Archive for June, 2009

Darkly Dexter
June 29, 2009

Most of us want to be serial killers. We may not like to kill someone, see someone beg for their life, or even see blood everywhere. Everyone likes that image that serial killers have. It’s that ability to blend into the background, and still look good. Even Ted Bundy looked like a respectable guy, because that seems to be part of the criteria to taking lives…looking good.

We live in a very aesthetic culture that tells us we have to look good (despite what we may be going through). I came to realize this when watching the devious and intriguing TV series Dexter. For those who haven’t heard of it…I’ll give a little to whet your appetite.

The Nutshell Version

Dexter had an urge to kill from the time he was young. He seemed to feel different from everyone else. Luckily his foster father came to see this and helped his hone this ability. According to Dexter (and his Father) it is only appropriate to kill someone if they have done harm than good. So if (the victim in question) has destroyed countless lives and isn’t prepared to change, then Dexter deals with the rest. Like any serial killer he goes to great lengths to cover up his deeds, because in reality he is a cop.

Yup you heard right. To pass the time he works in Forensics as an expert in blood spatter, after all this is what he does best. This creates an interesting twist to the series. He has to constantly wear a ‘social mask’ to hide what he really is. The question now arises…how withdrawn should you keep yourself?

I’m only into the first season…and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. IMO this series deserves an 8/10. The photography is very well done, and the storyline is most definitely gripping. I only hope that the essence I’m drawn to isn’t lost in seasons 2 and 3. Sometimes I think it’s advisable to only watch the first season of some series, because after that you (and the Director) really lost the plot (i.e. Prison a prime candidate).




What The Frack Would Starbuck Do?
June 1, 2009

Most of us, most of the time want to be warriors. Okay, I must confess that not everyone does want to be a fighter. Everyone IMO (in my opinion) wants that feeling of having made a difference. I think that ‘doing good’ gives us an emotional sense of triumph. We feel captured and cornered (i.e. limited for want of a better word) by our emotions, so every time that we end up doing something good and honorable and being recognized… we get a kick out of it. So we’re then: are we not just redeeming ourselves from our emotions?

Hmmm…not quite. The reason I’m asking these thoughtful questions is because I’ve been addicted to the series Battle Star Galactica, which only recently ended off in May this year (2009). I wasn’t lucky enough to follow the series since it started (in 2004) on the Sci-Fi Channel, so I got it off the net (i.e. through a friend off a torrent site) and now I’m positively hooked. After this I’m not sure I’ll see Sci-Fi the same way. The reason is that this series managed to have superb special effects, storylines, characters, and pretty much everything else.

IMO some Science Fiction (on screen) will fall foul in either two areas.

  1. The Storyline(s)    or…
  2. The Cast

Firstly if you’ve watched a great deal of Science Fiction you’ll know that there are common themes in it. I won’t go into all the intricacies, but after a while the storyline/plot does become very predictable. Especially in some of the series which easily run up to ten or so seasons…watching the last few can become particularly painful. I found with BSG, this is not the case at all. To appeal to more people the Directors decided to make the storyline more about the characters, than actual technology and events. This makes the series far more complex, but yet it’s still compelling and riveting…because it’s such a different approach to the genre.

My second point pretty much ties in with my former mention of BSG having an unusual plot. To have a good plot (based on the characters), means that the actors themselves have to really be skilled and on top of their game. This point was proven by having Edward James Olmos, and Mary McDonnell who are seasoned in their game. They play the roles of Commander of the Battle Star and President of Twelve Colonies, respectively. Moving on there are still good actors (of a lower military rank) such as:

  1. Jamie Bamber
  2. James Callis
  3. Tricia Helfer
  4. Katee Sackhoff
  5. Grace Park

What I also really liked is that all these actors were pretty new to the screen. The character who I think stands out in everyone’s mind is Lt. Kara Thrace (call sign: Starbuck) played by Katee Sackhoff. She’s a fighter pilot who is headstrong, and at times a little out-of-line. Despite this she’s is never totally detained because she is the best pilot on the team, and has a knack for helping out her superiors (in terms of military tactics) in times of desperate need.

I found that although Starbuck seems to be the worst-disciplined fighter pilot on the crew, she is loved and respected because of the caring and ‘human-ness’ she brings to the fleet. She seems to be both a symbol and a powerful character in this series. The series is (thankfully) only four seasons long…and now my hands are itching to hit the play button since I’ve reached the end of season three where …SPOILER ALERT… Lt. S******* disappears and now everyone can’t stop wondering where the frack is (the person in question???).

Anyways, this now brings me back to the title, which is on everyone’s minds by now. It’s a question I think we should be asking ourselves, when we’re feeling a little extra geeky, and down-in-the-dumps. W.T.F.W.S.D?

Farewell fellow Space Cadets 😉