Mid-Week News Roundup

Here are some articles, clippings, and videos that have popped up in the last few days that you might find interesting:

  • Galactica Sitrep has a piece from an interview done with Ron Moore’s wife, Terry.
  • TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello has a spoiler about when the fleet may find Earth.
  • The Aaron Douglas livejournal community has a couple of videos of the actor singing kareoke at the Pittsburgh Comicon.
  • Transcript of Nicki Clyne’s interview on ShaunOMac’s TV Talk is here, or you can listen to the audio here.
  • Q&A with writer Michael Verheiden.
  • Jane Espenson, writer of “Escape Velocity”, discusses Chief’s hallucination in Joe’s Bar.

Kara Thrace and Her Special Destiny – Discussion Question

I was debating about making the first discussion question about the identity of the Final Cylon, but then I saw previews for Friday’s episode and decided to change the topic…

Herald of the Apocalypse, Harbinger of Doom, Starbuck–take your pick on Kara Thrace’s titles.

Undoubtedly with this being the final season, finding Earth is going to be at the forefront of people’s thoughts. And apparently there’s only one person who’s sure they can accomplish this task. Starbuck has it stuck in her head (quite literally) that she can sense the way to Earth. But how is that so? One theory goes along with a line said to Kara before her Viper exploded: “All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.”

In the original BSG, there are two episodes titled “Gods of War”. Both are on Hulu, but you really only need to watch the second one for the details we’ll be discussing. In Part II, Apollo (for those of you who’ve only seen the current series, this version of Adama’s son is played by the same actor who plays Tom Zarek), Starbuck (in the original he’s a dude), and Sheba have a run in with a fallen angel named Count Iblis. The villain attempts to kill Sheba with an energy bolt, but Apollo sacrifices himself by throwing his body in front of the woman. Count Iblis goes away, and Starbuck and Sheba load up Apollo’s body into a shuttle and head back towards Galactica. Along the way, the run into what’s called the Ship of Lights. Onboard they encounter “seraphs” who revive Apollo. When the trio return to the battlestar, their memories are fuzzy about what happened, and all of the sudden the three of them know the location of Earth.

Let’s compare: Kara dies, but is then brought back to life. When she returns, her memory is fuzzy about what happened, and all of the sudden she knows the location of Earth. Also, there’s this:


Photo from io9.com

On the left is the Ship of Lights from the original series, and on the right is the picture Starbuck painted in her quarters on the Demetrius. Over her left shoulder, you can see she painted something that looks familiar.

So did Starbuck actually die? Was she brought back to life by seraphs on the Ship of Lights? Was she sent back to guide the way to Earth?

Or, did she just appear and reappear for some totally other reason? Is she crazy and sending the fleet on a wild goose chase?

What are your thoughts?

And if you’re more interested in the Ship of Lights idea, check out these two websites: one and two.



“Escape Velocity” – Episode Recap

Twelve Cylon models. Seven are known. Four live in secret. One will be revealed. But apparently they no longer have a plan.

Previously on BSG: Gaius is taken in by a harem where begins to preach his faith in the Cylon god. He then sleeps with Tory; she cries. Mrs. Tigh acted as an informant for the Cylons on New Caprica; Saul kills her. Cally finds out Saul, Tory, and the Chief are Cylons. Mrs. Chief takes her son into an airlock where Tory knocks her out cold, takes the baby, and then spaces Cally. Continue Reading


News Roundup

Here’s a list of articles and videos relating to the show that have popped up over the past few days:


Escape Velocity – Review

Just finished watching last night’s episode, and here are my thoughts:

Liked

  • How amazing this cast is. Kudos for bringing back Kate Vernon, who is just phenomenal. Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol) acted his socks off in this one, as did James Callis (Baltar). And of course the awesome duo of Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, who are breaking my heart into a million pieces.
  • Chief’s rant about settling with what you have. It’s a discussion question I want to bring up at some point, but it is about time that someone stands up and says that this isn’t how they pictured their life to turn out, and they’re not happy about it.
  • That we’re finally letting Saul deal with the fact that he killed his wife because she was colluding with the Cylons, and now he finds out he is a Cylon. It’s about time we get to see how much this screws with his head.
  • Special effects with the Raptor crashing were just stunning.

Disliked

  • Roslin telling Baltar that she doesn’t care what’s going on anymore really because she’s dying, and then fights so hard to pass a law just against him. I could understand if she was doing this to play games with him, but that’s not how it felt.
  • Cylons act crazy when it comes to emotions; we got it. I’ve had enough of Tory being just bizarre and Six flipping emotions with every breath she takes. We’ve had this for four seasons now, and while it sometimes works and helps with the story, I just feel like we’ve been beat over the head with it so far this season.
  • There are no closed caption options when you watch it online.
  • That we didn’t get a glimpse into a religious service until now.
  • How is it that the guards didn’t notice how awkwardly Baltar was standing when Head!Six (the Six in his head) was holding up his body and making him walk towards the door? Why haven’t there been more people notice his odd body movements and the constant talking to himself?
  • Not enough time spent on the Demetrius. I’m not saying this because I think the secondary characters are great on this show–because I do think that–but because we’ve invested so much time in the first two episodes of the season with the four secret Cylons trying to figure out what they’re going to do that now I feel like Anders really hasn’t had a say in the last couple of shows. This week was all about the big bombs dropping down on these four characters and how they’re going to deal with (for Saul and Chief anyway) losing the loves of their lives because they were associated with the Cylons and now they find out they’re toasters, and how is that going to affect them? I don’t mind at all the storyline of those two men. I do mind that we’re spending a ton of time (at least it feels like that) with Tory, whom we weren’t really invested in at all previous to this season. Instead I think we should be focusing on Anders, who fought in a resistance against the Cylons at two different points on two different planets and has a wife that told him point blank, “If you were a Cylon, I’d put a bullet between your eyes.” How is that a less interesting story than Tory shutting down all her emotions except the horny ones?

Questions I Now Have:

  • Was Adama lying when he said that he hadn’t read the book past that point or was he just lying about what was on the page? You can see him close the book, and then he reads another handful sentences. Did he quickly memorize the words? Or was he (possibly again) relying on the book to talk for him with regards about how he feels about Laura?
  • Why did Head!Six look towards Tory in the last split second?

Need to Play Catch Up?

Wanting to watch tonight’s episode but have no idea about what the frak is going on? The following videos will help you understand the first three seasons, as well as the first three episodes of Season 4 in a total of eleven minutes. Continue Reading


Just Pull Over and Ask For Directions

My plan for today was to watch the sneak peak of “Escape Velocity” today on SciFi.com at noon since I will be leaving for a retreat in a couple of hours and won’t be back till tomorrow night. But alas, The Powers That Be have decided against showing the full episode, and instead are only showing the first half. Thus, I will not be able to watch this week’s episode till I get home tomorrow evening. But I promise to have a review up as soon as I finish watching it, with a recap appearing sometime on Sunday if all goes well.

As an apology, I offer you this piece written by livejournal.com user dukeblack posted in the BSG community about the appearance of the constellation Orion in last week’s episode, “The Ties That Bind”:

Orion on BSG 4x05
Photo courtesy of Palmetto

In this post, dukeblack explains what this means with regard to the location of the Colonial Fleet (or at least a couple of Basestars chasing them) and the quest to find Earth. Continue Reading


4×06 – Escape Velocity

Written by: Jane Espenson
Directed by: Edward James Olmos

Summary (IMDb.com): Gaius Baltar causes intense unrest within the fleet when he begins to openly promote belief in the Cylon god. Colonel Tigh, Galen Tyrol, and Tory Foster argue over how far they should go to ensure their secret is not revealed.

Tidbits:


Tricia Helfer’s Burn Notice

According to Multichannel News, Tricia Helfer will become part of the cast on USA’s Burn Notice come this July when the series second season kicks off.

The network said Helfer will appear in multiple episodes where she could prove to “hold the key to [the lead character]’s burn notice.” Burn notices are missives issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents who are considered to have become unreliable.   –Larry Barrett