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Make your own Battlestar Galactica video

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 8th 2007 9:31AM
bsg; battlestar galacticaThis might go down as one of the coolest television-related sites ever (besides TV Squad, of course). Sci Fi has launched a Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit where you can make your own videos. And they cut no corners doing it. You can access a handful of scenes, sound effects and music clips from BSG-- and create your own storyline by editing those scenes with scenes you've shot yourself (you've always wanted to fly a Raptor, haven't you?). The finished videos can be up to four minutes long and, according to the website, executive producer David David Eick will choose the best one and play it during an episode of BSG.

All the video scenes are either on land or in space and they don't show any of the characters. Too bad, really. I'd like to edit myself into the boxing episode and kick Lee Adama's ass!

[Via Pop Candy]

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Summer Glau is a terminator

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 6th 2007 7:01PM

summer glauSummer Glau of Firefly has been added to the new FOX pilot The Sarah Conner Chronicles, a continuation of the Terminator movie series. The series begins where Terminator 2: Judgment Day left off. Glau will play a female terminator who confronts Sarah Conner and her son John in the first episode alone with a male terminator, played by Owain Yeoman (The Nine, Kitchen Confidential). Lena Headey will play Sarah Conner, and John Conner will be played by Thomas Dekker.

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Chris Showerman is Flash Gordon?

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 6th 2007 12:01PM

chris showermanIn January, I mentioned that SciFi would, most likely, be developing a Flash Gordon series. Well, they've found their Flash Gordon, and twenty-two episodes have been ordered, so keep your eyes peeled for the show this July. Flash Gordon, which began as a comic strip in the '30s, has been adapted into just about every medium save for wax cylinder recordings. SciFi's plans are to create a show that's lighter in tone than its other series, such as Battlestar Galactica, but not quite as campy as previous incarnations.

CinemaBlend writes that Christopher Showerman, who has previously appeared in movies such as the made-for-video George of the Jungle 2 and Frankenbabe, is being considered to play Flash in the new series.

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TV Squad's The Amazing Screw-On Head giveaway

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 5th 2007 9:00AM
The Amazing Screw-On HeadGather 'round, folks! It's time for a giveaway. This one is all about Sci-Fi's all-new The Amazing Screw-On Head DVD. We've got five (5) copies that need a new home, so come and give it a try.

All you need to do is reply to this post stating your favorite thing about this show. Yessir, it's just as easy as that. But don't forget to check your e-mail to confirm the comment! From the comments, we will randomly select five winners. Be sure to enter by 11:59PM Eastern time, March 5th, 2007, because the drawing will take place tomorrow.

Join quickly! America is depending on you. And by "America", I mean "the world". Godspeed.

Full rules are after the jump.

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Battlestar Galactica: Maelstrom

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 4th 2007 11:58PM
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(S03E17) There are shows that I watch where I can't stand when they rely too much on flashbacks to keep the story moving. Battlestar did this a bit too much in the previous two seasons, though they seem to be getting much smarter about it. This episode was one small example of that.

Now I'll say a bit of something that's spoilery if you haven't caught this episode. I'm a bit disappointed when the goings on outside the show - like casting and contracts - leads to strong hints to the fate of certain members of the cast. Then again, maybe only we nutcase fans of this show knew this information, while others are blissfully ignorant and surprised. Damn you!

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Battlestar Galactica: Dirty Hands

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 25th 2007 11:24PM
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(S03E16) I have to be honest, I have no experience at all with unions, how they work or what it's like being involved in one. Even so, it wasn't difficult to feel something for workers who'd have to endure what the Tylium crew had to deal with for so long.

Usually an episode like this would leave me well disappointed, as there wasn't anything significantly advancing the story. I realize now, with the help of several commenters, that it's episodes like this that are working to help us get a deeper understanding of what's going on with the humans on these ships and especially with the main players.

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Battlestar Galactica: A Day in the Life

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 18th 2007 11:25PM
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(S03E15) I had every intention to start listening to Ron Moore's podcast before this episode aired so I could incorporate his thoughts into my review. But wouldn't you know it, it's delayed this week. Anyway, I'll start next week.

I clearly wasn't alone last week with my disappointment in that episode, and several of you were dreading what was previewed for this week. I've learned some time ago that, with this show, you can't trust what the previews show you, so I try to come into every episode clean.

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Battlestar Galactica renewed for fourth season

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 13th 2007 4:40PM
battlestar galactica; bsgIt's official! Just as the rumor mill predicted, the best show on television (Battlestar Galactica) has been renewed for a fourth season. Production on another 13 episodes resumes this summer with a premiere date in January 2008.

SciFi apparently was waiting to renew to see how BSG would do in its new 10 pm Sunday night timeslot, and apparently the network is happy with the numbers. As it should be. Ratings actually went up 8% when it moved from Fridays.

Although the SciFi announcement doesn't mention it, this should mean that there will also be a Battlestar Galactica movie sometime between the end of this season and the beginning of next season. Back in January, producers David Eick and Ron Moore said they'll be making a straight-to-DVD, stand-alone flick if they get a fourth season.

[Thanks, Fullman!]

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Battlestar Galactica: The Woman King

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 11th 2007 11:12PM
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(S03E14) Before I start on this episode, I want to update on something from the previous episode. When Baltar whispers something to Gaeta, Ron Moore says in his podcast that it was part of a sub-plot they had planned but seemingly scrapped, where Baltar was going to pin some killings of Saggitarons on Gaeta. Anyway, that seems to clear up what was going on there, but it still seems confusing if they're not following through with that sub-plot now.

As for the story this week, I have to say it was quite a snoozer. Look, I know not every episode has to advance things along plotwise significantly, but I'm just being honest here. I didn't much care for what was going on, and a big part of that might be that I find Helo to be one of the least interesting characters on the show.

Hey, at least we barely saw Starpollo this week.

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New Battlestar game coming to Xbox Live

by Brett Love, posted Feb 10th 2007 2:10PM
Battlestar Galactica - ViperIn what seems like a no-brainer idea, NBC Universal is partnering with Sierra Online on a high-def, space combat, Battlestar Galactica game. Who doesn't want to fly a Viper or a Raider? Players will be able to choose which side they fight for while taking part in both single-player, and multi-player, versions of the game.

The big news of the announcement is that the game will be available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. This is the first original Hollywood-licensed property for the still growing service. To kick off the promotion, fans can now get Battlestar gamer pics and theme packs from the Marketplace. Thankfully, for those of you that haven't jumped on the 360 bandwagon yet, the game will also be available for the PC and downloadable from SciFi.com, NBC.com, and Sierra.com. It is slated for a fall release.

Sierra will be adding sound from the series and was able to visit the set to get the look and details right. They also have secured likeness rights to talent from the show, and mention the possibility of the actors providing radio chatter for the in game play. The article also talks about the possibility of adding episodes of the show to the Xbox service.

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Britney Spears in Doctor Who?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 29th 2007 8:02PM
Britney SpearsBefore I begin, let me just say that I'm writing about this item with a huge lump of salt next to me. Given the source and the nature of the story, it's the only way for me to take it. But as a conversation-starter, it's priceless:

Contact Music -- who hasn't exactly been a great source in the past -- is reporting that the producers of Doctor Who want to move the show to Hollywood for one episode, just to have Britney Spears play a guest role in it. The role will be a "sex-mad" alien clone; I think a "baby-mad" trailer drone would be a better fit, but that's just me. Anyway, executive producer Russell T. Davies is a huge fan of the pop tart and would love to somehow include her in the show. "I'm not sure she'll come to Cardiff where the show is shot so I'm nagging the BBC to fund a Hollywood special," Davies tells the site.

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Doctor Who gets animated

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 29th 2007 4:44PM

The Doctor and Martha get animatedWell, more animated than he usually is. We're talking about pen-on-paper (or cursor-on-monitor) animation here for current Doctor David Tennant and his trusty sidekick Martha (played by Freema Agyeman).

They will both star in a new 13-part animated adventure 'The Infinite Quest' for the second series of BBC's Totally Doctor Who. In the cartoon Martha and The Doctor will follow a trail of clues to find the location of the Infinite, a legendary lost spaceship. The series will take place during Doctor Who's upcoming third series (known as season to us across the pond).

Also starring with Tennant and Agyeman will be Anthony Head, who portrayed evil headmaster Mr. Finch in last season's episode 'School Reunion'. This time around he will be voicing the character of Baltazar - Scourge of the Galaxy. Hm, that title sounds catchy. Maybe it should be the new slogan for TV Squad.

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Will Admiral Adama please speak up, because I can't hear you!

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 29th 2007 12:47PM

The cast of Battlestar GalacticaI thoroughly enjoy Battlestar Galactica. I feel that the special effects (when shown) are fantastic, the scripts are well-written, and the characters are all multi-dimensional. I have especially been enjoying this season, and I have yet to miss an episode. That being said, I do have one tiny issue with the show . . .

I can't hear a frakking word they're saying!

I have never seen a show with so many low talkers. They speak quietly everywhere: crew quarters, active hanger bays, planet-side. They even speak softly in crowded, noisy bars (as seen in this week's episode). I am constantly raising and lowering the volume on my TV just to catch a fragment of what they're saying. It's almost like I'm watching a British sitcom! Now I know why this show hasn't been nominated for any type of award. It's because the judges get so frustrated adjusting the volume up and down that they just give up and turn off the TV.

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Battlestar Galactica: Taking A Break From All Your Worries

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jan 28th 2007 11:52PM
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(S03E13) This episode turned out better than I thought it would be when basing it on the previews shown for the past week. And y'know, that's the way it should be, if you ask me. Why spoil things for everyone with cheap ploys to lure new viewers when you can just wow them with the actual episode that airs?

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