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DRIVE-BY GEEKERY: Portlandia: "One More Episode of Battlestar Galactica”

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"Portlandia" is the rarest of all rarities: A local sketch comedy show that *isn't* public access. It's produced and (generally) set in Portland, Oregon, and like most local attempts at community-based comedy, it's (generally) doggedly un-funny. That said, because Portland is where the trend-sucking leeches live lives of deliberately-affected hiposity, they have a lot of truck within the entertainment community.
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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: “The Worst Ending in the History of Televised Science Fiction”

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Back in July (of '09), Brad Templeton published a VERY lengthy essay on his site about how the finale of the ne Battlestar Galactica is beyond a doubt the *WORST* ending in the history of any televised SF series ever.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: “Battlestar Galactica” : What have we learned?

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And now we come to the time when we wave farewell to the original Galactica, and ponder what we’ve seen. What have we learned?

Well, we’ve learned that the critics were not wrong: It was a goofy, wildly uneven, frequently poorly-written show, particularly in the first third of its run, when the critics were paying attention.

At the same time, we’ve learned that the critics were wrong: Despite all the above, it was interesting and entertaining, and quite a bit more ambitious than any other SF series before it, including, yes, Star Trek.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica: “The Hand of God” (Story 17, Series Finale)

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I’m tired. I’m a worn out kind of tired. I’m not sure why. The rest of these Galactica reviews were done months ago, but the wind went out of my sails after “Experiment in Terra.” That was a good enough episode, so we can’t blame it on that. “Take the Celestra” should have been a good episode, but coming on the big conclusion to the ’Terra’ arc, it felt like the train had lost an axle, you know? And here we are with the surprisingly glum, slow, and lifeless season/series finale.

BEHIND THE SCENES

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Take the Celestra” (Story 16)

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Much as I’m enjoying reconnecting with the original Galactica (And I am, brother, believe you me, I am), it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm for these last two episodes. The show has passed its creative peak (As of last week, actually), and this episode seems oddly out of place. There’s nothing you can point to as specifically *wrong* about it, in fact there’s a lot of good stuff in here, and it’s not like I’m not used to digging through crap to get to the diamonds in this series - I actually kind of enjoy it, truth be told - but this time out, somehow, it just doesn’t work.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica: “Experiment in Terra” (Story 15)

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We come to the end of the Terra arc with Blue Squadron tracking that Eastern Alliance destroyer that escaped last week. Adama’s journal informs us that it’s a week later (Apparently, but there’s some squishiness with colonial units of measure yet again. It’s either seven days, seven weeks, or seven months). Suddenly the ship of lights shows up and abducts Apollo.

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If The U.S. Air Force Ran Starfleet...

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Just humor me on this one, it‘s total epic wankery:

I know you, like everyone else, assume that space SHIPS will eventually be just like Navy SHIPS because they’ve got SHIP in the name, even though airSHIPS had the exact same logic behind them, and that turned out to be ludicrous and led to their demise. By the same coin, I think SPACE ships will not be like WATER ships because they’re in SPACE. It seems self-evident to me that they’ll follow some kind of Air Force structure, since they fly. I come from an Air Force family. (Though one of my uncles was brown shoe navy)

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica: “Baltar’s Escape” (Story 14)

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The Terra arc continues: We pick up with Adama dictating his journal, talking about how the council wants to release the Alliance prisoners they captured in “Greetings from Earth,” treat them as diplomats, and send ‘em home. Adama, of course, opposes this, but the council has never been presented as anything other than a buncha’ self-destructive goons, and now is no different.

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