Thursday, October 14, 2010


I haven't followed any of the Stargate series until SG Universe, but I have to say I'm enjoying it very much. And they've chosen some wonderful music to accompany their series (like Alexi Murdoch's Breathe). But more importantly, SGU shows us how that music can be used effectively. Now, I'm not a huge fan of the montage in TV shows, but it works very well in this series. Maybe it's the isolation of the people, the despair that they must feel, the secrets that are going on amongst the crew that can only be introduced through montage, etc, but I've come to expect these episodes to end with a touching and often beautiful montage.

This past week was especially poignant and introduced me to Fink's Song of Revolution. What a beautiful and soulful voice. And here, unlike Saving Grace's horrible ending, Fink's song is both lyric and tone appropriate. The crew came so close to going home - but no. This song echoed their emotions so well.


Lindle said...

Finally got to see the SGU episode you referenced. It was indeed a touching song, and I've never heard it before. It layered beautifully over the final scene. Some music directors get it right. I hate it when somebody tries to beat up the audience with a song they obviously particularly love (or need to give a bit of $$ to), and it is so abrasively wrong for the moment.
SGU has some unusual musical choices sometimes, but they seem to fit.

Mil said...

Hey girfriend! How about a post on those sappy Christmas episodes all shows feel obliged to stuff down our throat?

Lindle said...

Okay, I'll start so this will make Jessy post one of her insightful and biting commentaries about those sappy Christmas programs. I enjoy the show Glee VERY MUCH, but found that it fell into sappiness this past week with its Christmas-themed program. Now, I loved the idea of Sue being The Grinch, complete with her faithful puppy-girl. Her outrageous behavior saved the show from total tinsel meltdown. Mr. Schuster DID say they were "Going Full Santa," but I found some of the numbers just so pasted in and contrived. I guess I expected better from them. Their vocals were great--that was not the problem. It was that it came across "obligated" to the viewing public.
Raising Hope, on the other hand---was unbelieveably FUNNY with the Baby Sneezus scam, and competing nativities, with Maw Maw as Joseph.
Okay, readers of Jessy's blog--take it from here!