All of this has had spoilers before, and all of this will have spoilers again.
Season three premieres tonight, after a long, dark, and cold summer with barely a scrap of Galacticky goodness.
Most of us have been watching the webisodes the last few weeks, which help to fill in the gap between the seasons (if you read the end of season two’s finale as being essentially a preview of season three). Some of us also went and spoiled ourselves with the ten-minute premiere opener made available a few days ago.
And now… finally… it is upon us. It’s here.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I haven’t been this excited for a season premiere since… well, probably ever. Closest comparison would probably be Next Generation’s season four, waiting for part two of “Best of Both Worlds” to show us what happens after Riker says “Fire.” That was pretty good.
But this? I’ve been twitching for days. No, weeks, actually: because I’ve spent the summer evangelizing to friends, and running two separate marathon sessions with two groups of people, staggered somewhat based on how much of the show they’ve seen so far, getting them caught up so they can participate in season three in real time. Going back and revisiting the story up to this point, knowing what’s coming — knowing, for example, when Baltar gives Gina the nuke just how that’s going to pay off — and envying my friends for their opportunity to experience the story for the first time, has increased my anticipation immeasurably.
And finally, finally, here we are. I got a huge grin just filling in the subject line for the thread.
Two hour premiere tonight, episodes one and two of the third season. Starts at 9pm (moved up an hour; adjust your scheduling as necessary).
I’m not going to do a detailed recap here, the way I did for episode threads last season, because the end of season two is such a radical reboot that the effort would be pointless. The situation is enormously different, and we’re missing a lot of specifics about how we got from then to now. We all know, in broad terms, what has happened, and at this point, I think, that’s enough. If you’ve seen the webisodes, you know that Jammer is apparently a collaborator, and may be responsible for putting Tigh in the Cylon clink; you know that Duck will be joining the police force in an attempt to pass vital information to the resistance; and some other stuff. But I suspect that those details are secondary, and the “actual” show will tell us everything we need to know tonight.
Here we go.