"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wow

I finished up the two parter "Act of Contrition/You Can't Go Home Again" from season one of BSG last night, and I could only say, "Wow." The story involves Commander Adama, Lee Adama, and Kara Thrace dealing with the long-ago death of their son, brother, and fiance, respectively. The interaction between those three was, without a doubt, some of the most compelling drama I've seen on the big screen, little screen, or stage. All the actors struck just the right notes and never over- or underplayed the situation. Edward James Olmos (the elder Adama) somehow manages to display outward defiance while inwardly deflating when he learns that his son's death was not just preventable, but caused by Kara. And later, Olmos lets his normally dour commander's exterior soften just enough to show us how much he truly cares for his surviving son, when Lee asks - with some legitmate doubt in his mind - if his father would search as long and hard for him as they'd spent most of the second episode doing for Kara - leaving reluctantly, and only after the President virtually threatens to strip him of command - after she goes MIA. "Do you really have to ask?" the commander inquires of his son, whose face shows that, based on their relationship, he honestly does. "If it were you down there, we'd never leave," says his father. The affection shown between these two hardened characters in that brief exchange is almost overwhelming. I love this show. This may be the most compelling sci-fi series ever created, and as a long-time fan of everything from Star Trek to the X-Files, I do not say that lightly. Why couldn't I have discovered it sooner (or listened to my friends earlier)?

6 comments:

Andrew said...

You're friends would never have introduced you to Kara et al if they knew you'd call it "BG"... its BSG and that's that.

Oh, and as for the drama... as they say, you ain't seen nothin' yet. I'd go pick up season 2 stat.

Bree said...

Andrew, PLEASE don't encourage him to even further geekdom. You've seen the shoes...

Andrew said...

Bree, I love Star Wars, BSG, Lord of the Rings, video games, computer games, and the thought of doin' it with Lara Croft in Tomb Raider... and I've never once worn mandals like that. Don't think for a second its because he's a geek... its something much more disturbing in that brain...

Cincinnatus said...

Andrew, I have corrected my posts to the appropriate abbreviation for the show, and I appreciate that you value it enought to call me out on it. I will never make that mistake again. As for the "mandals" (I think you made that word up), they are entirely Bree's fault. I showed her a variety of options that I liked, but valued her input enough to ask for it. And those are the ones she pointed to. She could have stopped that train wreck before it ever happened, but since she didn't, she must now bear the consequences.

P.S. Any idea how to get invited to Matt's blog? I don't have his email and can't post on his blog to ask how to read it since it's cock-blocked.

Bree said...

you are a LIAR. that wretched abomination of footwear was truly the least offensive of the options, and you REFUSED to walk out of the exchange sandal-less. even when your son starting screaming. (no doubt in horror over the whole situation.)

Meghan said...

While I certainly don't want to get into the mandals debate (and they are horrid) I will tell you that no one can get into Matt's blog and he is no longer updating it. I'm sure he has some inane reason.