October 21st, 2005

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The marathon continues

A prequel movie and three and a half episodes later and I'm starting to feel a little bit of BSG burnout. Maybe it's because it's new to me, but it's not really drawing me along like I know new episodes of SG1 would or B5 and DS9 back when they were running. The story is a little choppy and there's really no goal to it. I guess it's enough that all the characters are simply trying to survive, but I keep waiting for them to set something up for a larger overriding plot arc. I dunno...maybe really trying to find earth or developing some weapon against the cylons or finding alien allies in the great wide universe. The whole boomer cylon thing would be driving me bonkers too if I were waiting a week between eps, but after a while I just don't much care. Considering that amount of time has been measured in hours, maybe it's just as well I didn't see episodes once a week. It's very unlikely it would have held my interest. As long as it was sandwiched in with sg1 and atlantis though I'm sure I would have seen all of them if I had started from the beginning.

Really, there's just too much of this interpersonal melodrama. It's obnoxious as all hell. You're here on this antique relic as the last vestige of humanity hunted by some sort of super powerful robot killers and it's nothing but angst and drama. I want to see something fucking blow up already. I want someone to come up with a goal for this show and then I want to see the ship go and try to fulfill it. I don't care about who's having an affair with who. I don't care about long dead sons. I don't care about these obnoxious rookie pilots and this coming of age whozit crap.

It is sorta interesting, but the view of the universe in sci-fi series always depends upon the world view of the series in question. In star trek it's all about the exploration of planets and alien civilizations. Thus, in that universe you can't spit without hitting 2-3 class M planets, at least one of which will have an interesting advanced species. Babylon 5 was mostly a space political drama and thus it needed a lot of various factions and so there were more well developed alien hegemonies puttering around the universe while in the star trek world you only had a few big ones. In the BSG universe there's this need to make the universe seem desolate. After all, how can we feel their desperation if every other planet was fully habitable and they could just park the ship and start their own little colony. How do you paint this alone in the universe idea if there were alien species every time you turned around, some of which might even be friendly and willing to help. So far it seems the only life in BSG is humanity and the cylons which they then created.

BTW, on to episode 5 now. I wish I could say I care about starbuck's little problem but I'm just waiting for this damn thing to finish and hoping that something more interesting happens.
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Weeee. Season 1 complete.

Well, it's a movie and 13 episodes watched and I have to say the series is starting to grow on me now. It's finally picking up and there's now a real story arc rather than an episodic soap opera. I hope that it continues in this vein in season 2 instead of backsliding. I've got 10 eps of that downloaded and ready, and the rest should pick up again in march along with SG1 and atlantis.

So far, I'm finding the religious themes sorta interesting. We've got robots and people more or less trucking along with the same religion but it seems to lead them to different ends. They both seem to have a part to play in this bible story except the cylons are the only ones who have read the script it seems. Even without Sharon and Helo's baby, it seemed pretty clear that Six and Guyus are about to do some serious impregnating too. So what do you have when you get a cylon-human crossbreed? Unless they use some sort of age-speeding whozit to explain why they can have an actor play the part, it's clear the kid won't actually play a role other than as a symbol.

Here's a question though...in the BG universe all life originated on kobol. 13 groups then left kobol to form different colonies, one of which was earth. Does that make no fraking sense to anyone else? I assume they want to tie it into our reality sort of like one of those planet of the apes scenes, or the fantasy novels which hint that the world is earth all along. The question is...these people were advanced enough for intergalactic space flight. How in the world did they manage to lose everything of their technology and history and language and everything else, not to mention explain how they meshed into our own history. It might have been better to simply make up a place as the fabled 13th colony. As it is, I just can't see how they can actually work it in in any way that makes sense.

Anyway, on to season 2.
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