Ah, finally caught up! Yup, over the last 5 days, caught up with the last 18 weeks of “Code Geass R2” (scheduled for about 26 episodes). Still such an ambitious and wide-sweeping storytelling scope! And just like the supernatural chess-match strategies in “Death Note”, still one of the most-intellectually engaging 5-star series in recent years. But if there’s any downside to such a broad tapestry of characters, it’s the relative lack of any resonating emotional depth among specific characters… so far. Thankfully, now that I’m caught up, the threat of spoilers has been drastically reduced, hehe. ^_^
However, while “Code Geass R2” and Lelouch have been magnificent, a half-hour anime can’t compete with the best one-hour live-action sci-fi dramas on television.
Firstly, “Doctor Who” 2008, Season 4 (13 episodes), was absolutely and breath-takingly incredible! Not only in its advanced special effects, but with off-beat intergalactic story lines which weaves through people and planets from each of the previous 3 seasons! On top of that, a talented cast of actors who can convince you to both triumph and tears. Just brilliant. 5 stars.
Lastly, while “Doctor Who” follows a leapfrogging path among both quirky humans and colorful aliens, “Battlestar Galactica”, Season 4 (mid-season 10 of 20 episodes), treads a darker more-twisted road between post-apocalyptic machines and the last surviving remnants of humanity. Technology, terrorism, religion, politics, sex, suffering and death are all wrapped in a blood-soaked flag pointing towards possible salvation. Is there any hope? The story lines are wicked and wrenching yet oddly fulfilling in its unrelenting and unforgiving exploration of the human soul. Not to mention the hyper-intense special effects and heart-pumping percussion-oriented music. Breath-taking. 5 stars. Can’t wait for the final chapter. ^_^
In other news…
(1) Failed to obtain my first-choice funding for house reflooring. But that’s okay, since that’s money I don’t have to spend or pay back. A second-choice option is still possible. So the dream isn’t dead, it’s just gonna be delayed for a while. After all, I still have a home mortgage and car loan to pay off, lol. Besides, there’s no hurry.
(2) Secondly, while I didn’t expect much from this week’s company-wide employee evaluations, I still managed to get a $1000-USD salary raise today. Considering the economy, that’s not bad. About $83-USD per month more to spend! Nope, not on anime figures, lol. ^_~