Tuesday, January 26, 2010
TVOD: The Dance of Kali
Maybe we need a more specific term for this growing subgenre of sci-fi that explicitly reinterprets ancient religious concepts in the service of technobabble-driven storytelling. Seeing how this take on 'Kali' is yet another example of sci-fi's return to its Theosophical roots (which itself has sci-fi roots), how about 'Theosophiction'?
I'm not exactly sure what to make of Sanctuary and I'm not exactly sure it does either. Sometimes it comes across as Torchwood's Canadian cousin/knockoff, and sometimes it exudes a bit of a Warehouse 13 whiff. It's certainly the lesser of the former and the greater of the latter. But it also has a fascinating connection to the Stargate constellation in the person of producer/star Amanda Tapping, though I much prefer its tone to the SG-1 and Atlantis (which no matter how hard I've tried are simply too goofy for my palette). Stargate: Universe is more promising, but I'd really prefer they drop the BSG handheld camera routine.
This two-part episode was probably my favorite of the series so far, with gods and demons interacting with humans on a backlot Bombay. The Bollywoodian dance of Kali (towards the end of part 2) is impossibly ridiculous but is performed with such conviction by male lead Robin Dunne that you buy every single minute of it.
What can you say about a series in which Bigfoot is a regular cast member and Kali is a guest star? Where Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper drop in thanks to the aid of some ill-explained godtech? Where a team of MTV Real World wannabes track down monsters whose provenance is never truly established?
I'm not sure, but this season finale made for some pretty entertaining television.
Non-US readers try this.
UPDATE: And then there's this.
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