[identity profile] callmeonetrack.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] no_takebacks
If you haven't seen it yet, there is a lovely essay HERE at Entertainment Weekly's website talking about our pilots. Sarah Caldwell makes the case (with an awesomely impassioned shoutout by Darren Franich) for why Starbuck and Apollo are the best couple of all time.

It's hard not to copy and paste the whole damn glorious thing, but here are some choice excerpts:

Picking my favorite TV couple was a decision I took very seriously!... In the end, I had to go with my heart. So I picked the couple who constantly made me feel like someone was grabbing my heart tightly between their fingers and squeezing: Starbuck and Apollo (or Lee and Kara, played by Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber)...

On Battlestar Galactica, both Starbuck and Apollo are heroes. Both get amazing storylines. Both save the day multiple times. So maybe the fact that they don’t end up happily ever after is okay because what is intriguing, and devastating about them as a couple is that these two titans never really get to have a typical relationship. They’re too busy saving humanity. Battlestar Galactica forced its viewers to think about how people would need to adapt to the end of the world — politically, ideologically, spiritually — and maybe in this version of society, couples don’t get the luxury of living happily ever after. All they get is stolen moments on the beach and the profound knowledge that both have trusted each other with their lives. Maybe that’s enough. ...

Watching this scene [ED: the almost-sex scene in Scar] again, I remember how rough these two were with each other. As kind as some of their moments are, there are even more moments where they’re screaming in each other’s faces. Each holds the other to the highest standard. Still, there’s a level of vulnerability that each can have around the other that they can’t around anyone else. ...

In the end, the show didn’t know what to do with these two. I still wanted them to have a happy ending and I think most viewers would agree. Even though the show sets it up that they never really could end up together, hopeless romantics will not be detoured in their desires. Sackhoff
has said that Starbuck and Apollo were soul mates, but they weren’t meant to be together. Regardless if you buy that or think that love should conquer all, it’s hard to deny that their relationship was one of the most powerful and daring looks at human interaction ever seen on TV.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2013-04-11 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indigo419.livejournal.com
SO MUCH LOVE. I will never not love pilots. #epic #heartbroken

Date: 2013-04-11 10:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lanalucy
Of course they were the greatest couple of all time. Not that we're biased or anything. :)

What a great article.

Date: 2013-04-12 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdbleu.livejournal.com
This just made me miss my bbs so much. :(

I actually thought about watching Scar last night. Now, I know I'd cry.

Date: 2013-04-12 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
Watching anything pilots-related will make me cry right now, aside from Final Cut/Flight of the Phoenix :(

Date: 2013-04-12 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdbleu.livejournal.com
I thought I was getting strong enough. Now, I know I'm not.

Date: 2013-04-12 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
I'll never be strong enough :(

Date: 2013-04-12 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdbleu.livejournal.com
I used to be able to rewatch. But somehow coming to terms with the ending had meant denying the possibilities that got them there. At least right now.

Date: 2013-04-12 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koolaidmom11.livejournal.com
i was so psyched when i read this and i realized that people JUST DON'T GET IT!!!!!

Date: 2013-04-12 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leakypaintpen.livejournal.com
People in the article's comments, you mean? Or something the author said? Or just people in general =)?

It's great to see a defense of pilots on as well-trafficked a site as ew.com , regardless.

Date: 2013-04-12 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ninety6tears.livejournal.com
This makes me smile. And shame on me for not seeing that DragonCon clip before.

Date: 2013-04-12 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
PILOTS FOREVER, and FINALLY, someone in the mainstream media who gets them!


(side note: the couples who did advance to the Final 4 of that thingy are mostly kinda lame. I mean, Ten and Mary Sue Rose? PLEASE.)

Date: 2013-04-12 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
Also, this makes me feel like we should try a DPP revival - have a Meta Week, or something. I wish we could :(

Date: 2013-04-12 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
I'm going to think about things to write about pilots, I want enough to fill a DPP week with.

Date: 2013-04-13 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leakypaintpen.livejournal.com
Ooh, yes! Please do! I'd love more discussion about pilots, now that I'm writing them for the Epics Big Bang.

Date: 2013-04-13 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cosetteferaud.livejournal.com
Awww, this essay is so great. It made me feel vindicated, in a way :)

Date: 2013-04-13 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poppypickle.livejournal.com
Aw, I did see this and I totally meant to send it to you but then I got sidetracked. I figured you would obviously find it anyway. Yeah, it was a great read and nice to see the pilots get some love from EW. I also love the idea of having editors write about their own favorite couples. I'm totally stealing it next year shhhhhhhhh.

Date: 2013-09-26 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liferscove2118.livejournal.com
I might be in love with your icon, and The article really says it all about them doesn't it?

Date: 2013-09-26 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liferscove2118.livejournal.com
It's that and the Veronica mars quote. Which until I saw your Icon I didn't realize exactly how true that quote was for Lee and Kara.

Date: 2013-09-26 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liferscove2118.livejournal.com
I love VM, but I'm mostly only reading Jenwin's epic and Josielynn's stories over in Veronica Mars land over on fanfic.
Honestly, as much as I love LoVe, I actually like Casey best from season 1 and if not Casey than Leo. The people who put her with Don Lamb in stories make me want to punch them in the face.
If it makes you feel any better I refuse to watch season 3 of VM and I only watched season 2 once(the epic speech is somewhere within the last 2 episodes of the season). I have major issues with them re opening up the wounds to her rape. I really really didn't like her going back to Duncan, but at the same time at least she now knew what happened and then they dropped the beaver bomb.


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