Finally checking out BSG! So Far So Good!

Discussion in 'Battlestar Galactica & Caprica' started by StarMan, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. StarMan

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    Now I can assume everyone here is a scifi fan. I don't know about you but do you have one or two franchises that you've been aware of but completely missed? I read the raving reviews of the series and have caught snippets of it over the years but never hopped in, so to speak.

    So I decided on a whim to get the miniseries and season 1. Just finished the miniseries and I like what I see. I know little of the original series but I imagine this is quite a departure. The CGI is beautiful and I love the physics of the ships. The characters are compelling (the XO is a pisshead - love it!) which will be due in no small part to RDM - always been a fan of his work on Trek.

    I have seen the ending of the series but without the rest of it I didn't really follow. So I'd like to think I'm going into this pretty unspoiled.

    All in all - a good start.
     
  2. Robert D. Robot

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    Good for you, StarMan! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The beautiful CGI, the battles, the characters (and the changes they go through-- rising to challenges, coming up short.... betrayals... twists... )... I thought it was a great show!
     
  3. Ethros

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    If I were you, if you like it, just keep watching. As in don't be put off my what someone might say, or read too much about the show and end up being severly spoiled.

    That's what I did with my most recent via-DVD-never-seen-before TV show watches (Supernatural 1-6 and Fringe 1-3), then asked questions later :D
    I just really enjoyed popping on another episode and having no idea what was gonna happen, and making up my own mind and theories about stuff. Not that it's not fun to share, but just if you read something like "that seasons great but that seasons so so" or "that character's boring at first but wait till you get to the episode where..." etc it could spoil some of the surprise. Which is defintely part of the enjoyment with a show like BSG





    ps. can't wait for the inevitable "where should I watch Razor" question and ensuing argument :)
     
  4. StarMan

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    Indeed. Just finished episode 4 and already want to mine info on the Humanoid Cylons... but will resist.

    If it's an argument similar to where to watch B5: In The Beginning, then not anytime soon.
     
  5. backstept

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    In my opinion, Razor is best viewed in the order it aired.
     
  6. Sindatur

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    Yup, same basic argument, a "Prequel" (in some ways) with spoilers for at least the first half of the Series, that some believe the Spoilers don't matter, because it's not the Destination that matters, but, how you got there.
     
  7. Agent Richard07

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    Razor only has one thing that could be a spoiler for the end of season 3, and even then, that particular bit is easy to miss or overlook. I see no problem with watching it after 2x17: "The Captain's Hand".
     
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    Yup, it really felt out of place as a flashback, it's better between The Captain's Hand and Downloaded.
     
  9. 137th Gebirg

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    It's a fantastic series, and yes, enjoy it as you go.

    I will warn you about a mistake I personally made while watching it the first time: Don't get too wrapped up in details and the significance of the apparent symbolism that was scattered throughout the series. Much of what appeared on screen occasionally felt like foreshadowing to some greater meaning. Sometimes it pans out, but other times certain things take a completely different turn than what was expected. It does make for good storytelling, depending on how that tactic is used by the writers and directors, if it's even intentional. Other things were simply glossed over and never explained - one-off statements or occurrences that felt like they were pivotal to the plot and...well...weren't. Overall, I give the new series a 90% in its entirety, but I think I'm still more of a fan of the original series, even with all its obvious flaws. If you have the time at some point, I would recommend watching TOS as well. If you can get past the cheese-factor of 70's broadcasting tropes, you might find it to be quite interesting and entertaining.
     
  10. StarMan

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    Well, midway through 1x09 and I am intrigued. Season 2 is on it's way.

    I am curious about the nature of Cylon consciousness. If they can transmit their being into another body, what are their copies? The copies don't appear to operate with a shared consciousness so ... are they themselves separate entities? Is my favorite blonde that visits Baltar the same that occupies Caprica?

    Interesting.
     
  11. StarMan

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    Just finished watching and the answer would appear to be yes. Hmm.
     
  12. 137th Gebirg

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    I would liken them to twins. As human twins sometime share a deeper, almost metaphysical, conscious and subconscious bond between them than most non-twins, all Cylons seem to have that bond with one another, particularly if they're of the same model.
     
  13. Ar-Pharazon

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    I'm doing a re-watch myself.

    BBC America had started doing BSG (almost) daily, but I picked up with my DVD's in early S1.

    Just started S2 tonight.

    You can kind of forget how good it really was after so many years away.
     
  14. StarMan

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    I think I'm converted! Just finished 2x02. I am starting to wonder if the Caprica angle is a permanent fixture. I feel like cheering them off the bloody planet already and back into the primary story, if that makes any sense.
     
  15. StarMan

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    Just finished the S2 finale. If this were Trek I'd be expecting a temporal anomaly next episode ...
     
  16. 137th Gebirg

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    ^^^ Heh - you will have to train yourself not to think in those terms when it comes to BSG. Aside from spaceships and killer robots, BSG is pretty well grounded when it comes to using sci fi tropes. They concentrated more on the story and characters than developing new and innovative skimpy plot devices and deus ex machina reset buttons.
     
  17. Ethros

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    Ha that was quick, Season 2 in like two days! Must be enjoying it then :D
     
  18. milo bloom

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    I missed this earlier: the new copy, when downloaded, is the same personality as the old body. Other versions of the same model may have similar leanings, but will develop independent personalities. You'll see some more of this as you go.
     
  19. Ar-Pharazon

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    ^ It seems to me Athena knows a lot of the same stuff as Boomer.
     
  20. Sindatur

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    They pretty much all come out of the box, with the same programming, then as they have experiences, their minds grow apart as their own person When one "dies" and is resurrected, it will be exactly the same "mind" as it was when it "died", it doesn't reset to program 1.

    Although not a total hive mind/collective conscience, at times, it does seem a single model has a mental bond with the rest of the copies of it's model.