Bear McCreary has updated his blog, with his thoughts about Islanded In a Stream of Stars, and offers this piece of news:
One of the biggest challenges of Islanded was actually scoring two different versions of it. In addition to the version you just watched, I also scored an extended version for the DVD release. Not only are many of the dialog scenes expanded, but there are several scenes that were cut entirely from the show that required substantial original music. One of these scenes established that Tyrol is now in the brig for his role in Boomer’s escape and kidnapping of Hera. I was disappointed that this story point was cut from the episode, since Chief’s arc last week was so emotionally powerful.
I'm really glad that (at least a few of the) episodes on the DVD release will be extended cuts... but I also feel like we TV viewers of the series are getting gypped. Though, admittedly Universal really makes their money with BSG on DVD, so it is important to provide a great DVD product. And in the end it's probably the DVD versions that will stick with us as we watch them over and over again, and bring new viewers to the show. I just can't help but think that some of the recent episodes (Deadlock in particular) might have worked better if some of these scenes had been on air. I can't wait to see this Chief in the brig scene on DVD though.