January 22, 2005

Battlestar Galactica Watch

As I promised earlier this week, I watched the new episode last night with as open a mind as possible.

Just to show all you BSG fans out there what kind of llama I am, I'm going to give you a mulligan on this one.

Maybe the writers were just trying to lay some groundwork for later story lines, but it strikes me that the old prison hostage crisis scenario was a pretty lame idea. Also, if someone has time to start yapping about political oppression, the Cylons evidently aren't chasing the fleet as hard as I had been led to imagine. I mean, wasn't the story that there are only 50,000 humans left in the entire universe, the Cylon hordes give them absolutely no rest and the water supply is just about gone? If some jail-house nut got up and started pulling a Nelson Mandela on me at that point, I'd have just slapped him and told him not to be an idiot.

Poor old Richard Hatch! Was his appearance in this episode a signal that he had surrendered his long-time fight to revive the original series idea? Apparently, he has been assimilated.

Some other random observations:

- They're going to have to do something about the dual Boomers plot line soon. The series can only support so many shots of real-Boomer-stranded-on-Cylon-occupied-Caprica-and-getting-sick-at-the-carnage thing. Wouldn't it be cool if she managed to form some kind of Resistance?

- The whole Cylon-babe-in-Baltar's-head bit is very annoying.

- I will forever think of the President as "Mrs. Whitmore." I'm sorry, but there it is.

- Apollo needs to get laid. Seriously. Lighten up, dude. And did the writers really make him use the line "I understand where you're coming from?"

- Oh, and the jiggly-camera stuff continues to make me ill. This is especially bad when I've had a glass or two of wine.

As I say, I'll give the show a mulligan on last night's episode and try again next week. In the meantime, I thought Stargate: Atlantis, which I also watched, far more entertaining.

UPDATE: Ooh! Ooh! Mr. Kott-ter! I got another one! It had escaped my notice earlier that the Cylons, rather than being the product of an alien race, are now human creations that evidently rose up against their makers. In other words, the new BSG rips off both the old one and the Terminator series, thereby giving its writers lots of room for "We brought this on ourselves" liberal moaning. Feh.

Posted by Robert at January 22, 2005 09:25 AM
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I hated the conclusion of the episode so much, I'm almost tempted to abandon the series. HATED.

As for this: "The whole Cylon-babe-in-Baltar's-head bit is very annoying." Yes, you are correct.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at January 22, 2005 03:28 PM

I am close to invoking the "Melrose Place Two Hour Special Rule" named after dumping "MP" in midseason in 1994 or 1995. I concluded I should not watch any TV show if I could write better script. BSG, desite the maximum babe factor, is simply getting tedious.

Posted by: LMC at January 22, 2005 04:09 PM

The series can only support so many shots of real-Boomer-stranded-on-Cylon-occupied-Caprica-and-getting-sick-at-the-carnage thing. Wouldn't it be cool if she managed to form some kind of Resistance?

Both boomers are Cylons.

Oh, and the jiggly-camera stuff continues to make me ill. This is especially bad when I've had a glass or two of wine.

In that case don't both with Firefly; although, it's hard to not like a space series where there is no sound in space.

Posted by: George at January 22, 2005 08:56 PM

They're going to have to do something about the dual Boomers plot line soon.

Do something? Yes. Soon? No. It's going to be more than two months before there's anything like a resolution on that front and it's really nothing like a resolution at all. Just a change.

In the meantime, I thought Stargate: Atlantis, which I also watched, far more entertaining.

Wow. Talking about living in a different world. Atlantis is fun brain candy, sure, but high drama it ain't.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at January 23, 2005 03:36 PM

So Apollo is nothing more than a whiney liberal biotch now. At least Starbuck is still a hell of a lot of fun!

Posted by: Chad at January 23, 2005 11:40 PM

I miss Cassiopeia. And Sheba.

Posted by: House of Payne at January 24, 2005 06:58 PM

And meanwile aboard the RISING STAR there is somthing weird going on and BALTAR the norious traitor is having a reason to worry he has been learning that his father was abord the ATLANTIA just before its destruction and now he is been cuaght red handed with the goods

Posted by: mad heron at January 25, 2005 10:06 AM
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