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The Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica re-made the world and the mythos of Starbuck, Apollo, Adama, and their quest for Earth. There were early surprises, like putting women in the roles of Starbuck and Boomer, and the revelation of humanoid Cylons. There were the set design surprises: They still use cassette tapes and curly phone cords? Isn't this the future? Yeeeaaah, about that...is it too late to say 'spoiler alert'?

apollo-oh-no-not-again.jpgTo see how our house-brand Galactica fan monkeys took the ending, we followed the unscientific research method of just asking them. Our preliminary findings indicate that:

  • Fraize thought, "Nice finale, but the whole thing felt like one big writing exercise to me - except he kept writing himself into a corner, and could only awkwardly and poorly work his way out."

  • Jen claimed, "I liked it. It was wrapped up with a nice pretty bow. Of course, it would have been great to have everybody live happily ever after, but then it wouldn't be 'cool' would it?"

  • Carrie sighed, "It felt like watching a funeral, and not in a 'celebration of life' kind of way. Very dirgeful."

  • Jacob griped, "In a setting where people can be fabricated and programmed, it was incredibly lazy to wrap it up with a lot of cape-and-top-hat-wearing magic. I still have the old theme running through my brain, tho'"

  • and Willie admitted, "Stopped watching the series towards the beginning of season four when Baltar headed up that monotheistic cult. Just got dis-interested. Unlike most though, I can still watch the finale for the first time!"

We know our viewpoints might just be Cylon programming, though, so we checked with the greater Twitterverse to gain some objectivity:

  • @jenxdigital: The Bill/Laura ending was the saddest, I think...his love was gone, and he was all alone. Everything else, honestly made sense.

  • @ripetomato: Wish there was resolution re:Starbuck. Sad that mains who lost someone had to be alone-Adama, Tyrol, Lee to some extent. Epilogue was cheesy

  • @CarolynLindeman: The only thing that puzzles me is the blatant social commentary at the end. The other social issues were woven into the story line well.

  • @thebrassbunny: I think the fact that not a lot of people are talking about this "grand finale" speaks volumes.
What did you think of the finale? Will Dollhouse fill the void in your Friday nights? Are you planning to tune in to The Plan this fall? Are you taking a vow of silence until Caprica is eventually released? Tell us in the comments!
Like most geeks out there, we've wanted to see a live space shuttle launch for many years. Well, we finally got the chance, and I was the lucky monkey to be able to do it! This shuttle launch had been scrubbed several times due to a leak in a liquid hydrogen vent line, but luckily, the Sunday evening launch had an on-time liftoff. The rocket booster fire trail was so bright during the first minute that it was almost too bright to even look at. We were far enough away that there was some rocket noise but not too much, mostly between 1 and 2 minutes in. I was surprised how quickly the whole event happened, with the final high point being the solid rocket boosters separation about 2 minutes after liftoff. It was an amazing sight and well worth the drive from my secret TG Megaplex Offsite Location and a few hours of waiting. If you ever have a chance to see a live launch - go! You will be forever thankful.

If there is a more perfect foodstuff, we have yet to find it. Perhaps astronaut ice cream? Nah. Has to be pie. There is also the perfect irrational number - PI! Timmy has memorized the digits of this blessed ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius out to 193 digits. Well, he used to know it out to 350, but forgot 157 of them after having a few too many cocktails with famous people at SXSWi.

While Timmy was rubbing elbows, the rest of the monkeys at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ celebrated Pi Day - marked on your calendars as 3/14 at 1:59:26am. With this year's Pi Day being a bleary Saturday morning, it was decided to celebrate a half-day earlier with a Pie-ron Chef competition featuring pies of all sizes and fillings. Staff monkeys brought in their favorite pies, including fruit pies, custardy pies, pecan pie, savory pies like spinach pie and pizza pie, and even whoopie pies! It was a delicious way to celebrate.

pi-day-2009.pngIf you've got 45 minutes to spare, be sure to watch the video of us making a mess of the kitchen with an explosion of pie!

These last few days have been exciting here at geek HQ, with many of the staff atwitter (in both senses) after having seen Watchmen. The reviews have come pouring in of course, and we thought we'd distill some of them for you in easily-digestible Twitter-like chunks. (Wow, two Twitter references in 2 sentences!) So check out what the monkeys at ThinkGeek are saying about Watchmen:

Watchmen - quis custodiet ipsos custodes
  • Danny says, "Watching the movie feels just like reading a comic book, although I've never read the original story"

  • Jacob's thoughts were "Flame me if you want, but the new ending is so much better. When I read the book, I thought Alan Moore was just trying to see how far he could stretch the geekly suspension of disbelief."

  • Fraize summarized: "The world's smartest man has super-ninja-monkey-moves, the biggest badass wears a fedora, and the superman exists - and he has a great big blue swinging... ego."

  • Carrie told us "The first scene was rhythmically filmed and paced just like a drawn page from the book, but the editing went downhill from there."

  • Shane raved "Visually stunning, captured the feel of the comic perfectly. Acting was top notch, and frankly I loved the movie - even though I'm positive Alan Moore would hate it (provided he ever watched it)."

  • and Rob sums things up by saying "Action packaged and anatomically correct!"

So what did YOU think of Watchmen? Let us know in the comments!