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Man the sound design on this show is so good. The Galactica has been under disrepair from the stress of traveling for so long, so there’s this running soundtrack of the ship creaking and moaning under everyone’s dialogues, arguments, and fist fights.
The show gradually built up to this, too, including audio cues even before this repair arc started. I could swear the noises got louder and more frequent each season. Color me impressed.
Sound design is so cool! I wish I had been able to take a class in it before I graduated, but alas. My only training is sound designing a few undemanding theatre productions.
Season 4 is pretty solid so far, much more enjoyable than I remember most of season 3 being. There are moments hinting that the plot may develop a certain kind of lazy “Wooo destiny! Miracles!” bullshit, though. I have heard mixed reviews of the finale with regards to this, so…?
The reason why I get nervous when shows harp on “destiny” or whatever is that it builds a lot of expectation, but often the pay-off isn’t as incredible as the cheap, PAN TO THE FACE foreshadowing that came before it. Additionally, many writers forget to actually build tension or allow character growth and instead opt to just TELL us about their destiny over and over again; Smallville is a particularly egregious example of this.
That said, BSG has a leg up already. Starbuck seems to tussle with her creepy bullshit “destiny” every episode, so there’s one thing.
Another thing, and this is a spoiler for people who haven’t seen BSG so I’m putting it behind a cut:
Like dang I’m pretty sure that every “problematic” Cylon model with “issues” or “quirks” or even “malfunctions” is female-bodied.
Three, boxed for her Pandora-like curiosity. Six, who generally challenges authority all the time; additionally Caprica Six does a lot of crazy shit after falling in love with Baltar. Eight… just, Eight.
The Cylons split more or less along gender lines in their Civil War, from what I’ve seen so far.
Also I’m pretty sure Adama referred to Caprica Six as an “it” before she got pregnant, and now she’s “she” and “her” and “a woman”? Hahahaha.
This show is a gold mine for me. From the VERY FIRST SCENE where the Cylons finally show up to their annual treaty meeting and WHOA it’s A REALLY HOT LADY and she TOTALLY MAKES OUT with the human diplomat before BLOWING THE WHOLE BUSINESS TO SMITHEREENS. SURPRISE, these are your robots! Yes! And their backs glow sexily when they have sex! Their lady backs, because lol what’s the point of showing a dude’s back glow sexily, hmm? Lady robots!
Jesus Christ I love this show.
All right. Time to backread the last five days of my dash.
I’m about halfway through the last season of BSG. I maintain that Admiral Adama and President Roslin’s romance is the most emotionally resonant relationship in the entire show. They’re old people! They have an overabundance of power! And they’re in love! They are so cute. Oh be still my heart.
I’ve been off Tumblr a few days because I felt I needed a break… mostly to watch Battlestar Galactica.
I’ve crossed over into season 4, and oh no, I love Gaius Baltar.
I hated his guts during season 1. I thought he was selfish, self-serving, egotistical, cowardly, arrogant, proud, a lech, a sleaze.
Now I adore Baltar. Why? Because he’s selfish, self-serving, egotistical, cowardly, arrogant, proud, a lech, a sleaze. He also desperately wants redemption, but he doesn’t know how to go about it. He’s the worst when he tries to do good, because when he TRIES he expects everyone to WATCH. He feels entitled to glory for his great works. When he truly acts in good faith he stumbles upon it, as if by accident. He’s capable of a surprising degree of self-sacrifice, but only when no one is watching. That’s what makes his character so fascinating, among other, more plot-specific/spoilery things.
The problem is I cannot pinpoint the exact moment my inner monologue changed from “Shut up, shut the fuck up,” to “DANG, why are you so great?”
When… did this happen…
All geeky posturing aside, this is an exciting new trend I’ve discovered in myself: my most loathed character eventually transforming into one of my favorites. Baltar is obviously one of these; another is Vriska. Now I am much looking forward to/ dreading falling in love with more awful characters. Yes.
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