This is my personal thoughts, opinions and musings place. I will also rant about things, especially politically-correct things that irritate me. And sci-fi. Did I mention sci-fi? There'll be lots of sci-fi stuff here. And movies, too. Mmmmm... Movies

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

What I hate about you, Continued 2

Now, you may be asking yourself what my problem with the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica is. It sounds like a good show. And on its own, with a different name, I wouldn't have any problem with it. However...

Back before the mini-series began, the actors and the producer(s) bragged about how original the show is. First of all, how original can you really be when your show's name is not even original. Secondly, I guess they were kind of hoping nobody would remember Space: Above and Beyond, which is basically what the new BSG is a ripoff of. Humans created a race of androids for service, androids rebelled, caused war and nothing was right with the Universe ever again. Sound familiar? It should, it's the premise for the above-mentioned show, while BSG is supposed to be oh-so-original.

I suspect that in the olden days, women were portrayed as quietly competent though a bit whiny(as in Sheba from the original BSG). Today, we have Starbuck, a technically-competent though completely lacking in social graces or skills woman. To do this, they eliminated Starbuck the competent-though-highly-eccentric male character from the original BSG and replaced him with a competent-though-highly-bitchy-in-a-dumb-way female character. Colonel Tigh from the old series, a strong supporting character, has been replaced on the new series with a drunk-and-hated Colonel Tigh. Boomer, formerly a black man, is now also now a woman, a tiny little Asian girl who is actually a Cylon. She also seems to be the new Imperious Leader, or whatever her re-imagined Cylon title is.

My guess is that in an effort to please the feminist lobby, the show's producers eliminated all the strong male characters and replaced them with either bitchy-I-want-see-her-suffer characters, or with extremely weak I-want-to-slap-him-around-so-he-shapes-up male characters. The new character, the deck officer, or whatever his title is, is an idiot who's also in bed with Boomer the Cylon, though he doesn't know she's a Cylon. In other words, the show is filled with weak, ineffectual men, while the women act like the feminists think men do. Or at least, that's my impression.

Having said all that, I wouldn't have really minded all the changes. After all, they wanted to give BSG another go, in a different format and that calls for changes. I'm OK with that in principle, but in practice, it didn't really work out because they took characters you liked and replaced them with characters you want to see nuked.

It is politically incorrect in today's climate to suggest that evil may exist for its own sake, or even that evil exists at all. Everything that happens happens because we are responsible for it. If somebody wants to kill us, it's because we did something to deserve it. It doesn't seem to enter anybody's mind(especially in the media) that there are some people out there that want to kill us because... well, because they want to kill us. They don't need us to give them a reason, though they may use whatever reason we give them to rationalize their own acts of evil.

And so it goes. Cylons want to kill us because... well, no actual reason is given, but it's understood. “Don't create what you can't control” is the show's motto, so in one swift stroke they've managed to blame the victim.

The new show doesn't feel authentic, the way the old one did. The alien swearing and the occasional nod to religion don't jibe well with the Earthly names, clothing, speech modes and behaviour patterns.

I was willing to give the show a fair viewing, I really was. I watched the mini-series, and every episode right up until and including the one where Starbuck crashed on a planet and had to jury-rig a Cylon fighter that also crashed so she could fly off that rock. Wasn't really a bad episode, aside from all the whining, especially from Tigh and the President. It jumped the shark, however, the moment Adama leaned over and kissed Starbuck on the forehead. That's when I swore a blood oath with myself never to watch it again, and I've been BSG-free for over two weeks now.

The End!

P.S. I'm not going to discuss the stupidity of every character on the show in their inability to see that their new bestest buddy, Dr. Baltar, doesn't have their best interests in mind.


At Tue Mar 15, 08:25:00 PM AST, Anonymous Realmspace said...

I agree almost totally. The new BSG is so politically correct there is no substance left in it. The original series had character this one is just inept and falls flat. Too many changes not enough content and no real character interaction, a very disappointing remake. And whats with the "human" cylons trying to mate with humans all the time, just getting too silly for words.

At Tue Mar 15, 09:22:00 PM AST, Blogger Quackin' Mad Duck said...

The finale is spectacular, though, and the show could really take off next season (depending on how they follow-up numerous "oh my god" cliffhangers). . .

I agree with most of your assessments, especially the politically-correct mumbo jumbo about the "coming back to bite us in the ass" rationale regarding the fate of the colonials and the "understandable rage" of the suddenly not-so-evil cylons. Still, though, the show works on a number of levels, and the actors really nail their roles with an intensity the original could only DREAM of.

But I don't really see the connection between BSG and SAAB (which was yet ANOTHER great scifi show left to rot after just one season -- see Earth 2, Strange Luck, BSG). Colonol McQueen totally kicked ass! Loved it! But the bad-guys were evil for evil's sake much like the classic cylons -- at least, the aliens were. The silicates were the robots-gone-bad that you're thinking of, but the really bad guys were Chigs which came after us totally unprovoked.

At Tue Mar 15, 10:16:00 PM AST, Blogger Miranda said...

I missed the episode where Adama kisses Starbuck on the forehead, but I think I would have liked that moment - if the show had been about Adama, Starbuck and her relationship to the family as a separate sci-fi show, not BSG. I like family driven plots as long as they don't get all Dr. Phil-like about everything.

SAAB was a pretty good show. I didn't see much of it, but what I did see was cool.

At Tue Mar 15, 10:35:00 PM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

No, I was using SAAB to point out that BSG wasn't nearly as original as they all claimed.

At Wed Mar 16, 09:36:00 AM AST, Blogger Quackin' Mad Duck said...

True. The producers have come across pretty heavy-handedly. And I hated the mini the first time I saw it (watched about the first 30-minutes and said, "this blows" and flipped channels). But, once you get over the fact that this is NOTHING like the original, and once the main characters stop banging each other continuously, it can grow on you. Perhaps?

At Wed Mar 16, 09:41:00 AM AST, Blogger Quackin' Mad Duck said...

Oh, and the relationship between Adama and Starbuck is purely in the father-daughter mode. She has essentially replaced Zack (to whom she was engaged) as his child once Zack was killed. Makes sense. Who knows, maybe she'll turn out to be a cylon, and the REAL Starbuck (AKA Dirk Benedict) will arrive.


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