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A Rant on the Latest Battlestar Galactica Reboot

In August 2009 I reported that Bryan Singer was looking to make a new movie about Battlestar Galactica and that this movie would serve as yet another reboot to the BSG mythos.  Needless to say I railed against this proposed movie two years ago.  My core belief is that it is far too soon to be rebooting BSG, especially since the critically acclaimed TV show has only been off the air a few years.  Then we got lucky and Singer accepted the task of making a new film and the BSG reboot was put on the back-burner.  Sadly, Singer’s current film has been shut down and he has expressed an interest in returning to the BSG universe.

Details are starting to come out about the newest reboot to BSG and now it’s looking like they might try to connect this movie with the rebooted TV show’s universe.  Don’t get too excited yet though.  It has been learned that John Orloff will be writing the script for Bryan Singer and in an interview yesterday he let some information out about the possible plot.  According to Orloff:

I’m a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on Star Wars, you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool.

And I think I’ve come up with a way to write this movie that won’t [frick] any of that up. I’m not sure how much they want me to talk about it. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect. It will all work in the universe that exists. It will not conflict with anything Ron Moore has done. I don’t think you can compete with what he’s done.

So what does this truly mean?  Are they going to keep the story that has been established by Ron Moore’s show?  It sounds like they might… assuming the quote above is something that is stuck too.  Part of me almost thinks this was said to try to quell the fanboy rage over this BSG reboot.

They want to keep the continuity established in Ron Moore’s show yet make something new with the characters.  The only way I can think of to do this is to take something from JJ Abrams playbook.  By that I mean, copy what he did in Star Trek and create an alternate timeline that has all of the same characters.  That way you can do whatever you want and claim not be changing the history of BSG.

Now, I’m wasn’t really a fan of the way in which Star Trek was rebooted but I cannot deny that it worked.  They threw out years of history and established characters to make a movie that had the same characters as the original Star Trek, but it never really felt like Star Trek.  That’s what I’m afraid will happen with this reboot of BSG.  To be fair fans of the original BSG TV show were probably saying the same things when Ron Moore’s reboot was about to debut.  But, there had been years since the last BSG TV show had aired and BSG simply was not relevant in the public anymore.  Ron Moore changed that with his reboot and made BSG relevant outside of nerd culture.   The show won Peabody Awards and critical acclaim.  That was something that could hardly be said about the original.

Ron Moore assembled an incredible cast to tell a fantastic story in the modern BSG.  To reboot the series again smacks of sweeping all of this epic story under the rug.  This still rubs me the wrong way.  I’m sure many other fanboys feel the same way; there were many of us who truly loved Ron Moore’s series.  The simple fact of the matter is that its way too soon to be rebooting Battlestar Galactica.  With the BSG prequel set to debut soon on Syfy Channel the story is still continuing.  However, in closing, it’s not really BSG unless Edward James Olmos is in it!

I Want This Viper [BSG]

My love of Battlestar Galactica is well established on this blog.  To do this day I think it is one of the best, if not the best, TV shows of recent memory.  Sadly, the show is over but that hasn’t stopped the memorabilia to continue being released.  I’d say that right now the folks over at Quantum Mechanix have what is quite possibly the coolest BSG piece of memorabilia that I have ever seen.

They have developed what is referred to as the Viper II Artisan Replica and it is a beautiful piece of artwork.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the picture below.

Is that now frakkin awesome looking or what?  Just to give you an idea of detail, here’s the description of the Viper off of the Quantum Mechanix web-site.

Now you can join the fight against the Cylons with this frakkin’ awesome Viper Mark II Artisan Replica from QMx.

Our 1:18 scale filming-quality miniature is being offered in three editions: Adama Edition, Starbuck Edition and Fleet Edition. The limit has been set for 500 replicas per edition.

The QMx Viper Mark II Artisan Replica boasts a cockpit chock full of hand-cut details, including gauges, data screens, throttle, ejection seat, and seat belts with fabric belts and metalized buckles. But the pièce de résistance of the QMx Viper is the active, working DRADIS – a 9/16” OLED (organic light-emitting diode) video display of the remote sensing system in action, displaying the actual DRADIS video used in Battlestar Galactica. The canopy can be opened for an optimal view of the cockpit and this first-ever digital model effect.

In addition, the ship’s three rear engines feature a pulsating lighting effect that is randomized using a white-noise generator.

It takes our artisans about 50 hours to hand assemble the 140 parts that go into this spirited fighter, hand layering 18 different colors of paint, and adding special decals and hand-painted stencils.

Just imagine the amount of time that went into constructing this beautiful looking starfighter replica.  50 hours doesn’t seem like it would be enough for this ship.  If you’re interested in getting one of these beauties for yourself check out Quantum Mechanix’s web-site.  They have tons more pictures and videos of the Vipers.  Keep in mind, this is a limited run and only 1500 Vipers will be produced.  After that, there’s no more.   If I had $1500 lying around I would shell out for one of these.  If anyone does get one, let me know what you think.  I’ll try to see through my insane jealousy, I promise.

If You Can Hear This You’re A Cylon

Honestly, I just thought this video was too cool to not share.  As a big fan of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica pretty much anything about it grabs my attention.  That’s doubly so when it has to deal with the awesome music from composer Bear McCreary.

The Sacramento Jazz Singers performed a version of Bear McCreary’s arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower, and it turned out wonderfully.  The really cool thing is that  the instrumental parts from the original work was done via a wide range of voices.  If you have a sec, check out the video below, it really is pretty cool.

Via: Topless Robot

The Year in Review Part 1

Well folks we made it another year.  And its been a year filled with all sorts of interesting stories  and events.  I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the things I’ll remember from 2010.  I’ve gone back through the archives and pulled the stories I’ve found most interesting.  Part 1 will cover January – June.  Part 2 will cover the remaining parts of 2010 and will be posted early tomorrow morning.

January: January marked the end of Conan O’Brien’s run on The Tonight Show.  Like many other young bloggers and 20 something year olds I came down firmly on Conan’s side on the entire debacle.  It makes me quite happy to see Conan doing so well with his new show on TBS.

January was also the long-awaited debut of Battlestar Galactica’s spin-off called Caprica.  We know how well this show turned out in the end, but in January there were many people, myself included, who had high hopes for the show.  There’s still 5 episodes left but sadly the story will remain largely unresolved.

Mass Effect 2 was released in January.  I think this was my favorite game to be released in 2010.  I’ve done multiple playthroughs with renegade and paragon characters.  Not many games can make me play them multiple times.  In fact it seems to be mostly BioWare games.

One of my biggest personal highlights of the month was being Tom Baker’s first guest blogger on his blog entitled Morning Erection.  Tom was gracious enough to post my article on why Battlestar Galactica was the best show on television.  I was quite the honor to be the first guest blogger for Tom and to this day I greatly appreciate the opportunity.  Thanks Tom!

In possibly the biggest news of the month Sony Pictures announced they were rebooting the highly successful Spider-Man franchise.  The intent was to bring everything back to the beginning and get a fresh start with new actors.  I’m still a little wary of this decision but I will give the producers credit that they have brought on a lot of quality actors.

February: We’ll start off February with all of the casting rumors that were floating around on who would play Captain America in the upcoming movie.  I threw out a few names… none of which ended up turning out in the end.  I’m happy with the casting of Chris Evans as Cap, but I still stand by the thought that Ryan McPartlin, aka Captain Awesome on Chuck, would have been a great Captain America.  Don’t believe me, check out the picture below.

Continuing on the comic book movie theme it was announced that Christopher Nolan was being brought on to oversee the upcoming Superman movie.  As I said in February, I Christopher Nolan will be the ‘Godfather’ of the picture.  Conspiracy theorists thought that Nolan would end up directing but he has stuck with directing the 3rd Batman film and given directorial responsibility on Superman to Zack Snyder.

This was also the month that I realized the NBC series Heroes had failed me.  I stuck with the show to cancellation despite my better judgement.  Sadly it was never able to recapture the greatness of season 1.  Just imagine how different things would have been if the writer’s strike hadn’t shortened season 2.

It was in February that Captain Phil Harris passed away.  Captain Phil was found for his part on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.  Phil allowed cameras to follow him through his ordeal which in turn lead to huge ratings for the Discovery Channel.

March: March was a big month for me to hype Iron Man 2.  One of my favorite posters for this movie was released in March.  Originally it was available only at WonderCon but has since been released to the public.  This poster featured Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.  I mean seriously I do love this poster and it has been the wallpaper on my phone since March.

This month I wrote a rant on how TV rating systems were killing TV shows and that it was taking extraordinary efforts to save shows from cancellation.  Networks were just beginning to embrace the internet as a method for delivering content.  Now I think things are getting a little better as shows are available streaming on sites such as Hulu and network web-sites.  DVRs are being factored into ratings and shows that were continually in trouble in the past, such as Chuck, are thriving now.

One of my favorite posts of the year came from this month.  Rumors were flying that SciFi Channel might be looking for another Battlestar Galactica spin-off.  I suggested that the first Cylon War would be the perfect setting for a spin-off series.  This series would follow a young William Adama through the war.  Fast forward a few months and we get the new mini-series Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome that is basically what I had theorized.  I don’t like to pat myself on the back but I will on this one.  :p

April: This was a short month with only a few posts.  The biggest news was adding Nathan Fillion as the next member of The Man Series.  On Jimmy Kimmel’s show he affirmed his geek cred, There’s not many movie stars I know that want to get in a lightsaber duel with his neighbors… plus he’s Captain Mal.  How can he not be included?

May: The biggest news to me this month was first trailer for The Force Unleashed II hit the web.  The game looked like it would be fantastic picking up where the first one left off.  Fast forward a few months later and I was fairly disappointed by the game.

June: This is where the site went on hiatus for a little bit.  Looking at houses to buy and eventually moving in turned out to be rather time-consuming.  However the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I came out this month.  Boy did it look good and in turn make me rather excited for the movie.  It turned out the movie was fantastic and the darkest out of all the Harry Potter movies.

Well folks, this concludes part of the year in review.  Looking back its pretty cool to see what all happened in just this 6 month span.  Its been pretty fun looking back and seeing what I thought was important.  It’s also been fun to see how wrong I was on some of my guesses.  Everyone stay safe tonight as you go out and celebrate the beginning of a New Year.  Thanks for stopping by the Nerds of the Round Table, and please come back tomorrow morning for part 2 of the year in review.

Battlestar Galactica: Best Show on TV

If you guys have seen my site, you’ve probably realized that I am a huge fan of the re-make of Battlestar Galactica that launched in 2003.  But in all fairness, it took a while for this show to catch on with me.  I remember back in 2002 when I heard about the upcoming relaunch of BSG, the first thing that went through my head was, ‘Oh this is going to be just as lame as the original.  Why are they even bothering.’  For that reason I didn’t watch the mini-series or season one when they first aired.  Yes, you read that right, I was not originally on the BSG bandwagon.

I was home on summer vacation from my freshman year of college when I finally gave the show a try.  My Dad had watched the mini-series and season one and was telling me how great the show was.  Since I was unemployed for a good deal of that summer I gave it a chance.  The mini-series was slow burning but at the end I was having a lot of fun.

33 Minute Mark

What really got me hooked though was the first episode of season one entitled 33.  The basic gist of this episode was the the remnants of humanity had escaped the Cylon massacre but they were running for their lives as the Cylons attacked them every 33 minutes.  I thought this episode was brilliant with edge of the seat excitement and trying to figure out humanity would escape.  At the same time this episode really highlighted one the main differences between humanity and the Cylons.  The Cylons had no breaking point; as machines they could just keep coming while humans gradually began to weaken and fall apart.  33 was a great episode for getting hooked on the show.

From that point on I was hooked.  I watched all of season 1 in about 1.5 days.  Now here is where you might need to beware if you haven’t seen the show I’m going to talk about a couple of the cliffhangers.  The season 1 finale was hell on me.  William Adama has been my favorite character in the series and to see him betrayed, shot, and at death’s door made for a cliffhanger that was ridiculously intense for me.  Luckily, I only had a few months before my favorite show would return to TV.  BSG became famous for me with its mid-season and end of season finales.  They always had big cliffhangers.  And of course the then SciFi channel would put the show on break for a minimum of 6 months before the next episode would air.  It was like a punch in the gut at the end of season 2 when the Cylons invaded New Caprica, and it was a long 12 months trying to figure out what would happen to the remnants of humanity.

Season 3 was probably worse in the cliffhanger factor.  Not only had 4 of the final 5 Cylons been revealed but the fleet was trapped in nebula and somehow Starbuck had returned from the dead!  I had another almost year to sit there and wonder how all this had happened.  What was the significance, had I missed the clues that hinted that Chief Tyrol was a Cylon?  How was it possible that Saul Tigh the biggest toaster hater in the fleet was a Cylon?  And also, how the hell could Kara Thrace return from the dead, was she the 5th and final Cylon?

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Guest Article is Live

Hey guys, I’ve been talking about the guest piece I’ve been writing for Tom Baker’s blog Morning Erection for a while now and it went live this weekend.  The subject was Battlestar Galactica: Best Show on TV.

After all, what else would I write about since I’m a self admitted BSG nut.  If you’ve got a few minutes check it out!

BSG The Plan Sneak Peek

The Round Table was not online when the preview became available but we’re going to post it now for your viewing pleasure.

A Battlestar Movie with Bryan Singer?

Rumors are starting to fly around the net again that Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and X-2, will direct a Battlestar Galactica movie.  That’s good news you’d assume… but in reality that’s a big fat NO!  This Battlestar would have nothing to do with the masterpiece that was reimagined by Ron Moore and David Eick.  Instead this BSG movie would be more like the original show, campy family fun.  I for one don’t want to see Battlestar reduced to that again.

If you weren’t aware Singer and his production partner Tom DeSanto were originally set to deliver the reimagined Battlestar Galactica to the SciFi channel.  In the aftermath of 9/11 their vision fell apart leading Ron Moore and David Eick to take the reigns and give the SciFi channel the Battlestar we all know and love today.  If you check out the SciFi wire the SciFi folks present their opinion on the current BSG which pisses me off a bit.  They say:

It was later that Ronald D. Moore and David Eick developed their own take on the material for a Syfy series that went on to critical acclaim, earning the admiration of a loyal if somewhat small audience.

Somewhat small audience?  What the frak?  Battlestar Galactica was consistantly pulling in the best ratings of any show on the SciFi channel.  This just smacks of revisionist history trying to make it seem as though the show was not as widely followed as it was in reality.  How many Science Fiction shows do you know of that have won Peabody awards?  What other show on the SciFi channel was able to reach millions of people who normally ignored science fiction?  Moore’s Galactica combined amazing writers, actors, and a story to make a masterpiece that in effect saved teh SciFi channel.  Say what you want but the network would not have survived on wrestling and Stargate.  Battlestar brought viewers to the SciFi channel that never would have been there otherwise and to discount that fanbase is another poor decision the the executives that thought it would be great to rename the channel to Syfy.

Moore and Eick gave the fans an edgy SciFi show that was more likely to leave you feeling like you’d been punched in the gut instead of with a smile on your face.  And you know what, fans loved it!  I can pretty much guarantee that if the new BSG comes out I for one will not be checking it out.  It seems more like a step backwards and an attempt to cash in on the greatness of Moore’s BSG just as it is wrapping up.  That and lets be honest no one would ever be able to compare to Edward James Olmos’ William Adama.  If you’re a BSG fan say NO to this recreation.  So say we all!

Edit: Entertainment Weekly is confirming that Bryan Singer has signed on to do a complete reimagining of the Battlestar from the 70s.  Universal is getting greedy now.  I can scarcely contain my excitement for this abomination…. yay.

Television Critics Association – Battlestar Wins Again

Battlestar continues to get more of the recognition it deserves.  Earlier this week the Television Critics Association celebrated its 25th anniversary by awarding Battlestar Galactica the Program of the Year award.  Congrats to everyone on both the cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica for the win.  Now if only those who run the Emmys would have wised up and given proper credit to the show and Edward James Olmos.

Also, True Blood was recognized and given the award for Outstanding New Program.  Looks like the TCA knows what they’re talking about when it comes to rewarding quality TV shows.  I can’t really say the same about the Emmys.  There it seems more like a popularity contest on what the new ‘trendy’ thing is.

For a little background on the TCA awards we’ve included the following.

The TCA Awards are unlike most other award ceremonies. Whereas the Emmy’s (for example) require submissions to be considered the TCA Awards don’t. TV camera’s aren’t allowed into the event and there’s no red carpet spectacle. The winners are chosen according to what critics actually like, so in essence the TCA Awards are a ‘popularity’ contest between critics that takes place largely behind closed doors.

Whilst the Emmy’s have stringent submission guidelines and those submissions that are nominated are often determined by people who may never have watched the show, the TCA Awards have no such limitation. On one hand you could argue this makes the TCA Awards more relevant than the Emmy’s since show’s that might otherwise be ignored or snubbed will have a greater chance of being included in the mix.

On the other hand, unlike more prestigious award events the TCA Awards suffer from their own decision to withhold coverage and, as a result, the potential value of the awards is largely lost on anyone except those who are already actively interested in the industry. Let’s face it, the average person doesn’t have a clue what a TCA Award is.

Via: SciFiScoop

SDCC: Battlestar Movies to Bring Back Bill Adama?

This is out last update on the San Diego Comic Con, and we’ve saved the best for last.  My favorite show Battlestar Galactica.

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The Battlestar Galactica panel wasn’t as large as its been in the past. This year Ron Moore, David Eick, and Jane Espenson were in attendance on the prodcuer side.  Cast members like Esai Morales, Grace Park, and Edward James Olmos were in attendance also.  Just like at Wizard World Philly, a good deal of time was spent discussing the upcoming tv movie The Plan. We only have a few more months to wait before we get to see this one!

In regards to The Plan, writer Jane Espenson stated that it retells much of the BSG mythology from the Cylon point of view, strictly adhering to the canonical timeline and  still telling an entertaining, darkly humorous tale.  In a line similar to what he said at Wizard World Philly, Edward James Olmos had this to say about The Plan, “You will freak out.”  I’m fully intending too, and if even half the hype this film is getting lives up to what we recieve I’ll be happy.

The most important thing to come out of this panel was from Olmos himself.  He was quoted as saying, “I can guarantee you this will not be the last movie on Battlestar Galactica.”  Looks like we can expect to get more movies… but about what?  Luckily one of the fans at Comic Con had the same thoughts.  The fan wanted to know if Olmos had thought out about what had happened to Admiral Adama after the close of the series.  If you recall the series ended with Bill Adam sitting on a hilltop watching the sunset in front of him on new Earth.  Olmos said, “I’ve actually written an entire script already on exactly what happened to him.  Let me put it to you this way: When you next see Adama, he will be in a rustic log cabin, and there will be a knock on the door.  And it will be his old friend Col. Tigh saying, ‘We have a problem.’ And that’s how the journey begins.”  If we get this movie I can guarantee it will be good.  If there’s one thing the new Syfy channel needs its more Bill Adama.  Keep your fingers crossed folks… we might get some more BSG movies!

After the jump we’ve got the recorded video from Comic Con of the BSG panel if anyone is interested.

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