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Battlestar Galactica Movie Reboot Is Back On, So Say We Blah

BSGGiven that Ron Moore’s acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot has been off the air for five years now, I can’t say I was surprised to hear that Universal is moving forward with a big-screen reboot of the franchise. Honestly, I’m more surprised that they haven’t already rebooted it two or three times in the time since Moore wrapped the series up in controversial fashion. Come on, Hollywood, who has time to wait years between different versions of things? In fact, why don’t you guys go ahead and start development on the Battlestar reboot for after this Battlestar reboot? Just to save everybody some time, you understand.

Word of the once-again-living BSG reboot comes via Variety, which says that Universal wants a “complete reimagining of the story.” Everybody sure does love that word these days, don’t they? “Re-imagining.” The bloke in charge of imagining this re-imagining is current hot-shit screenwriter Jack Paglen, who wrote the upcoming Johnny Depp cautionary tale Transcendence. Variety says Paglen is also committed to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2, but the last we heard that was being handled by the dude who wrote Green Lantern.

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Before There Was Ron Moore’s BSG Reboot, There Was Richard Hatch’s Second Coming


Ron Moore’s Sci-Fi Channel reboot of the cult classic series Battlestar Galactica may have been the subject of considerable controversy over how it ended, but it’s still widely regarded as one of the better shows Sci-Fi/Syfy ever produced. But all these years later, it’s easy to forget that Moore wasn’t the person trying to resurrect BSG back in the day. Before Moore’s dark, cerebral series was launched in 2004, a BSG veteran had spent years trying to sell his own version, and you can see a bit of what he had in mind in the trailer above, for Richard Hatch’s Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.

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Ladies First: The Best Female Characters Of Sci-Fi Film And Television

RipleyLoaderOne of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.

When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…

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Ron Moore Bemoans Sci-Fi’s Devolution Into Pure Popcorn Entertainment

MooreThere’s no denying that writer and producer Ronald D. Moore is a science fiction great. His work on Star Trek was important to the franchise, while his Battlestar Galactica reboot is considered some of the best television has to offer genre fans. So when Moore sounds off on the current state of science fiction, you know people are going to listen.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Ron Moore discussed his feelings about contemporary science fiction in movies and television. The 49-year-old geek icon feels that sci-fi today is content with being purely for entertainment purposes and is unwilling, at the moment, to evolve into something more mature and smart. He feels that his Syfy series Helix is trying to break that mold. Moore says:

‘I think science-fiction for the last 15 or 20 years — on television and in movies — has devolved to just popcorn,’ he says, citing Helix as one of the few examples of more ‘adult’ TV sci-fi. ‘To do something in this genre, it had to be just light and fluffy and silly and adventurous.

‘I think that science-fiction can be deeper, it can be meatier, it can be more adult. It can take itself a little more seriously and try to do something different. That’s certainly what we set out to do with Battlestar and I think that Helix is a good venue for that as well.’

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8-Bit Sci-Fi Theme Songs Will Hit You Right In The Nostalgia Gland

If there’s one thing that unites those of us who grew up in the ‘80s — aside from having way better kids movies — it’s the sweet rush of nostalgia when we hear some chirpy 8-bit composition that takes us back to the hours spent in front of a Nintendo trying to navigate a chubby Italian plumber through a series of incorrect castles. There’s just something about hearing a tune stripped down and piped through a woefully inadequate sound system that puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to go download an NES emulator.

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Ron Moore Reveals Why The Battlestar Galactica Reboot Gave Us Humanoid Cylons

Three - Six - EightYet another San Diego Comic-Con packed in crowds last week, giving genre fans the opportunity to meet their idols and see exclusive new footage from upcoming films and television. It also allows fans to come together and celebrate beloved but older properties. Science fiction TV writer and producer Ronald D. Moore was making the rounds to promote his new Syfy series Helix, but he also reminisced about the mysteries of his critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. While questions about the final moments of Kara “Starbuck” Thrace remained unanswered, Moore did shed some light on why the new BSG gave the Cylons a humanoid makeover.

While the original Battlestar Galactica also featured Cylons, they were the iconic, shiny-chrome robots we all know and love, whereas as the reboot made many large and small changes to the Cylons and their relationship with their creators. Affectionately called “Skinjobs,” some of the new-and-proved Cylons took human form, and the implication that anybody could be an undercover Cylon served as the basis for many plot points as the seasons rolled on. Moore explained why his reboot went in this direction, and it wasn’t just because he was trying to make a philosophical statement about mankind and existence. It certainly took the story in interesting directions, but the initial decision came down simply to budget: namely, not having enough of it. Moore told the Comic-Con crowd:

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