What I hate about Battlestar Galactica

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by trausch, Aug 31, 2005.

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

    Greg K. Member

    Jun 28, 2005


    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 West Coast citizen!

    May 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    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 New Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Alive at...
    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 West Coast citizen!

    May 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    You're just jealous because your sheets of paper have four corners. Admit it.

  5. Sep 1, 2005 #25 of 157

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001


    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 Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    Boston, MA
    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 Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    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 Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    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 Auteur

    Apr 1, 2002
    Orlando, FL
    Bad acting??!?!

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

    dgh New Member

    Jul 24, 2000
    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 New Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    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 Idiot

    Dec 12, 2003
    Why do you assume its easier to cure cancer then travel FTL?
  13. Sep 1, 2005 #33 of 157
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Because curing cancer is theoretically possible... :D
  14. Sep 1, 2005 #34 of 157

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    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 Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    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 I'm not angry.

    Jul 25, 2003
    Omaha, Nebraska
    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.

  17. Sep 1, 2005 #37 of 157

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    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 No, not Detroit. TCF Club

    Aug 18, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    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 Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    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 Active Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Austin, TX
    :confused: Wasn't that a design carried over from the original series?....or am I mis-remembering?

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