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Goodbye Battlestar Galactica

Posted by Andrew on March 20, 2009

Promo image of the Battlestar Galactica Cast

Promo image of the Battlestar Galactica Cast

Tonight is the final episode of Sci-Fi Channel`s Battlestar Galactica. I just wanted to take a moment and pause on the end of the best fraking show on TV. Time called it the best TV show in 2005, and it has been a critical success since its premier in 2003. At first, I thought the show was going to be horrible. The original BSG was a horrible rip off of Star Wars and was a train wreck, but once I heard that multiple Hugo and Emmy award winner Ron Moore (whose credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine which is the best Star Trek ever but I digress) was producing the show, I started to believe. The initial pilot mini series aired in 2003 and it was a bit slow, but it set up things things wonderfully.  What followed after that four hour mini series was a show that lasted five seasons and spawned a two hour TV movie and two separate web exclusive mini series.

BSG took on all subjects from war to religion to abortion and  handled everything beautifully. It is set on a spaceship and has robots but to just pigeonhole the show as science fiction is just wrong. BSG is a drama of the highest order with many great actors. Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell deserve the highest of praise for their work portraying  Admiral.  William Adama and President. Laura Roslin.  Every great movie or television show starts with great actors and those two deserve all the praise in the world.

BSG is a great show that lives up to its hype. I`m sad that it is ending but I am happy that the powers that be at NBC allowed the show to continue to its natural conclusion, because while it had all the critical success in the world, its commercial success was not as good. This is a once in a lifetime show and will conclude tonight on the Sci Fi channel. It is a two hour finale and airs at 9pm eastern time.

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Happy Valentine`s Day

Posted by Andrew on February 11, 2009

I was playing dice with a friend in Hemlock Hall when the subject of Valentine`s day came up. We agree that Valentine`s day is a great scheme devised by women and Hallmark. Hallmark in its role as drug supplier, gets women hooked on its product and men end up on the corner buying the product to keep their junkies happy.

I`m sure if my girl read that she would object but we both know its true. Valentine`s day is not a holiday and I`m sick and tired of having to treat it like its Christmas. According to a quick search on Wiki, Valentine`s day gets its name from St. Valentine but became associated with love thanks to a little known author named Geoffrey Chaucer. After that the snowball kept rolling downhill and eventually an avalanche was formed.

Now to prove our love, we need to buy our women flowers, candy and take them to restaurants that love to mark up the simplest dish for the occasion. Its ok to ignore your loved one for 364 days, but lord help you if she doesn`t have flowers on her desk at work and all her coworkers have them. I love my girl very much. I love her for 365 days a year even though she hates my favorite baseball team and thinks Battlestar Galactica is for losers.

She will get her overpriced flowers and dinner (among other things), but as a man, what do I get besides the bill. I know she loves me as I love her but this “holiday” sucks. For a holiday based on love it sure seems one sided, while love itself is supposed to be a two way street. As a man it always sucks rolling snake eyes. It would be great if this upcoming occasion could be a little more balanced. I know all the women reading this are grabbing pitchforks and torches, while men everywhere are nodding in support from behind the safety of masks, but what can you do about it.

Valentine`s day may not matter much to me, but since it matters to my better half, I will gladly smile and make her happy since she deserves it. (All the while dreaming of the day where I can get some damn Hersey`s kisses, free food and tons of gifts.)

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