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13 March 2006 @ 08:54 am
Monday musings  
So, yeah, Florida State got snubbed out of the NCAA Tournament during yesterday's selection show.  After last Thursday, I figured we wouldn't make it, since we really should have at least won a game or two in the ACC tournament, instead of rolling over in the first round.  Our non-conference strength of schedule was pretty shitty too, so the at-large bid we were shooting for went to other teams who actually won when it really mattered.  Oh well... *sigh*.   That was the weekend downer.

However, the finale of Battlestar Galactica was most definitely an enjoyable highlight.  More rambling under the cut...

Of course both Stargates - SG-1 and Atlantis - were easy to watch, and both ended on the "to be contined" cliffies that are almost a requisite in this genre now, but BSG was a revelation in how it advanced the story. Here's a brief rundown of what we got in this 90 minute finale - don't read it if you don't want to be spoiled:

Baltar's come-from-behind win in the colonial presidential election was only the start of the badness. His arrogance and influx of power-obsessed greed mixed with his depression over Number Six to make the year that passes in the last 30 minutes into a pretty bleak existence for the remaining humans. Oh yeah - we advanced the plot over a year later, and this was after the copy of Number Six - "Gina" - who had been hidden on Cloud Nine detonated the nuclear warhead that Baltar had given to her to use as she pleased as a terrorist threat. Whether or not he ever believed she would actually use it is moot, as he inadvertantly became responsible for the deaths of over 10,000 colonial refugees. I think his hasty decision to inhabit "New Caprica" was influenced by his overpowering guilt, and once we see the condition of the "camps" on the planet, humanity's outlook seems pretty dismal. Lt. Gaeta is now serving as Baltar's chief of staff, and appears to be the only "non-puppet" who answers to the president - for all the good his advice does, as it falls on deaf ears.  Baltar listens to no one, and workers in the camp are unionizing over unfair labor and lack of services from the government.  The planet, though habitable, is still pretty harsh.

We learn that the Galactica and Pegasus fleets maintain orbit, serving as lookouts for any hostilities, but the ionic cloud interference keeps the planet hidden pretty well from most dradus sensors - but keeps the fleet in the dark from what's out there, as well.  Admiral Adama finally sends his XO Col. Tigh down to the planet with his wife, relieving him of duty, and we learn that Apollo is still Commander on Pegasus, with Officer Dualla serving there now with him (they still have their relationship, it seems).  Adama is still wary of the Cylons' return. Chief Tyrol is heading up the unionized workers, and Callie is pregnant with his child. Starbuck has married Anders, and they've been apparently living as civilians on New Caprica.  But now he's got pneumonia, and antibiotics are scarce.  Starbuck and Apollo have had a falling out and don't speak, so it's a struggle for her to contact Lee on Pegasus to ask for some of the medicine the fleet has been hoarding for the pilots.

In the midst of all of this, Adama's fears come to light, as dozens of Cylon base stars jump into New Caprica's orbit, and an entire armada of Cylon raiders is set to invade.  Adama and Apollo realize that they are commanding skeleton crews right now, and would be decimated in a battle.  They have no time to evacuate the planet, so they end up making the decision to jump away, in hope of returning more prepared.  The Cylons arrive at Balatar's door, and his original Number Six - "Caprica Six" is there with the original Sharon - "Caprica Eight".  They are there to oversee humanity's surrender, which Baltar does.  There is nothing they can do.

All I can say is that I was totally unprepared for the huge plot jump in the timeline, with so many changes made to the crew and other characters.  But it does leave us wide open for flashbacks and lots of exposition fill-in next season to see how they all got to this point.  And this group of Cylons appears to be led by Number Six and Sharon - who are rebelling against the unified Cylons occupying the colonies, so what their endgame/agenda for the fate of humanity may be is uncertain.  I think the show is on hiatus until October, and it will be tough waiting to see what kind of changes result from these huge developments. 

Sunday night brought back The Sopranos - finally.  And the episode was great.  Tony is in some serious shit, and two recurring characters bit the dust in one ep.  I think there may be a lot of "house cleaning" this year, character-wise.  Just a hunch.  

Desperate Houswives was pretty boring.  The show really isn't what I would normally find interesting anymore, and if I were to force myself to quit watching, I probably could.  But it's now in one of those TV categories of shows that I've seen from the beginning, and have a desire to see how things follow through, even if I don't really care what's happening with the characters.  It's pretty mindless fluff to me.

Grey's Anatomy was good, though.  I actually am interested in those characters, and find the medical stories are still mixed in well with the personal dramas.  Although, Bailey bringing her newborn into work and having Christina watch it for the day was a little absurd.  Yes, we know Bailey is a work-aholic, but she needs to be at home with that kid right now - or find a suitable daycare to take care of him.  That "baby-duty" gag got old fast.  And I'm actually kinda liking The Shepherd's trying to work things out in their marriage.  Addison has surprisingly grown on me, while Meredith has become annoyingly needy and issue-laden. Anyway, fun show that has grown well.

And I seriously need to do some work here at work now...
 
 
 
~ CinJudes ~: bones - smooth operator_cinjudes_ on March 13th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you using the icon babe! *kiss*

I used to watch The Sopranos but haven't caught it in a couple of years. Now I'm wishing I had...

Really all I can comment too much since I don't watch any of your stuff. Although, I wouldn't be opposed to watching BSG after everything you have told me...

It just constantly amazes me that you are like going to transform me into an even BIGGER nerd as time goes by. But I love it!