Battlestar Galactica

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  1. Juventuz macrumors 6502a

    Juventuz

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    Is anyone watching this?? It's pretty good.

    Nothing like the original, but I like it A LOT.
     
  2. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I've wanted to catch it. I liked the old one so much though, that I'm worried I won't like this new one. I guess I'll have to check it out.
     
  3. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    7 out of 10 stars for part one.

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    Just finished watching the second round of BG Part 1. Contrary to the whiners and complainers on the scifi.com BBoard it’s good. Dang good. Those who were so wrapped up in the original series can’t seem to get their head past the fact that the plot really sucked. I mean it had its charm and all but really the plot, and more importantly the acting were totally in character for that time period of sci-fi. Right in line with Space 1999 and Star Trek: TOS.
    Seriously. BG was one of those series that deserved to be MST3Ked. It had its moments and I loved watching it as a kid but looking back on it and watching some of the old series on Sci-Fi channel it occurs to me now that little kids have no taste :p People are getting way to wrapped up in nostalgia to appreciate the new miniseries.

    And funny that. They actually put the SCI in Sci-fi with actual physics with the crafts (Think Babylon 5 but better IMHO.) and very minimal sounds in space to give it that edgy feel. Everyone is use to massive explosions and operatic music blaring. None of that. You get minimum sound that you would hear from inside the craft and some primal drum beats. It’s Space Above and Beyond but with a twist. I just about had a seizure with at crap eating grin on my face watching those dogfights. The panning and zooming could have been a nightmare if done wrong. But, again, IMHO it was setup in a manner that added to the tension of the dogfights.
    I LOVE the new centurions. They are the quintessential badasses once again, even though they occupy only a very small % of the first half and its great to see plenty of homage’s to the original BG with small touches like the specs sheet of the original centurion, (The premise of the story is that the Cylons haven’t been seen or heard from in 40 years.) the theme song for the original BG played at the celebration, the museum with the various old BG models.
    My biggest complaint is what they heck were they thinking with only 4 hours?!?!? This is NOT going to be resolved in 4 hours and if they do it will be the biggest disservice to BG as a series that I could imagine. Please for the love of god don’t pull an ID4 with Goldblum…I mean Baltar uploading a dang virus into the Cylons mainframe. I’ll hang myself if they do that!!!
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    I like where they are heading with the Baltar character. All the characters in the original BG were so two dimensional with limited character potential. Baltar’s character was just driven by power. Simple. To the point. This go around it’s about being duped by a damn hot woman. Truth be told if you are going to doom the race that’s a face that might be worth it. ;-) I MEAN DAMN!!! Not to bad for a bucket of bolts. A few friends of mine were over and god. There has to be at least 1,000 potential sexual computer terms that could be applied to THAT situation. :-D I was a bit confused about his character when it came to him getting off the planet. Was he doing a good deed for that woman or was he risking that he was famous enough to get off the planet with them. If it was me I would have switched tickets with her but I’m a sadistic bastard. :p
    I’m still on the ropes about the female Starbuck character. So far so good. Again I can’t see any real character development in these characters with just 4 hours.
    The scope and depth of the scenes is grand in scale and well framed. The space version of the AWACS floating towards Caprica with 5-10 nukes going off planet side ran a nice chill up my spine. As did the lead in to the detonation of the nuke hitting the Galactica. Tough old girl.
    Finally I’m wondering if they are playing their cards with aims of a sequel or weekly series. (Weekly series is going to take at least another 4 hour miniseries to get off the ground IMHO.)
    All in all this is going to be a killer series. I can’t WAIT til tomorrow….er…today for part two. Again I don’t know HOW they are going to fit everything into four hours. Part two, if nothing else, is going to feel rushed. LOL Taken on the Sci-fi channel got what? 10+ hours.
     
  4. Phil Of Mac macrumors 68020

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    It was pretty awesome, although I missed the last 30 minutes of Part II, so if anyone has a DivX or something to send to me...?
     
  5. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I saw it in December when it first came out. Not bad stuff and it makes you want to see more. I love the upgraded Cylons ;)

    And it was definitely a post 9-11 show - interesting how things change like that.

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  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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  7. Supa_Fly macrumors 68030

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    Guess WHat?!!

    THey've just announced a mini-series for a season will commence filming.

    I used to watch the originals when I was a kid, a peck, I think I was 6. And I concur with the two-dimensional character of the original was highly boring.

    Man this new iteration is Amazing. Cylons are as wicked as can ever be. Glad they didn't get rid of the red light for eyes on the military models. I loved that.

    God I feel old though whenever I think about the old shows though. Urrgh.
     
  8. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816

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    I've watched the trailers, and I'm damned curious now...

    However, logging onto the Sci-Fi Channel's site, I can't see when it's going to make it to air over in the UK.

    I bloody-well hope it's soon - Edward James Olmos looks like a mean dude, and the new Cyborgs are plenty swish (especially the good-looking female... heh!).

    Certainly makes one HELLUVA change from the camp 70's show (I was around 7-8 years old when it came out) - after following hot on the heels of Star Wars, it never quite made it. And as for the episodes where they actually FIND Earth - well, WHAT a waste of time!!!

    I'd put THAT crud on a par with Darkman, or even the sequels of Highlander ("There CAN be only One" - the ORIGINAL!) ... Blech!
     
  9. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816

    kiwi_the_iwik

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    OK - this is TOO weird...

    Sorry for the double-post, but -

    There I am - watching Sky One with my little boy, when LO-AND-BEHOLD - the promo comes on!!!

    So - for all you UK Battlestar Galactica afficionados out there...

    Sky Movies 2

    Monday 17th Feb @ 9pm (Part 1)
    Tuesday 18th Feb @ 9pm (Part 2)

    COMMERCIAL FREE, & Dolby Digital 5.1!!!

    Excellent - I've already set my Sky DigiBox to record the show lest I forget to watch it - or if I'm unavoidably detained at work (it's got an internal 20Gb Hard Drive, so it'll stay @ broadcast quality until I burn it onto DVD for future watchability...).

    Ain't technology grand?!?

    :D :cool:
     
  10. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    I just wanted to share my dementia:

    When I was nine my mom decided that I needed a summer project, so I decided to build a viper in our backyard. I think my mom thought it'd be a couple feet long, but in the end it was big enough for even an adult to sit in and was 17' from nose to tail. It was mostly built out of wood that I collected out of people's garbage, found roaming the alleys of Washington, DC. We bought aluminum sheeting for the nose and plexiglass for the windows though, and a whole lot of silver paint. It took two years to build, in the end, and then only lasted about two because the poor quality wood it was built out of rotted. Besides, by then, I was entering into the phase where I had to be overly concerned about what girls might think about my spaceship, so I was all too happy to take a crowbar to the thing and destroy it.

    While it was still there, one morning I noticed that there was a garbageman staring at it for like half an hour--just amazed that anyone would build such a thing. It looked pretty cool under freshly fallen snow too.


    Still, I haven't seen the new series. I don't have cable any more. I am curious though.
     
  11. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816

    kiwi_the_iwik

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    Oh MY GOD!

    What a COOL mini-series! Nowhere NEAR as camp and cheezy as the original - and I already have the hots for Starbuck!

    Great effects - I especially love the way the vipers now have VECTOR thrusters (NASA WILL be pleased...), and the sound f/x are much more in tune with a space environment.

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    INTERESTING twist to the end....

    (boo-hoo...)

    Roll on the new series!

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    How do the Original Series Puritans feel about it?
     

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