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Eric Sipple
Wed, Apr 29, 2009, 6:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I remembered it as being 3 prophecies, but it was actually one big dream of foreshadowing. But there were three big things dropped that literally got explained in dialogue a season later. They were:

1) "The man in between is searching for you." - Which turned out to mean that there was a previously unseen human emissary of the Shadows who showed up for an episode, gave a weird-hand-gestured speech and then died (Z'Ha'Dum)

2) Sheridan is "the hand". This explanation was so poor that I actually had to look it up and it's still kind of crap. Basically it was that he was one half of two opposing forces. One hand of two.

3) Ivonova asks, in the dream, "Do you know who I am?" Which refers to her having latent psionic abilities.

At one point in the dream Sheridan is also wearing the Psi Corp uniform, which meant that he'd be working with them at some point. Sigh.

JMS clearly knew exactly where he was going with these, but they didn't add anything to the show and were - at least to me - massively disappointing when revealed.
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Eric Sipple
Wed, Apr 29, 2009, 8:10am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I've always respected RDM for being so up-front about not having things planned out and changing directions off the cuff. He's never been anything but clear that this is is writing style. This is how he likes to work.

It's disheartening to see people knock him for it out of hand, as if the only measure of good storytelling is how tightly planned the plot was. I think it's fair to say you wished things had lined up better, but that's a problem of execution, not of style.

And I'd be skeptical of writers who say they have everything planned and know where their series is going and have the end planned out. With the exception of Babylon 5, I strongly believe this is rarely the case.

Most writers make lots of things up as they go, even if they had a plan at the start. In fact, following a plan can lead you down the same path of incoherency if you're not careful. Just because it made sense in outline does not mean it actually makes sense when played out.

And frankly a lot of writers lie at the outset of their shows to get fans to buy into their premises. RDM was always honest. More so, he was as up front as you could be about both the successes of his off the cuff approach and the failures.

I think people are confusing not liking the end of the series with it being some kind of flaw in RDM's approach. I disagree.

I love B5, but I could point to plot developments that were just as unsatisfying to me as things in BSG did to many here. The lameness of the meaning of the three prophecies Sheridan got, for instance, might as well have been unplanned for how little impact they had.
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Eric Sipple
Sun, Apr 5, 2009, 11:38am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Regarding Mitochondrial Eve, a bit of clarification.

Hera being Mitochondrial Eve does not mean the other colonists' lines died off. All it means is that everyone can trace our ancestry, from mother to mother, back to Hera. It doesn't mean we don't also share DNA with other colonists, just not that everyone does.

In other words, all it requires is that at some point in the intervening 150,000 years, any lines of descendants from the colonists that remain today at some point interbred with a female descendant of Hera, thereby passing Hera's mitochondrial DNA to that line.

Some of them probably died off, but all of them do not have to. It's just that none of the other female colonists passed their mitochondrial DNA on to every human remaining on the planet today.

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