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Battlestar Galactica Season 2 This Summer 592

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jangobongo writes "SCI FI Channel announced that the second season of its hit original series Battlestar Galactica will premiere this summer with 20 new episodes, after earlier confirming their commitment to the show. Production will resume in March in Vancouver, B.C., with the entire ensemble cast returning, along with executive producer and writer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer David Eick. Averaging over 3 million viewers per episode, the series has quickly become SCI FI's highest-rated original series. No news on when a UK premeire might occur, but with Battlestar Gallactica ranking number 9 out of the top ten most popular TV program downloads worldwide, I don't think UK fans would have to wait long in any case." They're offering the first episode of the show for viewing in a no-charge commercial free venue on the official site.
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Battlestar Galactica Season 2 This Summer

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  • DVD (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jhobbs (659809) * on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:12PM (#11767727)
    But when will season 1 be out on DVD?
    • Re:DVD (Score:5, Informative)

      by digidave (259925) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:16PM (#11767765)
      Yes, seriously. I don't have the Sci Fi channel (or Space, as it's called in Canada, which I assume carries the show). I could get it if I wanted to order a package that includes 15 other channels that I don't want.

      I imagine there are tons of people like me who can't watch the show, but would love to be able to.
    • Re:DVD (Score:3, Informative)

      by Bender0x7D1 (536254)
      According to Amazon UK [amazon.co.uk] Season 1, Part 1 will be released March 28. However, it will be region 2 encoding. So for all of you in Europe, Japan, etc. please make sure to set up a BitTorrent so all of us in the US have a chance to get it.

      Thanks in advance.
      • Re:DVD (Score:5, Informative)

        by angusr (718699) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:28PM (#11767918)
        You could do what most people who are not in region 1 do, which is get a multiregion DVD. They're not hard to find - in fact, in the UK it's harder to find a DVD which is region locked than one that isn't.

        Region coding is pretty much dead. It's not an excuse for piracy.

    • Re:DVD (Score:3, Informative)

      by angusr (718699)
      March 28th for the first 13 episodes, at least here in region 2.

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007L6SA 8 [amazon.co.uk]

  • by MalaclypseTheYounger (726934) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:14PM (#11767745) Journal
    First they are going to release new episodes of Family Guy, and now this.

    Slashdot usage may drop off unexpectedly.

    (Not me, I was never a BSG fan... I was a TNG fan)
    • Re:Be worried... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by HeghmoH (13204) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:19PM (#11767803) Homepage Journal
      (Not me, I was never a BSG fan... I was a TNG fan)

      You should check it out. I'm not real familiar with the "old" BSG, but as far as I can tell, the new one is totally different. It's an excellent show. My tastes have changed since I was a TNG fan, but the first season of BSG is as good as TNG was at its peak, and very consistently good. I personally can't wait for season 2.

      Beg, borrow, steal, or buy the miniseries and give it a spin. Any TV series that begins with the brutal destruction of human civilization can't be all bad.
      • by Scrameustache (459504) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:44PM (#11768088) Homepage Journal
        I'm not real familiar with the "old" BSG, but as far as I can tell, the new one is totally different. It's an excellent show.

        This explanation is both hilarious and completely true : )

        But you forgot to mention that the best thing about the old Galactica has been included in the new galactica: Shiny robots with a red "eye" that goes back and forth! W00T!

        Now I'll go back to pondering the possibility that K.I.T.T. was the illegitimate child of a Cylon and General Lee... carry on.
        • I'm not real familiar with the "old" BSG, but as far as I can tell, the new one is totally different. It's an excellent show.
          This explanation is both hilarious and completely true : )

          That's the best out-of-context quoting I've seen today. I didn't mean to make a jab at the old BSG, but if I were, that's exactly how I would have done it! Thanks for playing with my post.
        • Am I the only one that's noticed that they're using storylines from the original show, but updating them/making them better? I swear that 80% of the episodes this year are revamps of some original episodes (total revamps or borrowing heavilly from them).
          • Re:Be worried... (Score:4, Informative)

            by Leo McGarry (843676) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @03:23PM (#11769171)
            Sort of. The "Starbuck gets stranded on a desert planet" idea was a good one, so it showed up in the new show, albeit in a totally different context. The idea of a raid on a mining outpost from "The Living Legend" was reused in the episode "The Hand of God." The title "The Hand of God" was used in both the old show and the new show, but I don't think there are any similarities between the episodes at all, really.

            It's weird. It's like Ron Moore and his team sat down and watched the whole run of the old show (it was only 18 episodes or so, something like that) and got familiar with it, then went off and did their own thing. You can see traces of the old show in broad ideas and in itty bitty details (like the fact that Starbuck waggles her wings in "You Can't Go Home Again"), but it's not like they're trying to do a remake.
    • I guess this is a result of the death of broadcast television. We seem to be seeing more and better shows being produced by "cable" channels. It looks like the death of one has brought life to a better era if this is any sign.
  • Hmmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by Vampyre_Dark (630787) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:15PM (#11767751)
    "Sir, we have about 100 out of work crewmen just now arriving on board, they say they are refugees from something called 'Enterprise.'"
  • Sci Fi (Score:5, Insightful)

    by IANAL(BIAILS) (726712) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:16PM (#11767770) Homepage Journal
    I always find it amazing how many of the top 10 downloads are sci fi shows - BG, the two Stargate's, Enterprise... generally such shows have a hard time getting ratings (and getting renewed), but this shows they are among the most popular. If only TV execs would see the potential market behind this genre and develop it further.

    Or finally take advantage of online distribution and supply high-quality downloads themselves (of course containing commercials so they still have a revenue stream).

    • Re:Sci Fi (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Matey-O (518004) <michaeljohnmiller@mSPAMsSPAMnSPAM.com> on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:18PM (#11767789) Homepage Journal
      Geeks download geek stuff first. Everyone else will do it when it's _easy_.
    • Re:Sci Fi (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Tim C (15259)
      You're forgetting an important factor - most people (not all by any means, but the majority) downloading TV shows are either techies, or amongst the most technically savvy of end users. The techier a person is, I've found, the more likely they are to be into sci-fi rather than, say, reality shows.

      The reason why they have a hard time getting ratings is because they're not popular with the general TV-watching public. For futher evidence, just look at the media frenzy over shows like Big Brother, I'm A Celebr
    • Re:Sci Fi (Score:3, Interesting)

      by TheRaven64 (641858)
      Or finally take advantage of online distribution and supply high-quality downloads themselves (of course containing commercials so they still have a revenue stream).

      I don't see why commercials would be required. I would be more than willing to pay for reliable downloads at a decent speed - and buying directly from the studios would enable much better distribution of profits.

    • Re:Sci Fi (Score:3, Funny)

      by Hoi Polloi (522990)
      If they based their decisions on download popularity we'd only get 24 hr porn channels.
  • Fantastic (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Richard_at_work (517087) <richardprice@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:17PM (#11767780)
    Possibly the best scifantasy show thats been on TV in a long time, thankyou for giving it a 'full' season run this time round, and kudos to the creators for giving people the ability to download an episode legitimately - lets hope this leads to more!
    • Re:Fantastic (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Leo McGarry (843676)
      Possibly the best scifantasy show thats been on TV in a long time

      I know a lot of people who have an opinion about BSG. The vast majority love it, but the few who dislike it are real sci-fi nerds. They dislike the fact that the show doesn't contain enough techno-babble for them, or the fact that there's too much religion, or the fact that the civilians are dress in normal clothes instead of one-piece jumpsuits with no visible zipper.

      It seems, based on my EXTENSIVE SCIENTIFIC POLLING (ahem), that BSG is ac
  • For someone who watches roughly one hour of TV a WEEK (what's the average TV viewing for Americans now? Six hours a day?), I'm giddy as hell about this. Awwww yeah!!!!! Damn SciFi channel is going to have me planted in front of the TV again.
  • by dorward (129628) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:18PM (#11767795) Homepage Journal

    Season 1 spoilers in this comment. Look away now!

    So what can we expect in the Slashdot comments for this article?

    • Complaints that Starbuck is now a girl
    • People wishing Starbuck was still a womanizer
    • Complaints about Boomer being a Cylon
    • Complaints about the Cylons being created by man
    • Complaints about people using Bittorrent to download episodes
    • People claiming the old series was better - without being able to say why
    • Someone claiming "first post!"
    • Complaints about the use of religion in the series
    • Complaints about the lack of space battles every five minutes
  • BSG Blog (Score:5, Informative)

    by vossman77 (300689) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:21PM (#11767834) Homepage
    The writer maintains a blog [scifi.com] where he answers questions from viewers, such as why 33 minutes?

    I found it very interesting.
    • Re:BSG Blog (Score:3, Informative)

      by TheRaven64 (641858)
      "was this the first show to ever show a Bathroom on a space ship?"

      It's ground-breaking TV, baby. Talk about reinventing the genre.

      The first episode of Voyager showed Nelix in a bath. One episode of Babylon 5 had two senior officers holding a conversation while using urinals. Not quite new...

    • Re:BSG Blog (Score:4, Insightful)

      by anethema (99553) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @04:24PM (#11769907) Homepage
      From moore when someone complains about the sex..

      I'd also point out, as I have many times before, the strange standards of American audiences, who can become red-faced with indignation over nudity, but find no problem with slasher films or chains-saw massacres. I mean, Galactica's premised on a massive genocide, and the pilot deals with violent, shocking deaths over and over again, but people get upset about the sex? Weird....

      I find this 100% true, what is the deal wiht that. Why do so many americans and canadians let their children watch terminator movies and other very violent action shows but the hint of a naked body sends parents into a frenzy. What kind of insane values were these parents brought up with..

      I can imagine their parents..
      "Killing is okay..BUT DONT EVER LET ANYONE SEE YOU NAKED OR EVER HAVE SEX!!!"

      I can certainly tell you which i find more natural.
  • Speak Up, People! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:27PM (#11767899) Homepage Journal
    It can be hard to understand a word they're saying sometimes.

    The scientist, the Commander and the President are always whispering their lines. That's a cheap way to try to carry drama - look how well it did for Captain Janeway.

    Oh, and, cripes, get a steadycam for the handheld shots. Again, let the writing and acting carry the drama, not cheap tricks with cameras and microphones.

    OK, one more, turn down the mix on the "Cylon in my head" theme. I get it.

    So far, so good though. They do have me wondering how Starbuck can interface with the ship and what they'll do with a Cylon who doesn't know she's a Cylon. And based on the microscope scene there's a real possibility to do a human-cylon hybrid story arc.
  • by Red Moose (31712) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:28PM (#11767910)
    Should we wait to start the petition-to-save-galactica now or wait another season?
    • Re:Save Galactica (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Grishnakh (216268)
      There's no petition necessary, because it's actually a good show, which makes many people want to watch it, and this will generate interest by the networks in funding its further development. Enterprise was not a good show (thanks to Berman), so only overly-devoted people wanted it to continue. The rest of us didn't care.
  • This is very good news. The only problem is that SciFi couples it with Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis on Friday nights. So, when one should be out partying with an actual human girl, he is staying at home addicted to 3 hours of very good television. Last Sunday, I downloaded and watched the last 6 episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Last night, I saw the last episode of season 8 of Stargate SG-1. I am addicted to these 3 shows. I love every minute of them, and Battlestar Galactica is probably the
  • Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by diggory (264503) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:29PM (#11767925) Homepage
    "Production will resume in March in Vancouver, B.C., with the entire ensemble cast returning..."
    Hmmm.... The entire cast you say? That's interesting...
  • Regurgitation (Score:3, Insightful)

    by fm6 (162816) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:30PM (#11767932) Homepage Journal
    "...the second season of its hit original series ..."
    Can we please not repeat hype buzzwords like "hit original series"? Makes you look like a brainless dweeb.
  • by rogabean (741411) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:30PM (#11767936)
    ...that's insightful, funny, informative or even trollish... but I will go on record as saying this about battlestar galactica going into a second 20 ep. season this summer...

    HELL YEAH!
  • by MagikSlinger (259969) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:36PM (#11768008) Homepage Journal
    I could swear that was the building where I bought my morning coffee! :-)

    It's really weird for me watching the Occupied Caprica scenes. They keep showing shots of downtown Vancouver and I keep going "But that's not an alien world! Hey, that's the building I work in!!"

    The worst cog-diss was in the pilot at the Market scene. That was the AQ of my alma mater, Simon Fraser University [www.sfu.ca]. Nothing ruins the mood of an alien world than locating the benches you used to take naps on between classes. :-)

    Do you guys in NY and LA have the same cognitive dissonance when watching your towns subbing for other parts of the world?
  • Episode 1 (Score:5, Informative)

    by nuclear305 (674185) * on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:39PM (#11768035)
    Since the story didn't even bother linking to the online episode and there are no obvious links anywhere that I could find...

    http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/33_full_episode/ [scifi.com]
  • Timed release. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SlayerofGods (682938) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:44PM (#11768094)
    Maybe this time they'll be smart and release the show at the same time around the world.
    I know I personally had already finished watching the whole of session 1 when it was barely even starting on Sci Fi.
    I wonder how many viewers this cost Sci Fi.
  • Last year in September or so, if that's any indication, then fire up your bittorrent app of choice in about 6 months. Not that long a wait between seasons, really, if you've just started watching it.
  • by xystren (522982) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:49PM (#11768150)
    Having grown up with the original, and seeing the new, it has only changed with the times. An all male hot-dogging pilots just doesn't fly (pardon the pun) in todays world of equal rights and excessive political correctness. So having a female Starbuck really isn't that surprising in this day and age.

    The concepts of the Cylons now having evolved beyond the silver armored, red side2side eye, robots is a needed differenation between the old and new. Now that they can look and act human (similar to what we saw in Terminator), opens up the "trust no one". Again similar to the times now, as the so called "war on terror", one doesn't really know who the enemy is.

    It's refreshing to see something new in the SciFi arena. BSG hasn't hooked me to the extent that B5 did (with out a doubt my favorate TV sci-fi series.) I'm still enjoying it, and try not to miss an episode.

    I personally welcome a second sesason.

    Cheers,
    Xyst
  • Excellent (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NardofDoom (821951) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @01:51PM (#11768174)
    I saw my first episode of BG on Monday night and I was instantly hooked. It's everything I wanted Enterprise to be and more. Dirty, sexy, raw, emotive... just excellent.

    Sci Fi is turning into quite the network.

  • by Quila (201335) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @04:25PM (#11769921)
    They haven't given into PC -- people still smoke, and Starbuck, although now a girl, still smokes a fat cigar. Wow, wanna talk about your phallic symbols...

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