Thursday, November 14, 2002

ZoNotes: Answers AND Solutions!

Let's do a little recap. As you all know, I am a reporter for Defense Daily. That is my day job. ZoNotes is like the sugar bomb frosting that you get with your sticky buns at Cinnabon. It's a little extra, an indulgence. I usually don't "cross the streams" too much by talking about work. Today is an exception.

They Pay Me To Do This, Part I
Yesterday I was unable to post my Buffy review because I had to go to Andrews Air Force Base to attend a demonstration of the Alenia/Lockheed Martin C-27J transport aircraft. Not only did yours truly get a technical briefing on this smaller cousin of the C-130 aircraft, I also was part of the media junket that took a half hour flight over Maryland's Eastern Shore region in the aircraft. The C-27 is actually more spacious internally than it looks when viewed from the outside, ideal for medium transport roles. Alenia, the Italian company that is responsible for the design, is marketing this plane to a variety of foreign customers.

They Pay Me To Do This, Part II
Incidentally, I am also going to be at Cape Canaveral this weekend as part of another media junket to witness the launch of Boeing's Delta IV rocket. I get to check off one of the things from my life's "to do" list -- see a system go orbital. I'm psyched. Now, all I have left on the list is to write and direct an episode of Buffy, become commissioner of the Big XII Conference, buy the Dallas Cowboys from Jerry Jones, rename Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service into the Cortes SFS, and grant amnesty to all those people who tear the labels off pillows at department stores.

Buffy Recap: EEEEvil
A strength of the Buffy franchise is its ability to set the table for a story. The likely "Big Bad" of Season 7 is a character introduced briefly during Season 3, the First Evil. This week's episode was a winner based mainly on the FE's ability to attack and disrupt the lives of Buffy, Willow, and Dawn all at the same time. Indeed, Dawn's throwdown with the demon possessing the Summers home reminded me of the duel between Father Merin and the Beast in The Exorcist. The chilling imagery of Buffy and Dawn's mother being tortured by the demon, if only in quick camera isolations, sparked terror.

The FE can take many shapes, as evidenced by the girl who tried to drive Willow to suicide by invoking memories of Willow's deceased lover Tara. Here, the Buffy writing team reveals something while revealing nothing. The implications from the discussion leads us to believe that Willow's awesome wicca powers will figure prominently in the big fight we expect at the end of Season 7. How she fulfills that role has yet to be determined.

Buffy's fight with her ex-classmate who was "sired" into a vampire was also revletory. Buffy's greatest challenges have been enemies who attack her psychologically and physically (Angelus in Season 2, Adam in Season 4, Glory in Season 5). The psyhobabble taunting of the newly minted vampire was both biting and humorous.

All in all, a solid episode in what is shaping up to be a banner season.

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes sooner." -- Tallulah Bankhead.

Monday, November 11, 2002

ZoNotes: Gig 'Em Ags