hazelk: (bunnies)
Disclaimer: I suppose these are more (entirely subjective) reactions than recs as such. But words are hard and a vid has to get under your skin for any to come. There is no bad. There is much good. Links to all vids and vid shows are here.

Non-attending Premieres (3 vids) )
Club Vivid (9 vids)  )
Premieres One (6 vids) )
Premieres Two (4 vids) )
hazelk: (vidding)
Long time no post but some vid recs:

Fever by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain
When you kiss me I want to die. Twilight.

I've been to a marvelous party by [livejournal.com profile] charmax
Like the periodic table of party.

DLZ by [livejournal.com profile] bop_radar
Like the show, this T:SCC vid is hard to condense down to a single phrase. It has density, it has layers. After multiple rewatches my abiding impression is of how inimical the state of perpetual war is to human life. Machines inhabit the drowned, post-Judgement Day world like fish, like eels, while the humans struggle for breath and lose everything they once held dear.

Order in the Sound by [livejournal.com profile] chaila43
Although this is based on Battlestar Redactica it works quite independently. It’s a beautiful, strange synthesis of women and architecture, bodies and buildings, music and mathematics in which Bob Dylan is not God.
hazelk: (weaver)
In spite of its failings, or maybe because of them, I think the BSG ending rather lends itself to vidding. A vidder can work around all the darns and duct tape holding the original together and weave the good threads back into one small but perfect tapestry.

Follow Me into the Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] threezerotwo
To me, one of those small perfect things was the penultimate chapter of Kara’s story. Not the ultimate because Kara is no angel (and certainly not a bloody pigeon) but Kara as not quite Kara, who had her memories but hadn’t had to live through them. I liked the way it seemed to give her the distance to finally piece together the puzzle of herself. This vid’s subdued colouring and fragmented images express that Kara beautifully and gives her an ending that feels just right. With fire, not fade away.

Slow Down Gandhi by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24
The Cylons had a plan but there never did seem to be much of one for the civilians on the show. The two-part mutiny in S4.5 was one of the few times they got to play centre stage and even then the focus was on the leaders and the dice clearly weighted - Zarek’s murderous ambition was hammered home from his killing of Laird. It’s all there in this vid. Gold lit decadence aboard Colonial One while the masses lurk in the shadows. The egocentric anger driving the men who would be Ghandi. Throughout the people remain a blur, camera pans over hands and feet, only coming face to face with the viewer when the show’s over and still nothing has changed.

Unnatural Selection by [livejournal.com profile] charmax
Terminators and cylons are very different kinds of robots. But both were made to be perfect and in both cases their first free act was to destroy their maker. They enter the evolutionary process by trying to end it only to find that perfection is incompatible with survival. They adapt, they change, they die and in dying live. Who’d have thought classic Darwinism could be so visually striking or bust such a beat?

Lost at Sea by [livejournal.com profile] halcyon_shift
The tragedy of Jesse. The strong smooth movement through water that eventually draws her down, a strange counterpoint to the clatter of jagged images from life on land.
hazelk: (star baby)
I haven’t had much to say about the BSG finale. For better or worse it was very like the show, that big baggy 19th century novel of a show. Brilliant in parts, bathetic in others. Never afraid to stand up and make a complete prat of itself or to risk creating seriously dodgy subtext and sometimes the risk would pay off but then sometimes it wouldn’t. In the light of all the recent discussions around Patricia Wrede’s The Thirteenth Child ([personal profile] naraht has been linking), the very ending is a case in point.

It’s ironic really, the week the finale aired the Guardian ran an article about the series comparing it favourably to The Wire. Their particular point was that although both were big complex novel-like stories The Wire was very specifically American (USAian) and BSG more universal. Which there’s some obvious truth to – there are no cybernetic Americans - but the ending was very much a return to a specifically American founding myth. The ragtag band of exiles and the fine green country empty but for a few wordless primitives. The initial good intentions. I hear the new Star Trek movie has changed the bodly go tag line from “ where no man has gone before” to “where no-one has gone before.” Points for feminism but space is an empty frontier once more.

It’s not that other colonising nations don’t have their own heroic origin myths but they’re all slightly different. Steampunk, an entire genre celebrating Victorian daring-do. Dr Who, the scion of empire, leaving the playing fields of Gallifrey to travel and observe and (where necessary) keep order among the natives. What’s the Japanese version? The French, the German, the Belgian?
hazelk: (bsg)
Last night I had a BSG dream. As is the way with dreams at the time is seemed completely relevatory, like Kekulé and the snakes. But then I woke up and instead of the structure of benzene all that was left was the vague impression that HeadSix was the first cylon and Papadama the last (but I really don’t care about the final fifth).

The last half season starts next week but I’ve seriously been thinking about waiting for the DVDs to come out. It was how I watched the first two seasons and there were definite advantages to that system. On the other hand I did like 4.5 and how it ended but it already feels like anything else may just be an epilogue. I am curious but feel more interested in how things started than how they will end, the first cylon not the last. The story has lost some urgency. Or had until the 9th webisode, which changed things a little. We’ll see, it may all come down to how things are at work and January already looks to be hideous.
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Jolene by [livejournal.com profile] nicole_anell
Fabulous look at Cally and her tragic lack of fabulousness.

Ghosts by [livejournal.com profile] beccatoria
Haunting study of Caprica Six, like the little mermaid doomed to be always slightly out of phase with the brave new world she made.

Hera has six mommies by [livejournal.com profile] tallulah71 for [livejournal.com profile] cyborganize
Fascinating and not a little addictive. The women whirl past as if in a game of ‘Oranges and Lemons,’ connecting to tell a chain story like the bells in the song. Hera runs through the middle. “Here comes a candle to take you to bed. Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.” Beautiful, in all senses of the word, queer and strangely heart warming in one.
hazelk: (bsg)
I’m taking the title with its riff on Guess who’s coming to dinner as validating being interested in what the final fifth is and not who.

Water, water everywhere )
hazelk: (bsg)
Come together )
hazelk: (Default)
That what show are you watching meme?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - the “when Sarah met the very scary robots” show. Or for the last episode the James Ellison/Johnny Cash on a white horse show.

Heroes - in the first season I think the only thing I wasn’t watching was the “Sylar is the only character worth vidding” show. Three episodes into the second I really have no idea. Possibly the “Angela Petrelli back in the day Company Chronicles” but hopefully not the “West is really annoying but I can’t put my finger on exactly why” show.

Battlestar Galactica - the “note to self, religion freaky and where have all the real Cylons gone” show. Plus the “Mary McDonnell/Tricia Helfer/Katee Sackoff” is totally awesome show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8 - spoilers are what a slayer breathes )
hazelk: (bsg)
It’s a TV truism that all series eventually approach the condition of soaps. Some of them start out that way ie with the primary focus being on a few key characters, their families and their relationships rather than a world or a workplace. In BSG’s case the driving force of the show is still the response to extreme situations but in the early days it was a whole society, or what was left of it, responding to possibly the most extreme situation imaginable for a people. Now the events driving the story are the worst things that could happen to particular individuals rather than humanity as a whole.

Nothing was real )

Be careful what you wish for )

May you live in interesting times )

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