Sunday, August 31, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 31: The Ending - What Did I Think of It?

Oh. My. God. I did it. And I did it within my time table. I think this calls for a little victory gif parade.

Alrighty, then, now that we have that out of the way.

The ending.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 30: Favorite Music

Okay, I think I've said this about a gazillion times, but Bear McCreary is absolutely amazing. His soundtrack is one of the things that sold me on Battlestar Galactica. Because of this, it's impossible for me to narrow this down to one thing. There's just no fucking way, so I'm going to split it up into seasons. There are ties, just so you know, but honestly, no one's losing here because you get to listen to the wonderfulness that is the soundtrack.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Pull List: Mind the Gap

Via Inside Pulse
This was one of those comics that I just happened to really get into based solely upon the cover of the first trade paperback I saw. I was amazed that the quality of art by Rodin Esquejo (colored by Sonia Oback) continued onto the actual pages, because I've found that this is not necessarily true of all publications (sigh She-Hulk sigh). And the story, written by Jim McCann? Oh, hell, yes. I love me a good mystery, and when you throw in some paranormal hijinks, I am so there.

Mild spoilers ahead, just as a basic warning for anyone who'd rather go into the comic blind (it's been out since 2012, so I feel no need to censor myself).

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 29: Favorite Battle

I gotta say, I love me some space battles. Star Wars, Star Trek, Gundam Wing, etc. just get my blood pumping, but BSG has something that the others don't: Bear McCreary's score. The action is awesome enough, but he just floors me with how much his music just fills it with more intense emotion, which I guess is kind of the point. But we'll get to Bear tomorrow (eek!). For now, we're going to look at two of my favorite battles, because I couldn't decide on just one (kind of theme with me, I guess?).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 28: Favorite Ship

In Season Two's "Flight of the Phoenix," Chief Tyrol throws himself into the construction of a new fighter, something that nearly everyone thinks is a waste of time. He works on it alone for the first part of the episode, ignoring the naysayers and generally just trying to distract himself from all he's lost since the beginning of the series. Caprica-Eight appearing aboard the Galactica isn't helping matters, feelings which erupt while getting into a fist fight with Helo, to whom Tyrol admits isn't even about him and Caprica-Eight's relationship/love child. Despite everyone's initial reluctance to join in on the construction of this new fighter, it seems like nearly the entire main cast has decided to help Tyrol, even Starbuck and Dee. In a show of friendship, Helo returns to give them the idea to fashion the exterior of the fighter with carbon-based shit (there's a technical term here, but I don't remember it), which enables it to be a stealth ship.
Blackbird from "Flight of the Phoenix"
Basically, everybody comes to together, uniting in a seemingly meaningless task, to create one of the best constructions to come out of the fleet in years. In what is arguably the sweetest scene in the whole series, the crew reveals the Blackbird to President Roslin, who is surprised to see that the ship has been given her name: the Laura. I was wiping away tears and cursing the show for making me have feelings.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 27: Favorite Quote

It seems fitting that my favorite quote comes from my favorite character, Starbuck. In Season One's "Act of Contrition," Starbuck is in charge of training new Viper pilots after the tragic death of several pilots from an accidental firing of a drone. Her frustration at none of the "nuggets" following military protocol, plus the guilt she's been carrying since the miniseries about her responsibility in the death of her fiance, Zak Adama, she gets into full commanding officer mode, almost straight out of a boot camp nightmare.
"Pilots call me Starbuck. You may refer to me as God."
There's just something about Katee Sackhoff's delivery that makes it the most quotable. I look forward to the moment where I can use this quote. For now, I'll just recite it the latter half when I'm disciplining the cats. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 26: Favorite Head-Six Scenario

I know that I said I was going to do Favorite Promo Picture for today, but I couldn't find a single one that spoke to me. Yep, not even the one that is a reimagining of The Last Supper, although I do currently have that as my desktop background.
"The Last Supper"
However, it is a nice segue into what is my favorite Head-Six scenario, since Caprica-Six is displayed prominently in the very center of the image. This is the way that she's been shown since the beginning of the series, so when she shows up in sweats*, I was intrigued.

Monday, August 25, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 25: Favorite Non-Canon Pairing

I'm not much of a shipper, usually. I don't really know why. Maybe I place too much trust in the writers, thinking that they're going to be realistic and non-pandery about relationships. For instance, I cannot see Athena with anybody other than Helo, and Roslin and Adama are absolutely perfect for each other*. Now, I can do the "well, they shouldn't be together" game really well (Lee and Dee, Cally and Tyrol, etc.), though, but I have a hard time creating relationships outside of what the show has already presented.

That being said, I do wonder about what would have happened had the Chief and Tory decided to embrace their past, where they were planning on marrying and having babies. I'm glad they didn't, since it would've been hella weird, since Tory murdered Cally (possibly out of jealousy in addition to fearing that their true identities would be revealed to the fleet). But it's an interesting notion.

I think that's all I can really say on this one. Sorry about the brevity. :( But here's some Kate Bush for your listening pleasure?

* True story: when he kissed her in front of people for the first time, I did a little fist pump.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Canon Pairing

Dee and Billy
From the second that Billy looked at Dee in the miniseries, I squeed. His infatuation with her is obvious and awkward and totally believable. Being a somewhat more confident person than Billy, Dee doesn't necessarily reject him at first; she seems intrigued and amused, simultaneously. She does, however, put a lot of space between them for a bit. I actually cheered when they went on a date in that observatory overlooking wide open space, even though Billy was doing some recon for Roslin at the time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 23: Most Hated Scene (TRIGGER WARNING: FOR TALK OF RAPE AND SUICIDE)

From the second that the Pegasus crew is introduced, the writers of BSG wanted us to dislike them. The CAG was a complete asshole; Admiral Cain was a cold-hearted tactician; the rest of them were basically frat bros that were thrilled to have booze and wanted to brag about sexually abusing the captured Six they had aboard their vessel. Obviously having the civilian fleet with the Galactica made a huge difference in the attitudes of the military, prior to the Pegasus arriving, even though they did refer to Caprica-Eight as "it" and "thing."

Friday, August 22, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 22: Most Surprising Moment

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla
My sweet, sweet Dee. I really should learn to notice cinematic signs that some shit's about to go down: dwelling on a seemingly insignificant action, momentary emotional contentment, etc. I mean, I figured out, as soon as Admiral Cain entered her quarters after the successful resurrection ship mission, that Gina was in the room and was going to kill her, so Adama wouldn't have to do so. But with Dee? I had no idea. It was just nice to see her happy after watching her reaction to the condition of Earth.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 21: Favorite Dream/Prophecy Moment

Three sees the Final Five in "Rapture"
When D'Anna enters the Temple of Five, her story starts to come to a close, one that started when she visited the human oracle who told her that Hera still lived. Her obsession with learning the identities of the Final Five resulted in Cavil boxing her model, now considering her to be a useless, yet dangerous, religious zealot that threatens the survival of the Cylons - and of course, his secret plan to punish the Final Five.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams

For those of you who are avoiding reading about Robin Williams or have sensitivities toward the topic of suicide, please feel free to skip this one. (Plus, it's kind of ... stream of consciousness, a way for me to figure out what's actually going on inside my head at this moment, so it probably doesn't make much sense.)

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 20: Something That Didn't Happen I Wish Had

Admiral Cain* was a great character. She was everything that Starbuck wanted to be: tough, respected, had her shit together, got what she wanted, stuck with her convictions, and didn't sleep with Baltar. She wasn't without her flaws, obviously, seeing as she had Roslin and Adama planning her assassination, but as I've stated before, it's not like she was this amoral creature who made decisions based solely around her ego (hi, Baltar!). She just simply lived in an echo chamber, unlike Adama, who had Roslin and his own son acting as his conscience. I can't say that I'd have made the same choices that she did, since she is definitely more of a T (thinking) on the Myers-Briggs test than I am**, but I can at least understand the methodology behind them.

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"
"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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 13: Favorite Season 3 Scene

Season Three is probably my least favorite of all of Battlestar Galactica, and a big part of that is because of how depressing it is. I can't expect that television shows constantly deliver me happy feelings, but damn, this season was rough. From the Death Squad in "Collaborators" to Starbuck's apparent death in "Maelstrom," I had a hard time pressing through to the finale, "Crossroads," in which I found my favorite scene, or rather, my favorite sequence of scenes.

We'd been teased with the identities of the Final Five early on in the season, and I'll admit I was stupidly eager to figure out who they were. So when Tigh, Anders, Tory, and Tyrol started hearing "All Along the Watchtower," I got this little tickle in my stomach as the episode went on. I mean, I'd already put two and two together because, well, it wasn't really that subtle. Watching as the music swelled and the four were just following the music only they heard, I felt my heart swell a bit, knowing that they would all have exceptionally emotional responses to the reveal I knew was coming: that they were Cylons. Of course, Tigh's response - "Whoooaa." - was my favorite, but they were all pretty realistic, considering the characters. When they all choose to return to their posts - Tigh at Adama's right hand and Tory at Roslin's, Anders as a pilot, and the Chief on the deck - their true characters really shine. God, such a good scene.

Sorry for the short entry, but I am completely exhausted today. Tune in tomorrow, though, for my favorite scene from Season Four!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 12: Favorite Season 2 Scene

The friendship between Caprica-Eight/Athena and Adm. Adama is probably one of my more favorite ones on BSG. It starts out rocky, since Adama has yet to get over being shot by Boomer, but ultimately, she becomes his mentor and confidante. He tells her things that he could not possibly reveal to another person, even Roslin, and she, despite his complicity in covering up Hera's survival, feels comfortable providing insight into his own humanity.

Monday, August 11, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 11: Favorite Season One Scene

Of all of the seasons, the first season for me is the most rewatchable. The desperation with the dire situation of complete extinction is offset with this underlying hope that doesn't necessarily exist throughout the rest of the series, at least until the end. There are moments of genuine joy this season; the other four seasons - plus the webisodes, Razor, and The Plan - contain elements of this, but they are instead more bittersweet in feel, which is fairly accurate considering the shit that the entire human race has to deal with throughout Battlestar Galactica.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 10: Favorite Scene from the Miniseries

This was most definitely a tie. I went back and forth with both* of these for a while but decided that I just could not choose. So without further ado, here you are:

The first scene is when Baltar is framing Doral for being a Cylon agent**. The acting from everyone in this bit is just spot on, from Tigh's smug expression to Baltar's babbling to Head Six's amusement/confusion to Doral's freaking the fuck out. I love watching Baltar trying to figure out, stream of consciousness style, a way to throw the guilty scent off of himself, although at this point, it's simply paranoia since no one has any reason to suspect that he had anything to do with the initial Cylon attack.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 9: Favorite Season

When I first started rewatching Battlestar Galactica, I was sure that the first season would be my favorite but was pleasantly surprised that, nope, it's season two. Weird, huh? Considering it has some of the worst episodes (more on that when we get to Day 17) and has my least favorite scene (tune in for Day 23) of the whole series? But honestly, I prefer it over the first season because we get deeper into the question of Cylon infiltrators, deal with societal/cultural/religious hot topics (abortion, for one), see why Tigh, despite his wife's assertions to the contrary, is not meant to rise above XO, find survivors on Caprica (hi, Anders!), follow prophecies that seem to make no sense (and cause us to wonder about the other ones that are presented), meet the amoral, survivalist crew of the Pegasus, watch Baltar get himself into treasonous situations that aren't ever really dealt with later (um, he gave Gina the nuclear warhead?), and witness Roslin continue down the path of destroying her integrity for the sake of keeping control/leading everyone to the mythical planet Earth. And it did the monumental task of keeping me interested in seeing the third season, which, while awesome, started to really take a toll on me emotionally. Three himself actually had to stop watching Season Three with me, saying, "You know, I think that it can't get any worse, and then it does, and then it explodes into the worst thing ever, and then it just gets worse. I have to take a break." And this comes from a guy who found the ending of Falling Down uplifting.

Friday, August 8, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 8: Character I Loved That Everyone Else Hated

Ellen Tigh, "No Exit"
Despite being a fan of the show, I never got involved with fan forums on it or anything, so I had to go look this up online. Not surprisingly, there really wasn't a consensus on who was the Most Awful BSG Character, but I think the person who could possibly be the closest to winning that title would either be Lee or Ellen Tigh. Since I don't really have an issue with declaring Lee as The Worst, as seen in my previous post, I will say that I do get the Ellen-hate. The first time I watched "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down," I was very, very uncomfortable with the character, and as the show went on, I found myself wishing that Tigh would just divorce her or throw her out of the airlock. When Ellen was revealed to be a member of the Final Five, I was furious. For real furious. Like, screaming "What the absolute shit, Moore??" at the television. I held onto that throughout the rest of the series without any qualms. That's just not how I would have done it, you know?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 7: Least Favorite Character All Around

Don't you side-eye me, Lee Adama.
My loathing of Lee Adama* is well-known by anyone who talks Battlestar Galactica with me, and I do not apologize for it. He's the most self-righteous, oblivious, childish, back-stabbing characters of the entire series. He spends most of his time trying to figure out a way to not be his dad, which, to be fair, is understandable. When you're eighteen.

For those of you wondering, no, Lee is not eighteen.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Pull List, August 2014

Back in Small Town, TN, I had a pretty paltry pull list at my local comic shop, partly due to money and partly, well ... because the comic shop sucked. The owners and staff were actually quite knowledgeable and friendly, and the small group of people who had a regular presence there was just as passionate as their Big City counterparts, but because there wasn't that large a draw, the shop couldn't always stock its shelves as well as it wanted. So, my access to comics was limited, to put it lightly.

Now, I don't have that excuse, for which I am ridiculously thankful, but I am 100% overwhelmed because I am 100% starting over. I've never been one to really collect comics, except in trade paperback form, and it takes a very special something to convince me that I want to own it forever. Even right now, with all of the comics that are piquing my interest, I only have plans to purchase a few: Saga*, Mind the Gap, Sex Criminals, and pretty much anything involving Deadpool**. This may change over the course of the next couple of months; a lot of really intriguing shit is coming out, and I had to rely on suggestions from my new co-workers, who were more than willing to help me out.

But here's what I'm really looking forward to this month:

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 6: Favorite Character All Around

This truly should not come as a surprise to no one.
Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Via Tumblr
When my father watched Katee Sackhoff in Longmire, he immediately looked at Three and said, "That's Juju. That person, right there. Does she know this actress?" Hell, I remember her in Fifteen and Pregnant, you guys. Unlike my Favorite Male Character, to whom you were introduced way back on Day 4, however, my love of Starbuck is completely separate from the actress, although I do consider her to be my secret BFF.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 5: Least Favorite Cylon

I'm not going to spend too much time on this one, because I really dislike the character that much (not as much as Day 7's Least Favorite Character All Around, but it's a close second).
Tory Foster
She's not Billy. That was my first complaint. Billy was my second favorite male character, and to have him replaced by this lady was ... painful. She was horrible at her job. How Roslin didn't ax her after a day baffles me. And when she discovered that she was one of the Final Five, she just got worse. She adopted the negative aspects of her Cylon heritage: cold, disrespectful of life, harsh view of humanity, survivalist. She seems to believe that being a Cylon makes her superior to those she had once called friends. When Tyrol snaps her neck after he finds out that Tory murdered Cally, I cheered.

It still didn't bring Billy back.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 4: Favorite Cylon

While this may seem to be a non sequitur, I loved Due South. It was almost unhealthy, actually. Given that statement, a big draw for Leoben Conoy was that he was played by Callum Keith Rennie.
Leoben Conoy (Number Two), Played by Callum Keith Rennie
From "The Plan"
I love Rennie. He's kind of like Christopher Walken but with better acting chops: he'll be in a lot of shitty movies and TV shows (Due South, Memento, Battlestar Galactica, and others in exception here, of course) and will steal the show. He does not disappoint as Leoben, as I fully expected.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 3: Favorite Male Character

At first, I thought that this was going to be difficult because there are two male characters on Battlestar Galactica that I adore: Chief Galen Tyrol and Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon. But as I started my annual rewatch of the series, I made up my mind pretty quickly on the subject.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 2: Favorite Female Character

From the time that she showed up to manipulate Helo Agathon while he was trapped on a nuked Caprica, I was intrigued where the writers would go with Caprica-Eight, who would then go on to become Sharon "Athena" Agathon. So far, we hadn't seen much individuality in the Cylons, at least in terms of within the groups of the different models: Twos (Leoben) were almost always manipulative, Fives (Doral) were militant believers in the destruction of humanity, and Sixes* were infiltrators using their sexual prowess. But then this new Sharon came around and turned everything on its head.

Friday, August 1, 2014

31 Day Battlestar Galactica Challenge, Day 1: How Did I Discover Battlestar Galactica?

I wish this was cooler, actually: that I'd seen the promos and ads everywhere on the SciFi channel, that I'd waited for the very first episode with a lingering excitement that kept me up at night. Alas, I did not. Honestly, I'd never even heard of the show, the original or the reimagining, until nearly the end of the first season, and the only reason that I ended up watching the finale of the first season was because I was flipping through and caught a glimpse of Katee Sackhoff's Starbuck fighting Tricia Helfer's Six. And it was a rerun. I was thoroughly confused but intrigued with the story, what little of it I'd witnessed. I didn't even see the first season until BSG came to Netflix. Because I'm horrible, basically.

But when the second season came out, oh, hell, yes, was I hooked. I watched every single episode on the day it aired and geeked out more than I care to admit. I was completely absorbed with the show's mythos, with the characters and their complicated (and real) relationships, with the music (Bear McCreary, you are a god among composers). It's rare that any TV show captivates me and has me begging to tune in every week and chomping at the bit during the summer months, when all I have is the internet to peruse for spoilers and little behind-the-scenes pictures. I was just ... hungry. 

Good show, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Good fucking show.

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