January 5, 2006

There are many copies

And they have a plan.

I don't know if they'll be doing it tomorrow, but today on the SciFi channel, you'll find a Battlestar Galactica marathon. As fellow BSG addict JB reminded me three weeks ago (!), new episodes begin again tomorrow.

And if you've checked out some of the recent top 10 of 05 lists, you'll find BSG listed on more than a few of them for the best television of 05. This is not an exaggeration, I assure you. Don't let the fact that the original BSG was a bad knock-off of Buck Rogers and Star Trek; the new show is incredibly sophisticated in all sorts of ways. Unless you count Lost in this category, BSG is easily the best science fiction on television today, and worth a look.

The best place to start, if you need to catch up, is with the original pilot, which comes on its own DVD. There are two seasons (13 eps each) that are also available, and worth both your money and time.

That is all.

February 25, 2006

Cylon Whisperer

A couple of random pop culture notes, for your personal edification. First is that I picked up the new Jenny Lewis album this past week--she's the voice behind Rilo Kiley, a band that I can listen to over and over. Lewis's solo effort is reminiscent of RK's More Adventurous in specific places, but I'm going to have to listen some more before I can say any more than that. Right now, it's on auto rotation, so I'll be listening every day, but only in chunks.

Oh, and I should mention that this CD reminded me, yet again, why I don't like ordering CDs from places like Amazon. The disc arrived, and inside the case, which was of course packed without any padding whatsoever, all of the little plastic thingies that hold a CD in place inside the case had snapped off. It was packed so tightly that they didn't drift around or scratch the disc (which would have truly pissed me off), but still. It's not that tough to design packaging that might truly protect a disc, is it?

Second, as I've discussed here before, Battlestar Galactica is the best sci-fi show on television right now, and last night's ep did not disappoint in that regard. One of the best characters has been Gaius, who's both a genius and the single most responsible person for the near-annihilation of the human race. Gaius also happens to routinely hallucinate in the form of his Cylon lover--it's unclear whether this is psychological or some sort of direct Cylon plot. Anyhow, last night's episode occurred mostly deep in the heart of Cylon country, and believe me when I say that it made this whole plot point exponentially more interesting.

Without spoiling too much, I'll simply say that most shows don't bother to think through the implications of events for the "villains"--our "heroes" are allowed to struggle, change, and/or triumph, but typically the enemies are part of the backdrop against which those things happen. Not so with BSG.

Great, great episode of a great, great show. Watch it. Now.

November 10, 2006


I need to get caught up on BSG, which I've been missing lately in favor of putting in late night, Friday stretches in at the office.

The one problem with the onset of basketball season is that they think nothing of basically locking down campus for three days solid (Syracuse vs. St. Francis vs. Penn vs. UTEP this weekend), making it difficult to get to my building. Almost all parking within a certain radius is surcharged, an especially galling fact when I already shell out $500+ to park 15 minutes away as it is.

The upside of this is that, not being able to go in until late tonight, I had a chance to watch BSG. I need to catch up.

So say me all.