Catching up on Television Culture

Growing up, I always missed out on the current show or the most popular movie. Okay, I can’t say I always missed out. I did watch The A-Team and 21 Jump Street, Knight Rider, and Star Wars. I even went to the movies to watch Adventures in Babysitting. But I never saw Sixteen Candles, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off or The Breakfast Club. In the 90s, I was aware enough to have watched Friends. Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galatica: 4.07: “Guess What’s Coming to Dinner”

I get the reference in the title this time! Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a film from 1967 about an interracial relationship, something still illegal in many states when the movie premiered. So I think, based on the title, we can wager a guess as to the main plot of this episode – people meeting people they’re not expecting to meet. Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 4.05: “The Road Less Traveled”

We’re very much in the home stretch of Battlestar Galactica! Getting closer to Earth every day! Previously on Battlestar Galactica, Adama sends Helo and Kara to go find a way to Earth; the crew aboard the Demetrius (Kara’s ship) is getting restless; the rebel Cylon ship (full of Sixes and Eights) is under attack from other Cylons with no resurrection ship nearby; TORY AIRLOCKS CALLY (oh, for the halycon days of Cally shooting Boomer), Baltar’s not a priest, but God loves everyone because they’re perfect. Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 4.03 “The Ties that Bind”

At some point, we are going to need to talk about this season’s opening credits, which tell us that the Cylons have a plan. As soon as there is evidence of said plan, that is. Previously on Battlestar Galactica, Tyrol, Tigh, Anders and Tory are Cylons, Lee’s giving up military life for politics, Kara’s been given a ship to go find Earth, D’Anna (hey girl!) was boxed for trying to find out about the final five Cylons, and Gina the Six removed whatever it was that prevented the centurions from independent thought, so the toaster Cylons killed everyone on that baseship that lobotomized the raiders (namely, Cavil, Doral, and Simon). Continue reading

LadyGhosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica, “Razor”

This week’s recap is going to be a bit different, folks! You see, I have just finished watching Razor for the very first time. Have you seen it? I was urged to skip it when I first watched the show, which I would still maintain is good advice, but if you are excited by the prospect of seeing new interactions between most of your favorite characters, well, give Razor a try! Maybe. But do not watch the Netflix version, as I have, because the run time on Neflix is 1 hour, 27 minutes, and the run time on iTunes is 1 hour 43 minutes. And according to the Wikipedia page for Razor, those 16 minutes had some pretty important stuff in them? Continue reading

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 3.18: Crossroads, Pt. 1

Previously on Battlestar Galactica ““ whoa, we’re back on New Caprica! Roslin’s doing a voiceover, talking about how hundreds were detained, some executed; then the Cylons are holding a gun to Baltar’s head, ordering him to sign off on death warrants; Tigh kills Ellen his wife for betraying the resistance on New Caprica; the delightful Mark Shepard comes on as Romo Lampkin, as Baltar’s attorney, and Lee wants to help Lampkin, and has a fight with his Daddy.

Roslin, walking away from the camera, down an ornate hallway.

This is the opera house. Just, um, keep it in mind? Or something?

OH SHIT OPERAHOUSE DREAM! (I think this is the first one?) OH BOY. Okay. So Roslin’s in a big empty ornate operahouse, and so is Hera, and Hera’s toddling around, giggling. Athena shows up, and is also looking for Hera, and then Six shows up, picks up Hera, and disappears. Roslin awakes with a start.

Gaeta’s briefing Adama, the entire fleet is able to jump again. Adama wants a trailing Raptor to stay behind longer than usual. (why?) Down at the bar, Tigh is fiddling with a radio, trying to get a song. Seelix and Anders are playing Foosball/Table Pyramid, and Anders picks up on the song Tigh’s trying to find, but Seelix doesn’t.

On Colonial one, Tory informs the prosecuting attorney that Roslin wants Baltar tried for genocide, for involvement in the attacks on Caprica. The attorney refuses, saying she doesn’t want Laura Roslin’s drug-induced visions as part of the trial. Ouch.

Baltar's visitor - a young-ish white woman, wearing a suit, hold the bars of his cell and looks pleadingly at him.

Hey girl. You believe in Baltar? Kay.

Down in Galactica’s brig, Baltar has a guest ““ and a new sexy outfit! The guest, while wearing a press pass, would like Baltar to bless a photo of her son. She believes in Baltar, apparently. What does that mean? Baltar freaks out a bit and calls for a guard. Oh, Head Six informs us this is the fifth person who’s come to Baltar asking for, what, a miracle? And 30-40 people have written letters. Head Six thinks this is good ““ Baltar’s become famous, his name will live on.

Racetrack is on the Raptor left behind to check if the Cylons are following them, which, seeing as Racetrack only shows up when things need to be discovered, so I’m sure this odd plotline won’t go anywhere. (I really don’t remember where this particular bit goes.)

The prosecuting attorney - another young-ish white woman in a suit, though this one looks like she's got her act together.

Oh hi, prosecuting attorney. Also, hi courtroom!

Oooh, Baltar’s trial! Opening arguments! The prosecuting attorney has a good opening speech, though it’s a bit overwrought. The lady who wanted Baltar to bless her son is in the audience (as are Gaeta and Dee.) And now we find out that there’s a difference of 5,197 people in the populations pre and post New Caprica. Opening arguments are broadcast throughout the fleet.

Lampkin opens his argument by changing Baltar’s plea to guilty, and suggesting that we just kill Baltar now. But we’re better than mob justice. And Laura Roslin wants vengeance for loosing the election, and Baltar saved us all on New Caprica, because he choose to surrender and survive when the Cylons showed up.

The scary thing here is you can see Baltar believing Lampkin’s words.

Over with Racetrack, a fuckton (frakton?) of Cylons show up. Several baseships worth. Racetrack and her co-pilot jump away just in time. (Does co-pilot have a name?)

Adama orders the entire fleet searched for tracking devices. Roslin suggests they ask Caprica Six, and Tigh disparages the idea. He also uses the phrase “half-Cylon whelp.” Roslins says she’s got a feeling Caprica Six wants to protect Hera. Adama directs Tigh to  question Caprica Six. Lee’s on the bridge, and smells Roslin’s thermos, while ominous music plays.

A close up of Caprica Six's face and Baltar's face.

It is shocking how much I dislike Baltar compared to how much I love Head Baltar.

Back in the brig, Tigh goes to question Caprica Six. He is, you know, Tigh. Caprica Six says that the Cylons discovered the fuel ship has a unique radiation signature, and they must’ve figured out how to track it. Tigh replies with insults, and Head Baltar appears! Love a good Head Baltar. He gives spot-on advice, and Caprica Six uses it to fuck with Tigh’s head about Ellen ““ she does a damn good job, too, his jaw’s quivering by the end of it. And then Tigh backhands her across the face, Caprica punches him in the jaw, and orders Caprica into shackles.

Tigh testifying, looking sad.

His frowny face is literally a parenthesis. :(

Oh, hey, now Tigh’s on the stand! He says Baltar never did a thing to help ““ Ellen did more. Baltar says Tigh’s drunk. Its Lampkin’s turn to question Tigh, and nobody on that side knows what happened to Ellen. Lampkin throws the suicide bombing at the police graduation ceremony in Tigh’s face. Lampkin then asks what happened to Ellen ““ didn’t she work for the Cylons? Tigh claims she was faking it. Also, he’s had a drink, but hasn’t been drinking. Tigh hears the music again, and comments on it, which is a bad idea when you’re on the witness stand. Lampkin asks who killed Ellen, over and over again, until Tigh admits that he killed her ““ and turns to Adama to own up to it. Tigh says he killed her for collaborating, though she collaborated to save Tigh. Tigh blames Baltar for not standing up to the Cylons. Tigh then admits he’d say and do anything to see Baltar die. Really, Tigh, did you not watch Caprica Law & Order growing up? Way to be a horrible witness.

Tory heads down to the bar, and Anders is there, and we’re focusing on those two, and the music that Tigh heard earlier keeps playing.

Roslin’s testifying. She was one of 200 people taken because her name was on a death list, signed by Baltar. They take a break, and Lampkin and Baltar talk about finding a way to discredit Roslin. Lee’s silent, and both of the other men realize he knows something. Lee goes on and on about really believing in the system. Lampkin says that if he’s here for the system and truth, justice, etc, he needs to tell them what he knows ““ otherwise he’s just involved to piss off his father. Drama drums!

Somewhere else, Adama Sr. is forcibly putting Saul to bed. Tigh is DRUNK.  Adama says that they found the radiation pattern the Cylon told them about, and its getting fixed. He says they’re back on their way to Earth. Tigh says he can’t smell Ellen anymore, and then apologizes for embarrassing Adama.

Adama, glaring at us.

Let’s put Bill Adama’s parenting on trial!

Lee’s talking to his father, and suggests not fixing the Tillium ship, and instead using it to throw off the Cylons. Lee then asks how the President’s doing. Adama says they can’t talk about the trial, and after Lee’s treatment of Tigh, Adama’s not gonna trust him. Adama thinks Lee knew how Ellen died, and gave that information to Lampkin. He calls Lee a liar and a coward and is just really horrible and its suddenly a whole lot less surprising that Bill Adama was a crappy father. Lee responds by saying he’s done, and takes off his officer pins. Lee says he won’t serve under someone who questions his integrity, Adama replies he won’t have an officer who doesn’t have any.

President Roslin, looking sad and contemplative

Aw hon.

And then Lee hows up in a suit and where the hell did he get that? Lee asks to be the one to question Laura Roslin. He opens with asking if Baltar saved her life when she was dying of cancer, and then asks if she took camalla extract as a cancer treatment. Lee asks if her visions were not sent by the Gods to guide the human race to Earth, but rather a side effect of the meds. Lee’s told to wrap it up, and he steps up close to Roslin, who starts whispering “please don’t do this.” Lee asks if President Roslin is taking camalla at this time. Adama tells her to not answer, and tries to dismiss Roslin as a witness, but the other judges insist. Roslin confirms she’s takin camalla again, and volunteers the information that her cancer is back.

So fuck.

Speaking of, Dee’s packing her shit up ““ she advocates the dismantling of the system, rather than Lee’s defense of it. Dee leaves. Lee throws paper.

Roslin’s holding a press conference, fielding questions about camalla, and Tory gets defensive and insulting, and Roslin sends her away. Post-conference, Roslin lays into Tory, who isn’t feeling well. Roslin then shames Tory for wearing her hair curly, which I take personal offense to.

Tigh is passed out somewhere, and hears the music again.

Hey, Helo! Helo’s XO again for a minute. And, oh, they’re using Lee’s idea of using the Tyllium ship to throw the Cylons off their path. We’re three jumps away from the nebula, and that’s supposed to be the next clue to Earth. Helo talks about being able to smell when a storm’s coming, and says that the weather is changing. Tigh decides that the music is in the frakking ship, and this disturbs him.

Saul Tigh, looking terrified.

IT’S IN THE FRAKKING SHIP.

To be continued!

Okay, so. The song. There are several major gaps in my knowledge of music, and I did NOT recognize this song at all. Do we want to talk about said song? If anyone’s watching along with these recaps, do you recognize it? Do you want to know what it is? HELP ME HELP YOU.

Monchichi does the screencaps, and they are simply the best.

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Battlestar Galactica: 3.14: “A Day in the Life”

Well, this was incredibly good timing! This week’s episode of Battlestar Galactica focuses HUGELY on being a father, and, well, yesterday was Father’s Day in the U.S. Even more interestingly, it’s about being an imperfect father, and about priorities. We get a lot of insight into the Adama father-son relationship, too, so that’s always fun.  Continue reading