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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Quark: “Goodbye, Polumbus” (Episode 5)

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We’re now more than halfway through the run of this series, and this is the third mostly-decent episode in a row, so I think we can fairly start to make some generalizations about the series: Quark’s modus operandi in 1978 was to do whatever Star Trek did in 1968.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Quark: “The Good, The Bad, and the Ficus” (Episode 4)

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Quark’s groove continues, and what’s working is pretty easy to define: They’re making fun of Star Trek. Last time out they ripped off “The Deadly Years,” and this time out they’re ripping off (And conflating) “Mirror Mirror” and “The Enemy Within.”

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Lost Planet of the Gods” (Episodes 2 and 3)

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Last time out, I gave you the literary equivalent of the Vietnam War by way of a review. I apologize. Again. I had a lot of info to get through, but let’s see if I can do it in a less murderously insane fashion this time out, by which I mean: “Shorter”

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Quark: “The Old and the Beautiful” (Episode 3)

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Suddenly Quark works! It’s not brilliant SF, but it comes across as a story rather than just a series of gags. Granted, it really *is* just a series of gags, but after the really disjointed previous two episodes - which weren’t complete failures by any stretch - this one suddenly feels really tight and consistent.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “The Lost Warrior” (Episode 5, 3, or 2, depending on who’s counting)

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I think this review will be a lot shorter. I really have hopes this time out. The first one I did was long enough to be evidence of some kind of neurological impairment, but the second one was merely an exercise in hypergraphia driven by OCD. Granted, still a neurological impairment (Actually two for the price of one), but it’s a much more serviceable, much less annoying kind of crazy than the first review. And this one should almost be like the kind of thing a normal human would do.

Why?

Because (A) this is the worst episode of the entire series, and (B) nothing much happens.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 5

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ATENTION JOYLESS CITIZENRY! You've made it! You've survived CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALCTICA WEEK here on Republibot, though whether or not you'll ever fully recover or enjoy life and love again is a matter of some debate.

Fortunately, as I've gotten NEARLY every bit of behind-the-scenes information I know out of the way in this review/essay/master's thesis, subsequent editions should be quite a bit shorter and less grueling. Unless Maren Jensen emails me or something, and suddenly I'll end up with a lot more to talk bout. But that's not too likely.

Anyway, if you've lasted this long and I haven't yet beat all interest in the subject out of you, read on, content in the knowledge that while I probably *will* do this to you again, I probably *won't* do it any time soon. And if I have managed to overwhelm and destroy your childhood love of all things Galactican...cool! Just hang out, and our normal friday night reviews will be up a bit later.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 4

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It's CLASSIC BATTLESTAR GALACTICA WEEK here on Republibot, and a special edition of our much-lauded "Retrospeculative TV" feature in which we go into literally nauseating detail about a show you've probably already seen so many times that you're sick of it. And do we do this for money, or for fame, or for fortune? Well, yes, actually, but there's really not all that much of any of that to be had on a fool's errand like this. No, mostly we do it because I'm horribly longwinded.

No, wait, uhm...love of the genre. Yes. We do it for love of the genre. And the lingering shards of my 11-year-old-boy crush on Maren Jensen. Seriously, hubba-freakin'-hubba!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 3

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Welcome to our special, unaccustomed, Wednesday edition of "Retrospeculative TV," in which we take your quest for the knowledge of arcane pop culture, and punish you by not letting you go until you've smoked the entire box right in front of us, and get all sick and stuff...Because it's Classic Battlestar Galactica Week!

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Battlestar Galactica (1978): “Saga of a Star World” (Episode 1) Chapter 2

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Welcome To "Pointlessly Long Reviews Of Battlestar Galactica Week" here on Republibot. Sit down, pour yourself a drink, and prepare for some eyestrain, because this ain't gonna' end any time soon. (Friday isn't too soon, is it?) If you didn't read part 1, you may want to check that out before you jump in here.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Quark: “May The Source Be With You” (Episode 2)

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As we’ve discussed before, there’s a difference between a “Pilot” episode and a mere “First” episode. “Pilots” are an example made to talk a network into buying a show. A “First” is when the show was already purchased based on a pitch, and there was no need to show the suits an example beforehand. For instance, the first episode of the original Battlestar Galactica wasn’t a Pilot, they’d already agreed to do the series.

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