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By JOHN COFFREN and JOHN COFFREN,SUN REPORTER | January 5, 2006
That television's last interstellar opera left standing could have risen from the ruins of a campy '70s sci-fi series has as much to say about today's hot-button issues as a shortage in outer-space escapism. Battlestar Galactica, the top-rated show on cable's Sci-Fi Channel -- and the only date in town for hard-core fans -- is a dark vision of humanity on the brink of extinction, fleeing its own robotic creations. That's a far cry from the optimistic outlook that disappeared with the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
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March 20, 2009
Who would have thought that the revival of a creaky TV space opera like Battlestar Galactica would have meaningful lessons to teach about human rights, terrorism and reconciliation? But this complex and intellectually challenging narrative series has delivered all of that and more through four award-winning seasons that will end with its final episode tonight. Battlestar Galactica's explorations of faith, politics and terror have struck so painfully close to home that the United Nations hosted a special panel this week to discuss human rights issues raised by the series.
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December 21, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Irreplaceable, Beyonce 2.Say It Right, Nelly Furtado 3.Fergalicious, Fergie 4.How to Save a Life, The Fray 5.All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey [ITUNES] Downloaded albums 1.Wintersong, Sarah McLachlan 2.Let It Snow! EP, Michael Buble 3.A Charlie Brown Christmas (remastered), Vince Guaraldi Trio 4.Daughtry (bonus track), Daughtry 5.The Inspiration (bonus track version), Young Jeezy [ITUNES] Downloaded TV episodes 1.A Benihana Christmas, Parts 1 and 2, The Office 2.The Eye of Jupiter, Battlestar Galactica 3.The Passage, Battlestar Galactica 4.The Convict, The Office 5.Fallout, Heroes [ITUNES]
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday | March 20, 2009
Tonight's Battlestar Galactica is an astoundingly moving full-circle finish to this four-season masterpiece - an epic/intimate odyssey of apocalypse survivors outracing extinction by seeking, yes, The Meaning of Life. Humans have gone on the run through space after seeing their civilizations nuked by a race of Cylon robots they created. But some Cylons have evolved into covert "skin jobs," who look and feel human and are unsure where their loyalties lie. Dueling toward the mythical planet of Earth, all have faced crises evoking every aspect of existence: love, politics, religion, class conflict, finite resources, resurrection, and especially their core values.
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By TIM SWIFT | December 23, 2007
THE KINGDOM Universal Studios / $29.98 The Kingdom is the latest in a number of Hollywood thrillers to trip up while trying to tap into one of the most current global threats: Islamic terrorism. With few defined bad guys, nihilistic motivations and far-flung global operations, it's a tall order to boil down the struggle into the action genre that had its heyday at the height of the Cold War '80s. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1980 -- THE COMPLETE EPIC SERIES Universal Studios / $29.98 While the new generation of sci-fi fans has embraced the modern retelling of Battlestar Galactica, a vocal camp still clamors for the cheesiness of the original series and its spin-off, Battlestar Galactica 1980.
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday | March 20, 2009
Tonight's Battlestar Galactica is an astoundingly moving full-circle finish to this four-season masterpiece - an epic/intimate odyssey of apocalypse survivors outracing extinction by seeking, yes, The Meaning of Life. Humans have gone on the run through space after seeing their civilizations nuked by a race of Cylon robots they created. But some Cylons have evolved into covert "skin jobs," who look and feel human and are unsure where their loyalties lie. Dueling toward the mythical planet of Earth, all have faced crises evoking every aspect of existence: love, politics, religion, class conflict, finite resources, resurrection, and especially their core values.
NEWS
March 20, 2009
Who would have thought that the revival of a creaky TV space opera like Battlestar Galactica would have meaningful lessons to teach about human rights, terrorism and reconciliation? But this complex and intellectually challenging narrative series has delivered all of that and more through four award-winning seasons that will end with its final episode tonight. Battlestar Galactica's explorations of faith, politics and terror have struck so painfully close to home that the United Nations hosted a special panel this week to discuss human rights issues raised by the series.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1997
His fans have designed a church for him, but Joe Straczynski is not a god.Church of Joe Home Page* http: //www.midwinter.com/lurk/lurker.html* http: //www.thestation.com/ (this is the official fan-club page)* http: //www.babylon5.com/L For a news group moderated by J. Michael Straczynski, go to:* rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderatedThe shows prime-time forgotHere's a sample of some recent sci-fi and fantasy shows that dared to go where TV had never gone before, and lost the dare.* "The Sixth Sense"Paranormal psychology leads to wacky adventuresESPremiere: January 1972Signal cut off: December 1972* "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"Crime reporter encounters supernatural villains, including vampiresFirst Blood: September 1974Dying Breath: August 1975* "Quark"Sci-fi parody featuring intergalactic garbage-manFirst sighting: February 1978In the trash: April 1978* "Battlestar Galactica"Big budget "Star Wars" rip-offBlast off: September 1978Abort mission: August 1980* "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"Tongue-in-cheek revival of '50s series, based on comic book characterLaunched: September 1979Lost: April 1981* "V"Aliens as allegory for NazisLiftoff: October 1984Crash landing: July 1985* "Amazing Stories"Anthology dealing with domestic pets and otherworldly occurrencesFirst howl: September 1985In the doghouse: May 1987* "Misfits of Science"Teen mutants (including Courteney Cox)
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By TIM SWIFT | December 23, 2007
THE KINGDOM Universal Studios / $29.98 The Kingdom is the latest in a number of Hollywood thrillers to trip up while trying to tap into one of the most current global threats: Islamic terrorism. With few defined bad guys, nihilistic motivations and far-flung global operations, it's a tall order to boil down the struggle into the action genre that had its heyday at the height of the Cold War '80s. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1980 -- THE COMPLETE EPIC SERIES Universal Studios / $29.98 While the new generation of sci-fi fans has embraced the modern retelling of Battlestar Galactica, a vocal camp still clamors for the cheesiness of the original series and its spin-off, Battlestar Galactica 1980.
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By John Coffren and John Coffren,Sun Reporter | November 24, 2007
Rarely would one describe an acclaimed, innovative yet bleak sci-fi series as "kicking it old school." But the appearance of robot villains with sparkling armor, Speak-&-Spell voices and zooming bat-winged spaceships in Razor, a new Battlestar Galactica film, may just warm the cockles of nostalgic sci-fi hearts. The movie premiering tonight on the SciFi channel bridges Seasons 3 and 4 of the current Battlestar Galactica series while flashing back to the original Cylons and other signature elements of the 1978-1979 space opera of the same name.
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April 5, 2007
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July 6, 2006
THEATER AERIAL SHAKESPEARE There will be spirits in the meadow at Evergreen House when the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival opens its high-flying production of A Midsummer Night's Dream tomorrow. To enhance the magic in Shakespeare's comic account of lovers (mortal and immortal), the festival brought in aerial expert Buffy Hornung, a Towson University alum who is a member of the Los Angeles-based Silk Sisters. Under Hornung's guidance, the actors playing fairies have been trained to perform aerial stunts using a hoop and hammock suspended from Evergreen's trees.
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