Oh No They Didn’t: Seven Jaw-Dropping Science Fiction TV Cliffhangers

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Last night Trek fans across the country got to hunker down in theaters and watch one of the best cliffhangers in science fiction history play out on the big screen. The “Best of Both Worlds” theatrical event was the latest of several special theater screenings of Next Generation episodes, coinciding with seasonal releases of the remastered series on Blu-Ray. “Best of Both Worlds, Part 1” has pretty much set the bar for sci-fi TV cliffhangers since it first aired in 1990, but in the years that followed, some of our favorite genre shows have given that iconic Next Gen episode a run for its money. Here are seven sci-fi cliffhangers that left us screaming at the television.


Babylon 5 — “Z’ha’dum”
B5’s third season went out with a literal bang. After traveling to the Shadows’ homeworld of Z’ha’dum, Sheridan nuked their capital city and plunged, moments before the explosion, into a deep chasm. The war pauses while the Shadows regroup from Sheridan’s strike on their homeworld, but that doesn’t mean our heroes are in a good place. Sheridan is presumed dead. Garibaldi is missing, apparently abducted by a Shadow vessel. Ivanova and the rest are left with an uncertain future, one which, as G’kar’s closing monologue so elegantly states, will be born in pain.


How To Spot A Cylon: A Handy PSA

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The Colonial Fleet had it easy back in the good old days. And by the good old days, I mean the late ‘70s. I realize that’s probably the first time anyone has referred to the late ‘70s as the good old anything, but it’s true. See, back then the original Battlestar Galactica was on the airwaves, and things weren’t so bad for the Colonial Fleet. Sure, they were fleeing homicidal robots who wanted to exterminate them, but they got those weird-looking robot dog things, you got to hang out with Dirk Benedict, and things seemed generally pretty upbeat in spite of that whole attempted human genocide thing. Plus, back then it was way easier to spot Cylons.

When Ron Moore rebooted BSG in 2004, suddenly the Cylons could disguise themselves as regular people, or ridiculously hot Amazonian goddesses with glowing spines. What’s a Colonial refugee to do? Thankfully we’ve got this handy-dandy PSA that runs down all the telltale signs that you may be talking to / sharing lunch with / frakking / or unwittingly sharing colonial secrets with, a Cylon.


Battlestar Galactica Fan Building $20,000 Cylon Raider Replica In His Backyard

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It’s amazing the lengths fans will go to when it comes to celebrating or honoring their favorite shows, movies, games, books, and so forth. Just go to Comic-Con any year and you’ll see cosplayers sporting home-built props, costumes, and makeup that rival some Hollywood movies. Fans spend thousands of dollars of fan films, LARPing groups, you name it. We report on a lot of those projects here at GFR, and one of the more insane (in a good way) ones we’ve heard about recently is a chap in Clearwater, Florida who is building a half-scale replica of a Cylon Raider ship from Battlestar Galactica in his backyard. Why, you might ask. But if you have to ask the question, you probably wouldn’t understand the answer.

Eugene Haggerty is creating the replica to be a centerpiece of the upcoming Galacticon 3, and will also be traveling to other conventions, including DragonCon, Shoreleave, Hurricane Who, and more. Here’s a shot of the frame of the Raider replica.



Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica Movie Is On Hold

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They say no news is good news, but when it comes to the Hollywood development process, no news often means a project has slid into that abyss known as Development Hell. Sometimes that’s bad news, if it’s a project you were really excited to see. But then other times, it just means all is right with the world. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which this qualifies as, but Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica feature film is now on hold.

Speaking to Coming Soon, Singer reveals that his BSG plans have been back-burnered thanks to his new involvement with X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to the surprise hit, X-Men: First Class. “I have that one on hold for a moment, so hopefully, I’d love to be able to get back to that, but for now I’m just focused on this X-Men business.” There’s no telling how long that hold will last, or when/if Singer will get back to his Battlestar Galactica movie, but it will likely be several years away at the least.

As with any high-profile director, Singer has a ton of different projects he’s involved with — or rumored to be involved with — at any given time. Singer’s been talking up his Battlestar Galactica movie since at least 2011, but news of the remake has been sparse in recent months. The last we heard anything was back in August, when he mentioned that the script was undergoing revisions.


Edward James Olmos Recites Narration From The Original Battlestar Galactica

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Even before the controversial series finale, Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot was dividing fans of the original series. While many enjoyed the more mature take on Glen Larson’s 1978 sci-fi series, others thought it diverged too much from the — admittedly a bit cheesy — source material. As someone who grew up with the show as a fondly remembered bit of my childhood, I was a big fan of the new version, and fine with it charting out its own path. Still, it was very cool when the show would throw long-time fans a bone by doing things such as occasionally using the 1978 version’s classic theme song. Here’s another intriguing bit of old-meets-new: actor Edward James Olmos delivering the original series’ closing narration: “Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica leads a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest…a shining planet known as Earth.”


How Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Created Its World With Greenscreen

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Even though we’ve only seen six short episodes of it so far, Syfy’s web series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has become one of the hottest topics in geek circles of late. A prequel set during the first Human/Cylon war, Blood & Chrome centers on a brash young William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the Ron Moore series, played here by Luke Pasqualiano). It certainly helps that pickings are mighty slim for fans craving a hardcore space-based science fiction series, but even if it had plenty of competition, Blood and Chrome would be pretty damn awesome. One reason amongst many: the show looks just as good as the BSG series, despite being produced for a much smaller budget.