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"Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible." - Rod Serling, creator, The Twilight Zone

I created this space mainly to indulge in all things scifi as I've been a fan since Day 1 (well, Star Wars did come out when I was born ;) and sorely miss my weekly TV fixes and Forbidden Planet trips since we left for Asia in 2006. I never fully appreciated how easy it is to be a fan in the USA what with all those special previews, early releases, online transactions and conventions (!) Still, I'm thankful for kindred souls among friends, at work and home, fansites like GateWorld and virtual communities like LiveJournal - to help fill the void here.

Feel free to visit my profile for more info. Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by and drop a note when you can. Journey on! -lis aka lostinspace aka balikpulang.

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Spartacus vs Gannicus

Guess what I caught up on during Glee's winter hiatus? SPARTACUS! The Gods Of The Arena prequel, that is. Talk about two vastly different shows, eh?! Esp. with regards to sex and nudity :)

While the prequel borders on one too many graphic scenes for my taste (!), the story remains just as compelling. My only complaint is there's only six eps and another looong wait till season two.

I'm really digging the contrast between our two (newly crowned) Champions of Capua - Gannicus and Spartacus. Gannicus denies the reality of his situation through levity, violence and sex, while Spartacus escaped his situation only AFTER he learnt to embrace his own hard reality. There's also the gut-wrenching angst between Gannicus, Melitta and Oenomaus. While Spartacus' pride eventually led to his fall and thus, him discovering a bigger purpose beyond self, so too will Gannicus' mask fall as his layers (and status as hero/friend/lover) get forcibly stripped away. And if show follows history, however broadly, we may yet see a wiser Gannicus emerge to reunite with Oenomaus and even Crixus as future leaders in the rebellion with Spartacus. One can hope!

"And what happens, brave Gannicus, when presented with circumstance you cannot laugh or fight your way clear of?" Tragedy, Melitta. Tragedy for you and me.

Where's the soul, sistahs?

So uhm, anyone else feel like we're having a bad case of split personalities on Glee? I still enjoy the show but I fear fandom is looking a LOT more intriguing than canon lately. The Special Education ep went a bit overboard in constrasting the humourless, conformist Warblers (except when they perform!) vs the individual, dramatic chaos of New Directions. They could've toned down some scenes like the somewhat OOC Blaine/Kurt post-audition chat and too!obvious bird-in-a-cage analogy (although @freePavarotti has become a Twitter fave lately :)

Less is more, guys. We get it. At least this scene = perfect on talent + subtext. A penny for their thoughts, eh? Kudos for Lea and Chris' solos and Darren's facial expressions!

Ignoring the tiny fact that acapella and show choirs shouldn't even share the same contest category, letting New Directions and The Warblers BOTH go to regionals = awesome cop out. Everyone gets more Dalton boys in action with the Beelzebubs' vocals and arrangements ... and Kurt's (eventual) solo with the boys! Until TPTB unmask their master plan for Kurt and the *real* Blaine in what's affectionally being known as gay!Hogwarts, feast your eyes and ears on the adorkableness below.

Come on show 'em what you're worth

GLEE's story arc around acceptance and bullying has been pretty timely given the latest reports of youth suicides, gang attacks, et al. The cast seem to understand the impact their on-screen characters have on our youth and some have taken this responsibility one step further, e.g. getting involved in The Trevor Project.

Given GLEE's record-setting Katy Perry cover of Teenage Dream (debuting at #1 digital song, #8 Billboard Hot 100), what are the chances they'll cover Firework next? Perfect tie-in to the theme, right? Meanwhile, here's a great Kurt fanvid set to this song:

GLEE makes MY heart go wheee!

The latest cast addition to GLEE gives me much glee! Here's hoping Blaine aka Darren Criss sticks around for a good long while (and the writers do his character justice...)

Like most, this was the scene that hooked me. I didn't even LIKE this song till Darren and the Tufts Beelzebubs put their spin on it:

Also, doesn't their upcoming duet just warm your heart this Christmas season?

Hmmm.... I need me a Kurt/Blaine icon. Get more GLEE music here!

I. Want. Spartacus!

My newest guilty pleasure on TV is Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Ironically, I'd first dismissed the trailer as a mashed up Rome/300/Gladiator copy; and the pilot somewhat affirmed this with its stylised sex and violence, and one too many nude and bloody fight scenes. However, subsequent episodes have revealed surprising depth to the show and its cast - and it's just going from strength to strength. The tension and intrigue keeps building up via multi-layered characters and storylines that interplay between action and words, freedom and slavery, honor and betrayal, love and lust, life and death....

We all know the general history, i.e. our hero (wonderfully played by newcomer Andy Whitfield) eventually instigates a slave rebellion in his search for lost love and freedom. However, kudos to the writers for taking the time to delve into his tragic journey, internal flaws (pride and impetousness) and failures; as well as the struggles with and among those around him. There's such richness to explore here that it's no wonder Starz renewed Spartacus for a second season even before the premiere aired!

All in all, solid writing, gritty yet subtle acting with a rare cinematic production quality. One of the few shows I just can't wait to watch each week.

Here's a great behind the scenes introduction. Minor spoiler warning!

Avatar, "I see you!"

So we finally contributed towards Avatar's quest for glory as the highest grossing movie of all time. Although we missed the first ~10 mins, the subsequent ~2:30 hours more than made up for the lost time and filled in any critical background info. While the plot was predictable and some dialogue predictably left-wing liberal, it was overall beautifully, techno-artfully done. Wish we could have seen it in 3D, as intended! After earning its first billion ticket sales in just 17 days, the next billion to cement Avatar's place in movie history is just a Pandoran ride away.


She's back!

Anyone else out there excited about the upcoming eps of Legend of The Seeker? Finally! Some angst :)

Here's the trailer for ep 207 Resurrection:

Plus check out these spoilery stills for subsequent eps at Spoiler TV

So ... was there really a plan?

It's been a while since I caught up with Battlestar Galactica. I remember being so involved with the reimagining until S3 where things moved more sideways than forwards for me. That said, The Plan - the new ~2 hour DVD movie - seems like a decent attempt to leverage the BSG legacy, depict a different perspective with a deep dive into the Cylon psyche, and of course tie up all major loose ends.

Anyone seen this yet?

Here's the trailer:

... and a sneak peak:


"But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." - Yates

"Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars." - Shakespeare

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind." - Dr. Seuss

"That which can be imagined need never be lost." - Clive Barker

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