November 28th, 2002
A combination of Demon Internet having severe connectivity problems tonight and my having worked later than planned means that I haven't done any web browsing this evening, so I'm afraid I don't have any interesting links to post.
Happily my day wasn't a total loss, since I took a trip to my local sorting office to pick up the box set of My So-Called Life on DVD which I ordered from Amazon after AnotherUniverse turned out to be untrustworthy.
I've just watched the pilot episode for the first time in about five or six years since the show was last repeated on Channel 4, and I'm delighted to report that it's every bit as terrific as I remembered. Although the DVD presentation is nothing to write home about (very basic packaging, tacky menus) the content is just fine. After all, the bottom line is that I've got one of the five all-time classic US TV shows of the 90s on DVD, and that's what counts.
For what it's worth, the others on that list are Twin Peaks, Homicide: Life on the Street, Murder One and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Roseanne would have made the list, probably displacing Murder One, but it started in 1988.
Babylon 5 doesn't quite make the cut, but it comes very close. Although it deserves credit as an ambitious and successful attempt to plot a complex but coherent science fiction story across the course of five years, on reflection some of the acting and dialogue was sufficiently workmanlike that it can't quite live with the standards set by the Top Five. (But then, none of them had any planets blowing up, cool spaceships or multiple, overlapping, millennia-spanning alien conspiracies!)