I did. I caved. After however many years of just saying no, I finally started watching Battlestar Galactica. (like with Lost, I also blame Jason for this twelve step-worthy practice.) I am currently still in the middle of the first episode/mini-series, even after two false starts. So far, decent enough. (I am told that it gets better – even better.) However, there have been a few details that have made it hit a little close to home… in a way that I’m not sure endears the show or cheapens it.
I’ve actually (well, sort of) met Tricia Helfer, and she was really nice, so seeing her as a big bad Cylon doesn’t quite have the effect I think it should. I think/hope this will change. Also, every time I see Gaius (James Callis), I think of this and expect him to yell, “Come the fuck on, Bridget!” The scenes of Caprica City are actually filmed at SFU, my alma mater, so watching the world be destroyed in the same place where I used to sit with a cigarette and catch up on my readings is a little weird. Also, when a motley gang of refugees ran across the scene, I am convinced one of them went to high school with me. I guess that’s what happens when you live in Hollywood North.
I am one of those people who thinks (realizes) that audiences do not view things in a bubble. Their preconceptions of a location or of an actor wholly inform their interpretation of the current work, whether they realize it or not. Sam Mendes exploited this wonderfully in Revolutionary Road. He was fully aware of the Jack and Rose mythology when he put Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio together. When not blatant stunt casting, it can be used very effectively. The same goes with locations. For each cheesy establishing shots of Big Ben when the setting moves to England, there’s a scene in a swanky casino, drumming up references to everything from Casino to Vegas Vacation. Then there’s always Sleepless in Seattle and the Empire State building. The final meeting scene holds so much poignancy when remembering the reference to An Affair to Remember. Of course, most contemporary audiences have never see or even heard of that movie, so, naturally, the character must discuss it.
Anyway, I think I will definitely enjoy BSG, as soon as I can let go of pre-established realities and unintentional intertexuality.