Apart from the most current season of Doctor Who (which wasn't exactly my cup of tea), the by far "youngest", most up to date shows I watched were ST: Enterprise (2001-2005) and Farscape (1999-2003). Perfectly fine turn-of-the-millennium genre tv, and ideal for a study in contrast, regarding about every aspect that one could possibly think of.
The most noteworthy difference, however, would be how differently both Farscape and Enterprise dealt with the aftermath of 9/11. One show - the one which had started out with a clearly pacifist mission statement - suddenly laden with unreflected militarism and themes of retribution, therefore alienating a good portion of its core viewership, including me, and the other show - the often wild, violent, chaotic, over-the-top maverick - offering its viewers the much more differentiated, complex approach of "Terra Firma". My love for Farscape has never been greater than during that scene in which a visibly upset Jack tries to explain the impact the 9/11 attacks have had on American society and himself, but ultimately leaves his son John unable to understand.
Poignant and valid on several levels, just as good television should be. (Btw., when I wrote this entry, I caught myself making a rather intriguing Freudian typo, "fathermath" instead of "aftermath".) As I've already said to selenak, Farscape's S4 brought along not only some of the show's worst episodes but also the very best.
So much for my first TV highlight of 2011. For the second one I really have to thank Cavendish, who, once we had finished our business in the Unchartered Territories, kindly suggested to re-watch two of his own childhood favourites, and thus catapulted us straight into the realm of the 1970s mini-series.
Rich Man, Poor Man (1976-1977) and Roots (1977). As incredible as it might seem, to say those shows were equally fascinating to watch (the occasional "head desk" moment included), would be an absolute understatement. The creators of both shows were ambitious, the format fresh, and the production values high. I guess, to do both series justice in regard to their origins, contents, scripts, and acting I really ought to come up with another entry.
So I'll leave you with this:
Most generally underestimated actor/director of my personal TV year: Bill Bixby. Yup, the Bill Bixby.
Favourite female character: Maggie Porter (Susan Sullivan), workaholic and highly competent lawyer and part time love interest of Rich Man, Poor Man's male lead Rudy Jordache (Peter Strauss) during the show's somewhat uneven and soapy, but nevertheless extremely addictive second season.
Favourite male character: Roots' s Chicken George Moore, played by the wonderful Ben Vereen. Chicken George and his wife Mathilda (Olivia Cole) would also be my number one candidate for "favourite TV couple" and the characters I wouldn't mind being adopted by.
Sorry John, sorry Aeryn ;-)
Yup, I can write that, I thought. Turned out both characters strictly refused to get into talking.
So, one week after the official submission deadline, it appears I'm stuck with a poor excuse of a 500 word mini vignette in desperate need of some proof-reading. Even if it's too late by now I would like to deliver at least something...
Any volunteers willing to give it a quick check?
The Hybrid Child of Vulcan by Chibifukurou
Plot summary: Spock is preparing to apply to the Star Trek academy, but before he does he has to come to grips with his hybrid heritage with the help of Christopher Pike and T'pol.
I think what I like most is the way how the different incarnations of Star Trek, ranging from TOS to Reboot!Movieverse blend into each other seamlessly, in a very natural and convincing manner. Also a wonderful, highly endearing take on the individual characters, with just the right mixture of darker notes and a distinct sense of hope.
To sum up viewing experiences in just a few words:
The Original Series: The re-mastered DVDs, which kind of started the whole re-watching business *g*, are worth every cent. The colours, the carefully modernised special effects, wow, just wow!
TNG: Much love, accompanied by occasional wincing. If there is a Starfleet captain I would love to serve under as an officer, it is cleary Picard.
DS9: Capturing and thought-provoking, even after all these years.
Voyager: The biggest surprise, by far, and I hasten to add the surprise has been an unexpectedly positive one. During the show's original run, neither Cavendish nor I had watched any further than season three. Also the re-watch which resulted in the most nick-naming of characters with regard to certain episodes. GI-Janeway. Ethno-Chakotay *g*
Enterprise: Moments of wonder, moments of greatness, moments of repeated head-desking. The red-headed stepchild of the whole Star Trek franchise with an awful lot of wasted potential. The final ep These are the Voyages does not exist. T'Pol, Phlox, Macolm, Hoshi, Shran, you're brilliant. Trip, dear, you're too good to be true. Most hilarious moment during the rewatch: the episode where I discovered my husband's a secret Trip/T'Pol shipper.
Not having any Star Trek to turn to in the evening feels kind of strange. So, dear f-listers, I ask you
So, what should Bimo and Cavendish (re)watch next?
Life on Mars
State of Play
Something altogether different (please drop us a note with your suggestions in the comments)