So, I’ve been watching Merlin and have come to quite like it. It’s a BBC Wales production which should have lessened the shock of seeing Torchwood‘s Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) as a witch in the first episode. The story follows young Emrys growing up and coming to terms with his gift. He has to do all the impetuous things typical of the “young sorcerer muddling by” genre and keep everything secret since Uther has a closed mind concerning magic (having been burned in his earlier days) and has decreed it an act punishable by death. Merlin is the manservant of Arthur and gets to muck out the stables and other menial chores in between his saving everyone without their knowledge. Oddly, Arthur is much less irritating as a character than Merlin … probably not what they were going for. It’s also a bit annoying that they have made everything so entirely episodic that noone remembers anything that happend before (other than the constant annoyance of Nimue). In any case, I look forward to the next episode (BBC Saturdays).
Looks like George Takei and his partner Brad Altman have gotten their marriage license!
“It feels glorious,” said Takei, who played Sulu on “Star Trek,” holding his license.” I am the happiest guy in the world,” Altman said.” I get to be married to George Takei.”
The couple plan to be formally married in September at the Japanese-American Museum in downtown Los Angeles. “Now it has meaning,” Takei explained to reporters. “We are going to be legitimately married in California.” Takai was jubilant, saying “it’s going to be the only day like this in our lives and it is the only day like this in the history of America.” He told reporters and a swelling crowd outside the West Hollywood city auditorium “may equality live long and prosper.” Photos are available on Flickr.
Took long enough. Let’s hope the Terminator doesn’t screw it up.
I didn’t realize that one of my fav trek episodes where the captain is stuck on a planet with a people that speak only in allusion … the captains story is the (very very condensed) Gilgamesh epic of a mythical Sumarian king of around 2700BC … a poem from Mesopotamia and among the earliest known literary works which are now extant only on 12 clay tablets from the 7th century Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.
Gilgamesh, a king. At Uruk. He tormented his subjects. He made them angry. They cried out aloud, “Send our king a companion! Spare us from his madness!” Enkidu, a wild man from the forest, entered the city. They fought in the temple. They fought in the street. Gilgamesh defeated Enkidu. They became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu, at Uruk. The new friends went out into the desert together where the Great Bull of Heaven was killing men by the hundreds. Enkidu caught the Bull by the tail; Gilgamesh struck him with his sword. Killed him. They were victorious. But Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh wept bitter tears, saying, “He who was my companion through adventure and hardship, is gone forever …”
Hmm … Does my interest just make me a bigger geek … or is this something worse? 😉