Cally - Facepalm

What have the repubs done to me?

You guys. I think I'm falling in love... with Ron Paul. o.O (OMG, I tuned in to watch Mittens and Mr. Toad eat each other, and stayed for the tiny little man who doesn't want to nuke Iran and Cuba too while we're up. Ahhh!)

P.S., Hi! Trying to catch up...
K/A - Heroine Addict

Some happy news

The Kara/Sam fic exchange is winding up, and we had a pretty good turnout and very high quality, in my unbiased opinion. XD I'll post the author reveal (and unscreen comments) later tonight, but for now, the anonymous masterpost is here.

Also, since I made you guys experience the odyssey of the bar exam with me, I thought I should share the good news: I am the 84% of Massachusetts bar exam takers who made the cut. In just over a week I'll be sworn in, and you can call me Frolicndetour, ESQ. XD
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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day 6: On Being a "Victim"


"I developed this theory that you guys would sit around and go, 'What’s the worst thing that happens in this episode? Can it happen to Cally?'" - Mo Ryan

One of, if not the most frequently cited reason people give for hating Cally was that she was a "victim," or had a "victim mentality" or even, according to TWoP's Jacob*, "was so in love with her own victimhood that it informed every action, every decision she made."

*Jacob brings to mind something I've heard said about Nancy Grace: it doesn't matter who you are, or what you've done; if Jacob hates you, I think I kind of love you. See also: my reluctant Michael Angeli apologism.

I have a three-fold response to the "victim" accusation:

1. What exactly do we mean by "victim"?

2. We should distinguish between Watsonian vs. Doylist criticism here. [Warning: link goes to TVTropes.]

3. Why is "victim" necessarily a term of contempt?

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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day Four: Contradictions, or Not

I think I have 'till Monday before they start making the master post, so Day Four it is!

Not really a substantive post, but one of the more interesting things about Cally is something Chief alluded to in that scene where he confronts Baltar's cult: "Cally wasn't like me. She forgave you for New Caprica; she even read your stupid book, but not me. [something about sins even God won't forgive.]" (paraphrased)
For all that she held an epic grudge against the cylons, Cally had a very forgiving heart when it came to *everyone* else. Her cynicism about the "toasters" was matched only by her almost childish idealism about what the human society could be, even in the worst of circumstances. Not only forgiving Baltar, who literally signed her death warrant, and being one of the relatively few people to argue that he should get a real trial; she was also the voice of "we can't start turning on each other" when Captain Kelly was blowing up all the pilots because ... pilots kept dying. (...?) Of course, she firmly believed that OBVIOUSLY it was Athena, DUH. *g* But it's not like the actual truth made any more sense? And I think her reasoning there was similar to what she said in Litmus, when everyone first figured out that the Cylons looked like humans and started to go all Patriot Act: if humans were to survive, they needed to have faith in each other. They couldn't be consumed by conflict or blame or the suspicion that everyone around them was a Cylon. (And again with the irony. D:)

I forget who said once that Cally was often about the US vs. Them, but that was because the Us half of that equation was so important to her. In a way, I think that's part of why she hated Boomer - and by unfair extension, Athena - so much; not just that she shot Adama, or that she did to Chief's psyche what Chief was soon enough going to do to Cally's - but that by seeming to be one of them, a trusted member of the human family, and then turning out to be the enemy, she dealt a heavy blow to their ability to trust and rely upon each other.
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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol , Day Three (...oops), Family

First off, apologies for FAILING at this daily posting thing. It as been A Week, complete with a new job [whee!], a new-to-me car, the breakdown of said new-to-me-car, a rental car... anyway, I'M SORRY CALLY I'LL TRY TO DO BETTER.

The new job is awesome so far, if totally overwhelming [holy shit I have actual clients coming to meet with me in my actual office, when did this happen???]; the only not-awesome thing about it is the commute, which is an hour and a half each way, so it's been busy. Though I did find the time to watch Ringer? Oh Buffy, the things I will do for you. o.O

Anyway, without further ado:

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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day II: Vid Recs

Getting this one in under the wire as I just got home from vacation. Recs for two for wonderful vids that feature Cally:

Antebellum, by fifmeister (who also made my lovely banner!), is a deconstruction of Cally and Chief Tyrol's relationship, contrasting their early innocence with the darkness that was never far away. It's poignant and beautifully done.

On a more cheerful note,

I'm Not Here for your Entertainment, by ivanolix, showcases the combined awesomeness of Cally as well as Boomer and Tory, two other female characters who were decidedly under-appreciated by fandom and, especially in later seasons, canon as well. This is definitely one of my go-to cheer-me-up vids. :D
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Seven Days of Cally Tyrol, Day 1, Courage

I have a huge soft spot for characters who are brave, sometimes to the point of foolhardiness; who act without stopping to worry about the consequences and with a certainty driven by a clearly defined world-view. In other words, characters who are nothing like me. *g*("Wait, wait, let's stop and think about this!") My #1 reason to love Cally Tyrol is that she was so frakking brave in standing up for herself and for others, regardless of how daunting the circumstances.

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Miscellaneous Squee

I got back from my fourth (!) Dragon Con adventure on Monday morning, and I basically just woke up. ;) On the one hand, the Con FLEW by this year, and I'm still dealing with the fact that it's over. On the other hand, I'm not sure my health could stand it more than once a year. Though this year I managed to get more sleep than usual, thanks to the discovery that Advil PM counteracts my normal tendency to wake up excitedly at 6:30 even when I was up until 4 a.m. talking about BSG, politics, and how gorgeous Tricia Helfer really is.

Some highlights:

1. Really, the main attraction of Dragon Con for me is that it's essentially a four-night pajama party with your flist. It was just incredibly incredible to see many of you again and to meet some of you for the first time. Now, if only I could put the rest of you non-convention goers in my pocket and bring you along, my life would be complete. :D

2. I feel the need to mention the two BSG panels I went to somewhere near the top, as they are my ostensible reason for going? Mary McDonnell and Tricia Helfer are lovely, Mary gave a great answer to nicole_anell's* question about female relationships on the show, and Tricia and James used to drink whiskey together before their more intense sex scenes. Kevin Grazier was wankily defensive about "smart-ass fanboys" who insist that Cylon physiology doesn't make sense (DUDE... never mind), Hatch and Olmos were the usual, and Tahmoh is pretty much the nicest guy ever.

* though Nicole refused to take credit for the actual question; I can't remember whose it originally was

3. We all managed to get into a Saturday night screening of the new Doctor Who, which was amazing, if only a little less awesome than last year's screening of The Plan. Now I want to watch every Who episode with a room full of 700 extremely over-excited fans.

4. Even though I'm not into comics, I tagged along with emmiere and lyssie to a panel on comics and feminism, which turned out to be both enlightening and heartening as to the extent the panelists and the audience seemed to *get it.* Well, the panelists and most of the audience; there were a couple of "what about the MEN" questions which were effectively dealt with by the panelists, to widespread applause. And someone brought up the Batgirl fiasco, and a (male!) audience member yelled out "that woman is a hero," and the crowd went wild. Granted, it was a self-selected audience at this panel to begin with, but at least it was standing room only?

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