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February 21st, 2009


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12:04 am - You Know That She'll Break You in Two
I must share with you my latest song addiction:

The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight

When I saw them at BFD, I thought they had a couple good songs, and this must have been one of them. It's just the perfect song for that kind of sound. It's lovely. It's like...stars. I don't know. It reminds me of Explosions in the Sky with words. I can't stop listening to it.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Oh, you artsy little show with your funereal chapter titles. You artsy little sci-fi show. I was struck by how un-sci-fi this show is. I mean, people always point to BSG as a good example of "sci-fi for people who don't like sci-fi," but they're on a goddamn spaceship. You can't get away from that. This show takes place in the real world, and I think it shows more human emotion. It's so interested in the small stories. But for a few scenes in the episode, you'd hardly know it was science fiction.

So I forget, has it been truly confirmed that Savannah is human? It seems more likely in this episode that Savannah was the real Catherine's daughter. I'm just waiting for T-Weaver to morph into her dad and let her sit on his lap.

I love how creeped out Whistler was by Derek. Like, "I'll...be walking the rest of the way, dude." I wonder if he was just a free agent or whether Catherine has some People she has going around tying up loose ends.

I love the crazy little town with the underground network! That's pretty awesome. And elaborate. I wonder if she's built more towns like that. There have to be backups if she's liable to go apeshit for one unsecure phone call.

HOLY SHIT THE DRONE. That was awesome. And everyone saw it. There are your three dots, guys. So what the fuck, why is she building those already? The Skynet causality loop is fucked-up. Did they always do this? Or did the 'bots decide they needed to start preparing ahead of time if they wanted to ensure that they won the war? And does the rogue dad have a remote control or something that he can just call it into his truck? I don't know what's going on. Except there are dead cows involved. Poor dead cows.

Dollhouse

I know this is supposed to be episode 3 or 4 or something, but it sure feels like a proper episode 2, so I'm confused.

The most intriguing part of the show is definitely the stuff about Alpha. I liked the various flashbacks throughout the episode; they fleshed out a lot of things that were hinted at in the pilot. I didn't even notice Dr. Saunders's scars last week, but I definitely see them now! I was genuinely surprised when the cop shot Boyd's partner; I was not expecting that at all. But was he hired by Alpha or someone else? All we know is that Alpha killed him; maybe someone other than Alpha is out to take the Dollhouse down.

I'm also interested in the general ways that the Dollhouse works. I am entranced by Ms. DeWitt because she's pretty and has an accent, and this week I realized that she and Catherine Weaver should totally get together. I wonder how the damn place runs, how their clients find them, how they run their background checks that are apparently SOOOOOO amazing that it's a surprise that Alpha could construct such an elaborate fake identity, how they manage to stay under the radar, how...a lot of things. I liked the trust imprint on the handler; that was cool.

(AAAAUGH CRAZY PSYCHOPATHIC MIDDLEMAN.)

But I find it hard to care about Echo's engagements since it will all be erased and she won't remember anything. Except for DUN DUN DUN. She remembers a random thing! And she has weird flashes of herself! I liked the little hallucinatory otherselves, actually, and the flashback to Alpha's attack, but it makes me wonder what's so damn special about Echo that it's only happening to her. And what happened to Alpha and his "composite event"? I will say that for the most part, I'm buying Eliza as the different people. She was good as Jenny, but her little speech as the girl in the flashback wasn't as natural. Right before she goes off for her "treatment." Interestingly enough, I was actually glad she got mindwiped after this engagement so she wouldn't have to remember that horrible experience. Of course, she also doesn't remember her wild wild sex, which, as people have said, is essentially rape. For Echo, at least. Or Caroline. Do they have contingencies in place for pregnancy or STDs? Who knows what these men are putting inside her. Her body is just an empty hat, as Boyd says. I like Boyd. I also like Topher, the science guy, although I'm finding him a little hard to read. At times, he seems desensitized to what he's doing, and sometimes he seems kind of world-weary about it.

Agent Helo, one day, you will do something useful. Keep looking.

This episode was a little less uncomfortable, but it was still squicky. I find that as long as they keep the focus off Echo, I'm okay. Which...may lead to some issues.

Battlestar Galactica

By the time I get here, I don't feel like writing about this show! I don't know what to say! Stuff happens. There are Cylons. There are humans. Something something something.

I am very happy Baltar's Six is back, though! And Baltar is up to his old tricks again. Mostly. He likes helping people! And stuff. With guns! But I don't like this new gaunt look. Someone buy James Callis a pizza or three.

Bye bye, little Cylon with a soul? That...happened.

The end is nigh! I don't know what's going to happen, except the Cylons and the human will live together in perfect harmony. Probably. And then they'll kill each other. The spaceships will inherit the universe.
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Comments:


From:sainfoin_fields
Date:February 21st, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
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Savannah is very human! In a previous episode there was talk about how since the accident Savannah is terrified of her mother and I think she wet herself in fear.

WHAT THE HELL SHOW
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From:the_partyman
Date:February 21st, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
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Given that Weaver seems generally unconcered about OMG FINDING JOHN CONNOR like the other metal from the future, I am wondering if she has a different affiliation, perhaps working to change the direction of Skynet's evolution into something different. I at least hope there is some kind of twist there.

Underground tunnels were great!


I enoyed Dollhouse a lot more this week. In kinda settled in more.

Also? Mark Shepard AND Matt Keeslar. Double Middleawesomeness.


BSG was a bit... meh? While I guess I like that Balter (and the writers) haven't forotten about Baltar's little culty people, it all seems a bit superfloous given how little time is left. Blah blah final five arguing.... let's have Cavil etc turn up already for a big fight, yes?

Poor little Cylon baby though. :( Gues Hera really is super-important.

I am worried now that they are saving the remaining kickass WTFery for the finale. Eeep.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 21st, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
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See. NOW you get my love for them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 21st, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Who?
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 21st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Airborne Toxic Event. Sometime Around Midnight is sheer brilliance.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 22nd, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
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I listened to another song and it was rather different, more upbeat. But not bad. I love their name, so I want to like them! I'll have to find the songs I like.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 22nd, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
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I have the album, if you want it.
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From:harper47
Date:February 21st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh yea- I did like Six being back. Other than that, I was really bored during tonight's BSG. Sigh.

You know I felt the squick more tonight in Dollhouse even though I liked the episode better. Kind of a conundrum.

I did like the whole spying on the town thing from TCC but overall this episode just felt really slow and draggy.
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From:bookie85
Date:February 21st, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I just downloaded the song, and it is only about 30 seconds in, and I already love it. I am picturing it playing during a movie scene where the character is standing somewhere with their arms outstretched and the wind blowing through their hair or something in a very dramatic fashion.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 21st, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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And it just builds and builds! It's very dramatic.
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From:super_hoodzie_x
Date:February 21st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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After Dollhouse this week we talked a lot about why we're having trouble getting into it, and i think the main reason is because Echo is never really the same person. I mean, the main character is barely even a character. We're supposed to be attached to the side characters more, I think, but they're really not doing it for me this time. Although there was some good dialogue between Topher and Echo's handler (I forgot his name...)

Anyway, yea. The point of this comment was to say that I agree, it's hard to get into Echo as a character when you know everything that happened will be wiped clean from her memory.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 22nd, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
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Although there was some good dialogue between Topher and Echo's handler (I forgot his name...)
Boyd! Who is the easiest character to connect to.
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From:super_hoodzie_x
Date:February 22nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
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Yea, I get the feeling he will be more of a main character than Echo will be.
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From:mycenae
Date:February 21st, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
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The local radio station I listen to plays "Sometime Around Midnight" all the time, so I've gotten burned out on it. I liked it enough, though, that maybe I'll check out some more of The Airborne Toxic Event's songs. Plus their name is a DeLillo reference! That's cool! Or possibly pretentious and annoying! I'll have to listen to more songs to be sure...

Anyway, TV.

I really liked this episode of TSCC. I don't think any other show would do a funeral episode for a bunch of random people who died. Yes, Sarah was investigating what had happened, but the show really went out of its way to show the human consequences of the "action sequences."

I assume Savannah is human. I love the actress who plays Weaver, she does such an interesting job.

AAAAUGH CRAZY PSYCHOPATHIC MIDDLEMAN.
It took me awhile to recognize him, but when I did I was like, "Oh, shit, Echo, you better run! I don't think he's had his milk today!"

I agree the show is still squicky. I found myself thinking, what if Boyd had set up with DeWitt that he wanted to "hunt" Echo, but not actually kill her, just make her think she was going to be killed? Would DeWitt have gone along with that "encounter" (with a large hazard fee, of course)? After all, Jenny is just an imprint, and Echo won't remember being hunted.
(I realize the hunt is part of a larger plot, but it just got me wondering if there were any limits to the types of situations DeWitt was willing to put actives in.)

If Alpha did set up the hunt... maybe he's testing her? Maybe what was in the canteen was intentionally bringing back her memories? It seems obvious that he killed the faux Park Ranger, at least.


Why did BSG let Jane Espenson write one of the last episodes? Whyyy? I liked her as a Buffy writer, but she just cannot get BSG right. (I hated her Kat episode a lot.) Why would Tyrol vote to leave? He just got reinstated as Chief! He cares about the ship! Are we supposed to believe he gets one look at Boomer and wants to run off with the Cylons? Bullshit!

Ellen was so awesome last week and this week she's just old Ellen. I get that Tigh is bringing out her petty human side, but there wasn't any attempt to reconcile that with her meta viewpoint of last week. She seemed to lose all perspective once she got on Galactica. Her "regressing" could have been interesting, but it was poorly written, JANE ESPENSON.

I like Baltar, but this storyline felt shoehorned in. If only it had had a tie in to Lee saying last week that the ships needed representatives... Maybe Roslin could have been actually moving towards a Quorum of ships' representatives and Baltar would want to be the civilian rep for Galactica? Also, WHY DID THEY GIVE HIM GUNS HE IS BALTAR. There is no way in hell Roslin and Adama would just give Baltar and his groupies a crate of guns. WHAT.
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From:mycenae
Date:February 21st, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
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The part where I said "Boyd" I actually meant "Psychotic Middleman."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 22nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
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Plus their name is a DeLillo reference! That's cool! Or possibly pretentious and annoying! I'll have to listen to more songs to be sure...
Heh. I loved the name before discovering it was a DeLillo reference. I haven't read that book, though.

I don't think any other show would do a funeral episode for a bunch of random people who died. Yes, Sarah was investigating what had happened, but the show really went out of its way to show the human consequences of the "action sequences."
Exactly!

I love the actress who plays Weaver, she does such an interesting job.
That's no actress, that's Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage! Who is now an actress, apparently.

Why did BSG let Jane Espenson write one of the last episodes? Whyyy? I liked her as a Buffy writer, but she just cannot get BSG right.
Yeah, I tend not to like her episodes. This one wasn't as bad.

Why would Tyrol vote to leave? He just got reinstated as Chief! He cares about the ship!
THAT WAS SO FUCKING BIZARRE AND MADE NO SENSE.

Ellen was so awesome last week and this week she's just old Ellen.
See, people keep saying that, but I thought she wasn't really old Ellen. I liked the new version of Ellen. Maybe she was new old Ellen.

I like Baltar, but this storyline felt shoehorned in. If only it had had a tie in to Lee saying last week that the ships needed representatives...
I thought that's where it was going but then...no.

There is no way in hell Roslin and Adama would just give Baltar and his groupies a crate of guns. WHAT.
That was so strange! I think these are all the reasons why I didn't feel like actually writing anything about the episode. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was just sort of there, and at least it wasn't a huge infodump like last week.
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From:radiotelescope
Date:February 22nd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
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super_hoodzie_x: "...and i think the main reason is because Echo is never really the same person. I mean, the main character is barely even a character."

I was thinking that right up until the 3/4 mark, and then something happens. Click, she's the client, click, she's the handler, click, she's back to the imprint -- but not quite. "I'm a fast learner." She has what she needs to take down the Middleman. Is that going to be schtick? Echo isn't a personality, but there's a metapersonality which can pick and choose what she wants to be... Hello, Rebel Elizabeth Mudlark.

I don't know if that's what the show is going for, but it's clearly going for *something* of the host survives. And it'll probably be the whole season arc delineating that. So that's enough to keep me watching, I suppose.

BSG: true love is a crappy macguffin. I hope the miscarriage turns out to be a reaction to Ellen's hair dye or something.
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From:daynr
Date:February 23rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
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I finally caught up on BSG and, perhaps because I marathoned them, I really enjoyed all the latest epis. Sure, I got a bit of whiplash from Ellen, and Cavil, and hello #7, but I liked that being around Saul helped bridge earlier Ellen with now Ellen. And Baltar's giant boringness of holiness was saved by HeadSix, for me. Now that I'm caught up I'm a bit sad that others aren't loving it. Same with TSCC, since I'm still totally digging TSCC even though I don't really know why. Maybe absence of Riley and John respecting his mama again is all it takes for me.

I can't buy Dollhouse, though. I think ED moves way too weirdly to ever look like anybody but Missy (with some Faith sneers.) I get so distracted by her neck moves to even notice squick.
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From:loopychew
Date:February 23rd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Of course, she also doesn't remember her wild wild sex, which, as people have said, is essentially rape. For Echo, at least. Or Caroline. Do they have contingencies in place for pregnancy or STDs? Who knows what these men are putting inside her.

Was that deliberate, or can I make a snarky, off-color remark about how we can think of one thing men have put inside her and have that be totally original?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
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The double entendre is not lost on me, sir.
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From:twenty8penguin
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I really liked this episode of Dollhouse - there were a lot of things I didn't expect. It was also a lot funnier. I love Helo harassing the Russian guy.

>She remembers a random thing! And she has weird flashes of herself! I liked the little hallucinatory otherselves, actually, and the flashback to Alpha's attack, but it makes me wonder what's so damn special about Echo that it's only happening to her.

I thought perhaps the flashbacks were drug-induced? That guy unwittingly gave her exactly what she needed to start to remember. (Or, if he was hired by Alpha, then she was intentionally given exactly what she needed. Then again that seems like a lot of work just to get the girl drugged.)

I like the amibiguity about the client - even if his identity was faked, whoever hired him still managed to find a guy who really was interested in hunting girls. Who really had a history of hunting girls. (I guess he could have been imprinted too but we haven't been given any indication that anyone outside of the Dollhouse knows how.)

Assuming Alpha was somehow involved - does he want to kill her or free her? Obviously, he did NOT kill her before when he had the chance, but the hunter seems like a risky choice if he just wanted to shake her up a bit.
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From:soundingsea
Date:February 23rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea what's going on with the Skynet causality loop. If the drones always existed, won't they get built later? Why is the Shirleybot building them now? Poor cows.

Dollhouse... eccck. I'm just not okay with the rape-mindwipe-rape-mindwipe cycle. I'm done with that one.

The spaceships will inherit the universe.

I'm starting to wonder if this might just not be the case! They don't have much time left to Fix Things.
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From:penmage
Date:February 24th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I love Weaver's character on SCC. I love the way she seems to feel the need to try to be a "good" mother, even when there aren't any witnesses or observers. She's not putting on a show, she's actually trying to be...somethng.

My gut says that the direction the show will go in is this: You can't stop the onset of Skynet. But you can control its direction. You can make it understand the value of human life. You can transform it from a killing machine.

I think there's a lot to be said about Weaver as a mother to Savannah and Weaver as a mother to John Henry, especially in contrast/comparison to Sarah as John's mother--and sometimes (rarely) as Cameron's.

Of couse, I can't tell yet if the show is trying to stay true to movie canon--in which case, Terminator: Salvation blows any hope of a positive spin out of the water.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 24th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
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My gut says that the direction the show will go in is this: You can't stop the onset of Skynet. But you can control its direction. You can make it understand the value of human life. You can transform it from a killing machine.
Yeah, that does seem to be where the Weaver plotline seems to be going...yet she slaughtered a whole factory for one unsecure phone call, so I don't know how much she values human life.
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From:penmage
Date:February 24th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I don't actually think that's Weaver's objective. I think Weaver is there to raise baby Skynet and make sure it gets off the ground. I think that Ellison's involvement--and later, potentially, Sarah's--and maybe Cameron's?--will take John Henry's upbringing in an unplanned direction.

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