Respectful Insolence

Why?

Five words: Battlestar Galactica season premiere. Baby.

I may have to call the answering service and sign out to the on call surgeon for the show. Yes, I know it’s highly unlikely that any of my patients would choose to call me about something during those two hours, but why take the chance? That’s what our on call person is for, even though I usually take my own calls even when I’m not technically “on call.”

Comments

  1. #1 James
    October 6, 2006

    Lucky Americans, season 2 only came out here on DVD a month ago and none of the networks here seem to be interested in the second season. That means I will probably have to wait a year to see season 3 :(

  2. #2 Rob Knop
    October 6, 2006

    I’m still waiting to get the last two disks of Season 2.5 off of Netflix… so I’m hoping a friend will Tivo-Archive Season 3 for me so I don’t have to wait until next summer to see it.

    (In related notes, I can soon start watching Season 2 of Lost.)

  3. #3 Dan R.
    October 6, 2006

    Last season and this (so far) of Doctor Who have been very good as well.

    SciFi actually has some good shows occassionally — to go along with Eureka. I wish they would pick up another season of “Dead Like Me”.

  4. #4 Dan R.
    October 6, 2006

    Err.. that doesn’t read correctly.

    Eureka is not good. I’d rather have another season of SG-1 than Eureka (although I would probably watch neither).

    Dead Like Me is a very good show IMHO — and I wish they would pick up a 3rd season (Showtime only did 2).

  5. #5 William the Coroner
    October 6, 2006

    Orac–there’s a thing called a VCR, pal. It might be helpful

  6. #6 Genevieve Williams
    October 6, 2006

    I was going to mention Doctor Who, too. I’ve really been impressed with the new episodes thus far, though I’m sorry Eccleston only stuck around for one season. I do like Tennant, though.

    The only problem is…well. I watched this show when I was a kid (often from behind the couch, as so many of us did). The Doctor was like this really cool, geeky guy who reminded me of my dad. So I experienced a bit of cognitive dissonance when they revived the series and the Doctor was…hot. Heh.

  7. #7 Scott Simmons
    October 6, 2006

    Wow. Explosive ending. :-)

  8. #8 Skeptico
    October 6, 2006

    Never heard of DVR?

  9. #9 Orac
    October 7, 2006

    Never heard of DVR?

    Yes, but I don’t own one.

    However, there is always iTunes. For $1.99, I can download a near DVD quality copy of the last episode. I may have to do that next week, as I’ll be in Chicago Friday night, and there’s no way to know if the hotel will have SciFi Channel.

  10. #10 Orac
    October 7, 2006

    Wow. Explosive ending. :-)

    Yeah. Reminds me of Malmedy.

    I’m glad to see BSG does not yet appear to have jumped the shark yet. I had my doubts after the season finale last year. Powerful stuff.

  11. #11 Orac
    October 7, 2006

    I was going to mention Doctor Who, too. I’ve really been impressed with the new episodes thus far, though I’m sorry Eccleston only stuck around for one season

    It gets better. Wait until the Cybermen show up in a couple of episodes. Classic Doctor. ;-)

    In fact, there was only really one true misfire episode this season (a later episode entitled “Fear Her”). There was also a noble failure, an episode whose premise had alot of potential but whose execution (mainly the last 20 minutes or so) was botched (“Love & Monsters). The rest was quite good, and a few episodes were even great.

  12. #12 Robster
    October 7, 2006

    Both were incredible.

    I love how the Doctor, who was once a friend of the crown is now listed as an enemy.

    BSG was unsettling, to say the least. I’d bet that somebody shot up the toasters instead of the humans. Looking forward to next week to see if I am right.

  13. #13 Skeptico
    October 7, 2006

    Orac:

    DVR – the best thing I ever got. Seriously – I almost never have to bother with commercials any more. And I watch programs when I want. VCR doesn’t even begin to compare.

  14. #14 James
    October 7, 2006

    I suppose that’s the only thing that New Zealand has over the US: the season finale of Dr Who Season 2 screened here two days ago. I suppose those old Commonwealth connections are still good for something.

    There’s something about representatives of two evil races exchanging pithy insults that I find perversely ammusing “It’s Stephen Hawking vs The Speaking Clock” – Great stuff.

  15. #15 Marcia
    October 7, 2006

    I never watch live TV anymore. Let’s say you rid yourself of 20 minutes of commercials per day. That’s 5 full days a year.

    Five days of commercials gone.

    For example, I like the national news. With Directv I can record all three network news shows daily and watch interesting segments from all 3 in a total of 20 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of TV in 20.

    Get a DVR. It’s better than you can even imagine.

  16. #16 Kev
    October 7, 2006

    So you’re now able to watch Season III of House, Lost and now BSG?

    Bah, bah, bah.

    Bah.

    Back to torrent for me :o(

  17. #17 Skeptyk
    October 7, 2006

    Yay, BSG! All sorts of philosophical and theo-illogical and political ambiguities to chew on. I love TV that does not assume – and then pander to and thus promote – idiocy in its viewers (speaking of “Eureka”…)

    BSG is “the anti-Lost”. I watched that season opener of “Lost” (AKA the Jack, Kate and Sawyer show) and I am not going to bother anymore, even though I have a DVR. As I understand it, stupidity like that is what makes horror movies fun, but in “Lost” it is treated as deep and edgy, which just comes across as sophomoric self-importance.

    “Lost” is one of those shows that is presented in a way to punish DVR users: they sometimes run about 30-90 seconds over scheduled time so you miss the cliffhangers (unless you did special programming on your DVR). I also HATE the bouncy camera work. Feels like I should take meclizine to watch it. Wankers.

  18. #18 Pharma Market Researcher
    October 7, 2006

    Don’t be talkin’ trash about my guilty pleasure – LOST. I totally predicted the “other’s’ town and it was great to see it!

  19. #19 Nick Terry
    October 7, 2006

    I’m another jealous European, especially since not only do you guys over on the other side of the pond get to wallow in BSG, but you’ve also got the new series of The Wire running right now. The latter being the finest TV series ever IMO.

  20. #20 Inoculated Mind
    October 7, 2006

    Dang, thats reliable source #3 for why I need to watch this show… Don’t have cable… must figure out devious solution.

  21. #21 HCN
    October 8, 2006

    Innoculated Mind, you might try DVD of the series:
    http://www.battlestargalacticadvd.com/

    I have also seen that it is starting to go into syndication on to local channels (we were channel flipping and saw it the end of an episode).

    Or you can download:
    http://viiv.nbcuni.com/viivexperience.html

  22. #22 Ahistoricality
    October 8, 2006

    You folks are taking Eureka way too seriously. It’s got an awful lot of parodic elements which are clearly intentional. Whereas I can’t watch BSG at all, for the same reasons that I can’t watch Lost (though I’ll admit that I tried with BSG, at least a bit): undeserved self-importance combined with a fundamentally manipulative approach to storytelling (twists which appear because they need to extend the story, not because they’re integral, etc.).

    I’m enjoying Dr. Who, though. Must find some earlier incarnations one of these days and upgrade my nerd quotient again.

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