So, up Arthur's Seat I went. Or rather, round the curve of it until I could see Edinburgh Castle, Blackford Hill and Carlton Hill (as well as that hill to the West of Edinburgh that I have no idea about) and at midnight fireworks went up from all of them for about 10 minutes of glorious lightshow. And for a moment I forgot how ill I felt.
And then down again, and along to Guy's house, where I chatted for half an hour before plodding home to collapse.
To all of you a Happy New Year, and may you have a better year next year than ever before!
When I'm tired, everything seems overexposed, faded slightly, and scratchy. Listening to music starts to feel like having sandpaper pulled over exposed nerve endings, even when it's not the kind of music that's supposed to have that effect. I can't keep my concentration long enough to read anything in-depth and I can't empathise enough to make it worth reading much fiction.
It was not, therefore, probably the best time to finally get around to watching Broken Bow, the first episode of Enterprise.
However, having thought about it, I suspect it still would have come across as shallow, derivative, clumsily scripted and blankly acted. Sure, there's a few interesting characters in it (the doctor and the British guy, for instance), some nice special effects and a few interesting ideas but the hammering home of "We have to do it for ourselves, even when it's a bloody stupid thing to do" moral, the flaky "Trust the wind, even when it's a bloody stupid thing to do" philosophising, the fact that yet again we have a captain who throws himself into combat rather than being, well, a captain and the lack of any pace or feeling of threat meant that I have no interest whatsoever in watching any more of it.
If anyone would care to tell me that it gets better and it's ever worth caring about this crew, then let me know.
Ooh,in case it helps to know my prejudices, in order of preference:
1) Deep Space 9
Long arc plots, writers that clearly cared about the characters, moral decisions that make a difference to people's lives and a darkness that fits in better with my worldview than Voyager. Oh, and a fair sprinkling of humour too.
2) Next Gen
While it could sometimes be lacking, generally the acting is of very high quality, lots of the ideas are first rate and there's a lot of incredible episodes in there.
3) TOS and Voyager
Both TOS and Voyager and TOS have some fantastic episodes, but never managerd to sustain quality enough to make me watch a random episode, I'm afraid.
There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, [...] we've got work to do