When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in September of 1987 most people (including the cast and crew) didn’t give it much of a chance of success.
Fandom was excited to see Trek return to TV with Gene Roddenberry (creator of the original series) at the helm. But almost immediately after it first aired, fandom lost its mind. A captain who didn’t chase skirts or do flying jump kicks who was BALD!?!?!?!? Not to mention there was a Klingon on the ship. It is likely that if today’s troll community online had existed then that the show would not have gone on to air for seven seasons or spawn four big screen adventures.
One thing that immediately separated the new show from the original was the fact that it was a true ensemble show. Every cast member would have episodes where they were the main focus and others where they were the B story.
So unlike the first article of this series where it was the non-leads of the original series that were brought to the forefront, this article picks a couple of the main cast and a couple of the secondary cast to highlight.
The big thing in Hollywood of late has been reboots of old shows. After the success of the many iterations of Star Trek and the Ronald D. Moore update to the venerable Battlestar Galactica in 2004. There seems to be a predilection toward recreating old series instead of creating something new.
With reboots of well-known and popular shows like The Jetsons, Lost in Space, and The X-Files all getting updates for the modern era, there are lots of shows that deserve a chance at their own re-imagining.
It’s a sad day for Battlestar Galactica fans as actor Richard Hatch passed away today at the age of 71. Best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original BSG series, Hatch passed away surrounded by family and friends due to an extended illness. He would later go on to play the character Tom Zarek in the 2004 version of the show. Even though the show ended in 2009, he would continue to host panels and fan discussions for the show. A small example for his love for the show and it’s fans. He will surely be missed.
We haven’t heard much from the Battlestar Galactica movie camp since 2009 when the fantastic reboot television series ended, but just last month things started to gear up when producers Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark joined the production. Now the production takes another step forward with the announcement that HBO‘s Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy has signed on to write the screen play. Additionally, word around the Internet Water-cooler has director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) interested in taking on the big screen version of Battlestar Galactica. (more…)
Battlestar Galactica, the short-lived, but much loved tv series, only lasted a year, but it left a large impact upon its fans. An entire franchise grew out of the original show’s ashes, including books, comics, boardgames, video games, and a miniseries that led to a 2004 reboot. Ever since the last episode of the new series aired in 2009, there has been talk of a film adaptation. Clearly, nothing has come of Universal Studios‘ best laid plans. However, the project finally has some producers tied to it, so the Galactica and her crew may actually make it to the big screen sometime in the near future. (more…)
Hey, remember when Syfy showed science fiction? How many times have you heard that question asked amongst the nerderati or amongst your circle of nerdish friends? See, there was once this time that the Sci-Fi channel, later rebranded SyFy in a much maligned and mocked marketing campaign, but the somewhat radical respelling of “sci-fi” came with a shift to do less compelling and original programming, and do more cheap reality shows and ridiculously over-the-top “original” movies like Sharknado, Dinocroc Vs Supergator, et al. In a surprising and interesting new interview, one SyFy exec is saying that the channel screwed the pooch when it comes to their programming the last few years, and at a time when genre TV has been booming on other network to boot. (more…)
Along with the rise of this Golden Age of TV, is the arrival of the celebrity showrunner. The job of a showrunner is to, as it says, run the show, and it’s been part of TV since TV began, but quick, name the person that ran Gilligan’s Island or Magnum P.I. And now try to name the showrunner for Orange is the New Black or Breaking Bad. Exactly. Well, a new book is attempting to put the rise of the celebrity showrunner cast into context, and break down what it takes to be successful in the business, and as a taste of the new book has been posted on the web in the form of an except that asks a couple of key nerd icons: What does it take to be a good showrunner? (more…)
It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the once-great and addictive Battlestar Galactica. Apparently, they’ve been working on a movie for a while now and it looks to have finally picked up a writer. This isn’t the first writer, as the movie return to the BSG world has had its fair share of delays and snags, but it is an interesting writer – Jack Paglen. (more…)
The fall TV season gets underway in over a month, and as such a lot of familiar actors are going to find themselves in new parts on some of your other favorite shows. To wit, look for the artist formally known as Captain Karl “Helo” Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, actor Tahmoh Penikett, is set to appear on the long-running CW series Supernatural when its ninth season begins this October, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Penikett will play Ezekiel, who is described by Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver as, “a dignified warrior angel injured in the fall.” The last season of the show ended with millions of angels falling to Earth, and Carver says that the formally heavenly bodies will be playing with “lots of different agendas.”
[The angels are] lost, scared, and vengeful, and I think [the storyline] is lending itself to lots of exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world. We’re very excited to explore that.
Penikett will be in good company on the show as numerous former BSG actors have had recurring roles in Supernatural including, Mark Sheppard, Rick Worthy, Donnelly Rhodes and Sebastian Spence. Penikett is also well known for appearing as a regular on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and recently played Vancouver mayoral candidate Jim Martin on Sy-Fy’s Continuum. His first episode of Supernatural will be the season premiere on October 8.
What do you say Bastards? Excited for more Helo on your TV?
This week on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about Grumpy Cat the cinema film, the chances that Dan Harmon will supplant Moses, the cost/benefit analysis of seeing a movie solely for Starbuck side-boob, and the uselessness of time capsules.
Also on the show: Fans call in to make Jeremy eat strange things he finds in his office, Jason juggles a set of flaming balls, and the fella’s both discuss the Xbox One and learn that lying is wrong.
Then, Jason uses up his remaining 20 seconds of Doctor Who rant time to talk about racism in the Whoverse… quickly, and in Trailergasm, the boys celebrate the Taco Time cross-promotion with Machete Kills and the death of innocence with Planes.
You require more sustenance? Fine, grab a straw and suck because we’ve got Whoopi Goldberg riding a dinosaur into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, concerns about a new race of sex crazed lady folk, the Kickstarter of Porn (Melissa Joan Hart, there is still hope for you!) and the guys loved Arrested Development and want to tell you all about it.
All that and the death of a beloved character for no reason at all on The Bastardcast!
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