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So, I wanted to do a reaction post this week, because I enjoy them, but I'm also about to dash off to a party, and they aren't as much fun when they're delayed. Fortunately, I was chatting during and immediately after the episode with a friend of mine, C. So here, have a chatlog.

Here there be spoilers. For coherency, look elsewhere. )

In conclusion, is it Autumn 2011 yet?
paxpinnae: What the Tardis is, is freedom. (Freedom)
Oh man.  This EPISODE.  I promised last week that I would have things to say, and as it turns out, I have a lot of things to say.

SPOILERS! )

There's something that I've known but never before processed - almost no other country has a space program like the United States does.  Or rather, did. Russia does.  In about six months, the only way into space will be on a Russian capsule, so maybe I shouldn't knock the rest of the world so much.  However, the fact remains that I've always thought of space travel as a kind of transcendent international goal, when really a lot of it has happened in my backyard.

I grew up in Houston, which is where U.S. astronauts live and train and where Mission Control is. (Houston, we've had a problem.") I went on field trips to the Johnson Space Center about six times before high school, and my high school friends and I still truck out to the Brazos Bend Observatory every August to watch the Perseids.  When Columbia went down, it seemed like the whole city was walking around like we'd been punched in the stomach, because seven people had died, and all the news would talk about was whether we should be going into space at all, given the lack of "practical applications."  I know every kid wants to be an astronaut at some point, but it takes a special kind of crazy to try to brew jet fuel in your bathtub so you can launch your own rocket.  I never did that, because my dad had some very reasonable objections, but I had friends who did.  I've worked in a lab partially funded by NASA.  When the Endeavor launch was delayed yesterday, about six of my friends posted disappointed status updates.  It still breaks my heart that there's nothing to replace the shuttle program when it dies.

All of which goes to say that I know that the space program is important to me, and to the people around me.  But these two episodes had this wonderful, mythic love for the space program that wasn't quite in line with what I've experienced.  It was like going to a service in someone else's religion; all the standard elements were there, but just a little bit - off.

So, non-American friends -  Am I way off-base?  Is space travel as important everywhere else as it is here?  Do you think of it as an international effort, or is it another thing that the US ropes the world into doing?  Scifi would suggest the former, but hey - a lot of that's written by Americans.  Drop a comment, please - I'm genuinely curious.  
paxpinnae: Rainbow Dash, hanging out (and down). (friendship is magic)
So I know everyone and their mother are flipping their collective shit over Doctor Who, but - I don't really feel like I have much to say about that. I mean, without getting spoilery, the new villains are super-duper creepy, Mark Sheppard is awesome, and River Song is a BAMF, but this was the first half of a two-parter, and it felt like it. There were a lot of great moments that really didn't gel into an episode, but might, given another hour, do so. So I plan to wait until next week to see how it turns out.

However, Doctor Who comprised only one half of the premieres I was excited about this weekend! Treme is back, and continues to hit me where I live. Not quite literally, since the Texans who show up continue to be all Dallasites (Seriously, show? Y'all know that I-10 runs right to Houston, right? Can you just not forgive us for the whole Astrodome thing?) but close enough. If the themes that showed up in this episode propagate, I think I'm gonna like season 2 a lot. Some moments that stuck out:

Spoilers! )

Are any of you watching Treme? What did y'all think? And if you are not watching Treme, what are you waiting for?

Also, I am still doing drabbles for [profile] 3w4dw, but I only have one prompt! This makes me sad. If you want to, go here and leave a prompt!

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