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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],

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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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