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I always loved the view: sunlight on the water. It's my favorite spot in the universe.

URGH I MISS BSG SO MUCH. DDDD: Which explains the existence of this picspam heh. Done for picspammy's Challenge 17: Five.

Spoilers for the series
Not exactly dial-up friendly

So basically, I love BSG a lot. (how much, you ask? Well, enough to base 2 university papers on the show. LOL I'M NOT KIDDING. You should have seen my prof's face though. It was priceless, like, "you're writing your paper on wha-? B-but why?"). I honestly never thought it'd be so difficult to pick out my 5 favorite episodes (well, okay, Downloaded was easy enough, but the rest...). At the end it came down to Taking A Break From All Your Worries and Unfinished Business but in the end the latter won out (sorry, but as much as TABFAYW was so much awesome with Gaius-getting-tortured plot with pretty cinematography and Gaeta with his neck-stabbity-stabbing-with-a-pen antics, Lee's subplot did not interest in the least. He lost his ring and was stumbling around half-drunk looking for it, whoopee. -gets ready to be lynched-)

Arranged episodically/chronologically because, godsdamn, it was difficult enough for me to narrow it down to 5 episodes. I'm not going to torture myself further by ranking them

33 (1.01)

Head!Six: You know you're not safe
Baltar: No, of course not. The Cylons will follow us again, as they have the last 237 times.
Head!Six: You're right, you know? There are limits. Eventually you'll make a mistake.
Baltar: And then they'll kill us all. Yes. Yes, I know, but... not for another 33 minutes.

So the thing is, I first started watching BSG with the miniseries. And while it was definitely brilliant and amazing and worthy of praise, I felt it started lagging a little in the middle portion - yes, I thought this of a show which had the Cylons nuking everyone to hell within the first hour (it probably look me 2 or 3 rewatches of the miniseries to appreciate the importance of all the talky parts but anyway). Somehow, I was still rather unconvinced at the end of the miniseries, and so popped in in 33 and omg fell head over heels for the show. It's really such a brilliant episode, all in all: there's intrigue and suspense, moral dilemmas and Plot Development, complete with things going 'splodey. It jumps straight into the action from the first minute and doesn't let up till 40mins later. What's there not to love?

Downloaded (2.18)

Caprica: Our people need a new beginning. A new way to live in God's love. Without hate. Without all the lies. All they need is for someone to show them the way. Someone like two heroes of the cylons.
Boomer: I'm with you.
Random!Doral: We found them! They're alive!
Boomer: Yes, we are.
Caprica: We're alive.

EASILY MY FAVORITE-ST EPISODE OF BSG EVER. I love everything about this episode, starting with that it was from the Cylon POV which was definitely different. I love that they returned to that Six from the miniseries and showed that she was more than just a loyal soldier of the revolution/sex goddess (she has feelings and regrets and Head!Baltar, which was just a complete WHOA for me, because, in those pre-they-are-actually-angels days, it gave such a new perspective on the relationship between Gaius and her pre-Fall). I love that Boomer was damaged and cynical and bitter about herself. I love that Caprica and Boomer were both affected enough from their encounters with humans to do something about the genocide. And I love that the events in this episode served as a prelude to the Cylon Civil War in S4. (you can trace how, through Caprica and Boomer, and as a result of their actions, the Cylons started becoming more fractured in a society built on egalitarianism). And last but not least, it was the episode where I developed a massive girlcrush on Tricia Helfer and her amazing acting skills. ♥

Unfinished Business (3.09)

Adama: When you stand on this deck, you be ready to fight, or you dishonor the reason why we're here. Now remember this: When you fight a man, he's not your friend. Same goes when you lead men. I forgot that once. I let you get too close. All of you. I dropped my guard. I gave some of you breaks, let some of you go, before the fight was really over. I let this crew and this family disband. And we paid the price in lives. That can't happen again.

The boxing! The flashbacks! The sexings! The flashbacks! This episode (esp the extended edition) made me laugh and cry and cheer with the characters. In an episode devoid of Cylons, it really focused on the Galactica crew: they live together, they fight together they frak together, at the end of the day, they're still a family and that's what families do. The NC!flashbacks broke my heart and then some. You really got the sense that despite the bleakness and monotony of One Year Later, most of them were pretty psyched about New Caprica - it was a new beginning of sorts. And well, it tied up some loose ends too. :D

Revelations (4.10)

Adama: What have I done? All the people I've sent to die, for what? For what?
Lee: For Earth.
Adama: There is no Earth. It's a frakking joke. There is no Earth.

Oh my gods it was so painful to watch this episode because you know that they were going to have their hopes dashed. It was even worse watching the celebrations and the happy, smiley faces and Lee jumping on the DRADIS console and looking like he was going to do a striptease because dramatic irony dictates that. AND DEAR GODS THE MUSIC (insert obligatory, totally true, BEAR MCCREARY IS AWESOME line here). And even though you knew it was going to happen, you know felt 10 kinds of horrible for them to be there on that nuclear wasteland called Earth (seriously, how Roslin uttered "Earth." in that tone of voice? I just wanted to reach into my screen and hug all of them) Also, the 7months they made us wait for Sometimes A Great Notion was excruciating too.

Daybreak, part 2 (4.20)

Roslin: It's a very beautiful world.., does it have a name?
Adama: Earth.
Roslin: It's not Earth.
Adama: Earth is a dream. One we've been chasing for a long time. We've earned it. This is Earth.

Baltar: You know, I know about farming.
Caprica: I know you do.

I'm probably one of the 10 people in fandom who loves this episode to bits (I'm sure it falls apart on closer scrutiny/overanalysis, but honestly, which episode doesn't?). Their final assault on the Cloyster Colony was so so epic and while I kinda felt letdown by the Opera House reveal, it was still amazingly done (the parallels et al). The flashbacks made me squee inwardly (actually not really, I'm pretty sure I just flat out squeed during the flashbacks). The episode made me all WTF?! with the primitive people (at that point in time, I was thinking something about how if I want a history lesson, I'd have gotten a subscription to Discovery Channel and not be watching BSG, but anyway) and five minutes later, reaching for Kleenex like it was going out of style (twentyplanes and alex_kingston are my witnesses mmkay). I thought it was a wonderful ending for the individual character arcs, it was gorgeous and poignant and made me all teary-eyed and in denial (that it was ending). Heck, I even loved the coda (partly because there was Tricia and James, but it was still amazing and made the finale more memorable imo).

(and yes, I had to start the picspam with (a) Six (quote) and end it with one too. Blame RDM.

- Please don't use the images for iconning/please do not hotlink etc, you know the drill. Thanks. (:

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