lizabelle: (BSG Starbuck and Roslin)
I'm not sure how, by roasting peppers, blending them with passata, and adding to saut├ęd shallots, chilli, garlic, slivered almonds and chickpeas, you end up with something that tastes suspiciously liked Heinz baked beans, but that seems to be what I've achieved.

It's very nice, anyway.

I've finally caught James's flu, which means I'm having a lazy, nerdy week. I have a ticket to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at the imax cinema tomorrow evening, and I'm also working my way through Battlestar Galactica. I've almost finished series 3, and will then probably power on into series 4, because damn, this is brilliant tv, and I'm desperate to talk about it, but terrified of being spoiled at the moment.

I've been thinking about why I'm enjoying it so much, because I really don't watch much television at all. It bores me mostly, and feels like a waste of time. The reasons I've come up with so far as to why I'm loving BSG are:

A large cast of multi-dimensional characters - the good characters aren't perfect, and the bad characters aren't evil. Some of the "good" characters turn out to be pretty damn bad, and vice versa. There are a lot of characters to empathise with.

Strong female characters who play pivotal parts in the plot and don't exist merely as love interests or mothers. My two favourite characters (see icon) are awesome.

Mostly excellent pacing - some storylines carry through several episodes, while individual episodes wrap up with either a strong emotional ending or a cliffhanger.

Consistent characterisation.

Questionable moral issues and a lot of messing with people's minds.

Oh, and a dystopian setting in which the future for humankind looks very bleak. :)


Anything else? And does anything else on television fulfil many of these criteria? I'd love to hear a few suggestions, because if so, I've been missing out!

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