• Television,  Watching

    BSG: The Lost Warrior

    by Intro Again, a bit of a gap between last episode and this one. Part of that is life and part of it is a vague recollection of the western episode and not really wanting to watch it. But, for completeness’ sake, I did. It’s part of the show, after all. So, let’s dive into the Overly Long Synopsis Which might be a little shorter than the last few. This is, to be honest, a light-weight episode and there’s not a lot to chew on. We open, once we get through an opening credits sequence that’s starting to feel really long to me, with Apollo under attack, outnumbered a mere four…

  • Television,  Watching

    BSG: Lost Planet of the Gods, Part 2

    by Sorry to whoever might have happened by in the time between the last BSG post and this one. I didn’t mean to cliffhanger things even remotely this much, although I’m not sure you can say that about a show that’s almost 39 years old. Either way, let’s dive into the Overly long Synopsis The episode recap is really long this time, covering the last episode in detail before getting to the new stuff. Including the credits, it actually takes 4 minutes to get to the true opening scene of the episode where we find that there’s intense magnetic interference from the void and lots of panic in the fleet,…

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    BSG: Lost Planet of the Gods. Part 1

    by Delayed, but finally, here, my re-watch of Battlestar Galactica, after many years of it living fondly only in memory, continues with Lost Planet of the Gods. Part 1. Overly Long Synopsis I’m trying to remember how common it was for shows to have what amounted to a brief clip scene instead of a teaser. This tells me that they had to save on the budget somewhere, so why not make each show a minute or so shorter and just flash a couple hints of the best bits at the audience and go straight into the opening credits? And those credits are still on the long side for a TV…

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    Episode 1: Saga of a Star World, Part 3 (of 3)

    by Finally, the last piece of the introductory puzzle. Watching the non-theatrical release, you get extra scenes here and there, and it definitely rounds things out a little for character development. The theatrical version is about 23 minutes shorter. You don’t lose any action, but you don’t get as much background or insight into some of the characters. Going for part three of the television version, let’s jump into the   Overly Long Synopsis Open the third storyline with reconnaissance missions on Carelon. We’re riding around in some funky armoured vehicles called Land Rams. It’s a crummy planet that no one really likes and is more or less dark even…

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    Episode 1: Saga of a Star World, Part 2 (of 3)

    by I’m choosing a slightly different break point than would have been broadcast, because I think it makes a clean transition between story lines, so that makes this middle piece a little shorter and the finale of the pilot a little longer. Digging in with what I expect will be the traditional Overly Long Synopsis Fade into a shuttle heading for freighter Gemini, we catch up with Starbuck and Boomer doing a damage survey, and run into their CO Apollo who’s looking for solium leaks. They get a quick dressing down by Apollo for not being terribly cooperative, and Starbuck observes that they “May as well live for today. We…

  • Television

    Episode 1: Saga of a Star World, Part 1 (of 3)

    by Since I’ve been threatening this for a little while, and since the original Battlestar Galactica is tremendously underappreciated, I’ve undertaken a re-watch and I’m going to write extensively about it. Whoever wants an opinion or wants to argue with that opinion, is more than welcome. Since the pilot, Saga of a Star World, is two hours and thirteen minutes long by itself, once you add in commercials, and the way the writing breaks up, it was probably actually designed as three episodes. I don’t remember watching it in three parts as a kid, but it fits together neatly that way to my viewing now. So, three distinct story lines,…