The Terminator

During this week’s episode of the Totally Rad Show, Alex Albrecht theorized that one of the many reasons Terminator Salvation didn’t work for him was because he believes that the concept of machines or technology rising up against humanity has been done so many times before, that it is no longer valid (I’ve included an excerpt from the show after the jump).

How can a story work on the same level of the first Terminator film, when the machines and technology are no longer scary. Even in the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica television series, the Cylons weren’t even scary (It should be noted that the show worked on many other dramatic levels, but it never tried to be a thriller).

Or could it be that we’ve reached a place where both the animatronic and computer generated machines no longer look real? And maybe the same could be said about technology. We now live in a technology-infused world, and the evil tech in films like Eagle Eye just ring false.

Terminator Salvation aside, lets have a discussion. In this post-Matrix world, is the story of humans having to defend themselves against scary machines and evil technology a thing of the past?
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Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series

Universal has announced and released the box art for Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series, which hits DVD store shelves on July 28th. Amazon has the DVD set available for preorder for $167.99 and the Blu-ray set for $244.99.

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DVD Review: Caprica

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If Battlestar Galactica asked the question “How would humanity survive a holocaust led by our most advanced technology?”, Caprica asks “At what point does our need for progress supplant our humanity?” Even though it’s set a mere 58 years before the events of the Galactica series, Caprica has a startlingly different tone. It makes sense, I suppose, since there are no Cylons hunting humans down to extinction (yet). Instead, Caprica gives us a look at a society on the brink of civilization-changing technological discoveries—with all of the hubris that follows unchecked progress.

For those confused by the release of Caprica, the DVD and digital download being released today is actually an uncut version of the 90-minute pilot. The series proper won’t start airing until early 2010, at which point we’ll also see a more tame version of the pilot aired as well. I’m not sure about the logic in waiting so long to premiere the series—Sci-Fi is aching for new content and BSG is the closest thing they’ve had to a hit in some time. It would make more sense to try and get this on the air by Fall 2009. Then again, this is the same network that spread the release of the fourth Galactica across 2008 and 2009 for no good reason. Read More »

VOTD: Muppetstar Galactica

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What if Battlestar Galactica was remade with a cast of Jim Henson‘s The Muppets? The opening for the television series would look something like this (video after the jump.)
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the criteria for getting chosen for the Criterion Collection, and reflect on the state of I Love You, Philip Morris. Special guest Alison Willmore from IFC and the Indie Eye blog joins us this evening, and reports from the SXSW film festival.

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Caprica: 7 Video Clips

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Just when you thought Battlestar Galactica was over, the Sci-Fi Channel has released seven clips from the prequel movie/series Caprica.

An astonishing breakthrough is taking shape on the planet Caprica. The rapidly evolving spheres of human and mechanical engineering have collided, along with the fates of two families. Joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror, two rival clans led by powerful patriarchs, Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz) duel in an era of questionable ethics, corporate machinations and unbridled personal ambition as the final war for humanity looms. The latest phenomenon from the executive producers of Battlestar Galactica (Ronald D. Moore and David Eick), set in a time over 50 years earlier, Caprica is entirely its own world – provocative, thrilling and startling relevant to our own.

So far, I’m not impressed. It seems like the typical cliched family drama set in the world of BSG, but set on an earth-like planet instead of a spaceship. It should be noted that I wasn’t immediately sucked in by the initial BSG miniseries, but went on to devour the first few seasons over the course of just a few days. You can watch the seven clips after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Because you asked for it, I’m posting a reader discussion for the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

1978 Battlestar Galactica Big Screen Movie?

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IGN is reporting a rumor that Universal Pictures is planning to turn the old Battlestar Galactica television series (1978-80) into a feature film. Series creator Glen A. Larson will be working on the script and is also expected the produce.

I’m not sure I understand the concept of making a Battlestar movie based on the old television shows as the recent Sci-Fi channel series is basically an updated version of the original series. I could understand releasing a movie about the original Cylon war, or some kind of prequel, but I just don’t understand what an old school Battlestar movie would bring to the table. Will Starbuck be played by a man again?

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