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Saturday, October 15, 2005
Battlestar Blog
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:33 am

Ron Moore has a new blog entry.

h/t: The Unofficial Battlestar Galactica Blog

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Thursday, October 13, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:20 pm

For a little relief from Judicial Wars comes a Battlestar Q&A with Ron Moore with some hints about the rest of the season.

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Saturday, October 8, 2005
Trek and Google
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:24 am

I have caught several old episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (which, in some ways is still the “new” Trek in my mind) and have noted an interesting phenomenon that is clearly an artifact of mid-1980s thinking and writing. (TiVo is a wonderful thing).

On several occasions (the first I noted was in Darmok and then in The Naked Now ) the idea of a computer search for some nugget of information is considered to be some sort of huge deal. In Darmok it seems like at one point the computer had found several hundreds references, and it was considered to be a multi-hour problem not worth pursuing because it would be too arduous to undertake the full search (and that was with Data doing it). I’m thinking a) that isn’t that many hits and b) don’t that have “search within results” in the 24th Century?

In fact, what seems commonplace now, really wasn’t so common place in the 1980s (indeed, didn’t exist), so it is no shock that the writers didn’t think like the Googlefied persons we have all become. (And a quick search of Google indicates that “Googlefied” is not a new word-something that it might have taken Data hours to figure out on TNG).

I will note that Data found what he needed in the Naked Now with far less info to go on than he had in Darmok. Granted, a lot of this is TV Show Script Logic, but still.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005
More BSG
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:10 pm

The Battlestar Wiki’s page for the episode Pegasus lists a number of deleted scenes that, on balance, seem to re-inforce at least some of my observations about the military-civilian problems created by Pegasus’s arrival.

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BSG Blogging: Pegasus
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:19 pm

First: curse whomever it was that decided to make us wait until January for the rest of season two.

Second, some thoughts:

  • Cain’s Guilt: There is clearly more to the Pegasus’story than Cain has let on, and I think that whatever those details are will help explain her general motivations.
  • Indeed, Cain’s general reaction to finding a fleet with 40ish thousand humans didn’t seem normal. There was never anything to indicate that the Pegasus crew or command staff was pleased that there were as many human survivors of the Holocaust as there were. They were pleased to have additional military assets, yes, but general pleasure over the number of humans who were still alive? None. This was underscored by the fact that Pegasus was willing to restock Galactica but was not willing to send supplies to the civilian ships. It was almost as if the civilian population didn’t really matter. Either this all plays into a back story that has yet to be fully revealed, or it was lazy writing to help up the tension level.

  • Overall, even though Cain throws Adama a bone of congratulations after reading the logs, she really seems to have no comprehension of what the Fleet signifies, or what it has been through. Certainly she affords neither Adama nor Roslin any respect. Now, it could be that she was always an egotistical jerk, or she has been traumatized, or both.
  • Indeed, to move outside the world of BSG into our own, I thought that there were some problems with the script. Specifically: the conflict between the two Battlestar crews was too immediate and too clichéd. That there would be that much immediate animosity given the fact that what we have here is the reuniting of two of the last remnants of humanity didn’t seem real on a program that has treated human emotions and responses to difficult situations as well as it has to date.

  • Speaking of cliches-at this point I do not entertain the notion that Cain or any of the Pegasus are Cylons. That would be too trite, and rather disappointing. No, I think that the ultimate answer is going to be that Cain and her crew simply had a very different reaction to the attack, the Holocaust and their survival than did Galactica and the Fleet. Indeed, it gets back to Adama’s admission on Kobol to Roslin that had it not been for her, he would have gone after the Cylons and that he and his crew would have died.
  • Clearly the response of the Pegasus’ crew has been to lapse more deeply into an extreme militarized existence, while Galactica’s situation, with a civilian government and population in the equation has lessened some of the more strident elements of the military existence.
  • Of course, along those lines, both crews did see fit to employ extreme methods of interrogation, crossing the line into torture, with Cylon captures. Of course, Starbuck’s usage of beating and the bucket of water on Leoben pales in comparison, on several level, to the gang-raping of Pegasus’ Number Six. It is noteworthy, though, that also along with the thought above, part of what put a stop to Stabuck’s interplay with Leoben was the intervention of the President. Whether intention or not, I think that the writings are making a point in comparing the two Battlestars in terms of the mitigating influence that civilian control of the military can have. And again, the key role of Roslin is brought to light.
  • It is odd and disturbing that that many of the Pegasus’ crew would be so into the whole gang rape activity.
  • Clearly, Galactica’ exposure to both iterations of Sharon have tempered their views of how to deal with the Cylons (and I don’t just mean Tyrol and Helo). As a side note: given their fight in the previous episode, it was quite interesting, and logical, that Helo and Tyrol would go together to save Sharon.
  • It is odd that the main goal of the Pegasus seems not to be consolidating and protecting humanity’s last remnant and exploring the whole Earth business, but rather they seem more interested simply in taking over—although that may feed into the whole guilt angle and the hyper-militarization angle. Still, it is odd. It is as if finding the Fleet didn’t really change the status quo all that much for Cain and company.

Fanboy Nitpick: why couldn’t Sharon fight off her attempted rape more effectively? Cylons, even the female one, have been demonstrated to be far stronger than humans—so handling three men shouldn’t have been that hard. Granted, there were also men with guns, but still—especially once help arrived, I was surprised she didn’t fight back more ferociously. I am also surprised Cain didn’t order Sharon transferred to Pegasus along with Tyrol and Helo.


(Part of the OTB Sunday Drive).

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Sunday, September 18, 2005
May it be So
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 11:33 am

SyFy Portal is reporting that BSG has been given an unofficial green light for a third season.

Hopefully this will become official shortly.

h/t: The Unofficial Battlestar Galatica Blog

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Thursday, September 15, 2005
Robert Wise, RIP
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:42 am

The The Florida Masochist e-mails to note that director Robert Wise has passed away at age 91.

He is probably best known for the classic musicals The Sound of Music and West Side Story.

Trek geeks will also know that he directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Here’s the AP story.

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Monday, September 12, 2005
BSG News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:08 am

I noticed in my TiVo’s Season Pass Manager last night that BSG is going to have a marathon of Season One episodes on September 20th (starting at 7am central). If you have been wanting to try out the series, but were afraid to jump in, or you missed Season One, fire up your VCRs.

Plus, I am guessing you can get caught up on Season Two during the *sniff* midseason hiatus (just two episodes left, I think).

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Thursday, September 8, 2005
“Midseason Hiatus?”
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:57 pm

What? Excuse me?! Did you say hiatus?!?

Via the SciFi Channel’s events calendar, I see an entry for a Battlestar Midseason Finale

SCI FI’s hit series Battlestar Galactica airs its last episode before the midseason hiatus, “Pegasus.”

What? Only two more episodes until a hiatus?

All I can think to say is this (granted, not a perfect fit, but fellow geeks will understand the sentiment).

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Set Your TiVos!
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:42 pm

Hy-larious (via the SciFi Wire): Shatner To Sing Trek

Original Star Trek star William Shatner will sing the theme from his show at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on CBS, TV Guide Online reported. Shatner, now on the cast of ABC’s Boston Legal, will be joined by opera star Frederica von Stade.

The stunt is part of a segment called “Emmy Idol,” in which actors will perform classic TV theme songs throughout the telecast and viewers will pick a winner.

That right there is enough to get me to TiVo the thing.

h/t: reader Adam Jones via e-mail

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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Who Blogging
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 5:17 pm

A new Doctor (the last one didn’t last long): ‘Daunted’ Dr Who begins filming. If the show lasts much longer they will have to deal with the regeneration problem.

See also: Doctor Who, fashion icon

Other Who news:

Sarah Jane makes a return: Past Dr Who companion to return

And, K-9 returns (for an episode): Sidekick K9 returns to Doctor Who

One would assume that the two would appear in the same episode, althought the BBC stories do not state such.

I have seen a couple of the recent Eccleston Whos, and they were decent, so hopefully the trend wil continue.

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Shatner Gets it
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:20 pm

Via Trektoday: Shatner, Stewart Discuss Changes In Lives, Star Trek

Shatner said that if he could talk to the producers of Star Trek, he would say, “‘You gotta get outa there, guys. Bring a new team in and see ya later.’” He thinks the franchise should begin again from scratch “with some wonderful writers who love Star Trek” and laughed, when fans shouted that he should do it, “If I’m elected…!”

He is right about the current team (excepting Coto) needing to “get outta here.”

Based on Trek V, I am unlikley to be nominating him to take over, however. Although I will say that the stuff he has done with the Reeves-Stevens has ranged from the decent to the quite good and they work they did on Enterprise was top notch (although too little, too late).

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Trek News
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:12 pm

Via Trektoday: Jendresen Talks Trek XI

Erik Jendresen, who is working on the proposed eleventh Star Trek feature film, announced that he has completed a first draft of a screenplay, Star Trek: The Beginning and turned it in to executives at Paramount Pictures.


Jendresen also confirmed longtime Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman’s previous statements that the film would not incorporate any existing Star Trek characters. “This would take place just a couple of years after the end of the events in Enterprise but well before the original series, and it would look at the inciting incident that started everything,” he said. “We’re looking at a very small group of men and women…there are a couple of ships, including a principal ship, but this is not a traditional captain and crew of a starship story in the least.”

The fact the Berman is still in charge means that all optimism should be checked at the door.

And I find it ironic that they are now thinking about doing what I have long argued should have been the basis for Enterprise: the founding of the Federation.

Maybe they should entitle it Star Trek XI: The Search to Reclaim Lost Opportunities

of course, the film that I’d like to see made is:

Star Trek: Don’t Worry, Berman’s Been Sacked.

I shan’t hold my breath.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Brock Peters, RIP
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:55 pm

Via Reuters: Brock Peters, “To Kill a Mockingbird” actor, dies.

Peters died at his Los Angeles area home on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been undergoing chemotherapy.

And just to show what an uncultured scifi geek I am, I know Peters as playing a Starfleet admiral in Treks IV and VI and as the voice of Darth Vader on NPR’s radio serials of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and have never seen To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005
BSGblogging: Who’s a Cylon?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:13 pm

After lunch the other day, Dr. Scott “Wordhoarder�? Nokes raised the question of “who’s a Cylon�? (America’s fastest growing quiz sensation).

This builds from the revelation from Sharon that there were “eight�? more Cylons in the fleet.

Now, it is possible that she was lying, however eight makes logical sense—as to that point we knew that there were 12 models and we (and the humans) had encountered only 4 at that point in the narrative. Further, it is wholly logical that there be one of each model in the fleet somewhere, so even without her revelation, the likelihood that there are 8 out there is pretty solid.

Here are the five Cylons known to the Fleet:

  • Shelly Godfrey (a version of Number Six) who appeared the episode Six Degrees of Separation and while never confirmed as a Cylon, the crew has to have concluded that she almost certainly was one.
  • Sharon Valerii - Battlestar Wiki. The crews is well acquainted with this model, in more than one incarnation.
  • Aaron Doral: fingered by Baltar, and confirmed to be a Cylon as the suicide bomber in Litmus.
  • Leoben Conoy. His susceptibility to radiation tipped off Adama in the miniseries, and another version was found in the fleet in Flesh and Bone (and was eventually dumped out of the nearest airlock—but not before appearing in President Roslin’s dreams).
  • To this list, a fifth model was revealed (and Starbuck has seen him), the Doctor(Simon) in The Farm. Certainly one of his model is in the fleet.

Ok, so are any of the regular Cylons?

Well, there are some who can’t possibly be Cylons:

  • Baltar: Since Six wants to mate with him, he can’t very well be a Cylon, now can he?

  • Helo: The whole mating with Sharon routine.

  • The Chief: same reason.
  • Starbuck: same reason (although not with Sharon).
  • Commander Adama: having procreated himself, it would be hard for him to be a Cylon.
  • Lee Adama: Having been the results of above-noted procreation, he, too, is above suspicion.

So, who are the other 7?

Some possibilities:

  • Billy Keikeya: if anything, because he has been pursuing a romantic relationship with Dualla. Further, he is just too good and he has lately seemed to have plans of his own. Of course, Dualla would have to be a suspect as well, but since Billy is the one who initiated the relationship, I think that he is ore likely.
  • Gaeta. It would appear that he is on the list of many (at least he is on Nokes’ list and the Battlestar Wikki notes that many suspect him. He could have been the one to plant the Cylon device in CiC that Baltar noted in the miniseries, however, I am unconvinced at the moment.
  • Either of the Tighs (Saul or Ellen)—they both seem far too human to be Cylons.
  • Ditto Tom Zarek.
  • Cally did shoot Boomer, which might have been to keep the Fleet from gaining info from her.

So, really, I am going with Billy for sure, Gaeta maybe, and more likely than not the rest are in position we have not yet seen. I think that one will end up being planted in Zarek’s cabal in some capacity.

Also, a question: when it is said that there are “12 models�? is that inclusive of the Centurions and the Raiders? If so, that would diminish the number of humanoid Cylons.

My money is one 12 humanoids, however, to correspond in some way to the Twelve Lords of Kobol.

Also some speculation: there are 6 females and 6 males. So far we have seen only 2 females (Six and Sharon) and three males (Leoben, Doral and Simon).

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