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Battlestar Galactica: The Captain's Hand

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 17th 2006 11:36PM
bsg logoThere was a lot of way-paving in this episode, especially with regards to the future of the presidency. Baltar sneaks in for some significant lines, ones that finally, once and for all, show that his name will be on the election ballot when the time comes, right there next to the madam.

Another thing to consider is the new law put into effect regarding abortions. My first thought is that this will likely affect the Cylon baby, once it's born. Will they try to apply this new law to that case, as it'll be a hybrid child?

This episode worked well in making the viewers feel satisfied with the end to Commander Garner's (was that his name?) command of the Pegasus, and then the promotion of Lee to Commander.

It also looks like the Lee and Duella relationship is real and possibly here to stay for at least a while. I think a lot of people don't like the pairing because they want to see Lee with Starbuck, which is likely something we'll see come and go throughout the series.

Next week it looks like we see life through the eyes of a reborn Cylon, and episode I, for one, can't wait to see.

Current fleet population: 49,579

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Tim McCleese

Same here. Forgive my ignorance but what do the stars mean anyway? I gather from a previous entry that it may mean multiple names but I am for sure only one.... Me. Let us sit back and watch the big show tonight folks! I am anticipating that the woman of every man's dreams will finally get some screen time tonight!!!!!

February 24 2006 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Dude, when did I get more stars?

February 23 2006 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Tom: That was certainly well said Tom. I have always enjoyed reading yor comments. And you are right, it is indeed fun to fence about opinions. The catch is...remembering that you will probably not alter the others mind about issues of opinion. Matters of science, plot continuity, bloopers, common sense, etc. are always easier to debate. But whatever the issue, be it heated or passive, respect should be at the core in the discussion. Abkar: Tom mentioned something else that interested me, and that was his love for the show. If you think about it, what higher compliment can people like Tom, Dorv, Matt, and all the others pay to a show you cherish. These well versed and knowledgable people taking the time to express their compliments and complaints are exactly what helps perpetuate a tv show! It is a sign of an excellant program that brings about the numbers and the quality of blessings and brickbats this show induces. So I hope Abkar, that you be a little thicker skinned because by now, you know that people like Tom, Dorv, and myself can be a little enthusiastic about the show we all love! Heck, Dorv kicks my butt all the time and I don't get mad at him! Speaking of you Dorv, Lee isn't THAT bad, he just needs to get rid of that pouty look.

February 23 2006 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Tom.. I never thought that you were Eric, I just wasn't sure if Tom and Tom (Gym Class Hero) were the same person. I pretty much don't pay that much attention to the stars (basically because I don't know how they're disributed), so that wouldn't have been an indicator for me.

I really don't know where I am on Bamber. I don't think he's nearly the weak link that you do, but at the same time, he's obviously not up to the same level as Olmos, McDonnell, Callis, or Park (Ha! That's for you, Tim). I recently rewatched Band of Brothers (first time since BSG came out), and I only specifically remember him in one scene, of nothing noteworthy.

I don't know. A bit wooden maybe. I'd like to see some of his work where he doesn't have to play the accent. Oh well. If we're throwing up names there, Rob Lowe would have been good (Ha!).

February 23 2006 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Tim -- I agree with you, Akbar is entitled to his opinion and I am entitled to mine. Sometimes I think arguing opinions is valid though as well. What I don't like is a guy who posts an opinion, reads other people's feedback, and then responds with name-calling. Don't get me wrong--I'm not above name calling. I've read people's comments (especially over on the Lost blog) and felt like I had little choice but to point out they are idiots. What I don't have respect for is someone who makes a comment and then can make little argument in their favor other than calling everyone else a "jerk-hole."

Akbar -- Let me fill you in on a few things. First, I was just trying to have a bit of fun with your use of the word "jerk-hole." I don't care whether people curse or not, as long as its not gratuitous. You know, the guying who signs on and says, "You all are just a bunch of f^@#-ing @&&-holes!" And doesn't have anything thought provoking to say.

Second, you directly accuse me of having a problem with the "previously on." But if you go back and read my comment, I specificaly said that I agreed with you up to the point you proclaimed this "the greatest artistic...whatever." You know, if you want to call something the greatest, you ought to be able to back it up.

Third, despite what you might infer from my comments, I'm willing to bet I enjoy this show every bit as much as you do. Why else would I be here blogging about it all the time? I happen to think it is one of the top 3 or 5 shows on television. That's exactly why I am sometimes critical of it--because when something is really good, you want it to stay that way, and I think its fair to be disappointed when its not. And when I've been critical, its usually been critical of the logical threads of the show (and sorry, Dorv, Bamber's acting).

Finally, Akbar, you resort to name calling a second time, calliing me a "little boy (who isn't) old enough to understand how things work." FYI, I'm 33, I have a law degree, and am licensed in 3 states. I love these blogs because they provide an outlet to exercise a more creative side, but I'll be happy to put my analytical "little boy" intellect up against yours any day! Boo-yaa!

Dorv -- You think I'm Eric too? Huh. Nope, sorry. Check out the stars--it doesn't change even if you change names. I'm Tom & Tom (Gym Class Hero). I picked up the tag from Matt, cause I thought it was funny (and probably 100% appropriate).

As for Bamber, that's another question of taste. If you like him as an actor, that's fine. I watched the show again Monday night, and I still just cringed. The guy whispered throw the whole show! I mean, when Starbuck and Apollo square off, Katie Sackhoff is almost always a stronger character to Bamber's effeminate Apollo. But, let me just say this. Next time you're watching Bamber act, close your eyes and picture in his place an actor with a little more presence (like a Benicio Del Toro or similar actor). I'm not saying BSG could have gotten Benicio Del Toro, but they could have gone in that direction and gotten a stronger actor and a stronger personality. But that is, in the end, just my opinion.

February 23 2006 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Tim: I LOVE YOU, MAN

(But you can't have my Bud Light)

February 22 2006 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Gentlemen: The important thing to remember is that "you cannot argue taste". In defense of Akbar, if he thinks BSG is as good as Shakespeare then for him it is! I myself think the great Shakespeare was overrated. Of course, the only reason this show would be on the level of Shakespeare is for one reason, and that would be Grace Park (I'm gonna catch hell from Dorv!). What did anybody see in the yawnfest Space, above and beyond? I thought that show really sucked. See, another matter of opinion! For the most part, all you gentlemen (and ladies) have been a joy to read and bash heads against. I have gained many new perspectives from you guys. The thing to remember is that to debate plots n' physics is one thing, but taste....impossible.

February 22 2006 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TommyBaccala

I think the synopsis at the beging of each episode just enhances the story line, it dose not mean the writers are winging it. I for one hope it is used more.
It is just another tool to advance the plot. It is an excelent way to show other points of view. I agree the
Beast is not long for the world. Pegasus #6 has a nuke and a grudge.

February 22 2006 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dorv

Wow... You two are having a bit of fun aren't you?

Akbar, I've been a steadfast supporter of this show. Tom (though, I don't think the same as above...) has raised very good points about how it seems the show is slipping from the amazing balance of acting and writing that it showed in the MS and in Season 1 (Ok, Tom, please give me a pass on Bamber and "amazing balance of acting" just this once?).

But Erik, and this Tom (if they're in fact two people) have raised a very good point about trying to change the history of the show. Specifically, continuity hasn't been nearly as good as it has in the past. I remember Moore in a podcast (which, I forgot to mention as many people found these recently, are used as the DVD Commentaries on S1 (and I'd assume S2.0, but I don't have those discs yet)) or a blog entry talked about continuity, and how important it is to him. It hasn't been represented on screen very well this season.

FWIW, its not like Battlestar Galatica is the first TV Show to edit these "Previously On..." scenes. ER went as far as to refilm scenes replacing Anthony Edwards' daughter with Halle Hirsch. I believe they did so again at the beginning of this past season with Linda Cardelinni's son. I believe another TV Drama did it this season as well... I want to say Veronica Mars, but that's not right.

Akbar... Its not that they (er... we) don't understand how things work. In fact, I think that their approximation of how things happened is a closer to the truth than yours. At the end of the day, this is really about expecting the most out of the 'artists' that we are fans of...

February 22 2006 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

For one, it has nothing to do with not wanting to curse on line. I just like saying different things sometimes.

Secondly, its obvious I like this show alot more then you do and disagree with about all of your comparisons. Bab 5 is the only show on your list that I did like, but BSG has surpassed it numerous times. I don't need to waste time arguing with childish people who continue the age old Star Wars vs Star Trek vs Any other Sci Fi show.

Third, my main comments have been about assholes (see I can do it) like you who think that a show putting in information to help the story flow (no matter if it is a cut scene or a rework with new audio loop)is bad. This does not mean the writers are winging it. It means that little boys like yourself aren't old enough to understand how things work.

February 22 2006 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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