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August 20th, 2005


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01:19 am - One Big Happy Dysfunctional Family
If you don't like me, you can suck it. The end.

Tonight's BSG? So much better than last week's. Hell, I didn't even notice Cally and Tyrol were missing.

Let me get the bad out of the way first. It was irritating to listen to all the people arguing about whether going down to Kobol was a good idea AFTER HAVING MADE THE FRAKKING JUMP. You've made your fucking bed, now fucking lie in it. Also irritating were the fifty bazillion reporters at the press conference, though I liked the continual presence of the hot reporter that Baltar frakked in a bathroom that one time. Less irritating, but still a little annoying, were the three thousand minutes spent assuring us that Adama's choice for CAG was a moron. I wouldn't have been surprised if Kat had bought it, but I was glad she didn't.

Everything else was kind of awesome, in an "Oh my God, these characters are ridiculously complex and everything they have gone through during the course of series is affecting all their actions" way.

Oh, because it was kind of disconnected from the rest of the episode, let me express my love for the Baltar/Six scene. We hadn't a good one in a while, really, and I loved Baltar's having a human/Cylon existential crisis. And oh man, see, this very night, during the intro ("The humans built the Cylons, etc."), I was thinking how much I loved that music. And they used it for the Baltar/Six scene! And it was so fucking perfect!

The return of the Capricans was handled very nicely. I mean, I don't know, I love how this show keeps making people do things you wish they wouldn't do, but you know they're doing the most logical thing given the information they have. It's perfectly natural to be suspicious of this vehicle that's not Starbuck's Raider, because they have no earthly idea what happened to her on Caprica. She goes in the Raider, comes back in the Raider. THAT WAS THE PLAN. And then when everyone's reunited, everyone's had a different experience. Apollo doesn't know what's up with Boomer. Helo doesn't know Roslin's president. Starbuck doesn't know Adama was shot. It's beautiful. And you're yelling at everyone to stop being such idiots, but you see, they haven't been watching the show! They don't know what's going on! That is crackerjack writing there, and not taking the easy way out.

Roslin? Fucking ruthless these days. Sending Boomer to the air-lock, threatening to kill Helo (made all the more ruthless by the fact that she doesn't even know him, so who knows how serious she was being). All in the name of The Mission. And she's looking rather haggard. Or maybe she just looks a lot older than she did when I caught her in Independence Day a few days ago.

I think I might like the Caprica scenes from the first season more now that I know that Helo/Boomer actually goes somewhere important. And Starbuck continues to flip-flop on her Cylon views. One second, she's all SHE'S A PERSON! and the next it's OKAY BYE ENJOY THE AIR-LOCK. People have harped on Grace Park's acting before, but I thought she was really good tonight. I really don't know why the Cylons are so familiar with the Pythian Prophecies (moreso than the humans themselves, it seems). It is kind of fishy, like maybe the Cylons went back in time and wrote the prophecies or something. Maybe Sahjhan's a Cylon!!

Are Apollo and Starbuck twelve? No, seriously, are they fucking twelve? "Can I have my ball back?" "You said you loved me, no takebacks!" (Okay, I mock, but I actually really liked that scene. Especially the framing where they were back-to-back but with the fence between them.) It's funny how they throw the 'shippers a bone with that kiss but then they just have them fight the rest of the episode. I didn't realize Apollo/Starbuck would turn out to be such a fucked-up relationship.

Ooh, Zarek and Myers. He does have his own agenda. Very cool. Have we seen Myers before? I can't remember him. I loved how their plan was very subtle, but then Myers went and ruined it with his "One person in particular!" Like, we got it, dude. Seriously. We're not stupid. You were doing a lovely job before.

I'm kind of loving the incomprehensibility of the malfunctioning Boomer model. Strega put it really well in her recap for last week's episode, in that Tyrol thinks he didn't love her because she was a machine, whereas Adama thinks that because Tyrol loved her, she couldn't be just a machine. And now, we have Roslin weighing in on this Boomer, who goes from being a thing to a young woman once she has valuable information, and remains so when she is convinced that Boomer feels some sort of love. Why, is it love that makes us human? This concept has never been explored before!! Except it probably has. But I don't care.

Elosha goes boom! That was some unexpectedly crappy CGI for the bombs, though. At least the Centurions still looked cool. And isn't it great that Helo's back? Because he's one of the few people there who's actually had experience fighting Centurions. And Boomer totally looked like she was making a run for it, even though I knew she wasn't, so I was on board with Apollo running after her. I just hoped he wouldn't shoot her before she got to do whatever she was planning to do, which was, you know, save their asses. Also, way to mourn Elosha and totally ignore the other guy who got ripped apart by bullets.

Finally, freaky scene with Adama and his model ship. Never guessed it was Dualla he was talking to. Go Dualla with the telling it like it is. I half expected Adama to be all, "I SAID GOOD DAY SIR!"

Aw, Adama's putting the fleet back together. He's putting the family back together. With the Glue of Hermes. The Toothpicks of Aphrodite.
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From:pandora_17
Date:August 20th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
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Aww, I like you. I'm not going to read your post though. I don't want to read spoilers before I see it. Which I will. Eventually.
From:hobviously
Date:August 20th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
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I am resolutely not looking at the screen because my torrent is only at 25%, so my typing is probably looking pretty silly right now. I just wanted to say that I don't like you.


But we can't always get what we want. BECAUSE I TOTALLY DO LIKE YOU! YAY MY COW! *hugs*
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From:silentsiren47
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
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Pssst: http://www.livejournal.com/users/silentsiren47/1757.html
Not about you, but inspired by recent events.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks for giving me the heads up!
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From:incidentist
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
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Good god. It's like you're literally speaking a different language. I don't understand one sentence you've written here. Fascinating.
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From:sadiekate
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
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I like you.

*restrains self from making a joke about sucking it because I like you*
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From:cleapet
Date:August 20th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
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I like you but I'm not going to sleep with you. ;)

Grace Park was much improved in this episode. Much.
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From:shutterbug1
Date:August 20th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
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Awesome. I'm pretty much on the exact same page w/ last night's episode.

they haven't been watching the show! They don't know what's going on!
This cracked me up, because I was yelling a variant of this exact thing during that first stand-off.

I really don't know why the Cylons are so familiar with the Pythian Prophecies (moreso than the humans themselves, it seems).
Six (albeit in Baltar's head) has always been all over Pythia, even prompted his I'm-the-hand-of-God revelation by quoting the same "two and ten" prophecy that precipitated Roslin's revelation, with a vastly different outcome, of course.

Maybe Sahjhan's a Cylon!! Hee. I always liked Sahjan.

Have we seen Myers before?
I don't think so. I would've remembered seeing the awesome James Remar on this show.

Finally, freaky scene with Adama and his model ship.
"Please make your way to the commander's quarters for arts & crafts hour! And later this afternoon, shuffleboard on the Lido Deck!"
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 20th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Just another day on The Love Boat: Galactica!
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From:shutterbug1
Date:August 20th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, that rocks! I hadn't seen this pixel challenge. The Neptune one just above it is perfect, too.
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From:schnappycat
Date:August 20th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
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You know I like you. I have no idea what your post was about, but no matter.
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From:starspentswell
Date:August 20th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Okay on a wholely stuck on a little thing point.... why wouldn't you like the people that you do like you to suck it to? *tilts head all thinky like in the morning*

D and I haven't watched the new ep yet so I haven't read the body of your post.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 20th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Is that an offer?
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From:warden96
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Roslin? Fucking ruthless these days. Sending Boomer to the air-lock, threatening to kill Helo (made all the more ruthless by the fact that she doesn't even know him, so who knows how serious she was being).

That surprised me too. I wonder if it's that "nothing to lose mentality?"

I totally missed the part about the Capricans coming back and not knowing the events taking place about Galactica while they were gone. Makes me appreciate a little more.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 20th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
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It works both ways, even, because Apollo has no idea what happened to Starbuck on Caprica. He probably thinks she spent the whole time playing pyramid.
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From:warden96
Date:August 20th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
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He was playing with that ball a lot.
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From:kiwikazoo
Date:August 20th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh, because it was kind of disconnected from the rest of the episode, let me express my love for the Baltar/Six scene. We hadn't a good one in a while, really, and I loved Baltar's having a human/Cylon existential crisis.

At some point, I really, really want to see Baltar paranoid that he's a Cylon and doesn't know it. OR MAYBE HE IS OMG.

I didn't realize Apollo/Starbuck would turn out to be such a fucked-up relationship.

Dude. Have you been watching the show?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 20th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I don't mean it was unexpectedly fucked up. But I knew everyone was all STARBUCK/APOLLO OMG from the get-go, and I didn't even really see a huge amount of sexual tension in the first season. They seemed like cute kids with crushes on each other. But this season, it's become clear that they both have way too much baggage to be together. To make the inevitable comparison, at first it seemed like Buffy/Angel and now it looks like Buffy/Spike. That's not accurate in the least, but it's close enough to get the point across.
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From:kiwikazoo
Date:August 21st, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I think we've had a good idea of their angsty baggage since... well, their first scene in the miniseries, really. But I think it's shifted from the angst being all in their backstory (what happened to Zak and Kara's role in that) to conflict being caused by how their actions have affected each other (Kara sleeping with Baltar, for instance, or taking off to Caprica) and that's created a slightly different dynamic.
From:lilserf
Date:August 21st, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
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The "nobody knows the other's experiences" stuff was pretty nuts.

Particularly in the Starbuck/Apollo scene, they got me so invested in that stupid pyramid ball. I couldn't help thinking "Apollo, quit screwing with that! It's symbolic of her crazy fling with a pro athlete resistance leader who rescued her from Cylon-Planned Parenthood!"

And yet Starbuck not only didn't go off on a rant about her experiences (because, really, who would open up on that stuff so quickly) but she even just gave in and let him mess with the ball. Not what I was expecting, but much more emotional and real, in my opinion.

Sadly next week everyone will probably know the whole story and we won't get such neat asymmetry of information. But it was fun for one episode.
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From:kiwikazoo
Date:August 21st, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry. If there's one thing Ron Moore loves to do with these characters, it's divide and conquer. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before someone else gets stranded/lost/runs off. I would bet that the expedition on Kobol will remain out of contact with the fleet for at least an episode or two.
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From:jenelope
Date:August 22nd, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
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People don't like you? Huh. Are they, perchance, crazy people? Are they people who don't actually know you, but have this image, created through hearsay, that has only a casual acquantaince with reality?

I like you. I have no interest in BSG, however, so I didn't read anything beyond "Tonight's BSG? So much better than last week's."
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 10th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I noticed. I am amused and pleased.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 10th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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HA! It may have been. I can't remember anymore.

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