Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Yearning for more BSG action

Okay, I’m ready for some season one dog fights, gun battles, and good old fashioned “war with the Cylons action” on the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. We get it – there’s one Cylon yet to reveal. It could be Starbuck, it could be Baltar, it could be the Admiral for all we know. Let’s get on with it already.

Am I the only one who’s tired of the “Baltar is Jesus storyline?” He’s an interesting character regardless of the weekly dilemma they put him in, though, so this is easily forgiven. But can we go back to having Starbuck kick ass rather than whine about finding Earth? I love this show, but we’re forced to endure episodes every so often like this one which advance the story at a snail’s pace. I really don’t think it’s necessary to agonize with the four “skin-jobs” aboard the Galactica who just realized they have been living a lie their entire lives. Boo-hoo, you’re a Cylon. Get over it.

Okay, I’m just kidding, but much truth is often said in jest.

Our favorite characters seem to be wallowing in their story arcs, playing against what we’ve come to love over the last few years. We like seeing the Chief up on deck, rallying his flight crews to whip Vipers back into battle status with nothing more than duct tape and spit. Now he’s gotten himself purposely thrown off the Battlestar out of the fear that he’ll get someone killed.

Why can’t he just “man up” like Sol said and “be the man he wants to be until the day he dies?” Of course, old Sol has his own problems with the number six Cylon in the Galactica brig. He can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or have her punch him in his empty eye socket. (BSG producers please note: No more shots of Sol’s dead wife in the slinky number six dress. Those of us watching in HD can see every wrinkle and sag on her body, and it’s downright disturbing.)

A few others notes for the producers as well. First of all, can we kill the president off sooner rather than later? She’s kind of a bitch, always messing with poor old Baltar, Starbuck, Apollo, and Admiral Adama. And do we really buy Apollo as a legislator? He belongs in the cockpit of a Viper, playing wingman to his gal-pal and bed buddy Starbuck. One last note which has no actual value to the plot or story: More Grace Park; for no other reason except that she’s reeeal purty.

I don’t mean to complain – this is still some real good TV. I’d just like to see a little of the action, depth of character, and sci-fi yumminess that we all fell in love with when the Battlestar Galactica mini-series aired all those years ago.

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