Tuesday, August 19, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 19: Something That Happened I Wish Hadn't

Billy Keikeya Dies
Ugh, this moment. I know, Paul Campbell was wanting to get out of the show to pursue other projects, and he definitely had this right. But oh, Billy. Billy Billy Billy. Part of me wishes that he'd survived just so Dee could realize that her relationship with Lee was the worst decision she ever made, because it was. But the other part looks at the series as a whole and thinks, "Oh, my GOD, there are so many stories here to tell." Plus, no Tory Foster! Wheeeee!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dear Sister Person Book Club

After reading Courtney Milan's The Governess Affair, I went into read-all-the-romances mode. I even went to get a library card for the specific purpose of checking out romance novels*, and I brought home a decent stash for two weeks, one of which was Beth Ciotta's Her Sky Cowboy. When I posted it on my Facebook page (shameless promotion, I know), my sister immediately responded with, "OMG I WANT TO READ THIS WITH YOU."

And thus comes my new feature: Dear Sister Person Book Club. Basically, my sister and I read a book and then write reviews to each other: I post mine here, she posts hers on her blog, and then we link to each other. Voila! I think we, at least initially, decided it was going to be romances, but I might have been able to convince her that we should do other books, too. At least, that's what happened in my head. I should probably make sure that this is the arrangement. 

Anyway, we're going to do two of these per month, on the first and third Thursdays, and, as you probably guessed, our maiden voyage is going to be Her Sky Cowboy, to be reviewed on September 4th. I'm not quite sure if our second is going to be the sequel, His Clockwork Canary, but I have already placed a special request with the Louisville library to send me a copy of the book to the branch closest to me. You know, just in case. 

* Okay, I also checked out Jay Lake's (rest in peace, my friend) Pinion, John Robert Marlow's Nano, and John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but whatever. I have other interests. 

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 18: Most Upsetting Death

Jammer in "Collaborators"
Via bnowalk.blogspot.com
"Collaborators" is such a hard episode to watch, kind of like "The Body" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I can only torture myself with it once a year or so. It's probably the darkest the series ever went. Basically, to recap, the Galactica rescues the humans that had been stranded on New Caprica under the Cylon occupation, and then the acting president, Tom Zarek, put forth an order to establish what I call a Death Jury to try, condemn, and execute humans who collaborated with the Cylons. Jammer is the first victim that we see, and I nearly cried when his body shot out of the airlock.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I Have the Worst Luck with Cars, Part XIII: It Spreads

I wrote this post well before Fancy decided to fall apart, and I'm actually laughing right now as I reread my somewhat optimistic attitude toward the car. I mean, I actually wrote, "Like I've said in a previous post, the car has its issues, mostly stemming from a former owner who just didn't give a single shit about her car, but it drives well and only gives us real problems when it gets crap gas."
These are not happy tears of laughter.

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 17: Least Favorite Episode

Considering that, on Day 9, I stated that Season Two was by far my favorite season, I feel a little bad that my least favorite episode was in it. "Black Market" was awful. Even Ron Moore admits that he dislikes this episode. Because it's horrible. It's probably the most ridiculous the show got, mainly because it has Lee playing detective and trying to have a relationship with a prostitute he's seeing. Honestly, i09's article on this does a much better job than I could have done on this (and hilarious, to boot), so here are my reactions as I rewatched this episode:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 16: Favorite Episode

Battlestar Galactica brought us some of the best television that we'd seen up until that point. There was no Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Orphan Black, or Justified, and finding quality shows at that time was a difficult task, at best. This is not to say that there was no good scripted television at the time - Veronica Mars, Rescue Me, The L Word, Samurai Champloo, etc. - but there was something special about BSG that a ton of people noticed, myself included. To go through each episode, one by one, and determine which one was my favorite was a difficult task, but here it is:

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Pull List: Genius

Art by Afua Richardson
Via Pop Culture Zoo
I was excited about this comic when I read the concept, taken directly from Comixology:
Alexander, Hannibal, Napoleon, Patton. What if the greatest military mind of OUR generation was born in strife, surrounded by violence and combat since birth? When the gauntlet is dropped, the questions isn't "How did 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye unite the gangs of South Central into a killer army and declare war on the LAPD?" No, the question is, "Can anyone stop her?"

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 15: Favorite Razor/The Plan Scene

The Plan wasn't necessarily my favorite because I, for one, really do enjoy a little bit of ambiguity. Knowing exactly why Leoben was obsessed with Kara Thrace doesn't make it any less disturbing, and how does being shown who Caprica-Six met after talking with Baltar in the miniseries make me despise Cavil more (hint: it doesn't)? However, I really enjoyed Razor, partially because we see Admiral Cain's descent to the dark side*, especially if you see the uncut version where Helena loses her entire family in one day during the first Cylon war, and also because we get to see more people within the fleet, such as it is. It's one reason I appreciated Star Wars: The Clone Wars; we can actually witness that universe through the eyes of characters that aren't the Skywalkers. Kendra Shaw is probably my favorite character out of this whole thing, and it's because of the following scene.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 14: Favorite Season 4 Scene

Seeing as Kara is my favorite character, it seems fitting that my favorite scene from the final season would involve her and her destiny. In "Someone to Watch Over Me," Starbuck originally trades barbs with a nameless (and eventually non-existent) piano player, who is trying to compose his magnum opus. A day or so later, she comes back, somewhat tempered (hell, it is Kara Thrace, after all), and they begin to work on his piece together. Earlier in the episode, Hera Agathon, the human-Cylon hybrid born to Helo and Athena, gave Starbuck a drawing of seemingly random dots that Starbuck recognizes as notes, which she gives to the piano player, and the resulting music catches Tigh's attention: it's the same song that "activated" him and the other three at the end of the third season.

Ugh, dammit. Another short one. Granted, it's short because I don't really want to delve too much about this, since I want to save this topic for Day 31. So here's the opening from the original Battlestar Galactica.


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I Have the Worst Luck with Cars, Part XII: Seriously, Fuck All the Cars

This is me, flipping off the world.
I don't know why I'm surprised anymore that this sort of thing happens to vehicles I own. And yet, every single time, I'm all, "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED." However, I think I may have just reached the extent of my willingness to be optimistic when it comes to cars.
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