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16 December 2008 @ 09:17 am
Battlestar Galactica Miniseries (possible spoilers for the few who haven't seen it)  
Started watching the Battlestar Galactica revival last night. As I'm sure you all know, it's pretty darn good. A bit dour for a space opera, but that's fine by me. I like a story that earns its few happy moments by sludging through a whole mess of tragedy.

I enjoyed the nods to the original series, such as having to use antiquated Vipers that looked more like the ones from 1978 and recycling the old character names as pilot call signs, although I'm casting a skeptical eye at reviving the character of Boxey (will he be getting a dagget?). Of course I love the new Baltar's storyline, a vast improvement over his predecessor's far less complex betrayal of the human race. I can't wait to see where they go with him.

The Cylons themselves are surprisingly interesting so far. I'm curious why a cybernetic race would pull such a seemingly needless, purely symbolic, yet awesomely dramatic stunt as showing up at the the annual Armistice event just to make out with the armistice officer and then blow the joint up. Hopefully, that event will make more sense as the series progresses. And I very much love that Callum Keith Rennie plays one of the Cylons since I've been really enjoying him as Lew Ashby on Californication this season (watching the season finale tonight).

Listening to: Rickie Lee Jones - "Weasel and the White Boys Cool"
Kegboy: xmasdargonkegboy on December 16th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Battlestar Galactica is one of the best shows on tv. JUST. SO. FRAKKIN'. AWESOME.
(Anonymous) on December 16th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
retro bettie
I have taken a look at thebettiepage.com and I must appreciate that it is trying to be retro in all respects. For example the Wallpapers are provided in very retro resolution 800x600 :-)
joelsd on December 16th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the ride, brother. BSG is the one show I still follow religiously, since the Fuller-less Heroes disappointed me so.

Making more sense is a relative thing in BSG lore. Like the real-world war it echoes, a lot of the plotlines and mythology were made up as they went along.

May the Frak be with you!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on December 17th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, brother! How you been?
joelsd on December 17th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm doing pretty good, as well as you can in this economy! Family is doing fine, anything interesting happening in the city of brotherly love that could lure us down for a visit?

Don't worry about Boxey, he's a mini-series only phenomenon. Make sure to tell me what you think of '33', the first real episode.
traballenguastraballenguas on December 17th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
BSG is very, very good. Good time to get in on it, because they have been dragging this fucker out for years now.

I have recently started watching The Wire, and oddly enough, I find that a lot of things I like about it are things that I liked about BSG. Political intrigue, a large, sprawling conflict between two complex organizations, infiltration, violence, human drama, etc.

As much as I love BSG, I think The Wire does it better only because it has a richer context to draw on and engages in less "Deus ex Plot" in which gods, magical radioactive fairy dust and viruses all throw a spanner into the plot whenever things get sticky. BSG has to make up their whole political system, and it inevitably runs a little thin. The Wire has kickbacks, money laundering, bribes, legal wiretapping rules, departmental politics, gangsters snuffing each other, market competition, a whole bunch of stuff going on, and we understand all the subtleties and repercussions better.

That said, I am looking forward to the next season of BSG. The first few seasons were amazing. It went downhill, but I still want to find out how it ends. (Caveat: I have only seen 1.5 seasons of The Wire, so it might go downhill as well...)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafskaffsassmonkeydiary on December 17th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I reckon I'll have to give the Wire a try sometime too. Maybe this summer after the regular tv season dries out.