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It seems weird not talking about BSG on a Saturday

Even though I have a ton of stuff to do (including taxes) I've done very little today beside watch TV and read magazines. I think I needed a mental health day though. Yesterday was a miserable day for me at work as I made a series of small, stupid mistakes. I mean, I spelled copies "copys". I'm sure that will leave the vendor wondering about my firm's hiring standards. Sigh.



I can’t believe Derek is dead. Yes, I'm living in denial. Visiting Kyle’s unmarked grave in the opening scene perhaps should have been a hint as to Derek’s fate. Though, that foreshadowing strikes me as a little heavy handed. A few weeks ago, such an abrupt death would have been completely unimaginable, but, since the BSG finale, not so much. I know Brian signed on for a pilot, though the talk was his long term involvement in that project was contingent on TSCC’s cancellation. And there have been warnings of character death before season’s end. I just assumed Riley and Charley's death were the deaths was hinted at. My hopes that we haven’t seen the last of Derek hang on two things. One, the arc with Jesse doesn’t feel like it's over. And, two, last week, Cameron spoke to Derek about succumbing to torture, presumably, in the basement. Why bring that up if it wasn’t going to play into a future storyline? I suppose Derek could reappear in flashbacks to tie up lose ends. If there is a Season 3 and he’s gone for good, I can accept it. But there feels like there is a hole now where I didn’t know there could be one until Derek was introduced.

As shocking as Derek’s death was, I found the John Henry/Catherine/Ellison scenes far more riveting. John Henry is certainly evolving. I don't know if I can go so far as to say he loves Savannah, love and hate are probably still beyond his comprehension, but Savannah is special to him, he certainly appreciates her, and her absence would be felt by him. I think back to his killing of the doctor earlier in the season and his inability to comprehend the finality of death and the wrongness of his actions. Having 'died' himself he now understands what death means and the importance of life. Every life has meaning and a wealth of acquired knowledge that cannot be downloaded. He does everything he can to try and protect Savannah. To have the sort of self-awareness he is gaining is bringing him ever closer to human consciousness and, in some ways, he is evolving beyond both Cameron and Catherine.

Since Catherine’s first appearance I felt she was not entirely what she seemed to be and that she had her own agenda. But I never considered she could possibly be on humanity’s side. Her attraction to the eels suddenly makes sense - they stay in hiding, attack when provoked, and will eat (destroy?) their own.

Catherine informs Ellison that his and Savannah’s survival may someday depend on John Henry’s survival. It’s the same as saying humankind’s survival may depend on John Henry. I didn't feel she was lying. I can't recall an instance where she has lied, beyond assuming Catherine Weaver's identity and no one would have reason to question she's not Catherine. When pushed to cover her tracks, she will skirt the truth.

A Sarah/Catherine meeting seems to be forthcoming, but I have a hard time seeing Catherine convince Sarah she’s on her side. John, on the other hand, could be swayed. He trusts Cameron (I love how he felt compelled to apologize to her for not keeping her in the loop) and while John Henry now resides in the body of Cromartie, it wouldn’t be the first time John has had to work with an ally who shares the face of a machine sent back to kill him.


And for anyone interested I'm sort of Twittering. Or is it tweeting? I blame beccatoria for this. I believe I mentioned before that I'm Asta77 there as well. It's still an odd format for me. And keeping my thoughts to under 140 characters is so hard. I need to get out of the LJ mindset and look at it as being a kind of slice of life or random thoughts that pop into my head during the course of the day tool. Mostly, right now, I'm enjoying following the tweets of others.
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Argh! I still haven't seen this week's TSCC! (A friend is staying with us this weekend, yay!) But OMG I am really shocked and kind of impressed that they killed Derek. I agree that it's weird to realise how important he was to the show since I never particularly "liked" the guy but he leaves an odd hole. Honestly, I'd heard that there was a major, major male death in the last two episodes and I was just convinced it'd probably be Ellison so mostly I'm relieved right now.

I also believe that it's "Tweeting," not "Twittering," but honestly I have nooooo idea. I only started doing it because it was an easy way to keep track of a few people but it's surprisingly addictive. You get used to the character limit. And I am completely unapologetic in corrupting you! :p
I hadn't heard anything about a major death in the last two episodes. I'm totally out of the spoiler loop on this show! I always felt that Derek was a likely candidate for death at some point, but I guess it's the way he died, so abruptly, even carelessly, that shocked me. And there are still so many loose ends with the character! If there is a third season I'm sure this will all make sense at some point.

I'm guessing different versions of every character (from various futures) will come out of the woodwork if the show survives, so Derek will be back for real sooner than later imo.
I thought I heard Kyle was supposed to make a return appearance at some point. If Kyle is haunting Sarah than perhaps Derek can visit John. And there are always the flashbacks/flashforwards. I'm sure Derek isn't gone forever.
I'm kinda glad I was accidentally spoiled, not just for Derek's death, but the manner of it. So many people on my flist are swearing that they want to see the show canceled now, but I'm not one of them in spite of the fact that Derek was my favorite. He's dead, yes, but they've established SO VERY CLEARLY that there are alternate time lines and time travel and all that, I don't believe that the abruptness of it and the apparent senselessness of it are just because BAG may have another role. I don't think it's permanent unless we don't get a season 3, because yeah, why introduce the other things and why have a callback to the basement unless there's more to come?

And I gotta say, I am absolutely loving the Savannah-John Henry dynamic.
I'll never understand giving up on a show because your favorite character was killed. I swear, even if Lee had died on BSG, I would have kept watching. I'd be a sadder viewer, but I'd stick with the show until the end.

I don't believe we've seen the last of Derek, assuming there is a Season 3. There's always flashbacks or perhaps they'll find a way to send him back in time again. And let's not forget Cameron was created in the image of a real live girl. I just don't feel his story is finished and if Derek is really and truly dead then there must still be a plan to tie up all the lose ends with his character.
Those sorts of bad days are demoralising - but maybe it's a sign you need a few days off to take a break? It's been a while since you had an extended break - although I don't know what the US does by way of breaks for Easter. Over here, it's a four day weekend.

If you want a real challenge, keep your twitters to below 140 characters and write them in koan or haiku form ;)
No breaks for Easter, but I am taking Thursday and Friday off this week.

My tweets are confusing enough without me attempting a haiku. I can only imagine what people are thinking when they see, "Narcho may not be god worthy. Male nymph?"
I hope you're doing something fun with those two extra days off? Although judging by that twitter you've just quoted, I'm worried that you might be about to attempt to have Narcho canonised!

Weren't satyrs the male equivalents of nymphs? Or am I getting my mythology confused again?
One, the arc with Jesse doesn’t feel like it's over. And, two, last week, Cameron spoke to Derek about succumbing to torture, presumably, in the basement. Why bring that up if it wasn’t going to play into a future storyline?

I think that's why Derek's death was such a shock to me. His story doesn't feel quite finished. But I disagree about the graveyard scene at the beginning being heavy-handed. He didn't get a big, dramatic death scene; instead, the show salted the last few episodes with hints that he himself would accept his fate: that he'd easily die for John Connor, that he would have approved of his own grave.

A Sarah/Catherine meeting seems to be forthcoming, but I have a hard time seeing Catherine convince Sarah she’s on her side.

I'm actually having a really hard time picturing those two women talking at all. They're both so strong-willed, and so unused to having to persuade other people when they can just order them around.
Because of the structure of the show, even if his story is unfinished, they can still finish it via flashbacks/flashforwards. Cameron seems to have information on Derek that no one, including Derek, has.

And the thing is Derek didn't die for John. He was also a bit more careless than we've seen him be. Which, again, makes me wonder if there is more going on (or going to happen) then we are seeing right now.
Hate those trying days. But it IS a sign of you've been working yourself to hard. So hope you enjoyed your mental health day, and take another one today. Doctor says... ;)

Hey fellow tweeter! Got into Twitter to keep track of a friend living in New Orleans during the last hurricane there last fall. I tweet slightly more than I LJ so you know how much that is. lol But enjoying people's tweets. No idea why perfect strangers are following me, though. Hopefully I'll bore them into stopping.
I have friends on Twitter who seem to have a surprisingly large following which strikes me as odd because it seems so much harder to get to know someone on Twitter.