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The Catch Up Post of Doom

I’ve been meaning to post about TV and other stuff since Friday and either got distracted by RL stuff or just didn’t feel like typing. At some point you tell yourself, ‘Oh, I can just do one big post instead of several smaller ones’, but soon you realize the list is getting pretty damn long and even though you are kind of sleepy you need to get this written up. So, on with the ramblings...

I caught a bit of SGA on Friday and I just have to ask, why can’t Ronon wear a black shirt and jeans on Atlantis? WHY??? Damn, he looked hot.


I was really frustrated with the first 45 minutes of this episode, which wasn’t a shock since I’ve been frustrated with most of the season. The low point for me may have been when Landry lamented trying to get Matt to talk about his problems with no success. This coming from the guy who, as far as I can tell, has yet to share the fact he killed a guy with his best friend. And while I appreciate that that was referenced, it still feels as if the plot was just tossed aside.

Tyra I pretty much loved from beginning to end. Her indecision and doubts in regards to a relationship with Landry seemed very believable, partly because she is a teen girl worried about how it will appear, partly because, in some respects, she is much older than her years and is wondering where this will all lead. I also liked that when Landry tried to make it simply about embarrassment on her part, she made a very good point that their relationship had begun under extremely stressful circumstances and was not an ideal gage of how things could be between them.

Matt’s downward spiral seemed completely unbelievable to me until he let loose on Eric. I hadn’t thought about how, to a teenage boy, one struggling with insecurities since the day we ‘met’ him, would interpret so many people in his life leaving. It’s definitely not him, but I get why he would see it that way. I just really, really wish we had more build up to his emotional collapse. In the last episode he just seemed sad about Carlotta leaving. We go from that to him hell bent on throwing his life away.

Btw, Grandma Scaracen seems to be more aware of what is going on then I previously believed. Now I’m wondering how much she knew about Matt and Carlotta?

Smash just killed me in this episode, particularly in his final moments. He showed such great personal strength and character in motivating the team to rally around each other. Then to watch him breakdown, alone, in the locker room was gut wrenching It’s so unfortunate that one stupid choice on his part, one so many kids make, could potentially destroy his future.

OK, I know a lot of people swear by Macs. That’s fine, I get that the software is better, they are less susceptible to viruses, etc. I just prefer my PC. But Saturday I had to go into an Apple store to get a gift card. That would be the first and last time I go into an Apple store. Since I shared my experience with the recipient of the gift card (who will be reading this ;), I feel fine sharing my story of The Special Hell.

I thought getting a gift card would be simple, but, not so much. The Apple store does have gift card displays conveniently scattered around the store, if you want to purchase an itunes card. So, I realize I must ask for a store gift card at the sales counter, which I can’t find. I do see a counter with two gentlemen in matching uniforms, large monitors partially obscuring them, and people lined up before them with their cases on the counter and slips of paper in their hands. Above them are two large screens with names and times listed. I began to look for the departure time for my flight before I remembered I was in the mall.

I waited for a couple minutes, certain that I was looking very confused, lost and in desperate need of assistance, when I was finally approached, by another customer. He asked me if I knew where the register was so he could pay and flee.

Being a bit quicker than I, he grabbed the next sales person who walked by. The woman assured him she could help him, accept a) she realizes that the counter we’re standing in front of is a hopping place and b) even though she works there, she can't get the attention of the guys at the counter either. Why she couldn't ring him up was beyond me.

I see a sales guy heading my way, step in front of him, and explain that I just need to buy a gift card. He informs me, “Sure, I can help you” and I follow him to the back of the store. Suddenly, he stops and turns around. This is not boding well. “Uh, did you want to buy and itunes card or a store card?” Now, this should be an easy answer, but I am suddenly quite fearful. “A store card”, I reply. “Great!” Phew! We continue on our way and just as the counter in back is within reach he stops and turns again. “Uh, how will you be paying for this?” I hesitate for a moment, panic stricken by the fact I don’t carry a lot of cash. “Credit card?” “Great!” At this point I’m growing excited at the prospect of a third question because I’ve convinced myself I’m just one correct answer away from some sort of prize. Sadly, instead, he whips out a little machine, similar to what the UPS guys carry, to process the sale.

While he’s performing his magic, he apologizes for my wait and the lack of a cash register. Apparently, they are still trying to figure out where to put one. Gee, after two? three? years in that location you would think they would have found a place. Frankly, I get the impression in their attempt to be hip and cool (because cash registers are so 2005!) they’ve lost sight of a customer service issue. So following some more small talk I have to follow him back to the counter I was originally standing at to get my receipt. When he asked me if I wanted a bag, “No”, couldn’t have been spoken any faster. I had fears of a trip to the stock room.

Saturday night, thanks to Universal HD, is now BSG night. You tell yourself you’re just tuning in for the pretty picture, but then you’re jumping up off the couch looking for a pen and paper because four years later you’ve had an epiphany.



I use to refer to Helo as dumb, but pretty. I recalled that saying as I watched the Cylons play him like a fiddle. Sure, they’d shoot up the restaurant and leave you alive to come after Sharon!

Ship alert: Laura asking Lee, “How are you holding up?” She cares how *he* is holding up. She didn’t ask Adama that people! :p

I had forgotten how much Bill and Lee pissed me off in this episode. It was actually difficult for me to get through the episode because both men are acting stupid and selfish, risking the survival of humanity, to save Kara. Laura brings up that neither man can let go of Kara because she is their last link to Zak. Her psychology is, for me, a bit suspect and Adama even admits later that while he hasn’t come to terms with losing Zak, Kara is family. I get that both men have lost so much that they couldn't deal with the idea of losing their surrogate daughter/almost daughter-in-law/friend/possible future lover. Still, to come so close to sacrificing 47,000 lives for one is infuriating from the perspective of someone without emotional attachments to the situation. And I adore Laura for the verbal bitch-slapping she gives them that forces them to come to their senses.

One part of her speech in particular led to the light bulb going off in my head:

All right... it's military, fine. And you're both officers and you're both honorable men and you're both perfectly aware that you are putting the lives of over 45,000 people and the future of this civilization at risk, for your personal feelings. Now, if the two of you, of all people, can live with that, then the human race doesn't stand a chance. Clear your heads.

OMG, if Lee’s future actions didn’t make perfect sense to me after hearing that. I know that Lee’s decision to abandon those on New Caprica (including Kara) and his ordering Kara to stay behind to set off the nuke on the Hybrid’s ship has been harshly criticized (to put it nicely) by some in fandom. But it’s because in YCGHA he put Kara’s life ahead of the survival of the human race, had his honor called into question, and realized that you have to set aside personal feelings no matter the cost to that person or to yourself, that they greater good must be served, it’s why he made the choices he did later on. I also think it ties into his speech in ‘Crossroads’ because he sees, once again, that the fate of humanity is being driven by emotion and the desires of a few irregardless of how it may affect them all. Man, I love Lee and I love this show.

Some other random bits….

While stating “If it were you we would never leave” is touching, considering Adama was willing to nuke Lee on the algae planet, I have to say the sentiment doesn’t hold water. ;)

I need to dig out my DVDs. In the HD version of this ep, I swear I could hear Lee say “holy shit” while in the cockpit.

And I love listening to Jamie say the line “This thing is flying with some serious attitude”, because he soooo loses the accent. :)


Coma Guy! I’ve missed him and I’m still betting he comes out of the coma in the series finale.

In response to Cameron telling House that he’ll need to get by with network TV, “That’ll be fine on Tuesdays.” HEE!

Patients of the week aren’t always particularly well developed, but the writers did a really nice job with Kate. I actually cared about what happened to her and not just because Mira Sorvino is someone we ‘know.’ My favorite Kate moment was when she stated, “I never said you needed fixing.” I’ve been waiting for nearly four years for someone to realize House doesn’t need to be fixed! Could he improve upon certain aspects of his character? Sure. But I hate people constantly trying to change him. And, look, he did begin to soften when he was accepted for who he was and no ulterior motives were involved.

Wilson fleeing from House has to be one of the funniest sight gags I’ve seen on the show.

Was Chase MIA because they’re unable to write for him and Cameron at the same time? Isn’t he doing surgery now? Couldn’t he have offered some practical advice?

Another reason to love Kate, she called House on his "fire sale" diagnosis. About time!

Cutthroat Bitch/Amber! I have to admit, I didn’t consider her as Wilson's girlfriend (?) either. Though, I had read months ago she was suppose to make a reappearance. And just when I was thinking about Wilson dating the female version of House, the previews suggest they address the issue next week.

ETA: Hmmmm, it just occurred to me that House will believe he has proven himself correct - that it is a detriment to the patient's health to care and become emotionally involved. Had he treated Kate like any other patient, he would have insisted on her taking off her socks and would have spared the would-be boyfriend the urine drinking and head drilling.

HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to soundingsea and HAPPY (slightly early) BIRTHDAY to onlyoot. Hope you both had/will have awesome days.

I was going to do a write up about the Super Bowl ads, but I’ll just direct you to The New York Times recap. I pretty much agree with them on all the spots.

In case you haven’t heard, LJ has introduced another new, irritating and invasive exciting feature called the the Explore Area. Basically LJ combs through public posts and reposts them on a page for all the world (trolls, morons, and just plain scary folks) to see. I would suggest going to your viewing options and opting out.

And now I should really try getting some sleep.
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"Basically LJ combs through public posts and reposts them on a page for all the world (trolls, morons, and just plain scary folks) to see. "

This feature has been available for YEARS in various forms. There's place where all the images posted publicly on LJ are automatically collated. And then there's guys who came up with software/forums to scan for hot underaged chicks or whatever. It facillitates stalking too, as guys who find these pictures can just show up at the LJs of the girls/women and pretend they found them a different way, through mutual interests or something.


Loved FNL too. It's a shame it's going back to tv moments next week with Coach vs. The Ex. Bleh.

So I guess the only reason that the super sekrit murder never got out (but Smash made TV for shoving a kid?), because we need the high drama moment of jilted jailbait girl sleuthing out the cover up. The permission scene between her and Tyra was creepy just because she was half Tyra's size and it's weird (and a bit gross) thinking about Landry dating someone so small/young, even if she has mad hipster cred.

I hate apple shit with a passion. The animosity is mostly from art school in the mid 90s when PCs were unquestionably more powerful and yet we had to use macs to do 3D stuff (which was just about impossible at the time on macs) just because the teachers were such narrow, limited personalities (why learn stuff when you're a creative beacon of light!) who couldn't learn anything new in life. And of course they raised all their students to be the same way.

Later, I worked at a magazine where I had to oversee a Mac network. PCs might fuck up but there's usually solutions to the problems. When a Mac fucks up, there's not too much you can do and you're supposed to wipe the whole thing and start over: no prob for grandma at home, but not so great for a business.

Mac stores are the perfect place for greasy dudes to hit on women out of their league. I think that's why they're so popular.
It's a shame it's going back to tv moments next week with Coach vs. The Ex. Bleh

I could be forgiving of this storyline though for two reasons. First, they got Peter Berg to place the ex which is casting genius. Second, if they play the storyline for laughs which the promo makes it look as if they do. If Eric thinks for a moment this guy is a serious threat though then, yes, I'll be rolling my eyes.

I've seen several people on my Flist comment that they liked Landry's potential new GF, but I found her rather off-putting. I wouldn't call her stalkery, but she seemed very pushy.

I've never worked on a Mac so I can't really judge the equipment and I bitch about Microsoft as much as the next person, but I do get tired of the 'They're so Awesome!' spiel when I know Macs have their problems - they're just different problems than PCs encounter. Macs have hardware issues and Apple is currently on Greenpeace's S*** List for the way they choose to dispose of equipment.
It’s so unfortunate that one stupid choice on his part, one so many kids make, could potentially destroy his future.

The thing that's making this awful to me is how incredibly unfair the whole thing is. Not to make light of punching someone in the face, but there's been physical violence between/coming from players before, and Smash has his dreams crushed because he reacted to some asshole acting pretty fucking scary, actually, towards his fourteen- or thirteen-year-old sister? And because he refused to let stuff like "Was your sister hitting on him?" stand? Arrrrgh!

Re: Matt, FNL is a show where I sometimes look over recaps before I actually watch it, so I knew it was building up to something (and that something was awesome). I never would have thought that might have helped my enjoyment, but you're right, given the previous episode, that probably would have looked very much out of the blue.

At this point I’m growing excited at the prospect of a third question because I’ve convinced myself I’m just one correct answer away from some sort of prize.

HEE! Apple store pop quiz. *g*

And I love listening to Jamie say the line “This thing is flying with some serious attitude”, because he soooo loses the accent.

I'd never noticed! Must check that out. :-)
I still don't understand why they didn't go to the media and play the nasty messages the 'white kid' was leaving on Smash's answering machine...and/or have the little sister tell the news guy the things he was saying. Not to say that going to the media is the answer; but it would have brought a lot of people to Smash's side.

Re: Macs. Look, we're already not friends about the 80's movie-thing...now you're pressing for enemy status.

The stores have been recently rearranged to accommodate a growing demand for 'genius bar' help. The more stupid people who have macs, ipods and iphones - the more help they need using them or upgrading them or getting their batteries replaced.

So they rearranged the store to create this large counter (with monitors for people with appointments to know when they will be called) with several geniuses (genii?) so that more people can be helped. As an aside (the geek squads and dork patrols of the world CHARGE for this help... at the Apple Store, it's FREE!)

So they moved registers around (in fact, in my store, there is only one register - for people paying with cash). They figured it would be faster to just have their employees walk around with the 'UPS thingie' so customers can practically swipe-and-go. It's actually very convenient.

When I purchased my iphone, I literally walked in, said "8 Gig iPhone"...they gave me the box, swiped my card and I left (they emailed me the receipt). It actually took :45 seconds from start to finish. Now THAT'S how you shop.

Furthermore, when Meli broke my iPhone (she threw it out of her car seat when Jason was watching her and the glass screen shattered), they actually replaced it for free even though it wasn't covered under warranty.

And finally, there's simply no comparison between the kinds of issues you have with a PC vs the kinds of issues you have with Mac. No Windows or the dreaded Vista to deal with, no software or hardware incompatibilities, ease of use, speed, no viruses or spyware, or any of the 3-million pieces of software you need to install and run in the background (and eat up your memory) to protect you from viruses or spyware... plus, they're pretty. :)

SO THERE.

Yea yea, I know you didn't post that so I would crawl out of the woodwork and argue with you, but I just can't help myself. I just can't. Still, it's odd that we ever liked each other. :P

Smooch!
The stores have been recently rearranged to accommodate a growing demand for 'genius bar' help. The more stupid people who have macs, ipods and iphones - the more help they need using them or upgrading them or getting their batteries replaced.

Or getting fixed because of all the hardware issues with macs.

::runs::
and Smash has his dreams crushed because he reacted to some asshole acting pretty fucking scary, actually, towards his fourteen- or thirteen-year-old sister? And because he refused to let stuff like "Was your sister hitting on him?" stand? Arrrrgh!

This is where the race issue comes into play and I'm surprised they aren't dealing with it more. If Smash were white the scenario would be very different and the likelihood of charges even being filed would be slim. Sadly, there are cases all over the news here of white teens and black teens being handled very differently by the law and media.

Jamie is laughing while saying the "attitude" line and I wonder if it through him off. He does admit he struggled much more with the accent early on in the show. It's very cute though. ;)
PS!
Does that mean you'll be doing a once-a-week rewatch of BSG? Because if you're still as early as YCGHA, I could totally catch up with you. I can still get totally geeky about the old episodes, but sometimes feel that I did so much gushing in the early days I'm bound to be repeating myself. But if I had a semi-official excuse... ;-)
Re: PS!
As long as Universal HD runs eps, I'm doing a re-watch. ;) I hadn't planned on doing write ups. Watching 'Act of Contrition' I didn't have thoughts beyond "nice picture" and "Wow. Who knew they put that much blush on Katee?" But then I got all thinkee with YCGHA and, knowing me, I'll probably have some more observations. I'm actually contemplating going back and watching '33', 'Water', and 'Bastille Day'. So, uh, yeah, in answer to your question, if your up to a re-watch yourself - Cool! :) And maybe we can start a trend!
Remind me never to go shopping in an Apple store :P I do more and more of my shopping online these days - I don't like arguing with people, although I'm getting better at pointing out when customer disservice is at work. What I found vastly amusing was your description of your descent through the various layers of tartarus in pursuit of the return of sping a gift card. I wonder where they'll put the checkout? I bet it won't be anywhere obvious...

And yay! for LJ making stalking so much easier. So many more people will be able to take up stalking as a hobby. I think I'll go opt out...

Still, to come so close to sacrificing 47,000 lives for one is infuriating from the perspective of someone without emotional attachments to the situation. And I adore Laura for the verbal bitch-slapping she gives them that forces them to come to their senses.
I love your comments on YCGHA - I've considered this a key learning episode for Lee for a long time; I think it's one of the episodes where, like in 33, he had to come to grips with who he had to be if he was to be a responsible military leader. It was very much a case of Laura teaching both of them of the need to put away childish things - and it's clearly a lesson that he's taken to heart, because it echoes through his later actions.

I know I've earned criticism for my position on Razor, but I continue to maintain that those who slate Lee for his order to Kara lack the ability to perceive or are deliberately ignoring that the situation was about more than Kara and her importance as the centre of the show universe.
I do the vast majority of my shopping online and I was reminded Saturday why I loathe venturing to the mall. I probably only go there about four times a year and it's usually for a specific reason. And while I know people who are happy with their Macs, I've heard people complain about the customer service which doesn't seem to be any better than any other corporation.

like in 33, he had to come to grips with who he had to be if he was to be a responsible military leader. It was very much a case of Laura teaching both of them of the need to put away childish things - and it's clearly a lesson that he's taken to heart, because it echoes through his later actions.

I think it's going to be interesting rewatching the early episodes and see Lee Adama become Lee Adama. Lee was an idealist, in theory, before the attacks, but when confronted with having to balance those ideals with the new, terrifying reality he lives in, he was forced to learn some harsh lessons and make some tough choices. While at times it led us to see the worst of him, overall, I think all of his experiences have made him a much better man than he would have been had he opened up that bar on Caprica. ;)
I went into several stores in the mall on Saturday and none compared to the chaos of the Apple store. And there were other people in their just looking to pick up an item and bolt so it made no sense to me not to have one person just standing at a counter offering to do the quick sales.
OMG, if Lee’s future actions didn’t make perfect sense to me after hearing that. I know that Lee’s decision to abandon those on New Caprica (including Kara) and his ordering Kara to stay behind to set off the nuke on the Hybrid’s ship has been harshly criticized (to put it nicely) by some in fandom. But it’s because in YCGHA he put Kara’s life ahead of the survival of the human race, had his honor called into question, and realized that you have to set aside personal feelings no matter the cost to that person or to yourself, that they greater good must be served, it’s why he made the choices he did later on. I also think it ties into his speech in ‘Crossroads’ because he sees, once again, that the fate of humanity is being driven by emotion and the desires of a few irregardless of how it may affect them all. Man, I love Lee and I love this show.

Oooh, oooh, ME TOO!

But yeah - re-reading your comments was a great little nostalgic trip. YCGHA irritates me for the reasons it irritates you (it's all right, but frankly pales in comparison to episodes like 33, Bastille Day and Flesh and Bone. But all this took me back to the heady days of S1. Thanks! :D

Also thanks for the heads up about this explore area thing.
'Litmus' is still my least favorite episode of Season 1. And, for the record, it's because of the heavy-handedness and predictability of the story, not because it was Lee Adama free. :p

And your welcome. :)
You had a lot more patience in that Apple store than I would have. Since I shop so much online now, when we do go to the mall I can barely stand it.

Isn't BSG awesome in HD? :)

As for House, I agree with you 100%. Kate's reaction to House is the reason he would never go for Cameron. Sure, she may be in love with him, but she still wants to "fix" him, which would dry him crazy.

LOVED Wilson running from House - I could not stop laughing. Can't wait for next week's episode! And if it's true that the writer's strike may be coming to an end, we won't have to wait too long for the rest of the season.
Can you have more epiphanies like this? ;)

I also think it ties into his speech in ‘Crossroads’ because he sees, once again, that the fate of humanity is being driven by emotion and the desires of a few irregardless of how it may affect them all. Man, I love Lee and I love this show.

Man, I love your analysis and I love your brain!

Great tie-in you've drawn here. I've always felt Lee and Laura's characterizations are the most consistent ones on this show. The decisions they make, the actions they take in the later time can all be traced back to their experiences and growths from the earlier times.

I would like to share your quotes at The Adama Realm's episode discussion forum if you don't mind. If you do object, I'll take it down...
You make me want to contemplate who has been written most to least consistently on the show. :) Lee and Laura would definitely be at the top of the list. I'd say Tigh as well. I'm sure Ron would disagree with me, but I'd put Adama near the bottom if not at the bottom.

Feel free to link. I take it as a compliment. :) There really is no need to ask, but I do appreciate you letting me know. When the occasional newbie pops up commenting here I like to know how they found me. ;)
You make me want to contemplate who has been written most to least consistently on the show.

Joy! Can't wait to read that! :D

I used to think Tigh and Tyrol were pretty consistent too, until they were turned into Cylons. To me, that's like a "reset" button. Everything we've seen and understood up to this point can potentially be turned around and became something else.

I can see I do not subscribing to the thought that Cylons and Humans are much alike. To me, they are fundamentally different.
Thanks for the Birthday wishes :) I wont really have a chance to celebrate until the weekend.

Thanks for the headsup on the LJ explore thing. *opts out*
OMG, if Lee’s future actions didn’t make perfect sense to me after hearing that. I know that Lee’s decision to abandon those on New Caprica (including Kara) and his ordering Kara to stay behind to set off the nuke on the Hybrid’s ship has been harshly criticized (to put it nicely) by some in fandom. But it’s because in YCGHA he put Kara’s life ahead of the survival of the human race, had his honor called into question, and realized that you have to set aside personal feelings no matter the cost to that person or to yourself, that they greater good must be served, it’s why he made the choices he did later on. I also think it ties into his speech in ‘Crossroads’ because he sees, once again, that the fate of humanity is being driven by emotion and the desires of a few irregardless of how it may affect them all. Man, I love Lee and I love this show.

EXACTLY.

Oh, and I love Lee, too. lol
But I hate people constantly trying to change him.

Yes, that plus people assuming he's a jerk because of his leg. There's that hint of condescension that just makes me hate whoever's doing it. House isn't a woobie!
Thank you! It was a fun day! :)

I so know what you mean about catch-up posts. I get too busy to post, you know? And then I have 800 million things to say, and it's all tl;dr.

I'm an Apple fangirl (because I'm a UNIX fangirl) but I agree that their stores can be really irritating. Fortunately, the website is not. :)

(And that counter with the departing-flight info was the "Genius Bar" aka helpdesk for repair and troubleshooting. They can't ring anything up.)