October 2nd, 2005

Being Maverick

on being famous for nothing...

Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson
Not for nothing, but that's a tight look,
I ain't mad at that

So it's been a while since I talked about the folly of celebrity. I hadn't really had anything to say. But I'm sitting here watching the season premiere to Saturday Night Live in the vain hope that Kanye West says something controversial. So far no luck, but there was something that struck me as interesting. They announced next weeks host and musical act. And the musical guest is none other than Ashlee Simpson. Excuse me while I pick my bottom lip up off the floor.

Well, if nothing else, they have guaranteed that I'll watch the show for another week, that's for sure. If only to see if they actually crucify her live on stage for the events of last season.

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As an aside, Satuday Night Live is now over. In Pittsburgh, Its followed by DateNight TV, a local call in dating show. Has anyone ever bothered to watch this show? I've seen it a few times. As far as I can tell there were only about 5 episodes ever made and they were filmed like 6 or 7 years ago. The number at the bottom of the screen is blocked out so you can't call in. Are any of these people even still single? Some of them are probably dead. What's the point of a call-in show that you can't call in to anymore. Its a waste of air time. Couldn't they make tens if not twenties of dollars instead by showing an infomercial or something?
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on stopping the signal...

Ashlee Simpson
Serenity
Good ride, but it's over now
Ok, so this one may very well cost me a friend or two.

So there are a lot of readers of this blog who proudly self identify as geeks. I suppose, in some respects, I fit that mold. In others, I really don't. To look at some of my tastes in movies for instance you might assume that I was really into science fiction. I'm actually not. I mean, I love a good movie. But frequently I don't care for a lot of Sci-Fi. Fuck Doctor Who. That's right, I said it. Fuck him. I don't give a damn. (actually, I just found out that the current Dr. Who series stars Billie Piper, who in certain alternate realities could have been the less fucked up Britney Spears, and I'm suddenly almost a little interested. But still, fuck him!) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Well, at least they blew up the planet earth. I never much cared for it either. Fuck them too. But I loved the series Firefly. Why? Because there are three kinds of movies/tv shows, I have a special place in my heart for. Westerns, Boat Movies, and Babes from outer space. Firefly had all of that. Serenity was the return of that, but on the big screen.

A lot of my LJ friends out there seem to be advocating seeing the film over and over again so that they'll make sequels. I'd like to implore everyone to go out and see the movie once (it really was quite good) and then never again. The only thing that can come of seeing it multiple times is it will make a lot of money and that will make the studios think $EQUEL!!!! And that would be awful, Collapse )

I'm a big fan of Joss's. But I'm ready to see him move onto something else. Its for a similar reason that I don't want to see a new Buffy movie. Buffy ended. It ended in exactly the right way. In point of fact, one could argue that it went on a season or two too long. But I was happy with where things were on the final episode. Of Firefly, Buffy and Angel, Angel was actually my least favorite of the three, but at this point its the only one that has questions left open that I'd want to see explored further. Questions that I could easily see wrapped up in a good solid two hours of silver screen time. But even that doesn't really have to happen. I'm ok just letting it go.

What I really want is for this to be it for Serenity. Let it go away. Let it sleep for 20-25 years and become a cult classic. And then in 2028, some UK production company manages to remake it with a with an update look and feel and reversing the genders of half of the crew where suddenly Book is played by some hot asian babe that I can lust after in my naughtiest dreams and sell it to the Sci-Fi channel.

If I've learned anything over the years, its that sometimes you just have to let the characters go. Remember them fondly in the past. And let it end before it gets ruined. Maybe there is another Serenity story to tell. But I'd much rather wait to see it or maybe not see it at all, than have the whole damn thing ruined. It's the difference between being the next Battlestar Galactica and being the next Highlander.