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Tim S.
Sun, Aug 12, 2012, 10:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Someone to Watch Over Me

Breaking Bad is a show I will have to start watching from the beginning, because it has gotten so much critical praise now that I have no good excuse for not picking it up.

I re-read my earlier comment above and remembered the feeling I had when drawn in to BSG, watching every episode in sequence on Netflix with my family.

For anyone who misses the "feel" of BSG and would like to rekindle your love of the series, I heartily recommend something I picked up last Thursday and experienced for the first time today -- Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. It's ranked #21 of over 1000 games, and #7 of all thematic games, on Board Game Geek. Those are hard-core gamers over there, so if they rate it so high, you know it must be good.

Even if games aren't usually your thing, if you try this game once you'll be hooked just like you were on the series. It is on the more complex side, but also very intuitively designed and easy to follow (and get absorbed in) once you get rolling.

I played on the human team and won with my wife and daughter. My son outed himself as a Cylon when we figured out it had to be him, and the early reveal made it hard for him to stop us.

I wanted to share my experience with others because I still have fond memories of watching this show.
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Tim S.
Thu, Jan 26, 2012, 10:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2

Satisfying is definitely the right word. Not perfect, but satisfying. Also agree with the 3.5 star rating.

Glad to see Michael and I both liked the finale!

Thanks again to Jammer for all the insight. I wouldn't have enjoyed the show as much without his reviews.
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Tim S.
Wed, Jan 25, 2012, 10:28pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 1

Two episodes left (watching on Netfix). How will it end? Looking forward to it!
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Tim S.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012, 1:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Someone to Watch Over Me

I've wanted to add a comment for awhile now, and am finally getting around to writing one as I look forward to watching the final four episodes of the show.

Like many others, I started watching this series on Netflix long after the series first aired. I feel spoiled for being able to watch the series in a matter of months rather than years, and without the hiatuses and season-to-season waits.

Many others have said it before; I'll say it again: Kudos and many thanks to Jammer for creating and maintaining this website and contributing his well-written reviews. Having run a few sites myself (though not on the scale of what Jammer has here), I know how time-consuming it can be, and how it can indeed consume oneself.

Though I initially came to this site for Jammer's reviews and treated the comments after each review as afterthoughts, as time went on I came to appreciate (and look forward to reading) the comments almost as much as the reviews. As others have noted, it's a real credit to the commenters here who have collectively managed to approach things rather civilly overall.

I was hooked on this show from the time I watched the pilot/miniseries. It didn't take long for me to recognize the series is truly five-star (using the Netflix rating system). The writing, production, characterization, etc. are better than the great majority of other fare on television. That said, I agree there have been some disappointing episodes. Even those, however, are above-average compared to what else is out there on TV. So far I don't believe Jammer has rated any episode below two stars on his four-star scale; I would agree with that assessment, though I know a few commenters have noted a small number of episodes they would have rated lower.

Regarding "Someone to Watch Over Me," I agree to an extent with Joe H's comment above (dating back to 3/6/09) that the first part of the episode seemed to be dragging, like "Deadlock." Once it became clear what Boomer was up to, though, things turned around in a hurry. The fact that Jammer gave this episode three and a half stars (which I agree with) perhaps reflects how powerful the last part of the episode was, and how even better the episode as a whole could have been.

I suppose to get the payoff in the latter part of the episode, however, some set-up is needed. The set-up could have been executed better though. I enjoyed the humor in Michael's comment about how the piano sequences were done ("SOMEONE JUST PLAY ..."). Even though I've disagreed with many of Michael's comments, I appreciate his voice of dissent (and perhaps the fact he's apparently been watching these episodes closer to the time I've been watching them), because his perspective has actually helped keep me grounded, watching these episodes with a more critical eye.

Anyway, looking forward to the last four episodes. Having watched Lost as it aired and comparing how that show handled its characters, plot, action, and mythology with how this show has done so, I think there's no comparison. Battlestar Galactica has done a much better job of development, exposition, and explanation than Lost. Room for improvement? Sure, but overall I'm very impressed and believe this show easily ranks as one of the best in the history of television. Hopefully the last four episodes won't disappoint ....
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