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Thu, May 21, 2015, 10:31am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: Sine Qua Non

The thing that has me guessing at the moment is the increasing theme of love, and how it works in this increasingly fantastical series. It seems that frequently love is in place when people are witnessing the projections they can interact with (Baltar and Six from the start, Six and Baltar roughly at the point that she reveals she loves him back, Baltar and Baltar at his most self-obsessed, Tigh projecting Ellen onto prisoner Six, perhaps even Lamkin and his dead cat!) I also recall on New Caprica, the detail that the Cylons suspected that "true love" was required as part of the conception process. This feels relevant in Six conceiving the first wholly cylon child from Tigh, who is powered in part by the projections of Ellen that he sees and presumably the love that they admitted to each other when she died.

Roslin and Adama's low-key affection on New Caprica (the most heart warming of the romances by far back then) has become way more active and prominent in Season 4, and it has had me thinking for several episodes now. Overwhelmingly, the love relationships in this series have been destructive, or plain rotten to the core. Caprica Six uses Baltar to lower humankind's defences. Boomer was a cylon agent and mislead Helo as part of a breeding experiment. Tigh and Ellen have resentment and infidelity. Lee and Starbuck both leave a trail of ill-advised and failed relationships. Tyrol resents settling for Cally and disrespects her even after she has died. And then by comparison we have William Adama and Laura Roslin. From the point he started visiting her in hospital and reading to her, it seemed conspicuous to me that they are developing a purer form of love which is more selfless and self-sacrificial than the others have enjoyed. Now Adama has given up his career for her and is sitting and waiting in the cold depths of space for her to reappear, and I am feeling more and more assured in this theory! I'm also aware than Roslin is still ill and is going to need another miracle some time in the near future in order to keep surviving. Maybe this pure love is the key? The fantasy element of BSG is ever-increasing at this point and to try and guess the rules of this universe before they happen is pretty foolish! I just hope there is some explanation regarding the projections we see all the time, if it turns out they have always just been an abstract storytelling device I'm going to be disappointed!
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Tue, May 12, 2015, 12:28pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S4: He That Believeth in Me

Baltar's cult of attractive females reminds me more than a little bit of Castle Anthrax from Monty Python's Holy Grail! (dialogue is probably NSFW)
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Fri, May 8, 2015, 11:29am (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S3: Crossroads, Part 2

At least Tigh's status has now been confirmed to me. I think it was season 1, episode 3 when I tried to look up something BSG related... can't even recall what it was now but within seconds I had read "Saul Tigh - Species: Humanoid Cylon" and couldn't unread it! At the time that felt huge since humanity was trying to flee and a defector could scupper everything. Since then the human-cylon conflict has been downplayed, along with the differences between then and the focus shifted to their common destination and future so it's mattered less and less. Still, at least I am back to knowing nothing about what lies ahead, it only took three seasons!

The series has some faults, it's definitely too cavalier with plot and character continuity sometimes and there has been some filler creep in to seasons 2 and 3. The amazing pacing of season 1 was hard to maintain it seems. Also a fair dose of fantasy has crept in alongside the science fiction. What I have learned to trust though is that BSG does its big episodes amazingly well! And I'm still hooked despite the weaknesses.
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Wed, Apr 1, 2015, 11:35pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: BSG S2: Resurrection Ship, Part 2

SlackerInc your comment has left me traumatised! I'm watching for the first time on the recommendation of a friend and I've really enjoyed it so far! The only episodic sci-fi I've ever stuck with until now has been DS9 which I enjoyed a lot, but it was a series of marvellous highs and embarrassing lows.

So far I've enjoyed the pace of BSG, the main arc to this point has never been parked for that long, particularly in the first series it really swept us along. I felt that DS9 had too many single episodes with little or no impact on the grand scheme of things; it frequently felt like just passing the time with the main characters. I've really enjoyed BSG for the lack of that so far, perhaps Final Cut and Rise of the Phoenix slowed things a little but the last three episodes were fantastic again.

I'm also braced for the religion/prophecy aspect to eventually disappoint. If I've worked out anything from science fiction fantasy, it's that The Big Prophecy is Always Real! I feel that not letting the low points annoy me is a skill I honed quite a bit watching DS9, the episodes there were quite uneven too. This was the main reason I discovered this fantastic site, and I definitely learned that when Jammer said that an episode was a dud, he would invariably be correct!

So despite your warning Slacker, I will grit my teeth and push on watching these! It's pretty unthinkable to just leave things here. The ominous thing is that this entire program completed years ago and it's not possible you're wrong about the facts! Hopefully there will be some more great highs to go with the lows. For now I will hope for the best, and if I spot any jump-able sharks I will toss them in the airlock!
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