Friday, December 19, 2008

Proposition Gatea.

There's no television show that's been more frustrating to watch than Battlestar Galactica, what with its wildly erratic swings from greatness to awfulness, sometimes within the same episode. The show will finally be coming to an end, its last episodes slated to start airing on January 16th. I'm somewhat optimistic they'll go out on a high note, but my expectations have been damped down by the show's repeated failures and insistence on self-important musings on the nature of humanity and spirituality.

Still, it's a show that's never been afraid to artfully tackle hot-button political issues of the day by mirroring real-world doings within its own fictitious universe. One issue they haven't dealt with, however, is homosexuality, but even that appears destined for its own storyline this season. As the first "webisode" confirms, Lieutenant Felix Gaeta, long rumored to be gay, will in fact be portrayed as such...and something tells me this will be a brilliant stroke of storytelling. Even better is that it takes place in the context of a military setting, which will no doubt call out the absurd "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The webisodes, of which there are currently three available, look good. I'm reluctantly enthused. (sigh) I've posted the first one below. Then, below that, is a trailer for the Battlestar Galactica prequel-spinoff, "Caprica," which looks entirely different and pretty damn good, too. And it stars Eric Stoltz!


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