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October 2005

Another awesome BSG icon set from the Iconfactory

October 31, 2005 at 10:07 am | Fan Art

Corey Marion at the Iconfactory has just uploaded a second batch of Galactica icons. (View the first batch.)

The new set includes 128 x 128 pixel renderings of Adama’s lighter, a Pegasus patch, pyramid ball, med kit, and three icons withh cut corners: document, folder, and Galactica logs icons.

BSG icons from Iconfactory -- set 2

Download icons: Mac OS X | Windows XP | More info

(Thanks to Greg Perkins for finding these!)

Galactica Calendar updates

October 20, 2005 at 10:26 am | Events

I’ve made a number of updates to the Battlestar Galactica events calendar on Eventful. (It also shows up in the sidebar on the right of this page.)

Mostly, future appearances by members of the BSG cast and crew. Creation Entertainment’s Grand Slam XVI summit, Timeless Destinations 2006, and next year’s official BSG Convention.

So, if you’d like to meet Helo, Tom Zarek, Chief, Baltar, Apollo, Starbuck, and others, this is your chance. Find the event nearest you and go have some fun!

BSG T-shirts on Spreadshirt

October 18, 2005 at 9:11 pm | Merchandise

Spreadshirt is carrying a number of interesting fan-generated Galactica t-shirts:

BSG t-shirts

Spreadshirt: Sci-Fi Playground

The Return of Ron Moore

October 14, 2005 at 5:16 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Ron Moore has just updated his long-dormant blog on the SciFi Channel website:

Today is something of a notable day, in that we’re putting out first drafts on the final three episodes of Season Two, which means that we’re now officially in the endgame. There’s a sense of relief, coupled with sadness, now that the last first drafts are being published, because it means that the heavy-lifting (in terms of writing) has come to a close, and that the final stories have been laid before us. When I was at Trek, and doing 26 hours a year, the end of the season was more an occasion for the bleary-eyed and nearly brain-dead staff to plan their escapes from the Hart Building and grab a few blissful days of drunken vacation before returning to plan out the next season than it had a taste of the bittersweet. With Galactica, while the end does bring with it the happy thoughts of not having to start with a blank page again this year and the reward of time spent thinking about something besides Kara’s missing ovaries (”Now, where did I leave those ovaries? They were right here a minute ago…”) it’s also a reminder of just how fast this trip is going. Two seasons and a miniseries nearly under our belt at this point. How is that possible? I can’t decide if I’m just getting old or if the special quality of this experience is truly making it all seem like it’s roaring past me at an impossibly fast pace.

Other interesting tidbits: Moore talks about the original ending of ‘Home: Part II’, screwing up something really bad in an episode (he doesn’t say what), and avoiding Star Trek’s tendency toward technobabble.

SciFi: Battlestar Galactica Blog

Where can I purchase a Battlestar Fleet uniform?

October 13, 2005 at 9:06 am | Merchandise

Christopher Aillon is asking a very good question in his latest blog entry:

Dear Ron Moore, et. al:

Where can I purchase a Battlestar Fleet uniform? So far, I have been unsuccessful in tracking down said apparel. Rank doesn’t matter much, however Commander would be preferable. I know you don’t have to prove you are totally bad ass or anything, since your show is pretty frakking sweet, but it would make for an awesome story and a pretty fun and memorable Halloween and keep my mind off the fact that I have to wait for a few more months to see the rest of season 2 — gah, pure evil. How the hell do you sleep at night!? Anyway, if you could let me know, that would be awesome. So say we all.

I bet more than a few Galactica fans would like to know the answer! (Especially since we’re just a few weeks away from Halloween.)

Album art from BSG: Season One soundtrack

October 13, 2005 at 8:52 am | Merchandise

Mark Banning, the graphic designer who designed the BSG: Season One soundtrack, has posted high-resolution scans of the album art to his personal website.

E! Online interviews Ron Moore

October 12, 2005 at 9:20 am | Battlestar News, Spoilers

E! Online has just posted a fantastic interview with BSG showrunner Ron Moore:

Here are a few spoiler-free excerpts:

Mindy Boustead: When will there be a confirmation that Battlestar Galactica was picked up for a season three?
Ron: We’re having general conversations about it. The network hasn’t made it a formal pickup. I’d say the indications look good. But they don’t have to pull the trigger on it for a few more months. It’s just the way networks work, they will probably not do it until they have to. February or March.
I’m optimistic. I’ve been optimistic since we did the miniseries that we’d get picked up and I feel that we’re going to get picked up.

Kathryn: How many years/seasons do you anticipate the series will run?
Ron: I’ve been asked that question and it’s a difficult question. I just kind of take each season as it comes. At the end of a season, like we’re approaching now, I always feel like, oh god, can I get even one more season out of it? And at the beginning of the season we always come up with more stories than we have time to do. So I’m certain that we could get a couple more years out of it. And you don’t want to overstay your welcome either.

There’s also this rather puzzling comment:

And then we’ve got, of course, a big two-part finale where a lot of things are gonna change, and the show’s gonna sort of make a fairly significant, radical change of direction.

E! Online: Battlestar Q&A with Ron Moore

Five-Minute Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries

October 12, 2005 at 9:05 am | Fan Fiction

Thought the BSG miniseries was too long? How about the five-minute version?!?

Doral: Captain, thank goodness you’re here. Something needs to be done about that woman!
Apollo: Look, I know we’re all upset that they changed Starbuck, but –
Doral: I meant Secretary Roslin.
Apollo: Has she done something?
Doral: She’s taken charge in a calm, collected, and rational manner!
Apollo: Uh… huh. I can see why you’re so upset.

BSG TP?

October 11, 2005 at 1:43 pm | Fan Art

donnamarijne has posted a photo of some BSG-inspired toilet paper to Flickr:

BSG TP

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’d want to have cut corners on my TP!

The Battlestar Galactica Drinking Game

October 11, 2005 at 9:37 am | Galactica '78

Just ran across a drinking game for the original Battlestar Galactica. If you’re a fan of the old show like me, you’ll find this quite hilarious.

  • Whenever a Cylon says “By your command.” — 1 drink
  • Someone takes the name of “The Lords of Kobol” in vain. — 1 drink
  • Anyone uses a “colonialism.” (I.e., centon, micron, daggit, furlon, cubit, etc.) — 1 drink
  • The Council of the Twelve makes a really stupid decision. — 1 drink
  • The destruction of a Raider or Viper actually coincides with when the lasers apparently struck it. — 2 drinks
  • Starbuck comes up with a cunning plan to get rich quick, only to see it go up in smoke. — 2 drinks
  • Rigel says something other than “Transferring control to all vipers. Launch when ready.” — 3 drinks
  • You actually see Starbuck romancing a woman (Cassiopea does not count) — 3 drinks
  • Someone OTHER than Starbuck or Apollo has to make a forced landing on a planet. (We know. It never happens. But, we can always hope.) — 4 drinks
  • You actually see one of those battle jackets buttoned. (We dare you to find even one fastener closed.) — 4 drinks
  • Someone actually makes a reference to life before the Destruction AFTER the first three episodes (or first, depending on what version you are playing with.) — 4 drinks
  • A one-shot character, who allegedly has a long history with one of the main characters, comes out of nowhere, throwing the whole known history of the character in doubt. Take four MORE drinks if the character was believed to be dead. Take ANOTHER five drinks if it was obvious that the one-shot character was created for a “name” guest star. Take ANOTHER six drinks if the main character in question is NOT Starbuck. (Warning: Watching “The Living Legend” will get you totally smashed under this rule since Commander Cain counts for 18 drinks)

There are two drinking games for the new show, but both are very short: take a drink when Colonel Tigh drinks. Ha ha!

Pretty funny, but we really need a new version of this game. Comment below with your ideas for a new BSG Drinking Game!