wJan 29, 2006

my tummy hurts, :/

The Rolling Stone had a great article on Battlestar Galactica on Friday. It describes a lot of parallels that I had never really thought of, mostly of BSG being a great show for a post-9/11 world.
Also, a great reason it makes sense that I like it: Moore had spent a decade working on various incarnations of Star Trek; he was hoping to tackle a political show, like The West Wing. "I was thinking, 'I've got to get out of this sci-fi ghetto,'" Moore says. But when he watched the original Battlestar in early 2002, he was struck by how evocative and painful its premise had become.

Here is a good description of the show, if you don't know much about it: As with the original, the new Battlestar starts with a surprise attack on humanity by the Cylons. Only 50,000 or so people survive, fleeing in a ragtag fleet protected by the Battlestar Galactica, a third-rate ship with an unpolished crew. As they escape, they try to build a new society under the strain of constant attack.

But this time around, the show resolutely avoids bumpy-headed aliens, the casino planet and other sci-fi TV cliches: There's plenty of drama to be found in paranoia, grief and politics. In the original, Cylons were large chrome robots with an oscillating red eye and not much personality. Now, the Cylons can look like any other human (or in the case of Tricia Helfer, a lot sexier). The synthetic life-forms are sleeper agents inside human society: monotheistic religious zealots, in contrast to humanity's secular polytheism. "I know God loved you more than all other living creatures, and you repaid his divine love with hate, corruption, evil," one Cylon tells his human interrogator. She responds by having him tortured.

Anyway! This weekend has been mostly good. Last night we had a homework party at Gordon's house. Not surprisingly, not much homework got done. Today, I went with Steph and Gordon to East Towne Mall. Nobody could help me with my cellphone because apparently, to download my phonebook off this phone, I'll need the new phone so we can transfer them. I was told on the phone that I could not activate my new phone without deactiviating the old one, so.....when it comes, I'm just going to take them both and say, "Here. You deal with this." Hot Topic had a lot of cool stuff on clearance, so for $8.97, I got the first Fruits Basket manga, a Trigun t-shirt (LOVE!), a Trigun keychain, and a blue armband from Napoleon Dynamite with a winged horse on it that says Pegasus X-ing. iamsocool.
After that, we ate dinner at a Japanese restaurant. It was really good! Sushi kicks ass. We then went to a little bit of Anime Club, and then went to Gordon's to play Mario Party all night. It was awesome! I think I had a little too much chocolate, though, ;) My friends are awesome, even when they have to lie across my lap so we all fit in the car.

Ugh....I need to go to sleep now! I was up until 3:00 last night, too. I'm going to hate myself when I have to get up for my 8:50 class on Monday.

Current Music: Gest Busy Living or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Coming to Shows) - Fall Out Boy
scribbled mystickeeper at 2:56 AM

Heather, John and I just watched the first 2 hours of the BSG miniseries thing. It is long, but it has promise. I definitely hate Gaius what's-his-face, and we all thought Kara looks/acts like a lesbian. Commander Adama rocks my world, although his son is kind of a bitch. I also enjoy the President nee' Secretary of Education. Our lives would probably be a lot better if teachers were elected to the presidency, even in the real world.

By Blogger Gretchen, at 4:10 PM, January 29, 2006  

I initially felt the same about Gaius, but he's grown on me. Watching the mini-series now after seeing so much of the series is like, "Wow....not so much..." so I hope it gets better for you, too.

I was puzzled by Kara at first, but her reasons for her in-your-face attitude start to make sense as the layers of her past get revealed.

Apollo is not a bitch! He is hot and chooses morality over the military and has angst!

I agree about teachers being president. Roslin kicks so much ass.

Yay, I'm glad you guys started it! Maybe I'll come watch with you sometime?! I promise to be spoiler-free!

By Blogger Jackie, at 4:22 PM, January 29, 2006  

Sounds like a good weekend!

*needs to get to Hot Topic for teh sale in case they have some Inuyasha action figures there* 0:)


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:37 PM, January 29, 2006  

Any time Gretchen you would like to borrow the first season....like during the summer, that would be marveoulous. BSG is wonderful.


By Blogger Ogre, at 8:36 PM, January 29, 2006  

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