Caprica

In a way, I wish the Caprica prequel didn’t exist. I also wish to hell they hadn’t made that god-awful BSG companion, The Plan. It SUCKED.

Caprica, which premieres on the TV machine tonight but has been out on DVD for months, is a passable television program. It is, certainly, better than most of the shit out there. I’m just not sure I want all of that explained to me.

What Battlestacked Galactica did best was to pull its punches. I argued for a month with folks who hated the finale because it didn’t tell them enough. I loved it. I loved it because in any kind of story-telling, I’d rather be shown than told.

The Plan is like pure exposition. It explains too much but doesn’t really tell you anything new. Let me sum it up for you: John Cavil was kind of a dick. Duh.

Caprica is interesting, certainly. I’m not sure how it would come across for you if you haven’t watched the BSG. It does begin to offer a surprisingly lucid explanation about how Cylons and their relevant technologies came to be.

I’m just not sure I need to know all that. I’m happier with BSG at its most ambiguous, happier when you kind of pity the Cylons, happier when they finally show you what’s the deal with Starbuck, but that they never ever tell you. BSG was at its worst when it tried really hard to tell a story. I think their one-offs often failed miserably. Tirol as a union boss? L. Adama fighting for the honor of a prostitute? The hostage situation in the pub? Ugh. Really awful eps.

But when BSG finally gets around to laying out the grand unified story, man, there is nothing better on the TV. Save maybe for Weeds.

Anyway. Watch Caprica. It is not bad. But it’s no Battlestacked Galactica. Not much is.

Brrrrrrrr

I always have to remind myself that winter in D.C. doesn’t actally begin until January. It’s cold out there.

So they fired Jim Zorn. Surprise!

So I Bought an iphone

The old Treo is finally unusable enough to warrant a new gizmo. It was dropping calls, the apps were sluggish, I think the Windows Mobile OS was finally just giving up the ghost.

I have been vacillating between a Droid and an iPhone for quite some time now. I have at last settled on the iPhone, mAainly due to the fact that in every Droid user review I have seen, the reviewer ultimately gets down to “well…it’s not an iPhone, but…” If you have to compare it to the iPhone to review it, why not just buy the friggin’ iPhone?

Besides. I know how it works since I own an iPod Touch. And I figure it’s at its third iteration at this point, so the bugs are out of it. And, it’s more accessorizable than the Droid, which has exactly one accessory you can buy. So, at last, we have joined the ranks.

Happy new year.