New Battlestar Galactica Amost Here!

Posted 4 Dec 2003 at 05:57 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Eclipse Magazine says WE ARE GAGA for SCI-FI's New "Battlestar Galactica"!!!! The show is more emotional, the Cylons are more emotional, including such Cylon Tyrrany as Cylons with rabid sexual desires and Cylon Tyrrany blondes. Battlestar Galactica will return as four-hour miniseries and it will be a sleeker Battlestar Galactica amid fan opposition and other felgercarb. The new BSG recently Premiered In L.A. to a bunch of adoring fans. For the rest of us, Battlestar Galactica is set to air a few centons from now on the SCI FI channel at 9 PM ET December. 8th. Also, the game is already out and IGN seems to give the game OK scores.

Where are you Doctor Who?, posted 4 Dec 2003 at 09:57 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

I'm waiting for the return of Dr. Who. Which Dr. Who you might ask, so in reply, the only good one, with the long scarf , the robotic talking dog K9 and the mysterious police call box that was bigger on the inside than the outside that was played by Tom Baker. I liked his explanation of how something can be larger inside than outside, which was that you simply take a box that is a lot bigger outside than inside and turn it inside out!

Cylons go home, posted 4 Dec 2003 at 15:13 UTC by steve » (Master)

Dr Who and Battlestar Galactica shouldn't even be mentioned in the same thread. Dr. Who had wonderful writing by actual science fiction writers. More than a few of those Tom Baker episodes were the work of Douglas Adams. It had humor, interesting characters, and quaint BBC special effects. Battlestar Galactica has always been on my list of worst shows ever made. It was a corporate, made-by-committee attempt to make money off the popularity of Star Wars. It had horrible writing, cardboard sitcom characters, and expensive Dykstra special effects with lots of pretty explosions to distract people from how awful it all was. The thought that the folks in hollywood think anyone wants more of it, speaks volumes about what's wrong with major media companies.

Furthermore, The Doctor could have kicked the shiny metal asses of the entire Cylon army with a paper clip and a few well-chosen words! Sorry, had to get that out of my system... ;-)

I always crack up on the..., posted 4 Dec 2003 at 16:57 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

Special effects, I always crack up when I see stupid things like:
They have lights inside their helmets so we can see their faces. in real life the lights would blind the pilot.
The space fighters all fly around like WWII figher planes swooping and diving and looping and rolling, and lots of flyby sound effects. In space there is no sound, and spacecraft don't have to act like they are in a atmosphere.
ad nauseum

At least in Babylon 5 the fighters would do realistic manuevers like pivot, rotate and coast backwards while firing on the enemy coming up from behind. Or pivot and fire as they pass by too. Plus I don't remember them putting lights inside the helmets either.

Talking about terrible special effects!!, posted 4 Dec 2003 at 23:44 UTC by Frank McNeill » (Apprentice)

I grew up before there was any TV and when sci-fi movies had special effects that were so ridiculous that even I noiticed. Kids went to the movies every Saturday afternoon. The main features were usually cowboy movies. Tom Mix was a hot item then. There were also serials that went on for months about the adventures of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. They were always duking it out with the bad guys in little space ships that made loud buzzing noises and had sparks and smoke coming out at the back. The smoke went straight up, just the way it does on Earth!

Did anyone actually watch it?, posted 9 Dec 2003 at 14:42 UTC by steve » (Master)

So did anyone see it? How was it - good? bad? Let's hear a review...

I enjoyed it, posted 10 Dec 2003 at 19:21 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

I enjoyed it, I think it was better than the original myself. The old Walking Chrome Toasters was pretty lame in the original.
The spaceships were better, but they still put lights inside the helmets so you can see their faces.
They had much better more 3D actors in this version, in the original the characters were all so shallow and 2D.
I feel they cut out a few scenes that would help develop some of the characters better. For example, Baltar is on the bridge helping to check the CIC computer to delete Cylon backdoor programs. I would have loved to hear how he explained his way out of how the Cylons got the code in there in the first place. He always tries to make it look like it isn't his fault, et cetera.

I forgot to mention, posted 11 Dec 2003 at 17:14 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

In the new version, some of the Cylons look exactly like humans. They have 12 different models of these android types. During the show, Baltar gets, sort of, infected or implanted by Number 6, so that he can see a projection of her in his mind. Number 6 pesters the heck out of him in part 2 playing mind games on him. Anyway, I suspect that Baltar is the 12th model in the human like android series, but he doesn't know it yet. As the Cylons can have emplaced some of their androids to act as humans, where they can activate them later on command. I think Number 6 had downloaded his consciousness earlier in part one without him knowing it, and then later killed him off and replaced him with a identical look alike android. The Cylon androids have blood, internal organs, the works, so they can pass a doctor's examination as well. Very sophisticated. The human like Cylon androids are unique in that they can upload their consciousness into another body should they get killed. Thus they retain all their memories from the previous body. Which is almost like immortality. Then ending was left open with lots of twists and turns and subplots that should make for another TV series, should they go for it. Nah, I'm not going to say what the ending was like, it would give it away for those of you waiting to see the re-runs.

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