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Just saw last nights Battlestar Galactica.

Holy frak that was good.


If you have not seen it yet due to DVRing or watching online, do. It was really first season level good.

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msrlapin
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but who watches Schindler's List more than once? Or watches Schindler's List: The Series, thirteen episodes of misery for a year?

Schindler's List is that sort of art that you walk past once, nod, and then set aside - a better version of this crop of Oscar nominees. (Who's looking forward to watching "The Reader"?)

It's definitely not the sort of art I want in my living room, let alone show to my kid some day. Ditto BSG.
technoir
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Ah I guess that is the difference I guess. If there was a show produced that was equal to the art and writing of Schindler's list then I would watch. In the end stories of misery are also stories about hope.

If there is no hope at all, if all there is suffering with no humanity demonstrating it's good as well as it's ill, well that is probably a horror film. I am not a big fan of the torture porn that is in most horror films of late.

I am looking forward to The Reader by the way?

The other end I should point out and have not up till this point. BSG also has it's moments of bad ass. It is a war ship in space. there is certainly more going on than just the people suffering. There are gunfights and Dog fights to thrill the adrenaline junkie in there as well.
msrlapin
Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Maybe. But I never saw anything even remotely funny in any of the episodes I saw, and that's telling for me. Shakespere stuck a clown into Macbeth. I just can't take hours and hours of misery without leavening it a little bit. BSG is just too thick, heavy, and bitter for me to swallow.

And I just don't see the hope in BSG. Some Very Serious Discussions about torture and jihad, but I was tired of those when I saw them argued - badly - in 24. (I wonder what BSG would have looked like if it was made during the Obama administration? Do you think that the twelve planets might have tried to do something more to reach out to the Cylons other than leave some lonely guy in a desk to take messages? Hope and Change don't seem to be in the BSG vocabulary.)

It makes perfect sense, to me, that Earth would be a wasteland when they found it in BSG. Of course the hope at the end of the rainbow is in ruins. This show doesn't have any other theme in its vocabulary.

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