Cast & Crew

Cally does Tiki Bar TV

June 23, 2006 at 7:29 am | Cast & Crew

Derek Powazek has spotted Nicki Clyne, who plays Specialist Cally on Battlestar Galactica, in a recent episode of the Tiki Bar TV podcast:

Battlestar Galactica may be in-between seasons after one of the most daring cliffhangers in TV history, but that doesn’t mean the characters are just hanging around waiting for Ron to call.

I may be one of the few people out there who’s a member of both the Battlestar Galactica community of nerddom and the Tiki Bar TV support group, but I couldn’t help but notice that Galactica’s Specialist Cally (aka Nicki Clyne) showed up on the most recent episode of Tiki Bar TV as the adorable Spock-eared girl from space.

To see it for yourself, read the full blog post from Derek, then subscribe to the Tiki Bar TV podcast.

BSG Season 2 CD Release Party

June 13, 2006 at 9:15 am | Events, Cast & Crew

Official BSG: Season Two Soundtrack Album Release Show

I was lucky to be one of the very few fans that got tickets to Sunday night’s Official Battlestar Galactica: Season Two Soundtrack Album Release Show in Los Angeles.

I actually live in San Diego, not LA, but it’s close enough that I’d figure it’d be worth the drive up (and the more painful drive home… I didn’t get back until 2am Monday morning). And it’s Galactica, right?

The Mint

The party was held at The Mint in Los Angeles

So, let’s get to it. The doors were supposed to open at 7pm, so I arrived around 6:30. Initially, there were only half a dozen fans, but the line eventually grew to maybe 20 or 30 people before we started entering the club.

Sold out

The reason we all came

The Mint is actually a fairly small space on the inside. As you enter, there’s a bar to your immediate right, then to the left is the stage, a small open floor, and a few booths on either side of the stage.

Given the size of the venue and the makeup of the crowd, I’d say that most of the people who attended the party were friends of Bear McCreary’s and/or other people who work on Galactica. So fans who got tickets were pretty damn lucky.

BT4 starts the show up

Once everybody was settled in, the show got going. First up was lead singer BT4, backed by Bear McCreary, Paul Cartwright, and Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez with a set of five songs.


Bear McCreary and BT4

For those who don’t know, BT4 is one of several musicians who contributes to the BSG soundtrack, but he also happens to be the younger brother of Bear McCreary.

BT4’s best talent is his enthusiasm. With only one album so far, his sound is still a work in progress, but his voice is amazing and the last two or three songs in the set were strong. BTW, BT4 would like you to know that his website is — he kept shouting it out during the show, but in a funny way that didn’t annoy.

Surprise! Richard Hatch takes the stage!!!

When BT4 finished, Richard Hatch jumped up on stage to introduce the first set of video clips from the show. I’d seen him enter The Mint while we were all standing in line, but it was still an unexpected appearance on this part.

Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch / Apollo / Tom Zarek

Richard was, as always, a complete gentleman. Once on stage, he revealed that Tom Zarek is really the original Apollo… after Galactica 1980, Apollo disappeared and wound up in a fleet prison barge. He rotted there for 25 years and eventually became Zarek. “What 25 years in jail can do to a man…”

Video presentation (Part 1)

The first video clip sequence consisted of many of the themes Bear has written cut against some of the more spectacular moments from Season 2. I didn’t have a clear view of the screen, so I wasn’t able to take any notes about what was shown. But it was a moving reminder of everything the Galactica crew faced during the 2nd season.

The BSG Band

When it finished, the full Battlestar Galactica band, orchestra, group — whatever you want to call them — came on stage. This was basically everyone who played with BT4 plus some of the other musicians who work on the show (many of which were formerly members of Oingo Boingo.)

BSG Band

Bear McCreary, BT4, Steve Bartek, Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, Paul Cartwright, and M.B. Gordy

Bear McCreary, BT4, and Steve Bartek

Bear McCreary, BT4 (is he a Cylon?), and Steve Bartek

Steve Bartek

Steve Bartek

Chris Bleth and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, and Paul Cartwright

Chris Bleth, Raya Yarbrough, and Paul Cartwright

M.B. Gordy

M.B. Gordy (also a Cylon?)

Two other guys I should mention are John Avila and Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez. These guys are awesome, but I wasn’t able to get good pics of either of them. (There are bios and pics on Bear’s website, though.)

The 1st set

For the first set, the group played five tracks. Since they didn’t have the full orchestra on hand, the songs naturally tended towards the percussion side.

1. Baltar’s dream (from Valley of Darkness)
2. Pegasus (from Pegasus)
3. Roslin and Adama (from Resurrection Ship, Part 1 and 2)
4. The Cylon Prisoner (from Pegasus)
5. Lords of Kobol (from Pegasus)

Video presentation (Part 2)

After the first set, the band took a break and the videos returned. The second video show featured Bear talking about his process a bit, and then short, funny interviews with each musician. BT4 played a funny song about working in outer space. Paul Cartwright appeared to accept cash for saying good things about Bear. Avila, Fernandez, and Gordy also appeared.

The 2nd set

1. Standing in the Mud (from Black Market)
2. Something Dark is Coming (from Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1)
3. A Mess of Me (Raya) — Raya’s version of the ‘Roslin and Adama’ theme
4. Gina escapes (from Resurrection Ship, Part 2)
5. Black Market (from Black Market)
6. Wander My Friends (from The Hand of God — Season 1)

The 3rd track was a reworking of the Adama/Roslin theme by Raya Yarbrough. It was slower, more emotional, and had lyrics that more directly addressed the long-suspected love affair about Adama and Roslin.

CD signing

At the end of the set, Bear thanked everyone for coming and the band left the stage. Soon after, the band grabbed a table next to the stage and began signing CDs. The Season 2 CD isn’t actually on sale yet, but pre-release copies were available for $15.

Signed CD

As you can see, I got my CD signed by everyone who was there.

So, yeah, it was a pretty awesome night. If they have another party next year, I highly recommend going. (Hopefully, they’ll have a bigger venue next time.)

For those who are interested, I’ve uploaded all of my party photos to Flickr.

(And special thanks to Ken Charlson and his wife for hanging with me all night!)

UPDATE: Bear McCreary sent me a copy of the official set list, so the track names are all correct now. Thanks, Bear! (I’ve also added links to the Battlestar Wiki page for each episode).

Pics and recap from Richard Hatch cruise

December 27, 2005 at 12:24 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The Unofficial Battlestar Blog has posted a nice recap of the recent Richard Hatch Grand Mayan Adventure Cruise.

Remember that Richard Hatch vacation cruise I posted about a while back? Well, Jean Williams decided to give herself an early Christmas present and attend. She was nice enough to email me some photos and I recap which I am posting below on her behalf. Enjoy!

Ron Moore renews deal with NBC Universal

December 19, 2005 at 9:01 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Variety is reporting that Ron Moore has renewed his deal with NBC Universal Television. Since I don’t have a subscription to Variety, the details are a bit lacking, but it appears the deal includes plans for Moore to develop additional sci-fi-themed series for NBC Universal. Hopefully, such work will be done in a way that doesn’t distract from Galactica…

“Battlestar Galactica” exec producer Ronald D. Moore has inked a rich overall pact with NBC Universal Television Studio, reupping for another two years. Deal calls for Moore, who exec produced the first season of HBO’s “Carnivale” before joining “Battlestar,” to create and develop series, with an emphasis on sci-fi-themed projects…

(If anyone does have a Variety sub, feel free to share the full text of the article.)

New BSG Videoblog: David and Ron make the rounds

November 24, 2005 at 8:55 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The SciFi channel has just uploaded a new videoblog from Galactica producer David Eick.

In this episode, shot during the third day of filming on Episode 215, David Eick returns to the ‘Starlight Lounge’ set, but now joined by Ron Moore.

In their travels, the pair run across Jamie Bamber (Apollo); a wonderful actress who guest-stars in Episode 215 (but shall go unnamed here to avoid spoiling things); Stephen McNutt, BSG’s Director of Photography; Patricia Murray, Key Make-up Artist; Harvey Frand (Producer), Kandyse McClure (Duala); and Paul Campbell (Billy), who once again, can get no respect.

Warning: this videoblog entry contains more than a few spoilers, so if you want to know nothing about future episodes, don’t watch it.

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(Thanks to Greg Perkins for spotting this on the dradis!)

TV Guide reveals new Starbuck developments

November 23, 2005 at 9:00 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

The current issue of TV Guide has revealed new details about Starbuck’s role during the rest of BSG Season 2.

These are definitely spoilers, so swipe the invisotext if you really want to know…

Starbuck Gets a Promotion

Look for a certain cigar-chomping woman to be on top when Battlestar Galactica returns with 10 new episodes beginning January 6. In a female-power move, Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) promotes Lieutenant Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) to captain and commander of the Air Group. This puts the rebellious pilot in a bind. “I don’t think she loves being in charge. You can’t screw around and cause trouble,” Sackhoff tells TV Guide. It also throws a monkey wrench in her already fractious relationship with fellow pilot and potential soul mate Apollo (Jamie Bamber): She’s now his boss. “It’s about time he had to listen to her,” Sackhoff jokes.

Another of Galactica’s strong women, President Roslin (Mary McDonnell) will be fleshed out in flashbacks to the former teacher’s life before her abrupt ascent to office. No word yet on whether she got any intergalactic romantic action back then.”

New BSG Videoblog: Billy gets no respect!

November 19, 2005 at 10:17 am | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Billy gets no respect

The SciFi channel has just uploaded a new videoblog from Galactica producer David Eick.

In this episode, David shares hosting duties with Paul Campbell (who plays Billy on the show). As Billy walks through Galactica’s set, he runs across Kandyse McClure (Duala), Jamie Bamber (Apollo), and other cast & crew members. But the reaction isn’t quite what he was expecting…

Note: this videoblog was shot during Episode 215, so you may potentially run across a few spoilers.

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BSG-Online interviews Zoic Studios

November 18, 2005 at 4:12 pm | Cast & Crew


Battlestar Galactica-Online, the French BSG fansite, has just posted an interview with Matt Gore, Emile Edwin Smith, and Chris Zapara, three of the visual effects artists who help create the outstanding visual effects present in each episode of Galactica.

The interview includes a bit about the tools Zoic uses to make Battlestar Galactica, how the team created the Ragnar Expanse seen in the miniseries, the ideas behind the design of the Pegasus ship, and their love for Firefly (where Zoic pioneered many of the visual effects techniques used for Galactica).

While BSG-Online is a French site, and appropriately written in French, this interview was translated into English, so there’s no reason not to check it out.

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Katee Sackhoff casts doubt on future Starbuck/Starbuck pairing

November 11, 2005 at 10:49 am | Battlestar News, Galactica '78, Cast & Crew

In a recent interview with TV Zone, Katee Sackhoff seems to put an end to any future on-screen pairing with Dirk Benedict, the actor who originated the Starbuck role in Galactica ‘78:

“If you add up the amount of time Dirk Benedict spent playing the character, not the years obviously but the number of episodes, I’m more Starbuck than he is, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

It’s the kind of fighting talk that Starbuck’s famous for, and Sackhoff certainly shares her character’s feisty tendencies. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks, which is something Dirk Benedict should have known before he decided to lay into the new version of his famous character. While Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original series, has become a regular in the cast, Benedict has been openly critical of Battlestar’s new incarnation, and Sackhoff positively bristles when she talks about her predecessor.

“If Dirk pitched up to work on the show I’d probably quit,” she says. “I met him in Los Angeles and I thought we’d really hit it off, he was a great guy, he was very complimentary and very un-Hollywood. Then he turned around a month later and talked complete crap about the show and the actors on it. He wrote an article saying the network sold out and my character was more brash than his character.

“I felt like he’d stabbed me in the back. I know that sounds like me being very sensitive but I felt very befriended by him, then I read that about a month later.”

And, yesterday, the Huntsville Times published an interview with Dirk Benedict. It doesn’t mention the Starbuck issue specifically, but it’s an interesting read. (Benedict will be appearing at the NovaconUSA sci-fi convention this weekend.)

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The Return of Ron Moore

October 14, 2005 at 5:16 pm | Battlestar News, Cast & Crew

Ron Moore has just updated his long-dormant blog on the SciFi Channel website:

Today is something of a notable day, in that we’re putting out first drafts on the final three episodes of Season Two, which means that we’re now officially in the endgame. There’s a sense of relief, coupled with sadness, now that the last first drafts are being published, because it means that the heavy-lifting (in terms of writing) has come to a close, and that the final stories have been laid before us. When I was at Trek, and doing 26 hours a year, the end of the season was more an occasion for the bleary-eyed and nearly brain-dead staff to plan their escapes from the Hart Building and grab a few blissful days of drunken vacation before returning to plan out the next season than it had a taste of the bittersweet. With Galactica, while the end does bring with it the happy thoughts of not having to start with a blank page again this year and the reward of time spent thinking about something besides Kara’s missing ovaries (”Now, where did I leave those ovaries? They were right here a minute ago…”) it’s also a reminder of just how fast this trip is going. Two seasons and a miniseries nearly under our belt at this point. How is that possible? I can’t decide if I’m just getting old or if the special quality of this experience is truly making it all seem like it’s roaring past me at an impossibly fast pace.

Other interesting tidbits: Moore talks about the original ending of ‘Home: Part II’, screwing up something really bad in an episode (he doesn’t say what), and avoiding Star Trek’s tendency toward technobabble.

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