|September 1, 2005 17:44 - Lawless vs Katrina
From Baton Rouge, LA., Lucy Lawless tells us she's definitely among those who consider themselves lucky to be alive after rushing out of the path of Hurricane Katrina. She's been working and temporarily living in New Orleans while making the CBS Halloween movie "Vampire Bats."
"I've been staying in a lovely little house in the French Quarter, and at first I was planning to ride out the storm. Then we heard it was going to be a Category 5 storm, and I rang the producer and said, 'Let's get out of here. This is crazy,' " she recounts. Initially, Lucy planned to get to Los Angeles. Realizing that had become impossible, "We lowered our sites and thought we'd get to Houston. Then we found that was impossible and thought, 'Hell, let's try to get to Baton Rouge.' Our choices were eroding by the hour." She notes that she and the producers "were the last out" from the production. "The local crew left days ago. We took the film stock with us and the payroll."
On the road Sunday evening, "It took us nine hours to travel a distance that usually takes 15 minutes. We knew they were going to sandbag off the road, and our big fear was that we'd be turned back and get caught in the storm," she admits.
Lawless and executive producer Jill Tanner wound up staying with a Baton Rouge family they met through a special-effects artist. "I've never depended on the kindness of strangers before, but here, with the generosity of these people in the South, it seems appropriate," says the native of New Zealand.
The former "Xena: Warrior Princess" star actually had several offers for private homes in which to stay, some set up by a network of loyal
"Xena" fans. In fact, some of the fans had managed to charter a plane and pilot for Lucy to leave the area, "but we couldn't make it out to
where the plane was," she says, clearly moved by the efforts. She's grateful, also, that husband Robert Tapert and their two young sons,
who had been staying at the house, happened to have left New Orleans a week ago.
To donate to the relief fund: http://www.redcross.org
September 1, 2005 17:55 - 207 Episode caps are up on Northern Lights
It's very early in the morning but the episode caps are now up on Northern Lights for anyone that may want to peek.
September 2, 2005 09:31 - Television Without Pitty
Television Without Pity has a very funny recap of Home, Part I. Now I know, we're past that, but it's worth a gander, and when we get all those reruns of Battlestar, Strega's words will come back to you.
"Meier has a goatee, so he's clearly evil."
READ THE RECAP HERE
September 2, 2005 14:48 - SCI FI to reinstate full-length openings
SCI FI to reinstate full-length openings
THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
The SCI FI Channel will drop its abbreviated 10-second openings for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and debut brand new, full-length montages when the second half of the current season kicks off in January, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi told fans at GateWorld Forum.
The cable network switched to the shortened opening sequences with the July 15 season premieres, following the intro-lite trend of such hit network series as Lost. The regular cast's names appear on screen during the opening teaser instead.
The extra broadcast time went to commercials, though a SCI FI executive reportedly said later that it was intended to instead add time to the shows themselves -- something that had simply not yet been implemented.
Fans almost universally panned the move, which left both Stargate series without their orchestral theme music -- especially when Stargate Atlantis was nominated for an Emmy Award for composer Joel Goldsmith's theme just four days after news of the shortened opening broke
The full-length Atlantis sequence is already airing with Season Two episodes in Canada. The new SG-1 opening, which will include new cast members Ben Browder and Beau Bridges, is expected to debut in the U.K. in October.
New episodes of SG-1 and Atlantis continue in the U.S. through the September 16 and September 23 season finales. Following the fall rerun break, the second half of the season is expected to commence in mid-January on SCI FI.
Let's hope this good news applies to Battlestar Galactica as well, which has been sneaking the opening time up each week. Our thanks to Suzanne at Gate Of Dreams Fan Fiction Archive for this info.
September 6, 2005 18:45 - LAWLESS STIRS UP TROUBLE ON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
From our Australian contingent AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Battlestar Galactica Fan Site comes this interesting bit of information.
Get the picture: Lawless flirts with romantic scandal.
President Roslin invites a journalist to do some behind-the-scenes reporting, but the bid to humanize the military backfires Sept. 9 on Battlestar Galactica.
"It's a really interesting and juicy role," previews Lucy Lawless (formerly the star of Xena), who plays Fleet News Service reporter D'Anna Friel. "She comes in and causes tension for all the other characters."
READ THE FULL POST HEREThe AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Battlestar Galactica Fan Site website is dedicated to Lucy Lawless (Colonial Reporter D'anna Friel) with news, images, wallpapers.
September 6, 2005 19:10 - Pegasus Galaxy keeps up with Battlestar Galactica News
Been having a lot of fun and keeping up with information over at Pegasus Galaxy. Whether you like Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis or Stargate SG-1, check out the ongoing discussions and constantly updated news found on this board.For more info visit: Pegasus Galaxy
If you like our website, submit a Site Review At Pegasus Galaxy
September 6, 2005 19:59 - Dradis 499: Out of your mind BSG Fan Fiction Contest continues...
The judges, who went away for the Labor Day weekend, are feverishly finishing up on the judging of last weeks entries. We got a good number, and came back from the beach, fried and frazzled. So please excuse the delay.
This week it appears to be Apollo/Starbuck who share a secret (by a landslide.) This will end on Sunday, instead of Saturday at 11:59 p.m. because we're running a couple days behind this week.
Here are the rules:
Try and keep it around 499 words. If you run over a bit, that's okay, but let's not submit War and Peace for review.
Submit it to your Yahoo Group with the words DRADIS ENTRY in the subject. That appears to work best. If you are not a member of a Yahoo group, submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are reading them all, but since you're already posting to your Yahoo group, this just speeds things along.
The pairing is Apollo/Starbuck. Rating can goes as high as your Yahoo Group allows. Be clear about the rating in your subject line.
September 7, 2005 10:23 - OT: Stargate Atlantis Weekly Fan Fiction Challenge Launches!
Stargate Atlantis Weekly Fan Fiction Challenge
22 Minutes, Two Inanimate Objects, an Opening paragraph and your creativity equals a challenge worth taking.
Dust off your typewriter, sharpen your pencils, and clean-up your computer screens because The Buzz has added another challenge and this time it's for Stargate Atlantis. Our rules are simple (see below), always in the interest of fun, and if you are involved in any other ficathon, feel free to write this scene/ficlet/vignette as a part of that. This challenge runs weekly ending on Monday nights @ 11:59 p.m.
Ratings can run through NC-17 (if your Yahoo Group takes NC-17), but please mark it clearly.
Here's the mix and the rules:
You take one or two characters (your choice), add a couple innanimate ojbects (our choice), and one opening line. We provide you with the opening line. You must write non-stop for 22 minutes. Get yourself an eggtimer or bribe one of your kids to come in and stop you at the 22 minute mark and leave you alone during that time.
At 10 minutes you will probably hit a wall where you will think you can't write anything else. Keep going. Write anything in that time. Just don't stop scrawling/keying/typing. Write "I am writing garbage" if you have to, but don't stop. A minute or so after that, you will hear, see or feel your next thought/scene. It will be very quietly delivered. Pick up the scene and keep going. This will more than likely be some of your best writing.
During the 22 minutes, anything you write is okay. DO NOT STOP AND GO BACK TO EDIT. After 22 minutes, you can edit, but not during that time.FIRST CHALLENGE
The two inanimate objects are: scissors, deflated beach ball.
Your first paragraph is:
Bewildered, John stumbled and slipped through the deep forest - sliding unexpectedly down a dew-ridden, grassy slope that opened into a bright clearing. The sudden sunshine nearly blinded him; its warmth a welcome contrast to the cool, damp mustiness of before.
If you found out about this through a blog, newsgroup or announcement list, you may submit three ways:
You have three options:
- Join and post your entry to the following Stargate Atlantis Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sgachallenge
- Join one of the many Stargate Atlantis Fan fiction Yahoo Groups and post it there with the words "SGACHALLENGE:" in the subject line.
Links to a lot of Yahoo fan fic groups can be found here: http://www.dradiscontact.com
- Email me at: email@example.com
September 7, 2005 12:45 - DRADIS WINNER: Scaled by Karihan
Battlestar Galactica fan fiction entry for this week featuring Adama/Roslin pairing. Spoilers for Home 2. (Read Article)
September 7, 2005 12:59 - MAJOR SPOILER for the next BSG episode located here
There is a MAJOR SPOILER for the next episode located here:
Click on the link below and scroll down. You'll see....
If you don't like spoilers - DON'T CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW
Major Spoiler Here
That's all I'm going to say on the point.
September 7, 2005 15:06 - 8 Variations of Apollo
and his tiny Towel: by Pilot
It's all the rage, and the Buzz has it here. Straight from a live journal come those spoiler shots as icons. And boy, are they hot ones for those fans who love Lee Adama. (Read Article)
September 7, 2005 15:20 - Massive Tahmoh/Helo Update
Justine of the Tahmoh Penikett blog is back from her honeymoon and files a massive update about everyone's favorite conflicted character Helo.
We're back from our vacation, and we thank the Battlestar Blog for staying on top of the news while the Buzz was chillin'.
September 7, 2005 17:49 - ANOTHER MAJOR SPOILER: From Episode 212
Tonight on Shaunomac's Subject2Discussion show at lvrocks, a major spoiler was revealed ..... (Read Article)
September 9, 2005 10:04 - Ron Moore Gives Hints to Season 3
Scott Collura of NowPlaying Mag interviews Ron Moore about upcoming BSG:
As Battlestar Galactica (is there really any need to call it the new Battlestar Galactica anymore?) heads towards its midseason hiatus in a few weeks, what better time to chat with Ron Moore, executive producer and showrunner on the hit Sci Fi Channel series? And what better way to start off such a chat with some prodding of Moore about whether there will be a season three of Galactica or not...
READ THE FULL POST HERE
September 9, 2005 10:13 - New David Eick Video Blog posted
His new blog #5 is a recording of a visual effects meeting with Gary Hutzel and the director of episode 9, "Flight of the Phoenix." Despite being about a future show, it's pretty spoiler free, unless you think the fact the ep might feature cylons and ships in space is spoilery.Watch the Video Blog.I was rather amused by Eick's intro monologue, especially since he seems to be looking more and more
Watch the Video Blog here.
Our thanks to Justine at Tahomoh Penikett blog for this info.
September 9, 2005 13:53 - Dradis 499 Reminder: Secrets Kept, Secrets Revealed - Challenge due Saturday @ 11:59 p.m.
Reminder: Entries for the Dradis 499: Out Of Your Mind challenge are due tomorrow night, Saturday, at 11:59 p.m.
The character for this round is newly-awakened Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace.. What secrets are they keeping together for from each other? Are their secrets revealed or do they continue to conceal it? All new banners will be issued for this contest. Go wild here, and above all else, have fun!
For rules and info: http://www.dradis.net
September 9, 2005 14:38 - SPOILER ALERT: Blogcritic has Tricia
Wickedly hot Tricia Helfer, who plays wickedly evil Six on Battlestar Galactica, reviled a few spoilers and dropped several hints while at Dragon*Con this week.
We kind of got Six into a box somehow and weve been trying to figure out how to get out of it inside the limitations of an ensemble show" she said. When your character is in some one elses head all you find yourself doing is reacting to what goes on in their head. You dont really have an arc, or a story of your own.
READ THE FULL POST
September 9, 2005 14:57 - The Christian Science Monitor loves Battlestar Galactica
The best show on TV. Really.
The 1970s series Battlestar Galactica was so dinky that it played like "Bonanza" in space (it, too, starred Lorne Greene). The Sci-Fi Channel's radically reinvented version shares the same premise: A fleet of refugees traverses the galaxy in search of a far-off promised land, Earth. This time, though, it uses the story line as an allegory for the post-9/11 zeitgeist. The characters and plotting are so complex that you'll find other shows like "Lost" comparatively dull. Catch up by renting the miniseries pilot followed by the first season.
This is all it said about BSG, but if you'd like to read the FULL POST, go here.
September 9, 2005 15:16 - Maxim Online has an interview with Lucy Lawless
The former warrior princess is heading to outer space. And before you ask, no, she's not bringing her leather skirt along for the ride.
Maxim Online, September 2005
Interview by Patrick Richardson
Action pin-up Lucy Lawless has battled ancient gods, swarms of mutated locusts, and Kevin Sorbo's hair throughout an illustrious, nerd-herding career. Now the New Zealand native is traveling even further into the eye of evil as a sexy wartime reporter with an agenda on the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica. Here's what the retired warrior princess had to say about intergalactic politics, leather skirts, and why Maxim photo shoots rule. (Hint: it's not the catering.)
READ FULL POST
September 10, 2005 13:06 - Interesting Battlestar Stuff
Our thanks to Lola for these bits of trivia good for writing fics and statistics hounds everywhere.
Don't know if anyone is interested, but I was curious and I thought it might be useful to the fic writers so I complied some of the info from Final Cut (acronyms, name/rank and the survivor count). Don't really think it's very spoilerish, but I'll include space just in case.
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
CAG - Commander of the Air Group
CF - Colonial Fleet
CFR - Colonial Fleet Reserves
CMC - Colonial Marine Corps
CMCR - Colonial Marines Corps Reserves
ECO - Electronic Counter Measures Officer
LSO - Landing Signal Officer
Lee Adama - Captain, CFR (Apollo)
Karl C. Agathon - Lieutenant, CF (Helo)
Anastasia Dualla - Petty Officer 2nd Class, CFR
Margaret Edmonson - Lieutenant, CF (Racetrack)
Felix Geata - Lieutenant, CF
Louanne Katraine - Lieutenant, CF (Cat)
Scott Kelso - Private First Class, CMCR
Saul Tigh - Colonel, CF Executive Officer, Galactica
Dr. Gaius Baltar - Vice President of the Twelve Colonies
Survivor Count from Credits
Scattered - 47,875
Valley of Darkness - 47,874
Fragged - 47,862
Resistance - 47,861
The Farm - 47,858
Home Part 1 - 47,857
Home Part 2 - 47,855
Final Cut - 47,853
BTW, Lola has some really cool vids,if you're into that.
Find it all here.
September 10, 2005 13:19 - Aliens On Galactica
Lots of speculation and discussion going around about Aliens on Galactica. Here's an article addressing that issue:
September 9, 2005 - There's a new trend in science fiction these days, and a good one: nitty-gritty stories on the frontiers of space that deal with realistic characters and situations instead of rubber-suited aliens and utopian societies. Two recent series have broken the mold -- Firefly and the new Battlestar Galactica -- concentrating on human-driven stories, harsh realities, and smart writing.
While the main villains - the Cylons - of the original Galactica TV series were alien in origin, the new series portrays them as a robotic race originally constructed by humans. And while series co-producer and writer David Weddle won't completely rule out aliens in the future, we're certain not to see the Star Trek variety with green skin or rubber prostheses.
READ THE FULL POST HERE
September 10, 2005 13:28 - Tricia Helfer - What she likes doing when not being Number Six on BSG
From the CalgarySun.com, a bit of info about their homegrown celebrity, Tricia Helfer, and what she likes to do when not filming Battlestar Galactica:
One of my favourite things to do in Alberta is visit the mountains.
I love hiking in the summer, especially around Banff and Lake Louise. The beauty of the lakes gets me every time!
And I like coming back to a nice hotel to crash and take a nice big Jacuzzi bath and have a nice meal.
My love of the mountains is probably from growing up just outside Donalda. Our family weekend activity was hiking. We'd build a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
Recently, I took my husband (Los Angeles entertainment lawyer Jonathan Marshall, who is from New Orleans) and his parents to Jasper to show them the Icefields. He loves Alberta!
What makes Alberta special when I travel the world? My husband and I are building a vacation house in Alberta on a bluff overlooking the coulee right by my parents' farm. This summer, we'll rent an RV and park it on the bluff, though we probably won't break ground for two years.
READ THE FULL POST HERE
September 10, 2005 13:33 - Tricia Helfer film news
Tricia Helfer just finished a feature film called Mem-(o)-re, a psychological thriller in which I play a painter, alongside a cast including Dennis Hopper, Ann Margaret, and Billy Zane. The movie is aimed for a fall release.
September 10, 2005 13:40 - Battlestar Galactica Transcripts
This is the best transcript/scripts website I've come across. Check it out for yourself. It not only features all of the transcripts for Battlestar Galactica, updated constantly, but for other genres including Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Firefly, 4400, Alias and more.
Check it out for yourself:
September 12, 2005 14:01 - Darker, More Adult And Totally Addictive Viewing
SyFy Portal has a good article featuring Tricia Helfer on the new Battlestar Galactica:
Battlestar Galactica" made a shocking return to the screen last year and accomplished something that was previously thought of as next to impossible -- re-imagining a classic series for today's audience.
Previous efforts to achieve similar feats have failed, but Ronald D. Moore's BSG series can only be classed as a complete success. Sure, there are some hardcore fans of the classic series that find it hard to accept, and that is understandable. However, this series is not a remake nor is it a replacement for the original 70's version which has obviously captured the hearts of millions.
READ THE FULL POST HERE
September 12, 2005 14:55 - On Writing Fan Fiction & science fiction...
I want to write the best Battlestar Galactica fan fiction out there that will really capture the heart and soul of my favorite characters. Can I just get three lines out without stopping and rewriting? An oldie but goodie writing book will take your writing to the next level. Fan fiction to professional science fiction and fantasy, you're writing will take on new life with this easy to ready, From Panic to Power: Mastery over the Written Word will take you from biting your nails to typing your heart out quickly and easily. Get your Muse moving.... (Read Article)
September 12, 2005 17:15 - 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Atlantis' To See Third Seasons
Author: Wayne Hall
Source: SyFy Portal
How much confidence does SciFi Channel have in two of its three top shows? Enough to pretty much give them a go-ahead for a third season.
Sources at SciFi Channel are reporting that SciFi has unofficially decided to award both "Battlestar Galactica" and "Stargate: Atlantis" third-season pickups. The news was shared by SyFy Portal's Michael Hinman during a guest appearance on Sci-Fi Saturday Night on New Hampshire's 610 WGIR.
During the show, Hinman -- who appeared by telephone in the show's final hour -- said he had received unconfirmed reports that the third-season pickups have been decided. SciFi normally does not announce fate of shows during the first half of the seasons, which end this month. No word has been received on the fate of "Stargate: SG-1," but many industry insiders feel that the SciFi stalwart will see an unprecedented 10th season next summer.
"Battlestar Galactica" aired for the first time on SciFi in January for an extended half-season run, quickly earning a second season after strong ratings that beat out even new episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" on UPN. The show is in the middle of its second season, still enjoying strong ratings despite some audience erosion seen across the board. It stars Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, and has been critically-acclaimed in the mainstream media.
"Atlantis" is a spinoff of "SG-1," and also has enjoyed strong ratings since its debut in Summer 2004. It airs at 9 p.m. ET, just before "Galactica," on SciFi.
Both series will end their first-half season run this month, and will return for new episodes in January.
September 13, 2005 11:21 - Thoughts On Final Cut from Battlestar Blog
The Unofficial Battlestar Blog has written some excellent thoughts and opinions on the last episode of Battlestar Galactica, Final Cut, featuring our latest cylon clone.
Check it out here: Battlestar Blog
September 15, 2005 14:45 - Individuated self vs. collective self
Raincitygirl has posted some really excellent analysis of the pronouns used by the cylons:
Both the Boomer model and the Biers model use the word "I" when referring to another copy of their model. The Boomer (wearing the white cropped jacket we saw on a Boomer copy in the mini, and then again on the Boomer whom Turncoat-Boomer shot in the scene outside Koerner Library in Colonial Day. I guess that model really likes that jacket) first said "I", referring to Turncoat-Boomer, then amended it to "she" in her next line. But her gut reaction upon seeing her wayward 'twin' was to say "I". Maybe she said "she" after she got over the shock because Sharon rebelled and ran away, and she wanted to dissociate herself from a disloyal copy. Also, Caprica-Biers said "I" when referring to getting the information in the documentary and the deleted footage to Caprica by using those Raiders. But since Fleet-Biers can't be in the Fleet and on Caprica at the same time, Cap-Biers must be another copy of the same model.
This could be important, but I don't know. It's interersting, though, the stuff that people pick up on.
READ THE FULL POST HERE
Our thanks to Battlestar Blog for the info.
September 15, 2005 14:50 - Tahmoh and Helo icons
There are some really nice Helo icons over at Justine's blog, All About Tahmoh Penikett, along with links to the where the artists are located.
CHECK IT OUT HERE
September 15, 2005 14:51 - New Tahmoh Interview in Cult Times
Tahmoh has a new interview which appears int he UK magazine, Cult Times. It's Cult Times #35, published on September 8, 2005.
Check it out at Justine's blog located here.
September 15, 2005 14:56 - AOL jumps into the podcasting mix
Podcasting focus of new AOL content
America Online is applying its clout to the world of podcasting. Its AOL.com portal will attract audiences to the increasingly popular medium with original programs, repurposed audio content and powerful search capabilities brought together under the rubric of Podcasting 101. The main page will highlight the 11 most popular podcasts along with a few others chosen by the service's editors. Among those being showcased are content from CNN, KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and Harry Shearer's "Le Show," the BBC's "Today" and "From Our Own Correspondent," Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica," AOL's own "SportsBloggersLive" and Michael Geoghegan's "Reel Reviews." AOL Music and AOL Radio executive director of music industry relations Jack Isquith said Moviefone's "Unscripted" was a good example of existing programming that he expected to do well as a podcast. "No one's really the interviewer, no one's really the interviewee," he said. "Two of the stars involved in a movie just talk to each other. It's perfect for podcasting. That was created not with podcasting in mind but is a great extension."
READ THE FULL STORY
September 15, 2005 15:02 - Inspiration for Lawless' character
In a recent article when asked whom she used as an inspiration for D'Anna, Lawless cites one of CNN's most visible reporters.
"I thought about Christiane Amanpour," Lawless says, "but I wanted to go a little closer to home (accent-wise). She's got a pretty plummy accent. But I did kind of base it on her, because I wanted the performance to be visually annoying. With all respect to Christiane Amanpour, but you know how she turns her collar up? I just wanted to have things like that. I wanted her to be threatening, just in terms of fashion.
READ THE FULL STORY
September 15, 2005 15:04 - SUBJECT2DISCUSSION LIVE Radio Show and Podcast Welcomed Galactica's Richard Hatch
SUBJECT2DISCUSSION LIVE Radio Show and Podcast welcomed Galactica's Richard Hatch and David Storobin of GlobalPolitician.com Wednesday 9/14 6pm PT on LVROCKS.COM
More info: http://www.LVROCKS.COM
SUBJECT2DISCUSSION is LIVE at 6pm PT, 8pm CT and 9pm ET. The program is a news and comment program that generally features bloggers talking about current events and their blogs. The program has also been the home to many interviews with cast members from Battlestar Galactica on Scifi Channel.
Richard Hatch who starred in the original Battlestar Galactica series as Apollo and appears semi regularly on the new version of Galactica on the Scifi Channel.
The program is also podcast here is the podcast information: For those who miss the LIVE program, it is available as a podcast. If you have an IPOD the RSS url is:
If you do not have an IPOD you can still listen to the podcast via this address:
SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION
September 15, 2005 15:13 - Battlestar Galactica Blast From The Past
Now here's a weird blast from the past about the original Battlestar Galactica.
Date: 19 Sep 1979 2:46 pm (Wednesday)
Sender: Brodie at PARC-MAXC
From: Geoff Goodfellow
Subject: Oh no,... oh YES: "Salt Galactica"!
To: Science Fiction Lovers
a234 1340 08 Jul 79
By BARTON REPPERT
Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet newspaper Izvestia says foes of the SALT II arms limitation treaty are taking their fight to American moviegoers through thinly veiled anti-Soviet innuendo in the science-fiction spectacular ''Battlestar Galactica.''
The government newspaper charged over the weekend that the outer-space epic - as well as other U.S. films and TV shows - was rife with hidden ideological messages amounting to ''propaganda of mass anti-Soviet psychosis.''
''Their spirit is the spirit of the Cold War,'' wrote Melor Sturua, a veteran U.S.-based correspondent for Izvestia who often reports on American lifestyles and popular culture.
Sturua said Hollywood movie companies were enmeshed in a tight web of interests with big Wall Street banks and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
His vitriolic 2,400-word dispatch reflected the increasingly strident tone the government-controlled Soviet press has been taking in recent weeks toward American opponents of the SALT pact, signed last month in Vienna.
Debate on the strategic arms limitation accord is set to begin this week in the Senate, where the treaty must win a two-thirds majority
Sturua said that after a local movie review had piqued his curiosity about ''Battlestar Galactica,'' he went to see it.
While the film's cosmic struggle unfolds ''everything around you rattles and shakes,'' Sturua told Soviet readers.
He said the matinee audience, mostly children, ''withstood it very well. I noticed only a couple of cases of hysteria, which ended in tears and removal of the children from the hall.''
The movie's plot pits a united space civilization of humans against a society of robot beings called the Kailons.
''The galactical negotiations between the people and the Kailons really resembled the U.S.-Soviet SALT talks - not in their actual
form, but in the perverted interpretation of the enemies of the treaty from the family of Washington hawks,'' Sturua wrote.
''The crafty Kailons, similar to the 'crafty Soviets,' propose to the president of the galactical union something like space detente,'' he wrote.
The galactical union's armed forces commander tries to warn that the
Kailons ''don't want peace but only a pause to prepare a knockout blow that they'll deliver as a first strike.''
Nonetheless, ''the president categorically refused to believe his commander and in spite of his warnings signs a pact with the Kailons,'' who subsequently launch a devastating surprise attack on the United States of Galactica.
Sturua conceded it was ''just plain naive'' to search for any direct parallels with reality.
But, ''far more important,'' the Soviet correspondent wrote, ''is the spirit, the inspiration of films of the 'Battlestar Galactica'
type. Their inspiration is the pumping-up of military anti-Soviet hysteria, which in this case is disguised in the modern costume of socio-scientific fantasy.''
''The fact that modern American cinematography prefers Cold War is not just a coincidence - and the film 'Battlestar Galactica' isn't the
only example of (Hollywood's connection with Wall Street and the military-industrial complex),'' he wrote.
He said the movie ''Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'' and television shows including ''The Bionic Woman'' and ''Six Million Dollar Man'' also were riddled with ''anti-Soviet symbolism dressed in a transparent tunic of science fiction.''
You realize, of course, this means that anything that was ever posted to the Internet will continue to crop up again and again. I find this vaguely disturbing in a really strange way.
September 18, 2005 14:16 - New Battlestar Media Site
Here's a new BSG media website. It's opening blurb says the following:
It's a site dedicated to bringing you the latest media and information about Battlestar Galactica, a fantastic TV show that has been hailed as "one of the best shows on television."
Our thanks to the Unofficial Battlestar Blog for this info.
September 19, 2005 14:36 - Fan Fic Terminology For Newbies
Brief listing of terminology for fan fiction writers and readers. By no means the complete listing, just some terms we've found helpful. (Read Article)
September 19, 2005 14:52 - Tachyon TV has done it again, with Battlestar: The Musical
In a desperate attempt to inject a bit of fun back into Battlestar Galactica, the producer's have announced plans to film a musical episode.
Described by Ronald D. Moore as "Blackpool meets the Black Hole", the episode will feature:
- Commander Adama growling his way through The Smith's 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now'
- Boomer serenading Helo with a cover version of Cylon Dion's 'I Will Always Love You' (backed by a choir of naked Boomers).
- This then segues into Lionel Ritche's 'Helo' (bring a tissue).
- Colonel Tigh beating his dead wife with a broken bottle while he mimes (badly) to 'Fairytale of New York'
- President Roslyn's acoustic 'Personal Jesus'
- Baltar singing the theme tune to Pipkins (for no readily apparent reason!)
- Starbuck and Apollo in an all-signing, all-dancing version of Kylie and Jason's 'Especially for You'
And then everybody dies...
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September 20, 2005 17:10 - Blogcritics reviews Season 1
Just a sampling of the review is below from Blogcriticswhich gives us capsule reviews for two of the first season's favorites, 33 & Flesh & Bone.
In terms of sheer science-fiction satisfaction, this has been a most excellent summer. Not only did I discover the estimable Joss Whedon's Firefly, but also the latest reimagining of Battlestar Galactica.
In the 2003 mini-series, 40 years have passed since humanity fought against the Cylons they created. There was no clear winner, since midway through the conflict our robotic foes inexplicably took off for the far reaches of space, never to return.
Or so we thought. In truth, they came back wearing our skin. Number Six, above pictured cyber-seductress, gets genius and womanizer Dr. Gaius Baltar to unwittingly assist her (it?) into penetrating our defenses. Soon after, the 12 colonies we're living on get hit by nukes. All our ships with networked computers get disabled almost like someone just hit the "OFF" switch.
Suddenly, the archaic Battlestar Galactica - a ship with no networked computers to speak of and long considered a relic of the First Cylon War - becomes the only hope for the continued survival of our race.
This background leads to some of the most gripping television I've ever seen. Rather than just gush endlessly, I'm going to write about my two favorite episodes and why they work.
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September 20, 2005 17:20 - Battlestar comes into mainstream culture
From an opinion columnist at the London Free Press, proves that the grim reality of Battlestar Galactica is seeping into mainstream journalism beyond reviewing the show. Here's an example. His article is about buildings in London titled, London brims with bleak, er, inspiring structures.
London Convention Centre sign: A shining example of the "rusted Battlestar Galactica" school of design imbued with a healthy nod to the "rusted Lego set" movement, this high-tech tower flashes digital messages to passersby. At least it does when it's working.
So when you think large, inspiring buildings in London, think "rusted Battlestar Galacticas". Just goes to show you what a good show can accomplish.
September 20, 2005 17:26 - Battlestar Galactica - "Flight of the Phoenix"
From NowPlaying Magazine
Written by Scott Collura
Monday, 19 September 2005
Colonel Tighs stint as fleet commander continues to haunt the Galactica, though this time around the blame can only be aimed at the Cylons. The Galacticas systems, it seems, have been overrun by a debilitating Cylon computer virus that has been lurking, and building, since the events of the season premiere when the Galactica was separated from the fleet. And while that virus snowballs to a potentially cataclysmic conclusion, Helo and Chief Tyrol continue to attempt to come to grips with their situation now that the original Sharon the Chiefs Sharon is dead, and the new Sharon - Helos Sharon - is onboard the Galactica, very much alive.
After the misstep of last weeks episode, Galactica returns to fine form with Flight of the Phoenix, an episode thats plot synopsis might sound like a rehash of any number of lame sci-fi show episodes ("A computer virus takes over the ship!"), but is in fact yet another richly realized character piece that just happens to have a cool take on that age-old genre plot as well.
When the episode begins, we see that Helo isnt exactly being warmly accepted by the other members of the crew since his return to the ship, the result of his association with Sharon. And Tyrol is a man stricken since the original Sharons death, able only to focus on his work it seems - which eventually leads to his taking on the unlikely task of constructing a brand new viper from the ground up. But first, a knock down, drag out fight between him and Helo resolves nothing for either man aside from the release of some long built-up tension - and Tyrols admission that he and his Sharon had planned on leaving the service and having children of their own. And now its Helo who is the father-to-be of Sharons (or, a Sharons) child.
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September 21, 2005 08:46 - Questions Posed About Battlestar
Anititcoolnews.com does a DVD review, but it also asks some interesting questions that I've asked.
. . . But there are also all these weird and fascinating questions lurking around its story; questions for which one hopes Ron Moore and his team have good answers. Why do the good guys embrace the "false" gods of Greek mythology while the bad guys are monotheists with Judeo-Christian commandments? Why are the Cylons so keen to breed with their enemies? If the fleshy, dying Cylons can transmit their consciousnesses to new bodies, why dont their modems show up on x-rays? Why are the fleeing colonists so similar to Earthers in so many ways? Are the colonists our ancestors, our descendants, or something else entirely? How could a space-faring race not know the location of the planet it comes from? What is going on in Gaius Baltars brain?
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September 21, 2005 14:25 - Longer Season Means Better Story Arcs
From Filmforce News comes this article about the expansion of Battlestar Galactica:
Longer Galactica Means Larger Story Arcs
Season two and beyond...
by Paul Davidson
September 20, 2005 - The impressive success of Battlestar Galactica might have caught series co-creator Ronald D. Moore by surprise, but having a full-length second season has given him room to explore the show's story many arcs in more detail. And with Galactica consistently tying or beating Stargate SG-1 as the Sci Fi Channel's most-watched television series, a third season seems likely.
"Well, we can't quite say that yet. One hopes," Moore said in an interview with Now Playing Magazine. "We're sort of looking into larger story arcs as to where the series is ultimately going, and we are talking about what season three would be. We've had preliminary discussions about conceptually what we want the third season to reflect and how we would approach it."
In the meantime, Moore has been taking key characters from the show, like Starbuck and Captain Adama, and developing them through their adversities and extraordinary circumstances.
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September 23, 2005 13:56 - New Icons At Good Galactica Icons
There are new BSG icons as well as about 40+ multifandom icons over at Good Galactica Icons. Check it out here:
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September 26, 2005 14:45 - SPOILERS: Season Two BSG Rumors Are Already Out There
Our thanks to the CIC for this update:
This is a cool idea -- if you want to read the spoiler, highlight this sentence and below. It will appear. If you don't, don't highlight between the lines:
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Two reports in from Gateworld on a couple episodes after the midseason break. Caution, spoilers are contained.
First spoilers from season's second half
FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 23, 2005
The first details have arrived at GateWorld for the second half of Battlestar Galactica's second season! While no title for the episode is yet known, it is expected to air as the twelfth episode of the season, following the episode that will wrap up this week's mid-season cliffhanger (rumored to be titled "Resurrection Ship").
Newly promoted Admiral William Adama welcomes a visitor to the Galactica, alongside Colonel Tigh. He is Royan Jahee, a tall and dignified man who speaks for a newly emerging pacifist movement within the fleet. They wish to seek peace with the Cylons, and believe that the Colonials' current plan of fleeing, always losing people and supplies in unending conflicts, can't possibly lead to the survival of the human race, let alone any kind of "victory."
Soon after he is brought on board the Galactica, Adama and Tigh have him tossed in the brig -- though Jahee insists that he is not a part of the movement.
Meanwhile, President Laura Roslin is lying in sickbay. She is apparently near death, as Vice President Gaius Baltar and Billy, the President's aide, are preparing for him to succeed her. But there is a plan to treat her condition, which appears to involve the Cylon Sharon's unborn child. The powers that be are still considering whether or not to allow the baby to come to term.
Back in the brig, Adama and Tigh speak with Royan Jahee. A suicide bomber from the dissident movement has attacked the fleet's Tylium refining ship, damaging its FTL (faster-than-light) drive. Since the fleet cannot leave its invaluable fuel supply behind, they are stuck until the ship can make the proper repairs.
Her condition beginning to improve, Roslin insists on being taken to the brig to speak to Jahee directly. She opens up a dialogue with him, much to his surprise, and reaches an agreement ...
Again, the title for this episode is not yet known. But according to the Internet Movie Database, episode twelve is titled "Epiphanies." It is expected to air in January on The SCI FI Channel in the U.S., following the episode that wraps up this week's mid-season finale, "Pegasus."
The second is for an episode called Black Market:
First details on Season Two's 'Black Market'
SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2005
GateWorld has received brand new info on "Black Market," an upcoming episode in the back half of Season Two.
Beware of spoilers in the report below! (highlight to read)
Lee Adama invesitages the murder of a Colonial command officer, Fisk, and is entangled with a mafia-like group of criminals on board the Prometheus. They believe that their existence is necessary and invaluable to the fleet. When the government and the military fails to take care of its people, they are there with food, medicine, or whatever else is needed.
Meanwhile, Lee visits a woman from his past on Caprica, Shevon. It is not entirely clear what their relationship is, but in the past it was romantic. Phelan, leader of the criminal group, suggests that she is a prostitute.
Lee hopes to get Shevon and a young girl in her care, Paya -- who may be Lee's daughter, whose mother was a woman named Gianne -- safely to the Galactica. But Phelan and his men bomb their way into Shevon's quarters and abduct them all.
Guest characters include Shevon, Paya, Phelan, Weller, and Beach (two of Phelan's cronies).
"Black Market" will air in early 2006 on The SCI FI Channel, after Season Two returns with new episodes in January! Stick with GateWorld for the very latest on Battlestar Galactica.
Our thanks to the CIC for this news.
September 28, 2005 09:31 - Win one of 3 copies of Battlestar Galactica: Season One
We have three copies of Battlestar Galactica: Season One to give away courtesy of Universal Studios.
Edgier and racier than its predecessor, Battlestar Galactica 2004 is a complete re-imagining of the 1970s series - upping the ante on the action, adventure and drama that made the original so popular. The groundbreaking story of man versus machine remains, but this time, the Cylon robot is no longer a recognisable enemy ... it can move among man.
With the 12 colonies of man virtually destroyed in the climax of a hundred-year war with the Cylon empires, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) and Commander Adama (Edward James Olmos) gather up the few humans left on the twelve worlds and embark on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of mankind.
Battlestar Galactica 2004 gives new life to the stories and ideas that were at the heart of the original series, with a compelling plot, breathtaking special effects and riveting, action-packed adventure, speaking to both long-time fans and a new generation of admirers!
Exclusive deleted scenes included
Rated M: Suitable for Mature Audiences 16 Years and over.
How To Enter
To be in to win a copy of Battlestar Galactica: Season One, all you have to do is answer the following question: which character does Mary McDonnell play? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and daytime phone number by 10am on Friday 21st October 2005.
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September 29, 2005 09:18 - Stepping Over The Line
Author: Alan Stanley Blair
Since the second season started, I have constantly been in a state of awe with the level of storytelling each episode of BSG has shown by creating an intricately woven tapestry of action, drama, political and religious intrigue and suspense. But never did I think that bringing all of it together in a single episode would be such an overwhelming success.
Pegasus was that success.
With the Galactica uncovering another Battlestar, the door opens to possibilities that were previously unavailable. And the best part is, it was done without stepping on the toes of the 1970s series by brandishing the usual adult themes that permeate the series.
Its exactly that darkness that keeps the series one step ahead of its competition, but as Boomer was forced over her bunk and Thorne unzipped his trousers, I couldnt help but cringe.
Is this too far for sci-fi? Is this too far for television? If not, its certainly walking a fine line.
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September 29, 2005 10:08 - SCI FI BEATS THE HEAT WITH BEST 3RD QUARTER EVER
SCI FI BEATS THE HEAT WITH BEST 3RD QUARTER EVER
Released by Sci Fi
SCI FI BEATS THE HEAT WITH BEST 3RD QUARTER EVER
#1 Cable Net on Friday Nights
Triple-Digit Increases in Key Demos on Wednesday Nights
Best September on Record
New York, NY (September 27, 2005) SCI FI blazed a ratings trail this summer, giving the Channel its best third quarter ever. Its 'SCI FI Friday' block of originals cemented the Channel as the #1 cable destination on Friday nights among P18-49 and P25-54 for the entire quarter averaging more P25-54s than even the WB or UPN. The 'SCI FI Wednesday' block of alternative reality series also scored for SCI FI, delivering double and triple-digit increases among young adults. The Channel's Saturday action movie franchise added to the ratings bonanza with 'Pterodactyl' (August 27), which devoured over 3.1 million viewers and became the highest-rated original movie in SCI FI history.
SCI FI's total day (M-Su 6am-6am) for 3Q05 saw an 11% increase in P25-54, a 12% increase in P18-49 and a 12% jump in P18-34 versus 3Q04.
Other 3Q05 highlights for primetime (M-Su 8pm-11pm) include:
-- Best 3Q delivery of P18-34, P18-49 and P25-54 in SCI FI history
-- +10% among P18-49s vs. 3Q04
-- +6% among P25-54 vs. 3Q04
-- +12% among P18-34 vs. 3Q04
-- +7% among F18-49 best-ever 3Q performance in the demo
-- 'Pterodactyl' (Aug. 27 @ 9-11pm) becomes the highest-rated SCI FI Channel original movie in history
-- Top 10 among all basic cable networks among P25-54 and P18-49
SCI FI owned Friday nights during 3Q05, becoming the #1 cable network on Fridays among P18-49 and P25-54. The strength of the 'SCI FI Friday' franchise was proven with its recent summer finales. In spite of stiff competition from network premieres, the 'Stargate SG-1' finale (Sept. 16 @ 8-10pm) and a new episode of 'Battlestar' (Sept. 16 @ 10pm) were Top 2 cable entertainment programs among P25-54 that night. A week later, the summer finale of 'Battlestar Galactica' (Sept. 23 @ 10pm) drew 2.3 million viewers and became the #1 entertainment program on cable for the night among P25-54 it was also the only non-news program to finish within cable's Top 10 among that demo.
Some of SCI FI's greatest third quarter gains were made on Wednesday nights. The 'SCI FI Wednesday' lineup, led by 'Ghost Hunters,' gave the Channel double and triple digit increases in key demos versus the previous year.
-- +83% among P18-34
-- +33% among P18-49
-- +114% among M18-34
-- +34% among F18-34
-- +43% among F25-54
SCI FI also had its best September ever. Averaging a 1.0 HH rating, the Channel was up +17% among P18-49, +12% among P25-54 and +19% among P18-34. SCI FI ranked within the Top 10 cable networks for primetime for both ratings and delivery among P25-54, and P18-49. It also scored double-digit increases among M18-34 (+28%), M18-49 (+20%) and M25-54 (+11%) vs. September '04. During September, 'SCI FI Wednesdays' grew +102% among P18-34, +112% among M18-34 and 90% among F18-34.
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September 30, 2005 08:40 - Boston.com's Top 50 Sci Fi Shows of All Time
Battlestar Galactica came in second in the Boston.coms Top 50 SciFi Shows and considering it's only in it's second season, that's pretty frakkin' good.
Here's an outtake:
'Battlestar Galactica' (New)
The new 'Battlestar Galactica' just barely missed the number 1 spot due to its newbie status in the sci-fi genre. However, this is easily on track
to becoming Number 1 due to its great writing and a wonderful vision by executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The show is a modern-day
remake of its 1970s predecessory but features more compelling story plots, a darker tone and surprising twists and turns in almost every
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