October 20, 2006

New BSG Tonight

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"Exodus, Pt. II": Will Admiral Adama get his people of "Iraqtica"? Will Sharon find her still-alive baby? Will President Balter give Caprica Six some well-deserved "cuddling".

Tune in tonight!


Podcast notes and quotes: (SPOILERS!!!!!)

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October 18, 2006

Get "Lost" Tonight

OK, I admit I'm getting a little tired of the flashbacks. We know enough about their past, let's spend more time on their present!

Here's a little Evangeline Lilly for you.

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Now a flashback for Kate with her looking that that would be nice.

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October 12, 2006

Holiday Hack-Job

John Podhoretz at The Corner dropped a major bomb: There will be a live-action version of "The Year Without A Santa Claus". I looked it up and...argh...it's true.

And check out the cast:

Santa Claus: John Goodman
Ms. Claus: Delta Burke
Heat Miser: Harvey Fierstein
Snow Miser: Michael McKean
Mother Nature: Carol Kane

I have only one thing to say.



Oh, when I say I'm on fire, I mean I'm really en fuego!

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October 09, 2006

BSG Controversy - Open Thread

Hmmm. Thought I'd start a new thread for this since it's generating such strong opinion.

There are a couple of different points of view as to whether or not there is an "Iraq Metaphor" going on with Battlestar Galactica. You can see some of the comments from the last post: here.

My own impressions are that the writers left it open to interpretation. If you see the similarities, then they're there. However, I tend to agree with RightWingProf that the Cylon occupation is more analogous to occupied France during WWII. If there is any analogy at all. My own opinion is the Ronald D. Moore and Co. have been fairly even-handed to date and I'm willing to give them the benefit of the date.

At most, I think they are addressing issues that people can relate to - many of them are controversial. This drives ratings and makes it a much more interesting show. But I don't detect a particular bias promoting one point of view or the other. It's more of a glimpse into the overall human condition.

Feel free to discuss. Please keep it civil!

More discussion over at MidnightBlue and RightWingNation.

If I find opinion on the web, I'll post it here as an update.

That was quick. Jonah Goldberg of National Review plans a column on the subject or at least some commentary at The Corner within the next twenty-four hours.

I listened to the Ron Moore podcast of Friday's episode on iTunes.

Here's the skinny:
Moore (and his wife who is a co-writer) commented on the setting of occupied New Caprica. While they acknowledged that there are elements of Iraq in the storyline they also said that they are mixed in with parallels of other occupations - such as France in WWII, the West Bank, colonial America. All of the writers, he said, are very familiar with many aspects of human history - not just recent history.

He said he's been asked quite a bit about Iraq and he explained that he was not intending to make any political statements about current events, rather he was drawing on many different elements to create situations within which the characters react to in different ways. For example, what would Chief Tyrol do here or how would Tigh respond to this or Laura Roslin, etc. etc.

As to the inclusion of a "suicide mission", they are trying to "ratchet up" the events on New Caprica because they are leading to a major clash that will coincide with the return of Galactica. The Cylons reaction to it is important in pushing them and the humans on a sort of "collision course".

Essentially, next week's episode is a major event and these two episodes combined are meant for the audience to fully absorb the situation that leads up to it.

There was other stuff but the only other item of note regarding the New Caprica Police graduation ceremony and Duck's suicide bombing is to show that shocking things like that really happen. And rather than just hearing about it on the news, Moore wanted to present the grisly details and horrific aftermath of such an act. He was nervous that the network (Sci-Fi, which is owned by NBC) would object to showing it so graphically but he said they were actually very supportive.

Could Moore be full of crap about all this? Sure, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt here.

Jonah Goldberg (finally) weighes in. His take: Yes, it was blatant Iraq, but...

RightWingProf even gets a link!

Was reminded by a comment on a thread at HotAir.com that this isn't the first time we've seen a suicide bombing on BSG. In season one, one of the Doral Cylons blew himself up on Galactica killing three people. Not as devastating as the one from this season, but still...

Interesting. The episode was titled "Litmus". Cylons as insurgents, maybe? I don't remember the Left get all huffy over that one.

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October 06, 2006


Man, it seems like forever since the end of last season when the series went in a completely different direction (that was back in March!). At first, I shared a lot of the concerns about this plotline that were voiced by other fans. But having reflected on it for seven months, I'm stoked about it!

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Battlestar Galactica, Season Three premieres tonight at 9pm
on Sci-fi Channel (2 hr episode)

Let's go, ladies!

Wow. Very intense. Before people get all pissy about the suicide bomber thing, keep in mind they didn't glorify it. In fact, I didn't pick up on any particular value judgements. The scene with Roslin confronting Tigh over it was interesting. I found the overall take very neutral.

They did a LOT in this episode (or episodes depending on how you look at it).

I remain impressed. And looking forward eagerly to next week.

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October 04, 2006

Get "Lost" Tonight

Season Premiere, 9pm ABC! Whoo-Hoo!

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October 02, 2006

Previously...on "24"

Just as a heads up for those who are interested. It looks like all of season five of "24" will be broadcast on "A&E" network.

Fox started showing the season in repeats back in June but oddly decided to abandon this schedule in favor of a Friday night movie-of-the-week format, showing such cinematic classics as "Bringing Down The House" with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Sigh.

Anyway, for those who missed any episodes (or like me, most of season five) this is your chance to catch up.

A&E looks to be broadcasting three episodes every Monday at 8am, 9am & 10am and later at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Series episodes 97, 98 & 99 (or season five episodes 1, 2 & 3) begin Monday, October 16th.

If this eight week schedule holds, they should be finished by December 4th. Season five will be released on DVD on December 5th. What timing, eh?

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