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Several weeks ago, in the course of a shipping meme, [livejournal.com profile] selenak asked me to write a few words about Darla and Drusilla. It's funny how waking up in the middle of the night can finally bring a solution to things, when your daytime muses are otherwisely occupied  *g*

So, Selena, this one is for you. Sorry it took me so long...

Putting the relationship between Darla and Drusilla down into words  is like describing  harmony by terms of contrast. They are the first and the third line of a complicated four line riddle, diametrically opposed corners of a  perfect square. Each of them mirrors the time and culture they were born in. The whore who believed in nothing except the cruel works of man, and the Victorian angel.  If you look closely enough, you will find that both passed a part of their essence on to their vampire children; the prodigal sons who, more than once, saved the very same mankind Darla and Dru sought to destroy.

Death is a big theme for them, the night-clad puppeteer, who pulls at their strings. They thrive on each other. While Darla is reason and cunning, Drusilla is the empress of vision and madness; no wonder she ran away with that  hideous demon. Strangely enough, she who always seemed so fragile and transient, will remain who she is and travel the world forever.

Darla is change.
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Today's definition of the term "luck": Spilling the entire content of your XL-sized coffee mug over your writing desk without one single drop of liquid hitting your keyboard (it's the fourth, btw.; keyboards fear me, I'm their doom *g*)

But back to the bundle of disconnected notes that I came here for...


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[livejournal.com profile] cavendish's entry about Re-Unification Day, incorrigible teenage idealism and the importance of hopeful Utopias not only re-awakened my love for the groundbreaking qualities of Star Trek: Classic , it also caused me to wonder about the representation of humanist values in current Sci-Fi/Genre TV.

The most obvious finding: We clearly live in a "Post X-Files" age now. Where Roddenberry's Federation of Planets postulated the benefits of scientific advance, peaceful exploration and tolerance, the Federation officers of Joss Whedon's Firefly have turned human future into a paranoiac's nightmare. And while faith in political bodies or larger collectives as such appears to have been irreversably shattered, the remaining fragments have been rearrangend to form something else. Something that in the end might easily prove to be the more powerful optimist vision: humanism displayed not under ideal circumstances but in the face of terror and, also, the firm belief in the individual's capability to change.

So, here is my reply to anybody accusing shows like Farscape, Babylon 5, DS9 or the later seasons of Buffy of too much bleakness: don't look at the amount of despair and gloom. Look into the hearts of the characters. And you will find hope for mankind. More than enough.

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I finally saw the season premiere of Angel. After last years' fantasy-heavy and apocalypse-loaden story arcs, the episode itself felt rather refreshing and ironically also much closer to the earlier, more reality-based plolines of seasons 1 and 2 than anything that has happened to Angel and crew after Pylea. Go A-Team. Go!

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Some TV shows are like your favourite sweater. Though worn-out, baggy and bleached, you will unconditionally love them till the very end. I missed you, ER. Great to have you back!

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