Saturday, February 18, 2006

Humanity vs. humans (1-0)

I must admit over the course of this last year I've grown less and less interested in politics' and world events. Not so much because I believe the world has become a better place, or because I have lost interest in the traditional sense of the word. Most of this I believe has come with simply growing tired of problems you can not solve yourself.

What I more and more have come to realise is that human beings as single units, on a micro level are generally nice wonderful people. Not all of course, but most people simply long to be happy and live peaceful enjoyable lives. They do not wish harm upon others and to a large extent are worried about other people's welfare and caring. Yet on a grand scale, we as humanity, seem to be very much the direct opposite of this. The reasons for this are probably a bit to complicated for me to fully understand. And what I do understand of it to extensive and complicated to put into words on a weblog.

What it however causes is the strange situation you so often see these days. We all know something is wrong, yet nobody seems empowered to do something about it. We all know the US is torturing people, but nobody can stop it. We all see religious zealous terrorists murdering people in suicide attacks, but we can't stop it. We all know about many lies and injustices going on, but as long as it's not officially acknowledged we can ignore the truth. The truth long since stopped being important, it's the truth that has been admitted.

I guess in light of these things I've decided to put my focus more on the individual, then the larger whole. Either it is unfixable or it will sort itself out. But not one individual can compete against "the system" so to say. I don't mean this in conspiracy theories, or shadowy governments. I simply mean the larger flow of things is not something you can suddenly bend to your will. It's a mighty river that no individual themselves can suddenly shift in direction or hope to tame. The individual vs. the collective is an interesting thing to watch, but also something that if you do not watch out can cause you to despair. So better, as with everything in life, to balance it if you want my opinion.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Straczynski's Crusade

Well well, the endorian experiance? I think it has been over 1 year since I last made a serious attempt to post on my Blog. Due to a busy life, a very demanding job and not in the least my fascination with World of Warcraft, I have been neglecting this Blog for a long time now.

Perhaps the easiest way to get back into things would be to add a light-hearted recommendation to all who read this to watch the TV series "Crusade". I have always been a huge Babylon 5 fan and Crusade is one of the two un-successful spin-offs from that series. It ran for just one season (13 episodes) before being cancelled. Which I think is a real shame. With every episode you can see the show mature and the charcters getting worked out better. Also you can start to see the bigger storyline (meant for 5 seasons) showing through more and more.

Crusade has more a RPG/Quest like feeling to it. Which was also the idea of it's creators. There are distinct "classes" from fantasy games worked into the storyline. From the "king" (captain) to Merlin (a technomage). While this may sound a bit corny, it works perfectly and there is a nice dynamic between all the characters on the show. My only disappointment was the "x-files parody" episode they made. Not so much as it was not funny, but with so few episodes before they got cancelled, it just feels as a bit of a shame they didn't spend one more episode on explaining the actual storyline.

The entire series is out on DVD and I recommend anybody to get it asap if you enjoy good SF. Much like the brilliant Firefly, a FS series that should never have been cancelled.