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12 April 2002 @ 11:51 pm
catch up & movieing  
My old glasses now give me a headache when I wear them for more than a few minutes, and I can't find my new ultralights. Pfui.

Wednesday we intended to game, but instead ended up having fondue prepared by the lovely princessmei and the always helpful cyranocyrano, and watching The One. It turned out not to be as bad as suggested by friends who saw it in theater, but still thoroughly predictable. A few entertaining in jokes, a lot of charm from Jet Li, and fights less memorable than I would have expect from something choreographed by Corey Yuen.

What did amuse me was watching the making of and realizing that it was written and directed by Morgan & Wong. There's a certain sector of X-Files and Millennium fans (or ex-fans) that will talk your ear off about how all good in the X-Files/M is the product of Morgan & Wong and all evil is Chris Carter, that Morgan and Wong were the holders of the true flame and that CC should have turned the show over to them, ladida et al.

I've never clued as to where they got this from; M & W wrote several excellent episodes, several decent ones, and a couple of lame ones. And Space Above and Beyond and the One confirm my opinion of them; plodders with not excessively original imaginations but flashes of brilliance. Above average, certainly, but that has more to do with where the average for science fiction TV and movies is than any special genius.

There *is* a genius in the Morgan family, of course, the incomparable Darin Morgan. Sadly, he is the brother with the crippling writer's block. Everyone else on X-Files ranks vastly below; Vince Gilligan probably comes closest. M&W are down in the upper pack, just above or below Carter. Depending on whether I'm feeling sentimental about CC's finer moments or irritated at his crappier ones.
 
 
 
Laurel Krahn: garibaldilaurel on April 13th, 2002 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm with you re the talent of the X-Files writers. Darin Morgan is hands down the best, followed by Vince Gilligan (who I'd rank rather high, but not in Morgan's league), then maybe Morgan & Wong down there a ways with Carter or somebody else (a lot of the rest don't quite stick out for me).

Oh, I take that back. I think Duchovny's baseball episode is brilliant (and "Hollywood A.D." was kinda fun). I agree about Carter being responsible for some very cool stuff and some awful stuff.

I did admire what Morgan & Wong did on Millennium a great deal.

Lauratavella on April 13th, 2002 03:04 pm (UTC)
I was less hot on the baseball episode than many, but I loved his treatment of the Mulder/Scully relationship, he has a very sure hand with that. Millennium was never my cup of tea, I watched it for a while but I'm not really a horror-loving girl. I did, of course, watch the Darin Morgan episodes. Because he's a fucking genius. I so wish I had taped the Scientology-parody episode.