Boob Tube: The Good Ship Frak’de’Pop

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Boob Tube: The Good Ship Frak’de’Pop

BSG spoiler warning! If you’re not yet caught up with this season so far, thar be spoilers ahead...

With the dream of earth shattered, the fleet wracked with strife and despair, and Galactica literally falling apart at the seams, the stalwarts have decided that the old girl ought to go out in style: on one last mission which could very likely see everyone we give a damn about on this show winding up, well, toast. In what very little is being said about the content of next week’s Battlestar Galactica series finale, coming from the cast in interviews, the word popping up most often to describe the episode? “Beautiful.” What?! A cast who are confident about and gratified by the final direction of their show? Yeah. Refreshing, no?

As sad as I am to see this all-consumingly addictive amazing series come to an end, I’m grateful that they decided to stop before they ran out of story. I’m confident that we’re in for quite a ride next Friday night, and that, as a fan, I won’t be asked to take my leave of these characters I’ve come to love without seeing them go out in a blaze of motherfrakking glory. So fare thee well, ye grit-eyed, spacefaring sojourners of the thirteen tribes. We’ll miss you. So say we all.

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Top Ten Things You Will Not See Next Week on the BSG Series Finale

10. The Admiral and Colonel Tigh sharing one last scotch… on Cloud Nine, rocking the karaoke bar with their rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”

9. Sunshine.

8. Alec Baldwin and Eliza Dushku turning out to be the 14th and 15th Cylons, respectively, at the Colony, which is revealed to be operated by the Dharma Initiative and their subsidiary company: Hulu.

7. An old-timey, Broadway musical number starring Baltar in a top hat and coattails, accompanied by a chorus line of twenty dancing Sixes. (Jazzhands!)

6. Daisies.

5. Starbuck braiding Athena’s hair while they watch chick flicks, eat ice cream, and argue about who’s hunkier: Apollo or Gaius Baltar.

4. Starbuck having her way with Athena in the cockpit of her Viper. (Sonuva!)

3. Sam, plugged into the data stream, reciting “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat” from Alice in Wonderland.

2. Puppies.

1. The entire crew of Galactica strutting their stuff in a runway-inspired curtain call, mugging for the camera in lieu of delivering an actual end to the series.

To Watch For Next Week…

Sunday! Will Ferrell takes the piss out of Dubya on You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush, (HBO 9 p.m.). Susan locks lips with one of her female co-stars on a very special bicurious episode of Desperate Housewives, (ABC 9 p.m.).

Monday! The series finale of Kyle XY, (ABC Family, 9 p.m.). Lily is revealed as the mastermind meddler in all of Ted’s previous relationships on How I Met Your Mother, (CBS, 8:30 p.m.). An hour long retrospective of all things BSG on Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin’ Special, (Sci Fi Channel, 10 p.m.). And check out the awesomely funny Nathan Fillion in his new show, Castle, (ABC, 10 p.m.). Rachel Maddow on Letterman.

Tuesday! Portia de Rossi on Leno.

Wednesday! Portia de Rossi returns to TV in the series premiere of Better Off Ted, (ABC, 8:30 p.m.). Cal gets to the bottom of Big Pharma’s attempt to hide a new drug’s dangerous side effects on Lie to Me, (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Thursday! Betty gets her sexy on with a little help from fairy gaymothers Amanda and Marc on this, the last episode of Ugly Betty before the show goes on hiatus (possibly for good, boo), (ABC, 8 p.m.). And just maybe we’ll get to see Callie and Arizona on their first date on Grey’s Anatomy, (ABC, 9 p.m.). Teri Hatcher on Leno. Megan Mullally on Jimmy Kimmel.

Friday! Agent Ballard and Echo finally throw down in person on Dollhouse, (Fox, 9 p.m.). The highly anticipated, two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica, (Sci Fi Channel, 10 p.m.). Portia de Rossi on Jimmy Kimmel.



Comments [53]

Julia Watson's picture

I think it depends on the

I think it depends on the show and how invested a viewer/fan is in the storyline. In the case of BSG, this is a show that has a huge cult following (of which I am a part).

When it comes to the shows like this one which I really, really love and admire (as someone who aspires to write for TV), part of my enjoyment of the show is speculating about what I think will happen and getting to watch that unfold as the writers/producers intended. It's exciting. So yeah, I hate getting spoiled about major plot twists.

Robin Rigby's picture

I don't watch BSG and don't

I don't watch BSG and don't give a good goddamn about spoilers but I've always found it curious that people get all sensitive about knowing what's coming up in a TV show. Unless it's a mystery, then it sucks big time. But I've always felt that watching a TV show or movie is about the journey, not the destination.

I had some women at my lesbian movie night get pissed off when I mentioned the murder at the end of "Heavenly Creatures" and I'm just looking at them in amazement saying "You know it's based on a true story, right?" Same idea. So what if I know how it's going to end? What matters is how well the story is told along the way.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Yeah, I may disagree with

Yeah, I may disagree with Meghan McCain's politics, but she seems to have her head screwed on right.

As for Laura Ingraham, I have to wonder why she hasn't been arrested and put on trial yet. If I remember correctly, this is the "reporter" who called on her listeners to commit illegal acts during elections, and advocates direct violent action against elected officials (both major felonies).

Lezbeth's picture

I'm watching it now...

I'm watching it now...

LongBeachDogLover's picture

:lol:

Laughing out loud

Lezbeth's picture

Yeah, Susan got her cup of

Yeah, Susan got her cup of sugar...evidently, she's more into aspartame.

Rusty's picture

Right wing hack Laura

Right wing hack Laura Ingraham took Meghan McCain's criticism of Ann Coltergeist personally and instead of engaging in argument attacked McCain because of her weight. Meghan McCain has a great response today on her blog.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-03-14/the-politics-o...

Here's a bit of it, but do read the whole blog.
"I have been teased about my weight and body figure since I was in middle school, and I decided a very long time ago to embrace what God gave me and live my life positively, attempting to set an example for other girls who may suffer from body image issues."

(And someone please tell me when size 8 or 10 became "overweight.")

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Well, Susan's hot..... but, a

Well, Susan's hot..... but, a bit too skinny for me. Laughing out loud

So what is up with ABC these days. They seem to be semi-lesbian obsessed. Grey's Anatomy, with it's 'high school' lesbian semi-plot line. And now... these silly, lonely-lesbian shenanigans. I guess we're good for ratings... as long as it's not a serious, sensuous, realistic or genuine plot line.

"Who wants the unwanted kiss, p’tooey rejection from a woman you’re attracted to?" Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

That is soooooo true Lezbeth. I'm not fond of rejection...... Crying

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Desperate Housewives.......

Desperate Housewives....... You know, all of those gorgeous women living on Wisteria Lane.

Needing to borrow a cup of sugar,

LBDL
xxoo

Lezbeth's picture

Desperate Housewives.

Desperate Housewives.

Lezbeth's picture

Susan, the character who

Susan, the character who married the plumber, had a kid and is now working part-time to pay for her kid's private school tuition was the DH in the scenario. Her "boss" (principal?) came over for dinner and misread tipsy Susan's cues, then gave her a good-night kiss at the door. In talking it over with her friends, Gaby gave Susan two kinds of kisses to help figure out how serious the pass was. The DHs as a group determined it was a sexual kiss which freaked Susan out.

When Susan confronted the principal, the principal confessed to a lonely, unattached life which propelled her into going after another woman. The writers did establish Susan giving inviting messages, but they created a pathetic lezzie character to play the situation out.

Okay, I've had what appeared to be come-ons from straight women, but we all know that asking or establishing intentions happens before we plant one on a woman who might be straight. Right? Who wants the unwanted kiss, p'tooey rejection from a woman you're attracted to?

minniesota's picture

What is "DH"? I was busy

What is "DH"? I was busy watching The Amazing Race.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

minniesota's picture

Woof woof. I see Rusty has

Woof woof. I see Rusty has lost her sense of humor today. I will ask Adama to send out a search party for it.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Hi Lezbeth ! Oh my. Whom

Hi Lezbeth !

Oh my.
Whom kissed whom?? And..... why.

LBDL

Lezbeth's picture

Okay, anyone else see the DH

Okay, anyone else see the DH "kiss" last night? Yikes! Let's see, there's the depressed lesbian character or the depraved lesbian character, but what do the writers of DH pull out of their stereotype bag?

OH, the perpetually lonely predatory lesbian character...that'll work. SHEESH! Where is GLAAD when we need them?

Rusty's picture

Attention starved much?

Attention starved much?

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Zara Thustra's picture

Tee hee. I haz Minnie Shield!

Tee hee. I haz Minnie Shield!

minniesota's picture

Grace, may we have a "cranky"

Grace, may we have a "cranky" alert system too? We need one for asshat too. Kisses.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

minniesota's picture

Ahah! My little plan worked.

Ahah! My little plan worked. To get you to drop the bone with ZT, I deflected attention to myself. Rusty, you are too easy. Hah. Woof.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Rusty's picture

For minniesota comment

For minniesota comment below:

"Both of you shut up about this."
Frak off.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

minniesota's picture

Both of you shut up about

Both of you shut up about this. You are spoiling my enjoyment of thinking about the possible ending(Drunk of BSG.

Thus spake Minnie.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Zara Thustra's picture

Netiquette? Is that a bogus

Netiquette? Is that a bogus thing a la political correctness?

Zara Thustra's picture

Cranky!

Cranky!

Rusty's picture

Replying to ZT comment

Replying to ZT comment below.

You frakked up and broke netiquette. Quit trying to rationalize.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Zara Thustra's picture

well, my rusty cranky-pants,

well, my rusty cranky-pants, i -- once again -- didn't think i was spoiling anything. and, second, you do have a choice: you have the choice to decide the level of factuality implicit in my 'spoiler,' number 1. and, number 2, and to evoke the great Bergson, whatever occurs during the final episode will only be actualized at that time, meaning that, until then, all hypotheticals (even assumed facts, like Helo's demise) will differ in their actualizations, such that nothing is known in its entirely until it is actualized in duration/the present. Ie, me saying Helo dies means nothing -- or, it could mean many things. My best friend Kara Thrace is 'dead', in one sense, right? Me saying that Helo dies could mean nothing more than the character dies in the sense that the show ends. I have no control over how you interpret things, or, furthermore, how much value you put into commentary written on queer blogs.

Thus Spake the Great ZT

Rusty's picture

"the thing about helo has

"the thing about helo has been all over the internet for quite some time now"

This thread is the first time I've seen it posted. So if it is "all over the internet" the people who posted it labeled it "SPOILER." I've been avoiding all BSG spoilers and when you post spoilers without warning you took away my choice.

And it may be that they all die, but it's equally plausible that some of them make it to "Earth."

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Zara Thustra's picture

well apparently that's what

well apparently that's what we're supposed to expect, right? that basically all of the major characters die? i'm assuming they will...save one or two of them. (NOTE: I said 'assuming' -- no spoiler(Drunk here, all ye cranky-pants!) but the thing about helo has been all over the internet for quite some time now...guess i didn't realize it would be shocking to those who aren't bsg nutjobs like myself.

Julia Watson's picture

Imminent cuteness alert! I

Imminent cuteness alert! I just saw that in addition to her many late night appearances this week, Portia de Rossi is also going to be on Ellen's daytime talk show tomorrow, Monday. Set your DVRs!

Julia Watson's picture

A major character death, on a

A major character death, on a series finale? Definitely on the large size in newsworthiness/spoileriness!

Zara Thustra's picture

yessum. are you??

yessum. are you??

Zara Thustra's picture

Fo realz, I sincerely didn't

Fo realz, I sincerely didn't mean to blow the lid on Helo. I didn't think that was big news, to be honest.

minniesota's picture

OHHHHHHHHH OHHHHHH! Let me

OHHHHHHHHH OHHHHHH! Let me clarify my comment. That's a bean of a different color TO ME. I didn't mean to speak for the rest of the spoilsports, er, spoiler avoiders.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Fastgurrrl's picture

ZT, Can I watch?

ZT, Can I watch? Wink

WHAT

(Zara, are you on facebook??)

Rusty's picture

It's not OK to post a spoiler

It's not OK to post a spoiler without a warning even if Moore himself said it.

The only thing that's fair game are already aired episodes. Lots of folks don't even want to know what was in a preview if the episode hasn't run yet.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Lezbeth's picture

I've never watched BSG--oh

I've never watched BSG--oh well...what's up with Portia going head to head with Lie to Me. That sux. They're hyping the hell out of the DH girl kiss. At least we know "I kissed a girl and I liked it" is popular when it's a presumed hetero smoochin'.

Julia Watson's picture

Ha ha ha! CMW, I heart you,

Ha ha ha! CMW, I heart you, too.

ZT, you are forgiven, especially if RM already spilled the beans about that. I'm talking to Moon and Yams to see if we can get some spoiler font rigged up though, for future reference. That way we can talk about any ol' thing we please without risking the wrath of the spoiled! Laughing out loud

minniesota's picture

Ohhhhhh, well, if the creator

Ohhhhhh, well, if the creator spilled the Helo beans, that's a bean of a different color.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Now you want to be rewarded?

Now you want to be rewarded? Laughing out loud

Zara Thustra's picture

again, me so sorry. i thought

again, me so sorry. i thought this was known, from mr. moore himself.

Zara Thustra's picture

can i be spanked instead?

can i be spanked instead? please?

Zara Thustra's picture

Iz so sry.

Iz so sry.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Yeah, I'm definitely going to

Yeah, I'm definitely going to miss BSG. Moore sure knew what he was doing when he put that series together, and it will be a tough one for SciFi to replace. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Caprica prequel series.

So say we all!

Julia Watson's picture

I thought Dollhouse was much

I thought Dollhouse was much stronger this week than it has been up until now. Really enjoyed this one, and next week looks like a lot of fun! (Yay Tim Minear!)

And you're right, Topher is way more like a composite of the Geek Trio at this point.

minniesota's picture

Julia, no puppies in the BSG

Julia, no puppies in the BSG ending either?! I am puppy-ending deprived.

I am going to miss Battlestar Galactica so much. Those scenes with Roslin in last night's episode just took my breath away. That is superior television.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

minniesota's picture

We are going to cry without

We are going to cry without BSG. For sure.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Rusty's picture

Episode 5 of Dollhouse (“True

Episode 5 of Dollhouse (“True Believer”) was a great antidote for anyone thinking the show is stereotypically sexist. Nary an Eliza in her bra in sight and Victor, poor Victor being stripped of his "man reactions." I loved this Tim Minear episode.

Also, Topher is less and less Xanderlike. Someone on io9 said he was more like some "Warren/Jonathan/Andrew hybrid" and I have to agree.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Rusty's picture

WARNING Major Frakkin BSG

WARNING
Major Frakkin BSG series finale spoiler in Zara Thustra post below.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Julia Watson's picture

DOOD! Slap a spoiler warning

DOOD! Slap a spoiler warning on that junk!

You are officially grounded for spoiling me!

Zara Thustra's picture

thank you for the BSG column!

thank you for the BSG column! friday's episode was a bit whack, no? i mean, the flashbacks, fo' realz? i know they won't all do the curtain call walk, a la the L Word.

I do know that Helo dies....I think Starbuck will be 'switched on' at some point during the episode, too. (or maybe she'll just get nekked).

Btw, I love Ty. The whole disbelief of having to land atop the cylon colony (placed on the cusp of a black hole) was hilarious. He's frakkin hilarious. Punto.

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