August 2005

Pics from ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ and ‘Pegasus’

August 29, 2005 at 8:07 am | Battlestar News, Spoilers

Season 2 pics

Dark-Thoughts.net has just posted publicity shots of the last two episodes from the first half of Season 2. (BSG airs three more episodes, then takes a break until January 2006.)

If you’re curious about these episodes, follow the link to see the pics. If you prefer to be spoiler-free, however, don’t go any farther.

Dark-Thoughts.net: Pics from Flight of the Phoenix and Pegasus

Galacticaa Widget 2.1

August 28, 2005 at 7:55 pm | Site News

We’ve just released a minor update to our Galacticaa Dashboard widget.

  • Fixed an issue where the countdown clock failed to load when the widget is first installed
  • Fixed an issue where the custom airtime wasn’t being saved properly

If you’ve already got the widget installed, you’ll see an upgrade the message the next time you open Dashboard. If not, now’s your chance to download!

Download Galacticaa 2.1

Frak… I’m in a Cylon suit!

August 25, 2005 at 7:27 am | Galactica '78, Merchandise

Someone is selling a gold-colored Cylon suit modeled after the original Cylons that appeared in Galactica ‘78 (and made a brief cameo in the new BSG miniseries).

The current bid is at $510, with 10 active bidders. Bidding ends at Aug-19-05 11:32:58 PDT.

Cylon suit

eBay: Battlestar Galactica Cylon Armor suit chromed prop look

“Disconnecting”

August 24, 2005 at 12:12 am | Fan Fiction

Leoben and Starbuck

[info]midsummer_fic has posted a great fan fiction piece about Leoben, the Cylon who appeared at Ragnar Station and in Laura Rosslyn’s dreams:

He’s exuding moisture at an alarming rate. He’s already drunk two of the six canteens he has in the ship. He’s thinking about drinking the third, but is trying to slow down. He can smell himself; sweat and dirt and the iron from his hands.

He’s here, waiting for the humans to come. They will come, they have no choice. No choice, no plan, and no real hope. They have forsaken God, and God has smiled upon a new era, chosen a new people. His people. His era.

He tries to find that place inside him, the place full of God, but it feels empty, and he flings his hand out, clanging it against the metal wall. Water splashes in a glittering arc over his face.

midsummer_fic @ Live Journal: “Disconnecting” (Battlestar Galactica)

PoliBlog asks: “Who’s a Cylon?”

August 24, 2005 at 12:01 am | Fan Opinion

Over on PoliBlog, Dr. Steven Taylor makes some guesses about who the next human-looking Cylon will be:

After lunch the other day, Dr. Scott “Wordhoarder” Nokes raised the question of “who’s a Cylon” (America’s fastest growing quiz sensation).

This builds from the revelation from Sharon that there were “eight” more Cylons in the fleet.

Now, it is possible that she was lying, however eight makes logical sense—as to that point we knew that there were 12 models and we (and the humans) had encountered only 4 at that point in the narrative. Further, it is wholly logical that there be one of each model in the fleet somewhere, so even without her revelation, the likelihood that there are 8 out there is pretty solid.

PoliBlog: BSGblogging: Who’s a Cylon?

Battlestar Galactica — The Card Game!

August 22, 2005 at 9:00 am | Merchandise

WizKids Games, the makers of several collectible games including Pirates and Rocketmen, have announced plans to create a collectible card game for Battlestar Galactica:

WizKids Inc., creator of the runaway hit games HeroClix® and Pirates of the Spanish Main™, announced today its agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to develop a collectable card game (CCG) based on the new SCI FI Channel Battlestar Galactica series.

“We couldn’t be happier to add our tradition of innovative gaming to one of the hottest science fiction properties available,” said Mike Samora, vice president of Sales and Marketing at WizKids®. “The success of the television show has introduced a new generation to the Battlestar Galactica story, and a game is the natural expansion of that introduction.” The game, slated for release in early 2006, features characters, ships and familiar scenes from the miniseries and television show on the SCI FI Channel.

Game play will mirror the intrigue of the television show: Players won’t know whom to trust, who the Cylon agents are or where the next attack will come from! Players will battle for ownership of resources and influence in order to control the fleet.

Wizkids Games: Wizkids Announces Battlestar Galactica CCG

Billy: “I have a little naughty biz wit D”

August 19, 2005 at 9:45 am | Cast & Crew

Paul-Campbell.net

We just ran across the highly amusing official website of Galactica actor Paul Campbell (a.k.a. Laura Rosslyn’s assistant Billy).

Why is it so amusing? Well, read this entry from Paul’s Journal, a blog where Campbell posts his thoughts about the show:

Oh what a ride. I’ve actually just watched the first three episodes as well as the ninth (I only watched that one because I have a little naughty biz wit D.) and boy oh boy oh boy is it hot. Hot hot hot hot hot. The show’s actually pretty good which is pleasing beacuase there’s nothing quite as dissatisfying as dedicating five months of your precious life to a steaming dung heap. Soon to be unemployed, I’m just gearing up for the T.O. film festival. I have no idea what to expect. In fact my only goal is to get into “People” mag’s worst dressed column. Shouldn’t be tough, I’ve got some pretty ugly shit.

Thanks to [info]kirinqueen for the tip!

Lucy Lawless Spills “Final Cut” Details

August 18, 2005 at 8:10 am | Battlestar News

Sci Fi Wire just published an interview with Lucy Lawless (a.k.a. Xena) about her upcoming role on Galactica:

Lawless guest-stars in “Final Cut,” the eighth episode of Galactica’s current second season, written by Mark Verheiden and directed by Robert Young. In the episode, Lawless plays reporter D’Anna Friel, who gets unlimited access to film aboard Galactica and documents the stress of military life during wartime. The marines, led by Lt. Palladino (Jeremy Guilbaut), get widely criticized when his crew opens fire on civilian protesters, killing four and wounding 12. Then there’s a death threat against Col. Tigh (Michael Hogan). Meanwhile, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and Cmdr. Adama (Edward James Olmos) offer Fleet News Service full access to the pilots and crew. Along the way, the reporter uncovers some major secrets and faces an ethical dilemma.

Review Roundup: “The Farm”

August 17, 2005 at 11:31 pm | Episode Reviews

Here’s a quick list of reviews from last week’s episode of Galactica — “The Farm.”

niobedancing’s Livejournal: Dogtags Revisited

The lesson for me is that my original instincts have been correct - when watching BSG, apply Occam’s Razor and always assume the simplest explanation. I had a feeling that the show was not *really* as mysterious as it seems and that little things that people fixate on and come up with theories for are usually just little things. I have some friends who have come up with extremely elaborate backstory and theories about Cylons and Cylon/human relations, and I’m now fully in the place of thinking that they are giving the show/Ron Moore too much credit. Yeah, it would be cool if this really cool theory really was true, but I think in most cases it’s going to turn out to be the more boring, pedestrian explanation.

Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog: Thoughts on The Farm

I have a litmus test for opening credits in shows… You know they are good if you watch them every time. For instance I always skipped Star Trek: The Next Generation credits, but I always watched the DS9 ones… The credits for season one of BSG I watched every single time. The theme song was so amazing and the little flashes of episode insight were fun. It is no secret that they took both of those fun things away for season 2, replacing the theme with a more vocal (and in my opinion less powerful) song and removing the little sneak peek. This week I was quite happy they added the episode flash scenes back in. This makes me excited because, if they changed their minds on that, maybe they are close to changing their minds and going back to the old “US” theme. Maybe for season three?

Old Bitch, Crappy Attitude: BSG 2×05: Farm

Roslin, okay, which is it, guys? Does she truly believe in the prophecy and her role in it or doesn’t she? You CAN’T BE A WISHY-WASHY CULT LEADER! If she has the balls to send Kara to get the arrow at the price of her integrity, position and the security of the fleet, it makes no sense for her to be squeamish about the blessings and kneelings.

lost in the fog of my own imagination: Oh BSG Fandom, Are We Breaking Up?

You can disagree with someone without hating them. You can have problems with something without hating it as a whole.

In case it was not clear to anyone who hangs about here: if you liked The Crack Farm I am not suddenly your enemy.

Really.

synthetica1: Battlestar Galactica - s02e05

Lots of Starbuck in bed this episode and she also showed a lot of vulnerability; she’s not as manly as I thought! Not enough of Baltar though. D: I was surprised that Adama didn’t go psycho on Tigh for fucking things up so badly. Anyway, pretty anti-climatic ending.

Adventures of a Gay Geek: Battlestar Galactica Review: The Farm

Wow…this show gets more and more interesting. And, again, I’m brought back to a topic that I discussed in my review of tonight’s Stargate SG-1 episode - religion in science fiction. In Battlestar Galactica, you have two religions going on and percieved in entirely different ways. For Roslin, she is using people’s blind fate in the scriptures to encourage them to join her crusade. But, the human theology is not monotheistic, but polytheistic. It’s based on the Greek Gods. Yet, we all are rooting for Roslin — or, at least, I am. I find Adama’s rigid militarism abhorent. I want the people to believe in the scriptures in this case. I want the fleet jumping to Kobol with Roslin so that they can find Earth.

The Lion’s Domain: BSG: The Farm

Another good episode, but a little weak on the Caprica side.

Battlestar MUSH

August 14, 2005 at 11:52 pm | Galactica '78

Ok, time for our first post about the original Battlestar Galactica television show. (For those of you who don’t know, Battlestar Galactica is based on a short-lived, but highly-loved television series which aired during the late 70s.)

Over the weekend, I discovered Battlestar MUSH.

Battlestar MUSH

A MUSH is a text-based game played online with other people. The letters in MUSH stand for “Multi-User Shared Hallucination”. Battlestar MUSH, as the name implies, is a MUSH that takes place in the world of 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica.

To play the game, connect to Battlestar MUSH via telnet at 161.57.201.4:4201 or attend.ferris.edu:4201. Once there, you’ll need to spend some time creating a character. (Take the game seriously… I tried to skimp on my character’s description and the Battlestar MUSH admins gave me a hard time.)

Once your character is approved, the game starts and you can choose which vessel in the “rag tag” fleet you’d like to be posted on. After that, it’s all up to you!

Battlestar MUSH