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Clara and Me

Frak the partiarchy.

When last I checked in, winter was coming, a chill was in the air, and I had rambled on at length about two of my current obsessions (for better or worse): Doctor Who and fairy tales. Since then winter has come and gone (bringing a fascinating new season of Game of Thrones in its wake, for whatever that’s worth) and I’ve been attempting to wrestle those very same obsessions into something resembling a coherent thesis. As I write this, I’m somewhere between the planning and execution stages of that project. I only hope that I can endure the seemingly unending array of traps and pitfalls of my own interior puzzle-box castle, evading the specter of death long enough to punch my way through the diamond wall to emerge victorious, liberated, and somewhat more enlightened on the other side. You know, just like the Doctor. That’s the goal, anyway.

It may not have escaped your notice that I quite liked that episode, “Heaven Sent.” Which is to say that I didn’t stop writing my season 9 reviews because of dislike or even disinterest for the show. On the contrary, I quite liked the end of series 9, especially the awesomely girl-powery and affirmative ending of Clara’s story in “Hell Bent.” Basically, the same thing happened as last year, which is that Doctor Who‘s last episodes coincided with the start of the holiday season, and I just got distracted/busy. It’s hard to get back into the mindset of those reviews this far past the season, especially since I’ve become even busier since then, but I do intend to try.

Eventually, but not right now. I’m writing this post at the moment to give a heads-up to some of you who might not be aware of the fact that my other — Kat and Curt’s TV Re-View podcast, which I co-host with Curtis Weyant — also reached an exciting milestone as we concluded our journey through the new series of Doctor Who. For those of you who haven’t followed along with our episode-by-episode discussions, all of them are archived on our website under the Doctor Who tag and can be accessed in perpetuity here. We’re a quiet little corner of the Doctor Who fandom, but I’d like to think that anyone could jump in from the beginning or listen to a random episode and tell us what they think. If nothing else, the project as certainly helped me hone my own close-reading skills, and I hope has provided a few hours of entertainment or thoughtfulness to others.

Before this begins to sound too final, fear not! For those of you with no interest in Doctor Who (or who have become too bitter/jaded by the Moffat era – I know you’re out there), we offer other televisual flavors for your interest. We’re still working our way through every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and will be doing so for a while yet. More recently, though, we’ve just begun our discussion of the mid-aughts reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Our three discussions so far (a series preview both parts of the 2003 miniseries) are here at this tag, and will continue posting weekly with our regular Buffyverse discussions.


All this has happened before and all this will happen again… on our podcast.

BSG is not something I’ve really talked about on this blog before, so it may be a show that some of you are not really familiar with, or are not aware that I’m familiar with. For both of these types of people, our series introduction (Episode 143) is a great place to start. We talk about the history and context of Ron Moore’s reboot of the BSG series, as well as give our own personal histories with the show.

Whether you’re new to BSG or already a committed toaster-lover, we invite you all to (re)watch and listen along with us, and even join in the discussion on Twitter and in our comments section. If our epic discussion of the first episode of the miniseries is any indication, we have more than a few thoughts and feelings to share, which hopefully promises an interesting discussion, especially as the show continually gets deeper, darker, and (in my opinion) even better than its  impressive beginning. We’ve already found some interesting parallels to our other shows of choice, all of which are reconceptualizations of earlier, very campy genre properties, reshaped and reimagined for a modern audience. In BSG, we’re still talking about the nature of heroism, the creation of what TV Tropes calls families of choice, and the sometimes wonky alliance of science and fantasy, only this time we’ve added a ragtag fleet representing the dysfunctional remains of human civilization and their genocidal and zealous robotic pursuers. It’s just like real life**, but with octagonal paper.

Anyway, I can’t promise to be a more committed blogger until I’m on the other side of this other big writing project I’m working on, but I plan to get back to posting here regularly in good time. Until then, good hunting, so say we all, and all that.


**Seriously, compare Roslin vs. Baltar to the present election. It would be funny if I didn’t know that New Caprica comes next.

About Katherine Sas

Graduate of Messiah College and Signum University with degrees in literature. I'm a student of the imaginative literature, TV, and film, particularly Tolkien and the Inklings, Doctor Who, and the fairy tale tradition.
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