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Nicolás Lichtmaier
Sun, May 10, 2009, 4:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Trek: First Contact

Hehe, you reproduce what the characters assumed about the person that would create the warp engine. Of courssss, it must have been done by an altruistic man wanting to boldly go where no man has gone before. But instead, it was really created by a man who only expected profit. He wanted to get rich with his invention. But this is the same man what would eventually become wiser and more "altruistic". So what this character is really showing is how mankind is supposed to have gone from being assholes to XXIV century gentlemen =).

And this is part of why this movie is still much better than the new J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.
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Nicolás Lichtmaier
Mon, Apr 27, 2009, 1:13pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Jack Bauer: I agree with you in spirit. What I say is that if you will not provide an answer, it should be planned from the start. It should be understandable why you don't provide an answer. And this is not the case.

Sam proves my point. In LoTR, we never get to see what "going to the west" means. Because going to the West is really a metaphore of going to some kind of heaven (dying?). It's going to the sunset (Tolkien took that from real culture). And this misterious West is something external to the novel, it's at the edge of the plot, a terminal node. On the other side we get perfect closure of every character, of every thread.

Picture yourself rewatching some earlier episodes *knowing* that RDM had NO IDEA about what he was doing. Rewatch those moments in Kobol, about the Opera House, about Hera-Baltar-6 knowing that it had no meaning at that time.

I've been watching both Lost and BSG. I used to think "hey, BSG is the serious one, Lost is for fun". I realize now that Lost is the real serious thing, they were crticized for doing random stuff, but it seems they know what they are heading too.

And I can even start to compare this to B5. =)
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Nicolás Lichtmaier
Sun, Apr 26, 2009, 3:11am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I've read this site for a long time, but never posted anything, but here I go with my (angry?) opinion =) (disclaimer: my English is not perfect)

I don't think the bad thing is not giving all the answers. Somebody have pointed at films that didn't resolve everything for the viewer. That's not a bad thing. But: It must be a planned thing. And the remaining bit, the explained part, must be somehow self contained. That didn't happen here. It's clear (and it's confirmed in the finale's podcast) that RDM didn't have a clue of what he was doing. In the podcast he even congratulates himself about how nice is to be inventing random prophecies and then cook some rough answer for that hollow profecy. When we learnt this series would have a known length we all thought: "Great! Then they will be planning ahead of time where this will go!" In the 4th season it felt as is it thre was a direction, we were heading for the end, there would be answers. And there was none!

Regarding what we saw here. RDM wanted to mix somehow these people with earth's history. He didn't know how, even with the show reaching its end. "Inserting" these people in the ancient Greece was one of his thoguhts (and it was reasonable given he had used all this ancient Greek mythology) (Of course, this wouldn't had explained why Hera was soo important...). RDM then read about this "mitochondrial Eve" thing, and, as a kid that had discovered a shiny object, twisted everything else to use that concept. Had he thought of having Galactica's people abandon all technology before, he could have done it differently. One way would be to have some anti-technology cult/faction (through a significant part of the show) then in a tragical end, this faction would win and force humanity to abandon everything (even Penicilin, or artificial lights).

But no, he had these highly advanced people (both technically and culturally) abandoning all known form of society, all knowledge. And he did that with a terrbile Lee Adama speech. A reactionary speech, in which he says "Our brains has always outraced our hearths. Our science charges ahead, our souls lag behind.". That's crap. Science has contributed to advance human philosophy (think of the Greek, Galileo), it's in modern times that we "discovered" human rights, that we realize that race doesn't exist, and that there are no gods worth killing for.

Should one watch Caprica? How could I? If I know from the start that there are no plan, there is big all-encompasing plot... Part of the attractiveness of the show was got by borrowing from the future, borrowing from the next seasons, from the finale. And we haven't been paid. Why would I give credit again?
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