EGC Clambake for February 19, 2006

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I talk about being low energy and welcome new sponsors; I play a song by the Gossip; I talk about Firefly and Serenity and the Signal Podcast; I hated Buffy the Vampire Slayer and talk about preciousness in books and movies; I play a song by The Old Ceremony; I talk a little bit more about William DuVall; I talk about the surreality of interviewing people; I discuss the Authors on Tour podcast, the Neil Gaiman episode, and the old days of the GEnie SFRT; I play a song by Mieka Pauley; Herb Jefferson, Lieutenant Boomer on the old Battlestar Galactica does an ID (thanks, Michael Butler); I mention my addiction to Monarch of the Glen; nighty night.

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5 Replies to “EGC Clambake for February 19, 2006”

  1. Hey Dave, while your commentary wasn’t quite “shiny,” musical choices were. Late kudos on interview with William DuVall and for music choices(his and this show’s). Truthfully, I didn’t notice the “shiny”s in question-I have watched all of Firefly on DVD, but haven’t seen Serenity yet. I agree Buffy is too cutesy.

  2. What a sponsor! That’s just what I needed. Looks as good as WeaKnees for the TiVo (replacement drives). I’ll let you know when I buy one.

    I’m a big fan of all Joss material (Buffy, Angel and Firefly/Serenity. Of course it’s personal taste, but his thread of humor is consistant as well as other aspects through the different shows. It’s not really fair to judge a 6 or 7 year series on one epoisode. There were definately some “weak” episodes. If you find you like Firefly after seeing the whole season, I suggest trying Angel and then Buffy last (if you make it that far). They are similar enough that you might actually like it. BTW, Buffy did die in her series a few times, one time lasting for a couple of episodes. Pretty gutsy for a write if you ask me. And the way she came back to life was pretty amazing.

    -mat

  3. I could never get into Buffy despite my friends urgings.

    The way I got into Firefly/Serenity was kind of cool, though.

    I met a woman at a dinner party and had learned she fled New Orleans because of hurricane Katrina. I asked her if I could interview her for my podcast (http://smallworldpodcast.com/?p=198) about her experiences and afterwards she told me about her love of Firefly.

    I remember seeing the commerical for Firefly and the first thing that came to mind was a RPG I used to play when I was a wee lad called Traveller. Firefly seemed to be lifted rightout of the game so I really wanted to watch it. Unfortunately, either I had to work late on those nights or had other plans. And when I did make time to watch it Fox moved the show to another night.

    Anyway, Jessica raved about the show and deconstructed it in so many appealing and intelligent ways I decided to see Serentity in the theaters. I was immeadiately hooked by the plot, characters and dialogue that I was in agony the last half of the movie because I really, really, really had to pee but I didn’t want to miss a moment.

    The rest f the time Jessica was in San Diego we watched four episodes from the TV series and I have since purchased my set. It’s pretty viral. Anyone I watch it with gets hooked.

    As far as the jargon goes, keep wathing and you’ll notice they utter Chinese phrases way more than they say “shiny.”

    As far as the Signal podcast goes, I am in complete agreement. I likeparts of the show but it’s way too chatty. They could easily cut the show down to 30 minutes and I’d be happy.

    Oh, and despite my misgivings, the four episodes from the second season of Lost rocked.

  4. kook,

    It’s not about judging a series from one show. It’s about assessing the probability of the show being worth my time. It’s not impossible that I’d like the rest of the series, but having tried and hated it why would I try again instead of the many other things out there that I have not yet tried? I went though this with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’d have it recommended by friends, I’d watch an episode and hate it. My friends would tell me I caught a bad episode. I’d try again, over and over and hated all but one episode I ever watched. I don’t plan on doing that again.

    Joe, I’m slowly watching the episodes from the show and then I’ll watch the ones with commentary again. When I’m nice and satisfied with that, then I’ll rewatch Serenity and then again with commentary. I’ve got a lot of good viewing enjoyment ahead of me.

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