Archive for April, 2008

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Katee on the cover of TV Week

April 27, 2008

TV Week Coverby spacepug

Katee Sackhoff is on the cover of TV Week magazine, now on sale in British Columbia. The May 3-9th edition also features a brief interview with Katee covering her feelings about the end of Galactica, and where she hopes her career will go once the show wraps.

How do you think the Centurion feels about Battlestar Galactica being named “The Best Show You’re Not Watching?” Well, maybe he’ll tell us if we ask very nicely….

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Episode Review: “Escape Velocity”

April 27, 2008

by Millari

All in all, I enjoyed this episode, although it did also feel like a whole lot of setup for stuff to come in the next two weeks. But first, we’ll start with some niggling plot holes I found kind of frustrating:

Why Must They Do These Things at Dawn? Or at All?
Pass the Word: Colonel Crazysauce Report Immediately to the CIC
Are Dee and Hoshi Running the CIC Now?
Where’s the Power to Smite The Heathens When You Need It?
Where’s Baby Eve?
Your Dylan Four Weekly Status Check

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Trying Hard to Resist Spoilers

April 24, 2008

A general, spoiler-free article, by spacepug

I am the first to admit that I have been caught up in the spoiler frenzy surrounding Battlestar Galactica for the last several months, but I may finally be finding the strength to resist, and my timing couldn’t be better.

I read something a few weeks back that crossed the line (and don’t worry, I won’t tell you what the spoiler is). By “crossing the line,” I mean it was the first time I read something and immediately said to myself, ” I wish I didn’t know that.”

I knew most of what was coming for The Ties That Bind, and quite frankly I‘ve heard a great deal about what’s in store from now until the middle of the season. I can definitely say that the cost of knowing in advance is that seeing the final product isn’t quite as intense an emotional experience. Naturally, as the season progresses, my emotional involvement with these characters is growing, since more is at stake.

Now word is out across the internet that fans have got their hands on a page from one of the final episodes of Galactica, as well as from the end of Caprica, the Galactica prequel currently at the casting stage. Whether or not these rumours are true, or the scripts they have seen are genuine or even if the powers that be don’t make changes on set on the last day of shooting, I don’t think I’m willing to take that chance.

I’m swearing off spoilers. I’ve invested years in getting to know these characters and this show. I don’t want to diminish the final effect the creators intend, even if it is a punch to the gut.

However, with the long wait we’re going to have to endure before the final episodes air, this is going to be harder to give up than coffee.

For those of you who still want to know, after the cut is where you will find links to the spoiler sources mentioned above.

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Just a Question…

April 23, 2008

by spacepug

Hera & her motherWhere’s Hera?

Helo and Sharon have little reason to trust anyone on the Galactica after the President and Doc Cottle stole the child, hid her and told her parents she was dead. So, does that mean Hera is now touring the galaxy on board a converted sewage recycling ship with her parents?

If she isn’t with her parents, isn’t that one goodbye we should have seen? Who would they trust to babysit?

With the presence of one cylon/human baby so prominent in the last episode, why haven’t we seen anything of the other child for so long? Particularly since she was the focus of so much attention last season.  Seems odd to me.

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Episode Review: “The Ties That Bind”

April 20, 2008

by millari

So, this week’s episode was one where a lot of secondary characters got to come out and play, and wow, did they ever! Even though I’ll admit to have heard some rumors about this episode, those rumors did not begin to address the surprise we got at episode’s end! I’ll say no more spoilery outside the cut, but even kind of knowing what was coming, I was left gaping in the last 60 seconds. But remember, behind the cut, MAJOR SPOILERS…

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New meta blogger to the fold

April 17, 2008

Hi Folks,

This is Millari. At 13th Colony blog owner Spacepug’s invitation, I will be regularly posting viewer reactions to the episodes of Season 4. Since we figured this out a bit late in the game, I’m a little behind and I’m going to post a double-long entry to cover both “He That Believeth in Me” and “Six of One”. I promise to be much quicker with the blogging for this week’s episode, and a tad shorter.

But if at this point, you’re still interested in reliving the glory of the last two week’s episodes, go behind the cut and see some thoughts on:

  • The CGI-gasmic premiere teaser (Long live the Wheely Ship!).
  • Some friendly advice for Kara Thrace. Also: Lee hugs like an eight-year-old, but kisses like a man.
  • Gaeta: Will working with the woman who almost airlocked him last season push him over the edge?
  • Baltar: Season 4′s Charles Manson or St. Augustine? And the intro of Smite!Them Girl, aka Paulla, and:
  • Unfortunate Sex: 1, Gaius Baltar: 0
  • Why the Dylan Four need an agenda at their meetings.
  • Unfortunate Sex: 2, Gaius Baltar: 0 (aka “why, Tory why?”)
  • Baltar meets Head!Baltar: Oh my giddy aunt! What is he doing there?
  • What the Raiders and the Fleet’s tylium workers have in common
  • A guide to Cylon numbering.

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Could Kendra Shaw Be the Final Cylon?

April 15, 2008

The producers of Battlestar Galactica spent two full hours of their final season exploring the character of Kendra Shaw in Razor. That seems an extraordinary time commitment for a character who by the end of that two hours, appeared to have no direct impact on the outcome of events. While her contribution to the events of Season Four could have been significant, at the last minute, it becomes a moot point. That hasn’t sat well with me since I saw it.

One of the 13th Colonists, wyrdwritere, has presented an interesting theory over here at his LJ blog. I think he makes a good case.

Two Cylons?I was one of the people who invested four hours listening to the Razor Writing Room Podcasts, even despite the bad audio quality that made it difficult to follow the conversation at times. To my ears, they spent a good deal of time discussing the possibility that the last shot of Razor would be Kendra Shaw waking up in a resurrection tank aboard a Cylon base star. Granted, they were just tossing out ideas, many of which were very different than what we saw.

Stephanie Jacobsen did such a compelling job as Kendra Shaw, that I have trouble believing that we won’t see or hear about her again. And so far, her dance card doesn’t appear to be too full.

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The Case for a Canine Cylon

April 14, 2008

At our Season 4 Premiere Party, we held a contest to see who could present the best case for Who is the Final Cylon? Of course, we don’t know who that is yet, so the prize was awarded based on whoever presented the best case. Here’s the winning entry:

Jake the dogThe final Cylon is the dog. You know, the dog from the episodes on New Caprica where secret messages were passed by whether the dog bowl was flipped over. You see, the Cylons were aware of everything that was going on as the dog read every message that was sent. They let it slide because they were going to use the system against the Colonists. Now the dog has been smuggled aboard Galactica to release large quantities of dog hair that will get into all the control panels, eventually causing the fleet to have entire system failure.”

We had 18 entries in total: Four votes for Baltar, including this one, “It’s so obvious it’s him that it can’t be him, so it’s him.” Two votes for Admiral Adama, Laura Roslin, Dualla and Starbuck. One vote each for Billy, George W. Bush, a child and humanity as a whole.

Finally, someone made the case for BSG creator Ronald D. Moore as the Final Cylon, “Ronald orchestrated the writers’ strike secretly from his base star…(the writers) evolved, they rebelled, there are many of them and they have a plan!

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So Saw We All!

April 8, 2008

The fourth season of Battlestar Galactica got off to a good start for The 13th Colony, as we had a record of 35 people out to our Premiere Party at Eighties in North Vancouver. Judging from the number of complaints on the blogs about how few “frak parties” there were planned this time around, we might have had one of the biggest gatherings in North America.

Baltar on the big screenThe first episode was just as good as we expected, even though the expectations were very high after such a long wait. The restaurant staff did their best to get dinner on the table for everyone before the show or during commercial breaks. The crowd had been warned that any interruption would result in being thrown out the airlock! Of course, Eighties doesn’t have an airlock, and threats weren’t necessary. The crowd was enthusiastic and very attentive.

It was great to watch the opening on a big screen so we could appreciate the beautiful special effects work. Of course, Baltar’s roving eye and rolling eyes got the biggest reactions over the hour, but like him or hate him, we weren’t about to stop watching.

We had a prize for the person who could present the best case for “Who Is the Final Cylon?” I’ll blog about the results later, but they will certainly surprise you. Moore & Co. clearly have us all guessing and nearly every character is a possibility. No wonder there was so much lively discussion after the show!

Watching the showAs usual at our events, we had a donation poll, this time asking the question of “Who is the best love match for Kara Thrace?” Lee Adama was the clear front-runner, but I suspect there was vote-rigging involved since Colonel Tigh came in second. Leoben and Laura each got sizeable donations, but poor Anders, the actual husband, only garnered 3% of the vote.

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To Our Fellow BSG Fans in the UK

April 8, 2008

Stanley This one is for our friends in the UK, who finally get to see the premiere episode of Battlestar Galactica Season 4 today! Enjoy….from one of the far-flung members of The 13th Colony, this is “Stanley” out for a stroll somewhere in Scotland…

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