27 March 2009

Dean Stockwell's finest hour

Watched the finale of Battlestar a couple of days back on iTunes.

A feature-length special: 2h20m of BSG. Split into 2 parts (a single episode and a double episode) when aired on Sky (in the UK) and the Sci-Fi Channel (in the US), idiotically. Split into 3 parts on iTunes.

In the absence of spoilers, what to say? Well, IMHO, it's great. My favourite part is the last contribution of Dean Stockwell, about 2/3 of the way in. You'll know it when you see it.

Stockwell really needs to have his own series - a bit like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

He'll be back, of course, in the prequel movie The Plan, scheduled for later in the year. Prequels are difficult things to get right (hello George Lucas) for obvious reasons: dramatic tension tends to disappear down the plughole when you know what's happening next. (Which makes it strange that people still watch Manchester United, but there you go...) That's not a hard and fast rule though - I do consider Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me one of the greatest movies of all time, despite being a prequel.

Right. Now BSG has finished I won't be watching much TV so I really must get back to writing about the economy, which is in something of a death dance these days... I'm on holiday next week but the Google G1 phone is doing it for me in terms of blogging while away, so hopefully expect to see a good post rate. Speak soon.

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