Still not king!
Yes, I've finally achieved one-third of one of the items on my list of
things I wanted to do while recovering - I watched Return of the King
Extended Edition last night. I was struck by the similarity between
Minas Tirith and the monastery from Syberia II. Other than that and the
fact that I've given up on the idea of finding 11 consecutive hours to
watch all three extended editions in succession, I found the movie
suitably impressive, epic and enjoyable. But you all knew that because
anyone (except Janene) reading this blog has probably seen it at least
3 times by now.
(Janene, on the other hand, referred to it as "sci fi"...)
I also watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which was an
interesting movie with a rather disturbing premise - that it's possible
to completely erase someone from a person's memory, and that a company
set up a business offering exactly that service to people who have just
broken up. I was surprised by just how much of the movie took place
inside the protaganist's mind, but it worked pretty well. I think it
might have worked better if it hadn't been obvious quite so early how
the scenes shown at the start of the movie fitted in to the overall
timeline. I also was ambivalent about the ending - it didn't really
resolve the outcome to my satisfaction. Overall, though, I liked it.
Switching from movies to TV, my new favorite show is Andromeda.
Interesting characters, ongoing mysteries, lots of butt-kicking, but
all done with lots of humor and verbal sparring. Particularly memorable
moments recently have involved the characters of Doyle and Rommie, who
are both androids and tend to get on each other's nerves for treading
on each other's turf. Examples include "Well, that's the bot calling
the metal black", and, upon being faced with a large number of
intruders, a sequence like this:
(hand wave) "We are not the droids you're looking for."
"What the heck was that?"
"I don't know, but it didn't work..."