Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm Not Sure What You Were Attempting To Do Here.

Well, the grade reports are in. My English professor forced the class to watch the Battlestar Gallactica miniseries to which I said poopoo to you too. Long story short he gave my essay review of it a zero when I deserved no less than a hundred, dammit. I poured my heart and soul into this essay. Anyway, here is my prof's response if you guys care to read it:

I'm not sure what you were attempting to do here, but you seem to almost intentionally avoid the critical and academic nature of this entire assignment. You directly went at this viewing with some sort of chip-on-the-shoulder slight that amounted to nothing short of an op-ed article in fox-news-style paper, the one thing I asked you all not to do. You did not bother with secondary sources and went in the complete opposite direction of any critical review. To insult your own intelligence in the most unfortunate manner, your "opinion" about the music and the actors had absolutely no critical support or back-up, nor do you have any real reason for the emotional angst you throw at SyFy or any other type of fiction that attempts to use allegory to discuss the human condition, something I was hoping you would have considered doing. It might have been better if you'd simply not committed the time to this review, then to have actually written the very thing for which you accuse the production.
Not only is it sad that you did not even bother to really analyze the human storyline and aspects that allow the production to speak to the human condition sub-texting, but you didn't even bother to find valid support for your negative interpretations. This assignment had far little to do with your negative approach to analyzing life, and more to do with the reasons why we use many different types of fiction to critically observe, scrutinize and understand our current human condition.
Going by what you've written on the paper, you did not bother to watch this film all-the-way through, or, perhaps, at all, much less take this assignment seriously. I think you knew this. I expected more and am somewhat shocked. Below is the prompt for this assignment, if you don't understand the grade.


So I guess the moral of the story is that you need to tell your crazy professors what they want to hear lest they give you a ZERO!


  1. That's unbelievable! How can you not like battlestar gallactica?

    I'm having a hard time telling if this post is legit or not. So I'll only respond by saying, telling "your crazy professors what they want to hear" is like lesson one for how to succeed in college (highschool too, really), whether that is a good or bad thing is harder to decide.

  2. I assure you it's legit. This professor is crazy-go-nuts. I have just finished emailing the dean over this.

  3. Yikes! I wish you luck with this, maybe the dean will be more reasonable.

  4. I'm not sure what you are attempting to do here, but your negative approach to analyzing life is responsible for all of the bad things in the universe including hang-nails, fox news, and people who enjoy shot-putting emotional angst.

    If only there was some way to teach you a lesson with some sort of meaningless numerical value, so that you would instantly love Battlestar Gallatica for the rest of your days?