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Battlestar Galactica (spoiler)

Hey, they got some drums back! Woohoo!

The world is a little better.
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 13th, 2005
Oh man, I forgot it was Friday. Now I'll have to catch it on re-runs.
Permalink example 
August 13th, 2005
I heard on the last podcast that Scfi channel ordered 20 episodes. I wonder how everyone will keep up under the strain. I'd rather have 13 really good episodes than 20 above-average ones.

Man, why did Kara Thrace let on who she was? She can be a real bonehead, as the actress pointed out in a radio interview.

I don't think many actors could've pulled off Edward James Olmos's "Can you love a machine" scene without it being funny.

Cynically "playing the religion card" is really gonna get some heads hot. Reminds me of the (reported?) arch-conservative Barry Goldwater quote about the Republican party being taken over by a 'bunch of kooks' like the televangelists.

The actor playing the new Cylon doc seems very good. He can shift well between spooky and charismatic.
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 13th, 2005
Incidentally, I think I'm pretty sure now why I like acted fiction rather than the written kind. So many more people in the pot. With text, you usually have just one lonely voice speaking to you. Very few writers I've read can pull that off well; JK Rowling is the main one who comes to mind.

With quality fiction that's acted, it's really fun and one has to infer a lot. Book authors have the crutch of just flat-out telling you someone's emotional state. I actually think in many ways (I'm sure not all) TV is better for the imagination, when done well.
Permalink Tayssir John Gabbour 
August 13th, 2005
Book authors are not SUPPOSED to use the crutch of TELLING you someone's emotional state, they're supposed to demonstrate it some way.

And frankly I'm apalled that anyone would say watching TV takes more imagination than reading the same thing. Your comment may have been an ironic observation regarding the quality of current Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, more than the quality of TV, but still. Harrumph!
Permalink AllanL5 
August 13th, 2005
Nothing wrong with this recent book from Ian Macleod:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0765305038/103-1143998-6110236?v=glance
Permalink trollop 
August 13th, 2005
I think Olmos showed more emotion in the scene where he ponders the stiff than he has to date in his entire career.

Also, was it me, or did he look noticeably thinner in this past episode? That would be a subtle, well-executed detail wholly in keeping with someone who's had major surgery and been receiving IV fluids only.
Permalink Dan Rowan or Dick Martin - your choice 
August 13th, 2005
It was smart/fortuitious for Starbuck to let on who she was, because they spared her because she has some greater role to play.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 14th, 2005
Just how much does their Bible resemble ours?

- Something about the Arrow of Apollo leading you to Earth.

- Be fruitful and multiply.

Years ago I read a book set in some fantasy world that mentioned "platonic relationships" and I said to myself "So they had a Plato too?"

How could the humans believe in the same set of scriptures, but believe in many gods, while the Cylons read the same scriptures and believe in only one God?
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 14th, 2005
> And frankly I'm apalled that anyone would say watching
> TV takes more imagination than reading the same thing.

Both are quite mechanical. A good performance points to more, as does a good book. There's nothing magical in a book that is inherently superior.
Permalink son of parnas 
August 14th, 2005
But... it takes years of study before you can read a book. We watch TV from the time we're babies.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 14th, 2005
That's too simplistic, Mark.

We watch TV not much earlier than we read books (and before we can read, we are read to). The types of things you get out of TV and books at the ages of 8, 18, and 28 are significantly different.
Permalink Brad Wilson 
August 14th, 2005
Yeah? Well, I read your very short post and thought "wow, some idiot whines about the use of the word 'platonic' but ignores all the other english words surrounding it. I bet he cries when Klingons speak english as well."

;)
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August 14th, 2005
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werd. taikos are awesome.
Permalink Kenny 
August 15th, 2005

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