Holy shit, tonights BSG episode was brutal. No serious spoilers here. But a note for those who follow the new show but never saw the old early on, when the piano player is told that the notes hes playing are a rip-off of some other piece of music, they are indeed: theyre the opening notes of the original 1979 shows theme.
Archive | February 27, 2009
Back in 1999, Richard Hatch (who played Apollo on the original BSG and who plays Zarek on the new one) created a trailer for a proposed BSG continuation that would ignore Galactica 1980. For a long time this trailer has been unavailable online for legal reasons. Right now its on YouTube, but I dont know whether the legal obstacles have been resolved, so watch it now in case it vanishes.
Its interesting to see what Hatch had in mind and strange to see him looking halfway between his Apollo and Zarek selves in appearance. For those who only know the new series, the guy with the scarred face and creepy smile who says greetings is the original Baltar (played by John Colicos, who some may also recall as the Klingon Commander Kor from Star Trek).
Amtor on the Half-Shell
A bit over a year ago I reported discovering a website devoted to an upcoming movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughss Pirates of Venus. But then the website vanished for a while and I figured the project had fallen through. Now, though, I see that the website has risen again from the sea-foam, with the movies release date announced as 2010 (two years before the higher-profile John Carter of Mars is scheduled to appear).
As Ive mentioned before, the Venus books were my first introduction to Burroughs, so they have a special nostalgia value for me and Id really like to see this movie get made.
Its not clear how closely the movie will follow the book(s), but the online synopsis, according to which the hero inherits a spaceship from his vanished grandfather, suggests that no great fidelity should be expected.
The original series was in large part a parody (partly on target, partly annoying) of Marxism and fascism; no word as to whether that aspect will be part of the movie.
Incidentally, back in the 70s Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing) and Michael Kaluta did a pretty faithful graphic adaptation of the first two books in the series (under the title Carson of Venus, which is actually the name of the third book) in the back pages of Korak, Son of Tarzan: