Finding Battlestar Galactica

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Earlier this year, I finally watched the reimagined science fiction series “Battlestar Galactica,” brought about by hours and hours (read: sessions until 4 am) spent playing the boardgame based on the show.

I don’t think there’s any other show that’s drawn so much emotion from me. All throughout the episodes I found myself alternating   upon a gamut of emotions: gnawing on my fist from the gut-wrenching moral dilemmas, crying at the utter hopelessness of the situation, heaving a sigh of relief at the many close calls, bemoaning yet another crisis, and rejoicing at the triumphs of the characters in the show.

After I had finished all  four seasons (and the webisodes), I was having a severe case of withdrawal from the series, and while counting the days until I could have a “debriefing” with friends, I was surprised to find this book at National Book Store: “Finding Battlestar Galactica: An Unauthorized Guide,” by Lynette Porter, David Lavery, and Hillary Robson.

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Downton Abbey

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Like most of the people who’ve finished series three of the British period drama Downton Abbey, I still can’t get over what happened that last episode, even though it’s been weeks since I watched. :(

I have two books I got at the National Book Store sales last year: The World of Downton Abbey, and Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey, but I actually only broke through the packaging after the 2012 Christmas special in an attempt to purge that horrid, horrid event from my memory because I was so affected afterwards.

My horror at the last episode aside, if you haven’t watched the show, it’s a beautiful show about a wealthy family in the English countryside near the end of the Edwardian period, and the various events in their household. Great actors, excellent production design (you know I’m a sucker for costumes!), and a riveting plot of personal drama amidst the background of an ever-changing Britain — I was hooked for three seasons. Hence I am finding it so difficult to move on after the Christmas special.

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