5 Fandom Friday – Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

I’m trying something new.  The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick had an idea to link a bunch of us female geeky bloggers together. Fridays are now Five Fandom Fridays and there are topics chosen for each Friday that serve as the prompt. I’m getting involved for several (five?) reasons:

  • It’s a pre-chosen topic that I can work with. No writer’s block will impair me.
  • The topics are chosen in advance so I can prepare ahead of time and not scramble at the last minute
  • Maybe it will spur me to post here more regularly
  • It’s a way to get in touch with other geeky bloggers and share interests
  • It will be fun!

So, that said. Let’s do it. (more…)

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.

In Honor of the Commander’s Birthday…

Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama

Today is Edward James Olmos‘ 64th birthday. In honor of Commander/Admiral Adama, I’m finally committing myself to rewatch, from beginning to end, the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (BSG) series.  Why this sudden resurgence in BSG?

BSG has so much going on and some many under-themes, it’s easy to miss things and/or reinterpret things.  It’s also fun to rewatch knowing what happens and who the Cylons are and catch the hints and clues that were ingeniously included but not so overt as to understand them before things had unfolded.  Truthfully I’ve been meaning to rewatch for quite some time.  But something always stood in my way.

For awhile, it was the strange subconscious aversion we develop to things we loved that we shared with someone close to us who is no longer close to us.  If that’s not clear, let me provide an example of what I’m talking about.  At one point in time, I was developing a very close relationship with a particular gentleman.  During a short time frame, things were developing, and then suddenly things went horrible awry.  During that time frame, I had an album by Stroke 9 (a clue as to how long ago my example is from) on constant repeat in my car stereo.  Shortly after things fell apart, that album was removed from my car and replaced with something else (it may have been the angry stylings of an unreleased version of Alkaine Trio’s “Jaked on the Green Beers”).  I tend to move on from music frequently and sometimes it is awhile before I come back to something I previously played out.  The Stroke 9 album went away for awhile.  On a few occasions I pulled the CD out and began to play it, but found myself not being able to listen to it.  It was never something I was in the mood to hear.  At the time, I didn’t consciously understand why I wasn’t enjoying the music which I’d previously loved.  It was some years later that I actually connected my aversion to the album to the events that had occurred when I was first playing that music.  More commonly, this type of aversion develops based on music, movies, television shows, activities, etc. that couples discovered and/or enjoyed together.  (My sense is that aversions to things based on events occurring at the time is less common, but you tell me…I’ve never done a study on it).

In any case, for awhile, I didn’t want to start rewatching BSG because it was something I began watching with a former partner.  I instigated it, but the show quickly became an addiction for both of us.  I remember spending 8 hours in bed with my then-love watching past episodes to catch up to the episodes shown in real time (i.e. as they debuted).  We watched together from the beginning to the end.  Despite telling myself I was going to rewatch, as the show is definitely worth it, I never seemed to be able to start due to the way I was connecting BSG with my ex.  But, that connection disappeared (mostly because I no longer harbored feelings one way or another regarding my ex; in other words I was finally over him) and a lack of time began standing in my way.

Time is so precious (as I’ve previously detailed here) I had/have so many things going on that I didn’t have to time to watch something I’d already seen, especially not when so many other things I’d never seen before where screaming for my attention (Eureka anyone?). I’m still as busy as ever.  In fact, I recently was talking to a friend about getting together for dinner, and it turns out the soonest I’m available is three weeks from now. Go figure, right? But I figure I can find 40 minutes at least twice a week to devote to BSG and slowly (agonizingly slow) make my way through.  I feel like I need to now.  I need to continue the story (despite a large gap).

I just recently finished watching all of the final episodes of Caprica. Finally!  As I got closer to the end I got more and more angry at the cancellation by the “SyFy” network.  I’ve complained about SyFy previously, but never coherently in one place (which is probably a good thing).  While the final episode did end with various scenes indicating “the shape of things to come” and provided insight into how things developed, it wasn’t completely satisfying.  There are still huge unanswered questions.  Particularly, how we moved from Zoe Graystone the “skin job” to The Five and how William Adama became the man he did (though we should get some of this insight as Blood and Chrome comes to light.  I could come up with my own story to fill in the gaps, but it isn’t quite the same as watching someone else’s vision unfold.  I think I’m becoming more and more a proponent of using the graphic novel medium to continue stories and resolve unanswered questions.  (Writers of “Surface”, are you listening? I want to know what was going on with all those creatures and what happens to the flooded world and….)

Since completing Caprica, I’ve found myself continually listening to the incredible BSG Soundtrack albums composed by Bear McCreay (Link to Amazon purchasing page).  Listening to the genius scores that link events and people together only confirms/reaffirms my desire.  Plus, at some point in the near future I’ll be returning to Seattle to visit a friend.  He’s promised to indulge me and accompany me in attendance to the Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition at the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum.  Who doesn’t want to see a life-size Cylon Raider and Viper (the museum even had to cut a hole in the building to get the ships in!)?

So, today, on birthday of Edward James Olmos I will watch Ronald D. Moore’s vision unfold beginning with the 2003 Mini-series.  I’ll still be angry, perhaps even more so, that I don’t have answers to the gap between the end of Caprica and the beginning of BSG, but I can’t guarantee that I will thoroughly enjoy watching BSG from start to finish again.  There are a lot of deep themes to ponder and I look forward to it.