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New Battlestar Galactica Series

What would you do- how would you react- if you knew that you would have to face a terrifying, life-threatening emergency every 33 minutes, 24 hours a day? In just 5 days that would be 225 major crises. How would you continue to function? Which would give out first, your mind or your body?

[gear shift]

The last television show I made a point of watching with any semblance of regularity was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's been off the air for quite some time now, and my TV watching has dropped off to almost nil. In fact, everything I currently watch is either on DVD or at someone else's house, and if our cable went out the only way I'd know is that the internet connection would be interrupted.

This is going to change (at least somewhat) in January, when the Battlestar Galactica miniseries that the Sci-Fi channel did earlier this year becomes a series.

The miniseries was a "reimagining" of the original TV show, and was done brilliantly. It's very different- darker and more introspective, while remaining true to the spirit of the original series.

I had the opportunity to see the first episode today. Holy frack. It's magnificent! I can't imagine how they'll be able to consistently maintain this level of quality, but I hope they at least come close. Writing, acting, special effects- all top notch!

Only two complaints:
1) They didn't keep the original series music, though I must admit that the new music is excellent and probably more in keeping with the tone of the show.
2) What's with the overuse of simulated zoom lens effects?

Oh, how I shall geek out!!!


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Oct. 21st, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
I really read "reimaging", and was momentarily puzzled.
Oct. 21st, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
One thing not in the new show.
I'll miss Baltar in his green velvet tights and Robin Hood attire.
Oct. 21st, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: One thing not in the new show.
Wow. Every time I think I have a solid grasp on how truly strange you are you raise the bar on me.

You, sir, are odd. :-)

Here you go: http://staff.bus.bton.ac.uk/fesg/bsg/imgs_pics/commanders_baltar.jpg

While Baltar's costume is a little more contemporary and understated in the new version, he comes with a hot Hot HAWT Cylon chick, so I think it's a fair trade-off.

It's no secret that my affection for `bots borders on fetish, but in this case I can drool over the robot and nobody gives it a second thought. Funny, though, how she (the robot) seems to be so wrapped up in religion and God, while Baltar (the human) is the coldly logical athiest.
Oct. 21st, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thed zoom effects are an intentional attempt to make the battle scenes look as if they are being filmed real-time by a documentary crew...at least that was their excuse. :) They wanted to give it a more 'gritty' feel.
Oct. 21st, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
I know, and I think they succeed. The space scenes really look like gun camera or combat journalist films. My problem with it is that they way overuse it. It's actually a neat effect and I really like it in moderation. The first couple of times they did it in the miniseries I had an "ooh!" moment, but it seems as though every time an opportunity arises to do a zoom they take it, and the oversaturation of zooming detracts from the effect (and possibly causes motion sickness :-) ). In the first episode there's even an interior non-CG shot where they do a quick zoom on a character while she's speaking- WTF?

Without giving away any spoilers, there's one scene in the first ep where you're looking at a ship flying away from the camera, and they did a little blur/zoom/sharpen effect to make it look like the camera is refocusing. I didn't notice it the first time I watched it, but it effectively conveys a sense of fast movement even though there are no visual reference points in the shot.

They make an obvious effort to include little camera tricks to enhance the feel and mood as well, and for the most part they succeed splendidly (to my untrained eye, at least). Many of the more hectic and claustrophobic scenes look like they were filmed with a hand cam with little stabilization. It's not enough to detract from the shot (a la Blair Witch), just enough to intensify the effect.
Oct. 22nd, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
Have you had a chance to watch the FireFly series yet??

They also use a lot of jittery and blurry camera work to highten the suspense, and it works terrifically! In one of the brief interviews the effects guy explains that did everything that you are told "not to do" in camera work. Just in the first episode (the pilot) you get the feeling of how unstable a chase/dogfight in space would feel.

It works so well that now when I see other sci-fi movies with intense battle scenes I wonder if it would be more intense with a sloppy zoom and bouncy camera effect. Opening scene in A New Hope the Corellian Corvette being followed by the Star Destroyer...
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