Last week’s episode of Battlestar was a lot to take in, finally coming clean on a lot of mythology and backstory. This week in "Deadlock" they now have to deal with the fallout. We have the latest previews for "Deadlock", plus lots of links to follow-ups on last week’s episode, including interviews and Q&A with the writers. So what the frak are you waiting for? [UPDATE: New BSG film in the works?]
“Deadlock” [Season 4 Ep. 16]
US: Airing February 20th on SciFi at 10 PM (9 Central)
Canada: Airing February 20th on Space at 10 PM (7 Pacific)
UK: Airing February 24th on Sky1 at 9 PM
Synopsis: Ellen escapes from Cavil only to face a momentous choice regarding the 13th Tribe and the Final Five Cylons.
Preview (SciFi – USA)
Preview (Space – Canada)
Sneak Peek 1
Sneak Peek 2
Last Week’s Episode ("no Exit") Roundup
Episode streaming online links:
Writer’s Question time
"No Exit" writers Jane Espenson and Ryan Mottesheard answered fan questions about the episode at Chicago Tribune. Here is just a tiny sample of the kind of answers you can get:
Mo: What was it like working with John Hodgman? Was Dr. Gerard written to be a bit of comic relief or was that what John naturally brought to the role?
Jane: Dr. Gerard was a role we wrote specifically for John Hodgman. He was intended to be a slightly heightened and amusing character, and his pitch-perfect performance helped us get the right tone.
Mo: Was there a lot that had to be cut from this episode?
Jane: There was certainly material that was cut. I recall that Ellen said more to Boomer in that exchange in which she ate the apple. And there was a much longer and more elaborate escape sequence that got gradually whittled down all during pre-production, and then during production, and which ended up going away entirely by the end of it all.
[Many readers asked various versions of this question] How did Saul Tigh know Adama for such a long time?
Jane: They didn’t meet until after the war. Saul was given false memories and introduced into life among humans at that point.
Ratings analysis (by Russ)
After two weeks of viewership declines, the last two weeks of season 4.5 has seen a stabilization of sorts. Episode 15, "No Exit", drew 1.77 million viewers — an increase of 13.5% from the week prior — and last week’s episode, "Deadlock", remained steady, drawing 1.74 million viewers. Through five episodes of season 4.5 the show is averaging 1.79 million viewers (that’s still a decline of 15% since the premiere, but better than the 26% decline from week 1 to week 3).
History of the Twelve Colonies
Last week’s episode filled in a lot of gaps in the history of the human race and the Cylons in the BSG Universe. The Battlestar Wiki has done their best to put this history all together, starting back in ‘ancient history’ all the way up to the ‘present day’. Check out their newly updated BSG Timeline.
New BSG Interviews
Tricia Helfer on Jimmy Kimmel.
David Eick Videoblog on the nature of Cylons
Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) at Canada.com.
Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) at LA Times.
Aaron Dougles (Tyrol) at io9
Kandyse McClure (Dualla) at MediaBlvd Magazine
BSG to go out with three hour finale
Battlestar Galactica will come to an end on March 20th. After this weekend there are two more stand alone episodes (on Feb. 27 & March 6), followed by part 1 of the finale "Daybreak" on March 13th and then the two-hour conclusion to the finale ("Daybreak" parts 2 & 3) on March 20th, more details at GalacticaSitrep.
UPDATE: New BSG Movie? Based on Original 70s BSG?
IGN has a whopper of a new rumor. The site is saying that they have learned Universal is planning a feature film version of Battlestar Galactica, based on a script from Glen Larson, creator of the 1978 show. IGN notes that Universal has denied the story, but they stand by it.
One thing that is confirmed is that Universal is currently producing another TV movie based on the Ron Moore BSG series. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos, will focus on the events of the mini-series and after from the Cylon point of view. It will air this summer. And Universal is also developing Caprica, a prequel TV series for Ron Moore’s BSG set before the first Cylon war.
UPDATE on the UPDATE: THR also reporting Larson movie
The Hollywood Reporter is now backing up the IGN story, but Universal is still denying it.
Even more BSG
If that isn’t enough for you, keep track of all your Frakin needs at our favorite BSG site, Battlestar Sitrep.