Slice of SciFi #49: Interview with Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)

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News Bytes:

  • Joss Whedon has completed the Wonder Woman script
  • Robert Rodriguez holds up Sin City 2 to wait for Angelina Jolie
  • Hellboy 2 gets going with a new name

Movie Talk: Uwe Boll tries again for a hit with In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege, featuring Jason Statham, John Rhys-Davies, Kristianna Loken, Burt Reynolds and Ray Liotta.

TV Talk:

  • Ronald D. Moore giving away small spoilers for the 3rd season of Battlestar Galactica
  • CBS his a home run with the STAR TREK Fan Collective DVD box sets
  • Update on the Star Wars live-action TV series’ production schedule

Interview: Jamie Bamber, Commander Lee “Apollo” Adama of Battlestar Galactica, joins Mike, Lorrie and Summer for a chat.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up? Young Hannibal slated for production, starring French actor Gasperd Ulliel as the lead, along with Gong Li and Rhys Ifan.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. (Our Voicemail Number: 206-339-TREK). We’ve got plenty of voicemail from fans to listen and respond to, but you’ll hear that in a fresh, separate show.

Comments

  1. Kudos for getting Jamie Bamber. Nice to hear him unaccented for a change. He seemed like a nice guy. Great to get interviews with people whose egos aren’t larger than their reputations.

    As for the “cut corners” on Battlestar Galactica pages, I have this to say:

    This is a design thing. In the original series, the playing cards (and other items we would prefer be square or rectangular) were never square or rectangular. The game arena was triangular, the Pyramid cards were hexagonal. Never square.

    The corners are cut off pages in Battlestar Galactica, as an easily-executed design element. Square is boring.

    Rather than attributing this standard design element to some unsubstantiated rumor of a retroactively-written pun involving “cutting corners” (while somewhat amusing) it is far easier to believe it’s simply a carry-on from the original series design, which had a lot of octagonal and hexagonal and pyramdial elements, and few boring squares and rectangles.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_%28game%29

    It seems to me that to differentiate the colonies from Earth, they needed to do something to make it look unique, because lord knows haveing modern human Humvees and having a 1963 Citroen in the parking garage in on Carpica, they needed to SOMETHING – ANYTHING to make it look different from Earth.

    On Doctor Who:

    Yeah! I’m glad you liked it. The show gets better as the episodes go on, and now that it’s on the Sci Fi Channel weekly, I hope you do a week-by-week mention of the last episode, so people can get excited about it.

    I’ve seen all 13 episodes including “A Christmas Invasion” and I’m ecstatic that it’s finally airing in the US.

    Sean.

  2. Interview with Jamie Bamber!! Oh boy, cant wait to listen!!

  3. There is a Hellboy tv series coming, but its going to be animated. Not sure what cable network is going to carry it, might be [adult swim], or maybe SciFi or HBO. There’s going to be a DTV movie alongside it.

    here’s the blog of one of the artists working on the show:

    http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/

  4. On Dr. Who – I think Michael’s memory is off on the length of the episodes. I have the original British episodes as broadcast and they are all around 44 minutes. That is the standard BBC show length.

    Also, I am a Whovian from way back, and any new Dr. Who episodes are great. But the first few in this season are pretty bad. I was really disappointed when I first watched them. But they really get better as the season progresses, and by the end I was loving them.

    So if you are an old school Dr. Who fan, and these episodes left you flat, keep with it. I promise it gets better. If you though these were good, you’re in for a real treat.

    All in all, another great show.

  5. On the Star Wars comments from Rick McCallum – how the show will be darker and he thinks it will be everything that fans wanted from the prequels – well he was saying that after every prequel film. Oh, Episode II will be darker and more what fans want…no? Oh, wait, Epsidoe III – that’s gonna be darker and more what fans want…not so much? Well..
    uh, the TV show – yeah, that will be darker and what fans have wanted all along. Really. I mean it. *snicker*

    *sigh* I’ve been burned by Star Wars a little too often.

  6. Ahhh!

    We just got Pegasus last week. Must…wait…10…more…weeks!

    On the bright side: No 3 month clifhanger break! :D

  7. Bravo to you for the heightened awareness of spoilers for those of us not lucky enough to be as up to date with our viewing. My initial complaint wasn’t that you had spoilers, but that they weren’t easily avoidable for those wanting to enjoy your show but not be spoiled.

    I hope it continues in future shows. Bravo again!

  8. CoffeeJedi – your memory may be a little off – the vast majority of the orginal series episodes are all 22-25 minutes in length each.

    For a few seasons in the mid80s they did toy with 45 minute length eps but it didn’t last long.

    When Doctor Who left our screens in the late80s it had 25 minute episodes.

  9. Great Show! I can’t believe Lori outted Mike, but jump on that grenade as birthday present for him. I will tape just the commercials on sci-fi Friday and watch them over and over again.

  10. Did Jamie leave Battlestar Galactica? Will we see him again? If he doesn’t show up in any episodes, there is no point in watching a “Battlestar Galactica” with no Apollo or Apollo and Kara. This is completely stupid not to allow the two main characters from the past not to get together in the present version of the show. Please let me know if he is returning otherwise I will stop watching. The show has become a farce. Your episodes are empty and Gaius is insane. Why do we have to spend so much time on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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