Battlestar Abbey
Thursday, 1 March, 2012

Briefly put, Rilla and I have been watching the first season of Downton Abbey¬†and the nearest thing I can think of to the experience of rage at ridiculous characters and plotting and use of emotional-instruction music is Battlestar Galactica. And so I find myself well out of touch with popular sentiment about a big show, and genuinely mystified about the exact location of the appeal (beyond the costume and locations and so on, which are pretty impressive). Nothing interesting happens that I can detect, everything lurches on with classic soapy precision (literally, in the case of a particular bar of soap), everyone stays true to their absurdly simple character (He Has A Stiff Upper Lip, He Is An Evil Gay Guy, She Is A Bitchy Sister In Her Older Sister’s Shadow, etc.). What the?!

I’ll only consider it redeemed if somehow all of them or most of them die in World War I for some reason. That would be a nice gesture.

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8 Responses to “Battlestar Abbey”

  1. Filipe Says:

    I plan on watching the series, but I have wondered if the appeal is mostly because of the novelty of watching a costume drama/ soap opera.

  2. Pippin Says:

    Haha, yeah that’s interesting. Almost like watching Downton Abbey would be a form of roleplay… I actually kind of feel that, in retrospect!

  3. MikeM Says:

    I know what you mean about the characters. I think one of the attracting points for me is that I find following the plot more amusing than learning about real history.

  4. Pippin Says:

    Played the board game? Found that to be pretty incredible!

  5. MikeM Says:

    You mean there’s a Battlestar Abbey board game? If so then no. I also haven’t played the BG board game…

  6. Pippin Says:

    Hah, for some reason I thought you meants BSG! Battlestar Abbey board game! Holy crap. I bet there’s some shitty Downton Abbey board game out there… or in the process. In which case you could totally make a mash-up… whoa…

  7. MikeM Says:

    Well, a quick googledegoogle… Now this is almost disturbing! Downtown Abbey as a Roleplaying Game?

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