Friday, December 29, 2006

BSG, New Baby, Voyager, et al

My sincere apologies for not keeping up with this blog. I've missed half a season of Battlestar Galactica, but I assure I was for a good cause. On December 14th, we welcomed a new baby into our family. Although I never missed an episode of BSG, I just didn't have the time or energy to write about it. It has been 16 years since our last child so I've been super busy remodeling the house, along with my full time job. If you are interested in reading about the new baby the link is, my blog for that is

This season of BSG has been phenominal. Edward James Olmos really showed how good of a lead actor he is. At critical moments, he steps in and reminds his people that he's the boss. But this thing with Apollo and Starbuck, it's a distraction, it's soap opera stuff. It's the first bad move they've made with the series. Although not the first they've talked about. The producers seem to be hell bent on killing off a main character. Why? So they can be different? Every series has it's main characters, and at the end of the episode, season, whatever, the fans have to know the "magnificant" 6, 7 or 8 characters are coming back, regardless of the storyline.

If they mess with that, they will alienate a slice of fans. Right now BSG is the best drama on TV, science fiction or not. But they need to be careful how much of the status quo they upset.

And whos bright idea is it to move the air time to Sunday Night at 10:00PM? Is this like the kiss of death? To me that's just too late and I will probably miss alot of episodes. I like to wathc the Dead Zone (when it's on), but it's in that same time slot on the USA Network, and I miss alot of them. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??????

I mean, maybe they looked at the network lineups and decided there was less competition on Sunday Night, I don't know. I just know this is a bad move, and I think viewership will go down in the Sunday Night timeslot.

Christmas was ok. My inlaws were in town and that's always... interesting. Spike TV hosted a Star Trek: Voyager marathon all week long the week before Christmas. But the holiday weekend was a bomb sci-fi marathons. You'd think with 400 channels you could find decent Christmas shows or a good sci-fi marathon just about any day. NOT! I remember a time when a federal holiday meant there would be a decent marathon on, usually something Star Trek.

But, No! And although Spike had a recent spell of Voyager, they have slowly reduced the airing of DS9 and TNG. Spike seems to have this grand illusion that all men love James Bond and the Godfather. The Sci-Fi Channel showed one Star Trek Movie, and I think Stargate was on once. Now if you like the horror and doomsday stuff, well it was feast.

G4 has also reduced it's airings of TNG and added COPS. Their ratings would be better if they just showed infomercials. In fact, is there anything remotely decent on G4 besides Star Trek? I think G4 is the embodiment of the Beavis and Butthead generation.

Spike will be added 2 hours of Voyager beginning January 2nd, 2007 at 5:00 and 6:00 PM. that might work out since the SciFi channel can't seem to have Stargate on very often in it's normal 6:00PM timeslot.

Enough rantings I guess. I hope to have more when Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and BSG return next month.

John Crawford


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