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"Well, this oughta be different"
Posted on: 2006-10-23

So said by a Viper pilot about to launch in some of the best television I've ever seen. Battlestar Galactica Season 3, Episode 4 - 'Exodus, Part 2'. It manages to break your heart and kick your ass at the same time.

Well, it's not really television. I work from home and long ago realized that a functioning television was a huge productivity liability - I would stay up late watching dumb infomercials and then during the day find myself inexplicably watching Rosie O'Donnell - it's bad enough with the internet and a functioning kitchen and bedroom in my 'office'. However, I've been getting the good stuff on DVD or from (while I have a US Bank Account in Santa Cruz) the iTunes Store.

For the first time in perhaps years I'm completely caught up with a currently running TV show - I can't just skip to the next episode or DVD, and can't (reliably) check online to see what happens next. Cliff-hangers are going to actually be cliff-hangers for me now.

Also, for the first time in ages, I'm viewing a cultural item where the context is now. I spend a lot of time reading and watching stuff that was done years or centuries ago and I'm always trying to figure out the framing cultural context - well, this was created at the most a few months ago, and it came out last weekend - to see the context, I just have to look around.

'this oughta be different' - indeed.

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