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Battlestar Galactica (the "new" one) - my first watch-through

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Everyone keeps telling me I’d love it, including a former coworker who gifted me a tank top set. I’d only ever seen the miniseries and a few episodes from the first season.

We’re watching from the beginning. There are a bunch of things I missed the first time around, like the President insisting on calling Lee “Captain Apollo” to distance him strategically from his father, and allow him to be himself aka on her side, because she needed him.

I mean, I sort of know what’s coming. It’ll be torture to watch everyone compromise on their ideals and harm each other but this is what relaxes me these days because it’s so much better than real life. Plus since it’s imaginary, we as viewers get to feel better about ourselves in our judgement of them. Escapism is the best!

Another ringing endorsement. I do enjoy it though.

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Its probably one of my top favorite shows of all time; though its probably the last “gritty” show I watched without reservation before getting burned out on them.

Please feel free to tap me for Battlestar geek out mom\ments.

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Same here!

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I watched the whole damn thing and I was cynical and bitter by the end, but the first episode of the actual series after the miniseries - 33 - is one of the best episodes of television ever written IMO.

But @judytuna I would love to hear your thoughts periodically if you keep watching it! The show reinvents itself several times, which is both pleasurable and extremely frustrating.

How dare you make me sort of nostalgic for the mid-2000s…

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Ok so

WHAT

WHAT

THEY JUST HAD CHIEF DO THE BODIES UPON THE GEARS SPEECH

DID THEY REALLT JUST HAVE THE BODIES UPON THE GEARS SPEECH IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA

WHAT

WHAT IS HAPPENING

THEY JUST "ONE YEAR LATER"ED THAT SHIT LIKE IT WAS NOTHING AND ELDER ADAMA HAS HIS TERRIBLE MUSTACHE BACK AND IS SMOKING CIGARETTES WITH NO FILTER AND LITTLE ADAMA IS POUTING BECAUSE STARBUCK MARRIED HOT ANDERS?!?

WHAT THE FRACKING FRACK IS GOING ON HERE

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That is the most appropriate reaction to that part of the show, yep.

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wait what

welp i'm never sleeping again

they didn’t just actually kill starbuck did they

what

what

i did not see that coming

i mean i was getting ready for like mystical shit but like

what

they did not

i mean surely she will be back and not just as lee’s spirit animal

right

right

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Your really mirroring my journey through that part of the show right there.

I am loving this thread! You bring back so many memories!!

haha thanks everybody. i feel totally blindsided by this show constantly! it’s way better to have a screaming outlet!

oh wow the president called back to the captain apollo bit i mentioned in my first post. i’m impressed. the memory of this series is long. and it was such a character moment.

finished season 3

soooOoOoooOOOooo four of the final five have been revealed. i had previously accidentally spoilered myself with tighe and chief but sorta forgot so i was still blindsided by the reveal. i was also shocked by hot anders and billy#2. like totally shocked. i liked tighe muttering “said the joker to the thief.” i couldn’t believe they were using a song with words for the first time in the background music but then i realized what song it was and it was ok. hahah. was a sitar-like instrument really in vogue in the 00s? and bulgarian chanting? was it multicultural “we’re a salad bowl” stuff? it was celebrated for a time wasn’t it? i don’t care that reveal and the pastel nebula colors and “all along the watchtower” with colonized sounds was awesome.

i am really shocked they went there with lee and his dad. like what a fight. about sons stepping out from fathers’s shadows across three generations. and the grandfather being an asshole. it’s different from the reverence for elders that i’m used to. i’m shocked lee’s ready to give up flying and his career to go be a lawyer now. i think that was a bit much, though it makes good drama. and they were half-fighting over who was more devastated by the loss of starbuck? i liked that they had the wrecked model ship in the back with tilted masts after the outburst. i’m amazed with how daring this show is. they really commit to “you hurt the ones you love the most.”

lee looks way better in that uniform than in a button-down lol (sometimes i’m annoyed at how obviously straight i am. of course i’ve been in love with little adama since the get-go despite the overacting lol. actually i think he completely nailed it in the starbuck-apollo episode and wasn’t overacting then hahah. but of course i would think that.)

i am also shocked they went there with cara and her mom. that was so mean! and i’m weirdly glad they gave cara closure with her mom in whatever dream-alternate-reality state leobin took her to. cara’s character has it so rough; i’m glad they gave her something nice. it didn’t feel overbearingly cheesy which surprised me. maybe because cara is so rough and her story is so rough. maybe because we have been set up to love her so much. maybe because katee sackoff is such a goddamn star. she’s so incredibly magnetic.

i’m fascinated to learn that the earlier show was mormon propaganda. knowing nothing about the predecessor, i imagine this show in conversation with it: “i see your religiosity and raise you not only paganism and oracles but also astrology! hahahah!! fuck you!” i’m really impressed. i haven’t seen a depiction of religion like this. it’s … a kind depiction. and kind to skeptics and believers alike. usually we have to pick a side. in the x-files scully wore her cross and that was fascinating but it only showed religious iconography or scully praying in a few episodes in service of something else. right? sorta. like it was an important and tantalizing part of her character, the unexpectedness of it, but it wasn’t central to the show. what am i talking about? “i want to believe” is central to the show. i mean xf was more critical of centralized, organized religion, as it’s critical and suspicious of any authority. because the nineties. bsg celebrates a bottom-up paganism, which i think is super interesting. i have some … Thoughts about the black woman spiritual elder like in Star Trek. and then the priest was an old white man, but irreverent and irritating, and then also a goddamn cylon lol.

brain vomit lol

i am loving this show.

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i’m all the way up to, but not including, Daybreak (all the parts), the final episodes of the show. that means i’ve finished season 4 (up to the “mid-season finale” with the soaring and epic and then frakking crushing reveal of Earth), and almost all of “season 4.5” aka “the final season” according to the blu-ray boxed set.

and this show is SO MUCH! SO FAST!

i have discovered bear mcreary’s blog. IT IS THE BEST THING EVER. IT’S JUST WHAT I NEED. he’s the composer of the score, and starting at the beginning of season 3, he wrote a blog post every week about the episode that came out that week. it’s fascinating–when he wrote a post, the work of scoring had happened months ago, and he looks back with a little distance, and even talks about the episodes he’s scoring for the future. it’s funny to read it eleven years later.

a few posts are really outstanding. lots of spoilers!

  • the season 3 finale has a surprise! well, lots of surprises! “Crossroads, Part II”
  • an epically musical episode, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” got a three-parter. part 1, pre-production work; part 2, everything he did on the set; part 3, episode analysis

AUUUGHHHHH it’s SOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD

(posting this a few hours after i wrote it)

and now we’ve finished the series! i feel heartbroken and happy and sad all at the same time.

what an epic show

GODS the final scenes were TORTURE to watch. i thought each one was the last and then the screen would come back up and i’d be like AAUUUGHHH MORE TORTURE WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO TO US NOOOOWWWW

the starbuck poof! i feel wrenched. i mean it was obvious she was going to leave him when the camera lingered on lee too long and lee was talking at her facing away from her, but i thought we’d come back to her back as she walked away, not literally nothing. auuughhhhhhh it’s wrenching. i can’t believe they waited until the LAST EPISODE to show their first meeting, underscoring everything they did through the series, all the longing, all the regret, all the tragedy, all the laughter, all the challenge, all the “but they’re right there all i have to do is reach out and…” … this is some seriously next level starcrossed-lovers shit right here.

i’ve never seen a show go so far out on the “you don’t end up with who you want to end up with. you get whatever’s left” limb before. chief yelling about how he actually loved boomer and only married cally cuz she was there and she smells like boiled cabbage… kara and lee…

ok so kara is an angel. her poof is not what i want, but somehow i feel all right with it. i guess it’s the perfection of something unattainable.

SPACEPARENTS! I LOVE OUR SPACEPARENTS!!! is the implication that bill goes off to die alone, because, as he said, he can’t live without her? lee says “i understand, dad” but i don’t understand! i loved that laura gets a front-row seat to the first and last epic nature documentary her people will ever see… that was incredibly sweet. i guess we are supposed to not know what bill does. maybe he builds the cabin and makes a garden and feeds himself somehow and dies of old age. or maybe he shoots himself, because his monologue (to laura, who he’s just buried) goes “i built it. you should see the easterly light it gets in the mornings.” so i’m so scared he just dies right there. or maybe gets in his viper and flies into the sun with the rest of the fleet. OH GODS IT’S SO GODSDAMN SAD

i can’t believe idealistic/cynical duality lee talks the entire people of the twelve colonies into not building a city and losing all that technology.

i think it’s awesome and hilarious that the best parts of humanity that they passed down to us was astrology. lolololol. and the greek gods. i’ve already read some AU fanfic that had them speaking in greek to us.

i was SHOCKED at anders becoming a hybrid in the previous episode, haha. even though all these clues were there.

thinking back through the series… i was shocked at the “all along the watchtowers” reveal. i don’t know the song that well but i’ve definitely heard it, and i recognized the line “said the joker to the thief” when colonel tigh said it.

and then in the piano episode just two episodes and a lifetime ago, i was UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY SHOCKED when kara’s father’s song turned out to be the Final Four theme played under bsg’s “all along the watchtowers.” it was SO GOOD. i feel like i should not have been surprised, lol, but i was. the moment it all came together and her ghost-father-apparition banged the keys and out came those first repeated three chords… IT WAS GLORIOUS

it’s been a real treat reading bear’s blog right after watching the episodes.

my only critique of the music stuff is “lol orientalism much” SIIIIGHHHH everything is problematic. like hiring white people to play japanese instruments lol. nothing is perfect. bsg is a product of its time.

i think bsg is epic, grand, brilliant, heartbreaking, dramatic, and right up my alley. i’m really glad i’ve watched it.

now to watch the whole thing again with director’s commentary on =D =D =D

oh my gods there was a bsg ballet and there were bsg concerts in socal and at this one, katee sackoff went on stage to play “kara remembers” with bear on the piano live AHHHHHHHHHHH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RqYwOTJK-4

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Yay!

Also, they auctioned off like… everything in the show!

Did you want a Kara Thrace uniform? Ballots from the Baltar/Roslin election? A FREAKING RAPTOR OR VIPER?!? Yeah you could get those online for a while.

(Raptor walk through during auction)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xtKXaZXqH8

(Cylon raider)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCvCrTtpOXM

(KARAS VIPERRRR)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulvf6XdfYI4
I was super broke, and wanted to try to get a single ballot and even those were like ~$250 at the time. :frowning: Still was super awesome!

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