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June 04, 2007

Final Season of BSG


The official announcement didn't come until June 1, but "Battlestar Galactica's" executive producers had an idea that the show was nearing its end point several months ago.

"I think it was somewhere around the midpoint of (last) season, when we were working on the story where we'd gotten to the algae planet and discovered the temple" devoted to the final five Cylons, executive producer Ron Moore told reporters Friday. The discovery of the temple led to Cylon D'Anna Biers (Lucy Lawless) catching a glimpse of the final five, and that in turn triggered a beacon that pointed the way to Earth for the human fleet.

"And by the end of the season, we had taken that moment and moved it to the revelation of four of the five Cylons, and one of our characters had actually been to Earth and seen it," Moore notes. "But that was sort of the moment where we started to feel like, if we don't start to pay this off and don't really reveal those secrets and move in that direction, we'd get to a place where it would feel like we're jerking (around) the audience."

Not wanting to do that, and feeling like they could wrap things up in one last batch of episodes, Moore and fellow executive producer David Eick told the Sci Fi Channel that they wanted to bring the Peabody Award-winning, critically hailed "Battlestar Galactica" to a close.

Ironic that this came out today. This entire weekend, I was pretty much lazy and bored with no jeeping and Tera taking finals for school so we were stuck at home. I finished the entire mini-series, Season 1, and all of Season 2.0. Last night I started Season 2.5. Just got bored and there is no new TV on, plus when you buy a TV show on video, you gotta watch it occasionally or you just wasted money. What a great series and it makes it even better when you know who 11 of the 12 Cylons are. In August, Heroes Season 1 comes out and I can take it off the iPod and buy the DVD's.

Now some philosophy on digital media and content. First, I don't pirate music or tv shows or movies. I figure if it is something I like, part of the feedback mechanism to show what we like is TO PAY FOR IT. If quality programming dies because it is not economically viable and trash like Two and a Half Men and Let's Make a Deal and American Idol and Dancing with the Stars is, then I won't have anything worth stealing. I buy what I like. And what is $40 for an entire season of a tv show that I love, uncut, with no commercials worth? Here is my math:

15 minutes per episode worth of commercials = 1/4 of an hour. 1/4 of an hour times $1.99 per episode = $8 per hour. That is what I save by spending an hour watching crappy commercials. Or worse, spending 7 minutes fast forwarding through them and having to rewind because I pass the spot on the TIVO. Or worse, trying to download stuff off of bittorrent and worrying about spyware and hackers and all the other problems with file sharing. $1.99 for a TV show on iTunes is a steal in my mind. Plus it is instant feedback of the sort that worked for both Futurama and Family Guy to get them back on the air (and I own DVD sets for all episodes of both). I have Arrested Development (all episodes), The Office S1-2, Earl S1, BSG 1-2.5, Robot Chicken, and so on on DVD. I loan them out often and it keeps my TIVO from filling up with old episodes that I can watch any time I want plus it saves hard drive space for other stuff. That said, buying music off of iTunes is a ripoff. Paying $.99 for a 4mb MP3 file is retarded, but $1.99 for a 640x480 digital rip of a 45min TV Show compressed down to 500mb is a whole different story.

Just my $.02... or more appropriately my $1.99.

Posted by Justin at June 4, 2007 10:15 PM