June 29th, 2014

Trio Vachon's Crew

Rewatched "Black Buddha, Part 1" (s3e01)

Over a leisurely dinner tonight, eaten in my comfy chair before the 40" television that I purchased late last summer (replacing my 15-year-old 13"), I watched "Black Buddha, Part 1" straight through, all the way through, even the Vudu scenes, for what may be the first time in years. I'm afraid that I generally dip in and out of third season for canon references (and Urs) only; it's first season that I rewatch endlessly for sheer joy in the stories and characters. Tonight, I wavered between aching nostalgia for how good the episode seemed to me the very first time that I saw it, on the USA network, before I knew better (so to speak), and how, now, still... third season hurts. (Good golly, Mr. Parriot! Poke, poke, poke. So many lines, pokes! at your characters, at us, at yourself... if only you hadn't been the one to write/rewrite/dictate the season premiere and finale.)

That all aside, this is the very first time that I've ever seen BB1 on such a large screen, and wow! so many details of props, costuming and sets are visible at this scale! Amazing! I can distinguish individual tattoos on the Raven patrons! (Look down that woman's blouse. Is it a serpent or a dragon?) Some prompts and sets that looked entirely real on a small screen are obviously mock-ups at this size, but it only makes FK look the more like stage theater, an implication that happily emphasizes the actors' good work.

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