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My favorite Faux Space Family begins its trek across wherever. Let's talk about:

- 33
- Water
- Bastille Day

Jacob never recapped this season, so there's a dearth of pith and wisdom out there and I feel like we can fix that. (Plus, "dearth of pith"? That was fun to say.)

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tomfoolery815
Nov. 18th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
There's more than a little 9/11 imagery in "33," isn't there?

-- The walls filled with the pictures of the missing. I think it was a good choice to have Dualla be the one to walk into that area. Kandyse McClure is petite, so when it's her walking in there -- then the camera pulls back to reveal the magnititude -- she seems to represent the frailty of humankind. (Not that Dualla's not tough. She's just tiny, you know?)

-- The whiteboard, upon which Laura tabulates the number of the living, reminded me of how much the 9/11 death toll kept shifting. But the number means everything, really, in both instances.

I don't mean to jump to the end of the ep (and later, back) with my first post, but this seems like the place to say it: At the end, when Billy tells Laura that a baby was born, she increases the whiteboard number by one. The look on her face is this perfect mix of tears of joy, a smile and exhaustion. Brava, Mary McD. :-)

Why do the Cylons come every 33 minutes? Because they're trying to finish off the humans, and logic says they'll be easier to finish off if they're exhausted. So say I. :-)

Speaking of exhausted ... all the men have five days' stubble, and all the women have the rings under their eyes ... except for Dualla. It's harder to have exhaustion show on your face when your skin is perfect.
eloriekam
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
The look on her face is this perfect mix of tears of joy, a smile and exhaustion.

*nods* I'm finding season 1 to be chock full of all those little moments that don't necessarily inform the story a great deal more, but say some lovely little thing about the character(s), whether the character(istic)(s) is/are actually lovely or not. That scene was all the more important because it was a definite ray of hope.

One thing I thought of when I watched this after having watched everything else: that... I don't know what to call it... the body language of squee wherein Laura bends at the knees and sometimes the waist, with the result that she somehow looks even happier/more excited than before--do you know, Tom (or anyone else) if that's something Mary McDonnell's using just for Laura, or if, as with the putting on of Jed Bartlet's jacket, that's something she's just brought to the character? I wouldn't have thought about her doing it in '33' if I hadn't seen her do it* more in later episodes.

*AD subtext unintentional, at least before I reread it.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... I don't think it's exactly like MS not being to put on a jacket any other way, Elorie.

I saw Mary McD on the "Today" show once. (Spring of '07, I think.) Mary McD is, or at least that day she was, a lot more effervescent than Laura Roslin allows herself to be. Of course, consider the job descriptions: Leader of what's left of the human race; actor playing that role on a TV show. ;-)

I think the squee body language there is Mary McD making an actor's choice to say this is what Laura would do in a moment of great joy, would allow herself this bit of exuberant expression.
eloriekam
Aug. 27th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... I don't think it's exactly like MS not being to put on a jacket any other way, Elorie.

My lack of recent TWW viewing is showing there, Tom. I got to that point and blanked on everything but MS and the jacket, and even that one took me a minute. I almost said like BW and backpacks.

Of course, consider the job descriptions: Leader of what's left of the human race; actor playing that role on a TV show. ;-)

Um, yes, the former would lead to a certain non-effervescent quality, I'd think. Yet that makes it quite charming when there is some genuine happiness.

would allow herself this bit of exuberant expression.

'Bit' may be the critical part of that. I'm thinking about later demonstrations of the squee body language, but as much joy as there may be in each one, it's still contained. I suppose that's why they're so noticeable, to me, besides the fact that I've been known to do the same thing--the level of happiness implied and--well, lovely, I forgot where I was going. I suppose what I was trying to say is that there are times when the impression of happiness is, somehow, much greater than expected, or what she expresses with her face. One of the reasons I enjoy watching her on BSG, I suspect. So at least I know what a nuke made out of excitement looks like. ;-)
tuesday_suit
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Why do the Cylons come every 33 minutes? Because they're trying to finish off the humans, and logic says they'll be easier to finish off if they're exhausted. So say I. :-)

Good point. Clever toasters. :-P

Kandyse McClure is petite, so when it's her walking in there -- then the camera pulls back to reveal the magnititude -- she seems to represent the frailty of humankind.

I didn't think about this when I was watching this episode, but she was a good choice for that moment. Like you say, tough but teeny. :-)