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05 July 2010 @ 01:56 pm
Day 26: "OMGWTFBBQ?!"  
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale


Battlestar Galactica
2.20 "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2"




Battlestar Galactica is known for its shocking finales, the majority of them ending on a cliffhanger, even their mid-season finales. I honestly can say all of them deserve mentioning for different reasons. But I choose the second season finale, "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2", for I think my favorite finale because it leaves us with this feeling of utter dread and anticipating for more, to find out what happens next, and most of it just happens right towards the very end.

We have Gaius Baltar elected as President of the Twelve Colonies, but then we skip forward and it's one year later. What other show has done that in possibly the same narrative? From there we see that many things have changed for our characters, situations having made dire even without their enemies pursuing them. Some characters have gotten married, others have gotten fat, there's tension between characters that we don't know the context of before, and so forth. It's like suddenly we jumped right forward and got plopped right in the middle of these people's lives with no idea of what happened in between. But I think the shocking moment happens in the last several minutes, when suddenly the Cylons appear out of nowhere and bombard the planet and make the announcement that they are to occupy the planet along with the humans. Though it's when Gaius stands up and says, "Very well. Oh behalf of the people of the Twelve Colonies....I surrender." That's when all hell breaks loose, that's when you are gaping at the television like, holy shit. Did he really just surrender himself, and everyone else on that planet, at the mercy of the Cylons? WHAT THE FRAKKING FRAK?! O_O

We're left with not knowing what's going to happen to these characters during this occupation for months, and funnily when we skipped a year in this finale we are going to come back in the third season with four skipped months since where we left off. It's like all these gaps that we're skipping over. It really is like, WHAT THE FRAK IS HAPPENING HERE?! And you know what? I like it. It makes us question, to theorize, to want to know more because we care about what is happening to these characters.

So yeah, I think this finale was fantastic not just because of that but for the direction alone, it's one of the best jump-forward moves ever to forward the story. And when you listen to Ron Moore and David Eick talking about the process of doing this, it makes you really appreciate their appreciation for the story itself.


Runner Ups: "Crossroads, Part 2" from Battlestar Galactica because, well duh. Definitely in that what the frak? category because of all these revelations that were given, especially the pull away in the end through the galaxy. Absolutely phenomenal. Oh, and I gotta give a shoutout to the S1 finale of Supernatural, simply because that ending was so shocking it leaves you wondering what is going to happen to these characters, especially had the show not been picked up.

Masterlist of days here.

I hope all my lovely Americans had a wonderful Independence Day yesterday. I, for one, didn't really do any celebrating for the 4th of July only because we usually do so with relatives when we're all together. But since we all have different schedules and they're all over the place now, I just spent the majority of the day at home and trying to calm my dog from freaking out over the huge booms of the fireworks.

Oh, and y'all need to see this: "It All Ends Here" ;___;

It's the most beautiful and depressing movie posters I have seen, I absolutely love it. Of course this actually made my chest tighten because I really don't want it to be over, even though I know it's never the end. But at the same time, it is. I can't explain it, okay? Harry Potter has been my life for many years, even if I'm not actively in fandom anymore it still is a part of me. I'm thinking about many a grand HP post at some point, really kind of reliving how I got into the series in the first place, the impact it's made on my life and the fabulous people I have met through it. And it's so funny, because I haven't talked about Harry Potter on my journal for some time, and yet with the final movie coming really close it's really sparked something inside of me to revisit it again.

In case anyone hasn't heard about it, hp_commonroom is where you can relive the series again. I just joined, but it's great to see so many people being enthusiastic about the books. It's kind of like, I've forgotten how amazing it is. It's almost like going to the midnight release parties all over again!
 
 
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Filomena: OMGAWD!aubade_saudade on July 5th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WERE GONNA BE READALONGS!! OMG! thanks for the linkage, bb.

do i still have time?!?!? i'm a fast reader! i can do it!

anyway. yeah. awesome! *goes off to read*
Renée: BSG. Six. Made of awesome.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
It's actually prompted me to reread the series from the beginning, which I haven't in a long time now. Just going through the first chapter of the first book makes me all nostalgic. :)
icecoldrain: Supernatural - Sam is Harry Pottericecoldrain on July 5th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'll be anywhere near as sad as I was after I finished reading DH for the first time when the last part of the movie comes out. I know people think it's weird to mourn book characters and the ending of a series but I'm like IT'S HARRY POTTER. Harry Potter was with me for years. Those books were with me through the good and the bad times, I was legit sad when it was over lol.

And I just joined that group, there's no such thing as too much HP lol.
Renée: LotS. Team Epic Hotness.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
That's exactly how I feel, too. Some people think it's weird and that it's "just a book" and maybe it is to them but, it's like an ending of an era even though it's not with us. Because we literally grew up with these books, with Harry and his friends and this grand adventure, it was endless fun throughout the years and even when the series ended we had the movies still. But now that is coming to an end, too. It's like, where do we go from here?

Definitely no such thing as too much Harry Potter, for sure. ;)
icecoldrain: Supernatural - Sam is Harry Pottericecoldrain on July 6th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I know, it's like CRAP, IT'S REALLY OVER. But it will live on in our memories and yearly re-reads(er, I can't be the only one who busts my HP books out yearly) :D And I want that Harry Potter encyclopedia whenever it comes out.

I missed the chapter one post, I was eating dinner and then it was over lol(unless it kicked back up).
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Well, Harry Potter will always live in regardless. It's become such a worldwide phenomenon that I don't think anyone will ever forget about it, and that's the upside to everything. It will always live on in our memories, hearts and rereads and just think, for generations to come HP will still continue to thrive. I think that's awesome. :)
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Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
BSG was one of the few shows that really had that level of intensity every single episode. Their finales were always something to be holding your breath for because you never knew what was coming and even when you thought it would be one thing, it always managed to surprise us with something else.
Jennifer: trueblood_godricjenniferkaos on July 6th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
man, my friend is forcing me to go see Harry Potter this year. Its the least I can do I suppose since I made her go see Bruno in theaters. Haha!
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Harry Potter is a pretty epic series, honestly. Of course this is going to be the last of the saga so, unless you've been keeping up with the happenings in HPland than you'll be utterly lost.
Jennifer: twilight_ashleygreenejenniferkaos on July 6th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I watched movies 1-3. I still need to borrow the 4th and 5th one before I'll see this one. I have until November, right? :)
Renée: Castiel + Cell phone = OTP.rogueslayer452 on July 7th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Definitely. :) I'm going to reread the books between now and then, just because I haven't in a while and I need my nostalgia before seeing the final movie.
cheerful_earl: Gaius and Sixcheerful_earl on July 6th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I looooove that finale. That time jump just totally blew my mind and everything else you mentioned. Such a great choice. It's very WHAT THE FRAK!?

Happy 4th! Hopefully you had a nice time chilling with your dog at least!

Gah, that poster. I really want to reread and rewatch them all now, but I'm housesitting and these people don't have the books or the movies.
Renée: Six. Relaxation.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
This finale completely mindfrakked with us from that time jump alone. I think both this and "Crossroads" are tied in this department because I really was gaping at the screen and literally went "WUT?" when they aired. Then again they tendency to do that to me quite often on BSG, lol.

Hee, I surely did. :) She was not pleased with the huge random explosions outside, the poor thing.

WHUT, NO HARRY POTTER BOOKS OR MOVIES THERE?! D: THAT IS UTTER BLASPHEMY!
cheerful_earl: Gaius and Sixcheerful_earl on July 6th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
They really are pretty much tied when it comes to mind-blowing-ness. BSG did that with almost every finale- you're so right, they definitely had a tendency to do that on BSG.

Poor puppy. :( The dog where I'm housesitting had a hard time at first, too. Poor guys. They have no idea what's going on.

I KNOW! I AM SO VERY UPSET BECAUSE I REALLY, REALLY WANTED TO HARRY POTTER IT UP.
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
My bb girl gets anxious and upset whenever fireworks go off or when there's loud thunder overhead. It's cute but unnerving how she just squeaks and whines because yeah, she doesn't understand what those noises mean. :(

LOL HARRY POTTER IT UP! IT'S A CRIME THAT THEY DON'T, THOUGH. BUT IT WOULD BE KIND OF FUNNY IF THEY HAD ANYTHING MISHA-RELATED - THAT WOULD BE VERY RANDOM YET AWESOME AT THE SAME TIME, LULZ!
cheerful_earl: bad romancecheerful_earl on July 6th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Awwww, poor bb! What kind of dog do you have?

I WISH THEY HAD ANYTHING MISHA-RELATED! THAT WOULD BE CRAZY AND AWESOME. But I can find nothing. Well, except what I brought. Not that I bring Misha-related stuff with me everywhere....
Renée: Castiel. Cute and sneaky.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
She's a Chow mix. I love her to itty bitty bits. ♥

Sure you don't, bb. Sure you don't. ;) lol
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Renée: Six. Warrior of God.rogueslayer452 on July 6th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I never really got into Farscape, to be honest. I tried, but it just wasn't something I could get into. But it does seem like such a fascinating show regardless.