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The Dresden Files continues to leave me conflicted. I watched the premiere, but with only about half my attention. I missed the scene in which the villain was dealt with--and didn't find the story interesting enough to rewind the Tivo and catch it. Not a good sign. But the next episode was really good; [ profile] snippy and I were both impressed with it.

Last week's episode (which we only got around to viewing tonight)? The one with the werewolves? It had its moments, but overall it didn't do much for us. The show seems very uneven.

Supernatural:  Yay! More Bob The Good Ol' Boy Hunter! I like Bob. I like Bob a lot. And as an extra added bonus, Bob was the voice of reason in this episode. Even better, he didn't get killed. I fully--if sadly--expect him to get killed at some point. He's not the star of the show, and Hunting is a dangerous line of work, so the odds are against him. But damn it, I like him.

Battlestar Galactica: Okay, so somebody did a half-assed job of patching holes in the airlock bulkhead. Mistakes happen. But nobody bothered to test the patch before they blithely had Tyrell and Cally go into the airlock to work on it? You know, run the pressure up and see if the patches held--and only if they are solid do you (reduce the pressure to standard levels again) and send the repair crew in.

You know, you'd think that a warship would be better equipped for such problems. Warships, by their very nature, tend to get holes punched in them. Maybe not full vacc suits, but survival pods--even just an inflatable plastic bubble that will save you from the worst effects of vacuum exposure until you can be rescued. But that's not an option, apparently. Nor can they cut through the interior bulkheads in time to do anything for them.

So they put a Raptor outside the airlock to catch the two crewmembers when they blow the airlock doors off. The Raptor crew are in vacc suits since the Raptor has to be open to space to retrieve them. Then they close the hatch and repressurize. Sure, I get that. Only...

1. Why blow off the airlock doors? Aside from the issue of the doors endangering the Raptor as they go flying through space, now you've rendered the airlock useless until and unless you can replace the doors. And it's not like Galactica is going to be putting in for resupply and repairs at a drydock anytime soon.

2. The airlock was losing atmosphere. Which means it was at less than standard pressure when they blew the doors off. Standard pressure is 14 psi. You don't get hurricane force winds when that happens. You get a gentle breeze.

3. Why the hell did they stage this lame-brained stunt? You've got at least four people in the Raptor in full vacc suits. Why don't they, oh I don't know...SEAL THE HOLE FROM THE OUTSIDE? For god's sake, people, spray SHAVING CREAM into the hole so it freezes and blocks it long enough to slap a metal plate over the hole and glue/weld/whatever it into position. It only has to last long enough to satisfy the air pressure sensors so they'll open the inner doors.

sigh... Battlestar Galactica is generally a good show. But Ronald Moore freely confesses to caring more about character than plot or science--and it shows.
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So I just watched last week's episode of Supernatural, in which Sam is possessed by a demon and has killed one Hunter* and is targeting another, who is named Bob. Sam appears at Bob's door and is invited in. Bob offers him a beer. They drink.

Sam spews the beer in a cloud of steam/smoke and doubles over in pain. "What did you do?" Sam demands.

"A little holy water in the beer," says Bob, unperturbed. "Sam never would have noticed. But you're not Sam, are you?" he says calmly before coldcocking demon Sammy. Later on, he and Dean work an exorcism to free Sam. It doesn't go as easily as it should--but Bob ultimately manages to dispel the demon. Later he asks the Winchester boys if they know a hunter named Steve Wandell. They ask why.

Bob explains that Steve was found murdered in his own home. His buddies are looking for whoever did it. Dean says no, they've never heard of him. Sam says, "Dean..." Bob says they should keep it that way, that Steve's buddies are looking to lynch someone and they aren't likely to stop and listen to reason, "you understand what I'm saying?"

I like Bob. I like it that he isn't stupid. He doesn't take anything for granted. A little holy water in the beer doesn't hurt but it could--and did--save his life. I like it that he knows damn well that possessed Sam killed Steve, but that Sam wasn't responsible--and that Steve's Hunter friends aren't going to stop to listen to explanations if they learn Sam was involved. I hope we see Bob again.

Did I mention that Bob is a middle-aged white guy with a beard, a beer gut, wearing a flannel shirt and a baseball cap? That he looks and sounds** like a stereotypical Good Ol' Boy or redneck?

We've seen the Winchesters, and Ellen and her daughter Jo, and the denizens of their bar--which caters to Hunters--and the various rough looking sorts who hang out there. It just tickles me to see a stereotypical Good Ol' Boy as one of the smart, tough defenders of mankind.

*Hunters are people who know the truth--that the supernatural is all around us, and they're out tracking and killing the monsters. There is a small underground sub-culture of these folk in Supernatural.

**Except when he's reciting a Latin exorcism, anyhow....


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