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Battlestar Galactica 1×00 ‘Miniseries’ Impressions Pt. III

Posted by melancholygeek on June 29, 2008

BSGWhere were we? Cylons nuking Caprica, the Adamas not exactly being the Brady Bunch, Starbuck in the brig, Asshollo and Roslin on their way to a huge surprise.

Tigh’s quarters. The old boozer burning out The Wife’s eye. On a photograph. Alarm.

Condition One being set throughout the ship. Chief roughing up the deck crew, tattered Tigh on CIC:

A retirement prank? – I don’t think so.

As of this moment, we are at war. Alrighty then. Chief, still roughing up, XO checking for ammunition. Mr. Kekeiyans object of desire? She’s Dee. And get Kara Thrace out of the brig? That would be Starbuck then, I guess.

Galactica Attack Squadron. Yup, the Asian chick IS Boomer. Whaddayaknow. And yup, she’s a rook. Good there’s Helo. Although he has trouble reading. Five Raiders against 20 Vipers? Good luck, Toasters!

CIC. Gaeta plotting a course, Dee having taken kara Thrace out of the brig. Sassy little bitch. They lost 30 Battlestars? OK, good luck Colonials then.

Museum Starboard Hangar Deck. Good old Mk.2s! Let’s pull them rad buffers from the engines and load the ordnances! Thanks Chief. And the starboard launch bay is a gift shop. Nice. How do they fit the Vipers through these small corridors? Never mind.

CIC, Dee and Gaeta having malfunctions. They are kinda cute together as well.

Galactica Attack Squadron. Down to two confirmed Cylons now. OK, that’s borderline superiority complex. Or should the malfunction babble have been some kind of foreshadowing? Hey, those Raiders are pretty:

Um. Yes. OK. So much for Let’s go get em, eh?

They must have done something to our computer system.

Good bye pilots, we hardly knew you.

Boomer, get us out of here. – Right.

She’s a bright one, eh?

Colonial Heavy 798. Madame Secretary getting the heads up:

What’s going on?

And Asshollo? Well, yeah, he’s just that. Old junker. Pff.

Raptor, Boomer and Helo in trouble (poor Helo). What’s so hard dropping the second swallow after the first one is destroyed? Just saying. I’m gonna like that Boomer. And such acting talent:

That’s my desperate-face!

We’re hit!Oh really? Heh. Hey, she comes up with a decent plan! Well, one swallow doesn’t make a summer. Or two in this case. And the battle? Ouch:

CIC. Adama giving everybody the heads up. More heads down. Not looking good.

Colonial Heavy 798. Yup Secretary Roslin, that door opens outward. She’s so sweet. And how’s a Secretary of Education more badass than a Colonial pilot? Anyway, I like it. And, yes, being a teacher pays off when you’re dealing with crowd control. Bad suit guy is a  prick too! Who would have guessed. And Roslin is awesome!

I’m in charge, period. You go clean up your room! And no dessert for you today young man!

Heh, he even sulks. Mr. Keikeyan taking it well. They are a good team, him and the Secretary. And I could fill this whole page with screencaps of MMD. She’s marvelous. And getting the latest news from Caprica. Thanks Jack. The Cylons are pricks too. And they have found us! Asshollo saves the day! Krypter! Krypter! Krypter!

Caprica, mushroom clouds (Did I mention I just recently got hooked on Jericho? Just came to my mind. It’s really, really good!). Raptor in the Rye. Here come the refugees! Baltar! Yay! Boomer and Helo:

That’s my anticipation-face. – Yeah, mine too.

Colonial Heavy 798. Bad Suit brown-nosing Asshollo. Not that great a team. Roslin, Billy and the pilot strategy meeting. Enter Bad Suit. I have to restrain myself not to drown you in my adoration for MMD.

That’s all.

Lady’s in charge. Heh.

Caprica. Let’s take the children first. And three more. Lottery. Because, you know, that’s how I got my role in this series.

Galactica. Inbound DRADIS contacts. – Launch Vipers. Pretty:

Sorry Starbuck, no launch for you. Damn you valve!

CIC. Bow up half. Forward left one quarter. Stern right full.

Space battle goodness. Blinky eye doesn’t work, eh? Go old junkers!

Brace for contact my friend.

And that’s a goot point to take a little Break! Break! Break!


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Good Bye Michael Turner

Posted by melancholygeek on June 29, 2008

Comic book artist Michael Turner passed away late last Friday. Way, way too young.

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Diablo fscking III!

Posted by melancholygeek on June 29, 2008

Would have posted it a tad bit earlier, but I think I fainted when I first read about it:

Diablo III

What more is there to say?

(via Scott)

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BSG Linkroll Pt. V

Posted by melancholygeek on June 28, 2008

BSGAgain I have to apologize for the lack of updates lately, but there’s been a lot going on last week and I could hardly catch my breath. So, to ease into it again, some BSG stuff I’ve been stockpiling over the past few days:

SyFy Genre Awards 2008 voting is up and our beloved Battlestar Galactica got it’s fair share of nominees:

Best Actor (Television): Edward James Olmos
Best Actress (Television): Mary McDonnell
Best Episode (Television): Episode 4.01 “He That Believeth In Me”
Best Episode (Television): Episode 4.06 “Faith”
Best Guest Star (Television): Michelle Forbes, for BSG: Razor
Best Series (Television)
Best Supporting Actor (Television): Aaron Douglas
Best Supporting Actor (Television): James Callis
Best Supporting Actor (Television): Michael Hogan
Best Supporting Actress (Television): Katee Sackhoff
Best Supporting Actress (Television): Tricia Helfer

And, no, I’m not commenting on the fact that a certain JB is not on this list. So head over there and VOTE! (via SyFy and Tricia Helfer Fan)

Also over at SyFy, David Weddle, supervising producer of BSG, spills some about this year’s Emmy’s and next year’s series finale.

To help us over the hiatus, gives away a free BSG eBook if you subscribe to their newsletter. (via Fanatical Pupil)

And while you’re at it, head over to io9 and read what RDM ans Jane Espenson have to say about Billy Keikeyan’s return in BSG’s fourth season!

Last, but certainly not least, get out your LEGO bricks and start building!

Miniseries Impressions should continue shortly.

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Not Dead, Just Smelling Funny – Again

Posted by melancholygeek on June 25, 2008

Sorry for the lack of updates lately but work’s a mess lately (but at least I’m getting something done *pets self*). So just to let you know I’m still kicking, a little goodness I stumbled upon while, um, working of course:

ComicCon kills me with Battlestar Galactica goodies I can’t have, for example the Toaster Toaster (pictured on the left) or the ComicCon exclusive Valley of Darkness Centurion. Just in case anyone is looking for a birthday or Christmas present for me 😉

And – totally unrelated – imagine, D&D 4th Edition would be a cook book. It’s funny!

Alright, gotta run again, more on the weekend (latest, promise!)

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Battlestar Galactica 1×00 ‘Miniseries’ Impressions Pt. II

Posted by melancholygeek on June 22, 2008

BSGSo, Starbuck is a chick, Baltar’s getting it on with a creepy blond that snaps babynecks, Tigh’s a boozer and Apollo an a*hole. Let’s see what else is in stock:

A night at the museum, time to dust off some 25 years old props.

Fancy spaceship, um, landing.

So, MMD is Secretary Roslin. Babyface is Mr. Keikeya, bad suit guy Aaron Doral, from Public Relations. Keikeya getting lost ogling. And that shirt? Would go really well with Doral’s suit. And welcome to not only the unisex washroom but also to his previous object of desire. In or out? She’s kinda cute.

Adama, Roslin, Doral discussing computer networks that tell people where the restrooms are. Her idea of course. Is the big, scary Commander afraid of computers? Nah, just networks. Can’t anyone for once think of the teachers? Many good men and women lost their lives aboard this ship… Phew, he’s serious. And she totally has a thing for him. And I think, so has Doral:

Brig. Asshollo visiting Starbuck. Guess what, they have a history! Striking a superior asshole. Clever you. Funeral, eh? Keeping up the dark tone. And guess who has daddy issues. OK, Zak. Hm.

Caprica, creepy blond and Baltar. Busted, dude. OK, that’s not what I meant earlier when I said I had to meet someone too. And man is he good:

It’s a, uh– It’s a flaw in my character that I have. Seriously, James Callis is awesome. And is Snappyneck pregnant or what?

Photo shoot, starring the Adamas, Doral directing. Yeah, there might be some unresolved issues. Wow, that was intense. And that Bamber guy? He’s a good a*hole brat.

Caprica, Snappyneck’s not pregnant. She’s a machine. Synthetic woman. Robot. Cylon. OK. That does explain a bit. And she has a plan mission! You have an amazing capacity for self-deception. How do you do that? Yeah, Gaius, again: busted. Humanity’s children are returning home… today. That doesn’t sound… Holy cow!

Galactica, ceremonial flyby. Nice touch with the old score there. The cylon war is long over… Wouldn’t you know. OK, Adama ad-libing some brutal truths. Inevitable shots of Apollo and Starbuck. And yup, Roslin’s got a crush on the old man:

Fancy spaceship (Colonial Heavy 798) leaving for Caprica. Guess who’s going to be in for a surprise. And of course Asshollo’s the escort. And… wait a minute. Raptor, female voice, this is Boomer? The asian chick?! On board Colonial Heavy 798: Secretary Roslin and Mr. Keikeya.

Caprica, Baltar watching the news. Sh*t hitting the fan, big time. And Snappyneck can’t die. Obviously. There are 12 models. I’m Number Six. Ooh… suspense! And of course, what do you do when the nukes hit? Go down on your cylon girlfriend. That’s not duck and cover Gaius!

Caprica, being nuked.

Adama’s quarters, Gaeta calling. Priority One alert from Fleet Headquarters. Cylon attack underway. – I’ll be right there.

I know, the Miniseries should be taken as a whole, but this very shot actually marks the end of the first part (aka one episode’s length). So I’ll take the opportunity and wrap this part up and probably continue some time this week, latest next weekend:

I was trying to watch this the way I watched it the very first time, and although that’s already five years ago, the Miniseries so far did a good job in making me forget that there’s three and a half more seasons to this. And this speaks for itself.

Character introduction up to this point went really well. The hint at the depth of the characters amazes me, achieved by introducing them by their flaws and weaknesses (Egomaniac, boozer, cancer-patient, broken home,…).And it fits perfectly in the overall dark and heavy tone.

And yes, back then I thought Jamie Bamber was a passable actor! As an a*hole. But then again, back then I even liked Cally.

So, final verdict:


One word impression: Dark.

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Battlestar Galactica 1×00 ‘Miniseries’ Impressions Pt. I

Posted by melancholygeek on June 22, 2008

BSGSix months and no Battlestar Galactica Impressions? I hardly think so! It’s not that I’m chronically bored out of my skull on my weekends, but seeing that I would have re-watched the better part of this series anyway during the hiatus I might just as well keep up the writing about it. Of course there’s no way I can recap a full three seasons in six months but that doesn’t necessarily mean I can’t start, eh?

I’m not quite sure if I’ll just go on chronologically or pick out some of my favorite episodes, we’ll see about that. Any thoughts from your side?

So, anyway, with a very special nod to AVSS and scriggle, let’s jump back to 2003, when we were still hopeful the Cylons actually had a plan:

The Cylons were created by man.

Good to know.

They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies.

Sound plan so far.

And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters.

And the day after that, we had pizza! It’s my favorite!

After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.

Seriously, is that a sixth grader’s essay on the Cylon War?

The cylons left for another world to call their own.

And lived happily ever after.

A remote space station was built where Cylon and Human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations.

Sound plan. Again. Remember how it ended the last time?

Every year the Colonials send an officer.

And you thought your job stinks?

The Cylons send no one.


No one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years.

I have a certain feeling where this might be heading…

Remote space station, Colonial Officer browsing toaster pr0n. Enter two, um, Centurions I guess? Damn those mail-order brides, they never look like in the catalog. OK, never mind that, good thing he signed up for that buy two, get one free deal:

Now that’s a shiny metal ass I’d bite! – Dude, we don’t have jaws, remember?

Are you alive? – Yes. Wild guess here: Not for much longer. It has begun. Told ya. Blonds are nothing but trouble.

Galactica, butch blond running. And hey, the mikes are totally showing! Tsk. Bad suit guy basically calling Galactica a steaming pile of crappit.

The Cylon War is long over… The Olmos! And he’s Commander Adama! That’s nice. Captain Kelly? Kiss-ass.

The Cylon War is long over… Butch blond again… she’s Starbuck?! Alright, I’m gonna stop right here and will never watch a second of this crap again. Starbuck a chick? You’ve got to be kidding me. Nah, it’s me kidding, I’m cool with that. What do you hear? – Nothing but the rain. I like it. Maybe I’ll use it sometimes.

Three stooges hiding something from the old man. He’s kind of a buddy-commander, eh? Be careful out there, all right? Out there. In the museum. Yeah, right.

The Cylon War is long over… Now who’s this little fairy? Yet another kiss-ass, OK. Gaeta. Whatever.

The Cylon War is long over… I like that Colonel. It’s Michael Hogan! \o/ Bad suit guy again, still rambling. And the microphones are still showing.

What I guess is the hangar bay. Ass-kissing contest, round two. Just a little something, you know, nothing fancy:

Haven’t seen one of these in about 20 years. Heh.

And guess what, the Old Man used to be The Fonz:


No shark-jumping jokes here, move along.

Rec room (I guess), Colonel hitting the bottle (did I mention I like him?). Some card game, now who do we have here: Starbuck, some guy with a lollipop (Helo), Asian chick (uh-oh), bald dude. Colonel’s the X.O., OK. That would make him Tigh then? Might there be a hint to an ever so slight animosity between Starbuck (buck, buck, buck) and the X.O.? Um, yes.

So, Adama and the X.O. are buddies too I guess. Glad they don’t towel each other off. Heard you started the day off pretty early. Heh. I like these two:

I did not.

Unless I did.

You did.

Caprica City, Caprica. And looky here:

Firefly class I’d say.

Ooh, Mary McDonnell! Not looking good.

Fancy spaceship. Babyface and Mary, she’s off to the can. OK, this is taking a somewhat darker road? Mary’s a marvelous actress. Just saying.

Riverwalk Market, Caprica. Shinyass! Wait a second! Didn’t she, like, blow up? OK, this is creepy. You’re not gonna have to cry much longer. Yup, that’s creepy. Snap. OK, what happened to the good old times when you just had the guy kick a dog to show he’s bad? Seriously, this series is starting off quite disturbing, no?

So, after this killing of a baby, let’s talk about the Pyramid game on Geminon. Or better even: Let’s talk with Dr. Gaius Baltar! Yup, he’s a big shot. And I might be developing a slight man crush here. Surprise! Honey, I’m home! Is this Snappyneck again? She looks somewhat different, no? Might be the clothes (or lack thereof) though. And isn’t this kind of underwear horribly uncomfortable? I’m hot Gaius, I’m so hot. Yeah, obviously:

Viper 450 approaching Galactica. Hands-on approach. As if we needed even more metaphors for masturbating. Ooh, new Vipers are pretty. And guess what, it’s Apollo! Curious what they made of him. OK, not quite Richard Hatch, but not too far off:

(Wonder if that’s a good thing)

Chief Tyrol, uh-huh. OK, Apollo is a genuine a*hole. I like this Tyrol guy though.

In comes the Raptor. And yeah, the Chief and the Lieutenant totally have nothing going on, right Helo? Yeesh! OK, surprise, they DO have something going on.

Pilots’ briefing. Morning. Asian chick got in her suit again quick. And Captain Lee Adama’s joining. And there was much rejoicing. Yup, he’s an a*hole. Bet those flight suits have popped collars just because of him.

Caprica, Baltar and Snappyneck (yup, it’s her, but frankly, sunlight doesn’t really become her). Baltar being quite the chauvinistic prick. Did I mention man crush? And she poked around in the Defence ([sic?] it’s from the subtitles) mainframe? Uh-oh. God ramblings. I hope they don’t make this whole faith thing a leading theme of the series? Let’s all go meet someone.

And so will I, so we’re taking a little break here, check back for part II later 🙂

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Casting News

Posted by melancholygeek on June 22, 2008

Alright, usually I wait for at least some news on upcoming Marvel movies to have amassed before I post anything, but I simply couldn’t let this piece rest in my bookmarks:

Team-X member John ‘Kestrel’ Wraith will make an appearance in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. So far so good, nothing wrong with having a gun toting teleporter around. But here’s the catch:

As io9 reports (and comments on, check it out!), the MTV Movies Blog has a little interview with the ‘actor’ portraying Wraith up their site and it’s none other than from the Black Eyed Peas. From the interview:

“You don’t understand, check this out, this is how much of a fan I am. I went to the casting right, and they asked me if I knew about X-Men. I was like, ‘Pssh, I know X-Men.’ They were like, ‘Yeah, you know, you’re gonna play a teleporter.’ And I was like, ‘You mean like Night Crawler?’ ‘Night Crawler wasn’t a teleporter.’ ‘Yes he was a teleporter! The dude was a teleporter!” he recalled, giggling. “He would be on the walls, and he was in the Presidential office disappearing and people couldn’t really hit him. He was like, disappearing, poof poof. I was like, ‘Yo, I’m telling you, homey.’ I’m a fan of X-Men.”

Toot-a-toot-toot. /o\

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Star Wars Vidspam

Posted by melancholygeek on June 21, 2008

Just because I feel like it and my weekend-surprise I had planned for today will be delayed until tomorrow:

As one or the other reference might have hinted at, I’m pretty much a sucker for all things Star Wars. And as a matter of fact, I just stumbled upon these two vids and with me being the giving person I am, I have to share them with you:

First, the Imperial March, played on a floppy disk (via Scott):

And second, Eddie Izzard doing a marvelous little Lego Star Wars animation, The Death Star Canteen (via gizmodo):

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Firefox 3 Easteregg And Other Battlestar Galactica Fun

Posted by melancholygeek on June 20, 2008

BSGIf you’re a Firefox user (the web browser of course), which you should be, and did update to their latest release, Firefox 3, here’s a fun thing you should try:

In the address bar, type about:robots (and hit enter, duh). I don’t know about you, but I laughed. In case you have by no means any chance to install Firefox on your system, click here to see the result. If only…

On a slightly different note, which still made me at least smile, check out the Bottlestar Galactica!

(via Battlestar Blog and Mojo)

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