I’m relevant

Wow! Someone else is also bothered that Bad Brains are doing promos on MTV. Okay, it’s not just me. None of the kids watching even gets the relevance or the awesomeness…but then again, no one FORCED Band Brains to do it. Yes, maybe they need the paycheck to be able to start making music again, but isn’t being on MTV against absolutely everything they stand for?

Thank god the writer’s strike is over! It looks like Battlestar will have a complete season. Seriously, thank god. I know I make fun of all those other fans of cancelled shows that send the producers all sorts of crap in the mail, but if this season did not get a proper run, you’d see me REALLY lose it. Oh, and the glorious third season (my favorite so far) is on dvd March 18.

My Little Pony is 25! There’s some sort of display going on in NYC. Hint hint for anyone that lives there to go and take pics for me. I read an article recently that claimed that the early ponies looked like ponies, and the more recent ones look like underage porn stars. You be the judge:

THEN:

NOW:

Gah

Also, Michael Trucco apparently just broke his neck in a car accident. WHAT?  I am a horrible person, because my first thought was, I hope this didn’t affect his hotness, and two, I hope this means they won’t write him off the show. In fact, they could incorporate it- maybe getting into an accident because he was flying his viper under the unfluence. Just sayin’. Oh, and for those of you wondering, that was the first time I was on that forum. Those fans are even a little too much for me.

All this has happened before, and will happen again

Watched Battlestar Galactica: Razor last night. I was a little underwhelmed, but overall was giddy just to experience some new BSG stuff. This Kendra Shaw didn’t really do it for me. Her dead eyes and Angelina Jolie method of acting annoyed me. Although, we do get to see the crap that Admiral Cain pulled on Pegasus after the initial attack. Although is was supposed to take place within the BSG timeline, doncha think that she would have been mentioned in the other eps? I guess that’s the beauty of being a writer, you can really do whatever the hell you want.

Okay, I guess I got what I wished for- some gay characters on the show. Are you surprised that Admiral Cain is a lesbian? Number Six, you little mynx. However, is the betrayal the whole reason why Admiral Cain got completely fascist and ordered the killing and pillaging of the civillian fleets? Because she was a lover scorned? That is kind of what we are led to believe. Also, I wonder of this Number Six was ordered to seduce Admiral Cain to obtain access to the network, just like she was ordered to seduce Gaius Baltar to get access to the defense mainframe. If so, that irks me. Her main weapon is seduction, which really cheapens her character because she kicks ass in personality (and ok, usually looks fierce in her outfits).

Speaking of kicking ass, loved the centurions. And the talking to each other in Daft Punk-esque voices. Young Adama? Pretty hot. Weird old man hybrid? Pretty creepy. About Starbuck being the harbinger of death, that wasn’t really shocking information. Downsides: Michael Trucco in the credits, but where was Anders? Also, the only appearnace of Baltar is of him standing with a group of people looking pensive. I want more! [In the previews for Season Four, it seems that he has some sort of healing power. If one more show goes the X-Men, 4400, or Heroes rout, I'll scream.]

List: Villains are misunderstood too! Part Two!

Check out Part 1

The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera
Why people hate him: Okay, so he maybe killed some people in the process of haunting the opera house. Also, he is threatening the success of the operas and scaring the crap out of their precious lead soprano engeneue.
Why he’s misunderstood: he is forced to live in the dingy bowels of the opera house, and his only outlet is teaching Christine Daae to sing. She goes ahead and becomes a famous soprano and forgets about the Phantom and canoodles with that pretty boy, Raoul. He made her who she is! And he gets practically no thanks!

Gauis Baltar, Battlestar Galactica
Why people hate him: so maybe he was (indirectly) responsible for the near genocide of the human race, he canoodles with cylons, he is condescending and a womanizer, he won the presidential elections using questionable tactics
Why he is misunderstood: first of all, he actually didn’t realize that he was betraying the human race when he did it. He may also be the only one smart enought to find planet earth. Second of all, that condescing president Roslin has it out for him. He’s also the only one to know how to have fun on the fleet- so maybe that invludes manipulating people for his own benfit- but at LEAST he didn’t rig the election, like certain other candidates

Pzaz of the Misfits, Jem and the Holograms
Why people hate her: she is always trying to murder Jem and the Holograms
Why she is misunderstood: if you were always losing to that goody-two shoes Jem, wouldn’t that annoy you? Plus, the Misfits music is better, but everyone is so blinded by Jem’s over the top phialnthropy. Plus, her father is head of her record company and puts a lot of pressure on her.

Tess, Roswell
Why people hate her: she tricked Max into knocking her up so she could bring the alien baby back to her alien homeland.
Why she is misundertood: The other three hybrids were lucky enough to be adopted and assimilated into society, and she got stuck with a creepy shapeshifting father. Plus, in her alien home, she was a queen and married to Max, and on earth she has to play second fiddle to that mousy Liz parker. I’d be pissed too and try to get my alien friends to go back home too.


Taffy Sinclair, Taffy Sinclair series

Why people hate her: she was the first person in the fifth grade to have boobs, plus she’s apparently vain and always trying to steal Jana Morgan’s boyfriend.
Why she is misunderstood: Jana and her friends are super jealous and treat her like shit and always kept her out of their clique. She was only fighting fire with fire.

just some stuff for the Monday blues

Why I love my city. Not that it actually changes anything, but it does look fun.

Someone actually listened to me and is going to make Thank You For Smoking into a show. Could be good. Somehow I see Peter Krause in the lead.

Animal Collective performing on Conan. It’s kind of awkward.

If french-fry coated hot dogs exist in this world, then I still want to be a part of it.

Has anyone watched the Battlestar minisodes? I can’t believe I haven’t yet.

Links of the day

A person I find funny, Kathy Griffin, interviews someone else I find extremely funny, Ricky Gervais. Do two borderline annoying people talking to each other = very fucking annoying? Maybe.

Galactica mini-sodes! Yipee!

Gavin Hood is directing the new Wolverine movie. Who is Gavin Hood? I have no idea.

Here’s why I am ashamed of America: Chuck and Larry beat Harry Potter at the box office. Wtf?

The State is finally coming to dvd...I can’t wait until Kanye West remixes “Porcupine Racetrack”.

Finally, Patrick Wolf takes off his clothes.

Woot

The preview for Razor. Please let it be November.

And for those of you asking: I have not seen Harry Potter yet. I am up to my you know whats with work already. In fact, I am working all weekend as well. Wtf.

Ending with a bang? If you know what I mean

You may have heard this already, but…

Cult TV show Battlestar Galactica will end early next year, the program’s makers have confirmed. The final fourth season of the sci-fi show will be broadcast on U.S. cable network Sci Fi Channel from November. Executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eick released a statement, saying, “This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end. Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we’ve decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there – we’re going out with a bang.”

I think I’m okay with it. I’d rather have something end on a good note so I can remember it well, instead of burning out (Roswell, anyone?). It makes sense. The first season was them reacting to the invasion, the second season was fighting for survival, the third season was looking for earth, and the fourth season will probably be the battle for control over earth. I’ll just have to start writing LOTS of fanfic after it ends. Also, can the actors actually get some better roles, and not just on Canadian sci fi shows? Here is my wishlist for the fourth season:

  • Baltar and Roslin showdown- he will finally put her in her place while she sits there with her smug bitchface on.
  • Cally will grow her bangs out.
  • We will find out how Roslin and Baltar found a collection of well-pressed suits in a post-apocolyptic world.
  • We can see some gay people. I know they are out there.
  • Anders is training to be a pilot-let’s see some combat action. If you know what I mean.
  • I’d like to see Number Six showdown with a lot of the characters she has not interacted with before. She could make Lee cry in under one minute.
  • They could also explain how the cylons have a couture wardrobe.
  • Are they all still just eating algae?
  • There will be more episiodes where they just blow shit up the whole time.
  • We find out that Billy is not really dead! (Here’s hoping)

Some interesting stuff

Ok, first off, remember the show Undressed on MTV? It was the place to see the most awkward acting ever, and was the chance to see stars on the rise like Brandon Routh, Katee Sackoff, Adam Brody, and others. It was so bad you had to watch. They were always stories about sex that took place in some cheap set that looked like a dorm room. Good news, MTV is running a five hour marathon late night on Tuesday. Yessss!

I don’t know what is up with The Guardian, but apparently their idea of an important news story is handing Patrick Wold random objects and having him do some free association and talk about them. Weird. Not that I mind. I’m not liking the new hair. More pictures from a concert. If not onstage, I think people would mistake him for an escaped mental patient. Or one of the Lost Boys from Hook.

Oh, this rocks my world. Have you ever seen a trailer and wondering what song is used has kept you up at night? Your problems are solved.

Which colonial fleet member will come out first? Some say Gaeta.

Some hotness:

Wow, John Krasinski in some historical movie about vintage football players. Cuuuuuuute!

James McAvoy photoshoot.  

youtube dump

The 2001 short film for BMW, directed by Guy Ritchie and Starring Madonna and Clive Owen.

To the Rescue! I love these fan vids.

The PG-rated version of 300.

Director David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin have a wee disagreement on the set of I Heart Huckabees. What a dick.

THe trailer for 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to…you guessed it. No Cillian Murphy this time, but with one of my favorites, Rose Byrne. I love zombie movies, so I’ll give it a try.

All along the watchtower

Ok, so just a follow up on the finale. If you are interested in the decision to use “All Along the Watchtower” as the signal for cylon identity, read Bear McCreary’s blog entry. He is the composer for the show. Also, here is the Bob Dylan version. Shows how much I know, I thought Jimi Hendrix did the original.

Also, another theory: maybe the song was picked up from a broadcast from earth, and took 40 years to get to the fleet. Therefore, they are 40 light years away from earth.

Another theory: there are no humans, only cylons. Did I just blow your mind?

If you are sick of hearing about bsg, eff off. Let me geek out.

Battlestar season finale

Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap.

Let’s start with the trial. Some more mundane, Grey’s Anatomy-esque writers would have put Baltar on the stand for a heartfelt confession and shown tears and sympathy. I am glad they didn’t do that. Lee’s speech pretty much summed up the past three seasons for me. He actually recognized the scapegoating of everyone else and the inconsistencies of their shady good v. evil moral. Baltar is a scapegoat. Also, kudos to the writers for making Baltar still Baltar- love how Lee and his lawyer made it very clear it wasn’t about Baltar, but about the system. Batar recruited into a zealous religious cult? Noyce. I am excited for that.

Tori and Anders? I totally called it. HOT HOT HOT HOT. And Anders will become a viper pilot? It’s like my fanfic come true.

I am disappointed in Gaeta. For someone who was so quick to blow the whistle on Tigh fixing the election, he had no qualms lying under oath. Douchebag.

Ok, ok. The final five. At first I thought it would be ridiculous to reveal some main characters as cylons, but the fact that the characters acknowledged the flaw was good. Tigh was involved in the first cylon war- unless he was created way before that. The other characters were part of a resisitance against the cylons. Even though their cylon switch was “switched on”, they still maintained their human feelings and understanding of what their duties are. It will make for an interesting plot for all of them to have a pact to not let others find out about them. Also, for them to struggle with the realization and still try to be a loyal member of the fleet. Here are some other thoughts.

  • Maybe they aren’t really cylons. They were all on New Caprica and could have been implanted with some sort of “chip” that made them hear the music and the cylons have been tracking them all along. THe cylons identified the important players in the colonial fleet/resistance and wanted to keep and eye on them.
  • Maybe they aren’t the final cylons, but the fice final cylons are somehow possessing their bodies and using them as hosts. That would explain why Tigh actually has a documented history, and the others are seemingly different ages.
  • Maybe the first five were created, and then decided that they would rather be human and left to joint the human race. But that wouldn’t explain why they were not self-aware.
  • Perhaps “All Along the Watchtower” (good song choice) is some sort of radio transmission from earth. They will arrive on earth during the 60s. Yipes!

Ok, now Starbuck. That was an awesome scene. Is she a cylon? I still don’t think so. Is she a projection in Lee’s mind, like the Baltar/Six relationship? Quite possibly. But the way she was so natural in saying hi to Lee made me think it was really her and not a projection.

Speaking of, what is going to happen to Caprica Six? Maybe she will become allies with the known cylons on board.

Also, does that mean that Nicky is a human/cylon hybrid? Are he and Hera going to connect?

All in all, it was the best episode of the seaon. For a while I thought it was going in a direction I did not like. Then tonight’s episode renewed my love for the show by not staying with the standard, predictable route. Acknowledging the flaws in identifying the final cylons scored bug points for me. They could go great places with this. Once found out that they are cylons, will they be allowed to settle on earth?

Ack, can’t wait for 2008!!

battlestar thoughts

Um…what? I’m a little disoriented.

On the previews for next week, does Anders say “it’s true, we’re cylons?” If that were the case, they wouldn’t have shown that. He may have been being sarcastic.

Also, this whole Lee revolting against his father came out of nowhere. Is it simply because the Admiral wanted him to be the CAG and he didn’t feel like it? Except for the whole mutiny from season one, there hasn ‘t been any discourse. That really frustrates me. And does he really believe in the system that much?

I actually yelled “YES!” out loud when Six clocked Tigh.

Anders and Tori? Cylons? Or having a secret affair? Although having Anders as a cylon would not make sense. Unless the one that Starbuck met on new Caprica did not know he was a cylon, and the one she went back for was a cylon that did know. Why would Tori be a cylon? Hasn’t she been helping the insurgence too much?

At this point, it would make NO sense for any of the main characters to be cylons. If they didn’t know they were cylons their actions would make sense, but it wouldn’t make sense that they were not “activated” yet to carry out their missions.

I feel like too much is in the air to wrap up the season. In the last episode, we need to:

  • find out who the final five cylons are
  • find out if they are going to find earth
  • have some sort of epic battle
  • wrap up this trial
  • prove once and for all that Laura Roslin is evil
  • see Anders shirtless
  • find out what really happened to Ellen
  • find out what really happened to Starbuck
  • find out if Caprica Six is going to be considered a traitor to the Cylons
  • reunite Caprica Six and Baltar and see if she forgives him for canoodling with Number Three
  • find out what the deal is with the Australian lawyer
  • find out what the eye of jupiter really means (Tyrol never resolved that)
  • find out why Laura Roslin’s cancer came back
  • find out what the deal with the radio signals are

And, even if it resolved that, are we ever going to have an update on how the tyllium miners are doing? Or how the Sagitarians are doing? Prolly not.

I cannot handle waiting six months for the new season.

battlestar thoughts

Katee Sackoff no longer in the credits.

Oh, Samuel. Even drunk and depressed, you look mighty tasty. Although why does he suddenly look like Dane Cook?

Why did Baltar’s first lawyer look kind of Jewish? What are they trying to say?

Again with the inconsistency. Why are there practicing lawyers among the fleet? After the attack, don’t all careers go to shit? Who other than Baltar actually needs a lawyer? I think this is why I have trouble with Sci Fi. I get stuck on the logistical details.

Um, does everyone realize that Baltar kept his pen in his crotch for safekeeping? I hope they washed their hands before handling that.

Okay, also confusing plot point: for a while I thought “Cally” had planted the bombs, and then I realized they were saying “Kelly”. Those damn Canadian actors.

Do cylons have the ability to look gorgeous all the time? Why does Caprica Six look like she just had her makeup done? The Six aboard the Pegasus looked like hell. Can they give her a change of clothes please?

Next weak: Caprica Six starts kicking ass.

battlestar thoughts

Hmmmm…I don’t have too much to say right now. The episode kind of reminded me on Contact somehow.

Even though it has been a while since they have gone back to Starbuck and the Eye of Jupiter, I like how they focus on one character per episode and put some stories on hold.

Somehow this is not the end of Starbuck. The fanboys would riot. I was so hoping that at the end she would wake up in a pool of sludge aboard the Basestar.

I can’t help but get caught up on the logistics. How are they even keeping order on the ship? How is revenue even being generated when their homeland is crushed? And wasn’t some of the poletariat supposed to go and work down in the tilium refinery? How does this “psychatrist” still have all the space and make money off of patients?

Also, I didn’t think it was possible for Anders to get any hotter- but OH MY GOD!

Next week: BALTAR’S TRIAL! Are they finally going to show Caprica Six?

Battlestar thoughts

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Some nice political strife. And Baltar sparks a class war!

Not to be a stickler for details, but how the hell are they still having training programs, paying people, and punching timeclocks when their actual home planet is destroyed? Shouldn’t everyone just be pitching in and freaking out because it’s the fucking end of humanity?

Seelix is cool. She was the medic on Kobol with Crashdown and Tyrol, as well as one of the secret society that executed collaborators.

It was a little sitcommy, with the whole strike being solved in an episode.

Laura Roslin- pure evil. Bookburning, wanting to execute the strike leaders. She is becoming more and more dictator like.

So far so good, I like when they give a glimpse into the word beyond the Lee/Kara drama and at other people on the fleet. Although these issues should have come up earlier.

Can we, uh…find earth? Find out what is going on with Caprica Six?

Battlestar thoughts

Although it is nice to see more character development and to see flashbacks to life before the apocolypse, I felt it was really weak.

What was the whole point of Cally and Tyrol stuck in the airlock? For Adama’s character to realize that family is important? I thought Cally was going to die. Damn, they really hate each other. The whole “you said it would be different” thing was weird. Like Cally married him knowing he didn’t really care for her. It makes me hate her patheticness even more.

Lee is going to be the head of Baltar’s trial? Just because once he visited his grandfather as a child and opened a law book? That is weak.

Uh, is Helo back as a raptor pilot? I guess when Tigh got back they fired him from the CIC. Look at all the sci-fi jargon I am using.

No Anders, Baltar or Number Six for like 3 weeks now. I’m dying.

Also….I like the political nature of next week’s episode. It looks like Baltar is also a political scientist and the Chief will bring back his activism on labor issues. But,,,,can we please get BACK TO FINDING EARTH? AND THE FINAL FIVE? I think now that the fourth season is a go, they have to stretch things out a bit. But I hate when they forget that stuff.

Battlestar thoughts

Helo and Sharon have a nice place. More shirtless Helo, please.

Ok, the allegory is a BIT OBVIOUS. Sagitarians = Mexican immigrants. Galactica = the United States Border Patrol. We get it. I like how Dualla is, of course, the minority.

Baltar + Six = best tv couple ever. Yay! Pinstripe-suit-hallucination Baltar is back.

Bruce Davison, glad you are getting work these days.

You know, for people that have been aboard a ship for three years with bad nutrition and hygeine, they all have great hair and skin.

Dualla, you are a bad actress. Love the disgusted look from Starbuck.

Holy shit Hera is an ugly baby.

What was the point of this episode? Maybe for people to stop shitting all over Helo. What about Baltar’s trial? Did they forget about the Eye of Jupiter? Finding earth? The final five? Helllooooo?

are they anatomically correct?

I saw these pictures of some Battlestar Galactica action figures. When I heard about them, I was actually thinking about buying them (shocker). After seeing them, I don’t think so.

Apollo: looks creepy and dull. Just like the character. But the flight suit looks awesome.

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Chief, is that you? The character is about 50 lbs heaver. Not that I’m judging, but let’s at least keep it like the character.

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But this is my biggest disappointment: Number Six. She looks like a sad, hungover drag queen.

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Well, it’s better than these weird mini-action figures. The painted on cleavage is really freaking me out.

Is this Anders?
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Apollo or Gaeta?

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Dualla is supposed to be black. Look into it.

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Number Six, obvi. ANd she’s pissed.

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Heh heh, Col. Tigh

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Feathered hair? Must be D’Anna.

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Battlestar thoughts

Okay, I was gonna wait til tomorrow, but it got me all riled up. Is Baltar going to be tortured every episode?

Laura Roslin is like an evil dictator. First ordering genocide, then using torture methods on others. I wanted to see more of the scene where Sumber Six chews her a new one.

I’m glad the whole episode wasn’t about the Lee and Kara horseshit. Well, writers, I am actually glad you didn’t get them together. That would have been too easy. HOWEVER, how can Dually and Anders want them back? I didn’t get what Anders was saying. Did he wanted to be with Kara because of her destiny? Because he wanted in on the fame? And Lee telling Dee that he wanted her because she was good for him? WTF? That was such an selfish thing to say. Whatever, I’m no relationhsip expert. I’m glad that’s resolved and over with. Why is Anders so pretty?

When Lee asked the Chief if he could ask him a personal question, I thought he was going to say “why the hell did you marry Cally?”

Yea, Lee is annoying and other than his biceps has no appeal. That bar looked about as cool as a TGI Friday’s.

Were Kara and Anders doing it behind that curtain in the meeting room? No one needs to hear that.

I’m glad Baltar came clean about not having the intent to betray the human race, and that he was manipulated. He should have said that years ago.

Who were those moss-covered children? What the hell? I would have liked to have seen the casting call for those extras.

Next week: a trial episode! It’s like Law and Order meets Battlestar.

my battlestar thoughts

Well, although it was an intermediary show just moving along plot points, it had some interesting twists. The good thing about the show is that when a plot turn happens, it happens right away and nothing is drawn out. For instance, last week, in the span of five minutes, Gaeta deciphered some astronomy research and predicted a supernova on the algae planet. Then, this week, the star went supernova and we saw it. No predicitions, no build-up, just got to it. Although it was cheesy looking.

Ok, Anders sweaty and dirty? More, please.

I am so DONE with this Lee/Kara thing. They are both unlikeable and selfish to me, I’m not rooting for them. Actually, why don’t they get together and then go off somewhere and leave the show.

The final five cylon thing. Number Three apologized to whoever it was, so it was someone she had wronged. That could be anyone. My bet is Anders, Tigh, or Helo.

And they boxed her model! Woo-hoo! Does that mean Lucy Lawless’ contract is up? I hope so.

Love love love Caprica Six. At first her model seemed shallow and only had a talent for seduction, but now she is way more deep and awesome. I’ve always liked Baltar’s “guardian angel” Six, but now the real life one is most likely going to save everyone.

It is sad to see Boomer giving up hope on any part of her human life. Who could blame her? I would be mad at Athena too for taking over the life that she had wanted.

Speaking of couples, I never had a thing for tv couples, I never rooted for Ross/Rachel, McDreamy/McSkinny, because I never cared. I always think couples on tv are vapid, uninteresting, and not really in love with each other. But Baltar/Caprica Six are like my favorite tv couple ever. Thank god D’Anna is gone now. That threesome skeeved me out. If they don’t end up together, the whole writing on the show is seriously flawed.

I have a feeling we are going to see more Baltar torture scenes.

Laura Roslin: condescending, evil, and dictator-like. Hate her. When will everyone else catch on to her? Helo should have clocked her.

Next week: it turns into Dawson’s Creek. I may skip it. Get that shit over with and then continue to blow stuff up.