November 2005

BSG + Holidays = More Goodies

November 28, 2005 at 12:56 pm | Merchandise

The Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog has put together a nice BSG-themed gift guide for fans who are eager to receive, purchase, and/or drool over various Galactica merchandise.

I say drool because I think I’m going to have get the new Season 2 DVD!

We all love Battlestar Galactica and I am sure we also have friends and family that love the show too! What better way to celebrate the gift giving season than with a BSG token of love? For your convenience, I have compiled a list of my favorite Galactica treasures.

Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog: Battlestar Galactica Gift Guide

New BSG Videoblog: David and Ron make the rounds

November 24, 2005 at 8:55 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The SciFi channel has just uploaded a new videoblog from Galactica producer David Eick.

In this episode, shot during the third day of filming on Episode 215, David Eick returns to the ‘Starlight Lounge’ set, but now joined by Ron Moore.

In their travels, the pair run across Jamie Bamber (Apollo); a wonderful actress who guest-stars in Episode 215 (but shall go unnamed here to avoid spoiling things); Stephen McNutt, BSG’s Director of Photography; Patricia Murray, Key Make-up Artist; Harvey Frand (Producer), Kandyse McClure (Duala); and Paul Campbell (Billy), who once again, can get no respect.

Warning: this videoblog entry contains more than a few spoilers, so if you want to know nothing about future episodes, don’t watch it.

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(Thanks to Greg Perkins for spotting this on the dradis!)

Buy your very own Viper and Cylon Raider!

November 23, 2005 at 9:59 am | Galactica '78, Merchandise

Original Galactica models

Just in time for Christmas, ‘Profiles in History’ is putting two original Battlestar Galactica models — one viper, one cylon raider — up for auction on eBay.

These are the original miniatures created by effects legend John Dykstra and Apogee Effects to film several of the visual effects sequences in the original Galactica television show. If you’re a fan of the original show or visual effects in general, it’s definitely cool stuff. (Though, with bidding expected to start at $50,000, few fans will have a chance to participate.)

Here are the full details from the auction page:

From the classic science-fiction series of the late 1970s, we are pleased to present two original screen-used filming miniatures of the main fighter ships, each representing the apex of technology as realized by the Colonials and their arch-enemies, the Cylons. Both of these filming miniatures were created by John Dykstra and the crew of Apogee Effects.

The first is a Colonial Viper, which can be screen-identified as Starbuck’s Viper in the episode ‘The Young Lords’. It is during this episode that Starbuck is fired upon by the Cylons, and his Viper struck underneath causing him to crash-land on the Cylon-controlled world of Attila. While still in flight, Boomer flies underneath to inspect the damage and discovers that Starbuck’s ‘Anti-Burn Baffles’ are gone! This filming miniature is constructed of self-skinning foam, and measures 15 1/2 in. in length with studio-weathering and burn damage on the underside, which has been impregnated with metal shavings for realism. The figure in the cockpit represents Starbuck. This is one of only six miniature Vipers ever created, and prior to the damage incurred during this episode (during its pristine state), it was filmed for stock footage used throughout the series run. Of the six original Viper miniatures, this is the only one that can be specifically identified on-screen, due to the damage.

The companion piece offered here is an original Cylon Raider filming miniature, one of only four created for the series. Like the Viper, it is made of self-skinning foam, and measures 17 in. diameter at its widest point. The miniature features airbrushed detailing, such as black/grey shading on the upper surfaces to resemble carbon or other exhaust residue from flight, and two green pentagram symbols on the outer edge of each wing. Other than a single runner missing on the outside edge of the cockpit, it remains in near-pristine condition. This miniature was used throughout the series.

This is the first time that either a Viper or Cylon Raider miniature has ever been offered at public auction, and may be the only opportunity a collector might ever have to acquire one of these rare filming miniatures. $50,000 - $60,000.

UPDATE: ‘Profiles in History’ is also selling some other cool Galactica items: an original Cylon Centurion costume, a costume made for Adama (but worn by Tigh), a matte painting of the port flight pod, and most interestingly a “Model T” viper.

eBay: Starbuck Viper and Cylon Raider filming miniatures

TV Guide reveals new Starbuck developments

November 23, 2005 at 9:00 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The current issue of TV Guide has revealed new details about Starbuck’s role during the rest of BSG Season 2.

These are definitely spoilers, so swipe the invisotext if you really want to know…

Starbuck Gets a Promotion

Look for a certain cigar-chomping woman to be on top when Battlestar Galactica returns with 10 new episodes beginning January 6. In a female-power move, Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) promotes Lieutenant Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) to captain and commander of the Air Group. This puts the rebellious pilot in a bind. “I don’t think she loves being in charge. You can’t screw around and cause trouble,” Sackhoff tells TV Guide. It also throws a monkey wrench in her already fractious relationship with fellow pilot and potential soul mate Apollo (Jamie Bamber): She’s now his boss. “It’s about time he had to listen to her,” Sackhoff jokes.

Another of Galactica’s strong women, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) will be fleshed out in flashbacks to the former teacher’s life before her abrupt ascent to office. No word yet on whether she got any intergalactic romantic action back then.”

Deleted Scenes from Season 2

November 22, 2005 at 8:40 am | Battlestar News

Want to see deleted scenes from the first half of Season 2? Well, you’re in luck because the SciFi Channel just posted 30 deleted scenes from the first half of Season 2.

A quick list of highlights (the full list of scenes is below):

• The complete Adama/Tigh flashback from ‘Scattered’, which reveals how Commander Adama befriended Colonel Tigh years before serving together on Galactica. view

• Adama and Tigh talk about their experiences during the Cylon War. view

• Dream sequence where Billy suggests Laura Roslin should resign and then attempts to murder her. view

• While in captivity, Starbuck has nightmare where Anders appears in the Cylon-run hospital where she’s being held. view

• Elosha, the priestess, thanks Laura Roslin for restoring her faith in the Gods. view

• Extended scenes on Kobol which show Adama and Chief tracking the other party from Galactica and Roslin questioning her decision to separate the fleet. view

• Starbuck pays an unexpected visit to Galactica’s memorial to all of those who died in the Colonies. view

• While Apollo pleads with Chief to fix a viper, one of the vipers accidentally begins to power up. view

• An extended version of the Apollo/Dee scene from ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ which shows a lot more chemistry between Apollo and Dee as they spar with each other. view

Full list of deleted scenes:

Scattered (201):

Saul Tigh meets Bill Adama
Tigh’s temper, then and now
Tigh remembers Adama’s return to the fleet
Adama does Tigh a favor

Valley of Darkness (202):

Tigh and Adama trade war stories
Tigh clashes with Lee in a crisis
Six warns Baltar to abandon the others
Kara and Helo on Caprica

Fragged (203):

Roslin is haunted by her fears

Resistance (204):

Lee asks Dualla’s help to free Roslin

The Farm (205):

Baltar’s opinion of Adama
Lee defends President Roslin
Kara’s nightmare; talking to Simon
Lee confronts Roslin
Kara sees double Sixes

Home, Part 1 (206):

Elosha thanks Roslin for restoring her faith

Home, Part 2 (207):

Memories and friendship
Discussing Sharon; tracking Roslin; seeking counsel
Six tells Baltar to enjoy his psychosis
Billy’s admission, Lee’s apology

Final Cut (208):

Roslin’s reaction to D’Anna’s report
D’Anna gets hired; Adama gets final cut
D’Anna interviews Tyrol on the job
Helo’s Interview (Full Version)

Flight of the Phoenix (209):

Kara at Galactica’s memorial wall
Tyrol has a really lousy day
No forgiveness for Cally
Lee and Dualla, sparring with sparks
Six reacts to Adama’s dismissal of Baltar
Tyrol visits the new Sharon; back to work

Pegasus (210):

• Sadly, no deleted scenes for this episode.

New BSG Videoblog: Billy gets no respect!

November 19, 2005 at 10:17 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Billy gets no respect

The SciFi channel has just uploaded a new videoblog from Galactica producer David Eick.

In this episode, David shares hosting duties with Paul Campbell (who plays Billy on the show). As Billy walks through Galactica’s set, he runs across Kandyse McClure (Duala), Jamie Bamber (Apollo), and other cast & crew members. But the reaction isn’t quite what he was expecting…

Note: this videoblog was shot during Episode 215, so you may potentially run across a few spoilers.

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BSG-Online interviews Zoic Studios

November 18, 2005 at 4:12 pm | Cast & Crew

Zoic

Battlestar Galactica-Online, the French BSG fansite, has just posted an interview with Matt Gore, Emile Edwin Smith, and Chris Zapara, three of the visual effects artists who help create the outstanding visual effects present in each episode of Galactica.

The interview includes a bit about the tools Zoic uses to make Battlestar Galactica, how the team created the Ragnar Expanse seen in the miniseries, the ideas behind the design of the Pegasus ship, and their love for Firefly (where Zoic pioneered many of the visual effects techniques used for Galactica).

While BSG-Online is a French site, and appropriately written in French, this interview was translated into English, so there’s no reason not to check it out.

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Battlestar Galactica novel in the works

November 18, 2005 at 12:34 am | Battlestar News, Merchandise

Fake BSG novel

Peter David, a fiction writer with a huge following for his novels set in the Star Trek universe, has just announced he’s working on an official Battlestar Galactica novel:

So it’s definite, I’ll be doing a “Battlestar Galactica” novel (I say it’s definite because I got the contract in the mail.)

I figure I must be on the right beam because two of the story elements I wanted to explore were nixed by the BG folks on the basis that it’s stuff they’re planning to explore in season 3.

Judging from the Wikipedia entry on Peter David, BSG fans have a lot to be excited about! David has written scores of Star Trek novels, two episodes of Babylon 5, an episode of Crusade, and long runs of the Spider Man and Incredible Hulk comics. And that’s just the more well-known stuff.

(And, yes, the book cover is a fake. Just having a little fun with this story.)

UPDATE: there’s also a miniseries novelization written by Jeffrey Carver that’s planned for release in hard cover form on Dec 27, 2005. A paperback version will follow in Feb 2006.

HNR reveals Galactica “mistake”

November 17, 2005 at 7:37 am | Battlestar News

About a month ago, Ron Moore blogged that he was angry with himself for producing *something* that didn’t reach Galactica’s high standards for quality.

The problem was… he didn’t actually say what the something was. A plot hole? Continuity error? That cheesy music at the beginning of “Pegasus?”

Well, the Hollywood North Report, which recently visited the set of BSG, seems to be in the know:

One of the more recent Moore blogs posted on the SCI FI Galactica homepage this past October also indicated that Ron was dissatisfied with one of the later Galactica episodes.

“I found myself not only dissatisfied last night,” Moore stated, “but positively angry with myself at something I knew in my bones had fallen well below the bar I set for myself and for the show in general. I won’t go into it now (maybe later) but it was one of those situations where I looked at something and had to listen to the voice inside my head say, ‘You screwed this one up.’ Nothing pisses me off more than not making a show the best I think it can be and in this case, there was no one to blame but myself.”

Sources close to the Battlestar Galactica production have indicated that Ron was referring to the long anticipated Cylon point-of-view (PoV) episode, 218. Apparently, that episode has been trashed and with the extra-episode (212) inserted, 217 will be replacing 218. Whether fans will ever see the Cylon PoV storyline (or not) remains to be determined.

IMHO, this is great news. The Cylon PoV storyline seems very cool, but if it’s a creative failure, it could really hurt the show. “Oh, this is what the Cylons see? That kinda sucks. BSG just jumped the shark.”

Two new set reports from BSG

November 16, 2005 at 2:16 pm | Battlestar News

Justine over at All about Tahmoh Penikett has found two recent reports from a BSG fan who was able to visit the set of Battlestar Galactica during filming.

One lucky fan got to visit the Galactica set while they were filming an upcoming episode of BSG (213, I believe). She has posted pics from her visit, including spoilery pics of some stand-ins (one for Jamie Bamber), as well as some non-spoilery behind-the-scenes pics of production crew and of the CIC and a Viper.

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The same Vancouver-resident (screename Yori) also came across the BSG crew filming a different episode (217/218) on location. You can read her report and see pics over at the SciFi message boards.

The full post, with links to several set visits, can be found here.