OMG! So. Much. Love.
I'm sorry Smallville fandom. I love you dearly, but the kerfuffles make me sad - and frankly I'm premenstrual, the gym was closed, and I need to get my endorphins where I can!!! So today I boycotted you (kind of... not really *g*).
Cut for spoilers up to Episode 6 Season 2
Basically everything I have to say is summed up by 'So Much Love' but I'll take my squee a little further than that and express my delight that a sci-fi show of such intelligence and depth is being created.
Season 1 was wonderful in establishing some of the shows unique qualities - a fearless commitment to showing the consequences of human failings, character-driven plots that are pacy with genuinely unexpected plot twists, philosophical and political themes that are challenging and are explored with refreshing honesty. And absolutely brilliant casting and acting. Every character is well-rounded, unique, flawed yet has their own charisma.
Season 2 has taken the show to a brave new place. I love the scale of the drama and the bleak self-destructive atmosphere. Having three separate locations of action in the first eps of Season 2 was incredibly exciting.
I engaged with the show intellectually early on - that was my first real 'hook' in. My second, unconscious one, brought to my attention thanks to fellow-watcher supacat, was Apollo. After tonight's viewing of the first six eps of Season 2 I am massively emotionally invested in the whole show. There's barely a character I do not care about and I have immense love for most of them. Ok, Gaius excepted!
Total squee paragraph: Starbuck and Apollo and so insanely hot that I may die. They need to fuck right now and a lot and onscreen. The kiss in Home Part 1 may be the hottest kiss I've ever seen. *is twelve* More intelligently: I have rarely if ever seen a male-female dynamic with so much complexity and equality that does not have classic romantic stereotypes as its foundation. They have a destined quality about them and yet an agonising distance between them (perfect perfect symbolism of this in Home Part 1 with the wire fence between them). I am very much in Apollo's experience of their relationship - I get all bitey fingernails that she doesn't really care for him... But thankfully I have supacat putting me right from the Starbuck camp's pov!
Sharon... fascinates me and freaks me out. The scene at the end of Season 1 where BSG!Sharon goes to the cylon ship and meets the other Sharons was oddly unexpectedly very reminiscent of Neon Genesis Evangelion for me. (I think because of the whole part-biological machine thing and clones. At least they weren't floating headless in a tank - thank god!) Very very creepy. I love the questions she raises ethically, personally and politically.
I love the President and I love Apollo's connection with her. It amuses me to remember that I found her irritating in the mini-series. 'Who is this old woman and why would I care that she has breast cancer??!' Hee! She's such a fabulous politician - it's a masterful character study.
Adama breaks my heart. I at once admire him, love him, dislike him and am angered by him. (OMG - I am Apollo.) I love his model ship and the scene I've just watched with Dee (sp?) where she tells him that it's time to 'put this family back together'. Go Dee! She's wonderfully understated. Her 'maybe you asked to talk to me because you think I have nothing to say' line was great.
Oh! I'm so squee-y! I cannot sleep...
norwich36 - where are you? come and make me be intelligent about this!! ;)
*goes to sleep dreaming of Apollo*
(curses to anyone that spoils me!)