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08 February 2010 @ 09:52 am
Shadow Unit Sunday!  
Large chunks of yesterday morning and afternoon got eaten up by the new Shadow Unit episode. Ow. Good story, but ow. If you've not read any of Shadow Unit before I would recommend starting at the beginning, not with the most recent episode, as a lot of the interest/pay-off is because you know the characters and it just wouldn't have the same impact without that. Basically Shadow Unit is a story (series) about FBI agents hunting down serial killers with anomalous abilities, structured mostly like a TV series (with some meta conceit about actors & network & stuff on the website for flavour, but to be honest I don't pay much attention to that). So each episode/story has its case-of-the-week and the big over-arching story is about the anomaly and what it is. And it's about the people - the FBI agents. Which is why this novel-length episode works best in place rather than as a jump off point - it resolves the cliff-hanger from the end of season 2 (which I'd thought might end up being stretched out over more of this season), but resolves it in such a way that it breaks the team emotionally. Ow.

It being novel length I guess it maybe counts as a book? In which case it's 4. "The Unicorn Evils" (Shadow Unit) by Emma Bull & Elizabeth Bear.

J spent a lot of the afternoon watching the extras on the Life on Mars disc he's got from lovefilm at the moment and I was partly watching over his shoulder. I suspect he's right that I would probably have enjoyed watching LoM, but we'd end up stringing the episodes out over a looooong time as we already have a lot of TV lined up. And I so prefer to get my narrative entertainment in text, so I'd always rather watch documentaries than stories on the telly. (Which of course means Shadow Unit is just right for me - it's all text but some of the influences are TV series like The X-files & Criminal Minds, so it's like someone made a TV series just for people like me, ie not on the telly!) I did particularly like the way it's kind of the anti-nostalgia show, I much prefer being an adult now than what it would be like in the early 70s. Although, of course, if I was an adult in the early 70s I'd've been a different person ...
 
 
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Lolamilkmaid on February 8th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I think Life On Mars is one of the best things that's been on telly for years. BUT, having watched it when it was on as a series, I think it would bear the watching as a chunk rather than being strung out. There's bits that match up neatly and it would be a shame for that larger picture to be lost. But, that's just my opinion. 8 ) I felt like it was an excellent book made visual, but then I got really into it!8 )
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
It's just me being weird about visual entertainment - part of it's that the pacing is decided by someone else whereas when I'm reading I skim the parts I'm less interested in or go slower & re-read the bits that really grab me (which aren't necessarily the same on every read of something, part of the joys of re-reading things). But this does mean that in almost every case I'd really rather read a book with the same story rather than watch the tv/film version.

J's certainly enjoying LoM, even if it has taken him this long to get round to seeing it :)
Too Evil To Be Cute: Criminal Minds - Reid + Gun = Gun!Pornyffy on February 8th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Good to know I'm not the only SU reader around here. :) I was very happy to see they published the new story both online and in downloadable formats for e-readers. I plunked it on my Nook to read when I finish the book I'm currently in the middle of. Anxiously awaiting the rest of them in epub format so I can have the whole lot on my reader.
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Heh. I thought to myself as I wrote the bit about Criminal Minds being an influence that it was probably right up your street & if you weren't reading it already I should probably make sure you saw it ;)