Sunday, March 18, 2012

Update: 126. Rewatch all TV I own on DVD - The X-Files (Season 2)


Warning - Spoilers for X-Files Season 1 & 2 Ahead!

I've been keeping at chipping away at my re-watching and most recent focus has been Season 2 of The X-Files. I was suprized to find that in comparison to after the awesome experience of re-watching Season 1, that Season 2 was not quite as fun an experience. In general, I always love the setting of the stage, so introductions to worlds and characters a fave exploration of mine and that's what we experienced in Season 1. With Season 2 we have a lot more conflict, tension, seeds of the greater arcs & conspiracies and a heck of a lot of danger. I mean real danger. There was often the threat of such in Season 1 but it was often distanced or near-miss scenario, whereas Season 2 hits some really tough marks. There is also some tension between Mulder & Scully in terms of thought-of or misunderstood support which is a challenge too. It's funny, I had no idea how much I find Season 1 *fun* to watch until I had this for comparison. That being said, Season 2 has lots of awesome moments, stories and characters.

Here are some of my faves moments/characters (MAJOR SPOILERS for X-Files Season 2):
  • Alex Krycek - okay, he's certainly not a nice guy (or is he?) but DANG he's an interesting character.
  • Lots of Lone Gunman in this season, they are so much fun.
  • Back-story-a-rama, Hello Scully's family! Hello Mulder's Family! Oh my, is there more conspiracy here?
  • Scully getting abducted was scary! Still don't know by whom.
  • Really scary ideas - Sleepless & F. Emasculata both really creeped me out, as well as Scully getting abduted especially as it's not resolved by what/whom.
  • Lots of fun 'signs of the times'; cell phones with antenna's, videoconferencing, very vocal animal rights activists, AI, huge computers, etc. All that stuff is a lot of fun.
  • I think my fave moment is Skinner and punching out X. When he shows up without his glasses on I was like...oh my...I'm feeling faint.
Least Fave-ness of the Season:
X-Files Closed! Then covertly operated! Then re-opened (as if they woudln't.. it's the title of the show!). Then threatened to close! Whelp. People are driven by the tension of things, so I guess I understand it. Plus several to be continued episodes (2 within the series, plus cliffhanger season ender), I closure at the end of the ep even if I watch them back-to-back-to-back.

Weird Re-occurrence - Three times there were back to back episodes where the focus/creature/pararnormal connection was very similar:
  • 2.12 Aubrey with a genetic serial killer-memory passed down then 2.13 Irresistible was also a serial killer.
  • 2.14 Die Hand Die Verletzt was witch/black magic then 2.15 Fresh Bones was voodoo
  • 2.20 Humbug was Twins that can join and unjoin and 2.21 The Calusari was Twin evil spirit
Fave Episode:
  • Død Kalm -the 'Heavy Salt' episode mostly set on the water. I always love anything on the water, and this one also had some lovely Norwegian-ness.
Closing Thoughts:
Although I watched this season intermittently when it originally aired and have rewatched it in syndication and on DVD, there were lots of things I didn't remember in terms of the long term story arc. I have a general idea of how season 3 begins but in the big picture of things, I don't remember what's going to happen which is both hilarious and exciting. Every time I see something that's part of the bigger piece of things I'm like "OH... yeah! Green..blood? Tank-like guy... I remember... kinda..."

I think I need to take a break before diving into Season 3 as right now we are coming back from March Madness breaks of new programming and going into the final stretch of season and I have lots that I'm watching right now. I'm quite enjoying this re-watch, even though it isn't the first I've never made it all the way through before. Hopefully this time I will, starting with Season 3 which I aim to start watching in May or June.

I'm Re-Watching the X-Files is part of my Mega-List. See also my post of re-watching Season 1 here.



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Megalist Check-in: #113 - Watch Stargate SG-1


Warning: Spoilers for Season 8/9 of Stargate SG-1 Ahead (mostly casting)

It boggles my mind that I've been watching Stargate SG-1 since last July and even recently I still feel much on the fence on how much I enjoy the show. I have several times gotten close to considering not watching, and then there is a great episode that highlights the characters so well which wins me back.

And then there was the Season 8 Finale / Season 9 opening.

Going into the Season 8 Finale if felt like it was totally going to be one of the episodes I love, an episode where we get to see characters in different lights which lets the viewer know how much we know them, and want to see them as they actually are. Moments like saying "Daniel totally got over that!" or "Sam is more confident that that!" or "Jack...", okay O'Neill is on O'Neill 100% of the time, no mattr which permutation or parallel or re-interpretation; which is what makes him O'Neill. That's how Season 8 left us with, but than Season 9. Wow. Season 9 is totally different.

Season 9 has huge cast changes including the addition of Claudia Black as Vala. It's not her first appearance on the show but after a few eps it's clear she's here to stay. I love Claudia Black, I have from the moment I first saw here in Pitch Black and from years of seeing here on Farscape. But I don't love Vala. I feel like they wanted to add some OOMPH to the show and there she is, encased in leather and leaving a cascade of lured folks in her wake. I'm totally not digging it. It's actually one of the things I liked about the show was that they rarely had that element to it. But, at some point I realized to think of her as a sort of Han Solo character which works better, but it still isn't quite working for me.

Then we have the huge change with the addition of Ben Browler in Season 9, which I knew was coming and honestly thought it would be sooner, but even so it feels so strange. I also know him from Farscape and seeing him, especially how he is introduced to the show as wanting to lead/be a part of SG-1 but the original 4 aren't really 'there' as they've done their time. That theme has such a strong melancholy tone to it feels like it meta-echos the too-soon conclusion of Farscape.

It does seem to settle in after a few episodes but the shift in tone and focus stays and I'm not super-keen on. Even though I really love the new actors I'm not digging the show as much. With being so close to the end I can't imagine not really sticking with it, even though I'll freely admit I multitask while I watch and it's really the sense of completion along with watching being quite firmly entrenched in my schedule are the factors keeping me tuning it.

It's really strange to feel both compelled to complete watching but also not overly connected or even that well versed in the show or universe. But being a creature of habit and having cultivated the habit of watching it's unlikely I would do anything BUT finish it.

Only 1 1/2-ish seasons to go. Will I change my mind... again? Won't be too long to find out.



Weekly Catch Up: Welcome March!

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