Monday, April 05, 2010
Late adopter updates
Janet and I finished the third season of Battlestar Galactica this weekend, and I thought of Ashley’s comment (number 19 in this BSG thread from two months ago):
the line “all this has happened before and all this will happen again” gets repeated so many times you may eventually want to smash your TV, but it’s the concept that allegedly explains all the continuities between BSG and the present (i.e. humanity keeps inventing the same crap and playing out similar histories over and over again). If it bothers you, prepare to be upset with the Season 3 finale.
So I did prepare! And holy Moloch, who knew that Bob Dylan was a Cylon? I sure didn’t see that coming. Hendrix, sure. But Dylan?
And Saul Tigh? Excuse me, but didn’t the Cylons evolve into Cylons 2.0: Really Hot Humanoids over the course of the forty-year period during which they didn’t call and didn’t write? How does Saul’s Cylonese heritage make any sense, time-line-wise?
Please don’t answer that question—we’re still planning to watch season four. So far we give the series a B, with a special gold star for the episodes set on New Caprica, which reminded us that occupied territories such as, say, the Occupied Territories can be represented on US television only by way of science fiction.
In other late-adopter news, Cynthia and Janet have held a Lyon Sisters Summit and decided that they are in favor of Lady Gaga. “The performer Madonna always wanted to be but wasn’t,” declared Cynthia, adding that Lady Gaga can actually sing. I acknowledged the can-actually-sing part but pointed out, in partial defense of Madonna, that if Madonna had not happened a generation ago, American popular culture as we now know would not exist, and people would still be sitting around trying to burn their toast in such a way as to reveal the faces of Leif Garrett and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.