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September 24th, 2005


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12:07 am - A Trip to the Pegasus
Today, toughcookie42 and I embarked on a marathon conversion in preparation for some movie that's coming out next Friday. From "Serenity" to Serenity.

But speaking of spaceships...

Good sweet mother of crap, I don't even know what to say. This is one of those episodes that's hard to form an opinion about because it makes you so angry, not at the show, but at the things happening on the show. Or maybe at the show for letting these things happen on the show.

I mean, I like that they don't waste any time getting right to the Pegasus, and they cheer and clap just to annoy Strega. Although the music in the teaser was very un-McCreary-like, and the music in the first scene was too chant-y (actually, the chantiness was too much throughout the episode...McCreary's usually good about underscoring things, but chanting is like a first-class ticket to overscoring with extra mojo).

And for about twenty minutes or so, things seem okay. It still seems fishy for the Pegasus to have found them (and for them to have survived at all: they just jumped away at the first sign of trouble? HOW ABOUT DEFENDING THE FUCKING HUMAN RACE, YOU ASSHOLES?!). But it's nice to have more human beings in the population, and more defenses against the Cylons, and Cain says she won't step on any toes or anything.

EXCEPT SHE'S A LYING BITCHMONSTER FROM HELL.

I was wondering, see, because one of the things I like about BSG is the strong female characters like Roslin and Starbuck, so I thought, wow, cool, they made the admiral of the fleet a woman. But she's a woman the audience is made to hate. So. I don't know.

Quick note about Baltar and Six: Six had a reflection! I guess in Baltar's head, she would, but it was still jarring. And man, Broken Six was...very broken. Almost unrecognizable, especially because I expected it to be Boomer, so I could say, "What, is the Boomer model specially designed for having babies and being captured?" I thought it was interesting that Baltar finally admitted that he loves Six, despite his "you're not my fancy" remark a few episodes ago.

I soon became annoyed with the fact that it seemed EVERYONE ON THE PEGASUS SUCKED LIKE WHOA. "Hey, it is totally fun to joke about gang rape!" "Hey, it is totally cool to shoot officers in front of people!" "Hey, it is totally sweet to fuck with Adama's son and surrogate daughter!" Usually, this show is all about moral ambiguity, but these characters were painted as eeeeeeeevil with brushstrokes as wide as the Halliburton profit margins. Everyone keeps bringing up Abu Ghraib and the fact that there are real military officials who act like this, and I...people suck.

When the big Graphic Content and Mature Subject Matter warning came up, I was all, "Yay, cool!" Little did I know. Because holy crap, because A) you're going to rape the prisoner, B) you're going to rape the pregnant prisoner, and C) you're going to rape her from behind. Thank the gods Helo and Tyrol got there in time. The question of the day is, though, is it wrong to rape a robot? We don't stop people from having sex with their toasters, mostly because they generally figure out the pitfalls all by themselves. The crew of the Pegasus doesn't see them as people, which is odd because they use all the same tactics they would use if they were people, you know? I mean, that seems to be the catch-22 in their logic: rape is an acceptable form of torture for humans, so we will use it on the robots, because it is okay to rape robots since they are not human.

FAIR TRIAL MY ASS. I hate this show for making me believe that they will, at any time, kill off characters. I feared for Helo's and Tyrol's lives, but I fear less so now. If they were going to kill either or both of them off, they would have done it now for the shock value. I mean, it would just be mean to make us wait till January and then kill them, right? BUT YOU ARE NOT KILLING TYROL OMG. Or Helo, I guess I like him more now.

Also, what the fuck is up with Billy? They give him one random, pointless appearance an episode now?

Snagged this from TWoP: And will every finale end with Starbuck sent off on an un-official solo mission? I'm just saying.

Go Adama go. Galactica vs. Pegasus. Alert fighers vs. alert fighters. Does this count as a civil war?

Just sit back and watch, Cylons. We're perfectly capable of destroying ourselves.
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From:sistakaren
Date:September 24th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
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Honestly, as much as I adore the implications of this episode, and as much as I absolutely love how angry I got on behalf of the Galactica gang over the Pegasus gang trying to come over and take charge... I'm kinda pissed about the episode. I like this show because it shows how fucked up people are, but they're doing their best to survive in a shit situation right? And how all these people, despite their enormous flaws, are really good people just trying to do the right thing, right? Then what the hell was this Pegasus crew? A crew of tight-assed fuckwads? Come on. I mean, I really did like a lot of the episode -- I mean, there was some magnificent acting going on amongst every single one of the regulars -- but at the same time, I really got taken out of it by how much they stacked the deck with the Pegasus crew. I mean, I think there are legitimate issues of power and such to be mined here, that could be really awesome. But instead, I'm not sure why any audience member would try to see it from Pegasus' point of view. And I'm sure that was Moore and Eick's intention. But at the same time... that's problematic. It's kinda like that stupid tribunal episode of season one with that stupid woman that no one liked. There were real issues there to be mined, so to have it play out like it did is disappointing. The only thing saving this episode is the great acting, the great pacing, and that great cliffhanger. But the setup is shit. Yes, yes, they're BAD; we get it. Sheesh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 24th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
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I'm pulling an insightful comment from Strega over at b.org:

The Pegasus is just Galactica's shadow. They kept making the point that from the outside, a lot of what Adama's done is extremely questionable. And they've been alone, without any civilian influence or any authority other than Cain. I have no problem believing that a culture that's already 100% military would tip over the edge that way. And I don't mean that as a condemnation of the military in general, but in isolation, with no outside perspective? Bad Things happen.

Which makes me feel better about the OMG BAD slant. I think the problem is we're only seeing the crew now, and we don't know how they were before, really. Whether their post-apocalyptic experience changed them (which is what Strega posits), or whether they were just a bunch of assholes who ended up on the same ship.
From:lilserf
Date:September 24th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
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I too am filled with love/hate.

On the one hand, the conflict in this episode is a brilliant idea. You can't help but be overjoyed at the prospect of more humans surviving the apocalypse. But you also can't help but completely despise the major characters from the Pegasus. Having humans with this different an outlook is nifty, and having them neatly displace "our heroes" in official authority is perfectly done as well. The first 15 minutes, nothing overtly bad happens, but I was absolutely on edge the whole time, because just seeing Adama, Apollo, and even Roslin having to defer to these uppity newcomers is just grating. It builds the tension marvelously.

Regardless of the missteps (from the jarring music to the all-too-evil Pegasus crew) the moment when Adama makes his decision is AWESOME. I yelled at my TV screen at least two or three times this episode, and of course one of those times was at "To be continued..."

Curse you, SCIFI, with your long hiatus.
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From:peri_peteia
Date:September 24th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
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Six had a reflection! I guess in Baltar's head, she would, but it was still jarring.

I totally got distracted by that and thought, "It would be so awesome if they'd CGIed her reflection out."

"Hey, it is totally sweet to fuck with Adama's son and surrogate daughter!"

When will people learn, man? Leave Adamas sons alone. I mean, I feel like Cain was actually justified in transferring them, but the other peeps being asses to them was just uncalled for.

I feel as though the Pegasus pilots are all jealous because Lee and Kara are clearly so much more awesome than them.

Also, hotter.

Also, what the fuck is up with Billy? They give him one random, pointless appearance an episode now?

It's really beginning to piss me off. I'm starting to wonder if Ron D. Moore is punishing Paul Campbell.

Just sit back and watch, Cylons. We're perfectly capable of destroying ourselves.

And I love it.
From:lilserf
Date:September 24th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
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Well, at one point Paul Campbell had to take off to maybe be in a picked-up pilot, so they had to quasi-write-him-off for a while (per the podcast). I wouldn't be surprised if we're not out of the "Will we have Billy or not?" chunk of the season yet.
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From:par_avion
Date:September 24th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
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Ugh. I just finished and I'm still shaking. I can't believe we have to wait.

Re: Billy, a lot of his scenes with Laura got cut or trimmed in the 1st season. So that might be happening again.
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From:the_partyman
Date:September 24th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I was also most impressd by EJO in this episode.

As for Cain, I hope they can get rid of her without destoying her ship... Then it could be a handy addition to ADMIRAL Adama's new fleet! :D
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From:the_partyman
Date:September 24th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Just watched it.

Am still screaming "NOOOOOO!" at the "To Be Continued..." text.

So explain to me? Last episode until next year?!?!

Is this the officla end of Season Two then, and Januray being Season Three (which would seem odd given that it's only episode ten and S1 had 13 episodes), or are they just splitting Season Two in half and having a 3 month break?

Either way it seems really bizare to me.

I WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Great post btw. You pretty much covered my thoughts. I was actually half-expecting the other Cylon prisoner to be Billy.

Okay I was actually FEARING it would be Duala, because she mysteriously surevived that Cylon attack earlier on the ship a few episodes ago, but I am very glad it wasn't because I LOVE HER so she cannot be a Cylon.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 24th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Is this the officla end of Season Two then, and Januray being Season Three (which would seem odd given that it's only episode ten and S1 had 13 episodes), or are they just splitting Season Two in half and having a 3 month break?

The latter. S2 is twenty episodes. But SciFi likes to call anything a season finale if they can help it, I suppose.

Great post btw. You pretty much covered my thoughts.

Thanks.
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From:punzerel
Date:September 25th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
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Marathon conversions? You out saving souls?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
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Yes. Only Firefly fans will enter heaven.
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From:frankdbunny
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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hey, this is rather off-topic, but i didn't know how else to contact you. i had emailed a couple of questions someone asked me about the fundraiser to the MI.net's webmaster a few days ago, and i haven't heard back yet. i thought i'd ask you since you're the only one whose lj name i actually know. i usually get a response within the day, which was why i was wondering, plus the deadline is coming up.
hope everything is going well with the project. i saw on the site we raised more than $500. that's fantastic!
From:metabeta
Date:September 25th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
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I am only unhappy with this episode because it made me like Tigh more. I haaaate Tigh. And Mrs. Tigh, ugggh. But I think it's important for everything and everyone to be in mortal danger, sometimes, so that EJO can save the world and make us all feel weepy.
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From:jammer77
Date:September 28th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
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*meep* You weren't kidding when you said "just you wait and see" (or something to that effect). Egads. This was a tough one to watch.

Boomer!! Noooo....

And I spent.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 22nd, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
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Glad to be of service!

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