Friday, November 28

Brand New Promo of 'Battlestar Galactica' Season 4.5

Shorter but different from the recently released promo of "Battlestar Galactica", a new sneak peek to the 4.5 season of the Sci-Fi Channel series has been outed. The first half of the fourth season ended with humans and Cylons arriving at Earth which was already irradiated and the new promo gives more view of the deserted planet.
Returning January 16, the second half of the fourth season will serve as the last 10 episodes of the series. Through the first promo of the new season, several plots that can be expected include Roslin asking whether Adama is a Cylon, Chief trying to figure out what he remembers from the Earth, and Starbuck kissing Apollo.

The questions remaining are what actually happens to Earth, where do they go from there and who is the twelfth and final Cylons. The latest secret was originally intended to be unearthed in the mid-season finale in June, but the producers had decided to include it in the final episodes.
catch it here the original 4.5 promo can be found here

Tuesday, November 25

'Battlestar Galactica's' Tricia Helfer to Guest Star on 'Chuck'

Source: Buddytv

Chuck's list of guest stars this season is plain absurd, and they keep adding them on. Either the Chuck set has gotten a reputation for being one heck of a good time, of NBC has unleashed a mighty guest star budget for the spy action/comedy. Either way, there are more guest stars being announced today, thanks to EW's Michael Ausiello. The big name is one Tricia Helfer, who Battlestar Galactica fans know extremely well. Helfer is, well, quite a looker and she is coming onto Chuck for one episode as Special Agent Alex Forrest, a possible replacement for Yvonne Strahovski's Sarah Walker, amidst worries that Sarah has gotten too close to Chuck. Fans shouldn't worry, however. Strahovski isn't going anywhere, and Helfer has only signed up for the one episode. Casey will be hoping otherwise, as he will take a liking to the no-nonsense Agent Forrest.

Friday, November 21

'Battlestar Galactica' Outing Two Gay Characters in Upcoming Webisodes

Source: Buddytv

After a seemingly never ending hiatus, Battlestar Galactica returns to wrap up its fourth and final season on Friday, January 16. With the return of the Sci Fi Channel series less than two months away, the network is increasing their promotion of the show to get fans ready for Galactica's big send-off. Sci Fi has scheduled a new half-hour recap special entitled "BSG: Essential Elements," which is set to air January 11 at 11pm. A new Battlestar Galactica webisode series entitled "The Face of the Enemy" is also in the works. It'll premiere online in December, and according to The Futon Critic will also air during Sci Fi's presentation of the movie Pitch Black on January 15.

The webisodes are meant to bridge the gap between the mid-season finale and the January 16 premiere, but that's not the only interesting thing about them. Galactica Sitrep reports that two male characters will be outed and indulge in a full-on make-out session in one of the installments. Read on if you want to be spoiled!

In news that I doubt any Battlestar Galactica fan will find shocking, one of the gay characters is none other than Lt. Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani). The man he'll be seen making out with is Hoshi, who may only be known by the most faithful BSG fans. Hoshi is the former communications officer on the Pegasus, who now holds the same position aboard the Galactica. He took over Gaeta's duties for a short time when the lieutenant was traveling with Starbuck aboard the Demetrius.

While I'm thrilled that Battlestar Galactica is showing some diversity, it's a bit disappointing that these characters won't be outed in an actual episode of the series. BSG fans who don't watch the webisodes may never know that Gaeta and Hoshi made out, unless it's somehow referenced on the show. Then again, with only 10 episodes left and BSG barreling toward its series finale, it's possible there's no time to dive into issues of sexuality.

There's no word on when "The Face of the Enemy" webisodes will appear online, though fans should keep an eye on the Sci Fi Channel's website throughout December.

Sunday, November 16

'Galactica' gear will be auctioned

Source: fresnobe
The Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" will come to an end in 2009. That means some housecleaning.

Thousands of one-of-a-kind props, set pieces and costumes will be sold to the public through a series of live and online auctions. The first one will be held the weekend of Jan. 16 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Some of the bigger items to be sold include full size ships, Admiral William Adama's desk, a Cylon Raider and six to 12 costumes from each major character including Viper flight suits and Caprica Six's red dress. A portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way.

The auction begins with a preview starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 16. A series of live panel discussions with the creative team that developed all the props, costumes and set pieces for "Battlestar Galactica" will be held that day.

The live auction event will take place Jan. 17 and 18. It will feature items from the first three seasons of the show. Those who cannot attend can go to to bid electronically.

On Jan. 20, items will be offered on eBay for those who were unable to participate in the auctions over the weekend.

Additional items will be made available for auction each week on eBay in conjunction with the airing of "Battlestar Galactica" and will feature items that appeared in that particular episode. The first of these auctions will take place at 6 a.m. Jan. 23 and will end at 6 p.m. Jan. 30.
The items are from the remake of the science fiction series. Chowchilla native Ron Moore is an executive producer of the show. Just as in the original series, this new take is the saga of humanity's last remnants and its struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies.

The series has won three Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. The show was recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the most outstanding programs of the year two years running.

The cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.

Mary McDonnell Talks About the End of 'Battlestar Galactica'

Source: BuddyTV

There are many reasons to mourn when a great television show goes off the air. It's sad to see a compelling story come to an end, and it's hard to say goodbye to wonderful characters, but there's also a sinking feeling that you may never see some of your favorite actors in such amazing, fleshed out roles ever again. Will Sarah Michelle Gellar ever find a role half as compelling as that of the title character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Will anyone tap into Lauren Graham's spectacular talents as ingeniously as Gilmore Girls did? I'm still waiting for these and many other actors to return in great roles, but iconic characters don't come along very often.

One amazing character fans will soon have to bid goodbye to is Battlestar Galactica's Laura Roslin, portrayed by the Emmy-worthy Mary McDonnell. The actress recently spoke to Zap2It to discuss the final episodes of the series, as well as the type of roles she'd like to take on in the future.

McDonnell couldn't dive into specific details about Battlestar Galactica's final 10 episodes, but she was willing to give some hints about what the characters will face now that they've found Earth.
"I think in broad terms, what the last arc is about is kind of a gratifying resolution toward a new kind of world," she said. "So they found this Earth, and it isn't what they thought, and that's devastating, but that doesn't end life. What ends up happening is -- it's extraordinary, first of all, the final 10 episodes. But I think every single character -- and this is part of what I was so impressed with -- every character seems to go beyond the expectations of them. I can say that freely without revealing the implications of that for the story. It's really remarkable. I think it's going to be even better once it's a complete saga. I think it's going to be even better when you go back and watch it all again knowing the ending."

The actress admitted that she "started to giggle" when she initially heard about the concept of a Battlestar Galactica reboot, but her fears washed away the instant she read the script and saw how expertly it explored everything from faith to politics.

"Did I understand how brilliant Ron Moore truly is? No, I don't think I did," she said. "So ultimately, no -- I had a suspicion that this could be great, but I didn't really understand quite the magnitude of his gift until I got inside of [this world]."

After Battlestar Galactica wrapped filming a few months ago, McDonnell landed a three-episode guest arc on Grey's Anatomy. Her first appearance as cardiac surgeon Virginia Dixon begins tonight. As for the future, the actress admits that she may have trouble moving on to other roles after playing President Roslin.

"It's a little difficult to move on from that to something that doesn't extend that far into the world and how it works," she said. "I'm looking for something that continues to explore the complexities of power and female power, and what it is to be a woman leader."

The final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica kick off Friday, January 16 on the Sci Fi Channel.

Saturday, November 15

Music Review: Bear McCreary: Rest Stop - Don't Look Back, Soundtrack

Source: Blogcritics

If you could only keep your eye on one up and coming composer, I highly recommend that you choose wisely. Everywhere you turn there is another film with another new composer hoping to write the next great score. Well, maybe not everywhere, and they probably just want to do what is best for the film they are working on at the time, but I think you know what I am getting at. Now while you contemplate which composer you would choose, allow me to tell you who you should choose, should you choose to participate. You should choose Bear McCreary, no doubt about it.

Bear has been composing scores since 1998, but it was when he began working on the reinvention of Battlestar Galactica in 2004 that people began to sit up and take notice. Also, when I say "people," I specifically mean me. Simply put, the man is taking composing in new, interesting, and highly compelling directions. He integrates sounds, instruments, voices, and more into music that melds perfectly with whatever material he is working on yet remains highly listenable when taken separately.

Bear has been composing scores since 1998, but it was when he began working on the reinvention of Battlestar Galactica in 2004 that people began to sit up and take notice. Also, when I say "people," I specifically mean me. Simply put, the man is taking composing in new, interesting, and highly compelling directions. He integrates sounds, instruments, voices, and more into music that melds perfectly with whatever material he is working on yet remains highly listenable when taken separately.

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