megotelek: (two vipers)
Day 1 - Your fav song
Day 2 - Your fav movie
Day 3 - Your fav TV program
Day 4 - Your fav book
Day 5 - Your fav quote
Day 6 - Whatever tickles your fancy

Hmm...this is a hard one. But let's go with this:

I wasn't an immediate convert to the new Battlestar Galactica fandom. But in the long, long hiatus between season 3 and the beginning of season 4, I watched the miniseries and then launched into season 1. One of the first things I noticed was the music. Lots of taiko drums, very little orchestra. Until the last two episodes of the first season...when Baltar has his visions of the opera house on Kobol, a gorgeous string orchestra piece plays. I was hooked.

And then, I found composer Bear McCreary's blog. First, he would do general entries on the character themes in the show, which eventually became full fledged detailed musical analyses of each episode. And as music became more and more an integral part of the story, I got hooked.

So, last year, when Bear McCreary and the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra performed in San Diego during Comic-Con, I decided I had to go. And I went, and it was awesome.

The icing on the cake? He's also scoring "Human Target", which premieres tomorrow night, and "Caprica", the BSG prequel show, which premieres on 1/22.

It's in the ship! )
megotelek: (picard squee)
So...

I got back last night from my San Diego weekend excursion, and it was fantastic. I flew in Saturday afternoon, got my rental car, and drove to the Holiday Inn (my *awesome* aunt and uncle were down there already, and they let me crash at their hotel), dropped off the car, and headed over to the convention center. I picked up my Comic-Con badge for Sunday, and headed up to the House of Blues, where the Battlestar Galactica concert was going to be.

On the way, I passed the replica "Cafe Diem" that SyFy had set up in the Hard Rock hotel:



Yes, those are cardboard cutouts of Allison and Carter outside. There was also one of Fargo, on the other side of the picket fence.

I got to the House of Blues and sat down at the bar to have dinner. Pleasant surprise: it was happy hour, so I got a burger and a few drinks and I only shelled out about $14. Score! Then I headed outside and got in line. The doors opened at 7, and we rushed downstairs. I managed to get front and center, which was awesome. At 8, they opened the show with Brendan's Band (Brendan McCreary is Bear's brother), who played for about an hour. Grace Park (Boomer/Athena) was the MC for the night, and when she came out she introduced Edward James Olmos and Tahmoh Penikett (Adama & Helo) who said a few words. Eddie did the whole gravely-voiced Adama thing, leading us all in chanting "So say we all!". I may or may not have nearly had a seizure from all the awesome at this point, and Bear and the orchestra hadn't even come out yet!

Concert details -- click if you want to know just how obsessed I am... )

Sunday morning, my aunt and uncle and I headed over to the convention center and got in line for the Doctor Who panel (I told you they were awesome). We got in, and I was probably more deafened by the fangirl shrieking for David Tennant than I was in the front row at the concert the night before. Well, I was shrieking too (on the inside).

David Tennant! And...other things )

I left the convention center at about 3, returned my rental car and headed back to the airport and home. Now, off to work! I'm exhausted and my feet are killing me, but it was definitely worth it and we are planning to go experience Comic-Con in full next year!

I'm going!

Jun. 25th, 2009 07:21 am
megotelek: (roslin gigglesquee)
Where? To the Music of Battlestar Galactica concert in San Diego! I've been agonizing over whether to go for a while now (since we leave for Austria on Wednesday with the choir and there's a bit of a money-squeeze).

But then I remembered. That "second job" fun? Is going to net me a pretty paycheck in July. So I'm going!

I can't wait to see Bear and company in person, and get my hands on the new shiny season 4 soundtrack!
megotelek: (iRead)
So...at work today, Tony mentioned BookSwim to me. It's like Netflix, but with books. Really. You search their library, add books to your queue pool, and they ship you three at a time (or more) and you read them and ship them back. And get more books. And you can buy a book and keep it if you really like it.

So. Awesome.

Also awesome: Bear's blog post on the BSG finale. Warning: VERY spoiler heavy, as it basically details every minute of the score in relation to the episode. It's things like this that make me love the show even more.
megotelek: (two vipers)
So...the opera house they used for filming BSG? Is the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.



And the Vancouver Symphony is performing Carmina Burana there in June! I wish I wish we could go -- that would be so mind-blowingly frakking awesome!
megotelek: (six)
It's coming! Tonight it'll all be over and decided, hopefully for the best. In two hours (but who's counting?) I'll be curled up on the sofa in my Roslin/Airlock '08 shirt, with John and popcorn and our extended BSG family, for the last Friday night.

Except for The Plan, but that's a horse of a different color anyway.

I'm impatient to watch it, but I don't want it to be over.
megotelek: (kara)
So. This was a chance to catch our breath and set up the (sure to be) dizzying plunge to the end of the series. Before I get into my thoughts on the ep, check out this video from Bear McCreary (who does the music):

I love love loved this arrangement of "Roslin and Adama". And the beautiful B-theme that shows up at the end of the episode...

Some days I really hate this job. )

Questions I still want answered:

Who/what is Kara? Or who/what enabled her to resurrect with her Viper?
What is the truth of the Opera House vision as related to Hera, Roslin, Athena, Six, and Baltar?
What are Head!Six and Head!Baltar? Is there an entity controlling them? If so, who/what?
What happened to Boomer? Will she get back together with Tyrol?
megotelek: (two vipers)

What.

The.

Frak.

I love this show, even as it pummels me for an hour until I surface and wonder what the heck just happened...

SPOILERS! )



I don't know where it's going, but I know it'll probably hurt a lot more before we get to the end. And it'll be awesome.

megotelek: (roslin gigglesquee)
So excited!

John got me seasons 2.0, 2.5 and 4.0 on DVD for our anniversary (completing my collection) and we watched the 4.0 special features last night. My personal favorite: Inside the Secrets of the Behind the Making of the Music of Battlestar Galactica: Revealed, a hilarious little mini-mockumentary from Bear McCreary on the music of BSG (including such gems as Edward James Olmos growling like a bear and James Callis improvising his own Baltar theme music). Priceless!

So help me, I will not be at work late tonight, I can tell you that! Oh, and if you're DVRing it tonight, remember to set it to go over, because it's supposed to run long.

Only 10 hours left and counting...

megotelek: (Default)
I can't believe I forgot to post something! Well, this has been the craziest week EVER, so maybe that explains it. Also, my brain was oozing out of my ears at the 50-minute mark of the show.

BSG: Hub

Jun. 7th, 2008 09:37 am
megotelek: (roslin gigglesquee)
Oh, wow. Where do I start?

Just as predicted, we start "two days ago" and this episode is devoted to what happened on the basestar. I may not be able to be entirely coherent, but...
Jump! )
megotelek: (nothing but the rain)
As this episode started, John turned to me and asked, "I wonder if this episode will just be about the fleet, and we won't go to the basestar at all?"

Well, as it turned out, he was right. But before we get into that, go check out Bear's entry on the episode's music. Because it was fantastic. And perfect.

megotelek: (six)
 First of all, love the title! Second of all, head over to Bear's entry on the episode (there be spoilers there) since music played such an important role in this one. Plus, sheet music! I don't think I could love Bear more at this point...I think John is worried.

Back? Okay, let's do it...

To have her, please, just one day wake )
megotelek: (swords crossed)
...all of which managed to make my brain explode. Well, except for NCIS. Thank you, NCIS. Onward!





That's all she wrote, folks!
megotelek: (six)
It's so hard to write about these episodes after just seeing them once, with my brain imploding the entire time, but here goes...

Spoilers. Duh. )

And next week, mutiny on the Demetrius? Leoben? Bring it on!
megotelek: (welcome to rivendell)
Okay, first of all? Episode title makes me think of 1st season BSG with Baltar, Caprica 6 and the Destiny Baby in the Opera House.

Ahem.

My reaction to this episode: WHAAA!?!?

The next few weeks are going to be very hard on my poor brain...Lost on Thursday nights followed by BSG on Friday nights? And saving up all the episodes of Grey's because I cannot handle all three shows in quick succession.

Okay, okay, on to the episode proper...

Hi, Lostzilla! )

I give up. JJ, Carlton, Ron, David? Here's my brain -- go do whatever you want with it.
megotelek: (nothing but the rain)
Oh. My. Gods.

I'll come back and edit later with somewhat of a recap....but...

SPOILERS )

Can't think...brain broken...

Oh, here's Bear's entry on the episode. Major spoilers there, too, of course - if you haven't seen the episode yet, stay away!
megotelek: (six)
Okay. Bear McCreary is my new TV boyfriend. No, he's not an actor. He's the composer for Battlestar Galactica.

When I realized that part of the draw for me was the incredible and complex music in the show, I did a little looking, and found Bear's blog - in which he musically dissects each episode. Complete with snippets of each musical theme. Check it out.

And thus, I was obsessed. And immediately purchased the soundtracks for seasons 1-3.

*starts counting down until 10pm tonight*

Grr...I wish I had time to watch it on SciFi's website! They're showing it right now! *whine* But since John's not here...he'd kill me for watching without him.
megotelek: (starbuck grin)
After five years (five years?!) of being on the fringes and occasionally watching an episode here or there, I've descended into full-on BSG madness.

Madness which caused me to watch the miniseries plus 3 seasons in a 1-week time period. Madness which found me on my sofa watching the end of season 2 and all of season 3 last Saturday. That's right - I was watching BSG from 8am until 11:30pm. Just so I could watch the season 4 premiere as close to Friday as possible!

John was happy for the opportunity to catch up (he's been watching from the beginning) but I left him behind somewhere around New Caprica.

I won't go into the premiere now (except to say...OMG!) - just...I'm on the bandwagon now (late, as usual), and I'm with it to the end!

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