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Dear BSG,


Let me get my disclaimer out of the way and say that I liked "Downloaded." I think it was a brilliant concept with lots of neat elements and most of the cast, particularly Tricia Helfer, pulled their weight and then some.


That being said...am I getting stupider by the minute? Because you seem to think I am.


Remember back in the good old days of "33," when we got dropped smack in the middle of the action and the episode was all "Come on, catch up! We don't have all day!"? Or in "Act of Contrition" when we were left to ourselves to figure out the flashbacks without the help of subtitles like "Two Years Ago - Zak Adama's Funeral - HE DIED, REMEMBER?" and what the intermitent glimpses of Kara crashing her Viper were all about? And in the episode commentary for "33", Ron Moore actually went on at length about how TV audiences -- and in particular, sci-fi audiences -- are smarter than people give them credit for? And how this means that they're totally willing to just start up an episode and let you figure it out, because you can? Yeah. Good times.


Now here we are, almost two seasons later, and look what you're feeding us. You don't think we can remember fucking CapricaSix getting fucking NUKED. You don't think we can remember SHARON getting SHOT. By CALLY. You don't think we can remember where this happened, or when this happened -- oh, wait, neither can the writers. Sharon getting shot was ten weeks ago? When we've practically been going a month per episode since "Resurrection Ship"? I...don't think so.


You don't think we can remember the basic concept that Cylons can download, so D'Anna needs to explain it to the audience the newly resurrected Cylons.


You don't think we can figure out the extremely clever trick of Six's when she scratched herself and pretended the flying glass had cut her. Baltar's comment that her timing was impeccable is too subtle for morons like us. You could have reinforced it by having the imaginary Baltar lift Six's hand and show us some blood on her fingernail, but no. You had to have Baltar lay it out for her. And if that wasn't bad enough, you had to replay it for us. OH. MY. GODS. WE GET IT!


I just...don't understand what's going on. The entire concept of this episode was amazing. I love that Six has a Baltar in her head. I love how resurrected Sharon turned out. I love that Caprica Six and Galactica Sharon were able to share information with each other that resonated. I love that I didn't figure out why D'Anna had put them together until they figured it out, because it was really cool. But why are these great concepts getting over-explained and dumbed down? Network pressure? New writers? Ron D. Moore off with his bong instead of supervising the show like he did in season one?


So, BSG, take heed. I love ya. You're a great show, and we've had some good times together. Please remember back to when you used to think I was smart. I have a brain, and I'd like to get back to using it when we hang out.


All my conditional love [TM Strega],
misskiwi

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On February 26th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC), alliterator commented:
I, too, loved "Downloaded," but I have the same complaints.

"Ten weeks earlier"? Really? You think we're going to buy that shit? A fucking month passed between "Black Market" and "Scar" and another month passed between "Sacrifice" and "The Captain's Hand." That's eight weeks right there. So you're telling me that between "Resistance" and "Black Market" was two fucking weeks? No fucking way.

I actually missed the first few minutes, so I didn't see the flashback where Caprica Six died, but couldn't they put all of that in the previouslies?

But I loved the episode anyway. How can you not love an episode where Roslin jokes about tossing a baby out the airlock?
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On February 26th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
I actually missed the first few minutes, so I didn't see the flashback where Caprica Six died, but couldn't they put all of that in the previouslies?

Oh, they did. They felt it necessary to put both Six's death and Boomer's death in the previouslies, then replay them again.
On February 27th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC), malayawriter replied:
My pals here & I watched this together and loved it. YEah, it would have been better to show it earlier in the season... still it was a great episode, leading into the season finale 2-parter. I'd like to see a few more from the cylon view - esp. caprica six and the reborn sharon.
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On February 26th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC), spectralbovine commented:
Baltar's comment that her timing was impeccable is too subtle for morons like us.

I am a moron, then. I didn't get it until they showed it, although they could have lost either showing it or having Baltar explain it. I thought it was cool either way, though.
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On February 26th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
Yeah, both was overkill. And like I said, doing something more subtle like showing she had blood on her fingernail probably would have done the trick, just in case you didn't pick it up from his comment.
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On February 26th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC), debetesse commented:
This comment is brought to you by the waving hands society.

My thought is that they may be looking at this ep as Emmy-bait. As such, they need to make it understandable to the Emmy voters, thus the over-explanation.

Even more hand-wavy, is there any reason why the Galactica and Cylon plot-lines have to be concurrent? Especially if, in the next few episodes, one of them needs to be moving faster, starting at the same moment in time is less important than ending at the same moment and/or hitting resonant points together.

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On February 26th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC), peri_peteia replied:
An episode involving not one, but TWO storylines that require Grace Park to emote as Emmy-bait? Dude, that's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

And the Cylon and Galactica plotlines don't HAVE to be concurrent, but they are actually supposed to be. The whole ten weeks ago thing is an error, the same sort of which this show has made before, like how in Valley of Darkness Dualla says it's been two weeks since Colonial Day, which is blatantly untrue since KLG1, KLG2, Scattered, and Valley of Darkness all took place over the same 36 or so hour period, starting on the day after Colonial Day.
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On February 26th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC), alliterator replied:
I have a feeling that the BSG timeline is going to be like Angel Season Four. Long stretches of episodes that take place over a few days and then suddenly weeks/months pass between episode with no one noticing. Only less good.
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On February 26th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
It's not that hard! I mean, they can keep track of the number of people living in the fleet, but can't even keep vague timelines straight? Yeesh.
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On February 26th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
Emmy-bait episodes would have Katee Sackhoff. The end.
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On February 26th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC), peri_peteia commented:
Let's never forget how we're also so stupid that we can't tell the difference between what we know happened on the show AND STUFF THEY JUST STUCK INTO THE PREVIOUSLIES.

Bah.
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On February 26th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
Yeah, I love how they chose to toy with the takes and editing of the Kara/Sharon scene to be talking about the Cylon models rather than about raiders. They could have used Six's scene from the miniseries and then just the line about "Death becomes a learning experience" instead of twisting it around into a big, fat lie.
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On March 2nd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC), gargyloveswolfy commented:
SPOILER WARNING:

Not everyone watching has seen it from the beginning. I didn't even start watching myself until the last 3 or 4 episode of S1 of the new series. Luckily, I have a brother that was in from the beginning that can help fill in the gaps for me.
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On March 6th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Just a thought - maybe we saw all of those scenes again because there's a reason Caprica Six and Galactica Sharon are so different after downloading. Their experience as Cylon was entirely different than every other replica of the particular model they are. I don't know for sure, but it felt like the writers were giving us clues, not treating us as though we were stupid. There's some sort of freaky double triple sleight of hand thing happening. The flashbacks were part of it.

Shrugging - or the writing is slipping.
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On March 7th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC), kiwikazoo replied:
Oh, I have no problem with them showing the scenes again (even if they can't get the timeline straight). My problem was that they felt the need to show it in the previews, and then again in the episode proper with the time and location subtitles. One or the other would have been fine, and if it had been up to me, I just would have left it in the episode and not in the previews. In fact, you almost could have had a cold start to this episode.
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