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Battlestar Galactica Is Dead – Long Live Caprica


With Battlestar Galactica having reached the end of its journey on Friday (TV movie The Plan notwithstanding) the Caprica publicity machine is really shifting into high gear.

Back in January, the Choob featured an early trailer for and a scene from the pilot episode of the drama.

Now the trailers and previews are coming thick and fast, ahead of the release of an extended version of the pilot episode on DVD on April 21 in the US (a UK release is yet to be confirmed). Based on the pilot, the Sci Fi Channel in the US (which is in the process of rebranding itself as Syfy) has ordered a full 20 episode season, which will begin airing early next year.

Caprica is set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica. It’s billed as more of a family drama and will primarily tell the story of the creation of the technology that spawns the Cylons. It is viewed through the eyes of two families thrown together through a shared tragedy, resulting from a terrorist atrocity, that sets in motion a chain of events that will lead ultimately to the creation of the Cylons and the destruction of Caprica and the rest of the 12 Colonies.

Wealthy industrialist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is one of the two main characters. The other is civil liberties lawyer Joseph Adama (played by former NYPD Blue and Jericho star Esai Morales), the father of future Battlestar Galactica commander William Adama.

Here is the latest trailer for the pilot episode:

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This next video is a little featurette that includes some new clips plus brief interview snippets from creators/executive producers Ronald D Moore and David Eick and stars Morales and Paula Malcomson, who you might recognise from her role as Trixie in Deadwood and who plays Greystone’s wife Amanda in Caprica.

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And finally, here’s another scene from the pilot:

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When Worlds Collide: Battlestar Galactica Lands At The United Nations – And Some Finale Thoughts


[Don’t worry, there are no spoilers for the final episode of Battlestar Galactica in this post.]

The last-ever episode of Battlestar Galactica was broadcast in the US on Friday night. I couldn’t let this sad occasion – the end of what what has been one of the best-written, most intelligent and thought-provoking television dramas ever made –  pass unobserved. I’ll talk in more detail about it after the finale airs in the UK on Tuesday.

For now, I’ll only note that the last episode left me feeling very conflicted. In terms of wrapping up the characters’ individual stories, on the whole, I thought it did a reasonable job in giving us some sort of closure.

In terms of a convincing end to this amazing five-year journey, and satisfying answers to some of the questions raised by the show’s mythology – I’m not so sure.

Don’t get me wrong, as series finales go, it was one of the better ones. I’m just not sure that the destination quite lived up to the journey. But like I said, more about that later, after everyone in the UK has had a chance to see it for themselves.

For now, to commemorate the final episode, I really wanted to post Adama’s speech from the mini-series that kicked off the new Battlestar Galactica story, the “So say we all!” speech. But I couldn’t find it anywhere online – I think the Sci-Fi channel lawyers have been busy keeping clips of the show off the internet (incidentally, while copyright protection is obviously important for TV broadcasters, such a draconian approach is counter-productive, in my opinion, a subject I will expand upon at a later date). You can find a short clip of the scene in question here on the channel’s own website but, unfortunately, I can’t embed it here.

I wanted to post it not only because it is a great scene but because its impact crossed over into the real world a few days ago.

You may be aware that last week, series stars Edward James Olmos (right), who played Admiral William Adama, and Mary McDonnell, the show’s feisty President Laura Roslin, and creators/executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick were guests of honour at a special event hosted by the Economic and Social Council Chamber of the United Nations in New York.

It was a special two-hour retrospective of Battlestar Galactica, during which many of the contemporary social and political issues raised by the show were discussed. You can see a BBC news report of the event here.

Science fiction is often at its best when it is used as a prism through which the authors observe and comment on the human condition – and Battlestar Galactica took that to new heights, certainly in terms of TV sci-fi. It took a long, hard and at times painful look at what it means to be human, tackling such subjects as terrorism, torture, the relationship between politics and religion, the use of military might to enforce political will, human rights and much, much more.

Many of these subjects were explored during the UN session, the full two-hour video of which can be found here (it’s in RealPlayer format).

However, the session really came to life with the following speech by Admiral Ada-, I mean Edward James Olmos, when he reprised his “So say we all” Galactica speech to make an impassioned plea for an end to racial divisions. And, predictably, the equally passionate audience responded just as you might expect.

Say what you like about Battlestar Galactica– and the arguable populist and superficial opportunism the UN has been accused of for hosting this event just days before the final episode of the show aired – there are few TV shows through the years that have transcended their entertainment roots to earn such real-world relevance and legitimacy. Narrow the field to sci-fi TV shows and, I think, you are looking at a club with a single member.

Of course, although Battlestar Galactica is finished as a weekly show, the story isn’t quite over just yet. Later this year, we have one final hurrah in the shape of The Plan, a TV movie – directed by Olmos – that wraps up the story of the Cylons’ original plan that was mentioned in the opening credits of the early seasons of the show but then was mysteriously dropped.

And Caprica (above), a prequel set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica and dealing primarily with the creation of the Cylons, is due to begin early next year, with the pilot episode out on DVD next month. It promises to continue the trend of examining our own society through the Galactica universe, with Caprica depicted as a society very similar to our own, with technology, consumerism, greed and decadence running out of control.

The show sounds intruguing and I’m really looking forward to it – but will the Galactica audience be so attracted to a planet-bound show with no space battles or killer robots? Time will tell.

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TV Newsround: CSI Galactica; Dollhouse Gathers Speed; Chenowith Full Of Glee; and more


FANS of Battlestar Galactica who are already mourning the fact that there are only two more episodes left can take some comfort from the latest development in the CSI universe – CSI: Galactica.

No, it’s not an attempt to transplant the CSI formula to the 12 Colonies of Kobol.

It’s a special episode of CSI, due to air on April 16, in which the forensics experts investigate a death at a science fiction convention.

Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh (right) on BSG, and Ronald D Moore, who created the new version of the sci-fi drama, will guest star on the episode and the producers promise plenty of other sci-fi references and in-jokes.

Talking of all things CSI, producers of CSI: New York have warned fans to brace themselves for the death of a prominent character in the season finale.

FOUR episodes in and the ongoing plot of Joss Whedon‘s new show, the flawed but intriguing Dollhouse, is slowly gathering speed as clues about the show’s mythology are gradually revealed.

For the uninitiated, it stars Eliza Dushku (right) as Echo, one of a group of “actives” or “dolls”, men and women who have had their personality erased so that they can be programmed with specific skills and memories, tailored to the needs of clients who hire them out for anything from sexual liaisons to bank robberies.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello, the show will kick into high gear on April 3 when, through a series of flashbacks, we learn who Echo was and why and how she ended up being lured into the Dollhouse. So it may be worth sticking with the show for a few more weeks, even if you’re not too sure about its long-term appeal.

OVER in Smallville, Ausiello reports that two major characters will die in the final episode of the current season. One of them is said to be a “veteran” of the show, the other a more recent addition. And, unlike previous Smallville deaths, these ones are said to be permanent. He also reports that The Legion will return in the May finale and that the final two episodes of the season will focus on a search for Chloe and Doomsday.

LOVABLE Pushing Daisies star Kristin Chenowith (right) and former Alias father figure Victor Garber have signed up for recurring roles in the Fox network’s musical comedy-drama Glee. Garber will play the father of the show’s leading man Matthew Morrisonbut Chenowith’s role is shrouded in secrecy.

The show is already generating great word of mouth amongst those who have seen an extended trailer and the pilot, so much so that the network plans to air the pilot episode on May 19, following American Idol’s current season finale. The series proper won’t begin until the Autumn.

Morrison plays a high school teacher who sets out to turn around the fortunes of his school’s glee club, which is filled with misfits and outcasts, molding them into a top-notch choir that can compete in a national competition. The show will feature musical numbers each week, ranging from classics to current pop hits.

ACTOR Jackie Earle Haley, who can currectly be seen on the big screen playing Watchmen’s Rorschach, has landed a supporting role in the pilot episode of a TV show based on another DC comic book, Human Target.

The human target of the title is master of disguise Christopher Chance, who hires himself out to act as a decoy for people whose lives are being threatened. Haley will play Chance’s researcher, who gathers the information his boss needs.

Also joining the cast is Chi McBride, who played moody detective Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies). Mark Valley, who played FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s dead ex-boyfriend in Fringe, will play the title character.

FORMER ER star Julianna Margulies (right), who returns to County General this week for one last appearance as nurse Carol Hathaway, is set to take the lead role in the CBS drama pilot The Good Wife. She’ll play a politician’s wife who decides to resume her former career as a lawyer. Her last major role was also as a lawyer, in Canterbury’s Law, which was axed after just six episodes.

IN casting news that makes the Choob feel oh-so old, former Brat Pack actor Andrew McCarthy (The Breakfast Club, St Elmo’s Fire) has joined the cast of the Gossip Girl spin-off – as the main character’s dad.

The pilot for the spin-off, which will air as a flashback episode of the original show, is set in the 1980s and explores the wild teenage years of Lily Rhodes. McCarthy plays her dad, who is a music company executive.

THE creator of Sex And The City Darren Star has signed a two-year contract with HBO. He will produce his first new show in 10 years under the deal and oversee comedy and drama projects by other writers. He is currently developing the HBO pilot Diary Of A Manhattan Call Girl.

COMEDY cop show Reno 911! returns for its sixth season on April 1 on Comedy Central.

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Battlestar Galactica Spin-Off Caprica’s DVD Details Revealed


As previously announced, the pilot episode for Caprica, the spin-off/prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, is out on DVD in the US on April 21. A UK release has yet to be announced.

It won’t air on TV until early next year, when the full 20-episode season begins.

We already knew that the DVD release would feature an unrated, uncut, extended version of the two-hour pilot.

Now Sci-Fi Wire has revealed details of the extras, plus the DVD artwork and a few new stills.

The extras on the DVD include behind-the scenes features on the creation of the show, including:

  • A commentary track featuring director Jeffrey Reiner and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.
  • Deleted Scenes.
  • Video blogs.
  • Featurettes: What The Frak Is Caprica?, The Director’s Process, The V Club and The Birth Of A Cylon.

Caprica is set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica.

It’s billed as more of a family drama and will primarily tell the story of the creation of the Cylons, as seen through the eyes of two men thrown together through a shared tragedy – wealthy industrialist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), father of Battlestar Galactica’s commander William Adama.

Filming begins on the remaining 18 episodes of the show’s first season during the summer. It is expected to air early next year. Battlestar Galactica is currently airing the final batch of episodes of its fourth and final season.

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