Monday, October 23, 2006


Subject: TV
I'm a bit late with adding my voice to the buzz surround the rip-roaring conclusion of the "Battlestar Galactica" "Resistance" arc. It was completely entertaining and a lot of fun to watch, but there was something I noticed about it...

Every single thing that happened -- every plot point and twist -- was either predictable, or cliche. And yet it was still awesome! How'd they do that?

I mean, think about it: the prisoners from the cliffhanger, Tigh and his traitor wife, Apollo's solution to Adama's orders, Boomer's baby, Starbucks baby... all these things and more get shoved in your face and twisted around, and ultimately you say to yourself "well, duh!" -- yet they totally pulled it off. The performances, the reactions, the moments that occur with each of these events are what made the show. And all of the literal narrative points, as predictable and cliche as they were... each and every one was something, deep down, you wanted to happen, conciously or subconciously. And you alternatively gasp or cheer when they do.

And the icing on the cake was all the cool "blowin' shit up" space-battle FX. The way the Galactica shows up for the rescue mission. The way the Pegasus shows up to rescue the rescuers... Both enough to bring on a "Frak yeah!" in the most jaded, cynical sci-fi fan.


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