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BSG Season 2 Pilot

[need to pick a BSG buddy icon to make... Apollo? Gaius? Yeah, maybe Gaius...]

I quite liked it. Did anyone else think that it was an homage to the original series when, when Apollo saw the Cylon ship hit the landing bay, he reported that there was "no fire"? Thinking specifically of the old "Burn, Galactica, burn!" scene where a huge fire was blazing through the ship while... I think?... Adama was in surgery.

A friend was pointing out that she thought Gaeta was getting ready to join the mutiny against Galactica, and was looking kinda shifty during the scenes before the gunshots... and I pointed out that that could be the reason he failed to transmit the needed data to the rest of the fleet. That would add to his feelings of guilt about that particular failure - if he was distracted because he was considering mutiny...

I really enjoyed the Adama/Tigh flashbacks - it shows where Tigh's loyalty truly comes from. Adama's word is law, and he doesn't think twice about being the instrument of a military coup.

I do wonder about the amount of control the Cylons, or their god, seem to have over probability. It started with the question, "why did the Cylons allow their basestar to be destroyed?" - answer, "so the humans can get back to Kobol and recover Baltar, who has now received the necessary visions."

"Then why did they have a basestar there in the first place?" "To make sure the raptor with Baltar on board crashes, giving him the necessary concussions to have the right vision of the opera house. Oh, and to get Sharon on board to finally receive her instructions."

"Seems pretty risky to have Baltar's ship crash on the surface just to get him into the right mental state. What if the pilot isn't as good as they think? Any number of things can go wrong there." "Well......."

Anyone feel like we're going to find out all the crew are brains in a jar somewhere at the end of the series? Everyone would scream bloody murder at this, but... there are just so many places where it's the only explanation that doesn't go into "Well, their god can do anything, because he's a true god."

(Has anyone else thought of him as Gaius first, and then when you go to fill in the last name, say 'Threepwood'? Didn't think so. It just happened to me as I was writing that sentence where he gets concussions. Makes me want to make an 8-bit lo-res version of him and call him Gaius Threepwood. What kind of insults would he use for swordfighting?)

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navrins
Jul. 17th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
No, but I keep wanting to call him Bashir.

Yeah, like I said, I'm not impressed with the writing. There's a lot that just isn't making sense, and the longer it goes the less convinced I am that they can make it make sense. Some day soon we need to learn something about the Cylons that at least gives us a framework for understanding them.

I'm also getting really annoyed with the unwillingness of so-called good guys to actually talk to each other. Like, when you go to interrogate someone, you really ought to ask them some questions and hear what they say in response. When someone does something bizarre, you ought to ask them why, when you have a chance.

firstfrost
Jul. 17th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
They seem to be consistently unable to think rationally about Cylons at all. "She can't be carrying your child, she's a Cylon! They're machines!" Er, machines which are medically indistinguishable from humans by everything but Baltar's mad science. I do not think that word "machines" means what they think it means. I think that "brainwashed enhanced cloned humans" is a better description, but nobody ever seems to think that. If Cylons were all infertile, that would probably be an easier test (if prone to false positives).
farwing
Jul. 17th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Plus, "Bech" doesn't sound half as cool as "Cylon."
kareila
Jul. 17th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm convinced Gaeta is a Cylon. He's seen shaking Boomer's hand right before she shoots Adama - I think he gave her the gun.
aerynne
Jul. 18th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
She's *got* a gun. They've all got guns.

It's the {whatever} century and they're barbarians.<\small>
crs
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I do think she just drew her sidearm to shoot Adama; no need to get a gun from Gaeta. And, as for the question of who among them is a Cylon, I think the principle of "less is more" applies.

And yes, they are consistently irrational about Cylons; telling Helo that she's pregnant lets Sharon instantly flip a switch in his brain from "I will shoot you" to "I will take a bullet for you." Not the days and days of hiking across Caprica trying to find their way off the planet, the part where she saves his life by killing one of her own kind, or any of that...

You have to wonder what kind of horror stories they were told as kids. And how much of it might actually be true. The Cylons did, basically, commit genocide... Where do the morals lie here? For their own survival's sake, humanity better reach out, but if they somehow find the capability to destroy the Cylons, should they use it?

I think it'd take considerably less than the near-extinction of the human race to make me consider becoming a barbarian.
navrins
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
It's 2183 and they're barbarians...
navrins
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh, never mind, you said that.
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