Friday, January 19, 2007

Should I be worried?

A friend of mine checked in on my blog and told me he was a bit disappointed there weren't any Battlestar Galactica posts. What can I say? The man is right! So Battlestar starts again this week, only they've changed the day on us. It now airs on Sundays. Over at Sci-fi Signal they mentioned that the day change may have to do with sliding ratings. *gasp* Is this true? Granted, I don't think this season has been quite as good as in the past, but come on! It's still probably the best sci-fi show on TV. Where the heck are the viewers? Aren't there enough of us sci-fi geeks to keep the show afloat? Several people have mentioned that the sci-fi channel is kind of ruthless when it comes to their shows. Even high rated shows don't get the budgets they deserve and can get the ax fairly easily. Should we be worried about BSG? Is there anything a fan can do? It seems like sci-fi shows always get short shrift in television. So many good shows never seem to get the run they deserve. I loved the show Firefly and still harbor the delusional hope that the show may still come back someday. What do guys think is going to happen to BSG? Do you think the writers can bring the show back to its original excellence (maybe re-writing Starbuck's character would help) or do you think it'll end up fizzling out sooner than we'd like. Is there anything a fan can do? I don't want to lose my favorite show.

21 comments:

Archangeln said...

Wll I am sure hoping that there is no plans to cancel the show!

However I do believe that they need to do something, the whole Apollo/Starbuck thing was played out wrong in my opinion.

Starbuck is a good character, with real flaws, problem is you do not see her overcome those flaws anymore.

There should be enough BSG fans to keep it afloat, but look what happened to SG-1 so even as I hope it doesnt happen, it is always a possibility that the Sci-Fi channel can get ruthless....

And I agree, I hold out hope that Firefly comes back as well

Crunchy Carpets said...

I haven't posted about it because I am holding my breath... I am not impressed and we end each episode shaking our heads more than going 'wow.'


Yep..be worried.
They will be lucky if they get another season...even they know that.
They are hoping to get a fourth season which would mean they could probably do direct to dvd after that much like Stargate is planning on doing.

I think it is a shame that shows like BSG ARE on sci fi....it severly limits the audience as people who think they don't like sci fi will never try it out.

However ratings don't mean much to sci fi channel...it is far more economical for them to make their own cheap shows like that Dresden thing....they then keep all the profits.

However (again) BSG quality is slipping very quickly.....they are leavign a lot of loose ends and paradoxes and characters are doing things that don't make sense and so on.

I really do think the writers got a lot of material from the the other crew who were developing the story...and now have run out of THOSE ideas...I mean this is from the man who did ST:TNG, etc...the blandest and 'safest' tv every created (and I liked it!)ANd the man that brought you Hercules and Darkman.....hmmmmm

SQT said...

Yeah, I wasn't a fan of the Apollo/Starbuck storyline. It just didn't ring true to me.

And Starbuck could be a great character, but lately they've just had her as the snarkiest thing on TV.

It would be such a shame to let a show with such potential just wither on the vine. And it probably would've sold on a regular network channel since there were so many fans of the original series. What we need is for someone to start up another cable channel that features sci-fi so that the sci-fi channel has some competition. Maybe then they wouldn't be so quick to ruin a good thing.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Man, I wish I had cable.

Season 1's on DVD right? Think I may queue them up when/if they are.

Steven Novak said...

Now I'm dissapointed that you actually went and made a Battlestar Glallactica post. ;)

Steve~

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i liked alias. now it is gone. sigh..... bee

jedimerc said...

I don't know how to fix Starbuck... Dirk Benedict was my hero *sniff, sniff* (and this is really my only bone of contention with BSG)

Can't wait till Sunday :) and Monday... 'Heroes' is back.

DesLily said...

i've never seen BSG..which surprises me since I watch most all sci fi or fantasy when it is available. If some of the other channels would stop showing the "reality shows" and put some sci fi on they might stand a chance of hanging around for more then 2 or 3 seasons.

SQT said...

Dirk Benedict definitely had a cool factor the new Starbuck lacks. I'm sure they had their reasons for casting a female Starbuck, but I kind of wish they hadn't.

Christina Rundle said...

You are all going to hate me, but I haven't watched much Sci-Fi lately (unless it's their horror weekend specials) so I missed the Battlestar Glallactica series. I guess that's one of those seasons I'm going to have to put on my NetFlix rent list.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I never took the trouble to see the updated BG, although I think I missed something special.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Luc, you never miss anything on tv as long as DVD's are available. The problem with buying the Battlestar Galactica series is that they are ripping people off. A friend of mine went and bought Season 2.5 last night, thinking he was buying the whole second season. He paid around fifty dollars or so, maybe sixty. And now he must sink in another fifty for 2.0. It's ridiculous.

And the other day I was giving consideration to renting the original Star Trek. But as I perused the listings on Netflix, I was amazed to see that the first season has thirteen discs. THIRTEEN. I know that there are numerous featurettes available with each episode, but I think it ludicrous to put only one episode on a disc. I can do without the tons of other supplemental material.

SQT said...

I know how you feel Stewart. I only rented the first 3 of the 11 Farscape discs. It gets a bit ridiculous.

Crunchy Carpets said...

I think the BSG folks are rethinking the split season dvd's...there has been no mention of season 3 yet...so perhaps they are holding off and releasing the whole season.
Hopefully enough folks got pissed.

Did you guys see tonights ep?
Purdy exciting!!!

ShadowFalcon said...

Wait Wait, there is more Xena this season how can it be a bad thing? Compared to last season I prefer this one, its got me on the edge of my seat.

btw Firefly rocked!

Hey there, Skippy said...

The new BSG is one of my very favourite TV sci-fi shows ever. It's dark, it's grown-up, and it has some spectacularly good-looking people in it. It seems to have all the critics in paroxsyms of joy about the writing and the politics. Thus, for all these reasons (but most particularly to thwart my happiness), the Sci-Fi channel will almost certainly cancel it. Because they hate me.

Intriguingly, the Sci-Fi channel here in the UK is re-running the old BSG. I'd never seen it as a kid and in comparison to the new BSG, it's kind of sucky. Not just in terms of productions values and FX, but in terms of writing and acting - things which aren't affected by the passage of time. I do like Dirk Benedict (currently trying ot retain some dignity on 'Celebrity Big Brother' here in the UK) as Starbuck, but I also like Katee Sackhoff in the new version. The new BSG really does stand out for how many really excellent role sit has for women - and women of all ages, come to that.

Carrie K said...

I completely forgot it was on, I taped The Dresden Files....but I was watching Jane Eyre.

Sci Fi shows historically do badly and the Sci Fi channel is ruthless. And stupid. Sci Fi does worse on network TV, Strange Luck, Firefly, Jake 2.0, Enterprise.....

SQT said...

Arrrg. If only I had the money to start my own sci-fi network.

Yeah, like that'd work.

Morgen said...

I'm a BSG fan of the DVDs. I don't have broadcast tv, so we watch tv on DVDs. I agree with Stewart as to how they are putting out the DVDs.
We bought the miniseries and season 1 at the same time, and it wasn't until after we opened both that we saw that season 1 also contains the miniseries -- but NO WHERE on the outside packaging did it say that!
So, I've seen the miniseries, season 1, season 2.0 and season 2.5. I think it can be one of the best drama series ever, when it is good.
I love the strong female characters, and the delving into issues rather than just fluff. But it is so dark - esp by the end of season 2.5, and I hear that season 3 now playing is even grimmer.
I hope that the Sci-Fi channel realizes that it has a great show on its hands and retains it for more seasons, but given its track record and the slipping ratings/creativity of the show, I am not holding my breath. I just hope they answer some more questions before they pull the plug.

Alex said...

What the hell were they thinking pitting Dresden Files and BSG against HBO's Rome? We all know which is the best show of the bunch, but in case there's any confusion, it doesn't have robots or modern day wizards/police-consultants.


Oh, and SQT, Farscape had more story than BSG will ever have. You should continue into the 3rd season, at least. Though, by halfway through the second I doubt you would be able to put it down.

Also, Farscape has one of the very, very few spin-off novels I've ever enjoyed from a Scifi show. House of Cards, I think it was called. The other Farscape novel was complete dren - the author had clearly never watched the show.

Tinsie said...

So far, I prefer the new season to the last one. It's darker, more powerful, less straight forward. Quite unlike sci-fi really.

At this point in the story, it's hard to tell where the show's going. It could all come together with an explosive WOW or collapse in a massive flop. I sincerely hope it will be the former.