Battlestar News

Bear McCreary hits the road with BSG show

June 25, 2009 at 9:41 am | Battlestar News

BSG Concert poster

Talented composer and all-around nice guy Bear McCreary, along with his BSG band compadres, is once again hitting the road with a live show of Galactica music.

The group will be doing three performances at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego on July 23, 24, and 25, right during the peak of Comicon craziness. Tickets are either $55 or $145 for VIP (which includes a backstage meet-and-greet, free copy of the new Caprica score CD, and a signing).

Personally, I think the VIP tickets are the way to go. Since the House of Blues is just blocks away from Comicon, it’s a good bet that other folks from the Galactica cast and crew may drop in.

Readers of this blog may remember my previous post about the BSG Season 2 CD Release party. These concerts promise to be equally awesome.

If you’re lucky enough to live near San Diego, this is definitely something you should thing about attending.

Galactica moves to Sundays?

November 21, 2006 at 11:31 am | Battlestar News

This just in from the Sci Fi Wire:

SCI FI Channel’s award-winning series Battlestar Galactica will move to a new timeslot starting Jan. 21, 2007: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the premiere of the new original series The Dresden Files at 9 p.m.

Is it me? Or does this seem pretty stupid?

In general, moving a show to different timeslot in the same season is a recipe for disaster, and often a sign of that something isn’t working (and even impending cancellation).

Now I’m sure BSG isn’t at risk of being cancelled, but it seems like SciFi would do better to bolster up their Friday evening programming, and move BSG back to 10pm.

One suggestion… how about re-airing Heroes in the time slot before BSG? Now that would be a Sci-Fi Friday!

UPDATE: Variety explains the motivation behind the move:

Sci Fi exec VP of programming Mark Stern said there are two reasons for moving the series.

“Broadcast and cable networks realized Friday was not such a bad timeslot, so it’s not the easy lay-up it once was,” he said.

In addition, he added, Sundays have bigger HUT levels and will be less competitive come January when football leaves the sked.

Frosh one-hour “Eureka” showed that “we can launch a show successfully on a new night beyond Friday,” Stern said. “Sunday is the home for premiere programming and for us, that’s ‘Battlestar.’ ”

Sci Fi Channel also will debut its detective drama “The Dresden Files” Jan. 21 at 9, where it will lead into “Battlestar.” Stern said the cabler is hoping that “Dresden” will bring in a new and broader audience to the latter.

BTW, HUT levels = households using television. My final thoughts: it’s a risky move, but let’s hope SCI FI rolls a “hard six”.

I voted for Roslin!

November 7, 2006 at 2:04 pm | Battlestar News, Fan Art

Vote for Roslin

Galacticaa is officially endoring Laura Roslin’s candidacy. Via The Shape of Days.

Who gets the Emmy? BSG or LOST?

July 11, 2006 at 6:15 pm | Battlestar News

Since Battlestar Galactica was completely shut out of the this year’s Emmy nominees, Entertainment Weekly is asking… which series most deserved a Best Drama nomination? LOST or BSG?

I’m a huge fan of both shows… so this is a tough one for me.

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!)

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.