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11:42 pm - Apollo's Hair Looked Like a Shampoo Commercial
My Avatar DVDs came today! Squee with me, people!

Fine, don't. Bitches.

Will you go vote for Melanie's pumpkin, then? #8 - His Noodly Embrace! You guys have taken her to second place in just a day, and you have the power to MAKE HER WIN. One vote a day! Swing by when you're bored and do a clicky! I'm not asking for much. It's not like I'm asking you to watch Avatar or anything, which I will do in just a few days, once I finish catching up.

And now we proceed to the matter at hand.

HOLY CRAP BSG IS GOOD AGAIN. THANK THE GODS.

I knew something was up when I actually liked the Lee/Dualla scene in the beginning. They really seemed like a good pair there.

And then. Tigh and Ellen. And I thought, "He's going to forgive her. He's going to forgive her. He understands why she did it. He won't do it. He can't do it. He'll stand up for her."

Holy crap.

Honestly, I'd almost stopped paying attention to the scene for some reason, and then the cup fell, and I couldn't believe it. This show. When it's good, it takes no prisoners.

And then. Drones. Decoys. GALACTICA FUCKING JUMPING INTO THE FRAKKING ATMOSPHERE AND BEING ALL AFLAME AND RELEASING HORDES OF VIPERS AND THEN JUMPING RIGHT OUT WHILE STILL AFLAME BECAUSE IT ONLY CAME DOWN THERE TO RELEASE THE VIPERS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AND JESUS CHRIST THAT WAS THE MOST FUCKING AWESOME THING THAT SHIP HAS EVER DONE ADAMA YOUR BALLS ARE THREE THOUSAND TIMES THE SIZE OF MOST MEN'S.

And then, oh my God, poor Baltar! So fucking emo! Look at him! He's not a villain! He's just misunderstood! And kind of spineless in most circumstances. It was so sad to see him like that and ACK HOLY GOD GAETA I BARELY EVER NOTICED YOU FOR TWO YEARS AND SUDDENLY YOU HAVE LOGICAL AND APPROPRIATE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AAAAAAH DO NOT KILL MY BALTAAAAAAR.

The mood of the scene was partly broken because I was trying not to laugh. Witness this bit from Jacob's recap of the last episode, which I just read today:
...this means that next episode has to end with a gun to somebody's head. I've seen the show, isn't that how it works? "I'm getting my men," followed by a gun to the head? The thing is, it should be easier than this to narrow down exactly who will have the gun to their head. Will it be Ellen Tigh? Who will be holding the gun? Will it be Gaius Baltar?

It's just so fucking hilarious that Jacob really has pinned down the show's formula.

And Baltar! Simultaneously suicidal and seeking redemption!! OH BALTAR. God, he was amazing in this episode. (Um, if you're new, I love Baltar. And Six. And Baltar/Imaginary!Six. And Six/Imaginary!Baltar. Not so sure how I feel about Baltar/Six. OH CAPRICA.)

And then, crap, Galactica is frakked and Adama just sort of...gives up. Wow. He just says...it's over. He knows they can't win. I mean, I expected him to give some sort of rousing speech about going down fighting, but he's all, "It's been an honor. I'm going to go slurp some noodles (OMG DUDE ADAMA IS TOTALLY IROH.)."

And what's going on on the ground is just immensely confusing, as the plan seems to be EVERYBODY RUN AND GET INTO THE NEAREST SPACESHIP NOT PILOTED BY A CYLON. It's all sort of chaotic, and I don't try to follow it, and I just assume that everyone's getting off unless they tragically trip and fall, which, unfortunately for Jacob, does not happen to Cally.

And Anders is actually kind of awesome and cool and badass. And Kara kills Leoben in front of Kacey, and the little girl is scarred for life.

And then Baltar finds Hera and EEE TINKLY CYLON THEME HI IMAGINARY SIX IN RED DRESS. I wonder if Caprica knows that Baltar still sees her previous incarnation. I wonder if Baltar knows Caprica...well, I guess we don't know for sure that Caprica sees Baltar in her head. She seems much more well adjusted now. But but but but but WAIT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THEM FUCK THEY LEFT THEM ON THE FRAKKING DUMBASS ROCK.

And then Galactica is getting its ass whooped, and suddenly a huge stream of missiles comes out of nowhere, and I say, "Oh, Pegasus, you dirty bastard," and the camera makes sure we see the name of the ship because YEAH WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE SOME OTHER GIANT SPACESHIP. And, and, and, how awesome was the "Damn you, Lee"/"Thank you, Lee"? Huh? HUH? Adama pwns everything (OMG SEE ADAMA IS TOTALLY IROH.).

And then, haaaa, they totally blew up Pegasus because they were so damn tired of having to deal with two ships! Back to the status quo! The show's not called Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus! But, no, seriously, you're telling me they do all that with computers? And maybe models? They don't actually have giant spaceships they launch into space and film? Because I'm not sure I believe you.

And nooooo, oh my God, Leoben TOTALLY FUCKED WITH KARA'S HEAD. Kara is crushed. She doesn't really have a daughter. She's not really a mother.

And yaaaaaay, Adama TOTALLY SHAVES OFF THE PORNSTACHE OF HAIRY SYMBOLISM. I find it hilarious that they spent an entire scene on that. I find it brilliant that it actually worked. Maybe they will have a Rocky montage where Lee slims down and LOSES THE PUDGY GUT OF LIPOSYMBOLISM.

And Roslin says, "This is bigger than us. This is life," but she really means, "This is death," and, really, that's just what went through my head at the time, and I thought I sounded like Jacob.

Look, I don't care that they basically reset the show by, you know, destroying that pesky other ship and getting them off that pesky planet. Because I'm so much happier about it now. They're supposed to be on the damn ship. On the run.

But I really, really, really want to know what the Cylons' next move is.
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From:latropita
Date:October 21st, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
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EEE TINKLY CYLON THEME HI IMAGINARY SIX IN RED DRESS
You know, when I rewatched, I noticed that he never actually looks at Imaginary Six, and I wonder if he even noticed that it wasn't Caprica Six who said that. Unless he hears the theme song whenever she appears, too.

JESUS CHRIST THAT WAS THE MOST FUCKING AWESOME THING THAT SHIP HAS EVER DONE ADAMA YOUR BALLS ARE THREE THOUSAND TIMES THE SIZE OF MOST MEN'S
And Hotdog was kind of awesome with the "This ought to be different" and the flying out into BURNING ATMO and the air imploding? OMFG.

She doesn't really have a daughter. She's not really a mother.
She is going to completely lose her mind. And Katee completely blew me away with her crazed reaction faces, DAMN.

It's all sort of chaotic, and I don't try to follow it, and I just assume that everyone's getting off
That made me SO NERVOUS. What happens when you forget people LIKE BALTAR AND SIX? Even though they weren't really going on, like, the Colonial One or anything, maybe someone like, went back for some more celery from the market.

Also, where did Roslin get that photo of Maya and Hera? Do they really still have cameras and developing chemicals?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
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I noticed that he never actually looks at Imaginary Six, and I wonder if he even noticed that it wasn't Caprica Six who said that. Unless he hears the theme song whenever she appears, too.
Heee. Yeah, I think you're right.

And Katee completely blew me away with her crazed reaction faces, DAMN.
Yeah, she kinda rocks.

What happens when you forget people LIKE BALTAR AND SIX?
I know! I was thinking...okay, dude, um, like...no one actually wants Baltar back, and they sure as hell aren't going to bring Six onboard with him, so...but then where do they go?!

maybe someone like, went back for some more celery from the market.
I really need to watch the webisodes. Heh.

Also, where did Roslin get that photo of Maya and Hera? Do they really still have cameras and developing chemicals?
Little painting demons.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:October 21st, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
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Hey, do you watch Doctor Who? Because I watched it tonight, and now I think I watch it, and so I think I'm gonna be watching BSG now too, because I'll be on the sofa staring at the SciFi channel anyway, so, y'know, path of least resistance and all.

I didn't watch it tonight though because I had to go to the grocery store before it closed at 10, so my comment is only vaguely related to your entry.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
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Oh, cool! I do watch DW, but I watched all these episodes months ago when they aired in the UK.

It will be really interesting to hear your thoughts on BSG. And DW. Was this your first episode? It was a good one, I think.
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:October 21st, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
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You know, there are times when I think that BSG (and other shows I love) aren't really as good as I think they are. I think "Maybe I'm just buying into all of the hype". Today was not one of those times. In fact, I was like "OMG this is the best goddamned show ever!! (I practically had a geekgasm when the Galactica jumped into the planet's atmosphere).


And I'm not at all ashamed to admit that I bawled my eyes out during Tigh and Ellen's scene.

You're right, Adama is Iroh (who are both incredibly awesome and everyone should bowdown to and/or adore them). There should be fanfic with these two meeting. It would be both strangest and best crossover ever.

(and seriously, I need BSG icons since this comment seems strangely lacking without them).
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
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Oh and I forgot to add, I love how Baltar always seems to be on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Sometimes I think I should hate him but I can't seem to bring myself to doing so.
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From:etherealclarity
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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*squees with you*

=D

Tell me how the special features are.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
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They look great, dude! There are all sorts of behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus commentaries on the pilot and finale (I think). Looking forward to watching them.

I'm about five episodes into the second season now.
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From:kalbear
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, this was fucking brilliant. Tigh walking away into the crowd all 'glad you won and got the kudos, do you have an eye for me? How about a wife - got that?' The shot where we pan back to the Pegasus arriving to fuck shit up. Gaeta's I'm mad as hell speech and Baltar's reaction to it. Roslin going back and saying yeah, I'm president, fuck this whole idea of elections, I own this biznatch.

That would've been a brilliant season finale. Instead, it's episode 3.

The plot to land on the planet and jump forward a year was worth it if only because of this episode.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
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Roslin going back and saying yeah, I'm president, fuck this whole idea of elections, I own this biznatch.
Ha, I loved that. I actually said out loud, "'My chair!'"

Instead, it's episode 3.
Episode 4. But who's counting?

The plot to land on the planet and jump forward a year was worth it if only because of this episode.
I'll say. But, seriously, if they were only going to do this for four episodes...you're right, this would have been an awesome season finale. They should have just tacked all this onto the end of season 2. It would have been kind of like Pylea. But awesome.
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From:raelee
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
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I would squee with you but it wouldn't be very genuine since I have no idea what Avatar is and I'd read your BSG thoughts but I haven't watched any of the episodes this season yet so I don't want to spoil myself.

So, I'm pretty much relegated to saying... I voted! Where's my sticker?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
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In the mail with a bill for $66.40.
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From:ar_feiniel_
Date:October 21st, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
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And then, oh my God, poor Baltar! So fucking emo! Look at him! He's not a villain! He's just misunderstood! And kind of spineless in most circumstances. It was so sad to see him like that and ACK HOLY GOD GAETA I BARELY EVER NOTICED YOU FOR TWO YEARS AND SUDDENLY YOU HAVE LOGICAL AND APPROPRIATE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AAAAAAH DO NOT KILL MY BALTAAAAAAR.

ZOMG I'm so glad I'm not alone here. And you are dead on about the Emo thing - I knew there was a word out there that described him best, lol.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
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"I JUST WANT TO SIT HERE AND DIE"?? So fucking emo. I mean, dude's too depressed to even kill himself.
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From:smrou
Date:October 21st, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Adama pwns everything
Um, YEAH he does!

I don't even really have anything to say because this thing was so MIND-FRAKKINGLY AWESOME. But I just wanted to agree that Adama is the baddest bad-ass motherfucker who ever lived. LOVE him!

I'm sad to lose the 'stache, though. I actually liked that thing. I mean, I know he had to shave it off, but...I'll miss it.
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From:smrou
Date:October 21st, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, one more thing, I'm starting construction on a shrine to Michael Hogan as we speak. Dude has won me over something HUGE with the first four episodes this season, and absolutely killed in this episode. That reunion scene between Tigh and Adama? Yeah, I was like a puddle of tears, there, and this show has never made me cry. Guh. It just hurt and also made me so so happy and...man, what a scene, and those are two great great actors right there.


Also I was soooo impressed with Katee Sackhoff at the moment that she discovered Kacey wasn't hers, and I think you know I'm not usually the biggest fan of her acting. But I can't criticize her at all for her performance in this episode, because she was perfect.
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From:dgriswold
Date:October 21st, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I am 4 episodes into the second season of Avatar. It is really quite good.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Yay!! Hey, you're about where I am. Well, catching up.
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From:warden96
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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And then. Tigh and Ellen. And I thought, "He's going to forgive her. He's going to forgive her. He understands why she did it. He won't do it. He can't do it. He'll stand up for her."

Holy crap.


Did you jump up and cheer or just go "Whoo!"

And Kara kills Leoben in front of Kacey, and the little girl is scarred for life.

Good thing she's not her daughter then, huh?

But I really, really, really want to know what the Cylons' next move is.

Learn from this experience then call into operation the other Cylon models and go with their original plan?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Did you jump up and cheer or just go "Whoo!"
I was actually very sad.
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From:ryca
Date:October 21st, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Lots of things, lets see if I can remember them all.

What is RTF?

Can't remember the exact quote, but when Tigh said "Besides, your son isn't going to want Ellen and me for parents" I actually stopped the tivo and nearly cried - I'd never liked either of them more, for that incredibly simple way of saying that they would look after that child if the worst should happen. I just loved Tigh, and even Ellen right then, because it was completely sincere and Chief totally knew it, and of course he wouldn't want that either so it was a damn good motivator, but also gave him the comfort and courage needed to go out and do the totally brave and stupid things.

Galactica dropping into and them jumping out of atmo? OF COURSE one of the best things ever on tv and they knew it. "This should be different"? TOTALLY. LOVE.

Couldn't believe that Tigh actually did it; couldn't believe how much I've liked Tigh this season, and I love it when radical character development (Tigh, Ellen, Gaeta, etc etc etc) totally works and actually makes sense and they don't have to hold up giant cue cards for us.

Anders is way too hot and just getting better every day; I thought that he was pretty but wooden and a somewhat shallow character at first, but I'm liking him more and more for his general badassery and all.

Puffy!Lee needs to go, I'm sorry.

Oh, and my subtitles were wacked and kept confusing me - near the beginning, does Dualla say to Helo "take care of the old man" and then Helo says "take care of our son"? Because "take care of HIS son" would make PERFECT sense of course, but it *sounded* like "our son" and that's what the captioning said, so I was like "did I somehow miss a whole chunk of important somewhere?"

I love how Adama took all of .8 seconds to figure out that Ellen wasn't behind Tigh and realize what Tigh was missing, beyond the eye. Go Adama.

And lastly, Roslin in the chair? FUCK YEAH. Woman knows that it's time.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 21st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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What is RTF?
What? What are you talking about? Is this from the show? Who said RTF?

that incredibly simple way of saying that they would look after that child if the worst should happen.
Yeah, that was nice.

Galactica dropping into and them jumping out of atmo? OF COURSE one of the best things ever on tv and they knew it. "This should be different"? TOTALLY. LOVE.
Seriously! It's like, "Um, I've never launched out into fire before. Uh."

I love it when radical character development (Tigh, Ellen, Gaeta, etc etc etc) totally works
Yes, it really, really did. Gaeta's scene was PERFECT, and, well, it sort of showed me all the cue cards, but I needed them to appreciate how much it worked for his character.

I'm liking him more and more for his general badassery and all.
Yeah, me too!

Puffy!Lee needs to go, I'm sorry.
He does!

Dualla say to Helo "take care of the old man" and then Helo says "take care of our son"? Because "take care of HIS son" would make PERFECT sense of course, but it *sounded* like "our son" and that's what the captioning said, so I was like "did I somehow miss a whole chunk of important somewhere?"
It seems to be some bizarre mistake that everyone is choosing to ignore.

I love how Adama took all of .8 seconds to figure out that Ellen wasn't behind Tigh and realize what Tigh was missing, beyond the eye. Go Adama.
I watched the scenes. LOOK AT EJO'S EYES. IT'S AMAZING.

And lastly, Roslin in the chair? FUCK YEAH. Woman knows that it's time.
I said, out loud: "'My chair!'"
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From:cucumbersarnies
Date:October 21st, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
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This episode made me cry like no episode of TV has since late season Buffy. So good. And it's all because of logical character development which makes me want to cry with joy too.

The Ellen and Tigh scene made me cry because I knew from the point that she took the cup that she knew exactly what was in it, and he knew too, and there was just so much love between them. This death was the last gift to each other for both of them. I cried like a baby.

I loved the balls of having two relatively talky opening scenes- which contrasted and complimented each other- Dualla giving confidence to Lee to do his duty, and Anders laying down the law to Tigh to do his duty. The writers on this show are clever, yo. They also think we are clever too.

THE JUMPING INTO ATMO!Galactica brought the tears too. The Pegsaus turning up would have probably broken me for good, but thankfully i'd been spoiled for that.

Anders was so cool! And at first I mocked him for his physical similarity to Lee, but now he is his own fully realised character. Why? Because this show fucking rocks.

Baltar is going to be with the Cylons. Who have Hera. This is going to be fucking amazing. What the hell is Sharon going to do? They have her baby. Eeeeeee! And Gaeta! I didn't love that scene, because I am still slightly confused as to why Gaeta didn't shoot Gaius (I was begging him too, and I love dear old fucked up Gaius). It seemed a talky scene with slightly tangential outcome. Did you see Gaeta at the end just behind Tigh? The poor boy looks totally destroyed. I worry about him. Don't hang him!

Bye bye Pegsaus! It was not so nice knowing you.

I loved the shaving scene. Because you could tell that he was actually shaving (you could see little unfakeable tufts) and that kind of realism gives me a buzz. He looked so happy at the end. His ship is alive again. In the Season 2 finale, it killed me to see Adama watch his ship die. And now it hasn't. sniff.

Oh, and on that note- the whole his/our son thing from Exodus part one? I think Helo said 'our' on purpose. Adama is the ship, is the fleet. Hence his son is their son, which makes it appropriate for Helo to say 'our' and still mean Lee. Especially when he is saying it to Lee's wife.

This show is so good. And I am probably going to fairly much cut and paste this and post on TwoP for fairly much the first time ever. Because I haven't had a show that excited me enough to post on a message board in ages. It's SO GOOD! You get first dibs on the squee though :)




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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 22nd, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
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I feel honored to get first dibs on such glorious squee!!
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From:upanashad
Date:October 22nd, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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My Avatar DVDs came today!

Oh, cool! When are you going to lend them to me?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 22nd, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
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Geez! It's all mememe with you!!

You can have them when I get done watching the commentaries, which will be later this week. I think there will be much mayhem next weekend, so I should be able to drop them off then.
From:metabeta
Date:October 22nd, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
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My favorite part was when Ellen died. DIE ELLEN DIE. But, also, because the guy who plays Tigh is an amazing actor and I used to hate all his scenes but now I look forward to them with glee.

Also: yay, Gaeta made it onto the ship! Mmm, Gaeta.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:October 22nd, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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My favorite part was when Ellen died. DIE ELLEN DIE.
But it was sad! I hated her SO MUCH, but...it was sad! She did it all for him, Aarika!

Michael Hogan is pretty great.

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