I’ve been letting the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica sink in before posting about it, but I have had a bit of fun commenting over on Brad Templeton’s Battlestar Blog and Kenneth Hynek’s post Sometimes a Great. . .Ellen? about the Fifth Cylon reveal. I’ll recount here what I’ve said there and also add in a few new thoughts. This post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the “Sometimes a Great Notion” episode, be warned. (more…)

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Since tonight is the premiere of Battlestar Galactica’s fourth and final season, I was prepared to highlight all the great female characters in the series (I’ve already highlighted Kara and Sharon).

But Wired magazine beat me to it. Check out their article: Strong Women Steer Battlestar Galactica’s Final Voyage by Hugh Heart.

Money quote from women’s studies professor Sue Brennan, who screened the show for a course called “Gender, Race and Sexuality in Pop Culture” at Ohio State University:

“On Battlestar Galactica, these are not damsels in distress that the men have to save, and that’s appealing particularly for women of my generation in their late 20s and 30s,” she said. “We were raised thinking about equality and I think Battlestar Galactica attracts women who maybe weren’t interested in sci-fi in the first place but now watch the show because it has so many strong female characters.”

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA returns this Friday with its last season, the first episode of which is called “Sometimes A Great Nation.” Here’s the latest teaser trailer:

Note that Romo Lampkin is back and he’s in custody for some reason — the teaser shows him being escorted down a corridor by several guards and later I’m pretty sure that’s him with Zarek shaking hands in a cell. Also note that in the teaser the words pop up “Who is the final cylon?” and then we see a shot of Dualla.

It’s probably all a huge fake-out, but it’s still fun to dissect it. Not too long ago I theorized that the Fifth Cylon was Dualla and threw around some ideas I called the Aurora Theory, but I admit Dualla doesn’t have the emotional impact the show has been promising.

I still maintain my original idea that Dualla is the Fifth Cylon is a compelling one. However, the new clues have given me a few ideas to toss around about Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Baltar, and others. Namely, we’ll likely see three reveals in this last season rather than just the one everyone seems to be fixating on:

  • The identity of the Fifth Cylon
  • Starbuck’s true identity
  • The identity of the “one whose name cannot be spoken”

What follows is my revised take on some of the old and new clues.


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Weekly Roundup

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–Vampotato…now with glitter. Spudward wasn’t like the other potato boys. Who will be his next victim? Darth Tater? (Check out these Darth Tater puns…Trust your peelings, Spudward.)

–The longtail of publishing. Galaxy Express’ Heather Massey provides a weeklong discussion of promoting the Science Fiction Romance niche market.

–Yes, Ma’am! Right away, Ma’am! Tor Author Deborah Teramis Christian blogs about women who write military Science Fiction.

–Another Big Bang? Bright Flash in Heavens Has No Earthly Explanation

–The publishing industry must sink or swim. The Sky Is Falling. Will Publishing Innovate or Deteriorate?

–Science Fiction Romance Goodiness. 10 Hella Sexy Discoveries in The Outback Stars

–It’s a little bigger than the fun size. Milky Way 50 Percent Larger, Astronomers Discover

–MSNBC Science Editor Alan Boyle talks in Symmetry magazine about the fear and popularity of the Large Hadron Collider. Fear Factor

–Is it time Jenny got her own show? Why This Doctor Disappoints

–Now with a gentle warming sensation. Quantum lubricant could keep nanomachines rolling

–Has BSG jumped the shark or will Moore connect all the Bob Dylan dots? Jayme Lynn Blaschke vents (and I commiserate) about the writers of Battlestar Galactica Making Stuff Up.

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