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Battlestar Galactica S04 E03

SPOILER Summary: The Cylons are split after the centurions have just wiped out those who oppose what the Sixes and Eights have laid out. However, the Ones have their own plan to right the scales and upon being resurrected, they end up leading the troublemaker ships into an ambush where there is no resurrection ship, meaning the deaths will be permanent. Meanwhile on the ship Demetrius, Starbuck’s crew are demoralized as it seems that she just has them going in circles.

Back with the human fleet, the president has to cover to the press for Admiral Adama’s decision to let Starbuck take the Demetrius out to find Earth. At a Quorum session, Lee Adama tries to help the president with this issue as well, but finds that the president is not happy with Lee and doesn’t want his assistance. This forces Lee to protect himself by revealing Roslin’s secret directive to consolidate more power to herself to the other members of the Quorum. Calley suspects Tyrol is having an affair after spotting him with Foster in the bar, but is shocked when she discovers the secret meeting of Tigh, Foster, and Tyrol where she learns they are all Cylons. She’s going to commit suicide (after knocking Tyrol out back in their quarters) by ejecting herself and her baby out a Viper shoot, but is prevented by Foster. However, as soon as Foster has the baby, she attacks Calley and ejects her into space, apparently making it look like suicide.

Thoughts: So, the Cylons are heading to a civil war. Hmmm. While last week’s events were shocking, the fact that Number One would lead several ships of problem Six Cylons (and the like) into a trap to actually kill them was not a surprise to me. For some reason, it wasn’t a surprise to me that the president would suddenly be at odds with Lee, nor was it a surprise that the president seems to be being written in such a way so as to make her seem like the current U.S. president.

It also wasn’t a surprise to me that Starbuck’s crew are having some problems with her.

I was surprised that Calley was killed off AND that Foster did it. I don’t get the feeling that Foster is suddenly taken over by some programming, but rather has decided, “You know, I don’t care. I’m not human any more so I’ll do what I like.” I’m sorry that Calley is gone though, but like Tigh’s wife, I’m sure the writers needed Calley out of the way.

Speaking of Tigh’s wife, looks like she gets a cameo next week.

Battlestar Galactica S04 E02

SPOILER Summary: Starbuck confronts the President over the decision to not follow Starbuck’s claim of being able to lead the fleet to Earth leads to her eventual imprisonment. Lee gives up his life as the Viper pilot Apollo and takes over the vacancy on the Quorum of Twelve. Anders, Tyrol, Tory, and Tigh (four of the final five Cylons) meet to discuss the Starbuck situation and the recent called off Cylon attack. Tory is “elected” to fish whatever information Baltar may have on the final five. Adama decides to trust Starbuck and sends her and a hand-piked crew to sewage recycling ship Demetrius to find Earth.

Meanwhile, the Cylons have a crisis of their own when Numbers Six, Eight, and Two feel the Hybrid’s “ramblings” combined with the Raiders calling off their attacks on the colonial fleet mean the final five are near, possibly in the human fleet. Number One rejects this and wants to lobotomize the Raiders so that they can no longer disobey orders. A vote on the matter has the Twos, Sixes, and Eights voting to prevent this while the Ones, Fours, and Fives voting to support the measure. It is an impasse except that one Eight (Boomer) votes to start the lobotomies. As such, the lobotomies start, forcing the Twos, Sixes, and Eights to remove the inhibitors on the Centurions, allowing them to have free will. Since the Ones, Fours, and Fives will not change their minds, the Centurions slaughter all of them.

Thoughts: Well, I have to say that Ron Moore and company have started this final season with a bang. Just absolutely amazing stuff, which if it continues, will ensure the series goes out with a bang.

Well, we get the explanation on the Cylon retreat which means that they still can be used as villains. That said, I completely didn’t expect there to be a Cylon revolt with the Centurions slaughtering all of the Ones, Fours, and Fives (though unless they are boxed, they’ll be resurrected). Very, very interesting stuff there.

The other big surprise for me was Baltar seeing an image of himself rather than Six. Further, it was the image that Caprica-Six sees (or so it appeared to me). Not sure where the writers are going with that, but I liked it (though I could have done without seeing Baltar banging Tory).

I liked how Starbuck is the one going to find Earth. After all, the President had her go find the Arrow of Apollo so they could ultimately find Earth. Therefore, it is poetic and right that she should be the one to find the way, even if the President doesn’t trust her.

Nice touch showing repairs being taken on the damaged ship from last week!

All around, another “win” episode for me.

Battlestar Galactica S04 E01

Summary (mild SPOILERS): Starbuck makes an unexpected return as the Cylon fleet attacks the Colonial fleet. While the Galactica and her fighters put up a valiant effort, things look bad until a Cylon Raider scans the fighter that Anders is in and the whole Cylon fleet retreat and leave. Starbuck is tested and questioned about her whereabouts as she thinks she’s been gone six hours but she’s been gone two months, her fighter looking brand new. The fleet jumps and each jump takes them further way from where Starbuck feels Earth is and it drives her spare. Meanwhile, Baltar is taken in by a cult, where he ultimately offers “God” his life in exchange for a child’s life. Baltar’s Six asks if he means it and the child lives, as does Baltar.

Thoughts: The opening sequence was just amazing. I sat there, giddy as a school boy at the battle, the FX were just amazing. Not that amazing FX are anything new to the series (I cite the BSG movie Razor as proof) but somehow, things were just different and felt fresh and exciting. Good stuff all the way around. With the Cylons having bugged out after scanning Anders, does this mean that we won’t have the Cylons as villains any more? Something happened, that’s for sure and unless some Cylons don’t get the message or decide to rebel, I’m not sure how they remain as villains.

Now, the Baltar stuff with its clear, Christ-like implications is something I don’t like. But, I was glad they had Baltar shave and cut his “Jesus locks” off. *_* So now is he going to be a new prophet or something, going around healing the sick and bringing miracles to the fleet?

The Starbuck story will be very interesting. Being returned to the fleet in a new fighter and unharmed is certainly something, as is her story of having found Earth. The fact that she’s got a gun on the president when the episode ended was just pure evil, but I guess that’s one way to ensure a high return rate of visitors.

Good stuff all the way around here over all.

Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Need a reason to watch the forthcoming TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor or buy the DVD?

Frak, yeah! Ever since the first mini-series of the Ron Moore remake, I’ve been wanting to see the old school 70’s Cylon models and ships appear. Granted they’ve made an appearance in the little featurettes SciFi has been putting out for Razor, but to now make an official appearance on TV is cooler than cool. Can’t wait to see this!

Starfest 2007 — Kate Vernon

One of the guest I was interested in seeing was Kate Vernon from the series Battlestar Galactica. For those who don’t know, she played the wife of Colonel Saul Tigh — Ellen Tigh. The character of Ellen was never a favorite of mine as she was a drunk slut. Still, she served her purpose on the show. The character was killed at the beginning of the third season.

So if I didn’t care for the character of Ellen Tigh, why was I interested in seeing Kate? Well to be frank, I wanted to see what kind of person she is in real life. How much of herself was placed into the character of Ellen?

With that in mind, I found my seat. There was a decent crowd for her appearance, but there were still plenty of seats free. I guess it isn’t surprising. She’s not Tricia Helfer (who came last year) and BSG has slipped in the ratings. Kate arrived several minutes late (I believe she had been signing autographs). You could tell she was a bit nervous, but she soon settled down into the routine of things and folks came up to ask her questions.

While there were a few questions about BSG, I was surprised that the majority of the questions were on her other roles. For example, she played the character of Commander Valerie Archer on Star Trek: Voyager. I didn’t remember the character nor the episode, but after I looked it up online, I was surprised because I had seen it (Voyager wasn’t my favorite Star Trek series). She’s been in lots of other things over the years such as L.A. Law, Nash Bridges, CSI, and tons more. However, BSG is the one series she’s been in the most.

One item that did come up about BSG was the death of her character. She said she got a call one day and based on what was being said, she started getting a funny feeling in her stomach. But then they said they wanted to discuss where her character was going and she started feeling better. However, where her character was going was to be killed because they had decided to take the character of Colonel Tigh in a new direction and having her around would interfere with that. As you can imagine, this was pretty devastating news to Kate and she (half) jokingly asked the crowd to write Ron Moore (series creator) to bring her back. After all, in science fiction, is anyone really ever dead? Plus, if they made her a Cylon, you’d have the first Cylon married couple since it was recently revealed that Colonel Tigh is a Cylon.

Another thing she mentioned was that her character, Ellen, knew that the cup that Saul gave her was poisoned and that in her mind, she was hoping her husband would somehow see her through. Of course, that didn’t happen but it was an interesting insight on the part of the actress.

Yet another item of interest was her boffing the Cylon known as Brother Cavil (played by the then 70-year old Dean Stockwell) and how that scene was brought about. She didn’t want to be nude in it and neither did Dean. So they did what they did and Kate gave us more insight on how her character dealt with that and why. She referred to it as “sleeping with Hitler” in order to save her husband. That was an interesting way of putting it.

So, it was a lot of fun hearing her speak for the hour. I found her a lot more attractive in person than on screen for some reason. Weird.

BTW, thanks to Marc for the pics of Kate. Mine all were pretty bad.

My First Sci-Fi Convention

It is quite a bit late (from April 22, 2006), but now that my friend MB finally provided some pictures of Starfest 2006, I thought I’d go ahead an write about the event. Despite being 36-years old, this was the first sci-fi convention that I’d ever attended, and certainly I’m glad MB and KC talked me into going. It was a very memorable experience!

It all started when I came back to work after being away to attend Grandpa’s funeral. MB and KC approached me and asked if I’d like to attend. They were going on Saturday, which we had off, and were even going to have their pictures taken with Tricia Helfer, who stars as Six on the new Battlestar Galactica. In addition, they’d purchased VIP passes, which guaranteed that they’d have a reserved seat for any of the events in the main room. I thought about it for a moment, then reflected on how Grandpa was always dreaming of doing this or that, but never actually doing any of it. Since I’d never been to a sci-fi convention, I decided that it was time.

Before the convention could start, I suddenly found myself on the opposite schedule from MB and KC, meaning I was now scheduled to work the Saturday. I managed to get Saturday night off and part of Friday night. However, because I had to work part of Friday night and didn’t get naught but a brief nap before I got up Saturday, I was pretty tired. The plan was for me to pick up MB, then drive down to the Denver Tech Center to meet KC where we’d have breakfast before starting the fun. I made it down from Longmont to MB’s place, but discovered I hadn’t brought my ticket to obtain my pass. A quick call to the number for the convention revealed that I had to bring the ticket in order to obtain my VIP pass. MB called KC, and learned that he was going to be delayed in meeting us.

So, MB and I returned to Longmont where I grabbed my ticket (including the one for having my picture taken Tricia), then MB and I decided a breakfast at IHOP was in order. I hadn’t been to IHOP for ages and wasn’t that enthused at first, but upon receiving our food, I discovered that the food was really quite good. I would have told you what I got, but I don’t see it on their menu any longer. It was a lot of food though.

The trip south to the Tech Center was just under an hour’s drive. By the time we reached the hotel where the convention was being held, there was absolutely no parking. I didn’t relish the thought of having some long hike, but as it happened, a father and young son were leaving and so we lucked out and scored a good parking place. Yay us!

Entering the Marriott DTC, I was somewhat surprised by the more “upscale” feel of the place, to include an indoor atrium where many room had balconies, many decorated with sci-fi themes. Plus the place was pretty large. I’ll admit, normally when I travel, it is just some Days Inn or the like. Providing they have wireless, high speed Internet access, I’m a happy camper.

After what seemed an eternity of standing in the VIP line (shouldn’t paying for a VIP pass make things move smoother and quicker?) where we watched many “cheap seat” folks register and go, we finally were given our passes and special ticket to have our picture taken with the lovely Tricia. MB and I took some time to look around real quick, before heading to the dealer room. I guess this was the hotel’s dining room (or one of them) in normal times, but I could be mistaken. Regardless, the large room was packed with folks selling all kinds of things. Nothing really gripped me nor MB, though one vendor had some stuff from Japan including a die-cast drop ship and APC from the movie Aliens. That was cool, but the price was more than I would want to spend.

The other tiny booth that caught my eye was the anime booth. They really had no chance of selling anything to me since none of the stuff was from Japan (all officially licensed for the R1 region). However, the person running the booth and one customer were speaking of my favorite anime, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki. Of course I HAD to to participate, being that I run the Tenchi Muyo! FAQ site.

KC soon hooked up with us, and some exploration led us to some very expensive caffeine. Still, I was very tired, so caffeine was going to be my lifeline if I wanted to stay awake. I made plans to return to this little store in the hotel a few more times.

One of the things that struck me were what is known in anime conventions as “cosplay” — those who dress up in various costumes. I hate to say it, but many costumes looked pretty weak. BUT there were a few that looked good. A few people in Klingon costume spent some time and effort into the makeup job, which looked pretty professional. There was a guy in a Predator costume that rocked. However, I have to say that the storm troopers are the best.

Each of us decided later in the day to have our pictures taken with some storm troopers. I had Darth Vader in mine as well as R2D2. Pretty cool, eh? ^_^

Note the background. It almost appears that I could be in the Death Star doesn’t it? Funny thing is, that background isn’t very large, and when seen in person, didn’t even strike me as that impressive. Looking at the picture, I find that it looks much better through the camera lens than through the naked eye. So when I watched Star Wars again, I found myself laughing at scenes in the Death Star because I’m sure those sets were built much the same way this little corner was built in my picture.

The three of us then scouted out the entire hotel where events were being held. We first located the spot where our pictures with Tricia would be held. The staff were setting up for the first pictures. We saw Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay, Star Trek: The Next Generation), who looked much older than I expected (no offense Dwight). We also saw Dirk Benedict (Starbuck, original Battlestar Galactica). We politely, but casually said “Hi” as we passed them. I got to say that this is the first time I’ve seen stars and it was pretty cool. Heading into one of the large halls, we passed Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar, Star Trek: The Next Generation) in that hall. Sadly, we got no pictures of these encounters, but oh well.

We saw Gary Jones (Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman, Stargate SG 1) who was signing autographs and then saw Dean Haglund (Langly, X-Files) sitting at a boot. MB and he exchanged some pleasantries. I have to say, I would never have recognized him. In X-Files, he had long, thin blonde hair and black-rimmed glasses. In real life, he has very short blonde hair and looks older.

Our scouting trip spotted all the small panel rooms before ending up in the main room. The main room was some large auditorium with tons of seats. The room was pretty dark save for the lights on the stage and the lights from the big-screen TVs on either side of the stage. We found our seats, but since the current presentation was something none of us were interested in, we bugged out to continue our look around.

Heading back through the picture area, we saw George Takei (Sulu, Star Trek). KC had met him before back when The Voyage Home was done as he’d been a member of the real U.S.S. Enterprise. I guess George came to the ship for an event and there had been some little adventure surrounding it (I was too tired to get the details, and never remembered to ask KC, even to this day). George remembered it well, and my impression was that he could have remembered KC. For several minutes, the two talked like old friends. I have to say that I found this to be pretty cool.

Once we’d scouted out the entire place and scored some more caffeine, it was close to time to have our pictures taken with Tricia. We wanted to get there early enough to make sure we could get through and attend some other events. However, getting to the line early wasn’t early enough. The line snaked out from the picture area, passed the registration area, and began to snake down the large main hall.

I’m not sure how long we were in line, but when one is tired, it seems like an eternity. Still, eventually the line began moving forward and it was our turn to have our picture taken. When it was my turn, I shook her hand, thanked her for coming, and told her I appreciated her work on the series. She smiled brightly and thanked me for watching the show. Being a big guy, I wasn’t sure how scary I looked to her, but being the ultimate professional, she did her thing. While I am astonished at my image (I wasn’t always this big you know), I did like the picture that resulted enough to post it on my companies directory for my name. I’ve had some fun with that, but that’s another story.

After the picture was over, KC and MB wanted to see an event in the auditorium, but since that event had no interest to me, I headed to the anime room. They were supposed to be showing the first couple of episodes of Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid (fansubs since at that time, FUNimation hadn’t officially licensed the title). I’d already seen the series, but I thought it might be fun seeing it with others.

When I entered the room, they weren’t playing anime but instead were playing an episode of Robot Chicken. I was annoyed that no anime was being displayed, but the spoof on the movie Seven staring the Smurfs was pretty funny and wrong.

When TSR started playing, the small room filled up. Clearly the show has a popular following in the U.S., though I wondered how many of these people would normally be English dub watchers rather than Japanese with subtitles. It is silly, I know, but that’s what happens in a tired mind I guess.

Afterward, I met up with MB and KC, where we grabbed more caffeine and scored some food. I got to say that I was unimpressed with the food of this fancy hotel, less so because of the price. Granted all I got were chicken strips, but still, how can you not do those right? Then again, maybe I was so tired that the food just didn’t taste good.

Upon finishing our meal, we went to the main room to watch George Takai’s presentation. Obviously, he was a fan favorite and he amused us with tales of how he got James Dohan into sushi, and later the rest of the crew.

He did a question and answer session, and one fan asked a question about Colorado and laws regarding homosexuals. It was here that I got annoyed as George took the opportunity to preach. Yeah George, thanks for reminding me that you are a sausage eater. I don’t care that George is a homosexual, and has been one forever. I don’t pay good money to go to an event to get some political preaching on how homosexuals need special rights (though to be fair, he didn’t call it that, but that was the meaning I took).

Fortunately, the preaching didn’t last too long. Another fan got up and greeted George in Japanese — “Konichiwa!” George then spouted off a lot of stuff in Japanese, which sadly my brain was too tired to even attempt to try to comprehend (not that my Japanese is good enough to know more than a bit). The female fan was clearly flustered and made some comment back. George didn’t stop his “attack” and hit her with more Japanese, clearly calling her bluff. Her attempts to squirm out of it failed and almost everyone in the crowd laughed her to scorn. Still, she was a trooper and asked her question, but I felt so bad for her that I don’t even remember what the question was.

After George was done, we got to see a large number of movie trailers with the editor of Starlog magazine (Dave McDonnell) hosting the event. So we got to hear a lot of neat things that we wouldn’t normally get to hear. We were excited about the upcoming crop of movies, though in the end, I only saw three of them. We started to watch the first 30-minutes (or so) of a screener copy of A Scanner Darkly, but mercifully, the DVD player refused to play it after nearly 15-minutes. Man, that was awful!

Finally, the event we’d been waiting for arrived — the hour-long presentation by Tricia. She decided that rather say much, she’d turn the who event into a question and answer session, which pleased the fans. Many fans got up to pose questions to her, including MB and KC. She revealed how she went from being a Victoria Secret’s model to an actor and ultimately how she landed the role as Six in the new Battlestar Galactica. She also spoke of her marriage and how working on the show impacted that.

Most of her talk was of the show. She teased the audience by having a book that was supposed to be a script for the upcoming episode(s) of the current season. She spoke of various episodes from the show, revealing little details (such as the tub of slime she emerged from in one episode), and generally delighting fans with her genuine, down home, friendly nature.

After Tricia’s event was over, I’d had enough. I still had an hour drive back home, not counting the time it would take to drop MB off. I knew I’d have to score one more Mountain Dew for the road or else I’d be in a world of hurt. Fortunately, I got MB home safely, then got myself home and into the bed!

Thus ends the tale of my first sci-fi convention and I want to thank my friends MB and KC for convincing me to go and to Marc for the photos. I have to say that I enjoyed the event so much, I do plan to return next year. Who knows, maybe I’ll go for two days and see more people speak.