Friday, June 27, 2008

What the Frak?

It has now been two weeks since the Sci Fi channel aired the mid-season cliffhanger for the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica. The Planet of the Apes-esque cliffhanger was interesting (I especially liked Tyrol's apparently sardonic laughter), but I've gotta say, I'm really disappointed with the way Sci Fi has handled this. I'm not annoyed by the cliffhanger itself; that's the way Sci Fi channel shows run. What annoys me is that the Sci Fi channel is acting as though Galacica might return at any time. Even now, on the Glactica section of the Sci Fi channel's website, it says, "New Episodes Coming Soon." It's no secret that the new episodes won't be airing until sometime in 2009, so why the "coming soon" bull? Additionally, why is it necessary for fans to wait at leat half a year to see the rest of the season? That long of a gap is usually indicative of a break between seasons, not in the middle of one. I appreciate that, as a cable (non-network) station, the Sci Fi channel isn't necessarily held to the same season schedule as the "big four" networks. That doesn't mean that poor scheduling decisions won't impact a show. If fans don't know when the show is coming back, how can they be expected to watch? Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

An interesting book


Not long ago, I saw something interesting at Barnes & Noble. Not an unusual occurrence, I'll grant you, but it's not every day that you walk into a store and find William Shatner staring at you.
Immediately,I knew that I had to read it. It's William Shatner - how could it not be interesting? He's done all kinds of crazy stuff! I immediately wrote the tile down in my trusty PDA to look up at the library (I said I wanted to read it, not drop $26.00 on it).
I requested the book from the library, and after only a few days, it was in my possession. It did not disappoint.
Mr. Shatner has indeed lived an interesting life, and he tells the story well. Unlike most biographies, which tell the story of a person's life by recounting events in a clear sequential order, this book reads like Shatner is just talking to you, reminiscing about his life...with commercial interruptions. Yes, he pauses several times to plug his website, williamshatner.com. As this is done in a humorous manner, it really isn't as irritating as you'd expect.
Whether you're a hardcore Trekkie or just somebody who enjoys a good biography - this one is well worth checking out.