What I hate about Battlestar Galactica

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  1. Sep 1, 2005 #21 of 157
    Greg K.

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    Every sheet of paper on the show has the corners cut off for some reason. That's the one that bugs me. :)
     
  2. Sep 1, 2005 #22 of 157
    Skittles

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    It's an inside joke from the original miniseries back in 2003. They had some budget issues, and that was the prop coordinator's tongue-in-cheek joke about cutting budget corners.

    That, and it looks cool, which is what matters to me. :)
     
  3. Sep 1, 2005 #23 of 157
    SparkleMotion

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    I disagree on that one. My buddy and I mock all the paper on the show mercilessly. It makes zero sense.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2005 #24 of 157
    Skittles

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    You're just jealous because your sheets of paper have four corners. Admit it.

    ;)
     
  5. Sep 1, 2005 #25 of 157
    DLiquid

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    I'm also bugged by all the stuff in the original post. Humans evolving on a different planet would not invent the exact same stuff as Earthlings. The neck tie, the cigarrette, the Hummer, etc. The Hummer especially was a big eye roller for me. It totally pulled me out of the moment and made me realize I was watching a TV show. I like this show a lot, but I think they are a bit lazy when it comes to props and wardrobe. It would be nice if they were a bit more creative. The silly octagon-like paper is a constant reminder that everything should be at least a little bit different.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2005 #26 of 157
    TiVangelist

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    I find these things refreshing. This is the anti-Star Trek. It is not a technology miracle show.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2005 #27 of 157
    madscientist

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    Well, one of the fundamental plot points in the show is that the humans didn't evolve on a different planet.
     
  8. Sep 1, 2005 #28 of 157
    DeDondeEs

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    I tried this show for a couple of episodes. I just couldn't get past the s-l-o-w moving dialouge, long dramatic pauses, and the bad acting. If its cheesy like the old show, you can get away with bad acting, it's campy. But not with a show that is dark wants to be taken seriously.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2005 #29 of 157
    IndyJones1023

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    Bad acting??!?!

    Cylon! Out the airlock with 'im!
     
  10. Sep 1, 2005 #30 of 157
    dgh

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    It's funny but I like everything the OP hates. But then I frequently like Shakespearean plays in modern dress too. I think of BSG as being presented to the people of Caprica. Thus, normal things like trucks are just normal-looking. Of course, some things like spaceships can't be make to look normal to us but they take it as far as they can.

    I like the single sideband distortion on the radios too.

    Likewise, it's nice to see a fleet commander who isn't wearing pajamas for a change.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2005 #31 of 157
    chewbaccad

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    I'd agree that I was bothered by Starbuck driving a Hummer. I mean, it just doesn't seem right. Not that there's a Hummer in the BSG universe, but that Starbuck doesn't strike me as a Hummer kind of girl (oh, I just know THAT one is getting pulled for replies). She strikes me as the kind of grease monkey girl that would have a bitchin' Camaro... or at least some serious muscle car :D

    Ok, the compass thing bugged me a bit, but ther rest of the OP's points never bothered me. In fact, the only thing that's ever pained me is that everything is a dang octagon!! Picture frames, papers, etc... It made me wonder why that photo Starbuck keeps in her locker was a rectangle ;)
     
  12. Sep 1, 2005 #32 of 157
    oski87

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    Why do you assume its easier to cure cancer then travel FTL?
     
  13. Sep 1, 2005 #33 of 157
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Because curing cancer is theoretically possible... :D
     
  14. Sep 1, 2005 #34 of 157
    Jonathan_S

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    I'd assume it was easier to cure cancer than to repair / prevent radiation damage through a injectable drug. (The other item the original post mentioned).

    In the first case you are just killing off specific out of control cells, in the second you are attempting to repair replace ever bit of DNA broken by radiation, and quite possibly replace entire destroyed cells.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2005 #35 of 157
    DLiquid

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    Okay, evolve is the wrong word, since we haven't biologically evolved much in the past few thousand years, but all of the examples I listed are things which are fairly recent developments on Earth. The Hummer certainly didn't originate on Kobol.
     
  16. Sep 1, 2005 #36 of 157
    AngryPuppy

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    I think it's budgetary for one thing. It's more expensive to design and build foreign looking props. It takes even more budget for any CG animation that might be required to put those props into action.

    I also think they are trying to avoid coming off as campy. If to save money, they just disguise things to look other-worldly, they will still probably be recognized for what they are.

    The Hummer did bother me, but after reading this thread and giving it more thought, I'm more willing to overlook it now.

    Guns are more practical than energy-projectile weapons in my opinion. Likely to be simpler and more reliable in combat. I don't think guns are a stretch.


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  17. Sep 1, 2005 #37 of 157
    hefe

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    I find it interesting that the things I notice that are accuracy errors, or continuity errors, or writing shortcuts, or simplifications for dramatic license, are very different from the items that other people notice. Not that any of it makes me dislike the show as a whole. I was never bothered one iota by the Hummer. But there are other things I immediately notice.
     
  18. Sep 1, 2005 #38 of 157
    DavidTigerFan

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    WHy must everyone nitpick everyminor detail for every damn scifi show out there.? Its a tv show. Get over it, suspension of disbelief. What would you have them do?
     
  19. Sep 1, 2005 #39 of 157
    madscientist

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    Maybe I missed something about the Hummer. Did it have a "Hummer" label on it or something? If so, that is a little lame. I didn't notice anything like that though. I mean, I obviously recognized it as a Hummer but I don't think it's odd to imagine that humans on two different worlds would independantly come up with similar looking designs when they're trying to create a big, bad-ass military vehicle.

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, that don't really care about stuff like this. The only things that throw me out of the show are plot errors: I have a good memory for details and when something doesn't ring true or conflicts with or unreasonably stretches a plot point it really irks me. Much to my wife's annoyance :p
     
  20. Sep 1, 2005 #40 of 157
    Crrink

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    :confused: Wasn't that a design carried over from the original series?....or am I mis-remembering?
     

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