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Chez
Fri, Mar 27, 2009, 9:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I'm a little late to the party here, and it's fascinating to read many of these comments. If nothing else, people are certainly passionate about which side of the fence they're on.

I thought it was greatness. Greatness. I had a couple small issues the first time through (Moore's cameo was a little too prominent, but maybe that's because as a fan, you can't help but notice him; and I initially was a little put off by Kara's being an angel). But a couple more viewings made it grow on me immensely.

Overall, the character moments and ends to the characters' individual stories -- from the flashbacks to the final scenes -- were wonderful. I was a tearful mess several times. I think the flashbacks really helped ultimately inform us about who these people are, and watching it several more times, you just ... man, when you think about what's going to happen to these people over the course of four years ...

Also, I have recently gone back and watched the miniseries and a few other older episodes. I had wondered if knowing how all the mysteries and character arcs finally ended, would it be as much fun to watch now that we've seen the inside of Ron's head?

I found the older stuff resonates even MORE now. And a lot of that has as much to do with the flashbacks as well as the whole work.

I find the arguments re: "giving up technology" in favor of "welcoming disease" interesting, as those things did not occur to me when I was watching it real-time. They're valid arguments. But I just resigned myself to the fact that they wanted a clean slate and we evolved.

In the end, what I'm saying is, even with a few minor quibbles -- and I mean MINOR, because I truly stand by my belief that this was storytelling of the highest order -- I accepted that this is ultimately Moore's story. He told it, and for five to six years -- however long it's been -- I was consistently entertained and consistently challenged to think about the world we live in (sorry, Ron, should you ever see any of these comments here; I know "think about the world we live in" is your trademark, not mine).

It was his story to tell. It was a story I thoroughly enjoyed. It had a rather profound affect on me. I will miss it, and despite any issue I might've had, Moore EARNED the right to tell his story HIS way. Because of everything he and the staff gave me, he earns the right to end it the way he wants to.

Final thought echoed by a few others: It was like real life as far as the religion facet goes. People walk away from horrific car wrecks unscathed. Someone dies after getting hit by a bus just after they've learned their cancer has gone into remission. People live and die. No one ever asks for more concrete answers to why when it happens in real life. We simply talk about fate or a higher power, or God.

I'm not a huge "faith" guy in real life. But the way this series didn't spell everything out, right down to the tiniest detail and left it up to "sometimes you can't explain these things," man, I'm thankful for that. I think having "higher powers" utilized is very true to life.

The most important thing in all of this: It's a work of art. Interpret it how you want to. That's what art is for. Love it. Hate it. But don't be indifferent to it. Everyone's opinions count, but you don't have to subscribe to the ones you don't want to.

Couple small notes: Cottle and Roslin. Awesome.

Hendrix's "Watchtower." Inspired.

Roslin and Adama. Sniff.

Bravo, Ron, David and The Rest. And bravo to Jammer for creating this site.

James R. Chesna
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Chez
Tue, Mar 17, 2009, 8:26pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Islanded in a Stream of Stars

Hello, Jammer, and hello Jammer's "BSG" community. I have long been a visitor to this site and enjoyed it immensely, though I have never taken the opportunity to post anything in the comments. Reading the reviews and the comments was fun enough, as it were. But as we wind down with this particular series, I thought I'd leave one comment that echoes a few others here. As a professional journalist/critic myself, I have always found your reviews to be incredibly insightful and equally entertaining to read. You're a talented writer. I always look forward to your thoughts on any given episode, and like other people on here, I feel like the week's program isn't "complete" until I've read what you had to say. Thank you for investing so much time in this. I was initially drawn to your site because I found the "Trek" reviews compelling (your posted "sidebar" stories about pitching for "Voyager" were a blast, too, BTW), and it was reading your early work on "BSG" that initially turned me on to the series. From that point I've been blown away week after week by the show. And this site is a great place to stop by afterward. Here's to hoping Ron Moore, David Eick and Co. give us one more thrill ride and take this show out with a satisfying and thoughtful ending, as well as a big bang. I believe they will.

James Chesna
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