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Maniac
Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 1:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: The Woman King

Had it been a story about Helo's self-destruction it could've been interesting. I admit I don't particularly like the character (and the actor), but how many times have we seen this sort of plot? An idealist prevailing against the odds, rewarded in the end for doing the right thing?

Up to this point, Helo was always in the right (eventually), which I find rather weak from a character building perspective. Idealism can be beneficial, but it can also lead to grave mistakes - and I wish the episode explored this avenue. It would be more true to reality and far more enjoyable I feel.

Helo was robbed of a chance to become a more nuanced and better developed character.
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Maniac
Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 12:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S3: The Passage

"Good character work and solid performances redeem a less-than-stellar storyline." - this sums up the episode the best. Kat's deathbed talks, paper shortage and that little smile when Adama spots Tigh acting like a stressed out teenager on his way to a first job interview make the episode. In short - the character moments carry the forgettable story - 3 stars from me.
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Maniac
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 3:56pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: The Captain's Hand

I too think that the subplot is rather ludicrous - when our survival as a species is at stake, personal liberties will have to be limited. And before it's brought up - I wouldn't compare it to something like Patriot Act - humanity is, after all, at the brink of total extinction.

It has been brought up that "it's not enough to survive. One has to be worthy of surviving". If that's the case, would be worthy of surviving if we'd put our individual needs before the survival of the whole species?

What makes it even more of a non-issue is that I imagine the child could very easily be given to a fleet-wide children crèche. Seeing that there's probably a lot of people without jobs to take care of them.

This is why I found the whole dilemma rather hollow; it's transplanted directly from our world, with little thought given to it.

Addendum: I'm pro-choice, because I believe that the state shouldn't dictate what to do either way; but in BSG's case, I really think there are other, more important considerations.
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Maniac
Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 4:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Black Market

I completely agree about Fisk - first he was character assasinated and then killed unceremoniously. He was an interesting character, painted with a grey palette and could've been a great addition to the ensemble cast.

I just think the writers didn't really want to deal with the aftermath of Pegasus storyline - which reminds me of Farscape (spoilers below, be warned):
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Every so often, the status quo has to be shaken up - a new set of rules gets established; it's an often used storytelling device. In Farscape's case it was the cloning of the protagonist. Now, you'd normally expect that plot thread to be resolved quickly and the consequences contained to a few episodes at best. That's not the case - the clone gets incorporated in the ongoing storyline and plays a very important role. It was a bold and surprising move and it paid off brilliantly.

I just wish the writers did the same with the Pegasus arc - it's an amazing one, don't get me wrong, but we don't get much in the way of fallout; it's resolved too cleanly. I really think they should've carried that story much further, with Fisk as the central character.

From this point on the quality drops significantly, in my opinion. Continued exploration of Pegasus story might just have saved the show...
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Maniac
Tue, Nov 15, 2016, 12:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Resurrection Ship, Part 2

I'm not sure anyone still reads it, but I wanted to share a few thoughts.

As Jammer rightly pointed out - Sharon uses Adama's own speech from the miniseries — where he posed the question of whether humanity was worth saving — as the case against him. And as Jammer notes - it's very hypocritical of Sharon.

Dissecting Sharon's argument - isn't she essentially positing that humanity isn't worthy of survival through collective responsibility? She maintains that humans still kill one other and are governed by greed and petty jealousy. She does have a point in that, granted - but if we judge the entire race by the deeds of the few, how do the Cylons measure then, when you consider that pretty much all of them wilfully engaged in a genocide? In other words - if humanity's "rotten apples" make them not worthy of survival, then it's an even stronger argument against the continuing existence of Cylons.

On that note I'd also like to comment on sympathy for Gina Inverie - while I agree that what was done to her was monstrous, I think her own sins are too easily forgotten. Essentially - we're being manipulated by the writers; after all, how we could not to empathize with a brutalized and vulnerable (and beautiful, let's not forget) woman?

We forget, perhaps a bit too easily, that she took an active part in a genocide (she does, after all, admit to not being a sleeper agent; which means she is most definitely responsible for it) and an act of mass murder onboard the Pegasus later on.

Does that mean that whatever happend to her was justified? Certainly not, but I would never cheer for someone who took part in a genocide and on top of that is a mass murderer - hence my earlier comment about the writers manipulating us.

In short - Gina, for me, was definitely not deserving of any sympathy. What was done to her was monstrous, but does not make her any less responsible for what she did.

I'm probably not getting Caleb's response now, but I thought I'd quote him anyway:

"And I have to disagree on Cain not being evil. She's the definition of it to me. Oh it all makes sense to her sure. It all made sense to Hitler too."

If Cain is Hitler, then Gina is a Hitler combined with Stalin and Pol Pot, essentially.
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