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Thu, Apr. 27th, 2006

11:46 am - "Sci Fi" (as opposed to "Science Fiction") is Right

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The Sci Fi Channel has announced a Battlestar Galactica prequel show, Caprica, in which "a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action, and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga, the channel announced."

Good Lords of Kobol, just as Smallville is Dawson's Creek but with superpowers, this'll be Dallas or Dynasty, but with robots.

The Space Shark has been officially F-t-L Jumped.

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From:wykdkitten
Date:April 27th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)

Well, maybe.....?

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Maybe it won't be that bad? I confess, although never having watched Dawson's Creek, I do adore Smallville, much to my own surprise. And while I was massively pissed off at the whole concept behind "re-imagining" BG, I must admit... well, except for that last damned episode... I have fallen totally in love with it. Similarly, I liked Star Trek a whole lot, but LOVED TNG almost passionately...

So maybe this "Caprica" isn't necessarily such a bad idea? Maybe? Possibly?
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From:davidkevin
Date:April 29th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)

Re: Well, maybe.....?

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I like Smallville, too, and my family gathers around the t.v. for it every Thursday night -- you have to really, really juvenilize the Superman legend, down to the Super-Friends level, before I won't watch it at least once -- but the fact that the show is made for The WB, the network specifically intended for LiveJournalers 16-24 year-olds, shows in its post-Buffy, post-Dawson's style: with the very same actors, take out the superpowers, put in basketball, and you have One Tree Hill. Take out basketball, put in the Rocky Mountains, you have Everwood. Take out mountains, put in faux-Wicca and magick, and you have Charmed. Take out Wicca and magick, put in traditional Protestant Christianity, and you have Seventh Heaven.

It will be interesting to see how the WB/UPN merger into the CW Network shakes out, if the marginally-successful WB formula will continue, or if UPN's floundering for a self-image will take over. (We're a youth channel! No, we're a science fiction channel! No, we're a black channel! No, we're a young women's channel! Except we have wrestling in all our versions! We're so confused!)

I suspect that with Les Moonves running the network (through proxies, but he's running it nonetheless), it'll go into the dumper, as he is a piss-poor programmer. I agree with Howard Stern very little, but I agree with him on this: Les Moonves is an executive disaster.

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From:baikonur
Date:April 27th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I think the Dallas/Dynasty comparison seems apt, at least from the descriptions I have seen.
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From:retro_rider55
Date:April 28th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
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A recent (Boxing Day, actually) BG Classic 'marathon' on Space: The Imagination Station (our Sci-Fi Channel) revealed just how Dr Who-cheesy the original was (a 'Special Forces' assault team outfitted with hockey helmets?). And don't forget that classic 'moving-starfield-on-a-horizontal-venetian-blind' backround behind the viper cockpits special effect.

I think the acting on Smallville's head & shoulders above BG Classic as well.
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From:davidkevin
Date:April 29th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)

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Caprica will be a prequel to the re-imagined BSG currently being filmed in Vancouver, not the original '78 show, and comes from the same producer, Ronald D. Moore.

Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

I got to tour the original Galactica bridge from '78 while the program was still in production. On all versions of Star Trek the big screen at the bow of the bridge is an electronic viewscreen. On the original Galactica, it was a window, just a plain window with a view of what was immediately ahead of the ship, usually a generic starfield created by gluing varying-sized discs of the highly reflective glass-beaded material used for Interstate Highway signs to a black velvet curtain.

While having a window instead of a viewscreen on one's Bridge seems too low-tech, the use discs-on-velvet for starfield backgrounds is quite common, and was used as the starfield background for the Enterprise-D Observation Lounge and crew quarters windows on ST-TNG, too.

There actually was no glass in the '78 Galactica Bridge window, as with the black background the glass would show the reflection of studio lights. However, there was a maintenance catwalk between the window frame and the curtain.

So, as I stood by Lorne Greene's command chair, pretending for a moment that I was really on a starship, seeing the crew in my mind's eye, hearing radio chatter in my mind's ear, feeling the vibration of the engines through the deckplates in my mind's feet, there came walking along the catwalk a pot-bellied, uniformed Universal Studios security guard, pacing between the window and the stars....

Kinda blew the suspension of disbelief for me, he did.

BTW, I hope you're getting to watch the new Doctor Who episodes, which both story-wise and effects-wise, are not cheesy in the least!

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