savage_midnight ([personal profile] savage_midnight) wrote2010-03-09 11:09 am

TV, TV and More TV.

I had a very lazy weekend this week. I got very, very drunk on Friday with Kirsty and we discussed Many Important Things.

I saw Martyn for the first time in two months. I say "saw", but I don't think in my intoxicated state that I really comprehended that it was him. I remember a friend giving me a piggy back ride to Flares because I kept losing my shoe and Martyn was outside the front doors telling us that they'd closed early. And that was it.

On Saturday I went to see my friend Jess who's just had her first sproglet. Oh my God, she's adorable! I'm not a baby person, but me and mum went baby clothes shopping and I decided I want a sprog just so I can dress it up. But then mum pointed out that that's not a valid reason to have a kid. Sigh.

Anyway, Jess was all glowing and smiling (I didn't think it was possible for her to look even happier than she normally does, 'cause that woman is permanently smiling all the damn time!) and then she gave Charlotte over to me to hold and there's a picture of me somewhere looking petrified and awkward. And I look at my wee baby face in that photo and I think to myself... God, totally not ready for that at all. Not even a little bit. The lady in the shop said I had maybe ten or so years to discover my inner mum before my clock started ticking, which, you know, THANKS.

I spent the rest of my weekend watching The Plan, Caprica and Mad Men. So lazy!

Anyway,

I'm not ashamed to admit that I originally only wanted to watch this for the awesomeness that is Samuel T. Anders. Yes I did! Plus I was hoping there'd be some bonus Starbuck scenes.

On the whole I would say the film wasn't really fantastic, but it was good, especially as it pushed towards the end. It wasn't as gripping or as well-paced as the show, but for something that was only really created to fill in the gaps, it's to be expected that it would contain no great revelations. I guess I was just expecting Cavil's "Plan" to be... well, more.

The main thing is is that I found the retcon believeable (e.g. Simon and Cavil "infiltrating" the camp on Caprica, Cavil organising the skin jobs already placed in the fleet), which is important because most of the film was retconned.

I enjoyed the new scenes with Ellen Tigh (love her!) and I still find it fascinating how the Sixes all seem to have evolved into something different. I didn't care for Simon's storyline, mostly because I found him to be one of the least interesting characters in the show. The Boomer story lost a bit of its complexity in trying to be more complex than it was, while Leoben's told us very little that we didn't already know.

But Sam... ah, Sam. His story is so simple and yet it turns out he holds the damn world in his hands. I was worried that the film would try and complicate Sam's backstory, try to tie in all the heavy mythology from season four, but it didn't.

One of my favourite scenes is when Sam is confessing to Cavil (a God confessing to his creation; beautiful). They story of a man becoming a leader is a tale as old as time. For Sam it was just something that he had to do. There was no choice for him because that's just who he is. And I always love the stories of the ordinary people who become Great, not because they want to be that way, not because they believe they're strong or brave enough, but simply because they have to try.

Sam is all about the next logical step. Action and reaction. Defense against offense. He fights because it's the appropriate reaction to an attack. It makes more sense than submitting. Taking charge and holding them together makes more sense than running and letting them all fall apart. Surviving is the only answer to annihilation. He wanted to run, but he didn't. It was never really in him to do so.

And we all know by the end of it that Sam was the beginning and end of everything, the way that Starbuck was the beginning and end of everything. They're both eternal in different ways.

I like Sam's story because it's ordinarily epic. He's just this genuinely good guy who gets scared but fights for his people, who teachers others how to survive even though he's not even sure how to himself, who believes that justice and vengeance and revenge sometimes don't make sense, who loves Kara Thrace and all her frakked-up awesomeness, who didn't want to be the man who ran from Jean back on Caprica, who comforted an 8 while she died, who delayed brain surgery just so his family and his children could know the truth, who fought in the Resistance and waited for Kara, who accepted that Starbuck was epic in her own right and who fought alongside her, was with her, supported her, supported them all and loved them all from the beginning to the end.

And really, if you look at it, he's the one that foiled the Plan in the first place. He's the one Cavil loved the most, I think, and the one that broke him. Because he's the one that showed Cavil that the humans would always come first, that the Final Five would always love them, even in death, in a way that they never loved John.

He was the best of them, the most of them. The creativity, the science, the mathematical perfection, the chaos, the order, the joy of them. He wrote music and deciphered the universe with it. The song was the universe was Kara was death was love was perfection.

Yeah, I'm totally in love with Samuel T. Anders. And Kara Thrace. A God loving his Angel, an Angel loving her God, perfect everytime, flawed and lost and misplaced and beyond them all.

God, I miss the show so much. It turns me into a big mushy mess. I'm finding Caprica fascinating; the story is solid, the ideas are wacky and intriguing. But it's just not filling the gap. It's not making me feel warm and comfortable, like I'm sharing my time with people I know and love. Maybe it's too early for that.

Either way,

I'm finding this show more entertaining than I thought I would. It's not quite the experience that Battlestar Galactica was, but I think that's me missing the characters more than anything else.

I'm liking the ideas that they're rolling with, though. Zoe as the "first" Cylon (as far as they're concerned; the Final Five know differently) and Tamara as a Neo-type miracle pushing to define Creation and Life and what it means to have a Soul.

I originally thought that the show was going to focus on Zoe and the beginning of a new Cylon race, but it's become pretty clear that Tamara's story is just as important. I'm actually more interested to see where her story takes her, what it means, how it will end. Will she become the first Hybrid, maybe?

I wonder if Zoe will also become a skin job. Either I've completely forgotten or it was never clarified in BSG, but was it the knowledge of how to create skin jobs or just Ressurection that the Final Five gave Cavil? I don't think it matters. Humans figured out how to make skin jobs in the first place, otherwise the 13th Colony wouldn't have existed. But obviously if Zoe is to become one, then they've got to find a away to explain why she isn't around by the time the events of BSG occur.

I do love Moore's work, mostly because he tends to surprise you along the way from A to B and you wonder to yourself why you didn't think of it first.

Also, can I just say... I love Serge. The scene where Daniel is playing Pyramid with paper balls... hilarious. "The crowd are going frakking wild, sir. They're tearing up their seats. It's bedlam." AWESOME.

Other things I'm loving is how much I know Tamara is going to kick ass, like, in a big way. I'm also waiting for Lacy to come into her own, too, because you totally know she will. Philo is adorable and nerdy and that scene where he's dancing with the Zoebot! I wanted to draw love hearts around them.

I find myself liking Daniel and Joseph, even though Daniel is kinda gross and icky in the first few episodes (a copy of his daughter did not end up in a killer robot by accident, y'all) and Joseph is supposed to be this man of high morals when nothing he has done so far has suggested as such (we were told he was once, but I would rather have witnessed that for myself). But I like them. I hope they start taking a more active role in their daughters' stories because I for one would pay money to see Joseph Adama chillaxing with Tamara in New Caprica City.

Anyway, there's definitely enough there to keep me watching. I'm more interested in the show than I thought I would be, so that's a bonus. I'm still holding out for the Final Five movie, though. Le sigh.

As for Mad Men,

I don't know if I ever would have survived living in the Sixties as a woman. If I'd been raised by my biological dad, I probably would have experienced something similar (he believed in girls being "girls", dressing up pretty and doing what their daddy's told them). But I was raised by a woman who got tired of being told what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to dress and act and live.

I do like the show but it makes me angry. I like having a voice, even if it's not always heard, but to be raised like that, believing that you genuinely don't have a voice, that you don't deserve to be heard, and nothing you do or say matters unless a man says so... no thanks.

I can see why it's won awards. I can see why people think it's quality television. I find it a little slow-paced and some of the scenes seem to hold no real merit, but I do love some of the characters. Joan is completely awesome and I have a soft spot for Sal. I'm currently still on season one but Betty shooting pigeons with a beebee gun? EPIC. I want Betty to rebel big time.

I have very little love for Don. I don't know if I'm supposed to like him or find him charming or whatever, but I don't. I guess he's the perfect instrument to show how women back then rated the level of their own "happiness" and the virtue of their husbands. "He doesn't beat me or the kids," doesn't really fly these days. "He's only angry because he wants to protect me," reads like a bad romance novel. It's all really kind of icky.

I want Joan to become the master of them all one day. That would be my ideal ending.