July 2005

Ron Moore’s Deep Space Journey

July 17, 2005 at 9:18 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The New York Times has published a wonderful profile of Battlestar Galactica and series creator Ron Moore.

“On the Galactica, there is no captain’s chair; there are no windows full of stars. The command center is busy and dark, protected deep within the ship the way it would be on an actual military vessel. As the actors move from room to room, hand-held cameras swoop behind them, closing in on them claustrophobically. The characters do not travel heroically from planet to planet, solving the problems of aliens. There are, in fact, no aliens at all.”

(Fans can grab a print version of the article from Sunday’s copy of the New York Times, in the magazine supplement.)

New York Times: Ron Moore’s Deep Space Journey (reg. required)

Galactica panel at Comic-Con

July 15, 2005 at 3:10 pm | Events

BSG panel

We’re attending today’s Battlestar Galactica panel at Comic-Con. We’ll be blogging this event in real time, so reload often for live updates!

3:10 pm — The panel starts in 2 minutes!

3:12 pm — David Eick and Ron Moore are here!

3:13 pm — Mary McDonnell (the President), James Callis (Baltar) , Grace Park (Boomer), Tahmoh Peniket (Helo) are all on stage!

3:15 pm — Preview clip of Season 2 is showing.

3:18 pm — Ron Moore talks about “going for broke” near the end of Season 1. David Eick adds “we’ve got to get the two of them in a fight” (Starbuck and Six), so that was the motivation for the season finale.

3:20 pm — Question about similarities between BSG plot points and current events. Ron Moore: “the show isn’t really trying to be ripped from today’s headlines.”

3:24 pm — Question to Baltar: is Six real or not? James Callis talks about Schrodinger’s Cat. “It is both alive and dead at the same time.” She is real and not real. “She is all of those things and slightly more.” Starts pretending to speak with Six (who isn’t attending this event.)

3:28 pm — David Eick talks about how James Callis nailed the role of Gaius Baltar when he first met him. He considered other people for “about 2 minutes”.

3:29 pm — Jamie Bamber (Apollo) describes BSG as “West Wing meets 24 meets Little House on the Prarie”. Complains about never being able to see the show (due to his active schedule and returning to the UK during hiatus).

3:32 pm — Moderator jokes about how in the previous version of BSG one never asked when Apollo and Starbuck would hook up. Jamie Bamber: “that’s because it was never in doubt.” And, then adds, how Dirk Benedict (the original Starbuck) had long hair and a cape, so the character was nearly female to begin with.

3:35 pm — Moderator turns to Grace Park, mentions Maxim Magazine’s designation of Park/Boomer as the world’s 82nd most beautiful woman. “How could there be 81 babes in the universe cooler than you?” 2nd question is about Park’s spirituality and how she interprets the religious aspects of BSG. “Am I allowed to say this? I think the Cylon/Human hybrid race is going to the chosen one.” Ron Moore and David Eick pretend to be outraged (that she’s spilling the beans about future plot points).

3:39 pm — Question for Tahmoh Peniket (Helo) about his character’s journey. Mentions how tough it must be “coming to the realization that the woman you’ve fallen in love with is a robot.” Moderator says “been there, done that.” Huge laugh. Other cast members second the moderator’s experiences.

3:42 pm — In response to a question about will humans ever stop running from the Cylons, Ron Moore: in Episode 10, the humans meet up with another Battlestar (the Pegasus) and “start kickin’ butt!” (Web rumors suggest ST:TNG’s Michelle Forbes will reprise Lloyd Bridges’ Commander Cain character.)

3:43 pm — Mary McDonnell thanks the fans, mentions attending the first BSG convention and discovering how wonderful BSG fans are. “I thank you deeply. You’re great.”

3:45 pm — David Eick talks about how the passion of fans forces the show to be better. James Callis: “the show is a dialogue. It becomes… what is all this about? Why? What’s the point in fighting? What’s the point in life?”

3:47 pm — Ron Moore: “Is the show planned out years in advance? Yeah, I’m on vacation.” Laughs. “No, it’s not.” Moore and David Eick had a rough idea of the show before it begun, but it’s since evolved, and become more ambitious. And… “I have a rough idea of what the end of the show is.” But it’s an organic process. “If you try to maintain the ideas you had at the outset, it’s very restrictive and the show doesn’t breath.”

3:49 pm — Question for James Callis: “Is Baltar a villain, hero, or sex maniac?” Definitely a sex maniac. “Baltar wants to be a good guy, but he’s just made mistakes.”

3:50 pm — Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) has arrived!

3:53 pm — Will Cain and Sheba be on the show? Ron Moore: “Cain, yes. Sheba, no.” Audience expresses disappointment that Sheba won’t be in this version of BSG. “You win some, you lose some.”

3:55 pm — The cast is giving Sackhoff a ribbing because she’s so late to the panel. They keep referring questions to her. “Isn’t that right, Katee?”, etc. She seems slightly embarrased.

3:57 pm — Ron Moore says he will try to get back to the blog and podcasts. He’s enjoyed doing them, but finds it hard to do on top of producing weekly episodes.

3:58 pm — Preview of the new SciFi show from Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin: “The Triangle”

4:00 pm — Panel ends. The cast stays on stage for a few moments, then heads out (presumably to fly back to Toronto).

Update: we’ve uploaded a photo gallery of today’s panel to Flickr.

How to make a “Cylon Shooter”

July 11, 2005 at 11:10 pm | Cast & Crew

Cylon Shooter

The SciFi channel just aired a funny promo for Galactica that features Grace Park (Boomer) and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo) making a BSG-inspired cocktail drink called a “Cylon Shooter”.

It contains these ingredients:
• “A little bit of Lichee — something exotic”
• Coconut Creme
• Lichee Juice
• Grenadine
• Vodka
• Tabasco Sauce
• Cherries

Boomer never actually explains how much of each ingredient goes into a Cylon, but we’ll take a stab at it.

1. Blend the lichee fruit, coconut creme, and lichee juice into a nice creamy consistency.
2. Pour the mixture into the bottom half of a shot glass.
3. Next, add enough vokda to fill the shotglass to 3/4’s of its height. (More is okay, but don’t forget you’ll need some room at the top for the next step.)
4. Add a dollop of tabasco sauce “for that kick”.
5. Pour grenadine into the center of the drink, allowing it to bubble up from the bottom. (This step gives the drink its signature “Cylon red” look.)
6. Place a cherry on top.
7. Drink to the Cylons… umm… Colonials!

To view the clip (and several screencaps), check out Northern Lights, a Helo fansite.

TV Guide’s SciFi Friday sweepstakes

July 11, 2005 at 10:07 pm | Battlestar News

TV Guide sweepstakes

TV Guide has launched an interesting sweepstakes to promote its upcoming series of special issues that focus on the SciFi channel’s Friday lineup (which includes BSG and two Stargate series).

Friday nights on Sci Fi are out of this world, but TV Guide wants to give you the chance to watch three of the hottest shows on Sci Fi — Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis — any night you want. Enter now to win an exclusive Sci Fi DVD package, including the original Battlestar Galactica series, Battlestar Galactica the miniseries, Battlestar Galactica Season 1, the complete Stargate SG-1 set and Stargate Atlantis (Season 1), plus a Sci Fi iPod Photo.

And it doesn’t stop there! Five lucky winners will receive a complete set of autographed TV Guide covers, signed by the stars of all three of these Sci Fi shows. So enter today and every day through July 22 for your chance to win!”

BSG Icon Set

July 8, 2005 at 11:28 pm | Fan Art

Greg Perkins has created a beautiful set of Battlestar Galactica icons.

“Out of my compulsion to tweak as many aspects of the GUI as is
reasonable, and surround myself with BSGness, I’ve created an OS X
icon set of all the BSG ships I’ve been able to find on the web, from
Zoic test renders to screencaps from the SciFi channel website.”

Don’t worry, Windows users. At our urging, Greg has provided a WinXP set too!

BSG icons

Download icons: Mac OS X | Windows XP

Battlestar Galactica — The Widget!

July 5, 2005 at 10:40 pm | Site News

BSG Season 2 widget

We released our new Battlestar Galactica widget this morning.

The widget displays the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the start of Season 2. (You were probably counting in your head anyway, right?)

For those who aren’t familiar with widgets, they’re a very cool feature that Apple introduced in Mac OS X Tiger (the latest version of the Macintosh operating system).

As Apple puts it: “Dashboard is home to widgets: mini-applications that let you perform common tasks and provide you with fast access to information. With a single click, Dashboard appears, complete with widgets that bring you a world of information — real-time weather, stock tickers, flight information and more — instantly. Dashboard disappears just as easily, so you can get back to what you were doing.”

So far, the response has been tremendous. We’ve had over 500 widget downloads in less than 24 hours. If you haven’t downloaded the Galacticaa widget yet, please check it out.

(To install, just click on the widget icon at the top of the sidebar on the right and follow the instructions.)

Welcome to Galacticaa

July 4, 2005 at 12:59 pm | Site News

Ok, for starters, the new Battlestar Galactica series kicks ass.

State-of-the-art visual effects, documentary-style camera work, brilliant casting, absolutely first-class writing, and a bone-chilling premise. BSG is clearly some of the best science fiction — increasingly, I’m thinking it actually is the best — to ever grace the small screen.

One has to wonder… “what would Star Trek have been like if Paramount and Rick Berman had let Ron Moore take the gloves off?”

So, since we are all very lucky bastards to be watching this series, I’ve created this blog as a place for BSG fans to salivate over new episodes, awash ourselves in fandom, and generally enjoy all things Galactica.

May the “Frak” be with you…