So I’ve been looking for someplace to yak about Battlestar Galactica online, and my first choice was a huge goose egg. Surprisingly, it’s Television Without Pity, one of the biggest and, arguably, hippest TV discussion sites online.
Alas, however engaging TWOP’s forums on Project Runway and Lost, its BSG forum has fallen into the moist grip of super-fans.
Take, for example, the proliferation of fannish vocabulary, especially the inexcusable “frack” for “fuck.” If you want to separate yourself from normal human society to the point of adopting a made-up expletive, this forum is the place to do so. Same if you prefer to invoke “the Gods” instead of God. TWOP’s posters also use a particularly disgraceful coinage I hadn’t seen before: “Humlon,” as in “Humanoid Cylon.” Oh, jeez. They really are trying to make normal people ashamed to admit we like this show, aren’t they? Even “Hulon” would have been better. Or, wait! Better still, just say … “Humanoid Cylon.” I like it!
Then there are all the emotional-explosion posts. The kind that make you wonder if the author is actually a 13-year-old girl, or just talks like one online.
–“I think Istopped breathing at several points during the premiere.” [If only! -ed.]
More after the jump.
–“Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. Jesus frakkin’ Christ. Holy crap. Man, this show totally messes with my head. And I love it. Ow my head.”
–“Gods, I can’t even think straight. ”
–“Ellen yelling “You son of a bitch!” breaks my heart.”
—“Saul Tigh broke me here.”
–“So this is what it’s like to have one’s mind blown. ”
–“First off, wow. And fuck. and wow again. Is anybody not completely broken? Just too painful to watch almost. ”
–“Best. Episode. Ever.“
That’s right, one of these folks actually used the Simpsons line un-ironically. That’s a good encapsulation of this board, actually. And so…
If you want to swap opinions with a jillion Comic Book Guy clones — only with his magesterial judgments swapped out for undiscerning hysteria — this is the forum for you.