Fan Opinion

Joss Whedon digs BSG

June 30, 2006 at 8:55 am | Fan Opinion

Joss Whedon, creator of the Firefly, Buffy, and Angel series, left a comment over on praising Galactica:

I’m just sneaking in to say I’ve been continuing to watch BSG, the wife and I are about halfway through season one and gushing isn’t gonna cover this one. You guys have heard me gush, so it won’t have any real meaning. You have to imagine Pauline Kael bursting into song, Lionel Barrymoore In “Wonderful Life” jumping up and jitterbugging with George Bailey, the Grinch’s heart growing three sizes… you gotta start down there to explain what it feels like up here. I’ll put it simply. The show is humbling. Not since the Matrix (the first one) have I had such a strong desire to go to writing school. I think it’s so passionate, textured, complex, subversive and challenging that it dwarfs everything on TV. Or in theaters. Or boho perfomances spaces. Stuff hanging in the Tate? Not as cool. I’m not gonna go on, because I have to get back to work and because if I really start, this post will crash the internet from sheer length. Only downsides are a) I was already having a crisis of confidence, thank you very much and b) I can’t go near any Sci-Fi mags for fear of spoilers. Apart from that, life is to be loved. The Gods are to be praised. Back to the job. -j.

And, btw, if you somehow missed the greatness that is Firefly, get thee to a videostore and rent the series DVD.

(Thanks to Ted for this one!)

Starship Enterprise visible in BSG miniseries?

November 15, 2005 at 12:02 pm | Fan Opinion

When the BSG miniseries aired two years ago (has it really been that long?), Firefly fans were excited when they discovered that Serenity made a cameo in one of the opening shots.

But ’sburstall’, over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, may have found something else: the original Starship Enterprise.


We haven’t confirmed this, but it seems legit. Anyone from Zoic care to comment?

(And, by the gods, this will be the last of our Trek-themed posts for a while.)

PoliBlog asks: “Who’s a Cylon?”

August 24, 2005 at 12:01 am | Fan Opinion

Over on PoliBlog, Dr. Steven Taylor makes some guesses about who the next human-looking Cylon will be:

After lunch the other day, Dr. Scott “Wordhoarder” Nokes raised the question of “who’s a Cylon” (America’s fastest growing quiz sensation).

This builds from the revelation from Sharon that there were “eight” more Cylons in the fleet.

Now, it is possible that she was lying, however eight makes logical sense—as to that point we knew that there were 12 models and we (and the humans) had encountered only 4 at that point in the narrative. Further, it is wholly logical that there be one of each model in the fleet somewhere, so even without her revelation, the likelihood that there are 8 out there is pretty solid.

PoliBlog: BSGblogging: Who’s a Cylon?

Awesomeness Galactica

August 13, 2005 at 10:06 am | Fan Opinion

Just ran across a wonderful blog post from Derek Powazek about Galactica. It was written back in February, but really captures the essence of what makes the new Battlestar Galactica so great.

When writer/producer Ron Moore announced that he was “reinventing science fiction” with a Battlestar Galactica mini-series on the Sci Fi Channel last year, I wrote it off as yet more bombast in a particularly bombastic medium. But then I actually watched it.

It was beautiful. Spooky. Personal. Dark. Imagine a robot that looks like a human having a conversation about God with a human scientist who’s given up on his humanity. Imagine spaceships that travel silently through space with maneuvering thrusters that account for actual physics - the ships keep going when the engines go out as they would in space. And, of course, imagine menacing mechanical evil - not the cheesy Terminator kind, and not the sprawling dirty Matrix kind - a truly robotic kind, scary because of how little of it is revealed.

Derek Powazek: Just a Thought: Awesomeness Galactica