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Posts Tagged ‘Battlestar Galactica’

Dulled Edge

November 27th, 2007 No comments

Last night, I finished watching Battlestar Galactica: Razor, the two-hour made-for-DVD movie that had its premiere–in an edited form–on the Sci-Fi Channel over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Look, I know that the telecast was intended to encourage me to buy the uncut DVD which streets next week, but damn, it pisses me off that the main thing I wanted to see–the flashback sequence from the first Cylon war–was missing the best bits, including a huge space battle involving the original series’ ship designs and a free-fall fight between Adama and an old-school Centurion. Yes, I’m gonna get the DVD, but that’s just irritating.

The rest of it was good enough, though as a storyline set within the middle of the series’ second season, it had the disadvantage of being unable to meaningfully advance the plot. That, and I knew damned well that the major new character introduced there wasn’t gonna make it. There’s a minor revelation involving Starbuck which is grist for the season four speculation mill, but I’m not all that keen on the “Starbuck’s destiny” bit anyway.

One thing that Razor accomplished was to make me like Admiral Cain, the late commander of the Battlestar Pegasus, even less than I did. That’s not to say that she isn’t an effective means of showing our heroes’ “path not taken,” but just that it’s impossible to work up any sympathy for her character. When faced with an adverse condition, she inevitably makes the most ruthless choice. And it’s clear that she was batshit crazy even before the Cylon-led massacre.

All in all, Razor was a worthy installment and a decent enough way to tide fans over ’til the long-delayed final season gets underway in 2008.

Fuck You, Sci-Fi Channel

October 26th, 2007 No comments

It’s just been announced that season four of Battlestar Galactica won’t begin until April 2008. For those of you keeping score, that’s a full 13 months after the season three finale premiered. And they still haven’t decided whether the second half of the final season won’t be held back until 2009.

Way to go, SFC. Take the best sci-fi TV series–well, ever–and make sure no one gives a shit by the time it limps to a conclusion.

Flying Toasters

October 24th, 2007 No comments

Another video clip: a kick-ass “flashback” sequence from the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Razor TV movie, this one depicting the original Cylon War. Great to see the ’70s Cylon ship designs brought out of mothballs and given a modern FX overhaul.

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More Randomness

January 18th, 2005 No comments

I’m facing a bit of a time crunch this week after nearly six days away from the office. Last week’s Dish TV satellite receiver installation took about a full day longer than expected, so I was gone most of Thursday and Friday. We now have 120 channels, and, as you might expect, nothing’s on.

We also have a rather sizable dish bolted to the roof of our house, which Vic is not particularly thrilled about. She’d assumed that they’d be able to use the previous owner’s mounting post out by the shed, but as we were having two separate boxes (each with two receivers serving a total of four TVs) installed, we needed more wires and more room for a larger dish. Still, the dish is on the rear of the house, and isn’t even visible unless one is nearly on top of it.

Snarky jokes about “nothing on” aside, I’m loving this brave new digital world, particularly for a built-in TiVo-Like Device. (TiVo’s a brand name for what is unhelpfully known as a Personal Video Recorder, but as our box isn’t from TiVo, and because no one knows what I mean when I say “PVR,” I’ve resorted to “TiVo-Like Device.”) People have always told me that this is a life-changing piece of technology, and I have to admit that I agree. Once I figured out what I was doing, I’ve found it a breeze to operate and a delight to watch. The other night, while viewing The Simpsons live, I missed one of the throwaway sign gags and was able to simply rewind, freeze frame and restart the program, catching up during the next commercial break.

I was able to begin receiving the Sci-Fi Channel just in time for the series premiere of the “reimagined” Battlestar Galactica. With Deep Space Nine‘s Ronald D. Moore at the helm, Galactica already exhibits several of that previous space saga’s best features, including an emphasis on political and character development, as well as a nuanced view of villainy. It’s really good stuff; check it out.

For years, both Richard Hatch (not the Survivor nudist, but rather the actor who played the original “Apollo”) and Galactica creator Glen Larson had tried to launch their own revivals, but as neither owned the rights, these projects never happened. When the new series was finally announced, purists howled because it would not be a continuation with the surviving original cast, as Hatch had envisioned. How could it be any good, they railed, without Hatch, Dirk Benedict, etc.?

Here’s the thing. As much fondness as I have for the old show (and yes, I own the DVDs), I realized that it was something less than a success even back in ’78. Chock-full of plot holes, ridiculous science, bad hair and cheesy rip-offs (remember when Apollo played “Shane” against a gunslinging Cylon?), it had its moments, but even my 14-year-old self knew that it could be better. Now, thanks to a thoughtful reboot, it is. (And Richard Hatch, despite his initial bitching, is praising the new series these days. Not coincidentally, he appears as a guest star in two upcoming episodes!)

Tonight is the final dress rehearsal for The Phantom Tollbooth, which opens tomorrow at the Parkland College Theatre. I’d hoped to have a photo of myself in full Mathemagician garb posted here by now, but they’ve requested that we not take personal photos until a designated posing session next week. I can understand; this is a large cast with a lot of youngsters, and it could quickly become chaos if everyone was running around snapping photos. Besides, we have more important things to do right now. The show is coming together, but the pacing is still a tad slow. On the other hand, the funkadelic ’70s sets and costumes are amazingly fun, and I absolutely love my five-foot magic pencil! (The eraser is a dodgeball, so it bounces when I smack the floor with it.) I’m excited–and scared–about tomorrow night!