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 Ugh, I've had too much sugar so I'm all headachey and unfocused at the moment.

But yeah, thought I'd write down some thoughts on TV I've been watching lately. I'll try to avoid any big spoilers, but be warned in any case if for example like me you're embarrassingly late on the bandwagon with BSG. But anyway:

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- Battlestar Galactica. I'm like six years late with this mostly because when something is hyped up to heavens I tend to get annoyed and start avoiding it on principle. Childish, I know, but damn, that hype has been driving me crazy. :p
Anyway, the boy had Caprica so I watched it with him out of curiosity (not really worth it, btw, unless you really want to learn that Cylons were basically created by a crazy, annoying religiously fanatical teenage girl, and that Adama's family background is like the Greek mafia. I was impressed by the family likeness though, so casting's good in that department.) so it was sort of natural to follow it with BSG, especially since I pretty much had nothing else to watch while waiting for Being Human's return.

And it is good, I'll give you that. It's also one of those shows that should come with a warning label: "CAUTION: This will break your heart and drive you crazy." I've only watched up to 2x07 but I already know it's going to stomp gleefully all over my heart. I thought I could watch it as kind of idle quality entertainment and distraction from BH but damn, they managed to get me invested by hitting me in my weak spot. Damn you, Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber.

Because gah, Starbuck and Apollo. They're killing me, and I'm pretty sure it's only going to get worse. I'm also pretty certain that it was completely intentional from the beginning, like: "See, here we have these best friends. They're really quite fucked up with lots of baggage and complications, both individually and together. They're also really cute and quite obviously and tragically in love, so we want you to root for them. Invested yet? Good, now let us put them through hell and add piles and piles of crap to their already established baggage."

Because this is BSG, there are basically two ways it can go from here:

a) All the political and military stuff and crazy religious quests and that Random Jock Guy (I know his name is Anders or whatever, but until he starts displaying a personality in addition to being a blandly heroic random jock guy designed to be Starbuck's love interest, I'm gonna call him Random Jock Guy, RJG for short) will come between them in a way that will make them grow bitter and turn against each other for good. Which would be awful, but exactly something this show would do.

b) All the things mentioned above will come between them and their relationship will cool down considerably, but they can remain civil and friendly and move on even though they will never really stop loving each other. Which would also be tragic, but definitely preferable.

I don't even care if they'll never become a happy couple because that's just not in the cards for them, really. But I love love love their overall crazy fucked up friendship dynamic and I so don't want to lose that. To quote Television Without Pity's recap of ep. 2x06:

"I've just realized that, really, this whole show is just an elaborate version of a long family car trip. Starbuck and Apollo are in the back seat, whining. "Her hand's on my side of the car!" "He took my coloring book!""
So true. xD Acting like bickering siblings occasionally only adds to their charming fucked-upness. And: "They're cute. And emotionally retarded." Which is also very true. And exactly why I love them.

Okay, that ended up being quite a mini-rant. O_o Better put it behind a cut, even though I suspect I could just as well be talking to myself because the problem with being late to bandwagon with something popular is that everyone else either has already discussed it to death and couldn't really talk to you about it without spoiling you somehow, or they haven't seen it and therefore don't give a damn/know what you're talking about. Oh well.

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- Anyway, 6 episodes in I'm still not impressed with The Pacific. I mean, I completely realize it's supposed to be different than Band of Brothers. But I think they tried too hard to take it to a different direction, structure-wise and in general. The flow of the episodes suffers from random cuts back to the States where Sledge or Basilone or someone is doing something, especially as there's like one random cut per episode that has nothing to do with the general plot of the episode in question. And while anyone would probably suffer in comparison to Winters as a central figure, Leckie is just not a very sympathetic main character. Of course war is hell, but he just whines and aggro-emos about everything constantly as if he has it worse than any of the other guys. Which he doesn't. Ugh.
It has impressive production values and is probably a very realistic portrayal of the WWII Pacific Theatre, but I can't just bring myself to care very much, which is sad.

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- Being Human 3x02. Not as good as the season premiere, but that was to be expected. A very decent episode nonetheless, even though some things confused me a little continuity-wise. Namely the prospect that vampires need blood for sustenance. I'm not sure if it was a genuine continuity error, a retcon (I hope not) or if it was just handled not that well. I can understand how Adam would think that, and even Nina and George, but it was quite clumsy if it was supposed to be just that.
I really loved how Nina took control of the situation and didn't allow Adam or the Hargreaves to scare or bully her. She'll be a great mother, and she's been a good influence to George as well. Unfortunately that's probably gonna mean that the house will grow more and more divided into two parties with Mitchell brooding around and being conflicted and secretive and Annie, bless her soul, probably sticking with him through it all.
And that's another thing: I love Mitchell and Annie's dynamic, I do. But this episode showed exactly why Lia's little matchmaking was a bad thing. Annie's acting like a clingy schoolgirl with a crush, which confuses Mitchell and is probably making him want to take a little distance. I mean, I completely understand why she's doing that: she's traumatized and in denial and clings to him because he was the one who saved her. And she has probably always lived for others, not valued herself enough and been a bit of an easily manipulated pushover. Which is why she's now dead. And which is why I'm worried. Ugh, this show. I really hope Mitchell will put an end to it if she starts acting all Stepford wife when they get together. Preferably even before that. I realize he (and Nina and George) is all she has in her life, but really.

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And that's it for now, I guess. Expect that rec post at some point soon, and again, I'm interested in hearing your comments and opinions. :)
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