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#1 of 1611 OFFLINE   Zack Gibbs

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Posted September 02 2007 - 06:14 AM

I thought I'd start this as there's some important news that needs to be addressed. I read this over at AICN today;

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/33862

As many know the new season of Galactica starts this coming February and includes 20 episodes. In a BSG Q&A at Dragoncon some of the crew revealed that Sci-Fi Channel is planning to shelve the last 10 episodes for an entire year--essentially premiering them as another "season" in Feb. 2009.

I think this is asinine, the actors themselves seem to agree and exclaimed Sci-Fi normally produces crap and doesn't know what to do with something like Galactica. All I know is that after an 18 month wait for the season this upsets me and there's a good chance that after a year with 10 episodes on a shelf (THE FINAL 10 EPISODES!) spoilers are bound to leak out and even the episodes themselves have a good chance of being leaked to the Internet--wtf are you thinking Sci-fi??

With a little luck this news has come out soon enough that we can let Sci-fi know this is unacceptable.
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#2 of 1611 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted September 02 2007 - 06:38 AM

According to Wikipedia, although I'm not sure what to believe, Razor is supposed to be part of the fourth season. In fact, it will be the first 2 episodes but will air as one single movie this fall. So we don't really have to wait long for the fourth season to begin.


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#3 of 1611 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted September 02 2007 - 07:13 AM

I'd just like to point out that the last time Sci-Fi announced plans for a series this far in advance, we were absolutely sure we'd be getting a fifth season of Farscape. So I don't think I'll worry about this too much; there's time for things to change.
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Posted September 02 2007 - 07:16 AM

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All I know is that after an 18 month wait for the season this upsets me and there's a good chance that after a year with 10 episodes on a shelf (THE FINAL 10 EPISODES!) spoilers are bound to leak out and even the episodes themselves have a good chance of being leaked to the Internet--wtf are you thinking Sci-fi??
If this is the case, I'd bet that they're looking to sell a Season 4.1 DVD set and Season 4.2 DVD set. Once again, if this is the case, it's probably Universal that you want to blame and not Sci-Fi.

#5 of 1611 OFFLINE   joshEH

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Posted September 02 2007 - 08:46 AM

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If this is the case, I'd bet that they're looking to sell a Season 4.1 DVD set and Season 4.2 DVD set. Once again, if this is the case, it's probably Universal that you want to blame and not Sci-Fi.
That's the first thought that flashed through my mind, too -- another split-DVD release. Fuck. (Or, "frak.")

You know they're just doing this to milk as much mileage from the final season as possible, without having to...say...commit to an actual fifth year of the series. BSG has now enough episodes in the kitty to syndicate the show, which is pure profit for the network/studio...they don't have to produce any more, and they can just kick it back and rake in the bucks.

And, in the meantime, we'll keep seeing shite like Megasnake, Atomic Twister, Black Hole, and Dinosaur-rama on Sci-Fi, in lieu of quality product like Battlestar. (Though they've confirmed that further TV movies might be an option down the road.)

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#6 of 1611 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted September 03 2007 - 04:28 AM

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(Though they've confirmed that further TV movies might be an option down the road.)

TV movies are difficult to pull off successfully due to sets and talent availability. It'd make more sense just to do normal short series of 8-13 episodes per season if they can come up with a budget sustainable based on show revenue. Alas, money comes into it for everyone, not just Universal and Sci-Fi. If someone wants $1MM, it's easier to get that spread over 20 episodes than over 10. Reduce the budget, thus reducing what you can pay the talent, and the artists excited about working on BSG would probably become not so excited after all. At the end of the day, they're looking to get paid.

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Posted September 03 2007 - 07:22 AM

They dont need to drag this show on with movies of the week. Give us an ending. If i get jacked with a cliffhanger in the last episode, next year or year after, i will be pissed. I think the actors are ready for a resolution as well.
I agree to show the last 20 episodes and be done, dont milk it for 2 years!

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Posted September 03 2007 - 09:00 AM

Ouch, I feel your guy's pain. They just put my show on the shelf until 2010 (save for some TV specials and the spin-offs), so I'm feeling the burn too.

#9 of 1611 OFFLINE   Ric Easton

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Posted September 03 2007 - 03:29 PM

And the Sci-fi channel continues to find ways to piss me off.

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Posted September 03 2007 - 04:59 PM

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With a little luck this news has come out soon enough that we can let Sci-fi know this is unacceptable.
I agree it sucks. Unfortunately, I like the show too much to boycott it and I barely watching any of Scifi's other programming as it is.
The only way Scifi may hear anything from me is simple economics: I'm at the tail end of pursuing my batchelor's degree right now, and my financial situation is extremely tenuous. I'm locked into a living situation through next summer that makes watching "Battlestar" financially possible. After I graduate and rejoin the 9 to 5 world again, luxuries like cable television might not fit into the picture. So by dragging the show out another year, they might lose me as a viewer whether I want them to or not.

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Posted September 03 2007 - 11:38 PM

Has there been a report other than the AICN one that SciFi plans to hold the final 10 episodes until 2009? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere. I'm not going to get concerned about it until I do. AICN often does not have accurate info. They're right about as much as the Enquirer and the Star.

#12 of 1611 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

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Posted September 04 2007 - 08:48 AM

Dang, if they want some BSG to show in 2009, they could always order a fifth season... Posted Image
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Posted September 04 2007 - 11:49 AM

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Dang, if they want some BSG to show in 2009, they could always order a fifth season... Posted Image
The decision to end the show was made by the producers, not the network.

#14 of 1611 OFFLINE   Steve Y

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Posted September 07 2007 - 11:13 AM

Hopefully it won't take them as long to get season 4 on DVD. I don't have cable (and no friends with Tivo have the Sci-Fi channel) so I have yet to see a single episode of season 3. (Bought the first two seasons on DVD)

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Posted September 07 2007 - 12:13 PM

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Hopefully it won't take them as long to get season 4 on DVD. I don't have cable (and no friends with Tivo have the Sci-Fi channel) so I have yet to see a single episode of season 3. (Bought the first two seasons on DVD)
They (Sci-Fi) have been talking about splitting Season 4 into halves and holding back the second until 2009(!Posted Image ), so it might still take a couple of years to get the final season of BSG on DVD.
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Posted October 10 2007 - 03:14 AM

New trailer promo for Season 4 up:

http://aintitcool.com/node/34383

Looks fucking sweet.

"The Final Season - 2008"

Does this mean that Sci-Fi won't be splitting the season in halfsies, or does this just mean that the first batch begins in '08?

Hope to God it's the former.

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Posted October 10 2007 - 04:58 AM

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After I graduate and rejoin the 9 to 5 world again, luxuries like cable television might not fit into the picture. So by dragging the show out another year, they might lose me as a viewer whether I want them to or not.
No need to lose BSG for such petty reasons. I found a coworker with a DVD-DVR, and he records the season to DVD for me Posted Image

And I'm not enthused about possibly having one season stretched over two years.

#18 of 1611 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted October 10 2007 - 07:23 AM

Perhaps it will air in the UK earlier. I'd LOVE for everyone to see it via England and leave SciFi in the dust, if SciFi decides to split it into 2009. But joshEH's report that the commercial implies it will be shown as one final season as intended is good news indeed.
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#19 of 1611 ONLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted October 18 2007 - 03:32 AM

Tread carefully when reading articles out there.
Mary McDonnell's just announced how many episodes are left on her contract, which basically spells out when she's going to die.
EDIT: Mikah's comments make it clear that I am alone in my understanding of the situation. My apologies to you, Brian. I have spoilerized the offending text.

As for the information, for those so inclined, it's available here.

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Posted October 18 2007 - 07:20 AM

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Tread carefully when reading articles out there.

Tread carefully when reading posts on the HTF telling one to tread carefully. Thank you for the big spoiler in your spoiler warning!
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