This weekend we finally got around to watching the Battlestar Gallactica mini-series. I had heard that it wasn't very good, but that you needed to watch it before watching the extremely well recieved SciFi Channel series, so I didn't have high hopes. Despite this, I loved it.
In fact, I loved it so much, I only have one single solitary complaint about it: Hexagonal paper.
See, in this future, for some reason documents have evolved to be hexagonal in shape rather than the primitive rectangular documents we know and love. This is seriously stupid. I can understand like, holo-screens, or touch sensitive eInk, or neural interfaces and the like, but plain old ordinary paper that has been cut into a hexagonal shape? There's simply no reason for this, it's just stupid set-dressing designed to piss people like me off. Every document, printout, notebook, binder, business card, and framed photograph are curiously hexagonal. Inexplicably, even the old fashioned dot-matrix printers print on hexagonal paper -- and here's the kicker: no matter how long the message is, the paper is always perforated at a hexagonal point which perfectly frames the message. So you mean to tell me that in the future, it's so imperative that paper is hexagonal that the dot matrix printers actually cut off the corners of everything they print, ensuring that they are? A few of the books which were artfully scattered about during planning sequences are actual rectangular books though. I don't know if this was done to show that they're really old, or if they were just too lazy to manufacture enough stupid hexagonal ones.
If you're going to introduce a completely pointless and baseless set decoration, make sure that you take it all the way. Oh and explain it too. I don't care if it's stupid expository dialog like "What are you doing strange female version of Starbuck?! You know that after the Xerox Wars of 2017 Congress mandated that all paper must conform to the new Hexagonal Document Doctrine.. if you don't trim those corners, they'll throw you back in the brig."
I seriously have to wonder what the toilet paper rolls must look like.
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