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Best Cosplays of Sci-Fi TV

There’s a lot of great sci-fi shows out there, kids. Seeing as I limit myself to about seven pictures, I could only pick what I thought to be some of the most creative and interesting cosplays. If I went all out, I’d be spamming you with fifty images, all of people dressed up as the Eleventh Doctor – and there are very few who’d want to look at that!

Those fancy Southern hair-dos from A Game of Thrones must be pretty hard to replicate at home, but this Sansa pulls it off admirably. She also made both these fantastic costumes. It also proves that no matter what form he takes, Joffrey always looks insufferably smug.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better version of Zoidberg. To be fair, I haven’t actually seen anyone cosplay as Dr. Zoidberg before, but I don’t think anyone could really top this!

It is the details that make a truly excellent cosplay, and this is one of the best Zoe’s I have ever seen. Every little detail is perfect, from her distinctive leather necklace to the mud on her boots. Very well done.

Oh, you do know how I love a group shot… It represents a lot of effort, time and devotion to get a group of people together, to make the costumes and to really display the essence of a character. This is a group of Merlin cosplayers, representing those with magic powers in the show.  The costumes are incredibly accurate and they really channel part of these beloved characters. And devotion, as this photo was shot in below freezing weather!

Another picture showing how cosplay is more than just dressing up – it’s about feeling and being a character you love for a day.  Sometimes it’s not about having the most elaborate outfits, but expressing what makes a character relatable – why do you like this character, and how can you show it? That’s why I think this simple and sweet cosplay of Riker and Troi is so effective.

I love group shots and it’s really showing this week.  What can I say? These Battlestar Galactica pilots look like they’re having great fun together!

Remember, the image of an angel is an angel…

Next week, I’ll be featuring cosplays from the world of Sci-Fi movies. That is, if I can escape the angels…

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7 Great Morally Dubious Characters of Sci-Fi TV

Topless Robot have uploaded their 7 Great Morally Dubious Characters of Sci-Fi TV.

Quite how they can put Nerus from SG-1, and Todd from Atlantis in ahead of Robert Carlyle’s Nicholas Rush from Stargate: Universe is beyond me.  And where is Earth: Final Conflict‘s Ronald Sandoval of Season One?  The Machiavellian agent driven purely to serve the Taelons, but whose love for his wife is never truly eradicated.  Or is it?

It’s not a bad list, and characters such as Q, Baltar and Garak certainly deserve their place.

Who would you put in there?

Lost’s Last Supper Photo

Battlestar Galactica fans across the globe are going apoplectic at the sight of the latest Lost promotional poster, which takes inspiration from the famous Last Supper painting. Battlestar’s fourth season featured a similar (and much better put together, in my opinion) Last Supper-style promo shot, which I’ve included below.

Before anyone goes out and punches a Lost fan, however, here’s a couple of other Last Supper promotional photos. It’s not exactly unique to Battlestar Galactica.

There. House, The Sopranos and even the Simpsons have all been there, and done that.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which you prefer.

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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – Review

The Plan

In brief: Confused, unspectacular, and did we really need it?

In detail: Dean Stockwell must have been chuffed when he first sat down to read the script for The Plan. Battlestar Galactica: Cavil’s Tale, would perhaps have been a more appropriate title.

What had been heralded as a superb companion to the show – a revelatory addition of content that would open our eyes and revolutionise our understanding of the series – became more of an optional appendix: neither necessary nor revolutionary.

It’s clever, certainly, and it’s very, very slick in its execution. The actors who reprise their roles from the series do a fine job of blending their new performances into the chronological framework of the show, creating sub-plots that remain mostly coherent and plausible.

The problem here is not in the minute details, but rather, in the overall approach the writers have taken. Jane Espenson – whose contributions to Season Four of Galactica are hardly something to scoff at – comes up with a piece which works on some levels, but not on others. The primary flaw is that we are dealing with a post-nominal work, so to speak. Battlestar’s story has been told from start to finish, even if there are holes to be patched. It seems reasonable that a subsequent episode or movie should strive to plug the gaps in the chronology, but this doesn’t seem to even attempt to do that consistently.

It starts in the right place, running alongside the prelude to the destruction of the Colonies, but that seems mostly sentimental rather than necessary. Nothing contained therein seems crucial the later plot. What we basically have instead is a story of Cavil’s attempts to orchestrate the ‘Plan’ from within the fleet, and the actions of the other Cavils throughout the show. And that’s an interesting approach to take, don’t get me wrong. Cavil’s a fascinating character, and as always Stockwell plays him well here. However, while it is insightful to see the underground movements in play before the attempted assassination of Adama, and the insights into the characters of Boomer, Tyrol, and particularly Simon, there is little of overwhelming impact here.

The much-heralded ‘Plan’ (the in-universe scheme, rather than the movie itself) therefore, seems to fall flat on its face. What exactly was the ‘Plan’? A supposedly divinely inspired genocide; the failure of which results in Cavil realising the true potential of humanity? That their emotions, their love and their very nature were valuable?

In truth – and I’ll accept this may be due to not having rewatched the show in the way so many others have: religiously, to every minute detail – I’ve been left somewhat confused and clouded by the definition of the ‘Plan’. If it’s left intentionally vague (and there are many, many things in Battlestar which remain unexplained, even after this movie [see Starbuck’s death and reappearance]), then I’m inherently frustrated. Cavil’s final monologue in the chute, before being jettisoned, implies a sudden realisation that annihilating humanity was a mistake. Yet this is juxtaposed between him knifing a small child, and his voiceover in space of wishing not to be human. It doesn’t make a great deal of sense, although perhaps that’s a consequence of insufficient knowledge of the show.

It’s been said that The Plan caters first for fans, then for your Average Joe. In truth, it caters first for fanatics, then for fans, and your Average Joe need not apply. I’ve watched the show from start to finish with sustained interest and enthusiasm, but the show did begun to become cluttered, in my opinion. There were dozens of characters (not to mention multiple copies and personalities of some), many concurrent plot-lines and in the end it seemed to be difficult to find a satisfactory conclusion to all of them, let alone remember all of them.

The Plan – I had hoped – would provide some sense of clarity: a feeling of resolution that might help be understand the series better as a whole. However, as Edward James Olmos says, The Plan leaves you wanting to watch the entire show again. Not, however, because you’ve been blessed with some divine revelation that will change your opinion of the entire show, as a I expect EJO desired it to be, but rather because I simply I found it too difficult to recall the subtleties and nuances of the specific episodes The Plan drops into.

The movie is, after all, probably the first ‘clip movie’ I’ve ever seen, taking a wealth of pre-existing footage and mashing it together with new clips. That, however, doesn’t annoy me for the usual reasons. It’s understandable in the context of the story, and certainly practical since the sets are now ripped down. And it is edited together supremely well. However, the focus with which the script places the viewer into specific scenes is sometimes disorientating as we clamber to remember exactly what’s going on.

It’s easy to get swept away with the camera-work and production value that makes Galactica so appealing and mesmerising, but it seems important to compare the outcome of the movie with that which it set out to achieve. If it was to reveal ‘The Plan’, it does a very poor job, and comes across as a clouded, cluttered mess. If it was designed to provide more backstory on Cavil and his motivations and feelings, then I think it’s succeeded quite well. But that in itself seems anti-climatic given the aforementioned post-nominal nature and build-up of the movie’s release. If I were Ronald D. Moore, the first movie I’d release wouldn’t be designed to reveal a little more about Cavil. It seems, not pointless, but certainly not as meaningful as perhaps it should.

There are positives, however. As I’ve mentioned the acting is strong as always, the new material well written and masterfully edited together with old footage. Some of the effects shots are excellent (though one particular shot of the attacks on the Colonies showing aquatic destruction is absolutely, utterly woeful), and it certainly doesn’t seem like an overly cheap production.

The problem lies in its overall impact, which seems confused and clouded. The general story was neither precise nor important enough to merit the intricate nature of the flashbacks, leaving the casual viewer wondering if we’ve missed something blindingly obvious. I don’t think we have, I think it’s just that this piece is written to appeal mainly to the die-hards. And if you are a die-hard, I hope you very much enjoyed it.

Being a casual viewer, I merely enjoyed ‘The Plan’. I was left feeling relatively satisfied at the end. But I was more than a little frustrated that it wasn’t stronger: that it didn’t make more sense, that it wasn’t more accessible and that it wasn’t more shocking and insightful within the context of the show. However, as a character piece, it’s a relatively pleasant two hours. In the future, however, I’d rather creative energy was spent making the upcoming sequel Caprica as strong as can be.

As Cavil says as his bodies float into space, “I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws, and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I can know much more.” The Plan is like trying to play the piano wearing boxing gloves: appreciative of the beauty of the craftsman ship, but eternally frustrated that it wasn’t put to better use.

Grade: C+

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series – UK Pre-orders

For all of our UK readers out there I thought that I would bring to your attention (just in case it hasn’t already it) that the Battlestar Galactica complete series box set is up for pre-order with a release date of the 21st September 2009 with some of the big retailers, such as:

For the DVD versions:
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or for the Blu Ray version:
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Lets have a look at what’s included with the set;

  • The entire Battlestar Galactica series, from the Mini Series through to the Final Season (including the TV movie Razor)
  • Limited Edition Tin
  • All season extras plus a new and exclusive bonus disc of previously unreleased material
  • Behind The Scenes Featurettes:
  • Change is Good, now They’re Babes
  • The Cylon Centurion
  • Future/Past Technology
  • The Doctor is Out (Of His Mind)
  • Production
  • Visual Effects
  • Epilogue
  • Sketches and Art – Photo Presentation
  • Exclusive 25-page Battlestar Galactica Collector’s Booklet

I for one am incredibly excited about the prospect of finally seeing BSG in its full high definition glory on the Blu-Ray version, so I have quickly pre-ordered this set. I think that £114.99 for the Blu-Ray version  is fantastic value for money:  Four seasons, a mini-series, a movie and all those additional extra features. In comparison, take a look at Lost, one season in its Blu-Ray form retails at between £45 and £50, so the equivalent of 4 seasons for this show would cost just shy of £200!

Well done Universal!

Obama Depressed, Distant Since ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Series Finale

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Thanks to Sam, who sent this rather magnificent link my way.  It’s about a month old, but I hadn’t seen it yet.

WASHINGTON—According to sources in the White House, President Barack Obama has been uncharacteristically distant and withdrawn ever since last month’s two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica.

"The president seems to be someplace else lately," said one high-level official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Yesterday we were all being briefed on the encroachment of Iranian drone planes into Iraq, when he just looked up from the table and blurted out, ‘What am I supposed to watch on Fridays at 10 p.m. now? Numb3rs?’"

"I haven’t seen him this upset since Admiral Adama realized that Earth was actually an uninhabitable wasteland," the official continued. "Or at least that’s what he told me. I don’t actually watch the show. It’s not really my thing."

Continue reading the article here.  Enjoy.