A lot of it is just plain awkward, the storytelling has to leap all over the place just to try and make itself fit in. I got to about halfway through and I very seriously considered shutting it off. Not because I hated
it per se, it's just that I felt like I was wasting my time watching what I'd already seen while something else was awkwardly trying to make it all fit together--and it just didn't work.
Making Cavil hold HR meetings to dole out assignments to the various Cylons in the fleet in season 1 was absolutely ridiculous, and it seemed more than a bit
ridiculous that Sharon was suddenly full-blown schizophrenic. I guess I can see the other side of that too, what with her not remembering her Cylon time, but it just doesn't feel right. It doesn't work for me. And if she was full blown schizo, why the hell does she only have the Sharon personality come 'Downloaded'?
And what the flying frak was up with Leoben fingerpainting the mandala? That was Kara's childhood weirdness, and Leoben hadn't even heard of her till he started listening to the radio chatter. I guess anything goes in a "God did it" series, but it was a serious megawtf moment.
I guess the big new story idea was to add in the Domesticated Simon and his Spanish Wife. But that fell pretty flat too. Lots of potential for a new angle there, the whole trying to impregnate humans thing, and it gets squandered. He goes from Mr. Family Man to having a hissy fit, wanting to tango in the middle of the night, and demanding to blow up his ship. Uh....yeah.... For that matter, where did that Simon end up resurrecting and why haven't we seen an emotionally broken Simon as a result of it? We've certainly seen it in other emotionally invested Cylons. And as long as I'm on Simon, why even bother with a whole new Simon like this--why not go back to the one who was in the Colonial Fleet tent at the beginning of Razor?
One of the only things I found interesting was Sam's rebellion story, even though it wasn't especially well played out. It was shallow, very shallow. It got interesting during the confession for sure, but shortly went back to being flat and underdeveloped.
Perhaps most interesting in the whole thing, though, was Whore Six. Yes there are obvious reasons for liking her (
) but I'm really impressed with how well Tricia Helfer was able to take the role and run with it. For someone whose first real acting gig was BSG, she's done an outstanding job of taking the same character and acting it from so many different points of view.
So maybe it's not quite so out of place as a jamming a square peg in a round hole. But it still doesn't really fit. Maybe....trying to jam a hexagonal
peg in a round hole
It almost fits, but it just won't work.
I'm not upset that this isn't part of my Complete Series BD set. And I'm very satisfied I watched this at a buddy's and didn't waste any of my own money on it.