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November 3rd, 2006


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11:26 pm - Baltar Still Gushes with Evil Intent
I've finally discovered the wonders of Pandora, and I'd like to share a few song addictions it has given me after discerning my particularly awesome musical tastes.

Flyleaf - Cassie: I loved "I'm So Sick," and this song has the same elements I love about that song: a hard-rockin' riff and an interesting female vocalist. I like her, although I think others might not.

Timo Maas - Like Siamese: I realized why this song appealed to me when I looked it up: the guest vocalist is Brian Molko of Placebo. minim_calibre, if you're skimming, pick this up. You'll dig it. Nice little electronica ditty.

The Cranberries - New New York: I think the Cranberries are better known for their more dreamy songs like, well, "Dreams" and "Linger," whereas one of my favorites has always been the much more rockin' "Salvation." And this song is much more in that vein, as they rock the hell out like I did not know they could do. I just read the lyrics and discovered it's so obviously about September 11, so I'm not sure I feel comfortable rocking out to it. But it's more like, "THEY CAN TAKE OUR TOWERS, BUT THEY CAN NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!" Or something like that. It is fun to rock out to, regardless.

And now it is time for Avatar squee, which only a handful of you will care about. WARNING: CAPSLOCK AHEAD.

ACK WHY IS THIS SHOW SO AWESOME?

HOLD ON LET ME MENTION THE ONE MOMENT OF NOT AWESOME WHICH IS AANG TURNING ALL RED AND BIG-HEADED AND I HATE HATE HATE WHEN THIS SHOW DOES DUMB SHIT LIKE THAT. MOVING ON.

"YEAH, LET'S BREAK SOME RULES!" IS NOW IN MY TOP FIVE TOPH MOMENTS EVER. IT IS THE ADORABLEST THING EVER. HER ARMS! SPEAKING OF ARMS: "WORST. CITY. EVER!" OH TOPH.

THE LITTLE TING TING TING TING MUSIC HAS NOW BECOME THE BA SING SE THEME OF CREEPY EVIL DOOOOOOM. I LOVE IT.

DUDE KATARA CAN BE A REAL BITCH WHEN SHE'S MAD AT YOU. DO NOT PISS HER OFF, YO.

I WONDER IF TOPH'S LIE DETECTOR ABILITY COULD HAVE COME IN HANDY AT ANY PAST POINT IN THE SHOW. I WILL MAKE A NOTE OF IT. REGARDLESS IT WAS HANDLED PRETTY WONDERFULLY IN THIS EPISODE. ESPECIALLY WHEN SOKKA LEAPT TO THE CRAZY CONCLUSION THAT OMG JET WAS BRAINWASHED AS IF THAT WAS THE ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION.

WHERE THE FUCKING FUCK IS LAKE LAOGAI? INSIDE THE CITY? OUTSIDE THE CITY? JOO DEE SAID IT WAS "IN THE COUNTRY."

OMG THE DAI LI ARE LIKE BATS. I DID NOT NOTICE THAT BEFORE. THEY CAN TOTALLY CLING TO THE GODDAMN WALLS. EVEN TOPH CAN'T DO THAT SHIT. BUT EVERYONE VS. DAI LI WAS A PRETTY FUCKING AWESOME FIGHT AS IS PAR FOR THE COURSE WITH THIS SHOW.

THAT IROH/ZUKO SCENE I THINK WAS ONE OF THE BEST SCENES IN THE SHOW EVER. IT WAS A SCENE 37 EPISODES COMING OR AT THE VERY LEAST 17. I FUCKING LOVE THAT IROH JUST LET LOOSE ON ZUKO, NO LONGER CODDLING HIM, FINALLY TELLING HIM WHAT HE'D BEEN WANTING TO TELL HIM FOR A LONG DAMN TIME. ZUKO REALLY NEEDS SOME THERAPY. I MEAN SELF-ANALYSIS. PROBABLY BOTH. THE POINT IS IDENTITY ISSUES YAY. ALSO R.I.P. MAKO. THE NEW GUY BETTER BE GOOD DAMMIT.

OMG BRAINWASHED ARMY OF JOO DEES. I LOVE IT. BRAINWASHED JET OMG. BRAINWASHING IS SO CREEPY. STOP SCARING LITTLE CHILDREN, MIKE AND BRYAN.

LONGSHOT CAN TALK OMG. I SERIOUSLY DID A DOUBLE TAKE THE FIRST TIME I SAW THAT.

APPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

OH NOES BLUE SPIRIT COME BACK.

Okay, we're back to regular text now. Time for that other Friday show.

Battlestar Galactica is so depressing. At least this week, we got an actual plot for Baltar. Yay. Baltar among the Cylons! I love that he's such a supergenius that he remembers all the work he did on locating Earth OVER A YEAR AGO. And hee to Gaeta's reason for trusting that work.

I think some people were expecting the colonists to have an adverse reaction to Sharon, having been oppressed by her other versions down on New Caprica. Instead...they seem to love and adore her. I guess because she did help save their asses. Athena: aw! That's still going to take some getting used to.

Tigh and Starbuck, however, totally read my last post and are acting just as I said! And, hell, Kat, as much as I want to slap her most of the time, is the voice of reason here, calling them on their shit. Yeah, they get that they weren't IN THE SHIT like them, but they did save their goddamn asses. Yet, Starbuck and Tigh do have their points: the folks on Galactica did not make NEARLY the sacrifices the people on New Caprica did. Not even close. They can't even begin to understand. That scene is classic Galactica: they're both right and they're both wrong.

Lee is magically slim again! That...was all sort of pointless, really.

So it's pretty freaky that the prophecies specifically lead to a place that kills Cylons but not humans. This is all very strange and neato. And while I love Baltar, I really have to give that love pause when he fucking kills a Six to shut her up. That's...not cool, yo. That is psychotic behavior. And I know Baltar is psychotic, but I never thought he was psychotic. He's the reluctant villain.

I'm still confused on all the talk of hybrids and the woman in the tank spouting divine nonsense. Who is she? What is she? Do all the baseships have one of her? What about the Raiders?

Adama's smackdown of Starbuck and Tigh was fucking awesome. "I used to think of you as a daughter. No longer." OUCH. And Tigh, man. New Caprica fucked him up good. It's pretty tragic, really.

SYMBOLIC HAIRCUTTING YAY. I love symbolic haircutting because it pretty much can't fail. There's just something inherently dramatic about cutting your damn hair. Besides, she looks better like that.

So. The look on Kara's face when Kacey hugs her, the look that's so unsure yet so grateful? Kills me. Has Katee Sackhoff won any awards? She should win some damn awards. Give some to Michael Hogan too. And Edward James Olmos. And, hell, give some to that little girl who plays Kacey. Because I noticed in the previously that she has this glorious show of recognition on her face when she sees her real mom, and it's so genuine I have to figure that either that kid is actually that woman's daughter, or she's a born actress. Also, "Kawa, Kawa, Kawa" is terribly cute.

I hope to God Sharon doesn't get the Cylon plague.
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From:latropita
Date:November 4th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
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I HATE HATE HATE WHEN THIS SHOW DOES DUMB SHIT LIKE THAT.
THAT'S WHEN I REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A KID'S SHOW, AND I DON'T LIKE THAT. FORTUNATELY THEY TOTALLY MADE UP FOR IT WITH IROH.

"YEAH, LET'S BREAK SOME RULES!" IS NOW IN MY TOP FIVE TOPH MOMENTS EVER.
I SAID THIS EARLIER BUT MY FAVORITE PART IS HOW THEY WALK THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR ANYWAY. HEEEEEE.

YOU FORGOT HOW SOKKA IS A BRILLIANT ARTIST! "WHY DOES HE HAVE ARMS COMING OUT OF HIS HEAD?"

STOP SCARING LITTLE CHILDREN, MIKE AND BRYAN.
SPEAKING OF WHICH, BYE JET! OH LONGSHOT. EVEN THOUGH THE SILENT CHARACTERS EVENTUALLY HAS TO TALK, IT STILL GOT TO ME.

IROH IS AMAZING. REMEMBER WHEN HE HAD TEA WITH TOPH AND TOTALLY SCHOOLED HER ON HOW TO HAVE FRIENDS? IROH SHOULD JUST TELL EVERYONE WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM ("SHE CRAZY.") AND THEN FIX THE WORLD.

ALSO SPEAKING OF "WHERE IS LAKE LAOGAI" HOW DID ZUKO SPRING APPA? WOULDN'T SOMEONE NOTICE THE GIANT FLYING BISON IN THE HALLS?

P.S. WHERE ARE THE DANGEROUS LADIES? I MISS MAI.

Lee is magically slim again! That...was all sort of pointless, really.
SERIOUSLY OMFG WTF? Was it just so that they could make fat jokes? So we could have a visual representation of how Lee is giving up? ARGH.

I'm still confused on all the talk of hybrids and the woman in the tank spouting divine nonsense.
It just reminded me of Minority Report. Why can't the basestars jump like the battlestars? Nevertheless, the basestars are SO FUCKING COOL on the inside. I love it.

Besides, she looks better like that.
She has her awesome Starbuck hair again! And seriously, that little girl is amazing. She's so cute, and really affecting, rather than just annoying.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 4th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
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THAT'S WHEN I REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A KID'S SHOW, AND I DON'T LIKE THAT.
EXACTLY.

REMEMBER WHEN HE HAD TEA WITH TOPH AND TOTALLY SCHOOLED HER ON HOW TO HAVE FRIENDS?
I LOVE THAT SCENE BECAUSE NEITHER OF THEM RECOGNIZES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT IS GOING ON.

IROH SHOULD JUST TELL EVERYONE WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEM ("SHE CRAZY.")
"NO, SHE'S CRAZY, AND SHE NEEDS TO GO DOWN." AHAHAHAHAHAHA.

HOW DID ZUKO SPRING APPA? WOULDN'T SOMEONE NOTICE THE GIANT FLYING BISON IN THE HALLS?
THE CELL SEEMED TO HAVE A SKYLIGHT OR SOMETHING. LIKE A HOLE AT THE TOP. WHICH DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA BUT...GO LONG FENG!

SERIOUSLY OMFG WTF? Was it just so that they could make fat jokes? So we could have a visual representation of how Lee is giving up? ARGH.
I don't know! That was so dumb.

It just reminded me of Minority Report.
Exactly what I thought of!
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:November 4th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
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No, Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!! ;_;
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 4th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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He'll survive to be redeemed another day, right? I mean, this is a kid's show. They can't just kill kids like that, can they?

Now that I think about it, it's not like Longshot or Smellerbee have any, you know, medicine or anything. They're just there to protect his corpse.

Um.

JEEEEEEEEEEEEEET???!!!
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From:maka2000
Date:November 4th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Did I tell you I finally finished all of Avatar and I really enjoy it! I haven't seen lastnight's new episode (which I didn't actually know about) but I'll watch it on YouTube I'm sure. I'm really, really anxious for Appa to be found and reunited with Ang already - it's not right they've been apart for so long. I hope that happened in lastnight's epi (I didn't really read that part of your post. See! I can avoid spoilers sometimes!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 4th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's great to hear! And, yes, you must watch the latest episode and then come back and read my post!
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From:electricmonk
Date:November 4th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Pandora! I like it, usually, and then all of a sudden it decides I want to listen to a lot of Barbara Streisand.
I look forward to the day I'm caught up enough to actually read your BSG entries.
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From:pandora_17
Date:November 4th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I've finally discovered the wonders of Pandora
What the hell took you so long, fool? (I am so amused right now.)
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:November 4th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Has Katee Sackhoff won any awards? She should win some damn awards.

They should give Katee Sackhoff every award in the world. And then make up some new ones, and give them to her, too.

They should also give her my number. Call me, Katee!

No, really.
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From:shamoogity
Date:November 5th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the music.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:November 5th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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Watched first disc of Avatar. Enjoyed. Will watch again.

Need more. Yes.
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From:abbylee
Date:November 5th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
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Now that you've gotten hooked on Pandora, you should try Open Pandora which lets you also collect stats onto your Last.fm page. (And while I prefer Pandora's player, its nice to sometimes get extra variety with Last.fm)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 5th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
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Ooh, interesting. I only listen to it at work, really, so it's not a huge deal; it's basically there for commercial-free, high-quality music that I would tend to like. I don't need to make it part of my life!
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From:aprilbegins
Date:November 5th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
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*attacks Pandora before I forget about it again*
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From:maka2000
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
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APPA!!!!!!!!! I was so happy he was reunited with the crew, especially Ang. Aw. I teared up a bit when they did the closeup of Appa's eye closing in relief. AWWW!

Toph: IT IS THE ADORABLEST THING EVER.
I liked when she got all offended at the idea that she couldn't put up posters correctly, slapped some glue up there, snatched a poster, and then slammed it on the wall... backwards. Her, "It's upside down isn't it?" was so funny, and I loved how the others were just silent, so as not to rub it in. Hee!

Joo Dee was creepy as hell, so I actually didn't find Sakka's leap over to "Jet's been brainwashed" all that surprising. He's a smart kid, and the Joo Dees they'd met were SO mellow, just like how Jet was acting.

And I only realized in this episode that Clancy Brown was doing the voice of the minister guy. I love Clancy Brown!

I really love Uncle Iroh. Appa is my favorite character, but Iroh is a close 2nd. My favorite episode was (I think it was called) "Tales of Ba Sing Se" only because of Iroh's story - and when they showed him on the hill singing to his son. I cried! The man who does Iroh's voice is so wonderful. I loved how in this episode he was trying to think of a name for his tea house, and had just finished having that serious talk with Zuko, then exclaimed, "The Tea Weevil! Nooo, that's stupid." *chuckle* He's the best.

ALSO R.I.P. MAKO. THE NEW GUY BETTER BE GOOD DAMMIT.
Now, who was that again?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
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I liked when she got all offended at the idea that she couldn't put up posters correctly, slapped some glue up there, snatched a poster, and then slammed it on the wall... backwards. Her, "It's upside down isn't it?" was so funny, and I loved how the others were just silent, so as not to rub it in. Hee!
Oh yes, that was great.

And I only realized in this episode that Clancy Brown was doing the voice of the minister guy. I love Clancy Brown!
Who's Clancy Brown? *looks up* Damn, he's been in a lot of things. And he's done a lot of voice work.

My favorite episode was (I think it was called) "Tales of Ba Sing Se" only because of Iroh's story - and when they showed him on the hill singing to his son. I cried!
Leaves from the vine, falling so slow... Yeah, I love it too.

Now, who was that again?
Mako was the actor who did Iroh's voice. He died earlier this year. Thankfully, Mike and Bryan were prepared (he had been sick with esophageal cancer for a while), and his replacement was actually his understudy on Broadway, so he makes a lot of the same acting choices. Apparently, the new guy can be heard in the scene where the kids throw the ball through the window in that episode.
From:metabeta
Date:November 5th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Because I noticed in the previously that she has this glorious show of recognition on her face when she sees her real mom, and it's so genuine I have to figure that either that kid is actually that woman's daughter, or she's a born actress.

I just watched the episode and I also thought that. I think the little girl is just all sorts of kickass.

Ooh, I loved it when Adama knocked Starbuck down on the ground. She needed it in the worst way.

Also, I love this show.
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From:areacode212
Date:November 6th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
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Battlestar Galactica is so depressing.
It sure is, but I thought this ep was by far the least depressing one this season. For once, I didn't find myself going, "I can't believe they just did that."

It'll take a while for me to get used to "Athena", too. I just find it too, I dunno, regal-sounding for good ol' Sharon. She'll always be Boomer to me, dammit! And "Sharon Valerii", for that matter.

As for the hybrid, the impression I got is that yeah, all the baseships have one of those.

What *I* wanted to know is why that dying Six just randomly happened to have black hair. Hmm, now that I think about it, they'll probably have another black-haired Six show up on the baseship to freak out Baltar, and they want to distinguish her from all the other Sixes we've come to know.

This week's BSG podcast is pretty good and RDM goes over some of the stuff you brought up in your post (the little girl who plays Kacey, why "fat Apollo" ended up being pointless, if BOOMER is really accepted by the New Capricans, etc...)
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From:magnolia888
Date:November 6th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Fat Apollo was entirely not pointy, I agree. But I must say, I did appreciate a return of abtacular Apollo. [/shallow]

Kacey is so cute.

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