Feb. 7th, 2009 01:08 am
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Much of this is taken from my initial reactions over at battlestar blog. I'd screen it further, for the squee, but I'm not really ashamed of this fandom, my enthusiasm. It really is remarkable, this show.

HOH. BEST EPISODE EVER. So much comes together. So many references both to prior incidents (KELLY I LOVED YOU SO MUCH WHEN YOU HAD YOUR LITTLE BREAKDOWN[s]), and to science fiction in general. The pace of it, throughout, was just so authentic, and yes I am using that word. There's been talk around the net about the show's plotting slapdashery, and if it is indeed the case that they've been making it up as they go, I just gotta say: THANKS, UNCONSCIOUS! (The unconsciousNESSES of the writers and producers, that is, cos it's been just increasingly interconnected, all of it.) Suspension of disbelief so very much gone beyond ELEVEN tonight.

It's very satisfying to have paid such close attention for so long, to have thought and considered and taken very seriously this bit of popular culture (especially given my relation to the classic show, as a bit of the ideology of my Mormon upbringing). I feel a kind of rare gratefulness - maybe this is what those folks felt on the quay waiting for news of Little Nell. Cos this show is at least Dickens or Zola, if not some kind of diabolical love child of Elizabeth Gaskell, Trollope, and Charles Brockden Brown.

Didn't you squee like hell when Chief ended up in the ENGINE ROOM: like Scotty with his baby, sigh (I love this show for its cultural memory). I've always wanted a shot of the engines, always - let's see some moving parts (and not glowy screens)! He's been so very interesting, that Aaron Douglas, such a fine actor, and kind to the fans. STEAMPUNK TYROL.

My heart broke a lot at the end of Gaeta's conversation with Baltar - Gaeta's characterization and plotting has some complicated things to say about being gay: as much of the bad guy as he's been in the last few eps, his conflictedness edges him back into the realm of the human here (as compared to Cain, anyway), so that's good. In a certain way, Gaeta becomes even more representative of your average everyday human reaction to events (nothing pathological about it). And that last exchange of looks between Zarek and Gaeta was clearly ironic: they look the same and they're very much not. [Let's pour one out for the quorum, while we're at it. *fist shaken at Zarek*] "I hope people realize eventually who I am." There's a kernel in there about how difficult it still is to be queer in the US.

BALTAR: "I know who you are, Felix." Ex-lovers ftw. Also: the first ep ever in which Baltar does something selfless (or at least intends to, WHICH IS SAYING SOMETHING, NU?).

Roslin! I was pumping my arms throughout! \o/ I'm sure others have much smarter things to say about how lovely and amazing and so beautiful she is in this ep. WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE? Her. (That delightful tracking shot along the edge of the basestar as her words reverberate [I'M COMING FOR YOU ALL]. Awesome.)

Lee and Kara: Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy. SAY IT WITH ME NOW: homosocial! It's weird to have them be the comic relief, especially as Lee looks like (except for the blood) he just got back from the office or church or something.

Sammy. I'd say *meep* but it wouldn't convey enough of my distress.

How much did you love seeing Narcho at the end of Tigh's firing solution? THIS MUCH. So elegantly played, that bit of exposition.

If you've read this far, you're implicated.

Date: 2009-02-07 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grashupfer.livejournal.com
I love reading you on this show. I finished Season 1, by the way, and liked it better in the later half, so I'm looking forward to watching the whole series. I think the first time I tried to watch it, I had just finished watching the whole run of The Wire, so the contrast between the two was too much.

Date: 2009-02-07 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
Yah, the Wire's as far away from BSG in terms of realism as you can get.

What *IS* your icon?

Date: 2009-02-07 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolodymyr.livejournal.com
So, can we have the marathon this summer at your place?

I am so only half joking.

Date: 2009-02-07 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
My place is WAY too small (have to go outside to change my mind etc.). How about I bring the DVDs down there?

Date: 2009-02-07 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolodymyr.livejournal.com

I'm in a 2 bedroom apt, but it's not really a marathon if people aren't sleeping on the floor, now, is it?

[livejournal.com profile] grashupfer, you in?

Date: 2009-02-08 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
I will bring the Ouija board, you get the caramel corn.

helping you get to 21 replies

Date: 2009-02-07 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snake-oiler.livejournal.com
great episode last night: lots of tension, treachery, and butt-kicking, my two least favorite characters (Anders & Helo) are both in the hurt-locker, and the story arc was carried forward in bold strokes.

some critiques:

**some of the computer animated parts (scene of the person in the space suit walking on the hangar deck; shots of the galactica's engines) were not convincing. for the first time, i found myself saying "hey, that's computer animation" instead of just enjoying the show.

**like so many other plot tangents with massive potential (Battlestar Pegasus; the cylon-killing bio weapon; occupation of New Caprica) this one was allowed its short run and then terminated with no potential for a return.

**we only have a few episodes left and still a lot of unanswered questions. if this show wraps up like a David Lynch movie or like how "Lost" is going, I will be pissed. I want ANSWERS!

**too bad that one member of the Quorum with the awesome 70's burns got smoked by Zareck's henchmen. i liked that guy.

70s sideburns

Date: 2009-02-08 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
yah, I liked him too - always the crankiest of the bunch (well, except for the woman whose eyes cross when she's telling someone they can kiss her ass).

Date: 2009-02-10 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
i've had friends recommend this show to me for quite some time.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
but i'm stubborn about popular things, not wanting to be let down and not trusting the masses, like green left eye (http://green-left-eye.livejournal.com/31281.html).

Date: 2009-02-10 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
i did watch the two-hour pilot on nbc though...it showed some promise.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
and it seems to have a lot of themes i like, like the intense difficulty of knowing who to trust (but the x-files already told me, no one).


Date: 2009-02-10 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
i see what you did htere.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com

Date: 2009-02-10 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
i also don't like the thought of someone else going by the moniker number six. but that's just silly of me. lots of characters have the same name. like indiana jones and indiana subramani.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
you were really supposed to wake up to this, but you live in lewis and clark time and i can't say up all night.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
and now this is very dangerous. because if you reply to one of my comments at the wrong time, there will be 22 replies. maybe i should just go to bed and scope out the situation in the morning.

Date: 2009-02-10 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
SHSATSCAL (or however it goes)

Date: 2009-02-10 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jones-casey.livejournal.com
i've already used shgatsal tonight.
once the virus has been exposed to the environment, there's no putting the genie back in the bottle. [sic]

but i read yours as crying and laughing.

Date: 2009-02-10 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
Aaaaannd it's tipping over. (that is, if you count my comments.)

Date: 2009-02-10 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-unnecessary.livejournal.com
under the wire now...
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