Monday, February 27, 2006

BSG Sitrep

A bunch of new BSG happenings over the past few days, so here I bring you a quasi-concise summary. Enjoy!

Ron Moore, BSG's writer and executive producer, has updated his blog with answers to fan questions.

See a new videoblog from David Eick, over at

18: Giving Battlestar Galactica its Props
Matt Roush from TVGuide praised Galactica in his column Friday:
Question: Battlestar Galactica is my favorite show on television right now. It's so well done and feels so real for a sci-fi show. But whenever I bring the show up to my friends, they always laugh. I've noticed that because the show is in the sci-fi genre, people don't give it a chance. Do you think that this is going to change, or will the stereotype always be there for this show? Also, how is this show doing with ratings? Is it gonna stick around for a long time? — Mike

Matt Roush: Battlestar is doing just fine, and there's no reason to think Sci Fi will pull another Farscape with this one. And while we're on the subject, tonight's episode (Feb. 24) is one of the best hours of TV in any genre you're likely to see all year. So many twists and revelations, including a welcome return to the Cylon-occupied planet of Caprica. It's smart, suspenseful, surprising — just a wow of an episode. But, as Mike suggests, just try convincing your friends who look at you like you're wearing Vulcan ears when you reveal you're a huge Battlestar Galactica fan. (I have even found myself in a situation where I needed to convince several TV-industry professionals to consider this show as seriously as they do anything on HBO.)

The show has several strikes against it, most notably a generic-sounding militaristic title that not only pegs it within an often marginalized genre but invariably brings up memories of the laughable earlier series. If the legions who could convince themselves to sit through the numbing second trilogy of George Lucas' Star Wars cycle would give a show like this a chance, just to see how deeply thrilling and emotionally rich this sort of storytelling can be, we'd all be a lot better off. As it is, the new Battlestar enjoys a fair amount of critical acclaim (mine was not the only top-10 list that included the show), and I have to believe its cult following will grow in time and through DVD exposure. Eventually, it will be considered one of the classics, if it isn't already.
New spoiler pics for "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2" over at Dark-Thoughts. Helo is blurry in the background of one.

Thanks to kathgrr, you can see screen captures of the AOL preview, including at least 3 new ones of Helo.

Questions for the cast? Email them to Kristin from E!Online who will interview the entire main cast (though not Tahmoh as of yet) on March 3rd at the William Paley film festival in Los Angeles. (I previously posted about the festival here).

Kristin also gave BSG a shout out this week:
"So good.

So, so, so, so, so good.

Big happenings with the wee baby -- and there's a twist you won't see coming.

And an unlikely friendship forges some interesting developments regarding Lucy Lawless.

And ... oh, just watch!

Even if you've never seen this show before, you will get this episode and I really do think you'll love it.

Friday night. Check it
Also over at E!Online, a spoiler pic from "Lay Down Your Burdens" featuring Tahmoh illustrates the E!Online Answer Bitch's response to this question:
"I'm curious why celebrities are purchasing properties in areas of Vancouver or Whistler, British Columbia. I love Vancouver, but why do they find this province so appealing?"
No, she doesn't say Tahmoh's the reason. :) See her answer here.

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