• I went to the Hokusai
exhibit at the NGV today! Beautiful prints. I was worried I was going to run out of time to see it but it turns out I needn't have worried - it's been extended a week. If you can I'd suggest not going on a weekend because it was extremely crowded and the area it's in is all narrow corridors so it's extremely slow going to get through. That was bad for me because I get claustrophobic in slow moving crowds. It was also annoying because people would stand right up close to the prints so literally nobody else could look at them because their heads were in the way, and some prints I could only see through someone's phone camera, because the rest of their body was in the way. I didn't read the placards, just looked at the prints, because I figured I could buy the exhibit book to read all that stuff (and I did buy it and like most gallery exhibit art books it will probably sit on my shelf never actually getting read). They had two lovely prints of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, which is what most people were there for, but the flower prints and the bridges were also really beautiful.
Now that my office has moved and I'm not really crossing the city any more, I haven't been going in so much, so walking through the Bourke Street Mall at 11am actually felt like I was being a tourist in my own city. I went into the City Library to pick up a bunch of books that looked interesting at a local book store but that I can't afford to buy (lol, sorry local store) and I went into Dymocks that was full of awesome books I can't afford to buy. Seriously, the hardcover of Aaronovitch's RoL novella was more than I pay for a prestige paperback of a full size novel; there is seriously no way I'm paying that much for a novella. I'm deeply behind on my book stack, anyway,.
• The first DVD of SG-1 arrived before any of the other DVDs I was waiting for (I blame AusPost, not Quickflix, tbh), so I watched the first episode last night after finishing my celebrity studies essay.
Here's what little exposure to Stargate
I had before this:
- I'd randomly caught five minutes here and there of SG-1 on TV over the years, not enough to have any idea what was really happening, but enough to know that (A) I wanted Sam and Janet to make out, (B) a vague idea of what happened to Daniel's wife, and (C) MacGyver is in it. (I guess I have to say the original MacGyver now that there's a new MacGyver TV show.)
- A girl I met the first time I went to uni back in 2002 told me she wrote Jack/Daniel fic and I was shocked that she shipped Not James Spader with The MacGyver Guy because, like, omg, Richard Dean Anderson is so old!
- I saw the original movie at the cinema, and remember passingly little of it, other than the main plot points. In fact, if I had not read a Tor.com post about it recently, I'm pretty sure all I'd remember is Space Egypt, James Spader strangely attractive in bandanna, hot space wife.
So, here are my thoughts on the first episode:
- It's probably a good thing I didn't watch this in 1997 but it's a fascinating time capsule of clothing and set design. Jack's gigantic baggy leather jacket! Remember when that was the cool design for what leather jackets could be like? A lot of the visuals remind me of Xena, actually, because I guess that was what sf/f looked like in that time period when it wasn't gothic horror.
- Michael Shanks with floppy hair is so cute. So so cute. Possibly it should be illegal to be that cute.
- Christopher Judge is also really beautiful at this point.
- Sam Carter showing up and geeking out about everything is great. I've already decided she's the best one. The bit where she and Daniel meet and say nerdy things at each other while all those military people around them stand there looking confused is great. I loved that.
- I love the unsubtle use of re-purposed footage from the movie for desert planet, the name of which I do not remember.
- And then they visit Vancouver Planet, which I suspect is the kind of planet they'll visit a lot.
- Wow, I was not at all prepared for how genuinely awful the stuff with Daniel's wife is. The extremely gross rape and murder subtext, combined with the way the naked blond lady was filmed from behind or hidden by conveniently placed objects, but non-white brunette lady gets full frontal nudity for the scene where she's rendered unable to fight and then brutalised. That is extremely gross.
- The nonsense planet hopping is cool, though.
- After that surprisingly emotionally intimate scene between Jack and Daniel at Jack's house I am not at all surprised that became a monster slash pairing in its time.