BSG’s Cally gets her own drink… the Callymotxo!

October 9, 2006 at 7:10 pm | Fan Art

hober says…

I often end up playing bartender when we all get together to watch BSG. This past weekend’s frak party was no exception, and in honor of the season 3 premiere I came up with what we decided to call the Callymotxo.

BTW, this drink is inspired by the Kalimotxo, pronounced /ˈkæliˈmotʃo/, which is a wonderfully refreshing Basque mixed drink made by mixing cheap red wine with Coca-Cola. Brilliant!

So here’s how to make one:

  1. Two parts tequila
  2. One part triple-sec
  3. One or two parts cranberry juice
  4. Fill with Coca-Cola

N.B.: substituting Diet Coke (or even Caffeine-Free Diet Coke) is perfectly A-OK.

It was a smash hit with our crew (though you’ll have to take their words for it as I can’t stand tequila myself).

Share and Enjoy! So say we all!

Battlestar Galactica panels at Comic-Con

July 20, 2006 at 7:32 am | Events

This year’s Comic-Con will be another chance for many Galactica fans to see their favorite BSG cast members in person.

There are two panels of interest. On Thursday at 1:00 pm, Richard Hatch and Bear McCreary will give an informal talk about both Galactica series. And on Friday at 2:00 pm, Ron Moore and David Eick will join the cast for a one hour presentation.

I’ll be at Comic-Con this year — if any BSG fans want to meet up, drop me a line!


12:00-1:00 Richard Hatch: Battlestar Galactica Forum and Q & A

Join actor Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, new BG series, original Captain Apollo), and special guests Bear McCreary (composer and arranger, new BG series), Dr. Kevin Grazier from JPL (science consultant, new BG series), and writer Brad Linaweaver (co-author BG novels) for a provocative discussion of Battlestar new and classic, along with an intro to Richard’s The Great War of Magellan graphic novel and role playing game with Blam Ventures and DG associates. Room 6B


2:00-3:00 SCI FI: Battlestar Galactica “The #1 television show of 2005″ — Time magazine. “One of the most original and provocative programs on television” — New York Times. “The toughest, smartest show on television” — Rolling Stone. “A wildly intense gem . . . riveting . . . not to be missed” — TV Guide.

If you’re not watching it, you should be. See what the buzz is all about. Be sure to stop by the SCI FI booth for a chance to win the ultimate BSG prize packet! Panelists include stars Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Mary McDonnell (Laura Roslin), James Callis (President Gaius Baltar), and Lucy Lawless (D’Anna Biers), Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol), plus executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore and SCI FI VP for original programming Erik Storey. Moderated by Lisa Chambers, features director, TV Guide

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.

Watching Galactica on an iPod Video

July 9, 2006 at 7:58 am | Fan Art

Kara Barrett sent in this cool pic… “BSG on my iPod. Sort of silly, I know.”

BSG on an iPod

CylonBum Widget

July 3, 2006 at 10:17 am | Galactica '78

CylonBum widget

Tasty Buffalo Design has uploaded a funny widget for fans of the original Battlestar Galactica show. It even has a moving cylon eye!

Thanks to Greg Perkins for this one!

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!)

Cally does Tiki Bar TV

June 23, 2006 at 7:29 am | Cast & Crew

Derek Powazek has spotted Nicki Clyne, who plays Specialist Cally on Battlestar Galactica, in a recent episode of the Tiki Bar TV podcast:

Battlestar Galactica may be in-between seasons after one of the most daring cliffhangers in TV history, but that doesn’t mean the characters are just hanging around waiting for Ron to call.

I may be one of the few people out there who’s a member of both the Battlestar Galactica community of nerddom and the Tiki Bar TV support group, but I couldn’t help but notice that Galactica’s Specialist Cally (aka Nicki Clyne) showed up on the most recent episode of Tiki Bar TV as the adorable Spock-eared girl from space.

To see it for yourself, read the full blog post from Derek, then subscribe to the Tiki Bar TV podcast.

Apple introduces the iLon

June 19, 2006 at 12:46 pm | Merchandise, Fan Art

Greg Perkins writes:

I’ve been posting over at Hangar Deck Five for a while now, and I just noticed this piece of fanart:


BSG Season 2 CD Release Party

June 13, 2006 at 9:15 am | Events, Cast & Crew

Official BSG: Season Two Soundtrack Album Release Show

I was lucky to be one of the very few fans that got tickets to Sunday night’s Official Battlestar Galactica: Season Two Soundtrack Album Release Show in Los Angeles.

I actually live in San Diego, not LA, but it’s close enough that I’d figure it’d be worth the drive up (and the more painful drive home… I didn’t get back until 2am Monday morning). And it’s Galactica, right?

The Mint

The party was held at The Mint in Los Angeles

So, let’s get to it. The doors were supposed to open at 7pm, so I arrived around 6:30. Initially, there were only half a dozen fans, but the line eventually grew to maybe 20 or 30 people before we started entering the club.

Sold out

The reason we all came

The Mint is actually a fairly small space on the inside. As you enter, there’s a bar to your immediate right, then to the left is the stage, a small open floor, and a few booths on either side of the stage.

Given the size of the venue and the makeup of the crowd, I’d say that most of the people who attended the party were friends of Bear McCreary’s and/or other people who work on Galactica. So fans who got tickets were pretty damn lucky.

BT4 starts the show up

Once everybody was settled in, the show got going. First up was lead singer BT4, backed by Bear McCreary, Paul Cartwright, and Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez with a set of five songs.


Bear McCreary and BT4

For those who don’t know, BT4 is one of several musicians who contributes to the BSG soundtrack, but he also happens to be the younger brother of Bear McCreary.

BT4’s best talent is his enthusiasm. With only one album so far, his sound is still a work in progress, but his voice is amazing and the last two or three songs in the set were strong. BTW, BT4 would like you to know that his website is — he kept shouting it out during the show, but in a funny way that didn’t annoy.

Surprise! Richard Hatch takes the stage!!!

When BT4 finished, Richard Hatch jumped up on stage to introduce the first set of video clips from the show. I’d seen him enter The Mint while we were all standing in line, but it was still an unexpected appearance on this part.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch / Apollo / Tom Zarek

Richard was, as always, a complete gentleman. Once on stage, he revealed that Tom Zarek is really the original Apollo… after Galactica 1980, Apollo disappeared and wound up in a fleet prison barge. He rotted there for 25 years and eventually became Zarek. “What 25 years in jail can do to a man…”

Video presentation (Part 1)

The first video clip sequence consisted of many of the themes Bear has written cut against some of the more spectacular moments from Season 2. I didn’t have a clear view of the screen, so I wasn’t able to take any notes about what was shown. But it was a moving reminder of everything the Galactica crew faced during the 2nd season.

The BSG Band

When it finished, the full Battlestar Galactica band, orchestra, group — whatever you want to call them — came on stage. This was basically everyone who played with BT4 plus some of the other musicians who work on the show (many of which were formerly members of Oingo Boingo.)

BSG Band

Bear McCreary, BT4, Steve Bartek, Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, Paul Cartwright, and M.B. Gordy

Bear McCreary, BT4, and Steve Bartek

Bear McCreary, BT4 (is he a Cylon?), and Steve Bartek

Steve Bartek

Steve Bartek

Chris Bleth and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, and Paul Cartwright

M.B. Gordy

M.B. Gordy (also a Cylon?)

Two other guys I should mention are John Avila and Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez. These guys are awesome, but I wasn’t able to get good pics of either of them. (There are bios and pics on Bear’s website, though.)

The 1st set

For the first set, the group played five tracks. Since they didn’t have the full orchestra on hand, the songs naturally tended towards the percussion side.

1. Baltar’s dream (from Valley of Darkness)
2. Pegasus (from Pegasus)
3. Roslin and Adama (from Resurrection Ship, Part 1 and 2)
4. The Cylon Prisoner (from Pegasus)
5. Lords of Kobol (from Pegasus)

Video presentation (Part 2)

After the first set, the band took a break and the videos returned. The second video show featured Bear talking about his process a bit, and then short, funny interviews with each musician. BT4 played a funny song about working in outer space. Paul Cartwright appeared to accept cash for saying good things about Bear. Avila, Fernandez, and Gordy also appeared.

The 2nd set

1. Standing in the Mud (from Black Market)
2. Something Dark is Coming (from Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1)
3. A Mess of Me (Raya) — Raya’s version of the ‘Roslin and Adama’ theme
4. Gina escapes (from Resurrection Ship, Part 2)
5. Black Market (from Black Market)
6. Wander My Friends (from The Hand of God — Season 1)

The 3rd track was a reworking of the Adama/Roslin theme by Raya Yarbrough. It was slower, more emotional, and had lyrics that more directly addressed the long-suspected love affair about Adama and Roslin.

CD signing

At the end of the set, Bear thanked everyone for coming and the band left the stage. Soon after, the band grabbed a table next to the stage and began signing CDs. The Season 2 CD isn’t actually on sale yet, but pre-release copies were available for $15.

Signed CD

As you can see, I got my CD signed by everyone who was there.

So, yeah, it was a pretty awesome night. If they have another party next year, I highly recommend going. (Hopefully, they’ll have a bigger venue next time.)

For those who are interested, I’ve uploaded all of my party photos to Flickr.

(And special thanks to Ken Charlson and his wife for hanging with me all night!)

UPDATE: Bear McCreary sent me a copy of the official set list, so the track names are all correct now. Thanks, Bear! (I’ve also added links to the Battlestar Wiki page for each episode).

Lucky BSG fan gets Colonial ballot

January 11, 2006 at 10:23 am | Merchandise, Spoilers

Vote Roslin!

Flickr user Charlie Brown has posted three shots of an awesome Galactica prop… an actual ballot from a Colonial election!

At first glance, I thought this was one of the ballots used during the election seen in Season One’s ‘Colonial Day’. But that was a vice presidential election.

So this must be a Season Two prop… which makes this a bit of a spoiler (though ‘Charlie Brown’ has taken care to blur the name of the 2nd candidate that appears on the ballot).

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