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February 21st, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
I think I've invented a subplot for the new Battlestar Galactica that the writers didn't intend, but it amuses me so much that I'm going with it. See, all the trailers focus on Oversexed Female Blonde Cylon, but the fact is, the only guy she's actually seduced is Baltar. And, really, that doesn't take much; I get the impression he'll sleep with anyone he finds the least bit attractive if given the chance. Meanwhile, Boomer, the cute but generally unassuming "good girl" looking female Cylon, has two hard-won seductions under her belt.

Yes, I'm annoyed that both of the major female antagonists are getting their way through sex (a fact not improved by the fact that one of the two female protagonists has as her Dramatic Flaw a decision based on sex, too), but I'm also kind of enjoying the fact that the stereotypical Sexbot model is (with the aforementioned exception of all-libido-all-the-time Baltar) generally transparent and ineffectual with the men in the series. I think she knows that, too, and she's none too happy about how well Boomer's been showing her up in what ought to be her specialty.

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That's right. From the Stack of Unread Shame, 600 pages of Alex Robinson's Box Office Poison are finally read (okay, LiveJournal keeps wanting to turn my hyperlink to the BOP site into an ftp address, so here's the address in ugly form: http://members.aol.com/BOPalex ). There's something amazingly satisfying about managing to get through a comic thicker than most Stephen King novels.

The book's long, so the review is going to be pretty long, as well. And various spoilers are bound to crop up. So, your cut tag and warning of the day.

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Not the Great American Graphic Novel, but there's definitely some good stuff in there. It looks like Robinson's next effort will be published as an OGN rather than serialized first. Given how Box Office Poison came together near the end, I think having the whole work in front of him for editing is likely to do the next book a lot of good, hopefully resulting in a more focused effort that builds on some of the storytelling and character work that makes the last third of Box Office Poison so much more compelling than its preceding chapters.

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