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I’m dreaming, aren’t I? January 23rd, 2007

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Yes, I fully realise Battlestar Galactica’s return is already upon us – I’ve already watched the episode, and it was quite the doozy, but I’ll write about it in full later (damn my inevitable doom at the hands of exams!) For now, enjoy Baltar’s Dream, from the beginning of the third series. It’s easily one of my favourite scenes we saw.

Heroes gets a second series January 19th, 2007

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From SciFi Wire comes news that Tim Kring, creator of Heroes, has announced that Heroes has been renewed for a second series. Of course, this is great news for them and fans of the show alike! Season 1 will run its course of 23 episodes, the ending which is still on the storyboard, apparently. The second series will be a complete (20-odd episodes) series which will “allow the writers to explore more story possibilities.” We also have word that the current storyline of the apocalyptic doom will be covered before the end of Season 1.

Slightly less newsy, but good to hear anyway, Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica is pretty much a “done deal” according to the shakers and the movers behind the show. They will be watching for how viewership figures compare, with the new move to a Sunday slot, which reaches their demographics higher. We’ll hear a confirming announcement some time in February about the show. Hopefully it might also clear up the speculation of the possibility of a Direct-to-DVD/Television movie (link also contains spoilers and speculation for the rest of Season 3 and info about Starbuck, be warned!) in between Season 3. Remember if you’re watching in the US, the show is now on Sunday, not Friday. If you’re good, and I remember, perhaps I’ll get back to writing bits about the episode, maybe just not as long!

Also, good news for Losties, rather than the current season’s airing as 6 episodes and then a further 17 (to begin in February), Season 4 is likely to air in one complete block, at least in the US. It will most likely air in January 2008 for 22-23 episodes. Season 3 will resume in 20 days (24 in the UK) and if you’re already eager to see what happens in Episode 7, hop on over to Lostpedia’s article, which briefly details what we can expect.

The Return of the Shows January 19th, 2007

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It seems the new season of shows to watch is just around the corner. Many shows will soon be returning from their brief mid-season breaks and be back on the air, and this includes, amongst others, Battlestar Galactica Season 3. Of course, as I have written previously, I am absolutely in love with this show, so it’s return is greatly appreciated. But yet, I have slowly been adapting to watching other shows, shock horror, would you believe it!Benjamin Linus

  • Battlestar Galactica (Returns Sunday 21st January)
    At the end of the last episode, we were left with Adama posed to set off all the remaining warheads on to the Algae Planet; Starbuck had been shot down by a Cylon party; Apollo refused Anders to set a rescue attempt; Gaius had returned to the Galactica; Chief had found the Temple of the Five; the Cylons had appeared; and just to top it all off, a supernova was about to go off and blow both humans and cylons alike into smithereens. Now you can’t get much better than that!
  • Lost (Returns Wednesday 7th February)
    Of course, its still the show everyone watches, and I finally got myself into it. We’ve been left hanging on the edge from the sixth episode for a while now, and we all want to find out what the heck is going on! Will Kate and Sawyer get off the second Island? What happens to Jack? Just who is Benjamin Linus? And what is Juliet’s game?
  • Heroes (Returns Monday 22nd January)
    I watched the first episode of this, and wasn’t too impressed, but gave it a chance, and it quickly drew me in. By episode 5, there was no stopping me. I’ve still got one episode to see before it returns this Monday, but I won’t have too much chance to catch up because of my upcoming Networks and Discrete Maths exams next week, but once they’re over, I’ll be all over it. Aww man, I love Hiro! He’s great!

What else should I be watching? I’m looking forward to Tim Minear’s Drive after easter, since the rumours of Nathan Fillion replacing the lead role have now been confirmed, and how much better can you get than a writer from Firefly and the greatest captain of all time? Also, there’s a chance Nicholas Lea might be included, although with the cast redraft, I’m not incredibly certain, unfortunately. The Dresden Files might get a look in, but I don’t hold my hopes high (perhaps it’ll surprise me!) So, yeah, back to my question, what else should I be watching?

Occupation October 7th, 2006

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Battlestar Galactica kicks back into action with Season 3, and it’s certainly come with an enormously large bang. The new season is thrilling, dark and asks many more questions. The first two episodes have been aired in a double-bill, and here I am, back to write about them. Occupation and Precipice were shown Friday on Sci-Fi as a two-hour season premier special, and they sure were a blast. Once again, there’s going to be spoilers in my post – pretty much every single thing I’m going to say will one way or another spoil your experience if you haven’t seen the episodes already. If you aren’t afraid of the spoilers, or you’ve seen it already, then continue…

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Resurrection Ship, Pt. I January 8th, 2006

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Battlestar Galactica has returned! The continuation of Season 2 aired yesterday on the Sci-Fi channel, and BSG fans have rejoiced the return of the show since its “Season Finale” back in September last year. Before I continue with writing up my synopsis and comments on this episode, I am going to warn that there will be spoilers to those who aren’t lucky enough to have seen this episode yet. Unlike my write-ups of previous episodes that have already been aired almost globally, this ones fresh. Over here in the UK, Sky hasn’t even begun showing Season 2 episodes yet (although the first starts on Tuesday, should anyone wish to watch!) The rest of this post will continue after the jump, but do not read it if you don’t want spoilers. I think that was fair warning. (more…)

Battlestar Galactica 8 – Flesh and Bone November 10th, 2005

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Another brilliant episode of Battlestar Galactica, which sees the return of the cylon Leoben Conoy, who previously showed up in the miniseries when Adama was trapped with him. The episode starts when President Laura Roslin is having a strange dream where she is walking through a forest at night, and suddenly a group of soldiers run past. In the distance, Leoben silently calls to Laura. Slightly reluctantly, she decides to run towards him, where he covers her mouth and hide behind a tree as the soldiers pass by. Afterwards, he lowers his head, before he’s mysteriously sucked away. When he then mentions her name, Laura wakes up in a sweat and goes for her pills. Billy asks if she’s okay, but she doesn’t want to be disturbed, yet he has important news: a Cylon has appeared onboard a ship in the fleet. As it turns out, the Cylon in question is Leobon Conoy, and since he had recently featured in her dreams, the President wants him to be interrogated as he might be able to shed some light on their situation. Adama enlists Starbuck’s help for questioning the Cylon, but warns her that he will desperately seek to get in her head, since he knows of his dastardly mind games. Galactica Boomer is wandering around the Cylon raider, humming to herself when Chief comes in and they share some more awkward small-talk. Boomer admits she’s a Cylon, without even knowing, but he doesn’t believe her and passes it off as a sick joke. On board the Gemini, Starbuck notes how Leoben is sweating, just like a human. As soon as she begins, he already starts playing tricks and refusing to ask any questions, so Starbuck walks out. When he calls out her name, without ever being told, she’s taken back, and returns to the table, somewhat flustered. He tells her that he planted a nuclear warhead upon one of the ships, and without being able to take any risks, she has to believe what he says could be true. After returning, they exchange more heated talk and Leoben explains how the Cylons pray to only one God, the true God, and not the 12 Lords of Kobol. Starbuck has one of the guards to punch Leoben, who feels pain – since the Humano-Cylons are built to feel pain. Her ultimate goal is to get him to realise that he is not a human, since he has the power to turn off his pain or any other negative effect on him. Back on Galactica, Boomer comes to Gaius with the intent of using his Cylon detector to see if she is in actual fact a Cylon. Under Number Six’s guidance, he finally decides to accept her for a beta test. Caprica Boomer leaves Helo after the night they shared, late to her meeting with Number Six and Aaron. They’re beginning to distrust her, since she seems to be falling for Helo, becoming more like a human, but since she is still a Cylon, they have to continue. “We had sex.” “Congratulations.” They talk about how he might now be willing to follow Boomer’s every command since they are now very close. Boomer decides that she and Helo should run away after thinking about what Number Six and Aaron said and the times they’ve shared together, and takes Helo with her. Back to the Gemini, Starbuck continues with what has now become a torture, instead of an interrogation. She makes the guards leave to fetch her something, and Leoben describes in great detail that in the time it would take for them to return, he could get free of his chains, and kill Starbuck. And then he does, breaking his chains with one swift action and throwing the table across the room. He takes Starbuck by the neck and pushes her up against the door, which he locks. He repeats his, “I have a surprise for you” message before the guards take him down – he obviously was not wanting to kill Starbuck right now.

Adama decides to order the ships to spread out, effectively leaving them defenceless but minimising any possible damages if the threats of a nuclear warhead was true. Starbuck starts to use a bucket of ice cold water to get the answer she wants out of Leoben, but he remains true to his game, and says nothing. She threatens that he will drown in his bucket, but he again explains that he can’t die – since his conscious will just transfer to another body. Starbuck thinks she has the upper hand because he must be worried about not being able to transfer because he’s actually speaking to them. Back to Gaius and Boomer, the DNA sample was taken and he is about to begin the test. Number Six says that the results will be very interesting for Gaius. When all the tests return Red, explaining Cylon, he begins to panic, and desperately tries to change everything. Eventually, he sets it all to green, and explains (still worriedly) that she’s not a Cylon, but 100% human, and she goes on her way, much more relieved. Now Gaius faces the dilemma of whether he should tell anyone about the results of Boomer’s test. He didn’t want to tell her because he thought that might activate her Cylon programming, which would be very troublesome for him. Laura once again sees Leoben in a dream, and once again wakes up sweating. She decides that she would like to speak to him herself. She walks in on Starbuck’s supposed-interrogation-turned-torture and demands to know what’s going on. Since Starbuck hasn’t actually found anything about the warhead from Leoben, Laura decides to take a different tactic. He has him cleaned up and unchained. She apologises and explains that there isn’t, in actual fact, a nuclear warhead. He tells her not to be too hard on Starbuck and then he suddenly reaches forward, and the guards get edgy, but she tells them to stand back. He secretly whispers to her, “Laura, I have something to tell you: Adama is a Cylon.” She’s taken back, and then comes to the conclusion that he should be thrown out the airlock. Before he is ejected, Starbuck feels that although he was a Cylon, he may really have had a soul. As he is sucked out through the airlock, Laura realises that this was the same as in her dream.

This was definitely another enjoyable episode of BSG, with a lot of intelligent and psychological context. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the characters and the stories, and it’s just continuing to expand my love of the series. The episode was slightly one-sided to just Starbuck and Leoben, and we had barely any mention of any other characters, bar fleeting scenes with Laura, Adam and Tigh. Boomer’s scene with Number Six and Aaron was cool, simply because I love all the Cylon characters! The next episode, Tigh Me Up Tigh Me Down looks interesting – and hopefully I’ll get around to seeing it very soon.

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Battlestar Galactica 7 – Six Degrees of Seperation November 6th, 2005

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The show is really getting deep and full of tension now and there’s a lot of interesting things going on. This episode is a Gaius Baltar heavy episode, because he is definitely my favourite character, simply because he’s got a completely non-typical role. You can’t simply define him as good or evil, which is great – that’s certainly my thing. The episode begins with more of Gaius’s delusional dealings with Number Six, when he’s interrupted by Dee, and taken to the CIC. He sees a Number Six clone, and immediately believes her to be the one in his head, when he soon cottons on to the fact that she is different, and everyone esle can, too, see her. She calls her self Miss Godfrey and claims that Gaius was behind the security leak, and gave the Cylons access to the Security Network. Everyone begins to doubt Gaius and he is soon revoked of his rights aboard the ship. Meanwhile, Starbuck is dealing with her broken leg, and Tyrol and Cally are trying to work out how she got the Cylon spaceship to fly. President Laura Roslin suffers an attack while Gaius was trying to persuade her to see that Godfrey could in actual fact be a Cylon agent. When Godfrey starts acting strange in front of Adama, he begins to suspect that she may be questionable. Down on Cylon occupied Caprica, Sharon and Helo are still running from the Cylons and finally manage to give them the slip by hiding by a bridge. Gaius follows Gaeta in to the bathroom to hold a secret conversation with him since he is really concerned about his wellbeing if Gaeta finds Gaius’s face in the picture Godfrey provides, but he escapes before he can be interrogated any more. Godfrey comes into the bathroom and Gaius forces himself into her cubicle to find out more information. The Galictica’s copy of Sharon begins a somewhat awkward conversation with Tyrol (ever since he decided they should no longer be seeing each other) but his edgy questions force her to abruptly leave. Starbuck finally manages to use her crutches to come help Tyrol and Cally to start the Cylon ship, since they still haven’t progressed anywhere. After a few minutes messing within the gooey insides, she manages to get it started like she did when she was trapped on the planet. The President comes to visit Gaius who was taken to the brig after he tried to destroy the incriminating evidence, and she informs him that he doesn’t believe her. When in her room, Sharon finds that her mirror has had “Cylon” scribbled over it in yellow paint, and she begins to worry that she may actually be a Cylon and that someone else might know. On Caprica, Helo admits to the other Sharon that he has always liked her and was jealous of her relationship with Tyrol. Obviously, this Sharon already knows that she is a Cylon – she kisses him, and with some dramatic music (which seemed very different to the score so far) and between the other Sharon’s attempts to remove “Cylon” from her mirror, she and Helo make love, but on her back we see the dodgy red lights like the other Cylons – dun dun dun! We return to Gaius in his cell, who has now begun to resort to praying to “The God” when Number Six finally appears to comfort him, after not showing for some time. Gaeta shows up, and Gaius begins to panic, but soon he discovers that Gaeta has managed to clear him, since the photos were in actual fact fakes. Adama and Tigh learn that Godfrey has somehow managed to escape without anyone noticing and set out a fleet-wide search for her. President Laura Roslin gives Gaius Baltar a public exoneration, and Number Six finally reveals to Baltar the whole scheme was a ploy to make Gaius appear much more trustworthy, since it is very unlikely he will be accused of treason twice. As the episode ends, Gaius begins to question if Godfrey ever existed, or if like the Number Six in his brain, she was just a figment of imagination. This was another brilliant episode, and once again, I cannot wait to watch the next one, Flesh and Bone.

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Battlestar Galactica update October 31st, 2005

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I’m still watching Battlestar Galactica (and I’m still alive, despite the grave lack of blog entries this month) and I’m still loving it. I’ve only got up to the sixthth episode, after watching Bastille Day (I really enjoyed the character of Tom Zarek, the leader of the renegade group revolting against the ‘unjust government’ – something inside me tells me he’s coming back in a later episode, if not in season one, at least season two), and the two-part episodes Act of Contrition and You Can’t Go Home Again and the latest I’ve seen, Litmus. The story is starting to be come very nicely developed, and the drama is getting really interesting as tensions between the characters raise, especially in the case of Sharon and Tyrol and the other Sharon and Helo. There is definitely an interesting story developing around Number Six and Aaron Doral who have been tracking Helo on the surface of Cylon-occupied Caprica. Next episode I have to watch, Six Degrees of Seperation looks particularly interesting, and I promise to write a more full writeup and review of the episode soon! The post is complete, although a few days later than I would have liked. Anyway, if you’d like, you can read my writeup of Six Degrees of Seperation.

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Battlestar Galactica 2 – Water October 1st, 2005

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Boomer wakes up soaking wet and finds an explosive detonator in her sack. When she goes to check the Small Arms department, she finds that six G-4 detonators are missing from the supplies, and she believes she will be the primary suspect. Unable to tell anyone of what she has found, she confides in Chief Tyrol, who doesn’t really believe her. Before they can act, five explosions go off, expelling almost all of Gallactica’s water supply, which will leave them with just two days worth, so they need to act fast and find a planet with sufficient water supplies to restock. Meanwhile, back on Caprica, another Boomer cylon rescues Helo (although as seen in the last episode, a Number Six cylon let them escape) but they can’t get off Cylon-occupied Caprica because they have already found the ship she came back in on. Boomer and Helo are excited when they hear a Colonial Fleet signal, which they presume means someone else is on the planet, but they can’t decode the message. When Boomer returns after finding a suitable planet for water refilling, she lets Cheif know of the final sixth G-4 detonator, on board her ship. He later reveals to her that he returned it to the Master of Arms but they don’t suspect her of anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode again, even though it wasn’t quite up to the previous episode’s standards. We get to see more of Baltar’s attempts at coping with Number Six in his mind, and he begins to worry when Adama appoints a new staff member to him to help out, since he could spy on what he is up to. By the way: I know I’m behind with my watching on this, but I still felt like I had a need to write about it.