Finding Battlestar Galactica: An Unauthorized Guide

Overview

When Battlestar Galactica reappeared in 2003-a revamp of the original series in which a "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing aliens while simultaneously searching for Earth-it redefined what television science fiction should be about. Since then it has been critically claimed as one of the best shows on television while growing TV's strongest cult fandom of 2 million viewers. Now, as the series comes to its conclusion, fans are more eager than ...
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Overview

When Battlestar Galactica reappeared in 2003-a revamp of the original series in which a "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of the last remnants of mankind flees pursuing aliens while simultaneously searching for Earth-it redefined what television science fiction should be about. Since then it has been critically claimed as one of the best shows on television while growing TV's strongest cult fandom of 2 million viewers. Now, as the series comes to its conclusion, fans are more eager than ever for more BSG.

Acclaimed television experts Lynnette Porter, David Lavery and Hillary Robson, authors of the top-selling unauthorized Lost guides, provide fans with an in-depth look at the history, politics, themes and philosophies of the hit show. Topics include:

--Battlestar Then and Now
--Positions of Power
--The Transformation of Baltar
--Aliens Among Us: Political Realities and the Culture of Fear
--Battlestar and the Bush Era
--Thirty Years of Battlestar Fandom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402212116
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynnette Porter is an associate professor in humanities and has been chosen to lead the Lost Wikia community. She lives in Daytona, Florida.

David Lavery is the author of nine books, including studies of Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Hillary Robson is an academic advisor at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hillary Robson is an independent scholar and author.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     VII
Contributors     IX
Preface     XI
In the Beginning
That Was Then     3
The Next Generation: Battlestar Galactica Creator Ron Moore Reimagines Deep Space [Heather E. Ash]     41
Piloting a Series     51
Reimagination at Work
Jump: Cutting Corners: Keeping Science Fiction Real     71
From the Buffyverse to the Battlestar: Jane Espenson Comes Onboard [David Kociemba]     75
Jump: Michael Rymer: More Than a Go-To Guy [Sean Hockett]     85
R & D: Ronald D. Moore and David Eick as Collaborators     89
Jump: Under the DRADIS: Battlestar and the Critics     93
The Battlestarverse
Jump: In the Name of God(s): Monotheism and Polytheism in Battlestar     103
Jump: The Face of Edward James Olmos     107
Jump: Red Spines and Hot Sex: Battlestar Erotics     113
What's Love Got to Do with It?, or, Love Is a Battlestar     117
Starbuck and the Gender Dynamics of Battlestar Galactica [Ewan Kirkland]     131
Jump: In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh: Battlestar Does the Funny     145
Women on Top     149
Jump: The Swirl, or, the Intertextual Battlestar     171
Blood Will Tell     181
Jump: Gods & Stars: Mythology andAstrology in BSG     205
Episodes
Carrying "Water": An Interview with Marita Grabiak     217
"Kobol's Last Gleaming, I and II": Battlestar Galactica as Quality Television [Christopher Smiley]     229
Jump: Frakking Up: When Battlestar Goes Awry     239
Cylon-Verite: Monotheistic and Polytheistic Stories in "Final Cut"     243
Jump: Weaving a Story through Webisodes [Justin Door]     251
This Razor's Edgy     257
Jump: Taking the Last Shot: The Endings of Battlestar Episodes (The Reimagined Series [2003-])     263
Episode Guide     268
Battlestar Galactica: R & D TV Logos [Christopher Smiley]     276
Notes     283
Bibliography     295
Index     299
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