I've been sitting outside for the past two hours. Lovely day -- 68 degrees with 80% humidity -- and the skeeters are eating me alive. Should probably go back inside, huh? I've been trying to work on fic, but I'm too jittery and restless. Oh, and while I've got fic on the brain, can I call dibs on Lee-on-the-Demetrius? *g* Seems like whenever I start a story these days, I write too slowly and discover that someone has posted the same scenario before I can finish mine! (Please write LOTD fic if you'd like! Just putting my current plot out there before it gets trumped yet again. ;)
Fairly lazy weekend, which suits me just fine. My main motivation has been attempting NOT to spend much money before Wednesday's paycheck. I should also be saving money for the Van/Sea trip; fortunately, my end-of-year bonus will easily pay off my credit card, with enough left over to cover the vacation. Which reminds me... looks like I'll be getting that (stupid) Tax Rebate Check this week. I'm going to use it to replace my dead iPod and get a HD TiVo. Since both of those are basically fixed-price items (they're never on sale), any suggestions of where I could still manage to save a few bucks when I buy them?
Just a handful of links this time.
-- My Little Pony turns 25. That pic of the stage show is rather terrifying.
-- A chorus line of kittens! I prefer to believe that it's not CGI. ;)
-- OMGLists has 8 fictional cities you wouldn't want to live in.
And a few more thoughts on Friday's BSG.
My interpretation of the scene at Joe's Bar appears to be miles (clicks? FTL jumps?) away from nearly every other post I've read. Instead of simply Cally-bashing, I saw it as classic Kübler-Ross. Yes, there was an awful element of trashing her memory, but I don't think that was meant to be the point of the scene -- even if the writing didn't make that clear. Tyrol has just lost his wife to an apparent suicide. While I won't pretend to be a psychologist, I've heard that anger is one of the strongest reactions to that. Plus, they'd spent much of the past few months arguing, so he was probably carrying a heavy load of guilt (not to mention the Cylon issue.) I do believe that he loved his wife, even if she wasn't The Love of His Life. Nor was she smelly or batshit crazy. The biggest problem was that they got married for the wrong reasons, not limited to his beatdown of her. They were never IN love, but they did seem to love each other. From the miniseries, theirs was the archetypal sibling relationship, coupled with Cally's huge crush. Marriage frakked that up. Still, that scene in the bar was primarily him lashing out in grief over his wife's suicide. I'll agree that his vitriol was over-the-top, but I don't think it was a case of ganging up on an unpopular character -- and I'm most definitely NOT a Cally fan/defender. Hell, at this point, I'm not even a Tyrol fan (and I know I'm alone in that!)
I'm still struck by how much of Tory and Baltar's actions are driven by the need to excuse themselves from guilt, especially when contrasted with Six's words to Tigh. "God made me perfect, so anything I do is forgiven by him." Tory uses it as a way to slough off blame for what she did to Cally, along with whatever she might do in the future as a Cylon. Then we have Caprica Six admitting that she feels the pain of annihilating the Colonies, even if she stops short of admitting guilt. [Spoiler-free spec here.] If Cavil succeeds in destroying all or most of the Sixes, Leobens, and Sharons while the resurrection ship is out of range, then they'll be in a position of having to cope with possible mortality -- they can't just download and resurrect. They'll essentially have to live out the rest of their lives as human. Perhaps Six's scene here was meant to set up an arc like that. Hmm!
More spoiler-free spec. It does look like this will be the Season of Death! I wonder if Athena or Helo will be among them. That could also create the type of arc that RDM loves. If Athena dies and resurrects on a basestar, how will she adjust to being there after all her time on Galactica? And if Helo dies, then RDM can prove that she HAS changed and is truly loyal to humanity -- that programming can be overcome. But I think he'd definitely want to play up her internal conflict along the way. I don't necessarily want either of them to die, but they're only somewhere in the middle of my list of favorite characters.
During the publicity for "Razor", Ron said that they wanted to use the movie to set up some key themes and events/backstory for season four. I don't see any obvious parallels yet, but now I'm really curious what he meant. I still have a feeling that Cain is the final Cylon, which would be one way to use the movie as setup.
Very interesting that the Four continue to NOT question their Cylon-ness. For them, it just IS, without a doubt. "After all this time, a switch goes off, just like that." And it also vaguely supports my theory that the Four were created as avatars since sometime after the Mini, rather than having been born/created that way. This definitely helps explain the conveeeeenience of them all just happening to be in powerful positions in the Fleet. But I know this theory has plenty of holes, so.... ;)
Now that I've rewatched, I can see the disgust on Lee's face in his final scene. I'd still like to see him exploring his atheism and what it means in light of Kara's return and this new thing with Baltar and the cult, because it'd be a very interesting bit of introspection for him.
latteaddict noticed that when she's asleep, Kara's hand is covering the Aurora figurine. Hmm! I really, really hope they're going somewhere with that, especially since the previouslies two weeks ago included the scene where she gave it to Adama, plus him rebuilding the ship. I fear it's not going to happen, though. At this point, I'm betting the explanation will be simply that she's an extra-special human with a serious missing time problem. ;)
Two unrelated gripes while I'm here!
Whenever I see discussions about who might be the final Cylon, seems like someone always brings up "Adama is a Cylon" as a reason for it being Adama, Lee, Zak, or even Dualla by extension. Sometimes I think I'm the only person who thinks that Leoben was totally bullshitting Roslin with that line. I'm not necessarily opposed to any of them being the final one, but I don't think it was meant as clever foreshadowing. Hmph!
And since I skimmed a bit of fanfiction.net the other night, can I please just say once again that Galactica does NOT have a Life Station! That's left over from the original series. Our version has always referred to it as "Sick Bay". Again, HMPH! ;)