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BSG1 – The MiniSeries (and spoilers!)

What I am about to tell you is imperative.  I also know it is quite unorthodox for an intrepid blogger beginning her forays into the blogosphere to tell people not to read her blog.  But, that’s exactly what I am going to do – for a certain subset of the population that is.  If you have not watched the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series from beginning to end – DO NOT READ THIS POST!  Spoilers will abound.  This blog is the first of several where I will comment on (and possibly analyze) aspects of the series from the perspective of one who knows what’s going to happen.  You’ve been warned.

The Mini-Series

From the beginning, it was hard for me to watch.  I am a very empathic person, and the show and characters were crafted so well, it’s hard not to feel for them.  It was almost painful (in that soul-wrenching, heart aching kind) to watch each character going about there business knowing what becomes of each of them.  Perhaps as I settle into a routine of watching, this pain will lessen as I pay more attention to random details and/or signs I may have missed the first time around.  We’ll see.

The second time around, it’s fascinating watching Gaius Baltar accuse Doral of being a Cylon.  At the moment, Gaius decides to implicate Doral, Six (Baltar’s Internal Six to be clear) tells him “I haven’t seen him at any of the Cylon parties…”  This is a line that was uttered on at least two other occasions, and always by confirmed (at least to the audience) Cylons and in reference to characters whom the audience did not know definitively whether or not they were Cylons (Cavil to Chief was one instance, and I think there was another. I’ll have to watch for it.).  I remember watching the mini-series the first time and being horrified that Gaius would accuse someone of being a Cylon just to save himself.  Obviously, that isn’t quite as shocking the second time around knowing all that Gaius does.  He’s one of many fascinating characters I’ll be paying particular attention to as I re-watch.  Of course, we were all saved the worry of feeling bad for Doral when he was established as a Cylon at the end of the mini-series (and of course we were shocked about the revelation of Boomer being a Cylon too).

Speaking of Boomer, is it interesting that she is actually in a relationship with another Cylon? Or is it not interesting because neither of the parties to the relationship knows they are Cylons at the time their relationship is initiated?  Was their relationship planned by other Cylons to attempt Cylon procreation?  Clearly, this is never a subject that is broached directly, but you can’t help but wonder about it as another hidden agenda that may have been part of “The Plan*”, particularly when Callie becomes pregnant with what we think is Chief’s baby.  As I write this, I realize how much soap opera-esque drama was built into the series.  There are so many changing partners and different relationships it’s amazing.  Just think about Dee and Billy for a moment. Then, think about Dee and Lee Adama (and Starbuck and Anders).  BSG had some drama!  I can’t wait to watch all that play out again.

The mini-series also gives us our first experience with Leoben.  He was always my favorite Cylon.  Definitely not because of the really creepy part where he plays house with Starbuck, but because of his philosophical musings.  He had some very thought-provoking lines and forced us (particularly through Starbuck aka Kara Thrace) to question many things.  You can be sure I’ll be paying attention to what he says as I work my way through the series.

* Just to be clear, when I refer to “the plan”,  I am solely referring to the text that begins many episodes telling us that “The Cylons were created by man, they evolved, they rebelled, and they have a plan.”  My thoughts and analyses are based solely on the series (including Razor) and not on the movie, “The Plan”, which some reason I have yet to watch.

So, that’s it for now. The mini-series sets the stage for all that is to come and does so in a way where we are already able to attach ourselves to at least one (likely more than one) character and follow their survival (you hope). I’m looking forward to watching more and hopefully coming up with insightful comments that you’ll look forward to reading.  And of course, open discussion (as long as its respectful to different viewpoints) is welcomed.

1 thought on “BSG1 – The MiniSeries (and spoilers!)”

  1. Excellent review!

    Paying attention to some of the random details that you might have missed the first time around will certainly pay off, especially with knowledge of the end result. It made me wonder if they were pulling our legs when they said that some of the major plot lines weren’t set in stone from the beginning.

    The thing that I really like about Gaius as a character is the fact that he’s very much the lynchpin of the whole series, and is one of the most developed characters in the show, yet you really don’t know much about him until the end of the 3rd season and the series finale.

    That’s a good point about the Chief and Boomer, and I don’t think that was ever answered, even in “The Plan” TV movie. I get the impression that Cavil set the Five loose on the 12 Colonies and he just expected them to die during the attack, resurrect, and realize that peace with the humans was a pipe dream, or something to that effect. Didn’t quite work out that way! Lol. Regardless, it seems like a huge coincidence for those two cylons to fall in love, so perhaps their was a guiding force behind it.

    I never felt that “The Plan” was required viewing, I don’t think there was anything new in that movie, other then the fact that you see, from the Cylon point of view, events from just before the attack on the colonies up to just before the fleet settles on New Caprica. I did watch it, but it didn’t move me like the rest of the show or Razor. I recommend it for something different, at least, and if you like Cavil then you like “The Plan”.

    Did you ever see the original BSG that aired in 1979? I was a huge fan when I was little (when my parents would let me stay up to watch it, at least!), so when this mini-series aired my mind immediately started comparing the two. I really loved the fact that there were many things that they kept from the original series yet were able to strike out on their own and make it much more realistic, as much as that applies to a sci-fi show, and then while the religion aspects figure prominently throughout the reimagined series, it didn’t seem as hokey as the original.

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