So Say We All and millions of other books are available for site Kindle. From Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, the bestselling authors of the definitive two-volume Star Trek oral history, The Fifty-Year Mission, comes the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of. Battlestar Galactica, an original SCI FI Channel miniseries, electrified viewers and Book 1 of 4 in the Battlestar Galactica Reimagined Series . Edward Gross. I'm reviewing the first edition of this book, although I am aware there are .. Battlestar Galactica by Glen Larson and Robert Thurston is the first book in the.
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Ed Gross and Mark A. Altman, the authors of The Fifty Year Mission, have Oral History of Battlestar Galactica is available from Tor Books. Battlestar Galactica Classic (Battlestar Galactica, book 1) by Glen Larson and Robert Thurston - book ISBN: / (USA edition). Results 1 - 11 of 11 Released in , just as the Battlestar Galactica craze was waning, this hardback is the Authorised Edition of the movie. Yes, the movie.
It's - let's face it - sci-fi. And yet, as anyone who has actually committed to it will tell you, BSG has evolved into one of the most sophisticated, compelling and original shows that's ever been made. Which isn't bad for the remake of what was in itself a trashy show - one designed chiefly to cash in on the success of Star Wars. The new version of the show that emerged in , courtesy of producers Ronald D Moore and David Eick, might have shared the bare bones of creator Glen Larson's original space-western - the plot and the character names, and also Richard Hatch playing a terrorist-turned-politician in the reboot - but that's about all.
The cylons in the new version still appear as hulking metallic "centurions" similar to the ones in the 80s except now they're equipped with machine-gun hands , but the cyclons to take note of are the models who have somehow evolved to look exactly like humans.
For reasons that may or may not be related to the show's budget, the cylons have only managed to clone 12 different human models, so the vast ranks of cyclons are all played by the same 12 actors.
That may sound confusing, but it's not a patch on how confusing BSG will seem to you if you casually dip in to an episode without starting the show right from the beginning. As the new show begins, these human-lookalike models are the enemy within, living in secret among the humans - some undercover, but some, who have not yet been activated, with no idea that they are machines. What really sets the show apart from the original, though, are its politics.
With an opening that starts with an apocalypse - the near wiping out of the human race by the cylons - and ratchets the action up from there, it's hard not to read the series as being anything other than deeply rooted in the politics of Bush-era America. But where a contemporary show such as 24 has chosen to deal with the war on terror by setting up a string of impossibly last-minute disaster scenarios that can only be foiled if Jack Bauer flicks through his on-the-hoof torture manual, Battlestar has taken a much more elegant and complicated tack.
At first, we sympathise with the humans read: America , under attack from a horde of impossible-to-detect alien invaders within read: al-Qaida. Then you realise that it's the cylons, the baddies, who believe in a more Christian-sounding "one true God" - and the humans who worship a bunch of different gods.
And that even though they've perpetrated mass genocide, it's nonetheless the cylons - created and then turned upon by humans - who believe themselves to hold the moral high ground. In its third series Battlestar manages to pull off one of the most extraordinary leaps in American TV when the surviving group of humans find themselves living under cylon occupation on a new planet and our human heroes decide to use suicide bombing against the cylons.
It's the sort of move you can only pull once you've taken viewers with you on a properly engaging journey. Suddenly you're looking at a collection of people that you've come to know and respect - rather than a string of dramatic archetypes - and being asked to watch them, even identify with them, as they debate the merits of terrorism.
So it's Colonel Tigh, the brilliant, bitter, drunken military man, who decides to sacrifice innocent human bystanders for the sake of taking down a few "frakking toasters" as they call cylons. Even if you don't agree with their actions and the show's not so glib that you're supposed to , you understand how they've come to them, and that's the key to BSG's genius.
It doesn't ever talk down to its audience, or pander to gung-ho-American-war-on-terror rhetoric. Instead, it plays out issues in an adult fashion, allowing characters to debate what they're doing, to remember what they've done, to question why they're doing it - and crucially, to be called to account for their actions later.
It's this sense of time passing and actions being remembered that gives the show a real depth. Characters grow, change their minds, fall in and out of love, quit jobs and get arrested, lose themselves in drink binges and then pull themselves together.
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It's also a show that's technically very much of its time , with people devouring it on Sky1's HD broadcasts days after US transmission, nicking it off Piratsite to watch on laptops just hours later, downloading it legally from iTunes - or waiting for the box sets, where it makes the perfect "just one more" experience. The TV series also had to adhere to strict content restrictions such as limiting the number of acts of violence and being required to shoehorn educational content into the script and dialogue.
To cut costs, the show was set mostly on the contemporary Earth, to the great dismay of fans. Another factor for fan apathy was the nearly complete recasting of the original series: Richard Hatch Apollo in the original series was sent a script for Galactica , but he turned it down since he was not sure what his part in the series would be now that all the characters had changed.
Some TV syndication packages for Battlestar Galactica incorporate the episodes of this series. Besides a re-edited version of the pilot , released in Canada, Europe, parts of Latin America, and, following the broadcast of the series, in the U. Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack and Conquest of the Earth were made up of various episodes of the original series and Galactica respectively. The original series maintained a cult fandom, which has supported efforts by Glen A.
Larson, Richard Hatch, and Bryan Singer independently of one another to revive the premise. Richard Hatch produced a demonstration video in —99 which featured several actors from the original series combined with state-of-the-art special effects.
This video, titled Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming , was screened at some science fiction conventions , but it did not lead to a new series. A continuation of the original series but set 25 years later, Singer and DeSanto's version included several members of the original cast reprising their original roles and the introduction of newer characters.
It was intended to be telecast as a backdoor pilot in May , and pre-production commenced and sets had even been partially constructed with a view to filming starting in November This caused the executives of Fox TV to lose interest in this project. Despite attempts to revive the series over the years, none came to fruition until it was reimagined in by Universal Television as Battlestar Galactica , a three-hour miniseries. Moore and producer David Eick were the creative forces behind it.
Starbuck and Boomer were now female characters, portrayed by Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park respectively. Continuing where the mini-series left off, the main cast all returned to reprise their roles. Several new characters were introduced, and Richard Hatch , who played Captain Apollo in the s Battlestar Galactica TV series, also appeared in several episodes as Tom Zarek , a former political terrorist who later becomes part of the new Colonial government.
An edited version of the pilot miniseries was aired on NBC on January 9, , five days before the Sci-Fi series premiere. NBC also aired three selected first-season episodes to promote the show in advance of the second-season premiere in July The series ran for four seasons between and The second season was split into two halves screened several months apart.
Due to production delays caused by the — Writers Guild strike , the fourth season was also split into two parts, with a seven-month hiatus in between. The series has won widespread critical acclaim among many mainstream non-SF-genre publications. Time  and New York Newsday  named it the best show on television in Battlestar Galactica: Razor is a television movie produced and broadcast in the gap between Seasons 3 and 4 of the re-imagined series.
Razor is also the first two episodes of Season 4 though it chronicles events on Battlestar Pegasus in two time periods, both of which are "in the past" with respect to the Season 4 continuity. The "present day" framing scenes are set during Lee Adama's command of the Pegasus in the latter half of Season 2, while "flashback" scenes depict Helena Cain 's command in the period between the Cylon attack shown in the mini-series and the reunion with the Galactica in the second season.
An expanded version of the movie was released on DVD on December 4, The first set of webisodes were a series of shorts produced in to promote the third season of the re-imagined show.
Made as an "optional extra" to Season 3, the webisodes filled in some of the events between the second and third seasons and featured some of the main cast, though did not reveal what would happen in the beginning of Season 3, nor was viewing them essential to follow the story of the third season. Each of the ten webisodes was approximately three minutes long, and they were released twice a week leading up to the U.
Season 3 premiere in The Razor Flashbacks were a series of seven webisodes produced in , set some 40 years earlier during William Adama's fighter pilot days during the later stages of the First Cylon War. They were released on the Internet as "webisodes" leading up to Razor' s release. Razor , and some are inserted into both the broadcast and extended cuts of the movie on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The installments that did not make the final cut include 1, 2, and the latter half of 7. In May , a set of 10 webisodes were announced to be in the works which were released during the seven-month hiatus between episodes 10 and 11 of Season 4.
Again, viewing of the webisodes was optional prior to the second half of Season 4. In August , the Sci Fi Channel announced the production of a two-hour TV movie which was planned to air after the final episode of the series in The movie began production on September 8, Written by Jane Espenson and directed by Edward James Olmos , The Plan storyline begins before the attack on the 12 colonies and shows events primarily from the perspective of the Cylons.
Caprica is a prequel television series to the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. It premiered on Syfy formerly Sci-Fi on January 22, , and was described as "television's first science fiction family saga ". It was a two-hour back door pilot for a possible weekly television series, but on December 2, , Syfy gave the go-ahead to expand the project into a full, episode series. Caprica is set on the titular planet , 58 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica.
The show revolves around two families, the Adamas and the Graystones, and the creation of the Cylons. On October 27, , Syfy canceled Caprica due to low ratings. The final five episodes were aired in the US on January 4,  though they had aired a couple of months earlier on the Canadian network Space.
The entire series was released on DVD in Moore to produce another spin-off set in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica universe, which was to begin as a two-hour pilot focused on William "Husker" Adama portrayed by Luke Pasqualino during the First Cylon War as was glimpsed in Razor and the corresponding webisodes. Syfy decided against moving forward with the Blood and Chrome TV series, but on November 5, it was announced that a part webseries would begin on November 9, and be released over four weeks via Machinima.
The webseries was also aired as a 2-hour movie on Syfy on February 10, ,  and was released on DVD shortly afterwards. Creator Glen A. Larson entered negotiations with Universal Pictures for a film adaptation of the series in February Marvel Comics published a issue comic book series based upon the show between and Walt Simonson, who later wrote and drew Thor and had a long stint on Marvel's Star Wars comic, was the artist for the series at its conclusion.
Of all these series, only those by Marvel, Grandreams, and Look-In completed their storylines and brought the story to a conclusion. All the other series were cancelled at various points during their run, with no resolutions.
The Grandreams and Look-In comic strips take place early in the series. The other comic series based on the series have been set after the final episode of the series and ignored Galactica The Maximum Press series began with the discovery of a completely unpopulated Earth some fifteen years after the TV show.
The look and the feel of the comics was changed considerably from the series, to give the stories a "more nineties" feel.
The Realm Press series picked up immediately after the original series' final episode, in an attempt to present what they called "Season Two" of the original show.
Dynamite Entertainment was the last company to publish comic books featuring both the classic and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. Carver , includes a few background elements not shown in the aired Miniseries, and incorporates some deleted scenes. Since the information in the Miniseries article Overview, Summary, etc covers the novelization, the focus of this article is a comparsion of the two very similar versions of the same story.
Notes Additions to the novelization Colonel Wakefield : The name given to the first human, the Armistice Officer, that viewers see in the Miniseries .
He meets a unexpected arrival of a Cylon "diplomatic group"--and his death--on the Armistice Station. This also suggests that his son, Boxey , shares his father's last name. The motive for the controversial murder of the infant by a mysterious infiltrator known later as Number Six as well as Caprica-Six after her resurrection is explicitly explained as to spare the infant any suffering in the imminent attack . Natasi: The name given to Caprica-Six .
The light emitted by the illuminated spine of an aroused humanoid Cylon is explained as being mostly infrared, with a small amount of gamma radiation, and nearly invisible to the human eye  In normal operations, Galactica carries as many as fifty fighter, recon, and other spacecraft. At the time of the decommissioning ceremony, Galactica is carrying fewer . The meeting that Caprica-Six has with an unknown individual immediately following her discussion with Gaius Baltar about the CNP status and her motives for assisting him on the project has extra dialogue.
The unknown individual she meets after Baltar leaves says, "It is indeed about time.
The time has almost come. I'd like to be with him. There is much for him to do yet. And one way or another, you will always be with him" . The area in which both these conversations happen is named the "Government Center Plaza. This last sentence alludes to Baltar's Virtual Six , of which the Cylons have no knowledge in the series. At the decommissioning ceremony, there is a enormous video projection screen at one end of the landing bay that give the illusion of an open window to space.
The screen displays the approaching Vipers participating in the flyby to the audience . The TV interview that Baltar has with the newscaster Kellan Brody occurs two days before the attack . In Ron Moore's blog during Season 1, he stated that a unified government encompassing all Twelve Colonies was only formed in response to the outbreak of the Cylon War Carver cleary thought that there was a local President of Caprica itself before this, but the Caprica pilot has since established that Caprica had a Prime Minister before the Cylon War .
It is specifically said that there are a few Viper Mark VII 's remaining on Galactica, but they are in need of heavy maintenance at the time of the initial Cylon Attack and not in working condition they are presumably fixed in time for the final battle at Ragnar , where several Viper Mark VII's are seen on screen . Carver made it a point in interviews that he rewrote it that the Viper Mark IIs in the museum have had their reactor cores pulled and that they're in storage, although Tyrol is able to reinsert them fairly easily, as he didn't think it was safe to leave them in a museum like that even though the Miniseries states that they have "rad buffers" inserted in them to make them nonfunctional .
New dialogue is added in which Starbuck says that Galactica has almost no ordnance because it was unloaded at " Rhapsody Station ", but they have enough for the Viper Mark IIs though not the main batteries of Galactica because they were supposed to dump off some extra ammo at a base on Caprica. A deleted scene from the Miniseries actually shows that the ordnance of Galactica wasn't dropped off anywhere, but released into space and remotely detonated . Carver assigns names to mentioned-only Viper pilots over the com link such as "Scott" and "Erin.
The description of the cockpit of Colonial Heavy includes an instrument monitoring Lorey-field gravity . Half a dozen times throughout the novelization, Carver refers to the artificial gravity technology used by the Colonials as "Lorey-field gravity".
The unnamed pilot of Colonial One is given a name, "Captain Russo " . Jack , the man who speaks from Roslin on Colonial Heavy over wireless from Caprica during the attacks, is given a full name, " Jack Nordstrom " .
The author devises how Gaius Baltar survives the nuclear explosion that strikes his home.Oh, and she looks amazing President Laura Roslin Mary McDonnell Laura Roslin is education minister - and 43rd in line to the presidency - when the cylons first attack. I wasn't reading it for the story or adventure so much as I was for the inevitable knowledge that this would bring to my future scifi books. Characters grow, change their minds, fall in and out of love, quit jobs and get arrested, lose themselves in drink binges and then pull themselves together.
ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This was so different from the beloved series that it almost felt like fan fiction.
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Battlestar Galactica the novel is a good and enjoyable companion to a rewatch of Battlestar Galactica the s TV show. Not highly recommended to anybody in particular, but worth a quick skim for nostalgia's sake or for newer fans to gain perspective on what came before.
It did bore me a bit at times, and the dialogue seemed downright childish at times, but aside from that it was definitely worth reading.
See and discover other items: It is much deeper and richer than I anticipated and turned out to be a fine science-fiction, more aptly space opera, novel.