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Classic Battlestar Galactica Fans See their Day Come at Last?

After enduring five years of Time Magazine and every idiot rambling on about “The Final Five”, fans of the classic Battlestar Galactica may be seeing a ray of hope after all, as word is that after flubbing Superman and with his future on the man in the suit uncertain, Bryan Singer will be doing a Battlestar Galactica movie instead.

This news isn’t completely out of the blue. Singer has a well known fondness for making sequels to classic franchises and had actually put a lot of work into a Battlestar Galactica sequel at one point. And with Hollywood remaking anything and everything, this was practically bound to happen sooner or later. Star Trek’s success over the summer was likely a major priming factor for getting a Battlestar Galactica project moving along, and with Hollywood being what it is, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more Space Opera reboots on track. Lost in Space is once again the likeliest possibility, even though it was already done once.

Naturally Mooretards are whining that there’s no need for a movie, what with Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica having finished off the story so spectacularly well by having some people turn out to be angels, while the rest give up their technology and die of starvation on a prehistoric earth. But this just puts them in the same position as the classic BSG fans who were pissed about what Ron Moore did to their show. Now it’s the turn of the Mooretard BSG fans to begin shouting, “Get off my lawn.” Something they probably thought they wouldn’t have to do for years and years.

I’ve got to tell you though, the thought of a Battlestar Galactica movie that actually revolves around Cylon robots as the bad guys, instead of a bad soap opera in which a whole bunch of annoying people spend years shrieking at each other, sleeping with each other, committing suicide and then coming out as secret Cylons or angels… is pretty damn refreshing.

How Ron Moore Went from SF’s Golden Boy to its Goat

Not all that long ago, it was taken as gospel that Ron Moore was the biggest genius to hit TV Science Fiction since JMS. Of course that was when the SciFi Channel was running ads for Battlestar Galactica’s final season that pretentiously mimicked the Last Supper. Then the season finale came around at last and most people finally got it, even the die hards, that Ron Moore’s remake of Battlestar Galactica was worthless self-involved pretentious junk. Around the time that all the starships set sail for the sun and the survivors decided to commit suicide by giving up their technology in a prehistoric earth, the shark was jumped. And Ron Moore’s rep went with it. Now Caprica is being studiously ignored, and in a well deserved way too, as it seems that Ron Moore can’t turn in a show people actually want to watch, without someone else’s IP to play with. Case in point, Star Trek, Roswell and Battlestar Galactica itself. And then there’s Virtuality, Ron Moore’s brand new spanking original series debuting in the FOX Friday Night deathslot, but not just at any time, but in June. Kiss that spaceship goodbye. Not only are the promo photos being mocked over wheelchair dude in space and the outfits, but it’s clear that Ron Moore’s halo of pretentious invulnerability is gone. Maybe he shouldn’t have flown all those ships into the sun after all.

The 2008 Presidential Election in Battlestar Galactica terms

Gaius Baltar – Barack Obama – Handsome yet somewhat effete, despite his elitism he is equally comfortable with activism or intellectualism. He preaches a gospel of brotherhood and easy answers, yet is suspected by more conservative elements of siding with the enemy in part because of his dubious religious affiliation which includes a cult of personality. He is adept at propounding a larger Utopian vision in speeches and in book form, yet to many lacks credibility because his own loyalties appear unclear and his answers are a little too pat to believe. This candidate naturally rouses suspicion because he has become so adept at reinventing himself in different roles that no one is sure exactly who he is anymore.

Lee Adama – George W. Bush – With a background as a pilot and a career boosted by his father’s nepotism and a shadowy adviser, this candidate may not be smart but he is handsome and glib. Despite a substance abuse problem in the background and resentment toward his father, his father has groomed him as a natural leader. Yet his confident and easy manner may hide poor planning and difficulty anticipating and reacting to unpredictable events. While at first glance he may appear to be a militarist, he is actually a compromiser with natural people skills.

President Laura Roslin – Hillary Clinton – Having jumped from an incidental position on the periphery of government to holding major political power, this candidate has faced the challenge of being a woman fighting for power in wartime and may appear outwardly cold and ruthless. The longer the struggle for power goes on, the less she finds herself able to remove the mask of power she wears. The price she pays for that is that while she is able to maintain power, public dislike of her makes her vulnerable to overthrow by Gaius/Obama whose sunny optimism and seeming sincerity is far more acceptable to the public than her methodical effectiveness.

Saul Tigh – John McCain – Old and grizzled, this candidate has seen war and has come home only to find that he is now the enemy to many of his own people. Though he once saw things in black and white, he has slowly adopted a more complex worldview that may make him for negotiating the realities of a shifting battlefield where the sides may not be what they seem. However his anger management problem and his tendency to brood may make him an unpredictable leader. His greatest strength is his acute understanding of his own flaws and dogged loyalty.

Tom Zarek – Bob Barr – His ideas are politically radical and he doesn’t expect them to actually succeed, but his vision of present day society is so corrupted that he is willing to fight ruthlessly to overthrow the establishment even though he does not seriously believe he will ever win. He enjoys the fight so much that it comes as a surprise to him to realize that his very radicalism has made it impossible for him to effect the change he so badly wants.

Sure they’re just similarities but when the line between politics and entertainment is so thin already, why not make it a little thinner.

Battlestar Galactica Answers – Convergence Rather Than Conflict

With Season 4 it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Battlestar Galactica of the first two seasons, of humans pitted in a life and death bid to escape Cylon genocide is dead and buried, no particular pun intended. Exodus put the effective kibosh on Cylon extermination of the remaining humans, which was done even beforehand when Cylons had most of the surviving human population in their hand and didn’t even try to kill them until the very end.

The remainder of Season 3 was spent on humans fighting among themselves while they and the Cylons pursued the mystery of Earth.

By Season 4 that’s the template, added to that is the fact that many of the key members of Battlestar Galactica’s crew are Cylons and one more is still missing. With an internal Cylon civil war and raiders who won’t attack humans, we’re departing away from conflict and toward convergence. Add on the rise of Baltar’s new faith, nothing quite as simplistic as Mormonism, even if Baltar now has his own harem of women, but a feel good monotheism, and the differences are blurring away. Disappointing as it will likely be to most fans, by the time both sides reach Earth or the closest analogue, what remains of the Cylons and humans will shake hands and live together, if there are even any actual humans left by then.

The old gods are dying and there’s a distinct shortage of humans remaining. With Boomer, the Chief, Tigh and Anders as Cylons. With the President dying, you don’t have a lot of main human characters left. Assuming that one more of them will be revealed as a Cylon and if that one is Admiral Adama, who has after all been imprisoned in a Cylon facility, we’ve got Starbuck and Helo and Geata as humans. Not much of a lineup anymore.

The Perfection of Evil

Battlestar Galactica 4×02 Six of One trailer

Battlestar Galactica 4×01 He That Believeth in Me episode review

Battlestar Galactica finally returns from its long hiatus with its 4th season opener S4e01 He That Believeth In Me. As is usual on Battlestar Galactica the religious symbolism is far from subtle with Kara Thrace returned from the dead with a vision guiding them to Earth that no one will listen to while the despised Gaius Baltar huddles with a mostly female cult in a hidden chamber dedicated to the worship of him that allows him to connect to God.

By the end of Crossroads Part 2, Baltar was free but reviled and Kara Thrace had returned with a messianic message. By the end of He That Believeth In Me everything has been flipped around again with Baltar in the messianic role and Kara Thrace, suspected and reviled and seemingly on the verge of assassinating President Laura Rosyln, not that anyone would actually mind.

In between the Cylon ambush of the fleet destroys a ship with 600 on board and brings the entire fleet close to devastation, until a Cylon eyeballs Anders literally and gets a red recognition glow back from him, proving that ordinary Cylons seem to recognize the final four, while Boomer seemingly does not, but Number Six senses their closeness. Paradoxically while Kara is suspected of being a Cylon, half the ship is actually being run by Cylons until we get right down to the absurdity of Anders telling Kara that his love for her wouldn’t change whether she was a Cylon or not. Absurd because Battlestar Galactica has traded away what little of its premise was left for a feel good “It doesn’t matter if we’re killer robots or not, as long as we love each other” conclusion.

Battlestar Galactica Razor Review

With the hype for the release of Battlestar Galactica Razor which involved theatrical screenings in movie theaters you might get the idea that Battlestar Galactica Razor is meant to be a movie. It certainly has some high quality shots of the ship interiors and some of the battle scenes aren’t bad special effects wise (though others make me think of Wing Commander 4), Battlestar Galactica Razor is no movie, try an extra long and extra tedious episode.

Pretentiousness has a certain quality on Battlestar Galactica, usually it’s an in depth examination of the poor choices people make accompanied by sonorous music. Battlestar Galactica Razor scores on both points. Basically BSG Razor features a flashback of Major Shaw’s time with Admiral Caine inside a flashback that takes place in the ‘present day’ which is itself somewhere in the second half of the second season apparently. The only way you could call Battlestar Galactica Razor a setup for Battlestar Galactica’s fourth season is by pointing to the ending that has a ‘haunting’ warning about Kara Thrace.

If Battlestar Galactica Razor was meant to examine Admiral Cain though, it fails miserably. Not only does Admiral Cain turn out to be the stereotype vicious lesbian, but she comes off as petty and incompetent. Her first attack commits the Pegasus to an obvious trap and she refuses to withdraw no matter how obvious the trap gets. She executes her XO, also Andromeda’s XO (which I guess qualified him for this role) and revenges herself on her lesbian cylon lover, who turns out to be Pegasus’ Number Six with a dye job, by having her raped and beaten, and then goes on to raid the civilian fleet for spare parts. Most of this comes off looking as incompetent and poorly planned, rather than the dedicated ruthless strategist she’s supposed to be painted as.

Written by Voyager’s story editor Michael Taylor and developed by Ron Moore, who dedicated his DS9 time to writing all sorts of “War is Hell” and “War Makes Us Do Bad Things” stories, it’s yet another exercise in self-absorption that really goes nowhere. It shows us three commanders, all of whom make bad decisions. Cain who’s brittle as an ice pick rather than the razor she pretends to be and overcommits and lashes out cruelly. Admiral Adama who’s over the top in cautiousness and Commander Adama who’s suddenly all too willing to toss aside Starbuck’s life and Admiral Adama who’s willing to let him, despite the fact that both men would go nearly nuts every time her life was at risk. So in the end Battlestar Galactica Razor is not worth the price of admission.

Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Overview

From its turbulent beginning on occupied New Caprica where human suicide bombers struck at Cylon occupiers and their all too human collaborators to the shattering ending that revealed major figures in the crew were Cylons and undermined the morality of everything that had gone before, Season 3 was arguably Battlestar Galactica’s most explosive season yet.

With its four opening episodes, “Battlestar Galactica” Season 3 began after the previous season’s election of Baltar, the detonation of a nuclear device provided by Baltar to terrorists seeking accommodation with the Cylons (Battlestar Galactica’s equivalent of Wing Commander’s Mandarins), the settlement of New Caprica leaving the Galactica and the Pegasus with skeleton crews as most of the characters, including Chief Tyrol, Colonel Tigh, Kara Thrace and former President Roslin go down to settle the planet. This is followed by a Cylon invasion and the fall of New Caprica under Cylon rule.

Read it all here Battlestar Galactica Season 3 An Overview

Battlestar Galactica Spoilers for Season 4

I know all Battlestar Galactica fans are just amped up over the amazing storytelling of the Season 3 finale. Now exclusively on Space Ramblings, we offer up some spoilers for Season 4. Don’t read on, if you don’t want to be spoiled.

* The entire crew of the Galactica and all of the humans on all the ships actually turn out to be Cylons.

When asked whether the show has a point anymore, now that the entire cast are Cylons, Ron Moore winked enigmatically and said, “That’s the point.”

* In a very special Christmas episode, Lee, Admiral Adama and President Roslin have random flashbacks of Caprica and contemplate killing themselves. Again.

* Baltar becomes reelected President of the Colonies after Lee delivers a long speech explaining that we’re all flawed, so who are we to deny a traitor the right to be President. All the extras applaud, except some extras who riot.

* Baltar’s inaugural address promises to betray everyone to the Cylons. The entirely Cylon crew applaud him heartily.

* Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica will briefly switch over to the launch of the Battlestar Galactica spinoff as a crossover with Who’s The Boss featuring Judith Light as a businesswoman on Caprica trying to raise her kids, with Tony Danza as their Cylon nanny.

* It will be revealed in a prophetic dream that all of Season 3 was actually a hallucination and everyone is still under Cylon rule on New Caprica.

* In the next episode, in another hallucination shared by everyone, it’s revealed that Earth never existed in the first place, that Battlestar Galactica is a hallucination and that everyone on the show is actually a patient in a mental ward.

Then Ron Moore runs out from behind the screen blowing a kazoo and waving his arms while yelling, “I fooled you! See, I fooled you,” over the closing credits.

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