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26 March 2009 @ 05:15 pm
The Hoard Potato: And the wind began to howl...  
It's Day 3 of this cold, and Your Obedient Serpent's brain is rambling through those twisted corridors that squeeze between sinus pressure, DayQuil, and something akin to stir-craziness.

In this mental state, I happened to observe that, while I have achieved the highbrow milestone of hearing "The William Tell Overture" without thinking of The Lone Ranger, and have occasionally even listened to "Also Sprach Zarathustra" without thinking of 2001: a Space Odyssey, it was going to be a long time before I could hear Bob Dylan's classic "All Along The Watchtower" without thinking of both Battlestar Galactica and Watchmen.

Of course, the Watchmen movie and the BSG finale are still very much on my mind. When I'm in the altered states of consciousness that being sick always seems to induce, and my mind is dwelling on two vivid and engrossing works and worlds... I start to see... connections.

Especially when music is involved.

I know why "Watchtower" plays such a prominent roll in both works.

I know why "this has all happened before, and this will all happen again."

I know who "Baltar" and "Caprica" are talking about in the last scene, when Baltar quips, "you know He doesn't like to be called that."

At the end of Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan says that he's "leaving this galaxy for one less complicated." He's regained an interest in human life, and adds, "I think perhaps I'll create some."

In the graphic novel, his final words are, "Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends."

The "Outside Force" of Battlestar Galactica? The "God" of the monotheist Cylons, who "doesn't like to be called that"?

Dr. Manhattan.

Jon goes to another galaxy and creates life -- and watches the same cycles occur over and over again, because his creations are all following patterns that echo his own life. He tries not to interfere too directly, because he's seen where that leads -- but he's willing to nudge things.

This is the stupidest, most fanboyish nonsense ever... but it all makes so much sense.

And, yes, TV Tropers, this Epileptic Tree is now on the Wild Mass Guessing pages for both Battlestar Galactica and Watchmen.

Appropriately enough, I posted this on Joseph Campbell's birthday.
I feel: geekygeeky
Reveille D'Giovanetti: Bananareveille_d on March 27th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)

Oh my god.

I mean oh my Doc Manhattan.

I mean. GAH.

Why didn't I see it before?!?

Edited at 2009-03-27 02:23 am (UTC)
Your Obedient Serpent: Eye of Agammottoathelind on March 27th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
DayQuil, dude. You need the DayQuil.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on March 27th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
When I hear "Also Sprach Zarathustra", I don't think 2001.

I think Nature Boy Ric Flair. :)
Moral Explorernotthebuddha on March 27th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I wait for the funky guitars to cut in just before Elvis' entrance.
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on March 27th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
...now I want to watch 2001 again. Haven't for years.
Rikoshi Kisaragi: J.H.rikoshi on March 27th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)

Tubetoob on March 27th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)

You've been declaring a lot of winners lately, Rikki. Who made you referee?
Arcaton: boneyr_caton on March 27th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I hear Watchtower and I think Jehovahs Witness...
and I feel queasy.

Damn you Hendrix!
Hafochafoc on March 29th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Previous comment deleted for unwarranted snarkiness. I'm sorry, I don't know what has been wrong with me today. Besides, snark is YOUR job.