Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Joss Whedon is a fan of Battlestar Galactica:

I'm just sneaking in to say I've been continuing to watch BSG, the wife and I are about halfway through season one and gushing isn't gonna cover this one. You guys have heard me gush, so it won't have any real meaning. You have to imagine Pauline Kael bursting into song, Lionel Barrymoore In "Wonderful Life" jumping up and jitterbugging with George Bailey, the Grinch's heart growing three sizes... you gotta start down there to explain what it feels like up here. I'll put it simply. The show is humbling. Not since the Matrix (the first one) have I had such a strong desire to go to writing school. I think it's so passionate, textured, complex, subversive and challenging that it dwarfs everything on TV. Or in theaters. Or boho perfomances spaces. Stuff hanging in the Tate? Not as cool. I'm not gonna go on, because I have to get back to work and because if I really start, this post will crash the internet from sheer length. Only downsides are a) I was already having a crisis of confidence, thank you very much and b) I can't go near any Sci-Fi mags for fear of spoilers. Apart from that, life is to be loved. The Gods are to be praised. Back to the job. -j.

joss | June 12, 21:18 CET

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A re-imagined Star Trek?

Back in 2004 writers Joe Straczynski and Bryce Zabel got together and created a 14 page pitch to Paramount on how they would do a new Star Trek show. Zabel posted a pdf of the treatment in his blog.

Interestingly, their idea is not unlike Ron Moore's take on Battlestar Galactica, which was to start over. As we know, Moore took a lot of flack from Battlestar fundamentalists who wanted a continuation series instead. But, Ron correctly saw the potential of doing it over, better. The ratings for BSG, critical praise, Hugo Awards, Peabody Award, and likely Emmy nominations have indicated that his way was wise and correct.

So, it's interesting that JMS and Zabel had a similar idea for Trek, to do the 5 year mission over again, with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, in a "re-imagined" Trek universe with new actors filling those iconic roles. And I think after years of pretty dull Trek like Voyager and Enterprise, fans would have been open minded about "re-boot" of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy Star Trek.

(Oddly enough one of the ideas in the treatment, a sort of DNA quest showing the various Trek races to be related was actually also explored in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, that Ron Moore co-wrote called The Chase.)

Anyway, Trek is now in the hands of J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, MI3, etc.) and he plans to be doing a kind of re-boot as well, for the film franchise. The rumor is that he's dusting off and revising Harve Bennett's idea of a Starfleet Academy movie, showing Kirk, Spock and McCoy in their college days. Though, another twist on that rumor is that Matt Damon is who Abrams wants as Kirk... And since Damon is a bit older than college age, one wonders if that's actually the idea? Anyway, supposedly Denny Crane himself approves of Damon taking on the role.

I think the JMS/Zabel project had a lot of potential. It could have been kinda fun.

Anyway, bringing this topic back to Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore and David Eick have shown that doing a "re-boot" or re-imagined version of an established franchise can work very very well, if done right.

Check out the proposed JMS/Zabel version of Trek and decide for yourself.

Friday, June 23, 2006

BSG News

More on Battlestar Galactica season 2.5 coming to DVD in the fall from TV Shows on DVD.

Soundtrack Net reports on a music event that Bear McCreary attended.

Bear McCreary blogs about performing at The Mint recently.

Monday, June 12, 2006


You can find sets of the Battlestar Galactica complete season 2 Emmy consideration DVDs on Ebay. Of course, if you happen to know any Emmy voters, besure they watch BSG so the show will get some highly deserved nominations.

There are many BSG fan created Galactica music videos on YouTube, and this one is very well done and polished.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

DVD 2.5

Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 will be out in September, according to TV Shows on DVD, which has a scan of the DVD box art which can be seen in flyer that comes with the BSG season 2 CD.

Cally on TIki

Nicki Clyne, Specialist Cally, Chief Galen Tyrol's favorite deckhand, can be seen on the latest episode of Tiki Bar TV (one of the best video podcasts) playing a pointy eared space alien learning to dance, and drink. Watch it and enjoy...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New News

Check out the webcast of the Battlestar Galactica pannel discussion at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, with Ron Moore, David Eick, Jamie Bamber, Mary McDonnel, Edward James Olmos, and moderated by TV Guide's Matt Roush.

On Sci Fi Pulse, you can view clips of the Battlestar Galactica team accepting the Peabody Award, watch the creators of South Park praise Battlestar Galactica, and see new deleted scenes from season 2.5 of BSG.

At the MTR event, a season 3 promotional trailer was shown, and The Great Link has a run down of what was shown in it, but with the main spoilers removed.

Tube Socket however relates a few of the spoilers from the trailer and wonders if John Hodgman (seen recently on those neat Mac ads playing the P.C., and on segments of the The Daily Show) is a Cylon.

Finally, a Galactica fan has created a neat opening credits montage for season 3. Maybe season 3's credits will be something similar, though I hope they let Bear McCreary come up with new opening theme. (Since the theme in the U.S. in the first season was different, and in the second season we got the theme that was used in the U.K. and elsewhere, it now kinda makes some sense to change the theme each year, like Christopher Franke did with Babylon 5 each season. There are some impressive tracks on the season 2 score that may even lend themselves to becoming the framework for a new season 3 theme.)