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Festivities - John C. Kirk

Dec. 26th, 2006

12:43 pm - Festivities

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Seasons greetings; I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I've been making a conscious effort to cut down on the number of cards etc. that I send out this year, but I'm not quite into "bah humbug" mode yet. This year I've been going back to basics, by spending Christmas alone - it's nice and quiet, which is the way I like it.

I did make myself a relatively elaborate lunch yesterday, and I took a photo, but unfortunately my camera has stopped talking to Windows so I can't post it here. Anyway, I had nut cutlets, roast potatoes, parnsnips, carrots, and brussels sprouts. I put the gravy into a boat (rather than just pouring it out of a Pyrex jug), and ate at a table rather than off my lap, so that was all quite civilised. Total cooking/preparation time was about 1 hour, and most of that was unattended, so I avoided any stress there.

Aside from that, it was a fairly lazy day, watching plenty of TV. Amazon sent me "Babylon 5: A Call To Arms" (via their rental scheme) at the start of October, but I hadn't got round to watching it, so I finally sat down with that yesterday. It's been a while since I watched any B5, but as soon as I heard the familiar music playing I knew that this was a good choice of activity. I enjoyed the film, although it probably would have made more sense to watch it before Crusade rather than afterwards. One of the interviews (DVD extras) referred to the book High Frontier, so I'll try to read that when I have time.

Later on, I watched the Doctor Who special, which I enjoyed, even though there seemed to be a couple of plot holes surrounding the time travel aspects. Speaking of which, UK Gold are reshowing the original "Captain Jack" episodes on Monday, which should provide a nice recap before the Torchwood finale in the evening.

Finally, I rewatched the Battlestar Galactica miniseries; season 3 starts on Sky One in a fortnight (9th January), so I'll try to rewatch seasons 1 and 2 before that as a recap. I definitely think that it's the best ongoing TV series at the moment; SG-1 and Atlantis are both fun, and I wouldn't want everything to be as serious as Galactica, but it's completely won me over after my initial reservations. Peter David said recently that he wishes they'd given the relaunch a different name (his comments are here, but that page does contain spoilers) on the basis that the old associations might be keeping people away from it. I did notice that the trailer for the new series on Sky doesn't mention it by name until the end, and has some quotes from a Guardian review that compares it to series like The West Wing and 24, so they're generally trying to present it as a drama/action series rather than sci-fi. Speaking of PAD, I recently read his original Galactica novel: Sagittarius Is Bleeding. I thought it was very good, so I'd definitely recommend it to any fans of the new series. It features the return of Boxey (last seen in the mini-series, I think), and follows up on something Tom Zarek said in the TV series about having to restructure their society now that they're no longer living on planets.
Edit: Boxey was last seen in episode 3 of season 1 (and in a deleted scene from episode 12).