Battlestar News

Galacticaa Widget update

December 26, 2005 at 10:27 am | Battlestar News

Widget update

The Galacticaa Dashboard Widget has been updated with information for the 2nd half of Season 2, starting with “Resurrection Ship, Part One”.

(Apologies to those who saw a “blank” widget over the weekend.)

Dark Thoughts adds more “Resurrection Ship” images

December 26, 2005 at 9:49 am | Battlestar News, Spoilers

With less than two weeks to go until the next episode of Battlestar Galactica airs, Dark Thoughts has posted another batch of “Resurrection Ship” photos to its image library.

Most of the shots aren’t revealing and offer logical plot extensions from “Pegasus”, the last pre-hiatus episode. But that’s not the case for three of the shots, so now it’s time for us to go into spoiler mode…

SPOILERS start

• Starbuck and Apollo holding hands

• Gina (aka Number Six) pointing a gun at Admiral Cain

• And this last one is pretty amazing… Adama and President Roslin kissing!

Let the speculation begin!

SPOILERS end

(Thanks to Greg Perkins for this recon!)

‘Scifi Inside’ special hits iTunes

December 23, 2005 at 5:50 pm | Battlestar News

SciFi Inside

Apple is now offering free downloads of the upcoming ‘SciFi Inside’ special on Battlestar Galactica.

The half-hour show, which features new interviews with the Galactica cast and crew, is scheduled to air in January, just before the 2nd half of Season 2 begins.

There are a few shots of future scenes at the very end, but otherwise it’s pretty standard stuff. But, if you can’t wait for Season 2 to start, it’s a fun half-hour to watch. (I loved how Grace Park prevented herself from revealing any spoilers.)

[Thanks to Chris Radcliff and Dave Bills for the heads up.]

Ron Moore renews deal with NBC Universal

December 19, 2005 at 9:01 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Variety is reporting that Ron Moore has renewed his deal with NBC Universal Television. Since I don’t have a subscription to Variety, the details are a bit lacking, but it appears the deal includes plans for Moore to develop additional sci-fi-themed series for NBC Universal. Hopefully, such work will be done in a way that doesn’t distract from Galactica…

“Battlestar Galactica” exec producer Ronald D. Moore has inked a rich overall pact with NBC Universal Television Studio, reupping for another two years. Deal calls for Moore, who exec produced the first season of HBO’s “Carnivale” before joining “Battlestar,” to create and develop series, with an emphasis on sci-fi-themed projects…

(If anyone does have a Variety sub, feel free to share the full text of the article.)

Frak! No extended “Pegasus” episode on Season 2 DVD!

December 16, 2005 at 7:56 pm | Battlestar News, Merchandise

According to a report from TV Shows on DVD, the Season 2 DVD will NOT contain the extended cut of the “Pegasus” episode.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica were excited when Ron Moore talked about an extended episode of “Pegasus,” the half-season finale, during his PodCast for the show. Moore said that the extended episode would be released on DVD, and it was assumed that it would be on the 2.0 set. Reviewers, and some fans, have already obtained the 2.0 set (which streets on Tuesday, 12/20), but the extended episode wasn’t included. Message boards are filled with fuming fans, but we have good news that should extinguish the flames.

I spoke with a contact at Universal yesterday and asked about the extended episode. I was told that they couldn’t ready the episode in time for the set, but it would be the first episode in the next set (the second half of season 2). This sounds like a great idea since fans will own both versions of the episode, unlike the SG-1 extended episode issue. MGM released the shorter cut of “Threads” in the season 8 set, and fans wishing to obtain the longer version must send in their current disc, or a proof of purchase for the set. It’s more complicated than Universal’s solution.

This is definitely disappointing. While I’m glad there will still be an opportunity to view the extended cut, it sucks we now have to wait another 6 months or so to see it. (Though, on the other hand, when the 2nd Season 2 DVD does show up, it will be a much-needed antidote to Galactica withdrawl syndrome as we wait for Season 3 to begin.)

(Thanks to Justine at All about Tahmoh Penikett for bringing this sad news to our attention.)

Galactica updates

December 13, 2005 at 6:23 pm | Battlestar News

A couple of recent Galactica tidbits:

Unofficial Battlestar Blog digs up awesome BSG-themed mod for Freespace 2

I just got a PC (my first), so I’m looking forward to trying this mod out.

SciFi plans new “Lowdown” for January 2 at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific

Maybe we’ll get a new Galactica drink! (I’m still recovering from the Galactica shooter I made with Hober and Kirin.)

AFI selects Galactica as one of its 10 top television programs of the year

Nice to see Galactica getting some critical recognition. Other selections included 24, Deadwood, Lost, Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, and others.

Dark Thoughts has posted a few more shots from “Resurrection Ship”

7 more shots. All of them are reasonably spoiler-free.

IMDB adds a trivia page to the Galactica series listing

There’s some pretty interesting stuff in this list. I especially like the one about how the mirror in Adama’s bathroom is made by IKEA and officially named Frack. Don’t believe me? Here’s one on Ebay.

BSG Media posts scans of the recent Galactica spread in Sci Fi Magazine

This has been covered elsewhere, but there are some nice pics of the crew and set. The shot of Jamie Bamber is intriguing. Is this the standard rig for shooting viper scenes? Or does it hint at something special happening in a future episode?

New promos from Season 2!

December 9, 2005 at 5:32 pm | Battlestar News, Spoilers

Cox.net has uploaded four promos for the upcoming Season 2 episodes. The first of these ran on the SciFi channel last week… presumably, the others will follow soon. (Note: very light spoilers.)

Capt. Lee Adama

Capt. Lee Adama

Baltar and Number Six

Baltar and Number Six

Two Battlestars

Two Battlestars

President Laura Roslin

President Laura Roslin

(Thanks to Greg Perkins and All about Tahmoh Penikett.)

iTunes adds Galactica episodes

December 7, 2005 at 10:11 am | Battlestar News, Merchandise

iTunes Music Store... now with BSG!

Apple has just announced a deal with NBC/Universal to offer several television shows for sales on the iTunes Music Store. So, you know what that means… Apple’s new iPods can now play episodes of Battlestar Galactica!

Like most other shows on iTMS, episodes are priced at $1.99 each and they’ve got the miniseries, Season 1, and every Season 2 episode that’s been broadcast to date.

At $15.99, the miniseries is a tad overpriced, though. For just four dollars more, you can get the DVD, which includes not only the miniseries but a feature commentary, behind the scenes special, and deleted scenes.

UPDATE: I love this quote from Jeff Zucker (the head of NBC/Universal television) in the New York Times:

“Battlestar Galactica is the most stolen show online there is,” Mr. Zucker said. “Rather than have people steal it, they can pay us to see it.”

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!)

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.”