Odd Juxtapositions….

Odd night this past Saturday.

First, I got to watch KU’s undefeated football season come to an end on national television, at the hands of rival Missouri. I figured the whole “Cinderella Season” thing was likely to be ended eventually, but it was a real kick in the teeth to have them play their worst game ever while the whole country was watching, and while playing against Mizzou.

This overlapped the broadcast of Battlestar Galactica: Razor, so I decided to stay awake until the later rebroadcast on Sci-Fi. In the interim, I caught the inaugural showing of the 1954 classic White Christmas, which, I will whole-heartedly admit, is one of my favorites (largely due to the presence of Vera Ellen. I mean, dude — come on!).

From holiday warm fuzzies, I then watched BSG: Razor.

I’ll say this much about it: At least it managed to avoid the shark-jumping mystic hoobajoo destiny-and-prophecy crap from the last season….until the final minutes.

For the plot itself? hit the nail on the head for me: “Mary Sue is sad because nobody understands how cool the SS was. Later she dies and her CO gives her a medal for having Nazi discipline, right to the end.”

Yeah, pretty much.

I mean, I get the whole “let’s show everything in shades of grey” thing, but it’s a fairly sad commentary on our current society that “I was just following orders, and we do what we have to do” is presented as even remotely a noble thing.

8 Replies to “Odd Juxtapositions….”

  1. Wow, I didn’t get that at all. The entire crew of the Pegasus fell into that trap and they’re all fucked up because of it. It’s only because the fleet needs every person they can find that most of them aren’t being punished.

  2. Uh, sort of spoilery comment ahead! Beware!

    I was pretty upset by the whole “let’s give her a posthumous commendation” thing, myself. Starbuck didn’t know about the massacre (I assume), but dude. “I had the president constantly reminding me to think of the civilians” my ass. Adama faced the EXACT same decision Cane did, regarding the civilian fleet, and he didn’t try to strip them for personnel and gear. The moment in the civilian carrier, when the marine looks at Fisk and says, “Sir? What do we do?” should have been the moment of mutiny. After that, all of Cane’s senior staff were 100% war criminals and deserved to be blasted out the airlock.

    That wasn’t grey at all.

    I was sort of disappointed that we didn’t get much new about the Pegasus. We knew Cane killed her XO point blank, we knew she stripped the civvies. The stuff I liked was knowing Six’s role there, how she was discovered (really sloppily, though, and I didn’t believe that the Six’s were that stupid), etc.

    It was a relief to not have to deal with the shark-jumping mystic hoobajoo destiny-and-prophecy crap for most of it, though. But omgwtfbbq, Starbuck’s gonna be the end of something besides good writing? I faint with anticipation!

  3. First, I got to watch KU’s undefeated football season come to an end on national television, at the hands of rival Missouri. I figured the whole “Cinderella Season” thing was likely to be ended eventually, but it was a real kick in the teeth to have them play their worst game ever while the whole country was watching, and while playing against Mizzou.

    The only reason that was their worst game was because they lost. I’m really not trying to be a smart ass here, because it was a hell of a game. What lost it for them was their defense during the first half and the interceptions. Because their offense freakin ROCKED the second half. How many yards did they rush and pass in those 4 possessions? That was just insane. If they had somehow taken more advantage of all the freakin penalties MU had, they could have had it there too.

    I’m totally MIZZOU-RAH! all the way – especially since this is the first winning football team that I think they have had in my lifetime – but even I have to hand it to the Jayhawks. I think if that had been any other team, they would have bowled them over. Mizzou was just on, though their defense was very weak in the second half.

    So now you have to cheer for ol Mizzou, cause hell, if you’re gonna get beat, it sounds a lot better if the team goes on to win the division and national championships, doesn’t it? :) (i’m kidding, please don’t beat me red and blue…)

    Laz. (who can’t converse with you intelligently about BSG because Dude… Starbuck’s a GIRL???)

  4. I’ll confess to the whispy-ness of some of the plot elements, but I enjoyed it overall, particularly the additional back story that, while admittedly took longer than it should have, filled in some interesting perspectives that were nice to see on screen at least.

    I’m just happy to see more BSG. It sucks waiting till March and this was a nice tide me over.

  5. Yeah, they said as much. Also, Adama is conflicted about the Pegasus because what Cain did was precisely what he was going to do until Roslin talked him out of it. He recognizes that he could’ve easily ended up the same way.

    Also I should point out the mystic destiny-and-prophecy crap was in the show from the beginning, it didn’t start last season. You may remember Roslin’s crazy cancer-fighting space pills that made her see snakes and such?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.