Battlestar Galactica is back after taking a week off with “Sine Qua Non” which has Adama and Tigh not exactly seeing eye to eye (and that would be Tigh’s left eye of course). More info and vids from that episode below, plus news on more webisodes, TV movies, deleted scenes, and Ron Moore’s other projects below.
Airing on the Sci-Fi Channel tonight , May 30th at 10 PM (9 Central)
[note: this episode aired on Tuesday in the UK on Sky One]
“Sine Qua Non” [Season 4 Ep. 8]
Synopsis: A power struggle among the Colonials results when one of their leaders is abducted.
Note: Sine qua non is a Latin phrase meaning “without which it could not be” said famously by Andrew Jackson, who famously said: “E pluribus unum, my friends. Sine qua non.”
Watch first 10 minutes online
SciFi.com streams 10 minute sneak peeks starting every hour, on the hour, between 9AM and 4PM Eastern (CLICK TO WATCH). Also recent episodes of BSG are available online (ad supported) at SciFi.com and Hulu.com
Battlestar news of the week:
Video Q&A Pt. 2 w/ Edward James Olmos (Adm. Adama)
Video Q&A Pt. 2 w/ Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster)
Moore on religion of Trek and BSG
BSG co-creator Ron Moore has an extensive interview at Wired, covering his past with Trek his present with Battlestar and his future with Virtuality and Caprica. Here is just one small part with Moore talking religion on Trek and BSG:
I was raised Catholic, and I’m a recovering Catholic now. I became interested in various Eastern religions, and now I’ve sort of settled into somewhat of an agnosticism and sort of a general interest in the subject. I think in the show I felt it was a part that was really noticeably missing from the Star Trek universe. Gene Roddenberry felt very strongly that by the 23rd and 24th centuries that all the major religions had vanished and it was all regarded as superstition. That was his view of the future. I just never quite bought that. I thought, that’s part of who we are, it’s part of what it is to be human, to seek to answer the questions of: Is this all that I am? Is there nothing more? What happens after you die? It didn’t seem like that was going to go away.
So I sort of felt its absence in the Star Trek universe, and then felt like that was something I would really portray in Galactica. And then as the Cylons became human-looking, when we decided that they would look like us, it just raised a whole host of issues that went in this direction: How they thought of themselves, why they wanted to kill humanity, that they saw themselves as humanity’s children but felt they could never really come into their own until they had killed their parents. Already You’re dealing with these metaphysical and physical arenas.
And then there was that moment in the miniseries where I just saw on the page that had Number Six say “God is love” to Baltar and one network executive just seized on it and said that’s a great thing, I’m just shocked, you should play more of that. I just took the chance and went with it — decided that that was going to be a big part of the show, and the show just lent itself to it.
Mojo blogs on lost shot
Battlestar CG artist Adam ‘Mojo’ Lebowitz has an interesting post on his blog lamenting a pre-visualization shot that he made for the last episode that ended up on the cutting room floor. He has a full breakdown of the scene with images and video.
More webisodes and TV movies on the way
This season of BSG is going to be broken up into two sets of 10 episodes, which means after this week there are just two more to go before the BSG drought begins again. Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Sci-Fi are planning on a series of webisodes to tide you over and bridge the gap between the two halves of the season. Ryan also reports that it appears that plans are afoot for three more prequel BSG TV movies, but nothing is final yet on those. No word on when any of these TV movies or Webisodes will air. The second half of BSG may not start until 2009.
- BSG composer Bear McCreary blogs about the song “Gaeta’s Lament” from last week’s episode “Guess What’s Coming To Dinner.”
- Katee Sackhoff interview at TV Zone.
- Edward James Olmos talks about final episode at TV SciFiNow.
- Scott Ian’s official blog has reactions from Aaron Douglas on the final BSG scripts
- E! has spoilers on the BSG prequel pilot for Caprica
- io9 has spoilers on Ron Moore’s pilot Virtuality
- Ever wonder what you get when you mix lolcats and BSG? Well wonder no longer.
Col. Tigh gets the LOLCats treatment
A NOTE ON COMMENTS
The comments section below is for the majority of Trek fans who are also BSG fans. It is to discuss the series, the week’s episode and anything else related to the preview article above. If you are not a fan of the show, then why are you even reading this far down into this post? There are plenty of Trek stories so just move on. Any flaming of BSG will be considered trolling. If you have issues with this site having one BSG column a week, then make a note in the site feedback page.