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04 May 2012 @ 02:51 pm
BSG Rewatch -- "33"  
Still one of the most perfect hours of television.



First Cylon occupied Caprica and our first glimpse of She-Who-Will-Be-Athena Sharon. OMG, you people who didn't watch in real-time have no idea of the complexities of trying to refer to the Sharons. At first it was Caprica!Sharon and Galactica!Sharon -- but then, of course, that had to switch around when Athena reached the fleet and Boomer downloaded and appeared on Caprica. I was so grateful we could finally start saying Sharon Agathon and Sharon Valerii once the Agathons got married! (and then her callsign made it easier still). And also ff.net was SO screwed up for awhile.

Anyway, so now we see the beginning of the Cylon plan for Helo, with the arrival of Sharon to "save" him from the Six.

Gaius gets some theological shoving from Red.

The Fleet has a Really Really Bad Terrible five days, having to jump every 33 minutes. I guess I forgot in the pre-Pegasus days especially, how understaffed Galactica actually is. Pilots I understood they're short-handed, but at the beginning I was like "Why can't they take shifts?" at CIC, and then they mention that there isn't anyone else. It really is that understaffed. hrm. I know the ship was about to be a museum and retired, but wasn't it fully staffed with at least two shifts worth of people at the attacks? Plus they picked up at least a few stragglers...

And a wild Crashdown appears! "he's a refugee from the Triton", Boomer snarls, when his main fault is that he's not Helo. and also he'll turn sort of crazy and he's a vampire, but she doesn't know that.

We get our first acknowledgment that Boomer's a Cylon when she's not as tired as everyone else.

No idea why I've always remembered Kara's discussion with Lee about "Good hunting" but it seems to crop up in my fic all the time. heh

Argh, I keep having to leave before I quite finish, but I figure better to have something up, since I don't know when I'll get time later. But if you want to add anything, about Olympic Carrier, or whatever, feel free.

 
 
 
I am of the stars, I am called forever: BSG: Leoben Conoy steph2311 on May 4th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ilove reading your re-watch reviews, sorry this is the first that I've commented on, but I am reading :)

I don't think they had any choice regarding the fate of the Olympic Carrier.....

I have been doing my own rewatch also recently, but I'm so slow with it due to RL
lizardbeth: Lee - frak!lizardbeth_j on May 4th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
thanks! I'm glad if people are getting anything out of them! It's good for me to know people are reading / even though I really want to, rewatch isn't exactly a priority unless I HAVE to do it even for specious, self-inflicted deadlines!

and no, I don't think they had any choice either, not when the OC wouldn't stop and it was armed. But poor Lee and Kara, . (and Bill and Laura too) : :(

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lizardbeth: Six - blue dresslizardbeth_j on May 4th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
IT WAS A MESS with the Sharons. It's funny really -- they saved the Sixes from that problem by not naming Caprica in the mini. Otherwise can you imagine? We would've had, Caprica!Bridget, Imaginary!Bridget, Shelly!Bridget, or y'know, whatever her name was.
Galactic Cupcake: you may refer to me as Godlostinapapercup on May 4th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
33 is one of my favorite episodes of this show, ohmygod. Top five, maybe top three.

"he's a refugee from the Triton", Boomer snarls, when his main fault is that he's not Boomer. and also he'll turn sort of crazy and he's a vampire, but she doesn't know that.
Haha, Crashdown. Somewhere out there must be crossover AU where the humans are forced to ally with the Cylons because the vampires are becoming too much of a threat.
lizardbeth: Anders- b&wlizardbeth_j on May 4th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
... and I realized reading this that I wrote Boomer when I meant Helo, of course. duh.

It really is great. so well written.

I made the Cylons vampires instead in an AU. but that's as close as I've come. :) (Pity, really, since I had a lot more backstory for that snippet that never went anywhere.)
Ray: Adama!Smurfrirenec on May 5th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
Hee, I love vampire AU's! I did with LC/K!

This is a great run down of '33.' The whole episode is so skilfully done and full of tension.
ellestra: charlie jadeellestra on May 5th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
Yes, Sharon thing was funny - how the whole fandom was in complete confusion for a while. although I didn't like that it lead to the whole lines having the same names. I still wish they were all like Sixes - either called by numbers or with their own names.

I admit that Caprica bits were always my favourite in season 1 and first part of 2 as that was when we actually got to see and learn more about cyclons. Maybe because I was never much into the big faceless evil.

Ah, the beginning when I actually shipped Lee and Kara.
M: BSG - Dee + Gaeta are CIC BFFsmfirefly10 on May 5th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
33 ♥

Ugh, I love this episode to pieces. It's such a fantastic way to introduce people to this world. (Yes, the mini-series came first but this is close enough to the beginning to still be an introduction and is a much better example of what one can expect from the series, in general.)

I LOVE Athena's introduction in this episode. It is, in a word, EPIC.

I LOVE the tension that was weaved throughout the episode and how it was reflected in the tension all the characters felt. I loved the way Kara and Lee screamed at one another until they burst into inappropriate laughter. I loved Boomer's reaction to Crashdown. Like, it doesn't matter how pretty you are, buddy. You are not Helo and therefore, you suck. Poor bb :( Everything with Baltar and Head!Six was excellent...

Ugh, the Olympic Carrier and Dee and Lee later...Breaks my heart every time. And the memorial wall...

It was just an awesome episode, even without Ellen + Sam + Tory :)