Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
What kind of geek would I be if I never had an entry in my blog about Star Trek?
Lately, I've been watching Enterprise. The SciFi Channel has been airing the entire series on Monday nights with 4 back to back episodes. We've finally reached Season 2. At least, I assume it's Season 2 based on some observations I've made.
Let me back up for a moment and say that this is one series I never saw from the beginning. When it originally aired I saw perhaps 2 or 3 episodes, decided I didn't like Scott Bakula's character, and stopped watching. To be honest, I was a HUGE fan of Quantum Leap and I couldn't let go of "Dr. Sam Beckett". I also abhorred the theme song for Enterprise. It was so...un-Trek-like.
I'm glad I've given the series a second chance. Back to my observations:
1. Archer: In Season 1, Captain Archer was warm and fuzzy. The friendly, outgoing Captain who was friends with his crew (or he tried to be). He was optimistic, naive and eager to get "out there" and explore. In Season 2, he's jaded. He's become the angry, unapproachable captain...single minded, focused (perhaps on revenge), and has lost all semblance of understanding and patience. I hope this new trend doesn't last long.
2. T'Pol: I love this female Vulcan character. She is even more flawed than Spock was. I love seeing the crew getting under her skin and breaking through her seemingly thin veneer of Vulcan stoicism. Her sudden change of costume was my first big clue that the show had moved from Season 1 to Season 2. Suddenly she has a much more sexy and colorful wardrobe. I can only assume that her character was specifically designed as tasty eye-candy for all my male geek compadres out there. [insert wink]
3. Story Line: The plots seem to have taken a dark turn. So far I'm enjoying this new story thread much better than the old Star Trek formula used in Season 1 (stumble on a new race/discovery randomly and learn a lesson from the encounter).
4. Theme Song: A theme song on a Star Trek series??? This fact still weirds me out, but the song has undergone some tweaking in the new season. It's more...upbeat. I think I prefer the older version. It was thoughtful, mellow, and it put my baby right to sleep. Always a good thing.
So far, so good. I hope SciFi airs all 98 episodes. I've found that I enjoy watching a series this way...every episode, nearly back to back, for the entire run of the show. I plan to rent some other shows that got missed (like Firefly).
Correction: The things I've observed actually delineate changes from Season 2 to Season 3. Interesting. I've since read that the show had to make some changes to try and win back viewers after a fall in the ratings in Season 2.
Oh, and for all you geek fellas out there...don't give up hope. I've often seen it speculated that the ultimate geek fantasy girl (attractive, smart, into computers, loves SciFi, Star Trek fan, digs comic books and even collects them...etc) doesn't exist. She does. My geek man found ME, after all. Of course, now I'm married, over 40, over weight, and have 2 kids; so that fantasy ship has sailed...but you should have seen me in the 80s. ;-)
Posted by Becky at 9:54 PM
Monday, April 09, 2007
I baked the most gorgeous ham yesterday. It was covered in pineapple rings with maraschino cherries in the centers and coated in a tasty honey maple glaze. A ten pound, spiral cut, hickory smoked ham is a bit much for 2 people; but it was FREE. Our supermarket has nice promotions (spend X and get a free turkey, lasagna, ham...yadda.) Best part? We'll have leftovers for days and days! Sometimes it pays to be part of a dysfunctional family.
Since Tyler missed the annual town Easter egg hunt (first time in his life - we've been there every year since he was born), the Easter Bunny was kind enough to arrange a hunt right here in the house for Sunday morning. He left Tyler a note and an empty basket right outside his bedroom door. The note said he had 48 eggs to find and another basket full of goodies. Tyler found all 48 eggs and only had help on 3 of them. Pretty impressive!
Hope you all had a great weekend. Here's a link to a couple photos in celebration of Easter.
Posted by Becky at 6:46 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Maybe I should just turn this into a straight video and photo blog.
Nah. I am just burnt out from our visit last week. Not much to say...brain needs more sleep. If you notice the grocery and garbage bag covered pillar behind Max in the video...Hubby did that to try and discourage Spartacus from using it and the one next to it as his own personal climbers wall. That cat's claws get SHARP. He is scaling sheer drywall 12 feet high! Nutso cat. I should get a video of THAT.
Won't be long now before I no longer have ANY quiet moments during the day. ;-) For now, I do occasionally enjoy the silence.
But it never last long.
Posted by Becky at 7:31 PM
Monday, April 02, 2007
I think we have too much baby gear here at home. It took just two days at my Mom's house where Max spent most of his play time hanging out on a blanket on her family room floor and look!
He is scootching and army crawling too! What a difference a week makes! So, um, yeah. We are back from an extended stay at Grandma and Grumpy Grampy's house. I am sooooooo glad to be home!