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New Battlestar Galactica Series Starts Tonight

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the sexy-sexy-cylons dept.

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Snaller writes "Tonight the Scifi channel begins airing the new reimaged Battlestar Galactica series. Having run to rave reviews in the UK, the new series is darker and grittier than the original, and showrunner Ron Moore aims for a more adult narrative with comments on issues such as terrorism, security, freedom, religion and what it means to be human in a series which is essentially one long story arc. The entire cast from the 2003 mini series is back and the first episode, called '33', picks up almost where the mini series left off: The humans are still on the run, but each time they come out of hyperspace, the Cylon armada catches up 33 minutes later ... every 33 minutes. When we join the crew this has been going on for five days."

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1 Year Anniversary (-1, Troll)

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Rerunning of mini series (2, Interesting)

wedding (618458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366353)

Any plans to rerun the miniseries so that those of us that missed out can get the backstory?
Inquiring Tivos want to know!

Re:Rerunning of mini series (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366363)

They've been re-running it frequently in the last week.

Whatchu talkin' about Willis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366606)

" issues such as terrorism, security, freedom, religion and what it means to be human"

I thought it was all about the HOT ROBOT SEX!!!!

Re:Rerunning of mini series (1)

macdude22 (846648) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366369)

Sci-fi aired parts one and two last night(Thursday) to ramp up for the new series.

Re:Rerunning of mini series (1)

MaineCoon (12585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366378)

They just did - Part 1 on Tuesday at 9 pm and again on Wednesday at 7 pm, and Part 2 on Wednesday at 9 pm. They also aired "33" Wed. night at 11, after the miniseries.

It's also available on DVD now.

Re:Rerunning of mini series (1)

MaineCoon (12585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366519)

Sorry, correction, should read Wednesday and Thursday, not Tue/Wed.

Re:Rerunning of mini series (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366381)

Yeah, they reran it last Sat on NBC and the last two nights on SCIFI. But I guess that does not help you much.

Re:Rerunning of mini series (2, Informative)

SirWinston (54399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366416)

Um, they've already done so on various nights for two weeks now on both Sci-Fi and even on NBC. This is why I skim the week's listings beforehand. ;-)

Re:Rerunning of mini series (4, Informative)

Tassach (137772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366447)

Ask, and ye shall receive [scifi.com] .

Re:Rerunning of mini series (4, Informative)

fireduck (197000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366469)

They've been playing it all week (as well as the origina 70s series as well as the one in 80), and I thought you'd missed it, however, it looks like there'll be a chance to catch the miniseries again Sunday night. From AICN [aint-it-cool-news.com] :
"Battlestar Galactica" 2003 Miniseries:
Jan. 8 8pm-11pm NBC: 3-Hour Version
Jan. 11 9pm-11pm SciFi: Part One
Jan. 12 7pm-9pm SciFi: Part One
Jan. 12 9pm-11pm SciFi: Part Two
Jan. 16 3pm-5pm SciFi: Part One
Jan. 16 5pm-7pm SciFi: Part Two

Next Running (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366670)

This sunday, 3-7pm

Sweet! (1, Funny)

TheNextBigThing (849842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366354)

A remake! How original!

Re:Sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366396)

They are following in George Lucas's footsteps

Re:Sweet! (1)

TheNextBigThing (849842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366483)

So they'll be releasing the original on DVD and replacing the actors a la ROTJ Young Annakin?

Haven't gotten a chance (1)

The Grey Clone (770110) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366358)

I haven't gotten a chance to watch the miniseries, yet. Think I should still try and watch this? I caught a little of what looked like BS:G movie (was that the miniseries) last week on ABC, but I missed most of it. Would I be way lost?

Re:Haven't gotten a chance (1)

oldave (160729) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366563)

If you were watching ABC, you missed all of it. The original miniseries aired in a 3 hour block on NBC.

This looks good. (1)

Bumjubeo (849737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366361)

Im hoping this is as good if not better than the original. The original was awesome, but the effects just were not there, now however we have the technology for it. I can't wait!

BTEFNET.NET (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366371)

Re:BTEFNET.NET (2, Informative)

zaneIO (606505) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366518)

Warning!! If you have not seen the earlier episodes, do not download these. As stated above, this series is very sequential, and if watched out of order it might spoil things in earlier episodes.

Re:BTEFNET.NET (4, Insightful)

lemkepf (727820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366547)

It's great that we can download stuff off the net... but in reality that could hurt the possibility of a second season. The hard core scifi fans have already downloaded it and watched it, and odds are wont turn into the show. Based on that the ratings for the US showing will be lower than what they couuld be. A screw up for the SciFi channel big time.... I really hope we get a second season, these first episodes really are quite good.

Re:BTEFNET.NET (1)

fshalor (133678) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366687)

If they have enought downloads, the advertising on the page will pay for it. :)

I'll be downloading soonest. And watching on my own. Since I can't get the scifi channel, it's a godsend. :)

How many debuts can this show have? (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366374)

Hasn't already debuted 5 or 6 times?

33 minutes (3, Insightful)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366377)

At least you know when not to take a bathroom break.

Re:33 minutes (1)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366573)


In the US, it'll be every 27 minutes to allow satelite synch, unless there's a time out.

What better reason... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366390)

to stay inside?!

Hi. I'm Troy McClure (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366397)

H. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from the Playboy channel revival called "Star*uck's Last Journey".

As a toast (4, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366398)

I hereby lift my Starbucks Grande Latte to the success of this awesome science-fiction tv show.

Wow, the US are behind... (5, Interesting)

lverrall (44904) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366400)


UK viewers are about half the way through this series already... and we're getting Stargate first... Makes a change.

Stick with Galactica for a few weeks. It'll get better, honest.

Re:Wow, the US are behind... (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366596)

You guys are up now to episode 11 of BSG? It's rather sad seeing them up on the usenet when they still haven't even aired here yet... I wonder if SciFi's delay in broadcasting them could be considered inducement to commit copyright infringement. No doubt many not sick of waiting to be able to watch legitimately and decided to go the less than legal route of DLing them.

Love the new series - spoilers of a sort (1)

y2imm (700704) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366405)

When it came on, I was hesitant. I mean, Starbuck is a chick?!

But as the series has progressed I have become as much a fan of this reincarnation as I was of the original.

Re:Love the new series - spoilers of a sort (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366484)

I'm not sure that is such a glowing reccomendation... It takes a special kind of person to be a fan of the original.

ratings won't be what they should (5, Insightful)

cnycompguy (663483) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366406)

Scifi channel should start airing episodes when the rest of the world does, with the internet people who are actually interested in the series have most likely already seen the released episodes. Once the media execs realise that the internet has basicly tied the entire world on one release schedule they'll actually see the true ratings for the episodes.

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

macgeek (22429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366498)

I couldn't agree more - with the growing popularity of BitTorrent, it's easier to get copies of the episodes as they air overseas and watch at your leisure. When the series starts here, they're on episode #11 or 12 - meaning that I've already seen half the season when you're watching the first ep.

Anyone care to comment on the difference between sharing an electronic copy of the episode and passing around a VHS copy?

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366643)

Distribution network my friends. Nobody cares if you share it with 2 or 3 people. But if you share it with hundreds or thousands people start to care.

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

cnycompguy (663483) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366686)

I see the legality of the situation of downloading/sharing the episodes right on par with having a buddy tape it for you when you'll be out of town. in other words, fair use?

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366537)

SkyTV basically bailed SciFi Channel out and financed half of the cost of the series on the understanding that they got to show it first. Which is a pleasant change for us in the UK.

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

lemkepf (727820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366640)

I dont understand why it was important that they show it first? Doesn't the SCIfi channel only run in the US?

I mean, ok, it's "hey i spent more money than you, i want first crack." But in reality i think both networks would get great ratings if they showed it at the same time. Instead the UK will have much higher ratings than the US. Hope this doesn't affect a second season....

Re:ratings won't be what they should (1)

trash eighty (457611) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366695)

there is a Sci-Fi channel in the UK, though they didn't show this

Re:ratings won't be what they should (2, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366664)

Yup, I'm running MythTV, it's no different to play back downloaded shows than recorded shows.

And since I have a 16:9 TV, I actually get to use the full screen. I probably could zoom in with the US broadcast, but I doubt I'll ever be able to get the quality of image from the UK downloads.

I don't get that (1)

Snaller (147050) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366703)


If someone (with a ratings box) becomes a fan of the show, he'd want to see more of it, so he makes sures to watch it when it aires - he makes sure that his vote is counted as it where. But if it someone who tried it and hates it, he wouldn't have stuck with it anyway, no?

One of the best shows on TV right now (1)

muhan (714007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366408)

Great even for those few of you who aren't into sci-fi.

Gaius Baltar or Shannon "Boomer" (3, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366412)

I'm willing to bet the 33 minute problem will come down to isolating one of these two- or both- to fit in with the story line.

But now this raises an interesting question: At the end of the miniseries, it appeared that the Imperious Leader was wearing Shannon "Boomer"'s body model. Could similar models be networked? Thus providing a locator beacon every time they leave hyperspace- that it takes the cylons 33 minutes to home in on?

If I was Adama, I'd set the next hyperspace jump for exactly 29 minutes....always in the same general direction but enough off so that it was unpredictable....until I was so far out that the cylons could NEVER catch up.

I know... beowulf cluster setup, right? (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366434)

' Could similar models be networked? '

You could not come right out and say a "beowulf cluster of boomers", could you?

Re:I know... beowulf cluster setup, right? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366471)

Just didn't think of it.....isn't it enough that they're being chased by a beowulf cluster of robotic frogstar fighters?

Re:I know... beowulf cluster setup, right? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366497)

A: What do you hear?
S: Nothing but the rain.,
A: So grab your gun and bring in the cat.

Don't crush that dwarf, and hand me the pliers.

Re:Gaius Baltar or Shannon "Boomer" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366635)

I thought Boomer's name was Sharon?

Anyway, FTL jumps use up Tylium (fuel) which the fleet never has enough of. Imagine always being on the run, with the low fuel light blinking on the console and no refueling stations in sight.

Also, the Galactica's FTL computers are old and slow and the course plot calculations have to be manually verified (Humans don't trust the machines) and that also takes time. ...and then you got all those people on board, "are we there yet, are we there yet are we there yet?"

Nah, 33 minutes is a lot of pressure.

Calculus for Engineers (1, Insightful)

Morphix84 (797143) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366414)

Sounds like what I felt like during Calculus 3.

A breath of fresh air (3, Interesting)

Sanity (1431) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366431)

I consider myself to be a pretty discerning sci-fi fan, and this show is pretty-much perfect. The characters are interesting, imperfect, complicated. The stories are interesting, even the bad-guys, the Cylons, are intriguing (some of them are religous zealots, others are obsessed by sex!).

This show is in a different league to Stargate SG1/Atlantis, Enterprise, and the rest, and certainly doesn't need to rely on lazy nostalgia for the original.

Re:A breath of fresh air (4, Interesting)

Attaturk (695988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366592)

I'd have to agree. I've been watching it regularly over here in the UK since it started. It's actually bloody good.

I was a total skeptic, having become completely disillusioned with Sci-Fi TV in general. I used to love Sci-Fi TV when I was younger but the genre has really been flogged to death over the last decade or so. When I heard about the BSG remake my colleagues and I all had a good laugh at its expense.

Many months ago I came across the torrent for the mini-series premiere and downloaded it for no apparent reason. Very late one night after a long work session I fired it up pretty much out of boredom. By the time the first part was over I was absolutely hooked - not to mention stunned that even someone with my initial perspective had been conquered by it.

I hate TV. I dunno what it's like over there in the U.S. right now but given the state of it when I was last visiting, I can only assume that it's even worse than it is here - full of remakes, so-called 'reality TV' and unoriginal nonsense. Even the 'educational' stuff and documentaries are patronising and ill-informed. Anyway, my point is that over the last couple of years I've become aware of two - and only two - programmes worth watching. The Daily Show is one of them and BSG is the other. Without these two programmes I could quite happily throw my TV out the window. Actually come to think of it, I have to download my Daily Show so BSG is the only thing saving the TV set.

Of course this series still has some low points but there are a helluva lot fewer than any other Sci Fi series we've seen in recent years. Huge huge thumbs up. I strongly recommend that even the most hardened cynic puts aside their fears and check it out.

Darker and Grittier (4, Funny)

Shamanin (561998) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366432)

"the new series is darker and grittier than the original"

is that really saying much? Mary Poppins is darker and grittier than the original series also.

Re:Darker and Grittier (3, Insightful)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366622)

Good point. :-) OK, it's REALLY REALLY REALLY darker and gritter than the original.

The Cylon attack in the original was a cheap SFX lightshow.

The Cylon attack in the new show is really nasty: nuke after nuke after nuke right in the heart of population centers. It makes "The Day After" look like Mary Poppins. You really get the sense that this is not war- this is an attempt at complete extermination. The original was too cheesy to accomplish that.

One thing I don't see mention much is the virtual zoom lens activity in the spaceFX shots. It really gives a greater sense of 3D and more more solid feel to the spacecraft than previous shows.

Maybe the writers are Rolling Rock fans (3, Informative)

bubblegoose (473320) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366436)

The story of 33 [straightdope.com]

And gratuitous Cylon b00bage. (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366446)

> Having run to rave reviews in the UK, the new series is darker and grittier than the original, and showrunner Ron Moore aims for a more adult narrative with comments on issues such as terrorism, security, freedom, religion and what it means to be human in a series which is essentially one long story arc.

...puncutated every five minutes by (whups, gotta make out with my imaginary Cylon chick) segments showing Baltar's imaginary Cylon chick (ahem, fap fap fap) screwing around with his mind (oooh, she said "screw") by intruding into the plot line at least once per segment (and her spine glows, which is why we need to interrupt the plot for another gratuitous shot of this half-naked Cylon chick) with a simulated sex scene.

Hey, Baltar, I've got your Cylon detector right here. (pause to make out with Cylon chick) It's called a blacklight. (hang on, gotta fap again) If your pants are glowing with stains from busting one out every five minutes (damn, that feels great!) and everyone else on the ship is grossed out by it, odds are you're under Cylon influence.

Now if you'll pardon me, I've gotta go boink this hot imaginary chick in the red dress again. See you after the commercial.

Only in the U.S. (2, Informative)

Voxxel (147404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366449)

It's beened aired elsewhere already. I've downloaded adn watched the first 11 eipsodes. Looks like they were recorded from some British channel.

Re:Only in the U.S. (1)

Voxxel (147404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366487)

fatfingering wooo!

Re:Only in the U.S. (1)

toggles (560010) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366523)

> Having run to rave reviews in the UK,

It really is awesome that people don't even bother to _read_ the /. article any more, let alone click a link before posting...

Re:Only in the U.S. (1)

apoplectic (711437) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366600)

I must say that having watched the first eleven episodes that this is an excellent show. I found myself disappointed with only one ep along the way (episode 9).

It is worth noting that BG is serial in nature...so if you miss a few eps you may find yourself in trouble. However, I've always felt that the best shows were serial.

Plus, having Ronald Moore running the show (Carnivale season 1, Deep Space Nine) really makes this a fine series.

Finally, don't miss out on the closing splash after the credits. Pretty funny stuff and different each episode!

33! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366450)

I'd say the Cylon model was at least a 36 or a 38.

Kinda gives new meaning to the concept of "model number".

Its getting great reviews in the states as well (2, Informative)

Snaller (147050) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366452)

Aint it cool news have compiled [aint-it-cool-news.com] a list of comments from american media, and they are almost all very positive.

Woohoo! Firing up.. (1)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366453)

bittorrent! ;)

Have to admit it is a pretty good series anyway.. I was a bit wary when they announced strange changes from the original like turning Starbuck into a foxy blonde chick but it worked! Excellent stuff.

Basic Cable you insensitive clod! (1)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366454)

I only have Basic Cable, you insensitive clod!

Seriously. It's $10 cheaper to order Comcast cable Internet with basic cable. THis is how they getcha -- basic cable only has like 20 channels, 5 of those are religeous, 5 are shopping channels. We do get the Outdoor Hick Network, but not the Discovery Channel. Pretty much only useful for recording Enterprise with my MythTV [mysettopbox.tv] box.

I was in love with starbuck's fighter (1)

Himring (646324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366465)

I was pretty young when battlestar galactica was on tv. Mostly, what I remember is being in love with Starbuck's fighterplane, um, ship, whatever cuz it had this really sexy voice and, like, whenever he got beat up and knocked out she was like, "Starbuck! Honey? Are you ok?" And I was like, wanting so bad to be IN that ship....

Re:I was in love with starbuck's fighter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366568)

your parents should have taken less drugs before you were born.

you are mixing up 3 different shows.

either that or they were hippies and had a permanent hemp haze in the house and you were on a contact high when home....

that is more probable...

this show rocks pretty hard (2, Interesting)

jimfinity (849860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366473)

so, i've seen the first 10 or so episodes, and let me tell you, this show has restored my faith in the sci-fi genre. after so many bad seasons of "enterprise" it's nice to know there are still some people out there who can do it right. I highly recommend this show to just about anyone.

Re:this show rocks pretty hard (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366572)

Just a hint for those of us whose favorite part of the original series seems to be slightly missing: Any Mormon/Egyptian/Aztec references to come?

timeline? (1)

ColGraff (454761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366479)

Just out of the nerdiest sort of curiousity - does anyone have a timeline of the events in the miniseries? My understanding is that all the events in the mini take place in a day or two, tops, and possibly much less. Does this seem right?

Re:timeline? (2, Funny)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366542)

That's about right as I recall. It was sort of an extended sci-fi episode of "24" with the ultimate worst case scenario. ;-)

(phone rings)

"This is Jack Bauer."

"Jack! The Cylons-"

*BOOM*

Re:timeline? (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366660)

Basically the entire miniseries takes place in less than a day. The first 4 episodes of the actual series takes us to the end of a full week in timeline and it picks up right after the miniseries. Cant really say anything else without giving away stuff.

33 Minutes... (1)

ZiZ (564727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366485)

Sounds like it should be the new hit realtime series aired on commerical TV. It could be 33 minutes over the entire course of a season, aired in realtime...not counting commercials.

So... (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366495)

Split the fleet intp parts. Jump.

If a fleet evades, then do the same thing with the fleet that was tracked.

Once you find out which ship is being tracked (gee could it be Galactica?) repeat the process but start swapping passengers among ships.

The Cylons will oblige (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366521)

"Split the fleet into parts."

I think the Cylons will be quite obliging, especially if the parts are to be molecule-sized.

Re:So... (1)

crashfrog (126007) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366591)

Oh, that's not an obvious ruse.

What's your plan for getting the fleet back together at the end? Maybe, meeting at an arranged point? Wonder who they might find waiting for them there?

I mean, it's a brilliant plan, except for the fact that the Cylons have intelligence, and could easily react to it.

The best thing about the new BG (3, Insightful)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366501)

is the fanboys of the older series huffing and puffing about violating the purity of the original (like making Starbuck a girl or some other thing that got their pink panties all wrapped around the axle, to mix a metaphor).

I guess in a world where Britney Spears or Adam Sandler can have millions of devoted fans, even the original Battlestar Galactica can have them, too.

The scene in the new miniseries, with a horizon filled with mushroom clouds and desperate people blindly fleeing, by itself kicked the ass of the entire original series.

And don't even argue with me or I'll bring up Galactica 1980. AND I'll bitch slap your sorry ass, punk, and then make you cook me a steak.

For those setting their VCR's (2, Informative)

MacBrave (247640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366509)

Actually two episodes are airing tonight. '33' at 9pm ET followed by 'Water' at 10pm ET.

Personally (2, Funny)

afstanton (822402) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366527)

I welcome our new Cylon overlords. Especially if they are hot as that blonde chick.

One problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366639)

The Cylons don't want to become our overlords. They want to be our exterminators.

People in the know (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366535)

People in the know were already watching it on Sky One out of the United Kingdom. It's already up to the 12th episode, so NANNER NANNER NANNER!

Re:People in the know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366716)

What infinite wisdom. They claimed how important it was to wait 3 months rather than download the sky-one rips because it might affect Nielson ratings but didn't have the foresight that the intended audience would be the most likely to download it on their PC.

Why Did Europe get it 4 Months ahead of time? (2, Interesting)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366545)

I'd just like to know?

Re:Why Did Europe get it 4 Months ahead of time? (1)

SamSeaborn (724276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366611)

Why Did Europe get it 4 Months ahead of time?

Interesting that the original series' 2-hour TV pilot was released in movie theatres in Canada the summer before the TV series premiered in the states.

Maybe they're just sticking with tradition. ;-)

Sam

Re:Why Did Europe get it 4 Months ahead of time? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366676)

Sky-one is partly funding it on condition they get exclusive premiere. Shrewd, this show is the only thing I watch on TV.

Re:Why Did Europe get it 4 Months ahead of time? (1)

K. (10774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366708)

They've also been using the delay to build buzz through Bittorrent, so they don't have bad audience figures for the first couple of shows. Pre-emptive word-of-mouth. Of course, now that it's being released in its primary territory they'll probably clamp down.

Don't listen to the Galacti-geeks (1)

SamSeaborn (724276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366560)

Don't listen to the disgruntled fans of the original series. This new Galactica series rocks!

It's fresh, original looking, well written and well acted. And faithful to the spirit of the original series.

This is the best sci-fi TV since ST:TNG and makes the new Star Wars movies look like the daggit crap they are.

Sam

33 minutes = 1980 Seconds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366562)

The original series ended in 1980. It was followed up by a doomed sequel series Galactica 1980 [wikipedia.org] .

So I guess we can expect little 'homage easter eggs' like this throught the series?

Minutes?! (1)

Zombie (8332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366580)

Minutes?! You jest, sir! Surely, you mean centons?

For those who have torrented the serie (1)

Scorpius-nl (827901) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366588)

A letter has appeared on the sci-fi forums, urging anyone who wants the serie to continue to watch it on television too, to keep the ratings of the show up.

Re:For those who have torrented the serie (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366690)

um it does not matter unless you are a nielsen family.

better yet, every saturday email scifi.com saying how you and 20 other friends love it to death!

get other to do the same and they will ignore the useless nielsen ratings, espically if they are getting more show fan emails than spam.

This show is great (1)

K. (10774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366593)

There is nothing not to like about it. The CG is great, the physics is as close as Hollywood will probably ever get to accurate (the fighters use thrusters! There's very little noise in space!). The cinematography is gritty and "realist", but not gratuitously so. The storyline (11 episodes in) is a bit on the mystical side, but a lot tighter than the original. And! There's less reason for the heterosexual male segment of the audience to feel conflicted about being attracted to Starbuck!

Re:This show is great (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366668)

The best physics had to be Bab5. They really did look like space craft for the most part.

Mystical side??? This will be interesting to see if they keep the same influences as the original.

Battlestar Gacrapica (0, Troll)

chrissywallace (816996) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366624)

The pilot was ok, but the rest of the series was rubbish. Daft storylines, weak over dramatic acting and a somewhat limiting premise. It was gonna be crap anyway. Besides, like the hardcore fans haven't been downloading it from bittorrent for months.

It ain't bad...n comments (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366638)

Its been Airing on Sky One in the Uk for ages alright and its not bad, abit slow to start off but its coming into its own now I think

Funnily enough I'm amzed half the geeks with dsl here havn;t already downloaded the episodes of various torrent sites as its extremely popular and even the makers of battlestar asked users not to do so as it'll drop rating in the USA when the shows comes out (tonight)

Let's be different by being like everyone else! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366644)

...Ron Moore aims for a more adult narrative with comments on issues such as terrorism, security, freedom, religion and what it means to be human...

Thus making it like every other pop sci-fi T.V. show out there. Where can a guy go to watch cool science fiction without the preachy script-writing?

CGI Effects (1)

Chi Hsuan Men (767453) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366665)

One of the noteworthy things about this series is the CGI. Watching the mini-series run, I felt the CGI was very well done, considering it was sci-fi original programming. The team did some very interesting shots, such as the camera being "late" (that is, a tracking shot were the object is unfocused, then comes into focus) and also "rattle" effects, where the camera is seated near an engine and the shot shakes, as if you were on the fuselage of the starfighter. I felt these techniques were very effective and drew me further into the action.

Interestingly enough, I felt the same way when I was watching the Firefly series. Lo and behold, the same did that worked on Galactica worked on Firely, and is also doing post-production on Serenity.

Give this show a chance - it's worth it (2, Informative)

elektrizitat (849866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366666)

To provide some context I've been a long time sci fi viewer like many of you. I enjoyed the original series but was never a fanboy about it. However, I became somewhat put off when it appeared Moore rebuffed Hatch's attempt to revive the show because he wanted to pursue his own revisioning of the series. I was also a fan of Farscape and wasn't thrilled about how that series demise was handled. However, the ads looked good and I checked out the miniseries. While I have some reservations about small nit-picky things I think it's one of the best sci fi series I've seen in a long time. I *may* have already checked out a few of the episodes as well via the use of time travel. *cough* They're even better than the miniseries. The series has an intensity and sense of urgency and drama that I've found lacking in other series. This may be my preference for more "hard" sci fi which must sound laughable to those of you who remember the original series. Give it a chance - I think most of you will be happy you did!

Plot-holes at 33 minutes (1)

thelizman (304517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366698)

I'm thinking about this, and 33 minutes is 1,980 seconds. (No, the original BG premiered in 1978, so no coincidences). Now, if you take the speed of light - 299,792,458 m / s, and multiply that by 1,980, and you get 593 million kilometers (368 million miles). That is the distance transited by any transmission signalling the Galactica's position in 33 minutes (assuming the Cylons don't lag on their decision to pursue).

Is that all they've got? That is just over twice the distance of the Earth to the Sun at aphelion. I'd think that FTL would get me further that 2 AU in a jump.

Obviously there's a good explanation (which conveniently ignores modern physics).

Seen and impressed... (2)

SirWinston (54399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366704)

I got to see the SkyOne airings and I must say this is currently the best drama on TV. It's certainly funny when appropriate, it's very sexy, and it's definitely good science fiction, but the levels of dramatic tension are astounding. Each episode of the first 11 I've seen has impressed me with new surprises layered atop steady, logical plot advancement--evading cylons, finding supplies, rooting out spies, rebuilding fleet organization, casting off old releationships due to new circumstances. But always there's tension, drama, a sense of the importance of survival. It draws you in and makes the viewer feel this frenetic struggle to survive.

And understanding the Cylon motivation has proven to be a philosophical, religious tangle. They're not one-dimensional machines--they seem to be acutely self-aware and trying to discover more about the nature of their souls, so to speak. The whole series is a major accomplishment and a departure from formulaic, one-dimensional sci-fi.

Edward James Olmos... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11366711)

is dreaming if he thinks for even 1 centon that he can fill the disco boots of Lorne Greene.

New Battlestar Galactica Series Starts Tonight???? (2, Informative)

ltwally (313043) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366714)

The series has actually been airing in Europe for the past several months. For those Americans that were too impatient to wait, the episodes been available off your favourite [btefnet.net] torrent [tvtorrents.tv] sites [torrentreactor.to] for some time now.

So far, 11 of the season's 13 episodes have aired and been made available online in TV, PDTV and HDTV formats.

As well as being in higher resolution/quality than your average TV broadcast, these online copies are commercial-free.

Personally, I recommend downloading them and watching them on your computer, but also tuning your television on to the sci-fi channel and muting the sound, so that Sci-Fi gets paid for these shows and they may be able to continue producing them.

Miniseries ROCKED. (1)

euxneks (516538) | more than 9 years ago | (#11366721)

I've been eagerly anticipating the new series with bated breath.
It's got some really interesting story lines going on, and I think the writers have been doing a fantastic job. In my eye it's been pretty original as far as sci-fi goes. =)
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