What I hate about Battlestar Galactica

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  1. Sep 1, 2005 #41 of 157

    bryan314 New Member

    Nov 17, 2004


    3) I see no problem with a compass. As long as the planet has a magnetic field and it's stable the compass will 'work'. It's only needed to maintain proper orientation. Whether magnetic north lines up with North is irrelevant. Magnetic North only needs to stay put. I would also think any planet with animals and plants would require the radiation protection a magnetic field provides.
  2. Sep 1, 2005 #42 of 157

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    Well it comes down to where you draw the line, I think. This is supposed to be a civilization that has developed technology, architecture, culture, and fashion styles in parallel with Earth. They obviously can't make every single thing different, but when there are things that are so obviously Earthly it tends to mess with my suspension of disbelief. If Starbuck drove a Toyota Prius with the labels removed would you still be okay with that? What about a PT Cruiser, a Mini Cooper, or a Volkswagen Beetle? :D

    Make more of an effort to differentiate props, costumes, sets, and cultural norms from 21st century Earth. I'm not expecting them to go all the way, live action sci fi TV and movies almost never do that. I just think things like a Hummer and cigarettes are too Earthly. Make the cigarette different. Make the truck different, give it hexagon wheels. :p
  3. Sep 1, 2005 #43 of 157

    ovr8ted New Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Why is that so hard to believe? We can fly a (wo)man to another planet (or moon) but can't cure the common cold, feed the world, or live in peace.

    If you people can't get by the little things in this show, regular tv must kill you! :eek: Seriously, how often do you tell a joke and you hear laughter from 100 people, when only you and a friend are present? How often have you gone to a coffee shop and always get the couch and chairs around it? How many times can you shift a vehicle before you finally stop going faster, or apparently are shown going 35 mph while in 10th gear? :rolleyes:

    This show is one of the best of anything we have right now, and I personally believe one of the best shows there has been in a while. I plan on accepting that few TV shows, if any, can be completely correct week after week. I'm alright being a loyal fan. :cool:
  4. Sep 1, 2005 #44 of 157

    vikingguy New Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    The things I hated about BSG was the non stop sex and to much Dr. Bashir in season 1. The first season to me was a contest between star buck and crazy bashir to see who could score the most. I also hate the pregnancy story line it just feels like to much of a rip off of V the writers can do better than that. I also hate how Dr. Bashir can be crazy but people have not said a word and still trust him to do important work. I like the second season much much more than the first. I just hope that they don't go back to the having a sex scene every 5 minutes of the first season. I also wish that one of the male characters would grow a set and stops being dominated by the women. There is not 1 male character who has shown any stones what so ever. BSG is a good but it still has its flaws IMO.
  5. Sep 1, 2005 #45 of 157

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town


    I'm thinking that one of the flaws may be clearly pronouncing character names.
  6. Sep 1, 2005 #46 of 157
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    BSG, DS9, it's all the same...
  7. Sep 1, 2005 #47 of 157

    redrouteone This Space for Lease TCF Club

    Jun 16, 2001
    Austin, Texas
    I think having her drive a Hummer was a good idea. The Hummer is clearly a military vehicle and one painted in camouflage just reenforces the thought.

    Back in her apartment Starbuck was saying that unlike everyone else she is not fighting to get her home back. She is just fighting because it is what she does. Starbuck driving a Hummer just goes to show how much being a soldier is part of who she is.
  8. Sep 1, 2005 #48 of 157

    vikingguy New Member

    Aug 11, 2005

    If you are talking to me the actor who plays baltar is a spitting image of the guy who played Dr. Bashir on DS9.
  9. Sep 2, 2005 #49 of 157

    RoundBoy New Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    ok... ONE theory is that it isn't present day earth they are talking about.. it could be a future earth... somewhat near future....

    Bullets.. nothing really stacks up to the awsome power of kinetic energy. Gun powder provides its own materials for cumbustion (oxygen) and with no gravity / atmosphere, makes a great way to destroy something. Bullets vs the 'energy' weapons developed is probably a no brainer.. especially if the engery needed requored a large power source.

    Plus.. bullets are damn cheap.

    North? North? Lots of planets have a north.

    Hummer? Sure.. it resembled a hummer... but how would you design a big vehicle to stomp around in. They never were under the hood.. it could have been hydrogen or that fuel they use...
  10. Sep 2, 2005 #50 of 157

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    It's fantastic that BSG doesn't use all futuristic technology to do every little thing... the compass is a perfect example. What works better in that instance than a compass? The right tool for the right job. It also is a perfect quick storytelling device. Whip out a compass, everyone knows exactly what it is, and exactly what they're doing with it. Whip out a blinky little box, and they have to explain that the blinky little box is a compass. Otherwise the could be testing for radiation, scanning for cylons, or doing any other number of things. It's a waste of valuable dialog time that could be spent with character or plot development.

    The rest of the stuff is a matter of budget. I'm sure the producers would loved nothing more to have Starbuck in a land speeder or hover bike or something else really cool. The don't and they don't want something cardboard to replace it or look cheesy. I'd make the same choice. Choose something that immediately evokes the feeling they're after, a huge ass military like vehicle.

    Costuming I'd have done a bit differently for civie clothing... like no ties for one. But I wouldn't make it too outlandish. But I feel that's an incredibly minor nitpick. The military costumes I really like.
  11. Sep 2, 2005 #51 of 157

    SparkleMotion New Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Alive at...
    While there is a similarity, I wouldn't say "spitting image".
  12. Sep 2, 2005 #52 of 157
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    By the way, when I saw the thread title, I tried to imagine what it could be about, and the only thing I could come up with is having to wait two weeks for the next episode.

    Different strokes, I guess!
  13. Sep 2, 2005 #53 of 157

    tbone526 *Clever title here*

    Dec 2, 2004
    Actually, we already have "anti-radiation pills." I believe it's potassium iodide. Short non-technical explanation: radioactive fallout is inhaled and injested and travels through the blood stream to certain organs (such as the thyroid), then wreaks havoc. The potassium iodide prevents the radioactive material from gathering in those organs, so it's passed back out of the body, minimizing the damage.
  14. Sep 2, 2005 #54 of 157

    5thcrewman Active Member

    Sep 22, 2003

    No BSG this week? That makes me very angry!! :mad:
    'Scuse me gotta go now...
  15. Sep 2, 2005 #55 of 157

    NoThru22 Smelly Pirate Hooker

    May 6, 2005
    Bel Air, MD
    The no cure for cancer thing has been addressed. The doctor already told her in the mini-series that if they had access to the proper medical facilities, she could be treated. But that's out of the question now.

    Also for the Hummer and things of the nature, it's either because it's our future or the fact this show already has a paper thin budget and I think for the budget that's like 1/10th that of an episode of CSI, it looks damn good.
  16. Sep 2, 2005 #56 of 157

    Talon Chally!

    Dec 5, 2001
    MD, USA
    Well, I don't hate anything from the show that I can think of, but I do love the scenes in space. I love the quietness and the visuals are fantastic.
  17. Sep 2, 2005 #57 of 157

    Skittles West Coast citizen!

    May 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Actually, that's not entirely true.

    In the miniseries, the first time we see Laura Roslin is in the doctor's office on Caprica. The doctor tells her that her cancer is untreatable and inoperable.
  18. Sep 2, 2005 #58 of 157

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    Treatment for cancer is quite a different thing that a cure for cancer.

    After all, we have many treatments for cancer. Surgery, radiation, certain drugs, or a mixture of the three.

    Hardly a cure though. (Even though it does save many people's lives)
  19. Sep 2, 2005 #59 of 157

    marrone Phased Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Melbourne, FL
    I just wish they'd invest in a tripod!

  20. Sep 2, 2005 #60 of 157

    Charlutz New Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Columbia, MD
    The show is a drama, set in space. The point of it is the writing and the plot. If they spent all their time coming up with different costumes, it would distract from all of the subtle foreshadowing, dialogue and unspoken expression. They made a conscious decision to use bullets and nukes so they would not be tempted to bail themselves out of plot issues with "super weapons" and such. It's supposed to feel more "real" because it is like what we have. It's not supposed to be a vision of the future. It's supposed to show how people deal with despair and adversity -- just set in space. It kills me how even after 2 seasons people still want it to be like the old BSG or Star Trek. It won't. It's trying something different, and that is a good thing.

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