Still - on this, my last day of freedom, I've done bloody well. I've seen both the latest Battlestar Galactica and the second episode of Life on Mars.
Battlestar Galactica - 2.17...
I quite liked this week’s episode of Battlestar Galactica. I thought the plot moved extraordinarily quickly. There’s a whole month there of character interaction which we’ll never get back. For the most part, however, I thought the quick timeshift worked quite well.
The Lee/Dee moment at the beginning was cute. The Lee/Kara moments later on were wonderful. “Maybe you need a kick in the ass!” Jamie was doing that sad eyes thing he does so well. There was this obvious moment of instant regret. It basically made the whole scene between Lee and Kara. Those two have such issues with each other. Kara really cares for Lee, this much is obvious. And Lee really cares for Kara too. Oh, those crazy kids.
I think they’ve done the ‘flawed leader’ part a little too much, now. We’ve seen it so many times – the leader with good intentions, but lack of wherewithal to pull it off. I hope they don’t decide to do it all over again with our newly appointed Commander Adama. I was missing saying Commander Adama, so I’m glad there’s a new one ;). I feel proud of my little Lee. When Lee was in charge of the Pegasus, I kept expecting him to say “FIYAH”. It reminded me that these were ships too. In fact, as different as Lee is from Archie, I was getting serious Ah-chie vibes. It must have been the hints of mutiny. Back to my original point, though, although it worked in the context of this episode, I hope they don’t have any more episodes of ‘flawed leader’ action at this present time.
As for the abortion issue, I’m with Roslin’s first reactions. I just don’t think you can take away someone’s rights like that. The extinction of a species is not a good thing, I agree. Is it any better to force a woman to have a child conceived from rape if she feels like she would hate the child? How is that good for the woman, but more importantly, how is that good for the child? Very few women go through the turmoil of abortion ‘because the time doesn’t suit them’ or for anything less than extremely trying circumstances. There seems to be this view among certain people that if abortions are allowed every woman is going to run out and terminate her pregnancy. Er, no. To me, it is much safer to allow first trimester abortion and keep it monitored and regulated than to ban it and to create an underground movement. Still, Gaius is a shit. There, I said it. If Gaius were a real person he’d have had several missing teeth and I’d have a hurt hand by now. He doesn’t care for those freedoms, he’s just an opportunist. Pissant.
There aren’t many more episodes left of this season. This saddens me. I hope we start getting some answers to some of our questions, though. I don’t think I could handle the continuation of the prolonged story arc spanning over the break.
And Billy’s really dead isn’t he? He wasn’t a cylon, he was just a human, and he’s really gone. Sigh.
Life on Mars - 1.02...
Life on Mars is fucking brilliant.
The first two scenes just rocked my socks. The second scene in particular was a total "wtf? bzuh!" moment. And look! Another Hornblower actor! Andrew Tiernan is a bloody good actor too. He has a long history of excellent character acting. Usually he plays creeps, and Kim Trent is really no exception, but he plays them so well.
I’m not really slashing Sam/Gene (okay, I totally am), but I love them together either way. They have so much onscreen chemistry. God, I just want to snog Philip sometimes. I don’t know how John Simm can help himself.
There was so much humour in this episode, too.
Chris and Sam
“Why’ve you put tapicoa pudding on your beef burger?”
“Thought it was horseradish”.
Leonard and Gene
“E,.. I dunno”
“Now was that the letter e and I don’t know, or was that EEEEEE, I dunno?”
(I honestly guffawed for 2 minutes at that one. Nick will testify. I just couldn’t stop laughing. He kept telling me it wasn’t that funny – but it SO WAS!)
“You’ll be standing behind special glass and they won’t be able to see you.”
CUT TO: Leonard standing in front of a line up in the office. No special glass whatsoever.
And it’s straight from humour to pure drama. Not melodrama, either, but believeable drama. Real conflict, real emotion, well acted.
If this show gets better with each episode, the finale’s going to be positively orgasmic.