Friday, March 20, 2009

Top 5: Love is a Battlestar


A TV columnist made me laugh recently by calling Battlestar Galactica "The best show you're never going to watch." For years, critics and fans have called it "the best show you're not watching," and I liked that this guy was finally throwing in the towell. With the show's final episode airing tonight, the odds are slim there's going to be a sudden spike in the ratings.

But we here at GitW did watch. (Well, I should say Red watched for years and years and I jumped on the bandwagon just in time to catch the final season live). There's probably not much use in recapping our favorite plot twists or Viper vs. Raider dogfights, since no one would know what the hell we're talking about. Instead, I've decided to show you the Top 5 Awesome things You Missed in Not Watching Battlestar Galactica.


1. The Red Dress: Listen, I love the fellas. They really rev my engine. But even I must admitt there are few things sexier than Tricia Helfer (the Canadian Tyra Banks!) slinking around in this little number. I hope it makes an appearance tonight, for old times sake.

2. Rad female characters: Everyone who bitches about the lack of good parts available for actresses nowadays should take a look at what Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff got up to on this show. (Side note: Did Katee Sackhoff have like, hippy parents who let her decide how to spell her name when she was 4, kind of like how Picabo Street's parents let her name herself? I've seen a lot of variations of "Katie," but "Katee" is the dumbest. (No offense to Katee herself, who could probably kick my ass)).

3. A new swear word: Even my non-nerd live-in-squire (I'm still looking for a replacement word for "boyfriend") agrees the show's invention of the word "frak" - used as a substitute for another four letter "f" word that you can't say on TV - is genius.

4. The most loveable villain ever: There are few pleasures, few raptures, few equisite sins greater than loving Gaius Baltar. Actor James Callis (right) somehow makes smarmy endearing in his portrayal of this scientist turned traitor turned disastrous leader turned guru.

5. Life changing questions: Is humanity worth saving? Can the cycle of history be changed? Is Bob Dylan a cylon? Are we human, or are we dancer? Our lives are better for having pondered these questions. And yours aren't.

10 comments:

MichelleSG said...

We LOVE this show and sadly missed one season (damn strike or somesuch and we lost track..). So now we are just going to suck it up and watch it all on dvd. This means we won't be seeing the finale in real time but that's ok. I like surprises. The husband less so but next time I get pregnant I SWEAR it'll be his fault and not mine....

blah said...

This is random, but the BBC reported that the cast of Battlestar Galactica showed up at the UN to bring the UN to young people.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30217&Cr=television&Cr1=

http://io9.com/5173862/the-night-battlestar-galactica-took-over-the-un

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Amen dude. Or "So say we all" as I should say being a wiseass.

I am already sad for its ending but excited for the four hour extravaganza of related viewing this evening.

Katee could totally kick your ass. And mine. And anyone's. I did see an interview with her where she said she was pretty mellow and liked to wear heels and was more girlie than anyone ever expected. I think she just wears the heels to stab someone with. Stilettos.

red said...

Oh Baltar. I think I'll miss you most of all.

red said...

Also, Laura Rosalin is my hero.

BeckEye said...

Now I can empathize with the people who leave me annoyed comments on my AI posts about how they have no clue what I'm talking about and can't believe how many times a week that show's on.

words words words said...

That TV columnist was talking about me. Lorne Greene and metal Cylons rule!

Poobomber said...

Well, what'd you think of the finale? I'm all "yeah...okay...?"

Liz said...

Initial reaction to the finale is bittersweet. I liked it, the ending made sense, but I'm sad its over and sad we don't get to see the characters anymore. The ending had been predicted before, which made it a little anti-climactic, but I think that ending also made the most sense. "This has all happened before. It will happen again."

The only thing that kind of bugged me was the non-explanation of Starbuck. That was a such big thing and they never really explained it, at least not well enough for my pea brain to understand.

Garney said...

I'm totally there with you on #4. Did you know that Jon Cryer was up for that part but supposedly his agent suggested he do Two and a Half Men instead? It makes me want to find out who that agent was and send him a fruit basket or something.