Afraid I’ve been indisposed recently, but better late than never, and it is a traditional BSG night, so what the hey.
Originally Posted by edpowers
What happened to Palladin? Instead of saying the same thing over and over, I agree with his posts 8144 and 8148.
They were written nearly a month ago and my opinion hasn't changed much since then. I wonder if he still feels the same way?
First, ed, let me express my regrets for not having gotten back to you on this sooner, but certain other important matters came up which required my immediate attention. The quick and easy answer to your question is a most emphatic: ‘Yes,’ I still feel exactly the same way now as I did then. In fact, possibly more so for 2 distinct reasons.
1) Too much of those “character driven” moments felt like audition tapes intended to help smooth the transition for a number of actors, in terms of finding future work. In essence, rather than providing the motivation of the characters as claimed, the obviousness of those moments only served to break what can eloquently be referred to now as the “fifth wall”, and diluted the emotional impact that it was supposedly intended to deliver. IOW, it traded the gravity of the circumstances for a cheap wink and a nod, and for me, resulted in a disservice to the entire series generally.
2) Although I’ve only skimmed this thread very superficially, and haven’t had made much effort to catch up with its current status, I thought the strong re-introductions of the whole God/Angel themes came across to me as a total ‘Hail Mary’ (pun intended) pass, which further accentuated how far things had gone afoul, and the desperate need to just wrap this baby up so they could move on to the shiny bright lights and largesse of Caprica.
RDM et al, had gone to great effort over the past 4-5 seasons to sell us a bill of goods on the concept that the whole notion of polytheistic gods (roman, greek, norse, etc.) were nothing more than just one more ‘pipe dream’ to create false hope to spur the masses on. Certainly this theme was hammered over several times by the statements and actions of Adama, Baltar and Roslyn during the course of this story. So having firmly implanted that precept as the dogma of the story, they then pull a 360 at the end because it provided an easy out???!!! Talk about the man behind the curtain.
Nice to know that the purported ‘smartest’ show on television thought it was being watched by the stupidest audience imaginable. Now was it ‘consistent’ to the extent that it did make reference to the notion of ‘Gods’ or Angels at some point. Yeah, probably, I guess, if you’re a firm believer in the notion that there HAS
to be a pea under one of the shells, because the scam artist pushing them assures you that there is. The vfx and fireworks battle sequence was certainly enjoyable from a ‘kitchen sink’ point of view, but I guess I was expecting something just a little bit more than the rather obvious and already discounted theology fable to put this series to bed .
Oh, btw, while I'm catching up with everything BSG anyway, Grouchodude, what happened to all of those amazing insights you were promising were imminently forthcoming from Mat Stephens? I did take a careful look for those gems to find out about all the stuff the rest of us clearly must have missed out on, and yet despite my due diligence, I was surprised to discover there was really no ‘Mat Stephens’ stuff to be found anywhere here.
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