Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sci fi fan(atic), a.k.a. Obsessed

Blame it on my son. When I was a teenager, I got addicted to a soap opera and swore that I’d never again watch a show with a continuing story line . But my son has this bad habit of watching some pretty interesting TV shows. Not only did I get hooked, I became so obsessed with one particular show that he finally forced me to go cold-turkey by insisting that I stop watch the reruns. Then he ruined the whole thing by getting me hooked on two other shows. Sigh.

So I spent a couple of hours writing what I hoped was a very well-thought-out three-part series of posts on the relationship between the male and female leads on one of these shows. I went a bit out on a limb in my analysis, posted my “masterpiece” this past Friday afternoon (as if I had nothing more important to do right before the Shabbat leading directly into Pesach—now you know I’m nuts), and spent three days holding my breath to see whether I was going to collect kudos for my insightfulness or get “shot down” for being a looney bird. Imagine my shock when I got back on the Internet last night after maariv, hightailed it over to my favorite science fiction message board—and found that no one had posted a single response to my tome, despite the fact that three whole days (including a weekend) had passed since I posted it. I can’t remember ever having felt so humiliated on the Internet.

My husband, bless him, being more rational than I, said I should give it more time. Sure enough, I checked out my favorite message board today, and found two very thoughtful replies.

I feel much better now, thank you.


Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Where is the post? I'll comment.

I, too, find that topics that are of immense interest to me often generate no repsonse from the readership.

What can I say? Audiences are fickle.

Tue Apr 26, 03:11:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

To tell you the truth, I've gone back and forth so many times on how I feel about the direction in which this show is taking this relationship that I'm dizzy, already. I'll probably change my mind again, the next time I post. I've given up trying to be consistent. I would have been glad that Sam (Samantha) had "cleared the deck" for Jack, but then, when I realized how impossible it might continue to be for Jack and Sam *ever* to have any kind of romantic relationship, I said I wished she'd married Pete, after all. At one point, I threw up my hands and accused the male lead of setting this whole thing up as a personal ego trip. (If you have the patience to look back to page 10 and work your way forward through my posts, you'll see what I mean.) But if you're brave enough to dive in, here's the URL: http://www.isnnews.net/forums/showthread.php?s=2dfe601169a4dbde244449594e3a67cb&postid=44997#post44997

It's on the the ISN News: Forums > Sci-Fi and Fantasy Genre / Additional Forums > Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre > SG-1 Season 8 Discussion Thread. Look for the exceedingly long-winded posts by Ranger Shoshanah (named after Susan Ivanova, in case you're wondering).

Tue Apr 26, 04:11:00 PM 2005  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I'm married to Susan Ivanova.

To quote:

"Ivanova is G-d. You will obey Ivanova..."

Tue Apr 26, 04:55:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

You're crackin' me up. :) :) :) Well, you know what they say, Doc: Laughter is the best medicine. :)

Tue Apr 26, 06:53:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Barefoot Jewess said...

Heh, I got sidetracked by the "Ivanova" reference. Unfortunately, my life took a turn to the strange and sad during the last season of Babylon 5, which I never did see.

"Jack and Sam"? Oh my! Here, it is season 7. Your posts are TMI!!!!!!!

She likes fishing now?????

I am still working on old SG-1 eps. In fact, today I watched one with half a mind that had that guy with black hair who had a thing for Sam-very constrained, grey wearing fellow (heh, sorry, my watching left something to be desired). But I keep getting sidetracked by real life.

I'm still reeling back from seeing Teal'c with hair! TMI!!!!!!!!!!

Tue Apr 26, 10:31:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Not to worry, Barefoot Jewess--the 5th and final seaon of Babylon 5 was uneven, at best, and is just about universally acknowledged to have been the worst season. But there's one major exception--you *must* see "Sleeping in Light," the show's final episode, which was actually filmed at the end of season 4, when everyone doubted that the show would be renewed. Make sure you have a box of tissues with you when you watch it--it's an authentic three-hankie special, in the best, but saddest, possible way.

I hope you catch up with Stargate SG1 eventually. (Sorry about the spoilers. I guess that, in crossing over from the message boards to my blog, I forgot to behave myself.) I have the opposite problem--I'm a relative "newbie," not having been a viewer from the beginning of the show, so there are many early episodes that I've never seen.

Fri Apr 29, 03:13:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

By the way, Barefoot, I'm pretty sure the "Ivanova is God" line is from Babylon 5's first season (from the episode "A Voice in the Wilderness, Part II"?).

Fri Apr 29, 03:35:00 AM 2005  

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