In the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica, STOP IT. YOU JUST STOP IT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Battlestar Galactica.
So, I’m watching Adama and Roslin be all cute with their coffee, even if it’s disgusting algae-ground coffee, and I’m thinkingâ€¦this is pretty much perfect. Don’t you agree? Look how goddamn cute they are. LOOK AT IT. Look at Tigh being all awkward, and look how this moment of beauty is just everything I want from life.
AND THEN FELIX GAETA IS FREEING ZAREK FROM THE BRIG AND EVERYTHING AFTER THIS MOMENT IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER DISASTER. EVEN AFTER EARTH IS FOUND TO BE A WASTELAND, THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO DISCOVER NEW WAYS IN WHICH THEY SHOULD TEAR ONE ANOTHER APART. WE FINALLY GOT A HAPPY SCENE AND IT LAST MAYBE THE WHOLE OF FIVE MINUTES BEFORE IT IS RUINED. HOW AM I EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THIS? OH GOD, ROSLIN JUST MADE A JOKE ABOUT HAVING DINNER READY WHEN ADAMA GETS HOME. THIS IS GREAT. GAETA, THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE TAKING AWAY FROM ME. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS?
OH, WHAT THE FUCK. RACETRACK IS PART OF THE MUTINY, TOO? WHO ELSE IS ON GAETA AND ZAREK’S SIDE?
WHAT THE FUCK ZAREK JUST KILLED LAIRD. HE KILLED THE DECK CHIEF. WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING, TOM ZAREK. I MEANâ€¦OH MY GOD THIS IS TERRIBLE.
NO, THAT’S NOT TRUE. EVERY MOMENT AFTER THE LAST ONE IS MORE TERRIBLE THAN THE ONE BEFORE IT. Oh, so Gaeta is in the CIC and slowly setting up all the pieces to have the Galactica taken over? WHAT ARE YOU DOING, FELIX GAETA? I mean, thank the gods you didn’t involve Hoshi in all of this, but what a goddamn disaster. And I keep using that word because it’s not just a “problem” or even a “crisis.” With so many players and so many variables, what Gaeta and Zarek have set up here is absolute chaos in the worst sense imaginable. It’s a situation where–
OH JESUS FUCK SEELIX IS IN ON THE MUTINY. OH MY GOD THEY ARE BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF ANDERS. I CAN’T HANDLE THIS. IS THIS WHAT YOU REALLY WANT, GAETA? IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR REVOLUTION?
THAT FIRE IS PROBABLY FAKE, ADAMA. OH GOD, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON. YOU ARE COMPLETELY FALLING FOR THIS RUSE, AND THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOUR REACTION A THOUSAND TIMES WORSE.
Oh, Starbuck, you remind me once again why you are my hero. His call sign is Hot Dog, HOW APPROPRIATE, oh god this is the best thing ever. WAIT WHAT THE FUCK WHY IS NARCHO BEING SO RUDE TO HER, WHERE ARE THOSE CIVILIANS GOING, HOLY SHIT THEY ARE RAIDING THE SMALL ARMS LOCKER THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL. THERE ARE WAY MORE PEOPLE ON THE SIDE OF THE MUTINY THAN I EVEER EXPECTED. THIS IS BAD. THIS IS REAL BAD.
OH, FUCK, GAETA INTERCEPTED HER CALL. HE IS LITERALLY MANIPULATING EVERYTHING. Oh my god Gaeta, you are a genius, but WHY ARE YOU USING IT FOR THIS. Fuck, now you’re blocking Lee’s phonecall as well. This is so bad. This is the worst.
NO WHY ARE YOU ACCOSTING LEE ON GALACTICA. STOP IT HE IS NOT A BAD GUY. HOLY SHIT STARBUCK JUST KILLED THE MARINE AND THEN SHE KILLS SKULLS AND WHY DO I SUDDENLY FEEL INSTANTLY ATTRACTED TO HER???? I mean, it’s taken all of this to snap her out of her identity crisis and I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVED HER RUNNING AROUND KICKING ASS.
Oh gods LEAVE HELO ALONE. LEAVE ATHENA ALONE. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. No, likeâ€¦.I TOTALLY GET IT. Adama and Roslin, from the perspective of Gaeta and Zarek, truly are fucking up the government and any semblance of democracy! We have to put aside the fact that we, the viewer, have the benefit of seeing everything, so while we may think Roslin and Adama are right, the writers are quick to remind us that other characters are not as knowledgable as we are. To them, what Roslin and Adama are doing (especially Adama) seems like a drastic overuse of power for military purposes.
Given that, YOU’VE NOW TOTALLY LOST MY PHILOSOPHICAL SUPPORT BY KNOCKING OUT HELO AND THREATENING ATHENA WITH RAPE. NOPE, I WANT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR REVOLUTION, GAETA AND ZAREK. That is why this is a disaster: Gaeta cannot control every variable.
OH WOW STARBUCK JUST KISSED LEE AND IT WAS KIND OF AMAZINGLY FUCKING HOT. Does that make me a bad person. NO OF COURSE NOT. Oh god I had totally forgot Starbuck/Lee as a pairing at all until this scene and now I am feeling things for them? BUT WAIT OH GOD THE WHOLE SHIP IS LIKE A WARZONE. Wait, has anyone every mapped out the Galactica corridors? I would be VERY INTERESTED IN SUCH A THING.
OH JESUS CHRIST THE AGATHONS ARE IN THE BRIG WITH ANDERS AND CAPRICA-SIX. Oh god they are just bargaining chips for these people THIS GODDAMN FIGHT IS DEHUMANIZING. Again, Gaeta, NO. NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING.
OH GOD YOU ARE CALLING IN THE MARINES WAIT WHY ARE YOU FIRING ON TIGH AND ADAMA OH MY GOD JAFFEE DIED oh my god my fucking heart cannot handle this shit. Gaeta just removed Adama from command. For treason. THE GODDAMNED IRONY OF THIS WILL NEVER FUCKING ESCAPE ME.
THOUGH I ALSO FIND IT RATHER IRONIC THAT IN THIS MOMENT OF TERROR, I AM CHEERING FOR ROSLIN BECAUSE SHE TRANSFORMS BACK INTO ACTION. omg she is IN CHARGE and TAKING NAMES and LOOK HOW FIERCE SHE LOOKS. I am not wrong about this. DO NOT CORRECT ME.Â
OH SHIT TYROL IS ON ADAMA’S SIDE YES YOU ARE FANTASTIC, GALEN TYROL. Wait WHERE IS BALTAR GOING TO GO. WHERE IS HE BEING TAKEN.
Oh holy shit LOOK AT ADAMA TALKING SHIT TO MALDONALDO. Oh, he is the honey badger of the Galactica AND HE DON’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT THESE MARINES THINK THEY’RE DOING. oh my god ADAMA YOU VERITABLE SUPERMAN YOU JUST PUNCHED OUT MALDONALDO AND SHOT HIM JESUS CHRIST. He’s just like FUCK YOUR AGEIST ASSUMPTIONS, I CAN STILL ANNIHILATE YOU.
Oh good lord, Roslin is trying to convince Baltar to let her use his wireless transmitter and they are both being passive aggressive as fuck to their faces and look I JUST WANT MORE SCENES BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM. is that so much to ask for.
oh. oh. Roslin’s speech to the fleet. HOLD ME CLOSE YOU TINY DANCERS. oh my god it is the best reminder that roslin has the perfect heart for being a president and she is rational and reasonable and she holds her emotions close and she proves that you can be emotional and a leader at the same fucking time PLEASE CONTINUE BEING THE PRESIDENT OF MY HEART.
oh god Lee and Starbuck find Tigh and Adama AND THERE IS A GLORIOUS HUG. why do i love hugs so much WHY. oh god HOW HEARTBREAKING IS IT WHEN STARBUCK SCREAMS TO ADAMA THAT THESE ARE NO LONGER HIS MEN ANYMORE. I can’t even imagine that sort of instantaneous loss of power and loss of respect and JESUS IT’S LIKE THE WHOLE SHIP IS AGAINST THESE FEW PEOPLE.
oh god BALTAR IS CALLING GAETA. And for once, he is being so utterly sincere and he has tears in his eyes and HE IS BEGGING GAETA TO STOP WITH THIS WHOLE REVOLT. my fucking creys, this episode is just so terrible to my emotions. i can’t. I CANNOT.
OH MY GOD MOM AND DAD ARE KISSING AND IT IS SO AWKWARD. I am sorry, that is precisely what Lee and Starbuck are thinking. YOU KNOW THAT I AM RIGHT. I mean it is a beautiful kiss but you can see everyone go JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A MUTINY, CAN’T YOU MAKE OUT LATER. No, they can’t, because THIS IS PERFECT. DON’T YOU DARE OPPOSE MY OTP I WILL END YOU.
oh my god Adama and Roslin understand each other. She knows if she stays, he won’t do what is necessary because he’s too distracted by keeping her safe. HE AND TIGH STAY BEHIND TO MAKE SURE THE RAPTOR GETS AWAY. this is the greatest love story of the modern age IT POOPS ALL OVER SOMETHING SHAKESPEARE WROTE. OR SOMETHING. OKAY I am being ridiculous, I know that, BUT THIS IS MY FIRST SHIPPER EXPERIENCE EVER. Though lately I have been watching old episodes of The X-Files and during a particular episode in season two, I actually screamed “AND NOW KISS” and then I felt weird inside. WHAT HAS THIS SHOW DONE TO ME.
J F C GAETA JUST ORDERED THE CAP TO DESTROY THE RAPTOR WITH BALTAR AND ROSLIN ON IT. no Adama was right THIS IS UNFORGIVABLE BRING ON THE RECKONING.
“It’s been an honor to serve with you, my friend.”
I AM COMPLETELY FUCKING DESTROYED BY THIS SHOW. OH GOD HE ACCEPTS TIGH AFTER ALL THIS TIME oh god there is a flash grenade TO BE CONTINUED? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.
this show is going to be bad for my health. i know it.
Just a note about the schedule: Next week, there will be five reviews, including a review on Thanksgiving! I’ll have no problem getting it up. On Saturday, November 26th, at 10am, we will have a liveblog of the entirety of the “Daybreak” series finale. Not just one part, THE ENTIRE THING. That’s like three hours of BSG goodness, so plan ahead.Â
I’ll split the review into two or three parts to cover everything (probably three for the sake of having space to write a lot), and then we will have a liveblog of The PlanÂ on Saturday, December 3rd at 10am. The review for thatÂ will go up Monday. We will start my super secret surprise miniseries either on November 30th or December 1st, depending on how many reviews I split the finale into. Which means….wow. In the second week of December, I’ll start Mark Watches Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Holy shit, finally!
omg so much fun stuff. There will ALSO be ridiculous silly liveblogs of New Moon,Â Eclipse, and, right after I start Lord of the RingsÂ on Mark Reads, the Bass/Rankin animated The HobbitÂ movie.
so much shit getting real, y’all.
I Don't Know Who Made This, Although That Ten Thirteen Kid Will Probably Say He Did
Omigosh this comic is perfect. I have recently realized my love for Mark Sheppard when I found out he was on ALL THE SHOWS and he is fucking perfect IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
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I second that emotion.
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Rot13 show name just in case because it's easy to infer that's the show being talked about in the previous comment and it's on Mark's to watch list.
Rot13 because it's on Mark's to watch list.
SO MUCH TRUTH. Don't worry, God, adding a whole cup of Mark Sheppard made TV INFINITELY BETTER.
I'm pretty sure he saved television. He is the Jesus Christ of television.
The mutiny episodes (without giving anything away) are very seriously among the best television ever made. The writing, the editing, the cinematography? Beautiful stuff. I remember watching The Oath and thinking…god damn, this show is nearly OVER and it can still bring me to my knees in ways I never imagined before.
(This image also applies to Kara Thrace btw.)
This Hilarious Thing That Just Happened in My Online BSG Game
The first player chose Apollo. The next characters chosen were Cally, Tory, Dee, and Cain. After which the player playing Apollo noted that she should have chosen Starbuck so we could have an all-female crew.
Apollo was the first player. The very first Crisis Card of the game gave the President (me) a choice to give up the Presidency, execute Apollo, or force the both of us to discard cards.
We've decided to execute Apollo so he can come back as Starbuck. ALL-FEMALE CREW ALL UP IN THIS GAME.
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.
Wait, there's a game??? WANT.
I'll second that "there's a game!?!" And you can play as whatever character you want? What charcters are there? Can you play as Hoshi? Doc Cottle? Can you play as Jake?
I don't even know who Jake is! You cannot play as Hoshi or Doc Cottle, but Doc Cottle is an Ally in the Exodus Expansion.
The game is great! You have to travel to Kobol by making jumps, but you're constantly being attacked by Cylons, you have to manage your resources, and one or two of you are hidden Cylons ready to betray Team Human at any point. Plus, there's a Sleeper Phase, so you may turn Cylon halfway through the game.
Jake is the greatest hero of the NewCap Resistance! He passed information to the New Caprican Underground! He monitored the threes search for Hera! He's often found nowadays in the company of Romo Lampkin. He's the Fifth Fraking Cylon, for crying out loud.
Oh, and he's a dog.
Those interested in the game should check out the BGG Page here http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/37111/battlest…
It's also available (except for the loyalty cards without which it's impossible to actually play, but you can take a look at it in digital form) here: http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Battlesta…
"he monitored the threes search for Hera" lolol
For some reason hearing you talk about the BSG finale is sad, even though I've known what happens in it for like 3 years now.
This episode destroyed me. After binging on nothing but BSG for about 2 weeks because literally I had nothing else to do, I was a wreck after this episode. As for the second part… Mark.
Did you know?
Do you know now?
How unprepared you are?
WERE YOU AWARE OF IT?
Mark, this review perfectly sums up my thoughts and feelings while watching this last night. I cannot bear the wait until Sunday for Part II 🙁
And this is where Laura Roslin becomes a complete boss again.
Slightly distracted by half watching Children in Need so this isn't going to be very coherent.
DAMN IT GAETA! He's doing an amazing job of using his skills and knowledge to get things done but what he's doing is just awful to watch. As for Zarek, I just can't even deal with him at this point. Everything he does is awful. Particularly killing Laird, one of the few people to arrive with Pegasus that wasn't a complete asshole (Hoshi being another, yay Hoshi).
"i'm saving myself for you sweet toaster wife" FUUU WHY HASN'T THIS GUY FALLEN OUT OF AN AIRLOCK?! HE NEEDS TO DO THAT SOON PLEASE!
More cheerful news though, Starbuck, Bill, Tigh and Laura are all being AWESOME and kicking ass! The scene on the hangar deck where Starbuck rescues Lee is wonderful: "I can do this all day".
AND IT IS SO AWKWARD. I am sorry, that is precisely what Lee and Starbuck are thinking. YOU KNOW THAT I AM RIGHT
It's so delightfully awkward, they have the perfect "Ugh parents kissing, awkwaaaard" reactions.
Also WOO to liveblogs! Except I may have to cut out of the Daybreak one early, or skip Merlin and watch it on the iPlayer…hmm decisions. But yay for The Plan as well AND not long now until Buffy (which I'm ridiculously excited for you to start)!
Also, it isn't just an awkward look but kind of a "when did THAT happen???" look.
Slightly distracted by half watching Children in Need so this isn't going to be very coherent.
Same here. I was trying to write something serious about Gaeta not realising what he's getting into but then the Eastenders cast started singing Queen.
I barely recognised any of the cast, it's been a long time since I last watched Eastenders, but Queen! Automatic win!
Same here but there were costumes and singing and Queen! How am I meant to resist?
Well, at least Adama and Tigh will go down in a blaze of glory
I’ve pretty much decided not to get my hopes up. If they don’t die, HURRAY PARTY FOREVER! If they do, at least I had a whole weekend to prepare myself.
In an interview, Katee Sackhoff made the point that giving Tigh two machine guns wasn't really the wisest move, considering the fact that one of them is on his blind side. So in reality, there would have been crew members ducking wildly every time he swung around, trying not to get shot by their own man.
WORD TO EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID, MARK.
Also, BtVS I AM SO FRAKKING EXCITE.
I'd try to say more but your review pretty much reached into my brain and pulled out all of my thoughts so WORD again.
Holy shit, this episode. It's my new favorite. Sure, that changes whenever something new and shiny comes along, but this episode was amazing. Everything is terrible, and I'm terrified for my favorite characters, but all of that doesn't compare to the ridiculous action in this episode. Galactica just implodes. In the space of a few hours, we go from peaceful, happy breakfast with ersatz coffee to flashbangs and imminent death. Wow. Adama and Tigh, bros for life.
I agree with your entire review Mark, especially how great it was to see Starbuck running around, kicking ass. I never stopped loving her, but this is the mode I prefer her in. I've written off all of the traitors (sorry Gaeta, breaks my heart.) Also, is Hot Dog in on the rebellion? Because Gaeta decided against giving him the order, so that means he's a good guy, right? I hope? It would be kinda sucky for baby Nicky to lose his dad again.
Yeah, Gaeta dismissed Hot Dog as a candidate, which means Hot Dog is not a jerkface mutineer. (But considering I forgot that Seelix was a mutineer, you can see how long my memory lasts. Don't take my word for it!)
I can't count the number of times you (and others) talked about wanting more Gaeta or a Gaeta centric episode and all I could think of was these episodes.
It’s like whenever we ask for something, BSG twists our words, makes it a million times more awful, and then kills someone. BSG is the GRRM of television!
Quick, everyone lower your hopes and expectations (if they even go any lower after watching 4 series of BSG) It's the only way to assure your favourites are safe!
Yeaaaaah, I really should have specified "wherein he is NOT fomenting rebellion and endangering the lives of my faves."
Or nearly being killed for treason he didn't commit, or getting shot and losing a leg, or trapped on a raptor with a Cylon he formerly trusted slowly killing everyone and revealing she played him in the past. Wow, Gaeta has no luck when it comes to his own episodes and storylines.
Nobody fires without my order
Gaeta, oh Gaeta. You’re still so idealistic under it all if you really think that’s how it works during a coup, especially with Zarek as your co-conspirator. Even as he says it we can see how horribly it’s already going with how violent it is and the treatment of their prisoners.
I love Roslin taking charge again. It was great seeing her taking an interest but forcing herself to stick to her plan only to step up to the plate when she’s really needed. I also how understanding she and Adama are of each other’s position. They have to do what they have to do and that is perfectly okay.
And now I can’t be coherent anymore so gifs!
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I can’t decide who’s reaction to Roslin/Adama I love more. Tigh’s shocked face while Adama’s all ‘what of it’
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or Starbuck and Lee’s awkward look away, ew space parents are kissing.
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Oh god, Tigh's face. Best reaction shot ever in anything full stop.
Just laughed for like five solid minutes until I tore myself away from that gif. :'D
Yeah, that "nobody fires without my order" thing really hit me. Oh, Gaeta.
Also, although I love all Roslin/Baltar interactions, I sort of thought their super passive-aggressiveness in this episode was odd. I kinda thought they worked all that stuff out on the base ship last time. I mainly just want them to be best friends forever and to stop fighting.
Okay, this episode is just… ugh, so awful. Not awful bad, but so many awful things happen, it just makes me sad and mad at the same time. Smad, if you will.
Anyway, one of the few good things to come is seeing how Tigh and Adama are truly BFFs, so in honor of that, here's a totally old thing (I'm sure) I stumbled across on tumblr the other week.
I don't know about you guys, but I need to bask in its cheeriness for a while.
I own this on a t-shirt and it is my favorite t-shirt ever. Well, after my "You Sunk My Battlestar" one of course.
that is beautiful
That is amazing and I think I need it in my life.
After what Megg said, I went looking, and it was apparently a Teefury shirt last year. And I can't seem to find it available elsewhere ('cause I think sometimes people can still sell shirts with their designs? Or at least the person who did the house Quidditch team shirts did).
As far as I know people can sell them, or at least I've seen former one day tees on sale elsewhere, I guess it's just up to the individual.
LOOK AT THAT IMAGE!!!!!!
I CAN'T FUCKING HANDLE IT!!!!!
Also, I actually just found out I have next Saturday off so I should be here for the liveblog after being afraid I'd miss it!
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If you need downloads of the Extended 4.18 and Extended Finale because they're not on Netflix (Extended 4.12 apparently wasn't, given your mention of no Head Six), I can tell you where to look. See you Monday, figuratively speaking!
I finished watching "Disquiet Follows My Soul" about two weeks ago, because I pretty much binged on the first half of Season 4, and then I just could not bring myself to start "The Oath" until two days ago. I just couldn't do it. This is my second time through the series and I got much more invested in the characters this time. And out of all the episodes and all the plot lines, this episode and the next one, just stalled my momentum. And I had hard time watching it. Mostly because of "Gaeta what are you doing?" And it is not like I couldn't understand why – the writers do set this up well. It is just terrible to get through. Breaks my heart.
So, I had a feeling this was going to be a really unpopular opinion when I was watching but this storyline kind of felt like a really condensed rehash of things they'd been through in previous seasons. It's not a secret that I never really liked what the show did with Zarek and that hasn't really changed.
That said, I totally admire the balls that they're totally going all out with the mutiny and basically tearing the ship's crew apart to a point of no return-ie NOT just with faceless people that's we'd never or barely heard of before but with actually developed characters, so that's pretty badass.
THIS EPISODE THIS EPISODE BUGGER FRAK ALL THE THINGS I CANNOT EVEN HANDLE IT.
Ahahaha I can just imagine the conversation I'm going to have next Saturday:
Mom: "We're going to do family things today, Suz!"
Me: "Erm, sorry Mom, no can do, liveblogging the Battlestar finale right now"
Mom: "You're home to visit for the first time in months and you're going to spend three hours of the afternoon glued to the Internet? And isn't Battlestar that show you finished watching, like, two years ago?"
Me: "BUT IT'S A MARK WATCHES LIVEBLOG AND IT'S THE FINALE AND IT IS NECESSARY"
Mom: "….why did I raise a geek daughter…"
A few weeks ago when Mark was liveblogging Razor, I was like "uh yeah, family, I'm not coming over today because… I'm tired. yeah. that's it."
Here is a puppy Mark:
Oh Felix. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Felix. There is not much I can do besides wharrgarble and D: a bunch because your choices, they are so bad. You stupid, stupid little boy.
I HOPE THERE ARE ONE THOUSAND AIRLOCKS WAITING FOR YOU, PEGASUS RAPIST GUY. ONE THOUSAND AIRLOCKS ALL AT ONCE.
Oh and Connor! My hand to god, when he appeared in this episode I yelled at the screen "I hate you! You're nothing but trouble!"
Gosh, Felix, how could you go wrong with pure class like them on your side? Dumbass.
Also, DIANA SEELIX I AM SERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. SERIOUSLY.
The only reaction I have that is not spitting pure vitriol at general idiocy and total trashiness is this: Poor little Hera. Like she hasn't already been through enough? That poor kid is never going to recover and I doubt they have therapists in the human race anymore.
They do have therapists! At least, they did as of 'Maelstrom'. Dunno if they're still around. But Helo mentioned in that episode that he and Athena had made an appointment for Hera to talk to one because she was having nightmares.
Oh yeah. Wow, *there's* a career with job security, right?
I wouldn't be surprised if business picked up after the Earth reveal.
Gosh, Felix, how could you go wrong with pure class like them on your side? Dumbass.
😀 I would literally laugh out loud at this if I didn't have a really bad chest-y sickness going on right now.
BSG is always great for Screw! Your! Ageism! by allowing Adama, Tigh, and Roslin to be badasses, and allowing them (and also Ellen!) to be sexual as well.
When you're watching this episode and it really settles upon you how much control and power Gaeta has, and how he's taking advantage of it — it's absolutely terrifying and also heartbreaking. It makes the tension tighten while also making everything so much more tragic to me.. because I want to be like, Gaeta! look at this! These people count on you, and trust you so much! You weren't as alone as you thought you were! (though of course we know how depression makes us *feel* like that).
Gaeta thinks he's so jaded and realistic now, but he's still impossibly naive if he thinks allying himself with rapey guys from Peagus and Zarek The Slimy Terrorist Politician will ever bring peace and prosperity to anyone. (and don't tell me he doesn't know what's up — Gaeta of all people is enough in the inner circle to be aware of why no one wants to give Zarek power & the atrocities some of the Peagus crew committed and should have made a point to exclude those people in his revolution.
Gaeta has some good reasons to be bitter and fearful, but there are other ways to deal with that then leading to the deaths of people who have basically been your family. (If Adama's not hearing you, then meet him with privately and going over your worries and reasons and then TALK IT OUT. Maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong. Probably he's going to ask for an alternative realistic solution to the problem if you don't like his, and if you can't give him one then.. well then you're going to have to support his option. That's how it works in the real world, not fairytale land.) And the way he depersonalizes Anders, Tigh, Tyrol, Athena, and Hera (a child!) is so gross.
That scene where Anders is betrayed by someone he considers a friend and then beaten… *shudders* (it's so human and ugly, how she turns around her insecurities onto him – see, I thought there was something wrong with me but it's really about YOU and now I can stop punishing myself for something that's not my fault by punishing you for something that's not your fault)
Starbuck storming the halls bright and fearless to fight for the people she loves is everything wondrous and magical. <3
OMG You have no idea how much I yearned for this!
I watched Battlestar Galactica for the first time earlier this year. So it was a weeknight, but I had gotten all my homework done, so I decided to watch a couple of episodes. And then I started to get tired so I was like, "Okay, I'll watch one more episode and then go to bed. The Oath! Let's do this!"
Forty-three minutes later…
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My love list:
Starbuck being badass.
Roslin being badass.
Adama and Tigh being badass.
Roslin and Adama makeout session! And everyone watching them looking awkward lol!
Oh god I had totally forgot Starbuck/Lee as a pairing at all until this scene and now I am feeling things for them? BUT WAIT OH GOD THE WHOLE SHIP IS LIKE A WARZONE.
I love the placing of that last sentence, Mark, because it’s not clear whether you’re referring to Galactica or the Starbuck/Lee ship… and BOTH FIT THAT DESCRIPTION.
My hate list:
Gaeta ruining everything. HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY BELIEVE ANY GOOD COULD COME OF THIS AT ALL, FELIX? You know, I’m not mad at him so much as I feel sorry for him, because I think he truly had NO IDEA what the repercussions of this would be. Despite how jaded and world-weary he’s been acting these past couple of episodes, I think he’s still the same idealist at heart, willing to put his faith in someone who offers hope. Before he put his faith in Gaius Baltar, then the Eight, and now in Tom Zarek (who I think saw that in him and played it to his full advantage. Go DIAF Zarek. Right now.)
Tom Zarek not being dead yet.
Anders and the Agathon’s being abducted and thrown in the brig.
Racetrack and Seelix being involved in the conspiracy.
Pegasus officer Rapist McAsshole. So happy to him again! Not! Especially since it ruins the scenario I had concocted in my head canon where he and his buddy were on Cloud Nine when Gina blew it up. Oh, and he;s still as rapey as ever. Go DIE IN A FIRE while simultaneously being STRUCK BY LIGHTNING and MAULED BY A BEAR.
Yay Liveblog! I just learned that my family is hosting a large number of friends for lunch or dinner (don’t know which yet) on the 26th, so I may or may not be able to participate in all of it. Sadface.
Rapist McAsshole, or, as he's sometimes called, 'Specialist Gauge' is not an officer, he's a knuckle-dragger who's lucky enough, old enough, or had enough of an educational background before enlisting to be a little bit above Private in rank. The colonial fleet is run well enough that as blatant an ass as he is won't rise easily into the officer corps.
An Admiral permitted abuse and rape though…
Like, it's fully possible someone could've been made an officer pre-Fall regardless of assholish-ness. I know Gauge wasn't but I feel the comment implies things about military culture that aren't always true.
I agree that Gaeta is still an idealist at heart. Zarek is kind of surprised that he didn't shoot the admiral–but Gaeta still believes that he can get through this without killing any more people, at least until the end when he makes the decision to shoot down Laura's Raptor. Poor Gaeta.
Tom Zarek not being dead yet.
This has been on my hate list since "Bastille Day." I hate you so hard Zarek.
WAIT so that "tiny dancer" mention … your John Green hints … Will Grayson Will Grayson?
I'm pretty sure that wasn't meant as a hint. This, on the other hand…
ooooh that is definitely a hint! An exiting one!
I've got nothing to say about this episode because it's so very much the first half of the two-parter, and also DAMMIT GAETA WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?! so instead I'll just comment on this particular line.
"oh. oh. Roslin’s speech to the fleet. HOLD ME CLOSE YOU TINY DANCERS."
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Yeah, so that happened.
Also, Buffy is coming! Why must handbrake encode my dvds so slowly?!
"Next week, there will be five reviews, including a review on Thanksgiving! I’ll have no problem getting it up."
That's what he said. Sorry, apparently I'm a 12 year old boy……
Oh god, this episode!!!! I kinda love it for slapping people in the head and waking them up. Stop laying around, Roslin! Get out of your funk, Starbuck! Go back to the military, Lee! Be the best badass duo ever, Adama & Tigh! Oh I can't wait for more!!
Um yeah…most of my thoughts included me thinking: Gaeta! Look at you! Look at your life choices! What are you thinking! ;endless tears;
"OH MY GOD MOM AND DAD ARE KISSING AND IT IS SO AWKWARD. I am sorry, that is precisely what Lee and Starbuck are thinking. YOU KNOW THAT I AM RIGHT. I mean it is a beautiful kiss but you can see everyone go JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A MUTINY, CAN’T YOU MAKE OUT LATER. No, they can’t, because THIS IS PERFECT. DON’T YOU DARE OPPOSE MY OTP I WILL END YOU."
–> this is very VERY similar to the Ron/Hermione kiss in HP and Harry says, "is this the time?" HAHAHAHA
Prepared, you are not.
How is it that, in the midst of my favorite part of Battlestar Galactica, you managed to make me look forward to something down the line?
Oh yeah, you said Buffy. Magic word. Best show ever.
I like Laird. He did exactly what people should do in that situation. Shit, did they KILL him for it? What the fuck.
Anders nooooooo 🙁 Man, I used to like you, Seelix. NOW YOU SUCK.
Shut up, Narcho.
HELL YES STARBUCK IS GONNA BREAK SHIT OUT.
OMG when Starbuck comes in and just starts shooting people. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH STARBUCK.
Yeah, threaten to rape Sharon, dude. YOU ARE TOTALLY ON THE SIDE OF GOOD HERE.
The twins are going to save the day! After making out a lil bit. 😀 I love when those two break it out. I can't help but be reminded of that time Lee tried to save the day with A BLUE DRINK WITH DRY ICE IN IT. That didn't work out so well for Billy though. Or for Lee come to think of it 🙁
I like that Adama gives an order to Private Jaffee. Jaffee was the one whose name he was trying to remember in a previous episode. He remembered it! And then Jaffee takes a bullet for him 🙁 🙁 🙁
When Gaeta says "nobody fires without my order," it hit me that he still thought he could get this done with as little bloodshed as possible. Oh, Gaeta.
I kind of blame Laura at least in part for letting it get this far. She's the PRESIDENT and she didn't DO HER JOB.
"Galen, why are you doing this?" UM BECAUSE HE'S AWESOME. OBVIOUSLY.
I like when Adama starts talking to the Marines, remembering their names and their histories. It reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, when Detective Goren & co are stuck in a prison with some corrupt guards who are threatening to beat them to death, and he slowly talks them out of it one by one by using what he knows about their lives and personalities. It's a good episode.
I love the embarrassed looks on Starbuck and Lee's faces when the Space Parents start making out.
"And I know what you have to do." What? What does he have to do? I'm kinda lost.
Awww, Heroic Last Stand with Bill and Saul. <3. When he says "It's been an honor to have served with you, my friend." My heart.
damn you Mark, I have to WORK on the 26th. Unless I still have this weird illness I can't seem to kick. bring me a fainting couch I have the consumption, or something.