I’ll get to writing and overall mood soon. First I wanna talk wrestling.
Okay. WWF Raw last night… ugh. It had a lot of fairly cool things (Booker/Edge/Angle’s tet a tet, Christian and DDP’s antics), but the negatives far outweighed. I agreed with Lucy the Dog when she took a crap on the floor.
Stephanie has become completely unwatchable, Jericho’s progress towards being a credible champion has been annihilated, the nWo continue to be overexposed, Vince strokes his ego in a laughable boardroom scene that doesn’t end up going anywhere… and in the main event, after an awe-inspiring match consisting of 1,298 punches, Hogan hits the legdrop on the Rock (who sells it like he was decapitated) and gets the win. Yahoo.
I’m starting to wonder if I’m spending four hours a week and thirty bucks a month on something that’s not worth the return investment. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt… they’ve dropped the ball going into Wrestlemania. If they can pick it up against shortly after, perhaps with the promotion split, I’ll keep on watching. (Give me some cruiserweights, please, I’m begging you, and don’t force them to go ‘WWF Style’ because they’re too flashy and upstage your main event retirement home fodder! For chrissakes, McMahons, get your egos out of the biz, quit assuming you know what’s best and quit ignoring the ratings and DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR A CHANGE!)
…if they continue to suck… under normal circumstances, I’d just either not watch or tune to glance at the screen now and then while working on something else. Problem is that my friends (in theory) gather Monday and Thursday nights to watch the shows, so it’s not just about the wrasslin’, it’s about socializing. Maybe I’ll cut that down to once a week (Smackdown being most likely, so we get our Tough Enough fix, which is still very entertaining). We’ll see.
Bleh. Okay, what else is going on in my life…
Got to talk in-depth to two friends yesterday who I haven’t been in contact with too much. Both have RL situations that keep them offline… and I’m great friends with both, as we really tore it up in RP for years and years. Problem is, I can’t RP much with them now, and I’m finding it hard to keep tabs on people unless I RP with them. I’ve had friends who I thought I was really close to that fell by the wayside because they moved to a new MUCK and I didn’t, or vice versa. I don’t really know what to make of this, exactly. I don’t like losing friends, but do I lose them voluntarily? Or is it just ‘how it goes’? Or am I making too much of a big deal out of it? Dunno…
Still pondering what to do for Saturday in UE03, now that the episode changed from under me. I might just cut Saturday alltogether — then deal with the relationship fallout in UE04. Always keep in mind that UE is one part scifi, one part wacky comedy, one part romance, one part MSG. The next episode deals specifically with the Love & Hate soap opera, so it’ll be mostly romance, and we could see the start of Meiko and Mallory getting along better.
I’d like to stretch that out across many episodes, but the practical guy in me is saying “Dude, you are SO not going to be able to write 22 freakin’ episodes, so accelerate things a bit or you’re dead meat.” I already know for a fact that I’m cutting the proposed UE03 which dealt with religion; there wasn’t enough forward-motion in the overall plot, and it wasn’t a strong enough ep to commit myself to 100k+ of writing on it. Would anybody be interested in reading the outline I had for it, though? Might make a good collector’s item or something.
Bleh. Lackluster. That’s the word I’ve applied to the last few days. Potential to be great and failure to do so, not because I’m lazy, but because things just didn’t work the way they should have. Hopefully the rest of my week won’t be the same.