HNR hacks into Galactica’s computer network

January 10, 2006 at 8:10 pm | Battlestar News

As any Galactica fan knows, networking computers is a pretty bad idea.

So, when Lt. Gaeta was forced to network Galactica’s navigation computers to do an emergency FTL jump during ‘Scattered’, fans knew there’d be repercussions.

But, given BSG’s heavy geek fanbase, the resulting Cylon virus plotline — where a virus infected Galactica’s networked computers and immobilized the ship — seemed a bit contrived to many fans. Responding in a recent SciFi Q&A, Ron Moore gave his two cents:

We strive to keep things realistic without getting bogged down in too much technobabble or detail about it. We do have a very good, very knowledgeable technical advisor, who usually flags down errors of this sort, but in the end, it’s my call when to stay with the dramatic beat or change things around to keep it scientifically accurate. It’s a very subjective call and basically I listen to my own instincts as a writer, so if we’re doing something that pulls you out of the show because you know better, it’s probably a result of me taking the dramatic rather than the accurate path.

Makes sense to me, but the Hollywood North Report digs a bit deeper into this issue in this week’s BSG TechBlog.

Galactica audiobook now available on iTunes

January 10, 2006 at 10:17 am | Battlestar News, Merchandise

Just noticed Apple is now carrying an audiobook version of the new Jeffrey Carver novelization of the BSG miniseries.

BSG audiobook

Here’s the description from Amazon:

For forty years, the Twelve Colonies of Man experienced peace, united since the war against the man-made Cylons. The Cylons, mechanical beings created to perform the manual labor civilization required, were gone forever…or so humanity thought.

But in those years, the Cylons developed new Cylons that looked and acted like humans–with one goal in mind: to destroy all humanity! When they suddenly attacked the Twelve Worlds, humanity’s extinction seemed inevitable.

Only a single warship survived the massive attack: Battlestar Galactica, the oldest ship in the fleet, ready to be decommissioned and turned into a museum. Commander William Adama, himself set to retire, had but one course: to marshal the meager forces available, a ragtag crew of misfits and green recruits, to prevent their enemy from wiping out the last vestiges of the human race. But the Cylons, stronger, smarter, and driven to destroy their creators, may just be too powerful for them and all of humanity to survive.

Sounds familiar, huh?

Podcast from Resurrection Ship Pt 1

January 10, 2006 at 10:02 am | Battlestar News

The SciFi Channel has posted Ron Moore’s podcast commentary from the first half of the two-part ‘Resurrection Ship’ episode.

Most of this podcast centers around how ‘Resurrection Ship’ — which was originally conceived as a single episode — became a two-parter.

Here are a few of the more interesting highlights:

• The original version of ‘Resurrection Ship’ was 20 minutes long… a huge amount of extra footage, which eventually became part of the 2nd episode.

• RDM almost says “Picard” when talking about Adama’s motivation in a scene

• The ‘Case Orange’ codeword refers to a Navy battleplan during World War II

• The ‘Downfall’ codeword refers to a movie about the last days in Hitler’s bunker. (He’s probably referring to this film.)

• The “terminate Adama’s command” is an homage to a similar scene from Apocalypse Now where Harrison Ford gives instructions to Martin Sheen’s character.

• RDM reveals that Number Six was originally present when Baltar gave Gina some clothes, but they eventually cut her out of the scene because it muddle the emotional intent of the scene.

Dark Thoughts adds ‘Epiphanies’ images

January 9, 2006 at 9:38 am | Battlestar News

Want to see the shape of things to come post-Resurrection Ship?

Well, you’re in luck. Fan-favorite Dark Thoughts has uploaded 15 shots from ‘Epiphanies’, the Caprica flashback episode.

‘Epiphanies’, which will air week after next, will show us Laura Roslin’s life on Caprica before the attack.. which means we’ll get to meet President Adar (in whose administration Laura Roslin served as Education Secretary) and see what life in the Colonies was once like.

(Thanks to Hober for the link!)

Galacticaa goes Yahoo

January 3, 2006 at 11:13 pm | Site News

Galacticaa Yahoo Widget

To celebrate Friday’s new Galactica episode, we’ve added a Yahoo Widget version of our popular Galacticaa Dashboard widget.

The new widget is cross-platform, so it will work on both Windows and Macintosh computers that are running Yahoo Widgets 3.0 and later. (Mac users can use either the Yahoo Widget or our original Dashboard widget. They’re identical.)

Download the Galacticaa Yahoo Widget

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who’s downloaded the widget. We’ve had almost 1000 downloads since the new widget was released!

Galacticaa gets an upgrade

December 29, 2005 at 10:23 am | Site News

In advance of next week’s new Galactica episode, we’ve made a number of improvements to Galacticaa:

• Massively reworked our tags implementation — the main tag cloud now shows all available tags, the mini tag cloud in the sidebar has more tags and a new design, the mini tag cloud is also higher up in the sidebar so it’s easier to see, and Technorati tag links now include a Technorati logo. Also — tags like ‘bsg’ and ‘galactica’ (which are great for search engines, but not useful when browsing this site) are now hidden from view.

• Unified the appearance of the index, category, archive, and search results pages. (Previously, there were slight layout differences between all of these pages.)

• Added a search box to the search results page so it’s easier to refine search queries

• Improved the ‘Who’s Online?’ counter script — it should now both a list of logged-in users and a count of all guests

• Removed the Google Adsense banners. (For now, the income wasn’t worth the trouble… they may return in the future.)

• Reduced the number of del.icio.us links to five. (Larger numbers of links tend to contain duplicates, and a larger list refreshes less often for repeat visitors.)

• Reorganized the Galactica links in the sidebar. (Removed dead links, renamed link groups, and renamed a few links so that they’re more accurate.)

• Tweaked the site footer a little bit

(Don’t worry, though. We didn’t network our computers.)

Galactica + Serenity = Crazy delicious

December 28, 2005 at 11:01 am | Merchandise

This photo really says it all, doesn’t it?

Galactica + Serenity

(Thanks to azyxa for the shot.)

Pics and recap from Richard Hatch cruise

December 27, 2005 at 12:24 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The Unofficial Battlestar Blog has posted a nice recap of the recent Richard Hatch Grand Mayan Adventure Cruise.

Remember that Richard Hatch vacation cruise I posted about a while back? Well, Jean Williams decided to give herself an early Christmas present and attend. She was nice enough to email me some photos and I recap which I am posting below on her behalf. Enjoy!

SciFi plans 2nd BSG marathon for January 5

December 27, 2005 at 10:12 am | Battlestar News

Just one week after airing its last marathon of Season 2 episodes (to celebrate the release of Battlestar Galactica on DVD), the SciFi Channel is at it again.

The SciFi wire schedule shows another near-complete marathon showing of existing Season 2 episodes planned for January 5, just one day before the next new episode from Season 2 airs.

BSG Marathon on SciFi

During last week’s marathon, SciFi left out ‘Scattered’ and ‘Valley of Darkness’. This time, those episodes are in, but they’re not running ‘Final Cut’.

Also new this time… the ‘SciFi Inside: Battlestar Galactica’ special will air at the conclusion of the marathon.

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.)