I've been watching Atlantis, of course, and waiting for SG-1 to come back. And loving that too.
And I've been watching Farscape. (I'm just a bit into S3 so far -- please don't spoil me in comments, because I plan to watch it all.) Contrary to my expectations, I haven't been loving it so much. I wondered why for quite some time. Well, why besides the fact that I loathe John Crichton with the burning power of a thousand blazing suns.
Then one day, when I was watching them run around the ship, as they do every other episode, and trying to fix something that was hurting Moya, I found myself annoyed. "This is so soft!" I said to myself.
That's it. Farscape is soft SF. The living ship, the Mos Eisley cantina production design, the rather aimless wandering of the characters -- it's fuzzy, it's unfocused. The characters's emotions make me feel vaguely uncomfortable, like I'm the exchange student they invited over for Thanksgiving dinner and they're having a family fight in front of me.
They have no real plan, no real aim, beyond some vague intention to get home. But home is different for each of them and they don't know where to go anyhow, so they don't have a strong goal beyond survival. They have no real strength, so they can't fight their enemies -- they can only run away. And it seems like it's verging on silly a lot of the time. I guess I just find it tedious.
Battlestar Galactica is hard SF. It's very militarized. It's an ensemble show without a single primary character. It has shiny, shiny ships and pretty, pretty space battles. An enemy that scares me. A strong focus. Complicated relationships that weave in and out of the military and political structure. Katee Sackhoff as the coolest pilot ever. And a ship that doesn't scream when someone kicks it.
Stargate is certainly more like the Galactica model than the Farscape model. So was B5. And even DS9. (Firefly, of course, is nothing like any of them, but I don't think it's really SF -- it just takes place in space.)
I guess I just have to face up to the fact that I like to watch ships blow up more than I like to watch people yell at each other.
Plus frack just sounds cooler than frell.
And completely unrelated: it's Aragorn week atmulti_pass. Here's my effort.