Posts from 6th February 2009

Feb 09

Space Opera (Do You See)

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io9 recently had a clip from US comedy show Robot Chicken (kind of a US Adam & Joe show) where they do a operatic précis of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. And an entertaining little piece of stop motion animation vs operatic tropes it is too. They did however miss on Youtube, the real thing, a San Fransisco Cabaret Operatic Company (Goat Hall Productions) doing a straight operatic version of the Star Trek episode Amok Time (the one where Spock gets all illogical and want teh sechs).. The episode is projected behind the the singers who sing through all the dialogue of the piece. Less funny, more impressive than it sounds, they do seem to fluff the opening credits but get well into the swing of things later (especially with the operatic possibilities of Dr McCoy).


Do Us a Flavour 2 & 3: Chilli & Chocolate and Fish & Chips

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This is where I compare and contrast, because next out of the packet are two flavours which sit in natural opposition, occupying different ends of the taste spectrum. Does either of them succeed, then?

To some observers, Chilli & Chocolate was the most interesting flavour idea of the original six — one of the few that hadn’t been done before in some guise. Of course, the reason for that should surely be obvious: crisps are an inherently salty food, and chocolate isn’t. So how this might work out is the issue under consideration. As the blurb on the back says, it “sounds crazy, but is so TASTY! And as Catherine [‘from High Wycombe’, the ‘creator’ of this flavour] rightly points out, what more do you want from a bag of our crisps?!” If it provided what is modestly promised, then that question might remain unanswered. But it doesn’t, and it won’t. I would like some more flavour, please.