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05 January 2009 @ 09:09 am
Battlestar  
Well, I just have a handful more episodes from season four until I'm caught up on Battlestar Galactica. That's not counting the webisodes and Razor. Season four is quickly shaping up to be much better than season three, which was definitely the weakest of the four. That's odd since I decided to watch the show mainly because Michael Taylor was working on it and the third season were he takes over as supervising producer is my least favorite. Part of the problem was the Sci-Fi channel's edict early in the season that they make stand-alone episodes, rather than big arcs, a truly dunderheaded move for this particular series. But it's also that in a show that's already so bleak and tragic, they decided to strip away the few triumphant "Hell yeah!" moments that the the first two seasons threw into to briefly dispel the gloom, choosing instead a steady downward spiral of fleetwide depression, paranoia and angst.

I'm still a little bothered by how they revealed four of the final five cylons. It seemed like a particularly undramatic and lazy way to do it. And seriously what the hell was up with having the characters literally singing along to that sitar version of Stealers Wheel’s "Stuck in the Middle With You?" Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower?" Is that a hint that it's going to be the early 1970s when they finally arrive on Earth or are the writers just high?

Still, overall a great show. Mary McDonnell is just so amazing as President Roslin every damned episode, always bringing her emotional A game. And I'll pretty much watch James Callis's Gaius Baltar do anything. Just throw him in a cell, talking to himself for half a season, and it still makes for good television. I'm especially curious where they're going with him being the sleazy Cylon Jesus.

 
 
Listening to: Mary Lou Lord - "Helsinki"
 
 
 
Another one of the birdsacardart on January 5th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
the webisodes, at least what i was told, are all in Razor so you might be able to avoid that. Double check it online though
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on January 5th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool, I was wondering about that.
traballenguastraballenguas on January 5th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, shark jumped. That Watchtower thing just killed my buzz dead. The whole suspension of disbelief collapsed.

The writer says the idea is that there are some sort of cultural / artistic / mystical connections between the... whatevers, so the same song arose independently in different... whatevers. See, that is how they can use a Dylan song and it not be Dylan. Just a guy who is tuned into the same... whatever... as Dylan was when he wrote the exact same song with the exact same words and exact same notes. This has all happened before... Or whatever.

Somehow it just got boring for me. I want to see how it ends, but I don't feel like it matters anymore - it just feels too contrived.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on January 5th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ack... I always get those two songs mixed up.

Yeah, it was kinda shark jumpy. And I'm not even sure it had to be. I mean I love combining rock and roll with sci-fi, so it's definitely not that. Why not just play the song over the characters walking? Why have them speaking the line? Ugh...
traballenguastraballenguas on January 5th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Exactly, get the Hendrix version or something (I didn't really like the cover), blast it, and don't have them mumble the lines. Jeebus, the actors looked embarrassed by the whole thing themselves.

They just wanted that song, and used the flimsiest of excuses. In doing so, they violated the primary rule of good writing: show, not tell.
(Anonymous) on January 5th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Bored. That's the way I'd describe myself with the show. I hated doing it because it started out so awesome. Oh well. I ended up watching (sorta) the 4th season by d/l-ing it. Then I used it mostly as background noise to work with. Oh well.
lipbylipbylipby on January 6th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I would like to spank that ass.