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Mark Y
Tue, Mar 31, 2009, 1:49am (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S2: Final Cut

I almost want to say that this was an awful episode, but the interviews with Kat, Gaeta, and Dualla were definitely interesting enough to bestow some redemption. The worst offender is this episode is the ending which makes an already shallow character evaporate, followed by Tigh's forgettable subplot and the main characters' arrogance.

The episode plays like an after school special, where the "GOTCHA!" media reporter cliché learns a valuable lesson about why militarism is good, only then to reveal herself as an enemy agent. (which makes me wonder if the next Cylon will be a lawyer or banker or some other reviled class..)
Then there is Tigh's subplot, seemingly only thrown in for mandatory action, where the unlikable reporter discovers an officer reading a book which I can only guess has the reputation of The Catcher in the Rye, concluding that he's the would-be murderer, only to arrive with backup too late, as Tigh has already difused the situation. I'm left asking... Why? Especially if she was s Cylon.
Finally, there's the pretty black and white portrayal of both the media and most of the military. The military are the grand protectors and the media are there to defame; however, unlike other episodes of the series, it doesn't really reach any mature or nuanced reconciliation.

Trashing aside, I am genuinely surprised by this point that I enjoy Sharon 2's and Helo's subplot. What started as a seemingly episode lengthening arc has definitely outclassed this episode by means of creating a compelling story. I'm interested in seeing where the writers took this.

And one last thing: if you have enough ambrosia, they don't really hurt that much.
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Mark Y
Wed, Mar 25, 2009, 3:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Colonial Day

Popular opinion on Baltar sure seems to swing wildly. One episode, he's accused of treason, -- and Roslin goes so far to say she believed beyond a doubt he was involved in the downfall of the colonies -- and the next this gauche daydreamer is popular enough to democratically represent the (former?) citizens of Caprica. That being said, I did enjoy his extemporaneous defense of Roslin to the reporters.

Speaking of Roslin's defense, Zarek's accusations of her administration's poor job seem to resonate with the characters, yet the show has done a poor job of offering any proof. Once again, Zarek is portrayed as a "freedom fighter" with very little portrayal of the freedoms he's fighting for. It gets tiring hearing the characters label him such without any reason.

The fact that the show did enter the realm of civilian life at all, however, is encouraging. There's been only glimpses of civilian life so far, such as rationing romantic retreats, and in turn makes this episode worthwhile.
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Mark Y
Wed, Mar 25, 2009, 1:44pm (UTC -6)
Re: BSG S1: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down

(Thanks Jammer for the spoiler alarm, I'm always weary to read comments on an episode's review that I had just watched because of possible future spoilers.)

This episode almost lost me from the get-go. The idea of Adama being a cylon agent was pretty late coming to be taken seriously. However, when the wife was brought aboard and, more importantly, her toxic effect on Tigh was revealed, I definitely enjoyed it more.

I found the episode's humor to be funny, but most of the time that I was laughing I also knew that it was a very strange and abrupt decision by the BSG team to make this situation comedic. I'm used to feeling this from Baltar, since he's just an uncomfortable fellow, but from the rest it inexplicable.

However, the ending of this episode confounds me when taking into account Baltar's earlier test involving Boomer a few episodes back. Apparently his detector magically works, but now he just passes everyone anyway, even when given time to do an important test.
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