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May 1, 2005 20:30 - New BSG Video by Larry Edwards

Well Larry has just posted his first BSG vid. Not a bad first attempt.


May 1, 2005 20:40 - GALACTICA Story Editor David Weddle on Creating a Darker Version of STAR TREK

From Trek Web comes the following bit of news:

Here are excerpts of a brief interview with David Weddle, one of the story editors for the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA remake and former writer on STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE, in which talks about his work on DS9 and GALACTICA.

Question : In STAR TREK, Gene Roddenberry created a utopian Federation where they had abolished war, hunger, poverty, and even money. In DEEP SPACE NINE, they started exploring some of STAR TREK's darker terrain, including "Section 31," a covert organization aimed at protecting the Federation's interests, even though in practice they committed acts which were counter to the Federation philosophy (something almost unthinkable in the context of the 1960s series.) Weren't the writers ceding that the Federation was no longer "perfect", with "Section 31" mirroring contemporary organizations opearting within today's flawed, imperfect political systems? Weren't they making Federation society resemble a bit more like our own?

Weddle : Yes, we were trying to say that the Federation, as perfect as it seemed, had to resort to unsavory tactics and work black bag operations to keep their world safe and pristine. Brad and I wrote the first Section 31 script, "Inquisition," and it was perhaps the best DS9 episode that we wrote. The writers at DS9, starting with Ira Behr, and including Ron Moore and Rene Echevarria were pushing constantly to make the STAR TREK universe darker and filled with shades of gray. They achieved great things despite incredible aesthetic restrictions that Rick Berman enforced on the franchise.

At BATTLESTAR we are pushing way beyond that....


May 2, 2005 16:41 - New Season Lineup of Battlestar Galactica

NewsDay is reporting that the next season of Galactica will be split between a fall and spring showing, with ten episodes each:

Sci Fi will show second season of 'Galactica' soon
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
By Diane Werts
Hoping to strike while interest in Battlestar Galactica is still hot, Sci Fi Channel will start the hit revival's second season in what feels like record time. Ten fresh episodes will start in mid-July, on the heels of the January-to-April first season of 13 hours. (Another 10 episodes are being shot for winter.)

Its Friday lineup-mates, Stargate Atlantis and a revamped Stargate SG-1, will return then, too - the latter with Ben Browder and Claudia Black, much loved from their Farscape days, along with Beau Bridges and Louis Gossett Jr. For its part, Atlantis welcomes former X-Files icon Mitch Pileggi and North Shore hunk Jason Momoa.

Our thanks to Battlestar Blog for the news.

May 2, 2005 16:44 - WINNER: Dradis 99+1 Word BSG Writing Contest

Reality of a Viper Pilot
by Dean (aka Chunx)

Time to go down to the tubes and get into a viper,
The techs have armed and fueled it up and cleaned it with a wiper
Now I'm shot out into space to fight another Cylon,
To blast them into bits of steel, fibreglass, and nylon.
And when my guns are empty and my viper's low on fuel,
It's time to land and stretch my legs, then grab a bowl of gruel.
So when you get those viper wings and think of guts and glory,
It's just a boring circle which is told within this story.
So say we all!

Find all the winners here: www.sciencefictionbuzz.com/dradiswkzoom.html

May 3, 2005 10:06 - Jamie Bamber Interview At Gateworld

Gateworld.net has just posted up an interview in their newly revamped Galactica section of their website.

Jamie Bamber from Gateworld

Photos by Frank Ockenfels and Alan Zenuk, and are the property of The SCI FI Channel.

As Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama, actor Jamie Bamber has become a leading man for science fiction's newest hit -- the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Born in London, 32-year-old Bamber has also appeared in "Band of Brothers," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and the Horatio Hornblower series.

GateWorld caught up with Bamber at Collectormania 7, held in Buckinghamshire in the U.K. in April. In this interview, the actor talks about working with his fellow cast members, Lee's displaced role on the Galactica, and the predicament in which he finds himself in the show's upcoming second season. Beware of spoilers through the Season One finale, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2."

GW: As Apollo you've had some very intense scenes this year on Battlestar Galactica. Which of your work are you proudest of?

JB: I think I like the stuff I have to do with Starbuck in the twelfth episode.

Apollo's relationship with Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) is filled with romantic conflict. From "Colonial Day."GW: The argument?

JB: Yeah -- well, there's something about it. It's sort of an explosion of jealousy that is a complete surprise to him because I don't think he's ... he's not fully aware of what he feels. There's something quite like a gut reaction that really was exciting to play. It was a surprise to me.

GW: So did you know beforehand that that scene would be coming?

JB: Yeah. When you read the script you know that something's coming, but you don't know quite how it's going to play out until the day. And it's always fun working with Katee [Sackhoff, "Kara Thrace" ] -- she's a good actress.

GW: Apollo seems to draw inspiration from Adama and from President Roslin, from their leadership; and yet he's always ready to challenge their authority. Do you see him as a natural leader or as someone who wants to fall in line but who can't find someone to line up behind?

JB: I think he's his own man. I think he's a natural leader, but I don't think he's realised that yet. We are exploring it.

For the full article go to: Gateworld

Our thanks to the CIC for the info.

May 3, 2005 10:43 - Dradis Entry: Rage by Lisa Ide

Title: Rage
Author: Lisa Ide

Visit her website at: www.marimba26.com/JackandSamAlways
Word Count: 100
Pairing: Lee Adama/Kara Thrace
Rating: PG-13
Category: Drabble
Dradis Challenge Word--Kill
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com
Spoilers: You Can't Go Home Again
Summary: Lee is challenged by Tigh for his willingness to go to any length to find Kara.

Author's Note: Inspired by the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas-a poem about fighting for life with everything in you and one of my favorite poems. I rewatched "You Can't Go Home Again" and I was struck by Lee's anguish over her loss and his rage at Tigh-pretty amazing stuff. :D

Rage. Anguish. Despair. All cross my mind.

He wants to leave her behind. I can't let him. I have to keep searching.

I challenge him and he hits a nerve. He knows I love her and he has gotten too close. I grab his collar. I want to kill him. I want to rage against him because I've lost her and I can't face it.

I have to keep searching for her no matter what it takes. If she's dead, I don't know what I'll do but I can't face that right now.

Right now, it's rage that fuels me.

May 4, 2005 08:51 - The BSG03 Fanfiction Archive is back after a major rebuild.

Battlestar Galactica 2003 Fan-Fiction This is a group for writers and readers of Battlestar Galactica fan fiction - all ratings - focusing on the new characters and situations introduced in the 2003 SciFi Channel miniseries and the subsequent SciFi/SkyOne series as reimagined by Ron Moore. Adult fiction is welcome, so read responsibly. Constructive feedback and lively discussion of stories are encouraged, but no flames will be tolerated. (Read Article)

May 4, 2005 10:09 - Gateworld has added a Battlestar Galactica Forum

My thanks to the CICfor this latest bit of information:

Gateworld.net has futher expanded their coverage of Battlestar Galactica, first by revamping their main webpage, and now adding a new forum to their BSG section dedicated solely to BSG talk.

Check it out here: Gateworld BSG forum

May 4, 2005 10:23 - Ponderings on Mr. Gaeta

Is he a Cylon?

From the Official Messageboard over at SciFi channel, comes this interesting rumor about our every cheerful, always ready to plot jumps at the drop of a hat and ever faithful officer. Is he too good to be true? Inquiring minds want to know. A Gaeta model? There are points to be taken on both sides.

Read the thread here and make up your own mind. You'll either be right in your theory or wrong, but we'll all know in July.

Our thanks to the Unofficial Battlestar Blog for this info.

May 4, 2005 14:02 - Dradis Entry: Slow Motion by GEM

Title: Slow Motion
Author: GEM

Date written: 5/3/05
Rated: T
Word count: 99+ 1
Story Timeline: Season 1
Category: Dradis Challenge
Focus: Sharon
Warnings: A gunshot or two but no blood
Summary: Dradis Contest: Word of the week Kill
Spoiler: Kobol’s Last Gleaming Part 2
Archiving: BSG03 Fanfiction Archive www.bsg03fanfic.com
Disclaimer and Notes: Not mine. please send feedback I always enjoy that.

She could see disjointed images and feel certain sensations but nothing was coherent. She could see his lips moving, and his hand reaching for hers. She felt a calm wash over her as certain memories came flooding back. She was looking at herself, many copies of herself.

The dream continued. Was it really a dream? She extended her hand and pulled the trigger and then she pulled it again. She stood in front of his body showing no emotion. She listened to the voice in her head repeat over and over, "Kill Adama. He is the one responsible for this."

May 4, 2005 14:09 - Dradis Entry: The Blur of Combat by Mike Payne

Title: The Blur of Combat
Author: Mike Payne

Word count: 100
Date Written: 5.4.05
Rating: K+
Series: Season one
Category: Dradis Challenge
Focus: "Cat", Viper Trainee Nugget
Warnings: None
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com
Summary: Contest word of the week: KILL
Spoiler: Just after "You Can't Go Home Again"

Disclaimer: Would never, ever, ever want to infringe upon theoutstanding work of the talented folk that created this fabulous canvas that drives our imaginations.

Cat sat in her cockpit awaiting the `go' order. Nervousness, then anxiety, then downright fear as she waited for her first combat scramble. Days earlier she learned how to fly this bird, and now she was expected to fight with it?

Just as the scramble order, her launch and form up with her wingman was all a blur. She was thrown into the soup, almost lost her leader. Banking hard to port then hard over starboard, a Cylon cut her off got behind her leader.

Later, she couldn't remember because it happened so fast.

She got her first combat kill.

May 4, 2005 15:03 - The Battlestar Galactica Screenshot Caption Contest

Just to keep things interesting and for no particular reason except to pass the time while we wait for Battlestar Galactica to premiere in the summer....

The Battlestar Galactica Screenshot Caption Contest

No prizes, just 10 seconds of fame and lots of chuckles. This actual first picture is pretty silly. I've included it here.

Add Your Caption Here

My thanks to: serenityflight

May 5, 2005 10:25 - Great BSG Videos Found Here

Via Justine at the Tahmoh Penikett blog linked to this video and it is a must watch! I just downloaded it and watched. It is sooooo good. Don't miss it. It just pumps you up so much for the show. Great music. Great images. I highly recommend it:

Title: We Are Now Free (5/1/05)
Song: We Are Now Free by Hans Zimmer
Size: 17,279kb zipped (wmv format)
Notes: After re-watching Gladiator recently I remember how jubilant yet mournful this song was. It also reminded me so much of the BSG score that I kept going back to it in thinking of a song to make an overarching piece. This video was me basically asking 'what price freedom' in the BSG verse. Full of challenges, victories, defeats, and tragedies through individual character's eyes and their interactions.

My thanks to the Unofficial Battlestar Blog for this nice break in my day.

You can find this video to download at: Hidden Elysium which also has a nice Helo/Boomer video as well.

May 5, 2005 13:25 - New BSG reviews

Special thanks to the Unofficial Battlestar Blog who always has great news to share, another source of review and commentary about our favorite series, Battlestar Galactica from the Star Trek quadrant:

As Star Trek comes to a close, many out there are moving on to the new greatest fandom: Battlestar Galactica! One such person is Jamahl Epsicokhan over at Star Trek Hypertext. He has started a new section of BSG reviews. He brings a welcome critical perspective and a rational reviewing voice.

So, here we are. As Enterprise winds down, I find myself scrambling to launch a new section of this site, for the new Battlestar Galactica series. My original plan was that I wasn't going to make any decisions or write any reviews until after Enterprise was over. Obviously, that plan has changed, for a few reasons.

First of all, I've enjoyed the first season of Battlestar a great deal. The quality of the series was enough to make me decide that it was going to be my new reviewing project in lieu of new Trek. Plus, its subject matter and episodic structure (along with serialized elements) made it a good fit for my reviewing format. (Don't worry, TNG is still on tap, but probably not until late summer, as I've previously indicated.)

But the main reason this is being launched right now is scheduling. Since I think season one deserves more than a capsule-retrospective treatment, I thought it would be a good idea to review the episodes as season one reruns on Sci Fi. I'm currently synced up with the rerun schedule, so as the episodes re-air, you'll hopefully get a new review for each rerun that same week. Then, when season two starts in July, I'll theoretically be caught up and ready to review new episodes.

The format for Battlestar reviews will be more or less the same as my previous reviews. I've found there's plenty to talk about on this series.

Go here to check out the reviews!

May 5, 2005 14:49 - New Battlestar Galactica Links Page

Links to some of my favorite Battlestar Stops Daily. Check it out here:

NEW! Battlestar Galactica Links Page

I use FeedDemon to keep up with all of my Battlestar reading and podcast listening.

Check it out here:
Getting a FeedDemon To Read Your RSS
Once you decide on an aggregator, you'll be ready get your science fiction feeds. I bit the bullet and bought Feed Demon, and it was the best 30 bucks I’ve ever spent. It has made my life so easy, because the information is delivered directly to my desktop. It is so well worth it. It will allow you to get your Podcasts, newscasts, fanfic casts in RSS form quickly and easily.
FeedDemon Located Here

May 8, 2005 12:03 - WINNER: Dradis Contest - Fury by GEM

by GEM

Characters: Lee, Kara, Adama
Genre: Angst
Date written: 4/25/05
Rated: K+
Word count: 99+ 1 (Word of week: card)
Story Timeline: Pre-Mini Series
Spoilers: Mini Series (Small ones), Art of Contrition
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com

Kara walked away from the crowd surrounding Caroline Adama. Lee was nowhere to be found, neither was his father. She finally found them. All she had to do was follow the sound of their raised voices.

Lee was furious, "It's your fault! You're the one that pushed him to fly!"

Kara hoped he wouldn't take this conversation too far.

"It was an accident, Lee!"

"An accident that killed my brother! An accident that never would have happened if you'd been a father, and opened your eyes!"

`No Lee, don't play that card.' Kara thought, as she watched from a distance.

May 9, 2005 08:35 - BSG Caption Contest Continues.....

A new picture for you to make a caption for is available at:

The winning entry from last week

See? That sign says Kobol is the other way.
I TOLD you to stop and ask for directions!

Submitted by paulmcuk

May 9, 2005 08:37 - WINNER: Dradis Contest - This Means War by Scooterkitty

Title: This Means War
by Scooterkitty

Rating: K
Characters: Kara
Date Posted: 5/4/05
Story Timeline: Pre-mini
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Summary: Contest word of the week: KILL
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com

Kara peered cautiously into the locker room. She had a flight lesson in a half hour. She needed to get into her flight suit, but she'd just pulled a prank on Ticker and she knew the other student would be looking for payback.

Frankly, the students' practical jokes were getting out of hand, but no one wanted to cry `uncle' first. There was pride involved.

Moving to her locker, she quickly changed. Grabbing her helmet, she found it was filled with Aquarion slugs.

Lee, she fumed. Only he knew of her revulsion to the oversized creatures. I'm gonna kill him!

*Please note: no actual slugs were harmed during the writing of this drabble.

May 9, 2005 16:35 - BSG: Closed Captioning Transcriptions


I believe for those of us who don't need Closed Captioning, this falls under the heading of "Oh good grief!" followed by bemused laughter. This is different. The Unofficial Battlestar Blog has given us the news that Battlestar Galactica has been transcribed from the closed captioning of the episode, "You Can't Go Home Again" that was posted in this forum.

Previously, on
battlestar galactica...
zak failed basic flight
and I should have flunked him,
but I didn't.
The bottom line is
that I killed him.
Walk out of this cabin
while you still can.
( Helo )
I don't get it,
how does a military-coded signal
end up coming from in here ?
( Laughing )...

Well, you get the idea. This falls into the realm of "We're not sure what we think of this, but here it is because we're Battlestar fans and we're in re-run." It is quite different.....

Get the full transcript from The Satellite Guys


May 9, 2005 16:46 - Spoilers for BSG eps 3, 4 & 5

Our thanks to Justine at the Tahmoh Penikett group for news of more spoilers. From the Pegasus Galaxy BSG Group comes post for:


May 10, 2005 09:39 - Daydreams fan fiction awards

Hot off the presses over at the Battlestar Blog something we truly love - More BSG Fan Fiction!

The Ladies of Galactica have a link to a new contest for BSG fan fiction:

With such a wonderful array of BSG fan fiction out there, a friend of mine and I decided to start up a reader-driven award for BSG fan fiction to recognize the best writers in our fandom and encourage more fan fiction writing.

So, the Daydreams Awards are now open for nominations at http://www.daydreamsawards.tk/ ! We'll be taking nominations through the end of the month.

May 10, 2005 10:51 - BSG soundtrack shipping soon

Pre-Order "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON ONE" now and receive your CD autographed by composer Bear McCreary at no additional charge. For a Limited Time.


"GALACTICA" Special. Order Battlestar Galactica: Season One now and get the mini-series score, Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-series for only $9.98.

Presenting BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SEASON ONE, the original soundtrack from the first season of Sci Fi Channel's critically acclaimed, #1 television series. Composer Bear McCreary's dynamic score ingeniously melds orchestra, vocals and synth into an emotional experience that ranges from full-throttle action to soul-stirring drama. Packed with more than 78 minutes of music, this is a comprehensive collection of the very best musical moments from this amazing sci-fi drama's first season. Features both U.S. and U.K. main title themes and includes exclusive liner notes.

Our thanks to the Battlestar Blog and Tahmoh Penikett group for this good news. Music to use when writing fan fiction.

May 10, 2005 13:28 - Battlestar Galactica Convention!

This in from Gateworld.net:

Wolf Events announces 'Galactica One' event
SATURDAY - MAY 7, 2005

Wolf Events will host "Galactica One," a fan convention in the London area this fall, the company has announced. The event will take place October 7 to 9 at the Thistle Heathrow hotel.

Guests scheduled so far include Tahmoh Penikett ("Karl 'Helo' Agathon") and Sam Witwer ("Crashdown"). Weekend passes are currently on sale for £65.00 (children £30.00). Visit WolfEvents.com for all the details!
Meanwhile, the new-and-improved Gatecon fan-run convention will feature several actors from Battlestar Galactica, which films in Vancouver, British Columbia (where the event will be held). Tahmoh Penikett ("Helo"), Aaron Douglas ("Chief Tyrol"), Alessandro Juliani ("Lt. Gaeta"), Kandyse McClure ("Dualla"), Alonso Oyarzun ("Socinus"), and Lorena Gale ("Elosha") will attend, along with actors from Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, and other genre shows.

The original series's Richard Hatch ("Apollo" -- "Tom Zarek" in the new series) and Dirk Benedict ("Starbuck") will also be at the convention!

Gatecon 2005 will take place July 25 to August 1 at the Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre. Get the full scoop at Gatecon.com

(Our thanks to The CIC for this info.).

May 10, 2005 13:49 - OT: Google Junkies Take Note

My tech-buddie, Rob, forwarded this to me because I use Google for so much and I couldn't resist sharing it:
Over the weekend, Google went down for 15 minutes or so. In some ways, it's hard to believe that's even newsworthy if you consider it in the context of the dot-com heyday, when some big sites went down for hours, in some cases even days. Maybe a 15-minute outage at Google just goes to show how dependent we all have become on the search giant, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. Have you tried Yahoo lately?

I couldn't resist even though this has nothing to do with Battlestar Galactica unless they're using Google to search for Earth. Maybe, this is why they haven't found us yet!

May 10, 2005 17:28 - Battlestar Galactica - Apollo/Starbuck Fan-Fic Group

Apollo/Starbuck Fan-Fic Group

If you are a fan of Apollo & Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica series and are waiting (im)patiently for the premiere in July 2005, then why not try some really good fan-fiction run by some really great people.

Of course, we're talking about the Apollo/Starbuck FanFic Writers group.

Even though this show is only one season old, there are already romantic sparks flying between our two lead characters Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace. If you can feel the connection and want to get in on the very beginning of this awesome 'ship, then this is the place for you!

This group is dedicated to fan-fiction, discussion, fan-art and spoilers. So, if you are ready to sail on the good ship "KaraLee", and want the more adult sexier trip, then you’re in the right place!

Ratings up to NC-17 will be accepted, you must be 18 years of age or older to join.

Visit Battlestar Galactica 2003 Unofficial Fan-Fiction Archive, official archive of Apollo/Starbuck fic.

To find out more, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ApolloStarbuckFic

May 10, 2005 17:47 - Battlestar Galactica Fan Fiction Links


May 11, 2005 16:35 - BSG update on S2D Wed May 11th 6pm PDT

Battlestar Galactica Update on Subject To Discussion Tonight!

Subject to Discussion will have a BSG update this Wednesday, May 11th, 6pm PDT:

Koenigruleswill give us a Battlestar Galactica update and if you want to know whats coming in the second season of BSG then listening to the BSG Update is for you.

Read the rest of the postand tune in to LVRocks.com to listen to the show.

Our thanks to: Unofficial Battlestar Blog for the info.

May 11, 2005 17:08 - Is Battlestar Gallactica the Best Science Fiction Series Ever?

Is Battlestar the best? The Truth According to Mark - SciFi blogging says a resounding NO!

Enough of politics for a while. Let's look at a question that really matters to people - it Battlestar Gallactica the best science fiction series ever? No, for reasons that I will explain later. I do think that it is the best science fiction series currently in production, but that isn't saying anywhere near as much.

At it's heart, Battlestar Gallactica is a re-tread of a 1970s Star Wars rip-off. It featured the same motion-capture cameras that Star Wars used so people could get their spacebattle fix while waiting for The Empire Strikes Back to come out.


May 12, 2005 10:41 - Self-Repairing Robots In Space?

Robots that can copy and repair themselves? And they want to send them into space? uh oh... this sure sounds like a step in the wrong direction. One has to ask, what they will do 40 years from now when they come back!

Sound familiar? Life imitates art.


Our thanks to Alexandra at the Apollo/Starbuckfic for this article.

May 12, 2005 11:06 - Battlestar Galactica Press Photos

Battlestar Season 2 Photos

Season 2 photos are now available with MILD SPOILERS to boot. You can find them here: View at your own risk.

(Thanks to the Unofficial Battlestar Blog for this info)

May 12, 2005 13:49 - Dradis Entry: Worst Fears by Alex Thiel

Title: Worst Fears
Author: Alex Thiel

Word count: 100
Date Written: 5.10.05
Rating: K+
Series: Season one
Category: Dradis Challenge
Warnings: bad punnery
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com
Summary: Contest word of the week: FEAR
Spoiler: none.
Disclaimer: So not my characters. Just a bit of fun. Thanks for letting me play.

"Hey Lee, Look at this guy, Admiral Sines, do you think his relatives are Cosines?"

Lee and Kara glare at Zack from across the library table

"Sorry, I guess I went on a tangent."

Groans from all around

"C’mon, Lee, be my cotangent."

"We do see things from the same angle."

"Stop. Now. Both of you."

"Aww Kara, don’t be so obtuse."

"Oooh Lee, that was a cute one."

It was all right.

"I'd give it a seven on a scale from one to ten."

"That’s it. I give up. It’s my worst fear come to life. I’m surrounded by nerds."

May 13, 2005 14:51 - Battlestar Galactica Icons Links

I've been running across so many Battlestar Icon pages and contests, I figured I'd start listing them here and add to it as I find more. People have gone all out, and these things work in your Live Journal, as your AIM-MSN or ICQ icon and just to post and appreciate.

Samplings collected from:
Ladies of Galactica







May 13, 2005 15:48 - Battlestar Galactica Season One & Mini-series deal

Pre-order Battlestar Galactica: Season One Now! Shipping June 3rd, 2005

Pre-order Battlestar Galactica: Season One and get the mini-series score, "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE MINI-SERIES"by Richard Gibbs for only $9.98!
Reg. $15.98

Now there's a deal! For complete info: CLICK HERE

Thanks to The CIC for the info.

May 16, 2005 09:08 - New Lee/Kara video avialable.

New vid up on website in answer to a Lee/Kara challenge made by Suzanne. Its called Danger Zone.


May 16, 2005 09:28 - Dradis Weekly Winners - May 2005

Dradis 99+1 Battlestar Galactica fanfiction writing contest. Only 100 words. Battlestar Galactica snippets for your reading pleasure. Just for fun. (Read Article)

May 16, 2005 12:11 - Update: Battlestar Galactica Links Page

Battlestar Galactica Links Page Updated!

There has been a major update to the Battlestar Galactica links page on the Science Fiction Buzz website. If you are not listed here (and would like to be) or you are listed here and would like your listing to say something else, please send an email to: sciencefictionbuzz@gmail.com

Battlestar Galactica Links Updated Here

May 16, 2005 12:37 - WINNER: Dradis Contest - Shattered World by GEM

Shattered World by GEM

Date written: 5/14/05
Rated: T
Word count: 99+ 1
Story Timeline: Season 1
Category: Dradis Challenge
Warnings: Death
Characters: Caroline Adama
Summary: Dradis Contest: Word of the week: Fear
Spoiler: Act of Contrition (Minor)
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com

Author’s Note: I was reading some comments on the group last week and someone (I think it might have been Nancy said she liked the stories that looked into Characters like Caroline Adama) so this story was inspired by those comments. Todd Myers is a Minor Character from another one of my stories and the only thing I own here.


Caroline looked out of the window. She saw two officers walking up to the front door. She left the room and went to the door.

She recognized one of the officers immediately. "Todd?"

"Caroline, may we come in?"

The formality that he used sent a cold fear through her. Something was wrong. She stepped aside and let them inside.

"Caroline, I think you should sit down."

"Caroline, It’s my sad duty to inform you," the room began to spin. Todd continued to speak. The glass she was holding shattered, as did her life.

Her baby, Zac, wouldn’t be coming home.

May 16, 2005 17:48 - BSTG IContest Week 15 Winners Posted

If you like pretty icons, the Battlestar Galactica Icon Contest is the place to look. Each week they host a contest, and there's some really nice banners. I've included them here for Week 15, but you should look at some of the past entries. They are really pretty. Very talented folks.

WEEK 15 WINNERS - Challenge One



If you like Week 15's entries, stop by and visit them:

BSTG Icontest

May 17, 2005 09:01 - BSG in The 2005 SyFy Genre Awards

The 2005 SyFy Genre Awards - Go Vote!
(You will need to register at the site to vote.)


Battlestar Galactica is in the following categories -

BEST ACTOR/Television
Edward James Olmos, "Battlestar Galactica"

Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica"


James Callis, "Battlestar Galactica"
Michael Hogan, "Battlestar Galactica"

Tricia Helfer, "Battlestar Galactica"
Grace Park, "Battlestar Galactica"
Katee Sackhoff, "Battlestar Galactica"

Richard Hatch, "Bastille Day," Battlestar Galactica
Callum Keith Rennie, "Flesh and Bone," Battlestar Galactica


"33," Battlestar Galactica
"Act of Contrition," Battlestar Galactica

BEST SERIES/Television
Battlestar Galactica, SciFi Channel

Thanks to Lola at Apollo/Starbuck Fan Fiction Group for this news.

May 17, 2005 09:20 - Sign a Birthday Card for Tahmoh! (Helo)

Sign a Birthday Card for Tahmoh!

Hidden Elysium: a Helo/Boomer fan community over at Live Journal is hosting a birthday thread for Tahmoh:

Happy Birthday Tahmoh!

Tahmoh Penikett's birthday is this Friday, May 20th. Please comment and wish Tahmoh well. At the end of the week we'll print this thread up and mail it to Tahmoh.
Go add your well wishes!

Thanks to Justine at the very lovely Tahmoh Penikett blog for the news!

May 17, 2005 12:37 - Battlestar Galactica Second Season News

By way of the Battlestar Blog news of the second season of BSG comes from "official sources."

New episodes of SCI FI Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica premiere on July 15 as SCI FI Fridays return.

Battlestar Galactica comes back for a second season, with the entire ensemble cast returning: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. Also resuming their roles are executive producer and writer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer David Eick.

Read the full story here:
SciFi Wire 2005

May 17, 2005 14:57 - A BSG oldie but goodie...

From Dog of Flanders came up again in my FeedDemon with the dreaded Battlestar comparison. While this was posted a while ago, in the wasteland which is Battlestar re-runs, it's something interesting to review. So here it is again.

1978: Robot companion for "Boxey" (Noah Hathaway).
2004: Flesh and blood companion for "Dr Baltar" (James Callis).

Advantage: the 2004 series !!!

1978: Identical combat scenes in every episode.
2004: Cylons appear every 33 minutes.

A draw.

1978: A Commander commands a capital ship and has a Colonel as XO.
2004: A Commander commands a capital ship and has a Colonel as XO.

What frack*n ships do they give a captain in the Colonial Navy? A draw.

1978: "Starbuck" (Dirk Benedict) is cute.
2004: "Starbuck" (Katee Sackhoff) is cute.

A draw.

1978: "Cmdr Adama" (Lorne Greene) best known for his role in "Bonanza".
2004: "Cmdr Adama" (Edward James Olmos) best known for his roles in "Blade Runner" and "Miami Vice".

One has experience with cattle rustlers, the other with replicants, pimps and traffickers. If we had a spare Battlestar, Edward James Olmos would be our choice of commander hands-down. Seriously, how many cows have you seen in space?

Advantage: the 2004 series.

1978: A kickass theme that makes you want to kick some Cylon or Eastern Alliance butt.
2004: Morose and depressing theme that makes you want to report to the nearest Cylon for extermination.

Advantage: the 1978 series.

Read it on the Dog Of Flanders Website

May 17, 2005 17:02 - BSG & Support Tsunami Relief At the same time....

Support Tsunami Relief - You Can Make a Difference!
On Saturday May 28th, 2005, EnigmaCon 2005 will combine the forces of academia and fan culture to produce exciting panel discussions, live gaming, film screenings, and art exhibits all for a great cause.

Battlestar Visionary Returns Home
Ronald D. Moore, one of Enigma's first guests and executive producer of SciFi channel hit, Battlestar Galatica, returns as one of our biggest guests!

There will also be a host of other noteworthy stars from other science fiction genres.

Click on this link for full details.

May 18, 2005 08:49 - BSG From Down Under

From SMH Down Under comes this review by Michael Idato.

In the cutthroat world of cult fandom, applause for a remake, especially one as contentious as that of Battlestar Galactica, can be dangerous. This was the remake that had diehard fans up in arms. Starbuck a woman? Human Cylons? Lords of Kobol, preserve us, it was doomed from the start. Or was it?

As the first series has played out - tonight's episode is the season finale - this remake has steamrolled all opposition with taut writing, challenging themes and outstanding performances from all the leads. This was the remake we had to have.

The original Battlestar Galactica, lumbered with Glen A. Larson's Buck Rogers-esque view of outer space, was an unsuccessful execution of what promised to be a great idea. Cowboy characters got in the way of intriguing themes about the origin of man and the power of faith.

The remake taps into all of those, and beautifully. This final episode brings the Earth-bound human survivors to the mythical planet of Kobol, supposedly the wellspring of human life in the universe, while the rebellious Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) races back to the ruins of the planet Caprica to retrieve a museum artefact, the Arrow of Apollo, which, according to legend, will point the way to Earth.

Ron Moore's script dives into the heart of the show - man v God - and Australian director Michael Rymer crafts a vehicle for it that is engaging to the end.

May 18, 2005 09:28 - UK Season 2 begins in October

By way of the Battlestar Blog comes distressing news for the UK Battlestar Galactica fans..... But as the Battlestar-meister so aptly points out, they will be bit torrenting from us this time around. Maybe, in the third season, we'll all start together and save bandwidth!

Chris Howell over at The Great Link just passed an article link my way:

The US Sci Fi Channel will premiere the second season of Battlestar Galactica on 15 July 2005 and, unlike season one, they'll be screening it ahead of the UK.

"We will air season two of Battlestar Galactica in October, so the US goes first this time around," our Sky contact revealed earlier today.

Read the full article

May 18, 2005 11:32 - Dradis Contest: Word of the week = Silly

The gauntlet is thrown again. It's up to you to tell a complete story or scene in exactly 99 words + Silly, the word of the week. All submissions must be Battlestar Galactica related and submitted via email by Saturday night 11:59 pm EST.

May 20, 2005 17:22 - Dradis Entry: Perspective by Scotterkitty

Title: Perspectives
Author: Scooterkitty

Word Count: 100
Date: 5/17/05
Series: Season 1
Rating: K+
Category: Challenges, word: 'silly'
Pairing/Focus: Cally, Kara/Lee
Warnings: none
Summary: Just a little attitude from Cally
Spoilers: none
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com


Cally glanced across the hangar bay at Starbuck and Apollo. They were arguing, again. The girl had never seen two people who were supposed to be such good friends argue so much.

She shook her head. What a waste of time. She could certainly think of more enjoyable things to do with Captain Apollo than argue. She wasn't sure what Starbuck's problem was.

But what do I know? Cally thought. I'm not a hotshot pilot who's too big for her britches and can't see what's right in front of her face. Nope, I'm just a silly, little girl... yeah right.

May 23, 2005 08:24 - Dradis 99+1 Contest Word this week is - Honor

It's up to you to tell a complete story or scene in exactly 99 words + Honor, the word of the week. All submissions must be Battlestar Galactica related and submitted via email by Saturday night 11:59 pm EST.

Visit our website for full details: www.dradis.net

May 23, 2005 08:28 - WINNER: Dradis Contest - You Lied To Me by Haeng Bok

Title: You Lied To Me
Author: Haeng Bok

Word count: 100
Date Written: 5.20.05
Rating: K+
Series: Season one
Category: Dradis Challenge
Warnings: none
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com
Summary: Contest word of the week: SILLY
Spoiler: Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pt. 2
Disclaimer: As usual, I am a humble, struggling writer. I own nothing, not even these characters.

Where you go, I go. I won't abandon you. The words had been silly, useless. Nothing William Adama did stopped the inexorable descent loneliness.

"You lied to me." The words were spoken twice.

Caroline whispered it the day Zak died. William hadn't kept him safe. One son dead; one son ripped apart and eventually gone. Kara screamed it through his comm channel, jumping to Caprica.

When it really mattered, his words meant nothing.

Now they were both gone, swept away by non-human, compassionless machines without a soul.

All he had left was pain; he'd carry it all the way to Earth.

May 23, 2005 08:39 - Great new BSG music video

winterspel over at Galactica Vids has made an awesome BSG vid:

Fine Again
Song: Fine Again by Seether
Focus: Season One, all characters
Size: Large: 32.9mb Small: 15.7mb
Go check it out! It has some great Helo moments.

May 23, 2005 08:55 - BSG Caption Contest Winner

I don't think we can have a meaningful conversation without being two inches away from each other, but you're welcome to try. funny.valentine

For more info and to add you caption for this week: GO HERE

May 23, 2005 17:08 - More B.S.G. on S.2.D. this Wednesday

Our thanks to Battlestar Blog for this information:

S2D returns May 25 with Eric Olson from Blogcritics and Koenigrules for Colonial Confidential about Battlestar Galactica.

Blogcritics is one of the most diverse blogs around and also one of the most visited blogs around.

Join us at 6pm PT over at LVROCKS click on LISTEN and click on CAM/CHAT.

May 24, 2005 10:21 - BSG Icon Winners For Week 16 Announced.

Week 16 Winners for icons are up, and they are quite pretty. Try you hand at creating a Battlestar Galactica icon. Go to: bstg_icontest

bstg_icontest an icon challenge community for the Battlestar Galactica universe -based on challenge communities such as the fantastic whedonosity and the creative spuffychallenge & lost_icontest.


With about one month to go to the eagerly awaited launch of The Official BATTLESTAR: GALACTICA CONVENTION: here's the latest update!

The convention is set for June 15 - 16 at
Burbank, California's Airport Hilton Hotel.

Special guests include:

  • TRICIA HELFER Number Six - Sunday
  • MARY McDONNELL President Laura Roslin, also starred in INDEPENDENCE DAY as The First Lady - Saturday
  • GABRIEL KOERNER Visual effects Artist whose credits include "Battlestar Galactica", both the 2003 miniseries and 2005 series - Sunday
  • BEAR McCREARY Battlestar Galactica (TV series) Composer. . Appearing Saturday
  • STU PHILLIPS Battlestar Galactica (Original TV series) Composer - Saturday

TODAY we've put single day preferred (reserved) and single day general admission tickets on sale! Visit us now and grab great seats for the historic launch of a new series of conventions!


May 26, 2005 11:39 - Confessions of an Occidental Chinaman - "Battlestar Galactica" S1 afterthoughts

Confessions of an Occidental Chinaman -
"Battlestar Galactica" S1 afterthoughts
Some disassembly required.

My favorites include:

  • Richard Hatch's Tom Zarek is Howard Dean. Totally and completely Howard Dean, right down to the voice. All "Colonial Day" needed was for Hatch go to zonkers before the VP election and start screaming, "And we're going to go to Kobol! then head to Earth! then return to Caprica, YEAAAAAAARGH!"
  • The most-improved character over the original, aside from Gaius, is Starbuck. Looking back on Dirk Benedict's performance as Starbuck in the original series and then his performance as Face on the "A-Team," it seems like Benedict was just playing himself. Katee Sackhoff, on the other hand, gives Starbuck a stronger voice and more likeable personality.
  • Although President Roslin's religious visions stuff came out of the blue, the intrigue surrounding her "female Moses" persona, plus her capacity to be tough, as she orders the "spacing" of the Cylon infilitrator, helps to make her a more interesting character than a "West Wing"-wannabe, which is what I feared at the end of the miniseries/pilot. There's another thing which keeps Roslin from being the show's resident bleeding heart, which is ...

There are also the plethora of useless speculation on Season 2 while we wait.


May 26, 2005 16:37 - NEW!! BSG Wallpaper Challenge

Another example of what resourceful fans are doing while waiting for Season 2 to premiere in July 2005!

The Apollo Starbuck Fan Fiction Group, besides writing awesome fan fiction, is also hosting a Battlestar Galactica wallpaper contest. Try your hand at a Kara Thrace/Lee Adama wallpaper.

For more info go to:

May 27, 2005 09:23 - Crossover SG1/BSG fiction madness!

We missed this strange fan fiction combination entry over at the The Battlestar Blog

There is a good amount of quality BSG fiction floating around. This story is a crossover piece between Stargate SG-1 and BSG.

Title: How Season 2 Won't Start
Author: Waldo. (kwaldo12)
Summary: Lords, Gods, Goa'ulds, Snakes... what if they were all one and the same?
Archive: bsg1000 and my site. Anyone else, please ask.
Length: 1033 words.


May 31, 2005 17:55 - WINNER: Dradis Contest - Drunk & Disorderly by Scooterkitty

Title: Drunk and Disorderly
Author: Scooterkitty

Word count: 100
Date: 5/23/05
Series: pre-mini
Rating: K+
Category: challenges
focus: Kara
spoilers: none
Archiving: BSG2003/ApolloStarbuckFic/Anyone else, please ask. www.bsg03fanfic.com


Kara stood before the civilian judge, her head pounding and her mouth as dry as the Scorpian deserts, while the bailiff read the list of charges.

"Disturbing the peace."

Oh yeah, she thought, stifling a grin.

"Drunk and Disorderly."

There's an understatement.

"Attempting to deface a public statue."

Hmm, I don't remember that...

"Attempting to steal a police vehicle."

Now, that I remember...

The judge looked at her sternly. "How do you plead, Cadet Thrace?"

The JAG officer, who was acting as her council, gave her a sharp poke.

"Guilty, Your Honor," Kara said, trying very hard to look contrite.

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