Battlestar Anglo-Saxica

For a lifelong TV-phobe like me, DVD box sets are a divinely ordained gift. First they allowed me to take in whole seasons of The Sopranos without having to endure the silly dream sequences, and now they let me catch up with The Wire and Battlestar Galactica — the first a superb, multilayered crime saga as absorbing as a great novel, the second quite simply the finest science fiction show ever seen on television. I realize that last statement will have Trekkies sobbing into their Tribble pillows, but hey — the truth is a harsh mistress.

I have miles to go with The Wire, but I’m nearly through the third season box of Battlestar and I’m drawing near the episode in which somebody hears “All Along the Watchtower” being played. Can you jump the shark in a zero-gravity environment? All I know is what I gleaned from the laments on  Ain’t It Cool News and other geek sites, though it did inspire thoughts of an SF series set in a Bob Dylan-inspired universe with planets like Black Diamond World, which is nothing but islands rising  from and falling into the sea, or the Planet of Thin Men, where nobody really knows what’s going on.

And now, thanks to Jeff Sypeck, I learn that the Capricans have been singing Baltar’s praises in Old English. Curiouser and curiouser. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for the fourth season box to come out.

4 thoughts on “Battlestar Anglo-Saxica

  1. DVD’s, the only way to fly!

    Watching on DVD also allows you to move straight from one episode to the next and that can be thrilling—you can feel the narrative pulse of a story arc in a way you miss or lose track of watching week to week. But!

    There’s a downside.

    You can overdose and I did that with both The Wire and BSG. I had to stop and let go. I feel like I’m ready to get back to The Wire, but with BSG, not so much. I’m stalled two episodes from the end of Season 2. What do I need to know about Season 3 that will re-ignite the old feelings?

  2. geoff says:

    There’s another downside to TV shows on DVD. I have to scurry from conversations involving the fifth season of The Wire, which is hard to do anywhere, but particularly in B’more. I don’t want to know anything about it until I can sit and watch.

    I’m glad to hear your impression of BSG, because I just got the first two discs of Season 1 from Netflix.

  3. Steven Hart says:

    Lance: How does a balls-out space battle and a suicide charge by a burning spaceship, followed by a star chamber meting out vigilante justice against Cylon collaborators, sound to you?

    Geoff: Wasn’t the fourth season of The Wire set in the B’more school system? Did it pass muster with you?

  4. geoff says:

    The Wire season four does focus on the school system–several scenes were filmed at my school (the cafeteria served as a prison in one episode), and two of my current students had roles.

    It did pass muster, but actually made the BCPSS look less chaotic than the reality I’ve experienced this year. There were no teacher beat-downs in The Wire,after all. I liked it a lot, but four was my least favorite season to be frank. I shan’t tell you why until you’ve moved further along for fear of spoiling things.

    I look forward to their take on the local media in season five.

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