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I'm a contributer to the latest Mind Meld article over at SF Signal along with many others including [livejournal.com profile] wrong_questions and [livejournal.com profile] saxonb. My bit is allllll the way down at the bottom. Take that however you wish. ;-)

The rather leading question at hand is this: BSG has ended, and no one appears to be thrilled with the finale. What would you have done differently, if you could run the show?

It's a question I singularly fail to answer, on the grounds that it's much easier to complain and point fingers than to offer solutions *cough*. In fact I quite enjoyed the Battlestar Galactica finale, on just about every level except logic. I've been known to forgive a lack of logic when a) the writer is Joss Whedon, b) the characters and the emotion hit me the right way, or c) both of the above (e.g. Buffy's 'The Gift'). There are certainly some fine and poignant moments of character and emotion in the BSG finale, but somehow along the way I stopped caring, enough, about these particular characters.

I think BSG and I parted ways emotionally and intellectually at the end of Season 2, when I stopped my reviews, but the rot certainly set in before that.

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Janet is now the proud owner of a black 16GB iPod nano 4G. It's shiny. It's curvy. It's tiny. It even has a motion sensor so you can play little marble-rolling games -- for some reason. Considering that this is an upgrade from an old mp3 player that only had space for three albums, she's very pleased.

We saw the Watchmen trailer at the cinema for the first time today, and it looks great. I also [via [livejournal.com profile] percyprune] really like this viral marketing for Watchmen in the form of a faux-historical news article on Dr Manhattan. Really nicely done.

And finally for [livejournal.com profile] snowking on the occasion of Hoggmas, hot on the heels of the Steampunk Cyberman comes a competition to design a Steampunk Cylon. STOMPY.

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A quite nice X Files 2 poster. Apparently they're still haggling with the studio over what the film will be called. I don't mind "The X Files 2" personally. It's been so long since the first one they don't really need a subtitle, and anything is better than "Fight the Future".

The director of the fourth Terminator film, which is having title troubles of its own, seems to imply that they'll be trying to keep its timeline straight with that of the very decent TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Nice idea, although frankly since that series may or may not run for several years who knows where it might end up and how it may end up contradicting things? Despite the continuing absence of James Cameron (which arguably hamstrung T3), Christian Bale is on board for the film and there's talk of making a Batman-style fresh start, which bodes well.

Incidentally the Sarah Connor series has some kind of tangential viral marketing site, EniTech labs, that seems to have little to do with the actual show but ties in strongly with the Teminator franchise as a whole. Frankly I couldn't be bothered to plough through all the dodgily acted videos/webisodes but the last one does feature some cool Killer Robot Action.

Ronald D. Moore reckons they've taken the opportunity afforded by the writer's strike hiatus to retool the second half of Galactica season 4 (spoilers in the link for those who haven't seen the S3 finale). This either means that we'll feel the benefit of forward planning that blessed the first half of Season 2 or, more likely on the evidence of recent storylines, that important threads will fizzle into nothing while major events and character arcs will suddenly erupt out of nowhere.

Battlestar Galactica's Helo is one of the stars of famed misogynist (just kidding) Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Meanwhile Moore and fellow Galactica producer David "Not the one who thinks the Queen is a lizard" Eick have been given the greenlight on their strangely dull-sounding Galactica prequel Caprica. I wish I could summon up any interest in this but I can't.

Eick is also writing the pilot of a TV show based on Children of Men. Sounds like a terrible idea given how good the film was, but from the brief comments he makes it seems it will be based more on the book and the social aspects of having no future for mankind. So it may not suck.

And finally... J Michael Straczynski In Good Script Shock. Specifically his movie script for World War Z, apparently.

Sparkly

Nov. 19th, 2007 10:09 pm
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Some sparkly things that have captured my ever-drifting attention:

Everbody's favourite transporter chief1, Colm Meaney, says he's filmed the pilot episode of David E Kelley's U.S. version of Life on Mars. He's in the Gene Hunt role. I'm extremely interested to see what it's like. The original BBC show, especially the first series, was excellent but there's room for a different take on the concept. Relocating it to LA could just be enough of a difference.

Ben Goldacre's seminal explanation in The Guardian of why homeopathy doesn't make sense (it's really good--read it) has won high praise from James Randi. Which is nice.

Galactica showrunner (and Trek alumnus) Ronald D Moore has a shiny new blog replacing his moribund one on the Sci-Fi Channel site. At present there are musings about Galactica and the Writer's Guild of America strike.

Speaking of the shiny, in the wake of the terrifying number of Trek fan series underway on the internet, there's now a Firefly fan series named Into the Black in production. As with most things in modern fandom, the production values are surprisingly decent. The cast... not so much. At least, not if the YouTube trailer is anything to go by. Also the song is quite scary.

Lastly, for the woman who has everything except a talking Stephen Fry clock: a talking Stephen Fry clock. Cool, but not quite as cool as Lego Batman: The Videogame.

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1 Unless you favour Mr Kyle but, really, how geeky would that be?

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Signs of the Apocalypse:

Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu in a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Tim Minear makes a series about a TV Evangelist.

Kevin Smith directs Battlestar Galactica.

The X-Files 2 movie actually gets made.

BBC Buffy spin-off Ripper actually gets made. Probably.


No, really.

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There's a trailer for the new Babylon 5: The Lost Tales DVD on the official website. The website has been given a facelift too, by someone without any noticeable design skills.

The DVD is set ten years after the series. Just seeing the familiar ships and hearing the music certainly gets my B5 juices flowing. For all its flaws, and they are many, Babylon 5 was a show that completely hooked me at the time. Although it didn't make it to the end of its five year story as seamlessly as planned, it inspired subsequent science fiction series to seriously consider long-term storytelling as a viable proposition. My wife has managed to get one of her work colleagues into the original series and he seems to be having a hugely good time watching our DVDs. He's right in the show's heyday (mid Season 2) with plenty of good stuff ahead, and I can't help but be a little envious.

Battlestar Galactica is a series that takes almost the opposite approach to story arc, preferring to make it up as it goes along. Nonetheless its producers are still bravely claiming that "This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end." They simply have no idea what any of those things are. Hopefully they'll make their minds up soon, since they've just announced that Galactica will officially end after its Fourth Season.

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Sky Continuity Announcer after SG-1 this week: "Coming up next, sci-fi meets drama in Battlestar Galactica". Because, as we know, sci-fi and drama are normally mutually exclusive. Last week the same announcer's line was: "Forget Sci-Fi, this is real drama." Bad enough he says these things over the end credits of Stargate SG-1, but what is this fascination with trying to promote Battlestar Galactica by simultaneously distancing it from and belittling other Sci-Fi shows?

Meanwhile this week's episode of SG-1 included a not so subtle dig at the programme's cancellation:

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Lots of snippets of news from the New York Comic Con. The B5 Direct-to-DVD release is proceeding apace and may be slated for a July release. Now it turns out that we may also be getting some Direct-to-DVD side-stories from Battlestar Galactica. Maybe they figured they had so many vital bits of plot left over from the actual episodes that they'd cobble together a movie from the missing scenes. Cough.

Meanwhile we're getting another Serenity comic from Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, again set between the series and the film. The first one was okay, I guess, but not quite the same as watching more Firefly proper.

And lastly, Paramount has finally confirmed that a new Star Trek prequel movie has been officially greenlit, with JJ Abrams (Alias, M:I3) at the helm. It's clearly way too soon to resurrect Trek, but if they're going to insist then a brand new set of writers and actors milking nostalgia in a fresh way is probably the best bet. More bizarrely, silly casting rumours abound. How about Matt Damon as Kirk (Hmmm), Adrian Brody as Spock (Hmmmmm) and Gary Sinise as McCoy (Genius!)

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Scrubs has done a musical episode. Which looks fun, though I haven't seen it yet. I haven't watched a lot of Scrubs but Janet's been catching some repeats recently and it's always amiable and often very funny. The creator's interviewed about the musical episode here and does namecheck Buffy's musical.

In a strange Mutant Enemy juxtaposition, Amy Acker is to be Nathan Fillion's missing wife in Drive. They've currently ordered 12 episodes on top of the now re-cast pilot, making 13 episodes in total. For a Tim Minear series. I think we can all see where this is heading.

Heroes has been renewed for a second season. By the end of the first season we'll know whether the show can possibly continue spitting out plot at a rate that would make most other shows tremble. I really hope it can: it'd be a shame to see a Lost-style consolidation into jealously hoarding a meagre store of ideas; one of Heroes' more compelling elements is its page-turning cliffhangers. It starts on the UK Sci-Fi Channel next month and BBC2 has it at some point after that.

Battlestar Galactica in 'may upset its fans' shock. No surprise there, you may imagine, but it does seem to involve a significant turn of events (general spoileryness in the link). Hopefully this will be one that's integrated into the storyline a little better than most of the series' recent games of character pinball.

Torchwood was apparently a ratings success after all. Hard to believe, I know. Okay, its BBC3 ratings fell by two-thirds but remained high for the channel, and the BBC2 ones fared a little better. In total it ranged from about 6.6 to 4 million. Still, it's hard to see what it was about the show that actually warranted the attention of 4 million people. (My review of the finale *cough*shamelessplug*cough*.)

EDIT: Veronica Mars' shorter-than-hoped third season will end on five standalone episodes instead of a final arc. Not only that, but the final five episodes will air after an eight week break. No decision has been made about a fourth season yet, but reading between the lines I do wonder if that isn't the distant whiff of cancellation in the air. I really, really hope not. VM is a strong contender for my favourite show at the moment.

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Heroes has been nominated for Golden Globe in the BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA category along with 24 and Lost. I hope it wins, and that's not just because I'm no longer watching 24 and Lost. (Non-genre contenders are Grey's Anatomy and Big Love.)

Sadly Veronica Mars is nowhere to be seen, and perhaps surprisingly neither is the higher profile Studio 60, although Sarah Paulson gets a deserved nod in the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION WHICH AIRS ON A MONDAY EVENING AND GETS MIDDLING REVIEWS. I'm also pleased to see a drama nomination for Hugh Laurie who deserves to win something for House before it inevitably jumps the shark, and for Kiefer Sutherland (hey, I'm no longer watching but Kiefer gives good angst). And in the mini-series category clearly Masi Oka should win for playing Hiro Nakamura. I mean, why not just give it to him now and get it over with? Between him and Jeremy Irons I know who I'd pick.

Meanwhile the Writer's Guild Awards spurn Heroes in favour of a Deadwood nomination, which I have to say is fine by me, too, especially since they give a nod to Heroes in the Best New Series category. A certain Studio 60 also finally gets recognised, and for best episodic drama we have quite a line up including Election Day, Part II (The West Wing), Occupation/Precipice (Battlestar Galactica), Two for the Road (Lost), and Pilot (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).

And, buried right at the end, is something at last for Veronica Mars. A nomination in the "Best on-air promotion category". Seriously. It's both welcome and depressing at the same time.

EDIT: LJ have tarted up their Update Journal page. Shiny.

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Zombie TV Shows. Not, alas, TV shows about zombies, but rather TV shows that won't stay dead. Even when it might be better if they did

Firstly there's Star Trek, a tv show - nay, a franchise - that was so thoroughly mined for so long that by the time it ended there was almost nothing left of what made it special in the first place. I'll confess to being a bit of a Trekkie in my youth, and I feel an enduring fondness for the original show, not to mention TNG and DS9. But the franchise overstayed its welcome by at least ten years, becoming increasingly insipid and anachronistic as it did so, and I'm in no great hurry to see more. Received wisdom seems to be that the concept needs at least a decade lying fallow, if it ever comes back at all.

Naturally, therefore, they're making more. J.J.Abrams of Alias and M:I3 fame is now developing a prequel/reboot of the franchise with a film set during the early days of Kirk and Spock. The characters would of course be re-cast. It's a bold, not to say foolhardy, idea to try to play around with such well-established characters in this way, particularly characters so closely identified with the original actors for 40 years. Steve Martin has twice scraped the bottom of the barrel by recreating Phil Silvers' Sergeant Bilko and Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, and the lesson to be learned is that some characters simply can't be successfully adapted by new actors. Even Trek fans have been recasting the original series for a few years now with the lovingly incestuous New Voyages, ambitious fan-produced episodes of the original Star Trek show. Recently they've even recruited Mr Chekov himself, Walter Koenig, and original series writer DC Fontana, to produce a new episode. However while the sets and production values are surprisingly impressive, the recreations of the original characters are not.

It's not the first time such an idea has been mooted. Leaving aside those scary rumours of a Starfleet Academy movie in the late 80s, Babylon 5's J.Michael Straczynski and Dark Skies' Bryce Zabel submitted a proposal in 2004 to pull a Battlestar Galactica on Star Trek, rebooting the original characters and their 5 year mission with a modern sensibility. You can find a pdf of their pitch over at Bryce Zabel's blog. Here's a taster:
Have you ever made a copy of a copy of a copy, to the point where, after enough the blurry words look like they were written on a 1947 Olympia typewriter with ribbon?

Over the decades, Star Trek has become so insular, so strictly defined, and placed layers upon itself that some of the essence of what made us love it in the first lost. The all-too-reasonable desire to protect the franchise may now be the
stagnation.

Imagine buying a new Porsche and leaving it in the garage all the time, because out on the road, it might get scratched. But that is exactly what’s happened The Porsche’s still clean and polished, but we’re driving around in a nice, reasonable
car.

It’s time to throw caution to the wind and go out for a drive…a real drive…
It's tough to argue with their premise, but easier to argue with their conclusions. Where is the sense in dragging something kicking and screaming back to the light in such a way as to be nearly unrecognisable? While the new Battlestar Galactica may have soared to great heights (and plumbed a few depths) it would in many ways have been far preferable to build a brand new TV show, free from the shackles of the past. That way you don't piss off your existing fanbase, and you don't have to overcome the collective preconceptions of millions of casual viewers. Of course the real reason they do it is because it's easier to sell an established brand name, however devalued, than to create buzz around something new. That kind of bottom-line marketing is ultimately quite depressing, and the reason why we're bombarded with nothing but big budget sequels and remakes at the cinema every summer.

And yet, despite all that, the low-tech teaser poster is really rather evocative, and there's a certain Batman Begins thrill that could be had if done correctly. So let's just hope that the movie-going public is precisely as shallow as me.

The second zombie lurching back to life is Straczynski's own Babylon 5, a series that's been lying at the bottom of the stairs with its neck at a funny angle for some years now, but is beginning to stir once more. The original show certainly didn't exhaust its potential in the way that Star Trek did, but neither has it proven to have much promise of longevity. Quite the reverse, it's repeatedly proven itself impervious to sequels and expansions. The original series was always at its best when it had built up a head of steam; with the momentum of a long story arc to pay off there was little that could rival it. Its characters may have been banal on an episodic basis, but they became absorbingly complex over the long haul. When the series tried to create small standalone episodes or TV movies it invariably floundered, with the majority feeling lightweight and derivative. Even its final season stumbled when story arcs were wrapped up in the previous year, while the aborted Crusade and Legend of the Rangers spin-offs distilled much of the show's fireworks but little of its creativity or elegance. It was the overall story that the viewers cared about, not the pit-stops along the way. Now only the pit stops remain to be visited.

Despite all this, jms has just announced at Comicon that WB have green-lit new Babylon 5 episodes straight-to-DVD, each centring around a particular character. It's a potentially intriguing idea, but after all this time the question is whether jms can ever recapture the show's old strengths in a short anthology format. His comic scripts show that his writing continues to improve in leaps and bounds, particularly in the dialogue department, but his real ace in the hole remains his plotting; that knack for pulling the rug out from under you. Even when you know it's coming, he never fails to surprise you. The flipside of this is that his build-up still tends towards the derivative and by-the-numbers. He can churn out a decent story with some snappy dialogue, but most of what makes his writing effective is not demonstrated in a single instalment.

Needless to say I'll be viewing the new material when it becomes available, and I'll be happy to have my fears proved unfounded. But I do wonder why, having lambasted Trek for lumbering on past its sell by date, he's determined to make exactly the same mistake with his own series.

Whedon

Jun. 13th, 2006 10:11 pm
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It has Whedon. It has Joss. It has Interview. It's a Joss Whedon interview.

Yes, another one. This time being interviewed by fellow comics scribe Brian Michael Bendis. Less insanity and more content than usual, with a slant towards comics which may fly over some people's heads, but also plenty of Buffy and Firefly stuff and the revelation that he loved the Battlestar Galactica miniseries.

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Someone please tell me that this isn't as stupid an idea as it sounds:
'CAPRICA'

From executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick ('Battlestar Galactica'), writer Remi Aubuchon ('24') and NBC Universal Television Studio, this new series is set over a half a century before the events that play out in 'Battlestar Galactica.' The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better. But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot - a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the 'Battlestar Galactica') 'Caprica' weaves corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga.
When the announcement of a spin-off series leaves you uninspired, something must be wrong. Partly it's my lack of excitement at spin-off shows in general, but it also seems like the wrong time. If anything the last season of Battlestar Galactica demonstrated that producers Moore and Eick need to focus all their energies on steering that show more firmly; giving it renewed focus and internal consistency. To split their efforts onto a spin-off at this moment seems misdirected. Worse it's a prequel spin-off, with all the sense of futility that tends to imply. About the only good thing is that the timeframe so far pre-dates the main show as to avoid trampling on the backstories of known characters. There's also little risk of contradicting anything we know of the later Cylons at such an embryonic stage in their development.

I'm not saying there isn't potential to tackle big issues in an interesting way, or to tell surprising stories about fresh individuals, but it all seems redundant. The issues that show can explore are fundamentally the same issues that the parent show can explore, albeit in a different setting, and we already know the broad shape of the story the spin-off will tell.

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Some geeky things, just because. (Mainly because I've spent 6 hours today doing a report for work, and I'm punch drunk.)

Via [livejournal.com profile] random_reality this Cylon picture is just excellent. Yes, even better than Cylon and Garfunkel.

I earned extra Geek Points today for seeing the headline Momentum gathers for IMF shake-up and assuming it referred to Mission: Impossible. Am so sad.

Anyway, I must go now as Seen Been's first new Sharpe for nine years is on in a few minutes. Sharpe is one of those things that's crap, but we always end up watching it anyway. Because we are so geeky.

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It's been a little chaotic these last few weeks so time for a catch-up on Battlestar Galactica. It doesn't hurt that after a few so-so episodes, Ron Moore knocked this one out of the park.

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I've been sorting through my old reviews, which are here: 1x01, 1x03, 1x04 & 1x05, Up to 1x11, 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04, 2x05, 2x06, 2x07, 2x08 to 2x10, 2x11, 2x12, 2x13, 2x14, 2x15, 2x16 and 2x17. There are spoilers.

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I didn't have time to write reviews for either of these episodes, but I went to bed last night and found that the magical elves from the shoe-shop down the road had crept in and bashed out the whole text in one night. And it shows. The hacks.

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I've already said more or less everything I intended to say about this episode while arguing with a bunch of utterly wrongheaded people here. :-P Meanwhile [livejournal.com profile] coalescent has helpfully linked to some rightheaded people here and here.

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I only got to watch this yesterday as the carrier pigeons who were delivering it got swept up in a mid-Atlantic squall and ended up diverting via Norway.

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I haven't had much time to post recently, due to a mixture of bringing work home, a very pleasant lunch with some friends we haven't seen in a while, and becoming utterly addicted to box sets of The Wire. As a result this will be a stream-of-consciousness version of my thoughts on this week's Battlestar Galactica.

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EDIT: Oh, I didn't say how I came to see this episode. I'm sure there was a very good explanation, almost certainly involving goblins, but I forget.

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This is just to remind you, yes you, that the first episode of Battlestar Galactica Season 2 gets its UK TV premiere tonight on Sky One at 9 p.m., and is repeated at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

It's ace. You should watch it. Unless you've already seen it, in which case your taste is, as ever, impeccable.

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This episode hasn't aired on UK television yet, but this morning I drank so much coffee that the entire episode spontaneously jumped across space and time into my short-term memory. It was quantum.

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EDIT: Managed to bollox up the html for a minute there so I apologise if anyone got an eyeful of spoilers.

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US TV seasons are about to resume...

Battlestar Galactica (Season 2) - Fri 6th Jan
(Also S2 starts on Sky One on Tue 10th Jan at 9 p.m.)
Stargate: SG-1 (Season 9) - Fri 6th Jan
Stargate Atlantis (Season 2) - Fri 6th Jan
The West Wing (Season 7) - Sun 8th Jan
House, M.D. (Season 2) - Tue 10th Jan
Lost (Season 2) - Wed 11th Jan
Veronica Mars (Season 2) - Wed 18th Jan (Woo!)

We're waiting for House to show up on UK telly, and we've given up on Lost. Who knows why we're still watching Stargate Atlantis. Meanwhile on UK TV, Sky One are airing the new CSI-tinged show with David Boreanaz in it, Bones, on Thur 12th Jan at 10 p.m.

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You know how sometimes you suddenly realise you've been missing something that everyone else just took for granted? I never realised until yesterday that the reason George Bush is nicknamed "Dubya" is because it's a skit on his middle initial, "W". I just assumed it was some crayzee American nickname, or something. I'll get me coat.

In other news, I've just learned that Apollo from Battlestar Galactica had a recurring role as "Archie" on Horatio Hornblower. This is so inherently unlikely that it's as if different worlds are colliding in my brain, but it's true. Weirder still, he was in Peak Practice.

So, is there anything else I should be told before I'm allowed to re-enter polite society?

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A flurry of Battlestar Galactica to catch up with my backlog.

Various uninteresting life events have got in the way of posting recently; my brother and his girlfriend came up to visit for the Great North Run last week, and since then we've been locked in tiling hell after a spur-of-the-moment decision to redo the bathroom floor. I must remember to multiply my estimates of how long DIY will take by a factor of three...

Obviously I haven't actually seen any of these episodes, but uncannily if you play James Blunt's top-selling album backwards you can hear the entire soundtrack to all three episodes, plus some extra material mostly concerned with worshipping the devil.

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A small delegation of leprechauns travelled night and day, up mountain and down vale, through storm and fire and flood, facing hardship and death, until the last of their bedraggled number arrived at my door and croaked out the news that Battlestar Galactica has unofficially been renewed for a third season.

Which is a shame for the leprechauns as I'd already seen it on this website.

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Yet again, I was unable to see this episode in the UK, but the bees in my garden were able to communicate most of the episode through the medium of waggledance.

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This episode hasn't aired on UK television yet, but earlier this week our living room was invaded by Mole Men in their infernal drilling machine, and I found this episode lying in the rubble when they departed.

(I did ask if they could get me into the Serenity preview screening, but apparently their navigation computer had a worm in it.)

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Once again the space aliens have been kind to me, and the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica has been beamed into my fillings by microwave radation.

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Yet again this episode hasn't aired in the UK, but while I was asleep last night a troupe of magical elves whispered the entire thing into my ear.

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Thanks to the miracle of transatlantic telepathy, I can bring you further thoughts on the new season of Battlestar Galactica.

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I've cracked. I can't wait until Season 2 airs on Sky One, allegedly not until October. I've turned to downl... er... intuiting the episodes by examining sunspot activity. If you, like me, have all the willpower of a blancmange, read on, but beware ye the SPOILERS of doom...

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Lastly, can I get a “hell yeah” for the lack of spoilery clips in the opening credits? I think I can.

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Things that annoy Iain1, Volume 1, Chapter 2:

Dear diary

2) Idiot documentaries that assume you haven't seen or retained anything before the last commerical break, and waste achingly long minutes recapping the things they explained in great detail not five minutes earlier. And they do this after every single break. It's like one of those "Previously on the first half of Tru Calling" things that would insult the intelligence of a Sky One viewer.

Come to think of it, this documentary was on Sky One, which would probably also explain why it was the most low-brow and salacious documentary on the Roman Empire that it's possible to imagine. But it's not just this one. I've noticed an increasing trend on all documentaries to assume that the audience has the mental reasoning capabity of a Celebrity Love Island viewer.

(Spinning off on a different tack, hurray for Season 2 of Battlestar Galactica ditching the spoilery "This Episode"-style credits sequence!)


1Don't worry, there won't be many more of these. Hardly anything annoys me. I'm like a mild mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, only without the silly underwear.

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
Nicked from AICN, just those imminent US TV premiere dates which actually interest me:

The 4400 (USA) June 5
The first season wasn't spectacular, but certainly intriguing enough to catch season 2.

The Inside (Fox) June 8
The new Tim Minear thing. Say no more.

The Dead Zone (USA) June 12
One of the most consistently likeable and under-rated shows on TV.

Battlestar Galactica (SciFi) July 15
The best SF TV show around at the moment.

Stargate SG-1 (SciFi) July 15
Okay, it's getting lazier and sillier, but it's entertaining. Plus this season has cast-members from every other SF TV show, ever. Really.

Stargate: Atlantis (SciFi) July 15
This bored me at first, but for some reason I stuck with it and it really found its feet. More reminiscent of early SG-1 than SG-1 is, these days.

And yes, the two Stargate shows and Battlestar Galactica really are premiering on the same channel on the same night.
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There's a brief, but interesting, Joss Whedon interview up on darkworlds.com. Part one focuses on Serenity (in a non-spoilery way.)

Part One - Serenity
Part Two - Buffy and Angel
Part Three - er, Shaun of the Dead

Nothing too revelatory, but worth a look.

There's also a brief-but-interesting walk and talk interview with Tim Minear about his new show The Inside, which manages to make me quite excited about it without revealing anything whatsoever about it. I'm easily led, that way.

EDIT: Continuing the "people who make TV" theme, Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica blog currently has a Q&A on various aspects of the show's first season. Towards the end he touches on the moral and political aspects including Adama's behaviour in the first season tribunal episode, which pleases me because he's clearly aware of the issues at play.

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Battlestar Galactica, the new, not crap version, is coming back for a full second season of 20 episodes! Woo Hoo.

EDIT: See also showrunner Ron Moore's very interesting blog for more info, which does however include spoilers so beware.

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Battlestar Galactica gets renewed for a second season. Woo, and indeed, Hoo! Weird, though. I mean, a good SF show gets renewed? Whatever next?

I also note that next season of Stargate SG-1 features both Ben "Shouty" Browder and Claudia "Pouty" Black, while next season of Stargate Atlantis features Mitch "I'll narrate anything for money" Pileggi. It's like a little Sci-Fi show reunion.
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Gather ye round, fans of Tim Minear. I'm intrigued to see on Ain't It Cool News that Tim Minear's new show "The Inside", in which I previously had not the slightest interest, actually sounds quite interesting. More details here. What originally sounded like a dodgy cross between Alias and The OC now sounds like a far more interesting and far darker show. Okay, the premise of criminal profiling is hardly innovative, but gritty police procedurals with a bit of character resonance certainly push a few of my buttons. Promising....

This leads me on to thinking that I haven't had a decent discussion about the Tee Vee in ages. At the moment I be mostly watching: Battlestar Galactica, The West Wing, Lost, Law & Order: Lift InspectorsCriminal Intent, Carnivale, Alias, Stargate (both the good flavour and the bland one), and Enterprise. Here follows my spoiler-free commentary on a few of them - should anyone, y'know, care. :-)

Battlestar Galactica - 1x01 to 1x11 )

The West Wing - 6x01 to 6x10 )

Lost - 1x01 to 1x12 )

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Season 2 )

Carnivale - Season 2 )

Alias - 4x01 to 4x02 )

Stargate: SG-1 - 8x01 to 8x13 )

Stargate Atlantis - 1x01 to 1x16 )

Enterprise - 4x01 to 4x09 )


That's about it. At some point in the future I'm also looking forward to the return of Deadwood, The Dead Zone, and the three CSI shows. I also plan to read more books, and have a life. But you can't do everything...

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
Belated rumblings about recent Battlestar Galactica episodes on Sky One. Turns out this was a two-parter so it almost looks like I planned to review them in one go... :-)

Spoilers for Battlestar Galactica - 1x04 )

Spoilers for Battlestar Galactica - 1x05 )

As an aside, I've slowly come to realise that the second half of each week's opening credits comprises clips of the forthcoming episode. I thought that kind of thing went out with flared trousers and mullet hair-cuts (Space 1999: "THIS EPISODE") and being the spoilerphobe I am, I have to avert my gaze. An interesting idea, but quite annoying for anally retentive viewers like me.

Tee Vee

Nov. 3rd, 2004 10:45 pm
iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
I have Televisual Musings in my head that want to get out. Here's a couple of them.

Spoilers for this week's Spooks on BBC1 )

Spoilers for Battlestar Galactica - 1x03 )

iainjclark: Dave McKean Sandman image (TV)
I've finally been prompted to finish my write-up of the the first regular episode of Battlestar Galactica. Having also just watched the Farscape finale, it's hard to imagine two SF shows more diametrically opposed in approach!

Mild spoilers for Battlestar Galactica - 1x01 )

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