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As part of the build-up to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC America will be airing some classic Doctor Who story arcs, starting tonight (January 27)! Catch up with the First Doctor in ‘The Aztecs’ after the first in a series of specials on all the Doctors (The Doctors Revisited) at 9 pm Eastern. This classic Who will have to hold us over until our current Doctor returns, with his new Companion, on March 30.
A trailer for the upcoming Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Blood and Chrome appeared online earlier this week, but now it appears that the show, focusing on a young William Adama in the first Cylon war, isn’t going much further than being an online offering from Syfy, reports io9. Well, we might get the pilot shown on TV, but probably nothing else.
What’s up with the action-packed trailer? We get a lot of space battles, some gunfights and other action-y type special effects scenes, which seem to indicate that Blood and Chrome might be more action-oriented rather than the drama that BSG was. Deadline Hollywood reports that it was an unauthorized teaser that ended up being shown at WonderCon this past weekend, by BSG’s scientific adviser, Kevin Grazier. After appearing online, the teaser drew a lot of interest, as well as criticism, especially over the lack of a Bear McCreary soundtrack and recycling the Trent Reznor/Karen O cover of Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ from the The Girl who fell facefirst into a tackle box With the Dragon Tattoo teaser. Someone else had already parodied that trailer, but didn’t bother with music rights: the Muppets.
Anyway, with the unauthorized teaser hitting the interwebs, NBCUniversal’s SyFy jumped out to put the cork back on the bottle, and started zapping it on YouTube (oops on unlicensed music!), and repeated that the show is not destined for TV beyond the 90-minute pilot. Looks like the show hit bingo fuel.
Or as Admiral William Ackbara might say: “It’s a frak!”
College Humor takes the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series and re-re-imagines it as a Nintendo style role playing game. Watch all four seasons condensed into this hilarious video (Obviously, it contains spoilers!).
Her Universe is adding to their Star Wars and Syfy offering for the holidays. For Star Wars there’s a new hoodie, Jedi charm, and a Yoda pin giveaway for the first 500 orders. Battlestar Galactica fans will find Viper PJs and an Adama-inspired necklace. There’s also a Warehouse 13 burnout tee and an Eureka tote bag. All the new products will be available November 28th on the Her Universe site.
Wonder Woman:Erika Peterman demands a Wonder Woman movie on the CNN Geek Out! blog. The co-founder of Girls-Gone-Geek.com addresses different theories as to why we haven’t gotten one yet: lack of a good story? Finding the right costume? Having an action movie led by a female? Casting for the perfect Princess Diana of the Amazons?
Comics: Angel, the vampire with a soul, returns to Dark Horse Comics with this week’s release of Angel & Faith #1. For the past few years, while Dark Horse and Joss Whedon had been busy with Buffy Season Eight, IDW Comics and Joss Whedon had been publishing stories in the Angel franchise, including Angel: After the Fall and several Spike arcs. Now the Buffyverse is re-united back under Dark Horse as Angel and Faith team up to fight evil after the tumultuous events of Season Eight.
We saw new jewelry the other day, but now pictures of some of Her Universe’s new designs have been released. The first two SyFy shirts feature a red Cylon spine and Sharktopus (for guys, too!) plus a brand-new StarWars burnout logo tee.
Battlestar Galactica fans have something to be excited about – SyFy has greenlit a 2-hour Galactica prequel entitled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome from executive producer David Eick. It will feature a young Ensign William Adama during the first Cylon War as he goes on a secret mission. Apparently, his first mission, as shown in flashbacks in Razor webisodes, at the end of the war, really wasn’t his first mission. Will it tie together some elements from Caprica or just lead into BSG? What does “utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology” mean other than not looking like the animated Lord of the Rings trilogy? Does it mean something that Ronald Moore’s name is not on this project? Will it be better or much much better than Battlestar Galactica: The Plan?
Yesterday marked the release of the direct-to-DVD Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos. Remember when the Cylons had a plan? Now you can see the events of BSG (especially seasons one and two), from the Cylon point of view. Here’s what the reviewers are saying:
Wired says not to put too much hope in this mediocre coda, which would more aptly be titled A Tale of Two Cavils.
Geeks of Doom loves the inner struggles among the Cylons, but feels that the flow is a bit off. However, they totally agree with Olmos’ proclamation that after seeing “The Plan”, you’ll want to re-watch BSG again to see how it all fits in. They also have a giveaway contest for “The Plan” DVDs.
Alan Sepinwall of the NJ Star-Ledger likes Dean Stockwell’s and Grace Park’s performances, but overall says, “As one small bit of bonus material tied to a classic series, it’s fun, but it doesn’t really stand on its own.”
FilmThreat calls it “a mess” that ends up with epic fail, but also closure for Boxy.
The Salt Lake Tribune gives it a brief C+, saying that diehard fans will enjoy it, and that’s about it.
Hyping “The Plan”, PopStar gets a few questions with Dean Stockwell about playing against himself and his views on a Quantum Leap reunion. UGO has a contest where you can win dinner with Admiral Adama, Edward James Olmos.
Overall, most reviews feel like “The Plan” is more like a series of deleted scenes than a coherent story.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray. Several reviewers note that it is unrated and contains sex and nudity, which will most likely be cut for the Syfy broadcast of it next year.