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Tue, Feb 9, 2016, 2:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thanks for the great review! I mostly enjoyed this installment too. I felt it was derivative, but also felt it had to be at least to an extent. I also feel that the whole cyclical Skywalker tragic family history is important to Star Wars and just because a lot of us knew right away that Han Solo was going to be killed by his son, doesn't make it not the right thing to happen with this family that keeps getting pulled light/dark/light/dark over and over.

I wish they had given Leia more to do on screen, but I loved seeing her again and loved that she was the General. I've seen some comment disparagingly on her acting, but I couldn't disagree more. I thought she was great.

Harrison Ford was so good, he had a lot of subtle moments.

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Tue, Mar 3, 2009, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Deadlock

Good review as always, but I too disagree with a lot of it. I do agree that Tyrol's position on leaving the fleet is not explained. It leaves the audience to fill in too many blanks which is unfortunate because I think it would not have been to hard to at least offer more hints why he would go that way. I don't believe it is totally out of character myself, but it wasn't fair to give us that vote with no explanation especially when it set up such a major conflict. I see it as Tyrol has been retreating more and more into being a Cylon since Cally's death and losing his job, then finding out Cally's son is not his, and so on and he is just looking for the easiest way out at the moment. I wish they had given a lot more insight into what is going on with Tyrol this whole half-season.

I also found Caprica 6 being in Dogsville totally contrived as well and really felt that a scene explaining that must have been cut. As it was, it felt like an excuse to show pregnant 6 kicking butt, which is all well and good, but probably could have been explained in a quick line or two to make it more palatable. And I found Saul not telling Ellen about the baby contrived as well.

I totally disagree that Ellen had character regression though. In last week's episode, there was definitely a blending of "old Ellen" and "F5 Ellen" as Ellen asked for and drank booze then, manipulated Boomer, etc. Also, you have to put yourself in her shoes. She was poisoned by her husband (which she forgave him for), gets all her F5 memories back, realizes that she was sleeping with her "son" (Cavil) who looks like her father. The same son who has engineered the attack on the colonies that she had put a stop to before, caused a Cylon civil war, tortured, raped, memory wiped, etc. the F5 and you know while she recognizes his responsibility in this, she still feel guilty about all this since she created him. So then she is imprisoned and isolated by him for 18 months (iirc) and finally escapes (remember during which some of the above happened like the civil war). She returns to her husband whom she has forgiven for poisoning her and even for sleeping with Caprica 6, even though it grosses her out, but he doesn't tell her himself that Caprica 6 is pregnant.

Once she finds out, all those last 18 months and everything Cavil has done just comes crashing down. She is hurt that Saul and Caprica are having a child because she believes that it means he really loves her (doesn't matter if it is true or not, though it does seem to be true now, she believes it) and that he didn't even tell her. Saul and her could not have children, so imagine how hard that is on top of believing that he loves someone else more and while she knows in her heart that he loves her, her mind is saying "maybe he didn't, not enough". Not only that, but the baby is going to be named what they would have named their son (named for Adama).

I don't think she is pissed about Saul's love and loyalty to Adama, I think she just knows that is the easiest way to hurt him. She is angry/sad/upset/etc. to the Nth degree and wants to strike out against him. The two of them always have been that way, running hot, and she is so caught up in hurting him back (knowing in the end she won't actually have the cylons leave the fleet) that she doesn't see how it will hurt Caprica. As often happens when people are in a relationship, your emotions really can cloud your reason. Everything seems hazy when you are in the midst of it.

Now whether the baby died because Caprica doubted Saul loved her, it's implied for sure, but there is definitely some doubt. And I agree the whole true love = babies thing is just bizarre. And honestly, with all the stress and everything Caprica has been through, I can see that at least contributing to this.
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