I have now officially reached the you-have-got-to-be-joking level in vulcanology. Not only can I recognise key volcanic eruptions from a snippet of film footage, but the other day I recognised old, crap volcano film from approximately three seconds of the credits - which didn't even feature a volcano! This masterpiece, BTW, was "Krakatoa - in the completely wrong direction from Java". *Makes note to self to get out more and stop watching Natgeo/Discovery Channels* The last thing I watched was a documentary about how all the dead fault lines under Northern Europe may not be all that dead, and if they pop back into life it would be Very Bad. My main concern is that if the volcanoes of the Auvergne became active again, my favourite Puy lentils would be in serious danger. My mother thinks my priorities on this are slightly screwed.
I've been diverting myself this last week or so by watching all the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings films back-to-back. (And yes, there is a volcano in it! Mt. Ngaurohoe and Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand, to be precise, though I read somewhere that Tolkien modelled Mt. Doom on Mt. Stromboli in Italy.)
I still maintain that FOTR is the best. ROTK still strikes me as the weakest - largely due to the Flaming Flying DenethorTM. Would it've killed them to cut out some battlefield exploits and develop the poor man's character just a teeny tiny bit? And those cherry tomatoes bother me every time - if they squish like that, they're over-ripe, you daft man! And I'm still not keen on the Dead - why are they green? In long distance shots, they remind me of fairy liquid bubbles. And what the hell are they doing on the Pelennor Fields anyway? And how the heck did Elrond get to Dunharrow all the way from Rivendell with such apparent ease? Is there a SEKRIT TUNNEL known only to the Elves? And what was all this twaddle about Arwen's fate being tied into the fate of the Ring, and her dying? Bah!
The plans for The Hobbit film(s) sound intriguing. I really want to see Orlando Bloom back as Legolas. Specifically, I want to see him sitting up a tree at some point giggling and singing pointlessly annoying little ditties, "Tra la la la lally, here down in the valley," and so forth. Then Elrond can give him his Agent Smith Death Glare and all will be well in my world. Oh, and I want Elladan and Elrohir. And Glorfindel. Together. Covered in
bees chocolate. :)
Torchwood. Oh Torchwood. What have they done to you? It was so good, it was scary. And it was so unlike the Torchwood we had come to know and love that it kind of did my head in. It was like a reboot where the boot was applied repeatedly to the head with great vigour and violence. Quite where we go from here, I don't know. Part of me wants Jack to have some happy-happy-feel-better times. I'd quite like to send him to Rivendell. Legolas can sing pointlessly annoying little ditties to him. More talented Elves can compose a tragic Lament to Ianto, which can be sung every night for hours on end in the Hall of Fire. Jack can bond with little Estel and realise that there is Hope. And - best of all - Jack can spend a few happy hours with Elladan and Elrohir. And Glorfindel. Together. Covered in
bees chocolate. Well, I'd watch it. (I suspect RTD would too. In fact, I can hear him now: "Elladan and Elrohir? Those boys are beautiful. And don’t tell me they’re brothers. [Laughs] Not in my mind.")