Speaking of new stuff, I received Battlestar Galactica Season 4 yesterday. I've already listened to both discs several times already. There are a few tracks that I feel suffer a little from "theme-itis" (that is, slightly overblown concert arrangements in "Gaeta's Lament" and "Farewell Apollo") but on the whole it is a very satisfying finale to the disc cycle Bear McCreary had prepared. Ironically, as satisfied as I am with the selections and sequencing on the first disc of the set, it makes me hope even more for a disc or two of more music from the series as there were some moments from Seasons 3 and 4 that I remembered being quite interesting that were not covered on the existing sets. However, this disc is full of wonderful moments, including some stunning variations on the Laura/Will love theme throughout, such as the "Laura Runs" cue that I found so arresting all those months ago.
The second disc consists entirely of music from the "Daybreak" finale, separate from the general "Season 4" material, thus making a nice bookend with the "Miniseries" disc. When put in that context, the contrast between the "before" and "after" regarding the approach to music in the series. "Daybreak" is more richly thematic and emotionally charged than most feature film scores are these days, and the decision to include it virtually complete was the right one; there are no dull moments, and the sequence from tracks 9 through 13 is completely wrenching. This score was nothing short of a masterpiece.
When ripping these discs for my iPod, I used the temporary artwork that was posted on this FSM thread as the cover art for the "Daybreak" program.
“Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”Yep, the best reason to start a war is because of obscure mythology. Not that anybody should be surprised at the superstitions and stupidity, but the sheer depths of it boggle the pragmatic mind… it also says quite a lot about why France declined to get involved back then, which seems like a much wiser decision in this context (i.e. "Zis guy iz a nootbahg"), spawning the promotion of "anti-France" sentiment at the time ("Freedom Fries"). As horrible as things are now because of the shit that Baby Bush and his cabal pulled, when you read stuff like this you realize how lucky we are they didn't get much worse. Sheesh.