Best of the ‘Westerns’

I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again; I really, really dislike Westerns.

For starters, I hate the West (never mind that I live there; that’s a different post); it’s the most ugly and unphotogenic region captured on film. I see no reason to revel in a landscape that’s mostly barren and dead.

But more importantly, the movies themselves are generally repugnant; they mostly celebrate the ugly side of American history while ignoring the complexity of Manifest Destiny. Indians are always pure evil, and Americans are always the victims of violence, and the historical whitewashing only serves to piss me off.

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Battlestar Galactica: Valley of Darkness

Picking up from last week, the Galactica must deal with the boarding party of Centurions running loose on the ship. On Kobol, the stranded crewman lose another member. On Caprica, Helo and Starbuck make a pit stop at her old digs and just take a break from all their running and fighting.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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Battlestar Galactica: Scattered

We pick up where “Kobol’s Last Gleaming” left us; Bill Adama has taken two to the chest and is setting up camp on Death’s door. Starbuck, Helo and Athena are feeling some hostility and still stuck on Caprica, especially after Athena steals’ Starbuck’s raider. Tyrol, Baltar and company are stuck on Kobol, and sadly lose one of their companions to Cylon fighters. Finally, Roslin, Billy and Lee Adama are stuck in the brig after the coup.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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28 Days Later

It’s a break in of some kind; men and woman enter a room filled with animals in cages, and while they’re horror-struck at what they see, their resolve to free these “torture victims” will not be swayed, even when the voice of reason tries to intervene. Before you know it, a monkey infected with a rage virus is free and on the attack…

So begins (brilliantly) “28 Days Later,” a zombie thriller from Danny Boyle; these well-meaning but foolish environmental activists spark off a plague throughout the United Kingdom, but that backstory is unknown to our protagonist, Jim (Cillian Murphy), who suffered a head injury and has been in a coma. When he wakes up (28 Days Later), the world is empty and silent, with no one to hear his “Hello.”

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Battlestar Galactica: Kobol’s Last Gleaming (1 and 2)

Here we are at the first season finale. Originally, I was going to do two reviews for the two-part finale, but it made more sense to me to keep them together. We will have to see how this works out in the future.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day

As the Fleet prepares to celebrate their version of Independence Day, President Roslin call a summit of the Quorum of Twelve (one delegate from each former planet), including the newly elected Sagittaron delegate, Tom Zarek. During the first day, Zarek calls for a vice presidential election, where he is conveniently nominated. On Caprica, Helo gets his brain back and discovers there is more than one Sharon Sharon Valerii.

A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.

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