Sunday, 27 June 2010

Are you involved in an online community?

...Then please take 5 minutes to complete my survey. I'm doing a statistics course and as part of it I have to conduct a social research project. I've become very interested in online communities and so am investigating how they're formed, who is attracted to them, and why they become involved.

If you wish to participate, Click here to take survey.

It's conducted through Survey Monkey and is anonymous and confidential. All responses will be published in aggregate form. The final paper will be made available through my study blog, Galtha.

Thursday, 29 April 2010


This blog is on hiatus. I no longer have the time to write it and was anyway not getting the response from readers that I would have liked. If anyone has an interest in Merlin fan fiction, they can still find my writing over at Mnemosyne77 Merlin fan fiction.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sanctuary season finale surprisingly enjoyable

How bizarrely wonderful was the Sanctuary season finale? After 10 lacklustere episodes of pure mediocrity, episode 11 stepped up the pace and then the double-length season finale was very enjoyable.

It was the little things that made the difference (after all, the big things about the show remain ridiculous. The plot line revolved around a gargantuan underwater arachnid that could control the planet's techtonic plates - and was named Big Bertha).

All the characters finally seemed to have a role in the plot, all the actors who were supposed to be Japanese, Hindu, Zulu, or other nationalities actually spoke their own languages, the actors finally got to exercise some acting muscles but weren't given material that would be beyond their grasp, and Kate wasn't as annoyingly pointless as usual.

The only drawbacks were the same ones that always plague Sanctuary. With loads of extras, special effects, and guest stars, this is obviously where the show's budget in the last year has gone. Is it really worth producing three good episodes a year and 10 crap ones?

Even if one of the good ones makes this the only science fiction programme to ever include a Bollywood dancing sequence. Which was awesome!

Friday, 1 January 2010

No longer boring you with fan fiction

So, I'm no longer going to be boring you with fanfiction. This blog isn't really the right place for it anyway.
But if you are interested, then you can put an author alert on me at my profile page here.

I honestly haven't had much to say about TV at the moment.

Merlin finished up, proving once and for all that the writers only had one good season in them. They also realised they had one really interesting character and moved quickly to get rid of her. Now we're stuck with the insipid, one-dimensional Gwen as the only main female character. Ergh.

Supernatural is as good as always but is on hiatus for the moment.

Chuck Season 3 is apparently starting in January now. I know one of my nieces will be thrilled. Although I loved Season 2, I'm a little (ok, a lot) concerned about the Subway product placement and that they're not going to let Sarah and Chuck be together. That would be very annoying.

Smallville, also on hiatus, has moved beyond "so bad it's funny" and is now just bad. So painful in fact, that even dedicated TV watchers such as myself are finding it too difficult to watch. Welling and Durance still have as much sexual tension as a used cold teabag.

Fringe is as painful and unwatcheable as it always was. Naturally I've seen every episode. It's a special kind of torture.

Faced with extinction, "the Joss" is pulling out all the stops in Dollhouse, which is still very good but still lacking something. Because it's been cancelled, he's having to rush through five seasons of storyline in 13 episodes and so the narrative is very rushed. Oh, what could have been if not for Fox. Maybe this time he will have learned, finally, that he shouldn't work with them.

On the Sci Fi channel, mediocrity reigns supreme as Sanctuary continues it's midly-enjoyable if somewhat insipid run (did I just use insipid twice in one blog entry - my apologies) on a budget so low it makes Flash Gordon looks professional. And Stargate Universe is pretty much what fans expected: a two-bit BSG rip-off without the humour. (BSG had no humour in case you didn't get the... oh, you did... ok).

As you can see, nothing is really floating my boat at the moment, which is probably why I've chosen to write my own stories instead.

If there's some extraordinary show out there that I'm missing, please let me know. Otherwise it's repeats for me.