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10 July 2008 @ 02:17 pm
Small fandom pimpage!  
Everybody knows that Burn Notice with Tricia Helfer now on it, starts tonight, right?

Also, for those who may have wondered about my occasional forays into the fandom and a ginormous crossover with SG-1 I wrote, Jeremiah starts tonight on Scifi at 7. It'll run four hours every Thurs.

Now, I will freely admit that this show is not everyone's cuppa. Hell, when I first tried it when it premiered after SG-1 way back when Stargate was still on Showtime, it wasn't MY cuppa. I really wanted to like it because it's produced by JMS (he of Babylon 5) and it's a post-apocalyptic scenario. The premise is sort of "Lord of the Flies: 15 years later". Fifteen years after a virus killed the adults, what happens to the children who've grown up in this world that fell apart? Awesome premise, y/y? Huge fodder for stories. BUT the first half hour is desperately slow and overall the pacing is rather leisurely.

But I am stubborn, and when the pilot disc was packed with one of the SG-1 box sets, I tried again. And this time, with a bit of perseverance, the characters and their 'verse really grabbed me. As with Season 1 of B5, a lot of the early eps are to show you this strange world they live in, but the arc builds until it culminates in the season finale.

The show stars Luke Perry and Malcolm Jamal-Warner, and while I was originally dubious about Luke Perry who was coming off 90210 at the time, he's done basically nothing but serious stuff since, so I don't think that should be as strong a bar. It's a buddy show, sort of, though that formula also falls apart as the arc ramps up.

The show also features a WHOLE LOTTA people from the Vancouver Actors Gang (it's really great for bingo!). BSG people are particularly well-represented, with Kandyse McClure in an important recurring role, Tricia Helfer is in the first ep (one of her first acting roles), and Alessandro Juliani is an ep in the middle of s.1. Sean Astin joins the cast in season two (and while I'm lukewarm on his character, many fans LOVE him).

The characters aren't easy to categorize, there are as many agendas as there are people, and despite two brief seasons, I know them better than shows that have run for twice as long.

So, all that in mind, I urge you to give it a try. If it does well enough, maybe MGM will FINALLY put season 2 out on DVD!!!
indie: SG1 jack geekindiefic on July 11th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I tried Jeremiah a few years ago from Netflix (because of my Peter Stebbins lurve) and ... yeah, sent most of season 1 back without watching. But now that it's on scifi, I may tivo it and give it another chance.
lizardbeth: Markuslizardbeth_j on July 11th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Dude, if you like Peter Stebbings, he carries the frakking show. (IMO *G*) I liked him before -- this show made me a drooling fangrrrl. HE IS AWESOME.

Just... give it some time to build... And feel free to skip Red Kiss, it's awful.
ekaterina@dreamwidthvorblessing on July 11th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
ditto on the peter stebbings love--i followed him from SG1 (Tok'Ra love!) to Jeremiah, and have been desperately wanting to see S2 for YEARS now.
lizardbeth: Markuslizardbeth_j on July 11th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Season 2 has been on iTunes for a little while, if that helps! Hopefully SciFi isn't editing the content too much.

But yay for Markus-love! :D
carpenyx: bn - michael/ficarpenyx on July 12th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Burn Notice! *squee* And Tricia! *double squee*

I was curious about Jeremiah... but I didn't tune in for it. But I might give it a shot. :)