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Battlestar Galactica Comic-Con Panel Addresses Starbuck’s Controversial Fate

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Starbuck!In 2009, the final episodes of the popular TV reboot of Battlestar Galactica were airing on Syfy. It was the end of a four-year run that was the height of science fiction on television at the time (sorry Lost, but I think BSG got the better of you). While the first half of season four was a bit shaky, the series finale was received with an equally mixed reaction from fans and television critics alike. The finale, entitled “Daybreak,” left some questions unanswered, while some of the questions that were answered were seen as lackluster and unsatisfying. Chief among these was the fate of of Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. How controversial was it? People are still asking the show’s creators about it, even all these years later.

SPOILERS FOR THE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SERIES FINALE BELOW (IF THERE’S ANYBODY WHO STILL HASN’T WATCHED IT)

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Adam Warrock Rap Makes Fans Miss Battlestar Galactica (But Not Baltar)

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I’m in the wrong profession. Why didn’t anyone tell me I could achieve fortune and glory by rapping about the geeky TV shows I love? My first one would have to be about John Sheridan, commander of Babylon 5. I’ve had a crush on him for almost a decade — rapping about him just might make him forget about annoying Delenn for a few minutes.

…but back to raps that actually exist.

Adam Warrock (or should I say WarRock?), infamous masher-upper of pop culture, geekdom, and “overly enthusiastic” hip hop, has rapped about a lot of his favorite things over the years. He’s currently running a donation drive on his website, where he’s recently uploaded his Battlestar Galacticathemed Mixtape EP “Feel Human” and released a video for the EP’s title track, “Galactica.”

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WGA’s List Of Best-Written Shows Of All Time Includes Six Science Fiction Classics

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Science fiction hasn’t always gotten its due. In the past it’s been dismissed as “kid stuff” or somehow less worthy and noble than mainstream fiction. Thankfully we know better than that. At its best, science fiction can examine who we are by exploring who we were, or who we will become. Thankfully, SF has long since proven that it has the potential to tell stories just as exciting and insightful as those of any other genre, but franchises such as Star Trek has proven it can be big business as well. For the purposes of this story, however, we’re not concerned with crass commercialism, but rather the writing quality of some of the genre’s best TV outings.

The Writers Guild of America recently shared their picks for the “101 Best Written TV Series” of all time, and wouldn’t you know it, several iconic science fiction shows were included on the list. Granted, they only occupy six slots out of 101, so I’m thinking there are some serious oversights, but that’s a topic for another day. For now, let’s examine the SF shows the WGA folks did deem worthy or recognition.

X-Files

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Battlestar Galactica LARPers In Sweden Borrow A Retired Naval Destroyer For Massive Make-Believe Session

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LARPing, short for “Live Action Role-Playing,” is one of those fandom subcultures that inevitably pops up at any decently sized convention. They’re the people dressed like vampires lurking in the hotel bar. They’re the folks with foam weaponry sprinting across the park yelling “Fireball!” But for any LARPers out there who think your organized make-believe events are without equal, I’m afraid some folks in Sweden just raised the bar in a serious way. How high, you ask? We’re talking three weekends, a $160,000 budget, and a retired naval destroyer. Go big or go home.

The massive LARP event unfolded this part March, during which the destroyer in question stood in for the Monitor Celestra, a ship referenced but never actually seen onscreen in Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot. The event’s writers — yes, it had writers — came up with 140 new characters and a twisty storyline involving military boarding parties and that old BSG standard, undercover Cylons! They even had networked computers simulating BSG’s “DRADIS” sensors and other futuristic shipboard functions.

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Battlestar Galactica’s Favorite Pastime: Print And Play Pyramid

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StarbuckSo there you are, it’s Saturday night and you and your friends are trying to figure out what to do with yourselves. You all become locked in the same old round of “I don’t care, what do you want to do?” and you know it’s just a matter of time until you give up and wind up bitter and bored at the Applebee’s bar. Why not try something different for once? Why not play a card game popular among people fleeing angry Cylons?

The game is Pyramid, a card game introduced in the original Battlestar Galactica series created by Glen Larson back in 1978. If you’re more familiar with the 2004 Ron Moore reboot, in that series it went by the handle of “Triad.” If you’re sick to death of Chutes and Ladders, and your friends refuse to play Strip Poker with you after that incident last time, perhaps they’ll agree to an evening of fictional card gaming, courtesy of graphic designer Dietrich Kerner.

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Battlestar Galactica Gets A Friends Twist

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If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s a mash-up. We’ve seen Prometheus melded with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Doctor Who given a magic carpet ride with The Big Lebowski. Even a gorgeous Pixar facelift given to our beloved Star Trek. But the real challenge for a successful mash-up is to combine two thematically dissimilar properties in a way that looks organic. And you can’t get much more dissimilar than Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica and NBC’s one-time sitcom juggernaut Friends.

Kudos, then, to YouTuber MugAGum for managing to find enough silly-looking material to create a BSG version of the Friends opening credits, accompanied by the relentlessly peppy strains of The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There for You.” Let’s face it, Battlestar was a pretty damn dour show on the best of days, so it’s not material that lends itself to frivolity. Nevertheless, we’ve got Starbuck having a water-hose fight, Baltar flexing for the camera, and Admiral Adama slurping spaghetti. Good times.

So wait, if Battlestar Galactica is Friends, what does that make Caprica? Just Shoot Me? Suddenly Susan? God help us — The Single Guy?