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June 18th, 2007


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01:20 am - An All Captain Jack Weekend
On Saturday, teaotter and I get together with alephnul, skelkins, and their housemate Barry to watch the latest Doctor Who (amberite had a migraine and couldn't come along). It was absolutely marvelous, both because of some absolutely amazing niftiness that I will not spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it and because it marked the return of Captain Jack Harkness to the show for the last three episodes of the season. I'd known from spoilers that he was coming back to the show for three episodes, but had no idea how his (presumably temporary, since he will also be in the second season of Torchwood) return to Doctor Who would be handled, and was both anticipating and dreading it, since the last three seasons of the show have not been w/o occasionally serious problems, and he's one of my favorite characters. It was handled well, and it was also very nice to see Captain Jack happy, unlike most of the first season of Torchwood, where he largely seemed to alternate between somewhat passively wanting to die and looking for reasons not to want to die. I was also very pleased to get a call from the lovely and wonderful lyssabard shortly before we went over the watch the episode, informing me how excellent it was.

Then today, teaotter, Daire, and I went to see the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, with Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow. After a deeply unsatisfying second film that was largely pointless fluff, I was doubtful about this film, but I very much liked it. For the PG-13 Disney film it was surprisingly intense and even more surprising because everyone had conflicting and dramatically intersecting motivations, and at times even the two romantic leads were seriously at odds with one another and even actively betraying one another. Seeing a film of this sort that was actually somewhat complex, and not just a CGI-fest (which it also was) was exceptionally refreshing and while the scene after the credits was disappointing, it's also always possible to imagine that Elizabeth had her pirate ship waiting just out of sight. In any case, I also loved the way they handled the supernatural in that film, the logic for getting in and out of the land of the dead was as least as good as anything in Time Powers novel of pirates and the supernatural On Stranger Tides, which is pretty much my benchmark for well-done supernatural swashbuckling adventure.

A most satisfying weekend of two wonderful characters named Captain Jack.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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From:lyssabard
Date:June 18th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
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So, I have more theories on Jack: in the potential worlds in my head, maybe Jack's finding of the Doctor was not all 'accident'. We know Mr. Saxon's been present in the future, we know Jack wanted to die...and call it a hunch, but maybe Jack got bitter.

There is still an unspoke rant by the Doctor in a clip saying something like, "What's your connection/affliation to him?!?" where the Doctor was just fuming ranty angry. What if he was speaking to Jack and Jack is working for Mr. Saxon?

Someone's gonna get fucked before all this is over.

*EG*

Take that as you will.



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From:heron61
Date:June 18th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
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*sheepish look* I didn't know you were into those films.
From:5eh
Date:June 18th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
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now I'm sad I didn't stay for after the credits, I had a panic attack mid-movie, so spent a lot of time in the bathroom and just wanting to leave...

I also enjoyed the way they dealt with the supernatural.
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From:rhiannasilel
Date:June 19th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen the second Capt. Jack, yet, but Captain Jack Harkeness definitely did not disappoint. I wish he was the Doctor's companion instead of Martha, to be quite honest. And the reappearance of you-know-who was definitely a shocker. I can't wait until next week.
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From:heron61
Date:June 19th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
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Agreed on all points. At least for the 10th Doctor, I think he would do well to have both Jack and Sarah Jane Smith as companions. Tennant is better when acting opposite older women, and Elizabeth Sladen was absolutely marvelous in </em>School Reunion</em>.
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From:rhiannasilel
Date:June 19th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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Okay, call me sick, but I think that Jack and Leela would make for an interesting set of companions.:)

Of course I assume Leela died in the Time Wars.

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