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ghpilato
Mon, Apr 27, 2009, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

More than a month, now, after seeing the finale, and admittedly, I was one of the blissed out happy-happy people with this one, I see only one thing that bothers me. The thrill of the sudden and nearly perfect slide up into absolute mythology has faded a little bit, but the frustrating thing is really the question of how easy might it really have been to just break apart as a fleet and settle like hippies, free of coloonial history, totally anew. I dig that they spread out, I dig that Apollo's idea led to something that in the end made us, that made human civilization, that also was very reminiscent of the Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide colonization of Earth (though satirical there, mythic and serious here). But it just felt too easy. Though, that's such a minor annoyance that I brush it aside as the nothing that it is. This finale swept everything up in the movement of series mythology to prehistory. There is only myth from here on in. We get to answer for ourselves whether Daniel was Kara's father or if Starbuck would have anymore stories, or if Bill Adama would ever see Lee again. It's the end, but the moment was prepared for very well, and it wasn't without difficulty that this story became legend. Though, that is how epics work. I just started watching another sci-fi series that ended on an amazing, if controversial, ending: Blake's 7. Is everyone dead at the end of that series? Only if we want them to be. When Robin Hood was told orally in a thousand different ballads, the people who sang the songs didn't own the story, the listeners did. That's how epics work. That's mythology, and Ron Moore went all the way to tie the series to the stars, to our own idenity as humans, to what we may become. It was complete, and NOT a silly, messy ending as quite a few missing the forest for the trees critics on this forum seem to be suggesting.
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ghpilato
Fri, Apr 24, 2009, 3:08pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2

Obviously an amazing episode, but I think it's a bit frustrating as a stunt-filled event episode a bit more than a wholly substantial thought-provoker. The first part of the two parter here is the greater, in my eyes, with more to satisfy the return viewings. The final cliffhanger here is clearly not going to be the death of Adama, even as it's a major plotpoint in the short term for him and Tight, and massive series long-term plot point for Boomer, with this two-parter being perhaps the defining moments of her life. I can forgive anything that bothers me about this episode, though, except the silly/pretty fight scene between a kind of warrior Six and Starbuck. It's fun, but so damn silly. Suddenly, we're watching Aeon Flux. These two women are fighting just to look pretty. Not much has ever happened on this show solely for that reason. When Kara kills the Six with a fall on top of her, she should be similarly damaged at least a bit... but anyway... the weirdness of that scene bothers me while the massive bloody, organic insides of the Baseship with all the Sharons is another one of the most memorable, favorite scenes in the series. This episode's sensationalism is mostly okay, but the heights of epic-ness, of the Baltar vision at the end, of the total mess of the plot, the massive, massive cliffhanger, is still so very satisfying. It's still hard to imagine how anyone managed to wait all those months after this episode aired without completely going out of their minds in frustration. But it was part one that had me gripped beyond much else I've ever sat in front of a TV for.
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ghpilato
Mon, Mar 30, 2009, 1:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S1: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1

Now that the series has ended, the best moments are pretty much finite and set... my favorite episode of all might well end up being this one. This part one of two, a non-stop suspense masterpiece, edging everything towards the epic cliffhanger to come. I have some issues with the fight scene in part two, otherwise, this two parter is just the best thing ever. The opening musical montage of brief moments cutting back and forth from the two Sharons, one about to attempt suicide, the other about openly accept the love or murder, whatever may come, from Helo on Caprica -- it's so beautiful, so raw, so enthralling, so sexy, so sad. The best, best, best moment in the series, methinks, now that it's over. Sure, the Galactica appearing in the skies of New Caprica comes close, and so does the similar opening of Occupation/Precipice, but this is unparalleled. Magnificent TV.
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ghpilato
Fri, Mar 27, 2009, 3:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Niall, I do think that the Kara journey of dicing with death does make sense in the whole series... Why? Because it is basically very consistent. She keeps confronting it. Saying she's not scared isn't the same as not being scared, but ties directly to the ability to transcend that fear. She breaks that barrier all the time. That's why she's awesome, I think. She faces such incredible obstacles, mind-shreddingly difficult dilemmas. Especially this season. And her willingness to do so, right from the get go (this scene being one of her first in continuity) makes perfect sense to me. It's much more complicated than you're making it seem. She's at odds with herself, her own fears. Part of her, as we all know, really is ready to go right into the jaws of death, and she always pulls herself out. EXCEPT in Maelstrom, when something gave her cause to go one step further than she'd let herself go, in, say, Scar... But, right from the beginning, she's been in line with that flashback moment, I think.
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ghpilato
Fri, Mar 27, 2009, 2:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Okay, fixing an error in my comment above: I was told what I needed. All I needed to know. A lot was still said about the nature of the universe and our potentials in the course of the series and this final season and this final episode. Starbuck during the 4th season was still our Starbuck, but something has changed her just the tiniest bit... something has brought her to our heroes. Something to do with why she had to go into the maelstrom. Her willingness to go all the way, to not be afraid of death, discussed here, was all about explaining why she did what she did in Maelstrom. What led to this ending, to being changed. It's a hard sci-fi classic formula. See Arthur C. Clarke's works for some of the best examples of this... especially Childhood's End, 2001, and Rendezvous with Rama. The amazing strange things happen. Our lives our changed. The nature of human existence is discussed beautifully and we end up getting very little information. Because we are still so much in the dark. We can't know God... There is always more.
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ghpilato
Fri, Mar 27, 2009, 2:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I want to refer back to the first comment. Occuprice, I agree completely with you. I was blown away by the choice to very specifically only tell us so much here. Our answer IS "God did it" to some degree, but not for everything, certainly. These people were led by their characters and their needs and their journeys, all of them, to the climactic moment. That they were in the right place at the right time, able to do the right things to save Hera and to get to the new Earth, was not up to God, but to their own character. And it was always a journey to a new home. The final moments were the expected (unending) ending to this epic... to some degree. I was still blown away by Ron Moore's going all the way to the present. That we are descended from these characters is no shock, but the nature of the final message and the final moments... ah... it really got to me. I am totally fine with not being told everything. I was told I needed. I especially love the mystery of "he doesn't like being called that". What's unexplained, like what happened to Daniel, what happened to Starbuck, what happened to our heroes after they get established on new Earth... is all mythology, for us to imagine for ourselves. We cannot know god. Any attempt to really explain the biggest mysteries here would have proven completely unsatisfying. That is for us to dream and consider, not for Ron Moore to tell.
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ghpilato
Mon, Feb 23, 2009, 7:59am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S2: Scar

Wait! Anders isn't a Cylon! He's a Pylon! You don't know yet, Londonboy. The Pylons become very important later on. You're not spoiled, you're not. He's a pylon. Keep watching.
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