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Battlestar Galactica Is Leaving Netflix This Week

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BSGAll of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. But if your “all of this” includes wanting to watch (or rewatch) Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, you’d best get your frakking ass in gear, because you’re about to lose your chance — at least on Netflix. Watch it while you can right here.

While the movie side of the Netflix catalog is largely choked by z-grade direct-to-DVD flicks you’ve never heard of, Netflix actually has a pretty solid collection when it comes to TV shows. However, it’s about to lose one of the jewels from its crown, because Battlestar Galactica will be disappearing from the streaming service as of Wednesday, October 1 at 3am PST. Trying to get all the way through the series in that time might actually kill you, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a BSG rewatch on their to-do list for months. Now what the hell am I supposed to do? I mean, I guess I could watch one of the 10,000 other items on that list instead…

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Faux-fanity: Ranking Science Fiction Swearing From Shuck To Shazbot

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ParentalThe Maze Runner hit theaters this past week, and it turned out to be the rare YA adaptation that actually held our interest. But when we tried to come up with some clever feature to tie in with its release, we drew a blank. The more we thought about it, the more frustrated we became, and the more frustrated we became, the closer we inched to just throwing up our hands and exclaiming, “$#@%!”

Say, wait a minute…

See, The Maze Runner follows in a fine, upstanding tradition of many a creative universe to come before: making its own profanity. Because while science fiction teaches us that there may be no limits to how wondrous or strange our future may be, George Carlin teaches us that there are some things you just can’t say on television, or in polite company. Sci-fi creators have been skirting this issue for decades by conjuring up their own off-color vocabularies for the worlds of their imagination. Here at GFR, we think Deadwood is about as quotable as it gets, so in a spirit of shucking solidarity, we decided to embrace our inner ten-year-olds and look back at some of our favorite sci-fi swear words. First up, the movie that inspired the whole frelling article…

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Gallery 1988 Show To Spotlight Little Golden Books Versions Of X-Files, Dredd, And More

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BTTFYou might not recognize the name “Joey Spiotto,” but there’s a good chance you’ve seen and admired his work at some point. We’ve featured his brilliant “Little Golden Book” riffs on pop-culture staples such as Alien and Shaun of the Dead several times here on GFR over the years, but he just keeps putting out more awesome stuff. Now a bunch of that awesome stuff is set to be gathered together under one roof for an art show beginning this Friday, August 1 at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles.

Spiotto’s “Little Golden Books” pieces are like artifacts from a far superior alternate universe, one where your children can thrill to the cheerful adventures of cartoon-ified alien facehuggers, or a day in the life of precocious, cuddly versions of Pulp Fiction’s hitmen Vincent and Jules. (Just don’t ask about the sign on the front of Jimmie’s house.) I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love to be kicked to death by Alex from A Clockwork Orange if he looked this adorable?

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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

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WedThursComic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.

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Comic(s) Relief: Battlestar Galactica Gets A Steampunk Makeover This Summer

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With Ron Moore’s acclaimed Syfy series long since wrapped up and the dude who wrote Transcendence at work on a big-screen “reimagining,” Battlestar Galactica fans looking for a fix of their favorite franchise are simply stuck with reruns for the time being. Or you could hit your local comics shop and dig into the ongoing adventures of the Colonial Fleet, whether you prefer the Glen Larson original or the Moore revamp. Dynamite Entertainment holds the comic license for BSG and they’ve got multiple series stretching across both incarnations of the series. Now they’re adding a new addition — and a weird one at that. Welcome to Battlestar Galactica: 1880.

Taking that whole “All of this has happened before” thing to the next level, Battlestar Galactica: 1880 will give the property a Steampunk makeover, with “Professor Baltar” creating clockwork Cylons to pit against the Colonial Empire. Adama is now an archduke, there are Sky Pirates, and Captain Starbuck now has a “humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit.” Well, at least the comics version won’t require anyone to duct tape a chimpanzee inside a bunch of spare carpet. (Oh, and Starbuck is back to being a dude in this one. Written by Tony Lee, Battlestar Galactica: 1880 is set to hit stores this August.

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Pop Culture: Sci-Fi TV & Film’s Best And Worst Dads

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JorElKentToday we’ve all hopefully been spending time with our fathers, or at least with our fond memories of them. Given how much of an impact our fathers have on our lives — even if only by their absence — there’s no surprise that daddy issues extend all the way to the final frontier. So, in honor of Father’s Day, we decided to take a closer look at some of science fiction’s most memorable dads, and the ways their teachings and legacies shaped their children.

As the bar against all others will be measured, we decided on a duo that represent both sides of the old “nature vs. nurture” debate: the Kryptonian Jor-El and the Kansan Jonathan Kent. Jor-El gave Kal-El the genetic potential to do great things, and his final acts were to ensure his son’s survival even as his planet died. On the other hand, Jonathan Kent (along with Martha, of course) helped shape Clark into a true hero worthy of the name Superman. So, with Jor-El and Jonathan serving as two sides of our paternal ideal, here are our picks…

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