Caprica Simply Dropped the Ball


It is a shame that Caprica couldn’t find a groove, whether it be creatively or ratings-wise.

You can’t blame Syfy for trying. But the numbers for Caprica were just horrible.

So why didn’t the series catch on? It had plenty of things going for it.
But even more things going against it as well. Continue reading

DryedMangoez Presents Television That Defined My Decade


The 2000s have come and gone. A new decade is about to begin and lists of the best movies, music, television, paint colors, boy band, furniture, light fixtures, etc. are pouring in. As we close out 2009 and the 2000s, I thought about my own list. But my list of television shows aren’t necessarily “the best,” but the shows that defined my decade. The shows that meant something to me the last ten years, shows that left their mark in my mind and in some cases my heart as well.

On to the list! →

For Your Emmy Consideration: Battlestar Galactica


It was a random Saturday evening in January 2005. I had nothing better to do that night so I flipped on the TV and turned to NBC (usually one of the first channels I’d turn to).

I had no idea what was on that night, and even more so when I actually saw what was on. Whatever it was, it seemed interesting so I tuned in for the rest of the 2 and a half hours. People in military uniforms, a sexy lady in a red dress (at one point accompanied by some robot thing), space ships, a very dark (literally) atmosphere… what was this? Some Star Trek movie or something?

I would soon find out that what I had watched was actually an edited version of a miniseries entitled Battlestar Galactica that aired on the Sci Fi channel a little over a year before. NBC aired it on the usually dead Saturday to boost the premiere of the episodic series continuation of the miniseries that was going to begin on Sci Fi that week.

So I read up on it, learned about the original late 70s-early 80s series, remembered that some space show was in development at Fox a few years before, and decided I would check out the series.

I never really tuned in to Sci Fi before, mostly because I was never interested in aliens and space ships (which is what I thought all the network had to offer). Star Wars was alright to me and I probably only ever watched parts of 3 episodes of any Star Trek series ever produced.

So a show called Battlestar Galactica wasn’t the kind of show I’d ever even check out before. But after watching the edited miniseries on NBC, I was intrigued enough to check it out.

Now, four years later, I can probably say Battlestar Galactica is my favorite American drama series of all. (And favorite series ever after shows like I Love Lucy, Keeping Up Appearances, and The Amazing Race.) Continue reading

Battlestar Galactica: Simply One of the Best

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It was a random Saturday evening in January 2005. I had nothing better to do that night so I flipped on the TV and turned to NBC (usually one of the first channels I’d turn to).

I had no idea what was on that night, and even more so when I actually saw what was on. Whatever it was, it seemed interesting so I tuned in for the rest of the 2 and a half hours. People in military uniforms, a sexy lady in a red dress (at one point accompanied by some robot thing), space ships, a very dark (literally) atmoshphere… what was this? Some Star Trek movie or something?

I would soon find out that what I had watched was actually an edited version of a miniseries entitled Battlestar Galactica that aired on the Sci Fi channel a little over a year before. NBC aired it on the usually dead Saturday to boost the premiere of the episodic series continuation of the miniseries that was going to begin on Sci Fi that week.

So I read up on it, learned about the original late 70s-early 80s series, remembered that some space show was in development at Fox a few years before, and decided I would check out the series. Continue reading

Battlestar Galactica – Daybreak, Part 2 – Stream of Conciousness

My live stream of consciousness through the 2 hours and 11 minutes… full reflection soon. Continue reading

Battlestar Galactica 4×21: Daybreak, Part 1

We are near the end of the journey for television’s best hour of television.  Battlestar Galactica, which has been one hell of a frakkin ride these last few years…

Well, I’ll save the reflection for next week.
This week, we got the first of the three hour series finale.  And while it may not have been the hour many expected or even wanted, it was a beautiful set-up for next week’s sure to be explosive, emotional, gripping send off.

For this recap, I thought I’d post my stream of conciousness-y recap that I was clumsily typing during the episode. With a show like BSG, writing a recap without missing the details would be like writing a paper for me without the benefit of multiple viewings first.

But overall for this episode, while we didn’t get things blowing up in space (or on Caprica as it turned out), we got some Lost-style flashbacks to life before the fall of the colonies.  It was a pleasant surprise seeing our favorite characters in life back on solid ground.  It was backstory that while not completely important to have had sprinkled throughout the series, gives us a nice perspective now as we head into the final two hours.  We’ve gotten to see these characters from so many different angles that anything more now is just icing on the cake.

Beautiful… that seems to be the perfect word to describe the scenes on Caprica.  Not just because they served a great contrast to the dull, muted colors of Galactica and the other ships, but also because we saw our characters having fun, enjoying life, or just dealing with life as the case may be, but dealing with things other than needing the right coordinates to jump or finding Earth or trying to stay alive against Centurions. Continue reading

Battlestar Galactica, Episode 1.05

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Oh man… that crap inside the Cylon fighter was disgusting… ugh, and Starbuck put that thing in her mouth? ewe… lol… President Roslin is definitely badass… lol… she bitch you out if she wanted to… Number 6 is hilarious… the season finale aired in the UK already, and I hear its pretty damn good… so Sci Fi… where’s that season 2 order???


Well how about ecole… I dread going to RTLF… hate that class… and how about that frackin’ Physics test… geez… took me more than an hour to figure out that I didn’t know the crap… lol… anyway… I loved it in Econ today when everyone was sleeping, then the phone rang and everyone practically jumped up… and I need to calm down in English… our side of the room is too hyper… lol… she’s sexually loose (referring to The Stranger‘s Marie) lol…

Oh yeah… GO PATRIOTS!

BSG + Recap: American Dreams, Episode 3.13

Okay… for some weekend television highlights…

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FRACK” returns! yay… love that word… so what happens to Starbuck? I’m sure she’ll survive… of course… lol… another great episode… I think the cast is amazing… I love this show…


AMERICAN DREAMS
EP 3-13: STARTING OVER
First of all… I was pissed when I learned that NBC wouldn’t being airing any new AD episodes in February… but it makes sense with the Super Bowl, the Grammys, and the Oscars airing on Sundays in February…
I remember last year when the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES guest starred on AD on the episode that aired on my birthday… that was fun…

Anyway… it was definitely a big, big episode… we get to see the Meg/JJ confrontation about the War… Let me say… I’m on JJ’s side… I can’t believe Meg still wants Chris back… stupid slutty Meg… but I think her feelings will change more on that later…

Will is so funny… Patty is too, but in that sarcastic humor sort of way… That scene with her and that guy about being his “FIRST choice” and telling the other girl that his first choice wants to go and all that… that was great… poor Patty… but she seems to be following in Meg’s footsteps… first she was kinda sorta flirting with that Pet Store/Swimming Pool guy… then Beth’s cousin who she made out with in the garage… and now this Chess guy… lol…

Of course, in classic AD style… Jack does the “right thing” and votes for the Rev. … but when Helen asked “How about JJ?” I knew something was going to happen to him… At first I thought she asked that becuase she was concerned something would happen to him, like by the Philadelphia mafia or something (lol) but Jack took it to mean how was JJ with his gambling debt… But JJ getting beat up made for a very moving last couple of mintues… especially considering *its* starting to happen…

Two and a half seasons of seeing Sam and Meg listen to records together in that small booth… having deep conversations with each other… look at each other with a sense of longing (“I want you… but we can’t be together”)… I remember season 1… me and Kat were like “Sam and Meg should be together” … I think our DAYS experience played into our rooting for them as a couple… lol…

Anyway… that dance was two and a half years in the making… I thought they were going to kiss too… but not so fast I guess… but still, what a great moment…

MARCH can’t come soon enough…

Battlestar Galactica, Episode 1.03 – Bastille Day

Boy was I pissed off today… but I’ve gotten used to keeping my mouth shut… especially living here in SF

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Another great episode… come on… you know President Roslin isn’t going to die… she’ll probably hook up with Adama too… lol

And who says there aren’t any Filipinos in Hollywood… Dante Basco is the voice of the title character in Disney Channel’s new show Jake Long: American Dragon 🙂

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I watched some of the edited NBC airing of the miniseries last week and it got me interested in tonight’s premiere… and I have to say it is a very, very good show… my favorite quote? … “Frack!”

Matt Leinart won’t be a 49er… oh well… you still have to give him credit though, he seems sincere… good for him… well… if the Niners suck again (hopefully not)… then we can get the #1 pick next year… lol

Well… Time to go to sleep… it’ll be a busy weekend! yay!