Archive for January, 2009

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The Courage of One’s Convictions

January 31, 2009
With chaos brewing, Baltar and Roslin find some common ground.

With chaos brewing, Baltar and Roslin find some common ground.

by millari

Note: This is an episode review that contains spoilers through Episode 4×15, “The Oath”.

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Dereliction of Duty

January 24, 2009
"A Disquiet..." muses on parenthood, both real and figurative.

"A Disquiet Follows My Soul" muses on parenthood, real and figurative.

by millari
screencap courtesy of phoenixothon

This is a review for the Season 4.5 episode of BSG, “A Disquiet Follows My Soul”. More under the cut. Read the rest of this entry ?

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OMG! WTF? Wow….(repeat on loop)

January 22, 2009

by spacepug

The 13th Colony held it’s biggest Frak Party so far in conjunction with the premiere of Season 4.5, “Sometimes a Great Notion.” 37 of Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica fans (OK, 36 of us and one from Pennsylvania.  Hi Pete!) decided to come together to watch the show. The picture below tells the story. A cafe full of BSG fans, all glued to the TV screen, very still and very quiet.

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Honestly, it was a good time.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good punch to the gut every once and awhile, particularly when you can share it with friends… The lively debate that followed the broadcast ended with a general agreement that our list of questions grew substantially over that first hour, and that I should provide boxes of tissue at all future events.

We’ll be back to LaFontana Caffe in Burnaby for the next nine Fridays in a row. Word’s getting out, the right people are noticing our really frakkin’ cool poster, so I’m betting we might just hit 50 people by the time the Finale arrives.

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By the Fireside Bright

January 17, 2009

A review by millari *Spoilers behind the cut*

Kara's quest for answers lead to more questions.

Kara's quest for answers only leads to more questions.

At the end of Battlestar Galactica’s Season 4.0, the Fleet found Earth and made the shocking discovery that it was actually an irradiated dirtpile. With the beginning of Season 4.5, the episode “Sometimes a Great Notion,” rumored to get its title from  the old folk song, “Goodnight Irene,” (Sometimes I take a great notion/to jump in the river and drown) endeavors to show us who in the Fleet is able to bounce back from this cosmic rug-pull, and who is falling into despair.

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The Beginning of the End

January 14, 2009

All smiles in the photo below, but inside each of us is fighting an epic battle between being incredibly excited about having new BSG to watch, and profoundly sad that the journey is almost over.  We’re ready, though.  The 13th Colony held two weeks of marathon nerd sessions called “4.0 Refreshers” in which a dozen of us sat through 5 hours  of Galactica on Sunday afternoons.  Watching the first half of the season resulted in some new revelations (Wow, Tigh did just change the baby’s diaper, didn’t he?) and new debates (Who is that final Cylon anyway?).

BSG fans are always welcome at LaFontana Caffe

BSG fans are always welcome at LaFontana Caffe

For the next ten weeks, Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica fans will be gathering at LaFontana Caffe in Burnaby on Friday nights, to watch the final episodes of the series together.  We truly are the luckiest fans, since we get the broadcast from Space Channel at 7pm local time.  So get there early, order a coffee, and share some amazing television with fellow fans.

The details for all ten episode viewing parties (part of our “13 Weeks of BSG” series) are over at our Meetup site.  Since we are expecting big crowds for the premiere and the finale, please join up and RSVP, or email the organizer to let us know you’re dropping in.

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It ain’t just a river in Egypt

January 7, 2009
Eight tells Gaeta he needs to be more aware

In BSG's "Face of the Enemy, Chapter 9, Eight tells Gaeta a secret.

Poor Felix Gaeta. For a man who has tried ever since we’ve known him to do what’s right, he sure has a knack for ending up on the wrong side of things. In Webisode 9, we find out just how far on the wrong side Gaeta unwittingly ended up while he was on New Caprica. Read the rest of this entry ?

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When answers lead to more questions

January 7, 2009
Hoshi and Racetrack keep knocking, but nobody's home.

Hoshi and Racetrack keep knocking, but nobody's home.

Battlestar Galactica’s “The Face of the Enemy” webisodes started out a few short weeks ago full of questions about who was killing the six occupants of a Raptor, one by one. But even now that we have had a confession by the killer, the nagging question still left is why did the killer believe there’d be no consequences? Read the rest of this entry ?

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Humanity Wins, Barely

January 4, 2009

A review of the new Battlestar Galactica Board Game by Gem

Recently, five 13th Colonists got together for our inagural Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game experience. When I originally wrote this review it got a little novel-esque, so I’ve done my best to chop it down a bit. Hopefully, you’ll still understand the gist of the game without begging the Gods to spare you.

Massive Cylon AttackThe objective of the game depends on whether or not you’re a human or a cylon (a fact that can change mid-way through the game). At the beginning of the game, each player is secretly assigned a team, so unlike many board games, you win as a team, not individually.  As a human, there is one way to win: travel eight units of distance and jump to Kobol. As a cylon, the goal is to prevent the humans from reaching their objective. This can be achieved by running the fleet out of essential resources  (fuel, morale, population, food), or invading the Galactica with centurion boarding parties, and last but not least, by destroying the Galactica altogether.

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