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6 Articles Tagged with “Battlestar Galactica”

  1. Goodbye, Battlestar Galactica

    Well here we are, the end of an era. Battlestar Galactica is over, which has made a lot of people very angry for various reasons.

    Spoilers ahead.

    I'm too young to have seen the original Battlestar Galactica when it was on television, and I never watched the reruns. I'm not into it. The "reimagined" series ignited my interest, however, and I've watched the show since its miniseries became the backdoor pilot for a new television series.

    To this day, my favourite episode remains "Kobol's Last Gleaming", the first season finale. It represents the best aspects of Battlestar Galactica's storytelling techniques: the high stakes conflict, the spiritual and ethical themes interwoven into the story, and of course, the effortless use of the episode's score to enhance the most emotional moments of the episode. Tonight's finale was cast in a very similar vein to the first season finale, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.

    The show has received massive amounts of criticism in the last half of this season. To be fair, the Writer's Strike caused the last season to be split in half, placing much more tension on the mid-season premiere than the writers had originally intended.…

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  2. Frakkin' pumped for season 4

    One week from now, we will be witness to a great thing. The premiere of the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica. This is the sort of thing you'll tell your children about. Even if you don't watch it now, you'll want to retcon your memories so you can claim you were always a fan.

    Why is BSG great? Because it's the only science fiction show that isn't a science fiction show. Unlike Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, etc., BSG isn't a science fiction show set in space.

    "What?!" you say. "Of course it is. They have space ships. And robots. And ... and ..." No, it doesn't. BSG is a drama that happens to be set in space. The issues it deals with are the same issues we face today--in fact, the show is a thinly-veiled critique on controversial contemporary issues, particularly the war in Iraq. The conflicts the characters deal with, especially the morally ambiguous questions that arise as a result of a prolonged war, are relevant to us in every way. All they do is remove it one step from us, putting it in space. The technology isn't even that much different. You've got…

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  3. Cylons among us

    Almost a year ago, I blogged about the season 2 finale of Battlestar Galactica.

    I was upset then, or shocked would be the term, I guess. I got over it though, and the finale was one of the best episodes thus far. This season's finale, however, has raised that bar to a whole new level.

    In case you haven't realised yet, this post contains severe spoilers that may blind those who have not seen the episode. If you don't want the surprise ruined, stop reading right now. I mean it. Don't you dare peek below this line. If you do, I'll have to send someone over to your house. That's right--I know where you live. Want to fight about it? Oh, you do, do you? Eh? Eh?

    Anyway.

    The music at the end of the episode was awesome, as was the pull back to the entire galaxy and subsequent zoom in on Earth. However, aside from the technical details, the episode itself was ... whoa.

    I was fairly sure Tigh was a Cylon, since he was hearing the music. Tori surprised me, and Anders too, although in retrospect I can see where the pieces start coming together. I loved…

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  4. Beginnings

    Last night was the Canadian premiere of Battlestar Galactica, season 3. It was fantastic as television episodes go, but only okay by BSG standards--it was no "Kobol's Last Gleaming". The main problem was not enough action, too much talk--they had to spend too much time explaining what had happened during the four months that elapsed over the summer. It was too rough of a transition into the BSG universe for me. That said, I did enjoy it and I'm sure that the season will pick up as we see more episodes.

    Air Farce is still no longer funny, but luckily both This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report are carrying on the tradition of Canadian political satire. :) I've also been watching The Colbert Report lately. And tomorrow The Hour starts again, so I can actually catch up with the real news! :w00t: Doctor Who starts tomorrow as well, but unfortunately it conflicts with Stargate Atlantis. :'( Why?! Why must you do this to me?!

    Drama class is putting on a play; we're doing 7 Stories, by Morris Panych, and I got cast as the lead role of "the Man", who is a jumper.…

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  5. What is this?!

    What...is this?

    What is...this?

    (Spoilers ahead. If you haven't seen Battlestar Galatica's season finale yet, don't read this.)

    "One year later."

    One year later?!

    I realise that I haven't made many blog posts about Galatica, but that's been because I have just been so overwhelmed after each episode that I didn't want to blog. (Or I was lazy, take your pick). But this was the season 2 finale, and...wow. I must say, I did not see that coming.

    Wow. I didn't want Baltar to become president any more than the next person, but I honestly started to yell at the TV when Roslin, Tigh, and Dualla fixed the election! As much as I don't want Baltar to win, what they did was wrong.

    But then...they skipped to one year later! And my reaction was, what is this?! Because that's not what I expected at all--maybe from a soap opera, but not from Galatica! I think I'm still in shock.

    And then the cliffhanger. Wow. What happened to Brother Cavil's reprieve?! And Starbuck...all the crew split up....

    Now I have to wait until October.

    Anyone with a time machine, please stand up.

  6. Resurrection Ship, Part I

    That was the episode of Battlestar Galactica last night. It was frakkin' awesome (to use the vernacular). To put that in perspective: my dad didn't fall alseep during the episode!

    It started off okay, but the music was a bit weird. I grew used to it, however, and the episode only got better. I think part of the reason that it was so cool was due to the fact that the Pegasus has "counterparts" to our Galactica crew. We got to see these more stringent, less ethical counterparts and how they operate--and it endears us that much more to the Galactica crew.

    Best part of the episode: when Commander Adama's on the phone with Tigh and Kallie is next to him. Tigh tells him about Helo and Tyrol's court martial and impending execution, and you can literally feel Adama's anger. You can also feel his regret, because it's that moment when he finally stops lying to himself. Something had been upsetting him ever since the Pegasus arrived--this wasn't a sudden decision; it was just the final culmination.

    Then he orders that marine strike force, slams the phone down, and stalks away. He's committing mutiny, but you love him for it,…

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