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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

BSG

Speaking of nuclear Armageddon, you know what show does this right? Battlestar Galactica.

Where Jericho lacks to the courage to follow through on its own premise and really imagine a world in which most of America has been destroyed by nuclear weapons, and instead hews to televisions cliches -- to wit, an improvised tracheatomy by our hero in the first episode, are you freaking kidding me -- BSG does not shy away from any of it. It depicts the practical, emotional, political and spiritual fallout of seeing your civilization destroyed. And it just generally kicks ass.

This season is no exception. Four months have passed since the Cylons came and occupied the human outpost on New Caprica. The humans have formed an insurgency and are engaging in terrorist tactics against the occupiers and their human collaborators. In short, the show is pretty frankly asking the audience to put itself in the shoes of the Iraqi insurgents, which is a pretty gutsy thing to do. Luckily, it looks like this won't last long because Galactica is coming to the rescue.

The big questions are: What is going on with Starbuck? Is she just crazy? That baby can't really be hers, can it? I thought human-Cylon hybrids could only be succesful if conceived in love, or whatever? If not, why is Hera so special? Speaking of Hera, does anyone else see bad things afoot when Sharon and (the somehow even hotter than before) Helo find out that she's still alive? How is Apollo going to lose all that weight? Stay tuned . . . .

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Blogger Laura Holt said...

This show is sooooo good. I was sobbing throughout much of last week's episode, and you're right, they're not copping out on anything. Everything is as grim and dark as you'd expect it to be, but with the sense of humor that you'd hope you'd retain in these circumstances.

I'm really really afraid of Sharon's reaction when Hera's non-death is revealed. I've seen some speculation (on the TWOP boards, yes, I'm that kind of fan) that Captain Adama may not have been in on Roslyn's decision to kidnap the baby. What do you think? I really like that idea, because I love the relationship Sharon and Adama have.

And Starbuck is totally crazy. I think I might be alone in this, but I sort of hope that the baby is hers. I just think that would make the emotional fallout more interesting than if it were just another Cylon trick. As for the human-cylon breeding contstraints, what if it's not a cybrid but they used some human to fertilize Starbuck's stolen egg?

Waiting a full week between episodes is killing me.

10/17/2006 6:26 PM  
Blogger MrMotivation said...

I hope that this Starbuck thing plays out in character for her. She is a warrior who, at her core, keeps fighting. If she is ultimately ‘playing’ the toasters and kills the baby to escape/frustrate their plans, then I will be cheering along with the crowd. I will also have to dry my eyes when she tearfully explains to Adama how killing her own child was an act of love (for her species) in sick and twister world.

Team Junkette is on the pulse of the apocalypse. Jericho is a complete joke. They might as well add mutant Muppets at this point.

10/18/2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger thekeez said...

Jericho's openings have been good - the weird, repeating video clip last week, the abrupt phone announcement from Homeland Security this week, the total locking down of everything from phones to internet.

But fer cryin' out loud - the whole desperate search for gasoline last week was pathetic. Hasn't anyone in the whole town read The Stand? Harold Lauder figured out the gasoline thing real early in the game.

And this week, sheesh, the fire at the Library (as we symbolically burn the books and reenter the dark ages) was so inaccurate as to be laughable.

Just for starters - every electrical lead to every structure has a manual circuit breaker up on the pole and fire houses all have the tool to work it. It takes about 5 seconds.

As a matter of routine, the first thing they do arriving at a fire is pop the electricity. You don't want to be pouring water into a live structure. And you don't have to call some central office to turn off some grid.

BSG is awesome - but I'm way behind, trying to catch up on DVD so I can't comment on current events - but what a great show...

10/19/2006 10:32 AM  

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