Countdown to the Battlestar Galactica finale & some other stuff

by Susan Getgood on March 20, 2009 · 1 comment

in Science Fiction, shredheads, Spring, TV/Film

Top news of the day of course is the Battlestar Galactica finale tonight on SyFy Channel. You’ll note the new spelling, SyFy instead of SciFi. Apparently the network wanted a brand it could own, so changed from an easily understood abbreviation, one that actually means something to vast numbers of people, to a homonym with no actual meaning.


Latest spoilers on tonight’s finale can be found on The Patriot Resource. In the last week, there’s been a bit of gnashing and wailing from the Lee/Kara shippers over the last round of Katee Sackoff comments.

Personally, I’ve always taken anything Ms. Sackhoff says about the show with a gigantic grain of salt. Edward James Olmos and Jamie Bamber have always struck me as much better sources. Not that they leak anything, but rather what they do say is told straight up without letting their own wishes or desires for their characters’ arcs color their commentary.

And, you know, whatever it is, is. I just plan to enjoy the show.

Running time of the finale is two hours and 11 minutes, so make sure your DVRs have the right end time. Especially if you don’t plan to watch live. Me, I’ll be watching and tweeting during the commercials.

In other entertainment news…

I finally finished the last book in the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander). I highly recommend the whole series — a bit of time travel, a little history, some romance — but fair warning: it is addictive. I blew through all six books in less than one month, and they are LONG books. A new one An Echo in the Bone is due out this fall.

While I was reading the series, though, I pretty much stopped watching TV. Except Battlestar of course.  Even though there are a few shows on right now that I like, and a few new ones I wanted to check out, I was too involved in the books.

I took some time to get caught up last night and watched the first two episodes of Castle, the new ABC show starring Nathan Fillion. I liked it, although I wouldn’t stay home to watch it live as I do with Battlestar and did with both Buffy and Angel. But  I do like Fillion, and the supporting cast is good.

I particularly liked the family interplay; Susan Sullivan is inspired casting as his mother, and Molly Quinn, the young woman who plays his daughter is excellent. The hat tip to One Life to Live, the soap where Fillion got his start, was a nice gift to his fans.

Other shows I plan to check out soon: Dollhouse and Leverage. Plus the season finale of Burn Notice.

The exercise update. I haven’t done Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shredas much this week as last. We went on a two hour snowshow hike up Mount Tom in Woodstock last Saturday and I did treadmill for almost three miles on Tuesday (that damn book again) but when I went back to the Shred yesterday, it wasn’t painful like the the first few days were. Still a hard workout, but I wasn’t in as much pain. So maybe I do need to graduate to the next level…

Enjoy the first day of Spring. Even if the weather is bad today where you are, better, nicer, warmer days are coming.


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