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Bob Dylan: Lord of Kobol - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Mar. 27th, 2007

10:12 pm - Bob Dylan: Lord of Kobol

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(no spoilers in the post but I can't make any claims about the comments and boy howdy do you not want to see them if they end up there)

HOLY SHIT!!!!

There are at this moment tears on my face and snot coming out of my nose. I'm not sick. I'm fucking overwhelmed. That was without a doubt the absolute best episode of television that I have ever seen in my life. I thought that 15 minutes before the end. Before the important stuff happened.

And then the last 15 minutes happened.

Of all the things that have been good and bad about living on my own here in Melbourne this was the worst. I want nothing more than to scream "HOLY FUCK" at the top of my lungs in orgasmic glee (and I've done it a few times since I finished the episode) and then I want someone to be here right in the room so I can talk to them about this for many many hours.

Look, if you haven't seen the new Battlestar Galactica don't mess around with BitTorrent, too slow. Get DVDs if you can but you need this shit RIGHT NOW. Just go to iTunes Music Store and buy it all and start watching. Don't let up until you know what the title of this post means. And then come talk to me. We need to talk for a long time.

I'm posting this raw response because I KNOW that as soon as I stick my head up and start listening to podcasters and reading blogs and talking to friends I'm going to hit the folks who thought this was lame. And they're going to ruin my high. And if I listen long enough I'll start to believe them. Because the thing is, I don't even know why this episode kicked my ass all over the place. Right now I just want to document the fact that at this moment in time this was the most emotionally moving television experience of my life.

I want to give Colonel Tigh so many hugs.

In unrelated news, I was quite amused the other night when in a fit of BSG withdrawal I watched the pilot to the classic series and the guy who played Starbuck is the guy who now plays Zarek! I know all the True Fans already knew this but I'm new, damnit. Cut me some slack.

I have some HUGE FUCKING NEWS that I can't wait to share with everyone. I'll tell you about it soon, I promise!

Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: I can't quite place it. Something from childhood.

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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
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this!

Welcome back to my flist! :)

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From:logodaedaly
Date:March 27th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
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FRACK YES. I love this show. And I'm with you on the naysayers — the thread on Feministe was fine (they're already my favorite feminist blog and in my top five of all blogs, but the BSG threads are just icing on the cake), but I had to stop reading the thread on digg and scifi.com because it was just too negative. Of course my emotions were being manipulated for the last fifteen minutes with music and a bunch of other stuff. Why should I give a frack? I still love this show.

And as I mentioned in my LJ post, I'm glad they finally redeemed Tigh and Lee for me. I was beginning to get sick of them both, Tigh especially.

Also, I had the biggest idiot grin on my face when the "bogey" showed up. I can't wait to see what comes next.

I really do hope they end it next season, though. Apparently (I don't get this) they've got pretty low ratings, so I'd worry they wouldn't get a fifth season, and it's starting to be time to wrap it up anyway. Four seasons is about the limit for any show that isn't the Sopranos — Six Feet Under might be an exception.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling. I really love this show.
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From:aabassplayer
Date:March 27th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I'm up to Season 3 Episode 11, and have all but Episode 12 and the finale from Sunday available to watch....damn, I need to download episode 12 now!

But...Bob Dylan....?

Yeah, BSG makes me squee like a little fan-girl....We shall have to discuss at sooner than later date. Soon as poppins17 lets me watch the rest with her ;-)

And I thought that I recognized Zarek when I went back and watched the one episode of the original series I have (The Hand of God).
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From:szasz
Date:March 27th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow. We were out of town this weekend and just got in late last night. I can't wait to see this on the Tivo!
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:March 27th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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I know EXACTLY what you mean.

When Tigh first said, "There must be some kind of way out here" I laughed out loud. Paused the TiVo and explained my laughter to William. Just figured it was some in-jokey reference the writer threw in.

Then, later on, Tyrol said it. And my eyes widened, and I sat up straight.

And they immediately followed it up with Tigh giving it the next line ... and I absolutely freaked.

And the music throughout the last 15 minutes was amazing. Especially when the singer came up on the soundtrack, singing the lines over the action ... fucking CHILLS came over me.

And now ... no more episodes till January? AGHGHGHGH!!! Look, I was FINE with no episodes till January ... till I saw this last episode!!!

And as thrilling as the (supposed?) revelation of the Final Five was, I'm personally more excited and thrilled that, via the song, we suddenly have the very first absolute reference to "our" Earth. What does it mean? That Earth in fact seeded the 12 colonies and the Cylons have some sort of race memory of it? That the song is being broadcast from our galaxy and machines (such as radios and Cylons) are able to pick it up? Dunno.

But I'm sure as fuck digging it.
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From:xymboulos
Date:March 27th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
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According to reports, they will have a special extended episode set in the past on Pegasus late in 2007. It is supposed to help set up some plot elements for the next season.
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From:the_sween
Date:March 27th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Tivo is still holding this ep in the queue for me so I'm avoiding any other comments in case of spoilerage. In a fit of geekery, I just had to say that the guy that played APOLLO in the original series is who plays Zarek.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:March 27th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Yah, really. No Faceman in BSG.
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From:sebastian6
Date:March 27th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I'll refrain from bitching about it too much but honestly I was left shaking my head. I thought there were a couple reddish coloured herrings in the episode. And the Deus Ex Machina with Starbuck has almost made me want to stop watching the show.

Not a hater, just disappointed.

-G
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From:earnbrand
Date:March 27th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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It may seem a bit Deus Ex Machina now, but I can't wait to see how they explain it. I for one fully expected her to show up again, ever since "Maelstrom." There were just a few to many hints that she really did eject and was picked up by that heavy raider (which we saw once from Lee's perspective) I just didn't expect her return until next season to give the fans time to get used to the idea before the shocking reveal.
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From:aabassplayer
Date:April 9th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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oh yeah, the eject....this is the part that I couldn't remember as for my reasoning...

My call is that since the other cylons don't know what the final 5 look like, they probably don't have replicators for the final 5...which then made it seem like starbuck was an anomaly that she couldn't have lived through the explosion...but if she had ejected and then got picked up, that would make more sense...

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From:poppins17
Date:April 9th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Are you sure we saw the heaavy raider from Lee's perspective? I sure didn't.

It just makes more sense to me that Kara's a Cylon and Earth is where the final 5 resurrect.
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From:conejita_diabla
Date:March 27th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I have little to no idea what you're talking about (haven't been able to get into the new BSG at all), but glad to see you're alive and happy. :-)
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From:meekay
Date:March 27th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
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vlynn and I have to wait until August for the season 3 DVD. I downloaded one episode via iTunes but it's pretty low res and we can't put it up on the PS3+bigass TV without $70 for some software of questionable legality.
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From:boannan
Date:March 27th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I will be the first to guess that the HUGE FUCKING NEWS is that you're engaged. :)
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From:iahts
Date:March 28th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
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not the first to guess it, just the first to post it. Let's start a pool! I got dibs on "moving to Australia permanently," since you already took the engagement one.
(-:,
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From:boannan
Date:March 28th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
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that was totally my second guess! :)

winner gets a free trip to Australia! right zach? ;)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
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winner gets a free couch to crash on when they visit australia!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
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You both win!
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From:xymboulos
Date:March 28th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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I'll go with straight-up marriage. Or an officer role in the company with an equity stake.
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From:skywind8
Date:March 28th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
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Ok my 3 top guesses have already been made now. So much for uniqueness. *laugh*

*wants to hear the news* :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
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Ha. Almost.
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From:the_sween
Date:March 28th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
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I think that it's about the porkies fest - some mega-awesome headliner that he's been able to book.
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:March 28th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if this is what he's referring to here, but I think a Porkies bombshell was alluded to earlier...
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From:zarfmouse
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately the booking process continues to eat my soul :(

All our super cools have fallen though but we've got some more ideas to work on.
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From:aabassplayer
Date:April 9th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I would highly recommend checking on theragbirds.com...they're doing lots of festivals this year and just an awesome crew of lovely people with great music and superb crowd-vibe energy.
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From:spillshercoffee
Date:March 28th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I left a comment but then decided it was too spoiler-iffic. So I deleted it. Hopefully, you and Duck go the email, at least. If not... I'm looking forward to discussing it upon your return.

Looking forward to the news!
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From:revjack
Date:March 28th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
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(spoilers--stop reading now if you care)

I, too, thought that ep was fracking awesome. I was unfortunately not all that familiar with the song (except from a snippet of a Best of Hendrix commercial) so I didn't "get it" until the very end, but what a beautiful way to segue into "our" earth. Also, Lee's speech had me in tears...it was pretty much exactly what I've been preaching at church these past several months, and now I want to sit my entire congregation down and make them watch the entire series just so I can point to that speech and say, "That is the Moral of the Story!" And that was only halfway through the episode!

I knew SB was coming back, but I didn't expect it this season, so that left me gleeful. Oh, and you're right about Tigh--what a very strange way to be redeemed, but that "My name is Saul Tigh..." bit was certainly a redemption.

Yeah, overall, I share you enthusiasm. I wouldn't call it THE BEST hour of television (wouldn't call anything that offhand, but I bet it's in B5 or Buffy if anything) but it certainly redeemed the entire season for me.
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From:samwize
Date:March 29th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)

but that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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OOF.

Good TV.

I'm still not convinced that the four in the hold are cylons. I think they're something else. I think they have antedeluvian cylon genes left over from pre kobol exodus. And I think the 13th colony is entirely composed of hybrids.

Of course, if they ARE four of the final five, the fifth has to be Adama.
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From:poppins17
Date:April 9th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

Re: but that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.

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The 5th can't be Adama because there's too much family lineage that's already been established. The 5th is Starbuck.
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From:poppins17
Date:April 2nd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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So yeah.. I've now seen all but the last 2 episodes! Can't wait to finish.

It just makes me happy that Badger (from Firefly) is Baltar's new lawyer :) (Good Lord am I a geek or what?)

(Oh and I've come to the conclusion that the only thing better than watching BSG is watching BSG naked. ;)
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From:aabassplayer
Date:April 9th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm only about half with you on the wanting to give Tigh a hug....

It's like....sure, he's been a bit of a bastard the whole series, and he's still going to be a bastard, but he still feels as I would hope to...to say, yes, there's a new realization, but I'm still me and I'm still going to be walking my path, not deserting what I am and what I know because something earth shattering has just been bestowed upon me.

So, there may be two cylon/human half-breeds :-O I'm kinda with samwise on the whole 13th colony being a hybrid colony...But does that mean starbuck isn't a cylon...and if she isn't, why did the cylons pick her up and decide she'd be the first human they'd introduce to Earth? That's the tough one for me...
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