December 2005

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.)

Season 2 DVD trailer hits the Web

December 16, 2005 at 12:19 pm | Merchandise has just uploaded a trailer for the soon-to-be-released Season 2 DVD.

With just four days to go until the DVD is officially released, we’re pretty excited about seeing all the Season 2 episodes on DVD. Can’t wait for the 90 minute version of the “Pegasus” episode!

Season 2 DVD Trailer

Galactica goes mobile with SMS alerts and ringtones

December 15, 2005 at 9:33 am | Merchandise

Galactica fans can now signup for free mobile alerts from the SciFi Channel. While the description of this feature is rather bare (”Get the latest SCI FI text updates on your cell phone.”), presumably it will send alerts when new episodes or other BSG-related content air on SciFi.

After entering your cellphone number and network, you can choose to receive alerts for Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, or Ghost Hunters.

I’ve signed up for the service, but I still haven’t received my SMS confirmation code. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Also… I ran across a couple of Battlestar Galactica ringtones, mostly based around the original show’s fanfare theme (which has made a few cameos in the new show). The ringtones come in polyphonic and monophonic versions, and several of them sound pretty decent.

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 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.”