or even that I don’t misuse my time. I just don’t see the point of this sweeping epic outside of some catharsis and the catharsis isn’t there for me.
So to catch up on Game of Thrones in the quickest and least painful way possible I watched Screen Junkie’s Idiot’s Guide to Game of Thrones. This gave me a quick overview of plot developments since I last watched an episode and was thankfully free. To watch the particular episode nominated for a Hugo Award I bought it on Amazon Prime. Dear Hugos, you need to figure out a way to get kickbacks from the stuff I purchase just for you, love, me.
Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
I put a few of the Hugo Award nominees on hold at the library and yesterday Ms Marvel arrived. Can we just note how awesome libraries are for a moment?
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
After going to Julie Dillon’s website I realized I have stumbled across her art a number of times before. For this review I’m going to focus on works created in 2014 which include some that I have enjoyed in the past and am happy to highlight why I enjoyed them now that I have a chance to write more formally on the topic.
I saw the pilot for the Flash shortly after it aired on Hulu. To rewatch with a more critical eye I purchased it on Amazon Prime. Retrospectively the pilot was good enough to continue watching another fifteen or so episodes.
The Flash: “Pilot”, teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
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It’s important to note that the more difficult to review pieces of the Hugo nominations are the ones that refer to great scopes of work like best editor, artist, ‘cast, or ‘zine. Inevitably people will nominate those that lay within their domain of interest or experience. To then look over all the domains that made it through the nomination process from all the people with all the diverse interests is challenging to say the least.
To make this a little easier on myself I’m going to give it some scope. I’m only going to look at each person’s work as done in the last year. For example: Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing archive 2014 podcasts only. If that proves too daunting or editors too prolific I will do a random sampling and review based on that.
If anyone out there has a “best of” recommendation for the following (below the fold) I would really appreciate the pointer. Only for 2014 though. It seems the best way to be fair as well as smart:
- Assignable -> (Me)
- Realistic -> state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related -> (Due July 2015)