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grumble
Wed, Mar 25, 2009, 11:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

"The point of the technological reset was for a "clean slate" because the humans created and caused their own destruction with the technology they abused.

But I dont disagree with you completely, I find it hard to believe all the people would abandon everything in favor of living like hermits."

Let's say the scene with Bill in the memorial hall didn't happen.

Instead we have Lee walking through the hallway, and seeing that the memorial is basically untouched, even though the rest of the ship has been packed up in boxes. Corporal Exposition wanders over and says "How about that sir. It hasn't been touched. It's almost like it belongs here, like people want to leave it all behind. Almost like it's time...to move on."

The corporal walks away, and Lee sees Dee's picture. He moves to take it down from the wall, but then stops himself. He touches his fingers to his lips, and then presses them to the photo. He slowly walks away.

It no more cheesy or less expository than what we did get, but it sets up Lee's third-act realization that people are sick of this. And then when Sam heads off to the sun we could get a quick shot of the photographic funeral pyre. Whoo, resonance.

I'm still not sure I would have bought the Luddite-ism, but I wish the writers had tried a little harder, and not directly undercut themselves.
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grumble
Wed, Mar 25, 2009, 8:35am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Another problem with the Luddite-ism is that it's directly undercut by the peoples' removal of photos from the memory wall.

You're either giving up the past, or you're not. And if we're supposed to accept that 38,000 people would willingly give up everything - not just technology, but all of colonial art, history, civilization and society - then don't make a big deal of them preserving their past a few scenes earlier. If we'd been shown that most (rather than a few) of the photos had been abandoned, and that people had moved on then that might have worked. But what we got was completely at odds.

Also, technology does not just equal spaceships, guns and medicine. Technology also equals beltbuckles and shoelace grommets. The real story of mitochondrial Eve isn't that she was the mother of us all - it's that she was found wearing Crocs.
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grumble
Tue, Mar 24, 2009, 9:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

I have to point out one example of really blatantly bad writing.

When Lee tells Kara that she won't be forgotten, it doesn't work.

It doesn't work in the context of the show, because her husband is flying into the sun, her surrogate father is heading off to be a hermit, Lee the explorer will probably get killed by a bear or a nasty mushroom, and civilization (who didn't really like Kara in the first place) is about to have huge issues with disease, starvation, and forgetting how to write. No she won't be remembered, because there's no one to remember her.

It also doesn't work outside the context of the show, because the audience knows that we don't remember Starbuck. There are no legends or major world religions based around her, and anything related to her or her story has been completely forgotten.

This could have maybe worked with Hera or Apollo. Or if only Helo, Athena and Hera had survived, then they could have solemnly declared that everyone else would be remembered, implying that they are the pantheon that lies at the heart of all our myths.

But throwing it out there for Kara is a huge thematic failure. It didn't need to be there. If she needed an ending they could have given her a real one, but instead they went for the cheap tug at the heartstrings. If it worked for you on an emotional level then that's great, but that's because of 5 years of goodwill and not because this was a good episode.

And that's how a lot of the episode felt for me. Kara's sendoff is the gun-on-mantle-that-doesn't-go-off moment that really sticks out, but a lot of the other stuff felt like a lot of laziness trying to hide behind fan affection too.

On that cheery note, thanks for all the great reviews, Jammer.
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