I hate Apollo. I mean, really, really hate him. He has become the most offensive, sniveling, self-absorbed character on the show. Which really sucks, because I know the writers intend for him to be this pure, noble idealist. But he's not. The man has had his spine surgically removed. The only time he takes a stand is when some obscure, abstract point of navel-gazing morality stands in the way of practical, pragmatic solutions to immediate problems faced by the few remaining survivors of the human race. He hasn't achieved anything of his own--command of the Pegasus on down has been handed to him on a silver platter, and he has the audacity to whine about this because life somehow isn't fair on a cosmic scale. Please, somebody, frakkin' kill him now.
Galactica won't be back until 2008, and I don't think I care. If blowing up the Pegasus wasn't their "jump the shark" moment, then basing an entire episode around Dylan's (or Hendrix's depending on your tastes) "Along the Watchtower" is most definitely a great white moment. Talk about destroying any semblance of verisimilitude with a gross anachronism like that. Since the show actually showed Earth in the psychedelic closing sequence, I think we have to accept Starbuck's contention that she's been there and can lead the fleet to it at face value. The other contention of the episode, that Col. Tigh, Chief Tyrol and those other two are actually Cylon sleeper agents and members of the "Final Five" (as ill-conceived a macguffin as any I've ever seen) is utter and complete bullshit. Tigh's got a 40-year service record. The android Cylons are a relatively new invention--unless they plan to explain that the real Tigh was abducted and replaced with a Cylon duplicate just a few years prior to the miniseries, they're facing some horrible continuity blunders that I don't think I can overlook. Especially when this "Final Five" idea itself is a fairly recent development--hell, I can't find it now, but at the time Lucy Lawless showed up as a Cylon model Ron Moore said in an interview that we'd now seen all the Cylon humanoid models, that the other models had been "boxed" as flawed. That plan, apparently, is out the window. They're rapidly losing all credibility with me--making it up as you go along is one thing, but pretending that you're not is just weak.
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